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  • NSCNP CONTACT TEAM MEETING May 12

    The North Shoal Creek Neighborhood Plan Contact Team scheduled meeting will be held Thursday May 12, 2022, 6:30-8:00 pm by Zoom.  The agenda will include election of officers to complete the term of office ending December 31, 2022, and routine business. The meeting will be open to the public but only team members may vote. The meeting will be by Zoom.

    To join the meeting each person must have the meeting ID number and passcode included in the invitation.  If you want to attend the meeting, please request an invitation by email to: nsccontctteam [at] gmail [dot] com.

    Members of a neighborhood plan contact team (NPCT) are the individuals designated to implement an adopted neighborhood plan. The neighborhood plan contact team is a separate body apart from any existing or future neighborhood associations.Membership of the North Shoal Creek NPCT is open to individuals in the following groups within the North Shoal Creek Neighborhood Planning Area:

    1) Property owners

    2) Renters

    3) Business owners

    4) Neighborhood organization members owning or renting property within the neighborhood plan area

    Eligible individuals may become members by attending one contact team meeting and become voting members at their second meeting.

    The North Shoal Creek Neighborhood Plan may be viewed at:

    https://www.nscna.org/committees/development/neighborhoodplan/NSCNP_ADOPTED_2018.pdf

  • Steck Avenue Water and Wastewater Rehab Project

    The City of Austin has contracted with Joe Bland Construction to upgrade a portion of the water and wastewater line on Steck.

    Where: The project will start at the Steck/Daleview intersection and continue east to the Steck/Rockwood intersection. Then the upgrade turns north on Rockwood for about 400 linear feet to the box culvert on Rockwood.

    When: Work on the Steck section begins May 9 and is expected to extend to the end of June. Work on the Rockwood section will begin June 13 and is expected to extend to the end of July.

    Traffic changes on Steck: During this project, Steck will become two lanes between Daleview and Rockwood. Work will take place in the westbound lane of Steck. Westbound traffic will be pushed to the center lane, while eastbound traffic will remain in its normal lane.

    Traffic changes on Rockwood: Rockwood north of Steck will be open to one-way traffic traveling north to south only. There is no construction on Rockwood south of Steck.

    The Media Committee thanks Steve Fuquay, project manager for Joe Bland Construction, for providing us with this information, and neighbor Rick Perkins for giving us a heads-up about this project.

    Top image below: Lane changes and signage for Steck east of Rockwood (May 9 to end of June)

    Middle image below: Lane changes and signage for Steck west of Rockwood (May 9 to end of June)

    Bottom image below: Lane changes and signage for Rockwood (June 13 to end of July)


  • May 2022 Newsletter Now Available
  • 2022 North Shoal Creek Garage Sale

    Thanks for the great event!


    2022 North Shoal Creek Neighborhood Garage Sale *and "Free Sale"*

    Saturday, May 7th 2022, 8am – 3pm

    NSCNA announces a Call for Participants in the 2022 North Shoal Creek Neighborhood Garage Sale!

    In the spirt of Buy Nothing North Shoal Creek, we encourage participants to put out free items too!


  • New Sidewalks Planned For North Shoal Creek
    This map, from the City of Austin’s 2022 Mobility Annual Plan, shows in green sidewalks to be constructed in North Shoal Creek in 2022 and in red sidewalks to be constructed between 2023 and 2025. For more information about the City’s Mobility Annual Plan, including an interactive map showing what projects are planned throughout Austin, please use this link:  Mobility Annual Plan | Open Data | City of Austin Texas
  • NSCNA Website Renovations
    We’re updating our website, so don’t be surprised if some of our pages start looking different. There may be short periods when we’re temporarily out-of-service. Our goal is to give you more info and to delete out-of-date info.
  • Afternoon Traffic On Crosscreek At Pillow Elementary School
    Pillow’s principal, Dinorah De La Torre-Salazar, attended NSCNA’s March 1 membership meeting and spoke about traffic congestion in the afternoons when school is dismissed and parents arrive to pick up children (from about 2:30-3:50 pm, with the worst between 2:55 and 3:50). Children are now back in class and that, in combination with the safety features recently put in on Crosscreek by the City of Austin’s Safe Routes to School Program, means that there is less street parking for parents. Principal De La Torre-Salazar asks that, should someone block your driveway while picking up their child, please call Pillow’s Office at 512-414-2350 and let them know. Or, email either Principal De La Torre-Salazar (dinorah.delatorre-salazar [at] austinisd [dot] org) or her assistant, Dolores Young (dolores.young [at] austinisd [dot] org).  
  • NORTH SHOAL CREEK NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
    NSCNA’s next general membership meeting is Tuesday, March 1, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Due to Covid restrictions, this meeting will be held online using Zoom. All NSCNA meetings are open to the public, and both members and non-members are invited to attend. The Zoom link and an agenda will be emailed to all NSCNA members prior to the meeting. Non-members, please email mediachair [at] nscna [dot] org to request that the link and agenda be emailed to you. Posted by: NSCNA Media Committee 2/19/22
  • CITY ISSUES NEW DEMOLITION NOTIFICATION PROCESS
    REMINDER: NEW DEMOLITION NOTIFICATION PROCESS IN EFFECT
    New Permitting, Notification and Inspection Procedures Required for Demolition
    The City of Austin Development Services Department (DSD) wants to ensure area contractors and demolition customers have the information and resources needed to comply with new project requirements, which went into effect October 1, 2021.
    Please familiarize yourself with the new permitting procedures and notification requirements before proceeding with your demolition project(s).
    NEW REQUIRED DOCUMENTS
    NEW STEPS BEFORE DEMOLITION CAN BEGIN
    1.a Schedule the 100 Pre-Construction Inspection
    • Before a demolition can begin, a 100 Pre-Construction Inspection (100 Pre-Con) is required for all demolition projects. This inspection, which verifies that site preparation and utilities have been addressed safely, is the last required inspection before demolition begins.
    • Confirm your Plumbing Permit is paid and active. When you schedule your 100 Pre-Con inspection, DSD will also schedule the required plumbing inspection for the same visit.
    2.aNotification Requirements
    The new demolition process includes notification requirements for adjacent residential structures. The Building Inspector will provide instructions and the necessary notification materials in a packet after a successful 100 Pre-Con Inspection.
    • Yard Signs: Inspectors will provide a yard sign with the address and building permit number for the demolition planned for that location, and contractors must fill in the remaining fields. Be sure to complete all fields of the yard sign provided. Place signs in a visible location on the site before the inspector leaves the property.
    • Demolition Notification Acknowledgment: You must upload the signed Demolition Notification Acknowledgment, which is included in the notification packet, at least five days before demolition begins.
    • Door Hangers: The notification packet also includes door hangers to notify adjacent properties of the planned demolition. These must be placed five to 10 business days before the scheduled demolition. Contractors will also receive appropriate notification materials for owners of adjacent multi-family properties.
    AFTER DEMOLITION AND BEFORE NEW DEVELOPMENT CAN BEGIN
    After pre-demolition permitting, inspection and notification requirements have been fulfilled, approved demolitions may proceed.
    When the demolition is complete, it is important to close out your permit with the required post-demolition inspections before new construction or renovation can begin on the site.
    For more detailed information about all demolition requirements, please visit the Demolition and Relocation webpage.
  • New NSCNA officers and directors elected for 2022
    Here is a list of the North Shoal Creek Neighborhood Association (NSCNA) officers and directors for 2022. They were elected at the Association’s January 11 membership meeting. They will remain in office until the Association’s 2023 election, which will be held in January 2023. Their email addresses are included. Please don’t hesitate to contact them via email if you have questions about NSCNA. 2022 Officers: President: Josh Conrad president [at] nscna [dot] org Vice President: Adam Powell vp [at] nscna [dot] org Secretary: Barbara Gaston secretary [at] nscna [dot] org Treasurer: Sharon Justice treasurer [at] nscna [dot] org 2022 Directors: Iain Cox Amber Dodson Wes Hansen Margaret (Maggie) Kingsbury John Randall Tomas Rodriguez Kenneth Webb Directors don’t have individual email addresses. Please send your emails to them as a group using this email address: directors [at] nscna [dot] org
  • NSCNA 2022 Election of Officers and Directors January 11, 6:30-8:00 pm. ZOOM MEETING
    The North Shoal Creek Neighborhood Association’s 2022 election of officers and directors will be held on Tuesday, January 11 from 6:30-8:00 pm. Due to current Covid restrictions, it will be a Zoom Meeting. The meeting’s only agenda item is the election. An email has been sent to members providing information about the election.  Election notices will be posted on NSCNA’s Facebook page and on Nextdoor North Shoal Creek.  An additional email will be sent to members prior to the election providing them with the link they will need to join the meeting online. The association’s Nominating Committee has put together a slate of 11 candidates, one for each of the 11 positions. Posted below are the statements submitted by the candidates to the Nominating Committee. Please read them to help you learn more about the candidate and why he or she is running for office. Non-members can attend the meeting, but only those who join and pay their dues online prior to January 10 will be eligible to  vote. North Shoal Creek is growing and changing. We believe the North Shoal Creek Neighborhood Association is the best way to make your voice heard and to take part in building our neighborhood’s future. We’re fortunate to have 11 members willing to step forward and lead us in 2022. Please join us and vote on January 11. North Shoal Creek Neighborhood Association Nominating Committee 12/31/2021    

    CANDIDATES STATEMENTS 2022 

      PRESIDENT:  Josh Conrad:  I moved to Stillwood @ Briarwood in 2019 with my partner Clarissa and our now 9 year old son Miles. We live on the corner lot with the kid’s little library. We have been Austinites for over a decade and neighborhood association members since we moved. We also maintain a veggie bed at the community garden. We love our neighborhood for its friendliness, diversity and convenience. I am currently a doctoral student at UT in the School of Architecture where I study urban issues such as historic preservation and housing development, and Clarissa is a clinical social worker at UT Health.  I am running for President because I am interested in helping to restart and continue all the great work undertaken by our neighborhood association over the past decade to celebrate and improve our neighborhood. I hope to support greater diversity, affordability and sustainability in our neighborhood as well as in Austin as a whole.   VICE-PRESIDENT:  My name is Adam Powell and I’ve had the pleasure of living in the North Shoal Creek neighborhood since June 2019. I’m pursuing a leadership position in the NSCNA because I’m passionate about the power of community, and I’m excited for the opportunity to actively contribute to this slice of Austin that I call home. I’ve worked in public service and mission-oriented work for my entire professional career thus far; including as a full-time union organizer, teacher recruiter for a local school district, and currently as a state employee. In each of those roles I’ve been able to do energizing work centered around giving back to communities of various sizes, but now that I’ve been working at the statewide level I for a few years I deeply miss the immediate impact and power of connecting with people at a truly local level. After taking time to look into various ways to get locally involved, dedicating my time to the neighborhood association was clearly the best way that I could make an impact in our wonderful neighborhood.    I’m seeking the Vice President position specifically because I want to contribute to multiple committees and efforts within the association. Here are a few high-level concepts that I’m excited to get to work on:       Community Engagement - We’re only as strong as our membership, and I want to be a contributor both to growing our organization and keeping our current members as engaged as possible. Specifically, I’d love to start discussions about revitalizing our social media presence, maximizing the membership opportunities of our annual events, and evaluating our meeting structures to ensure high levels of participation.       Park Development – Just as Pillow Park is a fantastic asset to our community, I want to spend time pursuing the development of another park in the area on an unused strip of land in our neighborhood. I’ve connected with Kevin and Mary Jane about this subject (they’ve put a ton of time into researching and laying the groundwork for this!) and it feels like it’s time for our association to dedicate more time to making this concept a reality.       Relationship with the City of Austin - From experience (especially as a state employee), I’m that special type of person who actually likes to interact with the complexities of government. I welcome the opportunity to make connections with the City of Austin, and I pride myself on a personal history of being able to navigate large systems and bureaucracy to get the important things done.       Learning – This is more of a personal focus of mine than the other concepts: learning from the exceptionally deep wealth of knowledge we have in the association. I recognize that I’m at a stage where I don’t even know what I don’t know, but I’m committed to listening and learning from our association members to ensure we’re spending our time on what makes the most positive impact on our community.    Finally, I want to note that I am not a homeowner. I’m just a 20-something renter who is grateful to have found this neighborhood with my fiancé. That said, if I’m elected Vice President I will aim to share a renter’s perspective that helps to contextualize not just our neighborhood as it is (with hundreds of renters here already), but our where our neighborhood is going as well given Austin’s exceptional growth.    Thank you for your consideration, and I look forward to meeting and working with as many of you as possible!  -Adam Powell  SECRETARY:  I am Barbara Gaston and I am running for the office of secretary of NSCNA, which I have had for the past two years. My family has lived on Donna Gail since 1976, and we have been members of NSCNA since its inception. Change will always be with us, but it has been managed by our representatives who have collaborated with city staff in order to assure the continuance of our excellent neighborhood quality of life. I support the constructive evolution of our neighborhood that will continue to make North Shoal Creek a very desirable place to live. I would certainly appreciate your vote for secretary.   TREASURER:  Sharon Justice:  My husband (his name is Daniel Barrera) and I have lived on Little Laura Drive since 1998.  I’m a retired librarian. I worked 25 years in various jobs in the Austin Public Library system.  I’ve served several times as a NSCNA Director and I’ve been chair of the Media Committee and editor of the newsletter for the past 7 years. In 2022, I will continue to serve as Media Chair but will no longer be newsletter editor.  I am now running to serve as Treasurer, a position I’ve not held before. I was also active in North Shoal Creek’s neighborhood planning process. As a board member, I see my greatest responsibility to be furthering the goals of NSCNA, in particular “to promote and protect the quality of life, safety, and residential characteristics” of our neighborhood. I also hope to encourage more involvement by residents in the activities of our association.   DIRECTORS  Place 1: Iain Cox   Place 2: Amber Dodson   Place 3: Maggie Kingsbury Hansen  / Place 4: Wes Hansen We have lived in the North Shoal Creek neighborhood for 5 years and have been NSCNA members for several years but haven’t been completely consistent in joining every year. We have not been involved in NSCNA projects but are looking forward to getting involved.  This is our first home, and this is the neighborhood where we’ve chosen to start our family. During the pandemic, we have spent more time outside and walking around the neighborhood than ever before. We’ve met so many new faces and it’s been incredibly nice to have that sense of community. We’d like to offer our time to hopefully help in any way that we can to continue the great things we have going on here.   PLACE 5: My name is John Randall: I moved to 8605 Stillwood in Jan. 1981 when I bought my home. At that time, I worked as an Environmental Scientist for the Radian Corporation on Shoal Creek. Between then and now, I have lived in the home on and off with various relatives (daughter and grandson) until 4 years ago. While I don’t remember how long I have been a member of NSCNA, I believe it has been since its beginning.  I have attended many NSCNA meetings over the years but have never been on any committees. I believe it is time for me to “pay back” some of the efforts that have gone into my enjoyment of living in this North Shoal Creek neighborhood. I hope to be a staunch advocate for keeping the neighborhood the family-friendly neighborhood that it has always been for me. The increase in people being added every day  – with the new construction at Mopac and Steck (the old Luby’s ) and on Rockwood and Burnet Road (behind Waterloo) –may take some getting used to and “work” to maintain our “friendliness.” I plan to focus on that aspect of being an advocate (Director) for NSCNA. I am sure that other things will come up for my participation during my directorship. I would appreciate your vote in my favor.  PLACE 6: Tomas Rodriguez :  Our family moved to the neighborhood in 1980 and became NSCNA members around 1987 . My children attended Pillow . I am a retired AISD teacher.  I’ve had an opportunity to serve on the Traffic committee and would like to continue serving on that committee for the coming year . I’ve served as president , participated in negotiations that have provided funds for the association by the  Nissan dealership and several nominating committee terms . Other activities have been the recent Mosaic art project , our 4th of July parade and the annual Luminarias Christmas events.    PLACE 7: Kenneth Webb My family home has been on Donna Gail since we purchased the new home in December 1971. It was one of the last homes built in the immediate area before the development of the Lucas tract west of Melshire. Pillow School was a major reason we chose this neighborhood. Our son attended Pillow Elementary, Burnet Junior High (now Middle School) and graduated from Anderson High School. One daughter graduated from Lanier High (now Navarro), another attended Lanier and graduated from the first class of Anderson High, and the University of Texas.   I have been a member of NSCNA for several years beginning before 2000. I have served as Vice President, President, and several times as a director. I have been webmaster and administrator for the NSCNA website nscna.org since 2012.   My NSCNA priorities are “to promote and protect the quality of life, safety, residential characteristics, and property values of this neighborhood” (quoted from the NSCNA bylaws), and support of Pillow School.  Committees of interest include Bylaws, Development, Garden and Media. I hauled half of the lumber used in building the community garden and participated in its construction. I also worked in the Steck Avenue bridge mosaic project.  I am retired from the US Army after serving in the Texas Army National Guard for 38 years, of which 36 were as a Civil Service employee.   
  • Zoom Meeting Dec. 9 About Redevelopment Of 8440 Burnet
    Please join us Thursday, December 9 to learn more about the redevelopment of 8440 Burnet. The North Shoal Creek Neighborhood Association (NSCNA) will host a Zoom meeting with representatives from Armbrust & Brown, the law firm representing Endeavor Real Estate Group, owner of the Spectrum Center at 8440 Burnet Road. Endeavor plans to redevelop that center into a 60-foot tall apartment complex of 355 to 375 units. The meeting will be held Thursday, December 9, beginning at 7 pm, and is planned as an opportunity for neighborhood residents to learn more about the project and to ask questions about it. If you want to attend this Zoom meeting, please send an email to media [at] nscna [dot] org. You’ll be sent a link prior to the meeting that you can use to join the meeting and take part in the Q&A.   NSCNA’s Board of Directors held a Zoom meeting with representatives from Armbrust & Brown and Endeavor at the Board’s November 18  meeting. Here are NSCNA President Kevin Wier’s notes from that meeting: -Originally 399 units, now 375 -Wrapped style with units wrapped around the parking; parking will be in the middle, with residential units wrapped around the parking -Access only on Burnet Rd., basically the same curb cuts as exist now -Max. 70% building coverage; Max. 80% impervious cover -Class A apartments -Filed for MF-6  (high density [KW note: city staff: downtown zoning]) unencumbered for up to 90 feet height; city staff recommended 60 feet max. height, felt is was more appropriate to the area. -Up to 5 stories -all multifamily -60-70% will be 1 BR; the rest will be 2 BR -no affordable units -sidewalk/by street area will follow city code, so wider sidewalks, 12 ft. pedestrian zone in front of buiding -1.2 cars per unit, about 450 cars -will be less traffic than current use -Trip generation: current = 3400/day; in a fully occupied scenario of the original 399 units the trips would be 1,273, but since the aim now is for approx.. 375 units, it will be a bit less than 1,273. -public meeting December 14 with the Planning Commission -will be in front of city council in the end of January if all goes well -It will take 3-5 years for it to be 100% completed. Tenants leases have to expire and then it takes 2 years to build.  
  • Reminder: Thanksgiving Day trash collections slide
    City of Austin offices will be closed and there will be no curbside collections on Thanksgiving Day (November 25). All trash, recycling and compost collections will “slide” forward one day so your collections will take place on Friday this week. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
  • FREE SHRED DAY NOVEMBER 6
    Free shred day returns when Austin ARMA again hosts a FREE SHRED DAY for household documents. Saturday, November 6, 8:00 AM – 1:30 PM, At Balcones Shred, 9301 Johnny Morris Rd. This event is for private households to securely destroy their confidential information. Basic requirements are: • Documents must be dry paper only and packed in cardboard boxes no larger than 24in x 24 in x 36in. Boxes must have fitted lids securely closed using box flaps (not taped). No more than 10 boxes per vehicle. • Both CDC and local mandates will be strictly followed for this event, by volunteers and attendees. Masks and social distancing will be required. We ask that you stay inside your vehicle at all times, limiting contact with others for your safety as well as the safety of our volunteers. Unlike previous years, you will not be able to witness the shredding of your documents at this event. The Fall Shred Day is subject to cancellation at any moment due to COVID concerns, so please check our website regularly for updates, including the day of the event. • All shredded material and cardboard boxes are recycled. • Event is free. However, Monetary donations will be kindly accepted, with proceeds going to the Austin ARMA Chapter and Operation Turkey. • Both CDC and local mandates will be strictly followed for this event, by volunteers and attendees. Masks and social distancing will be required. ARMA asks that you stay inside your vehicle at all times, limiting contact with others for your safety as well as the safety of our volunteers. Unlike previous years, you will not be able to witness the shredding of your documents at this event. The Fall Shred Day is subject to cancellation at any moment due to COVID concerns, so please check the ARMA website regularly for updates, including the day of the event, Additional information and details may be found on the ARMA website: https://www.austinarma.com/Shred-Day/ That website also has a guide to retention of household documents.
  • Corrections to October 2021 newsletter issue
    I inadvertently used an out-of-date bio for Pam Ferguson’s article on page 12, “Tips on volunteering, donating.” Here’s the up-to-date one: Pamela Ellen Ferguson, a longtime resident of Kerrybrook Lane, writes a column of observations about North Shoal Creek and the larger world for each issue. A dual-national British and American (Texan father, Cornish mother) Pam is the author of 11 books published internationally, the most recent being CROSSING LINES, an Austin and Border based mystery set at Halloween/Dia de Los Muertos. Pam welcomes comments via email at Pamelacudot [at] gmail [dot] com. Her web-site is www.pamelaferguson.net. Also on page 12, column 2, under “Further ideas,” the date for the Austin tan Cerca de la Frontera‘s annual “Women and Fair Trade” fair is November 20 (not Nov. 21) at the First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover Avenue at 49th Street. Volunteers are needed to help set up and take down. The fair is a great place to find handicrafts from women’s collectives in Texas, Central and South America. Call 512-474-2399 or visit website www.ATCF.org Sharon Justice, Editor, North Shoal Creek Neighborhood News
  • FYI: Bulk item collection week begins Monday Sept. 27
    North Shoal Creek’s semi-annual residential bulk collection week begins Monday, September 27.  Bulk items include: •Doors •Carpet •Furniture •Appliances (remove doors) •Passenger car tires (remove rims; limit eight tires per household) •Lawn mowers (remove gas/oil) •Railroad ties (cut in half) •Pallets •Rolled fencing •Nail-free lumber Bulk item collection crews cannot collect: •Brush •Household trash •Cardboard boxes •Hazardous materials •Mirrors •Automotive chassis and bodies, •Motorcycles •Trailers, •Boats •Tires that are still mounted on rims •Sheet glass and other construction and remodeling debris Collection guidelines •Place bulk items at the curb in front of your house by 6:30 a.m. on the first day of your scheduled collection week •Separate items into three piles as described below •To prevent damage to your property, keep items 5 feet away from your trash cart, mailbox, fences or walls, water meter, telephone connection box and parked cars. Do not place any items under low hanging tree limbs or power lines •Austin Resource Recovery only collects bulk items from its residential trash and recycling customers •Items will not be collected if they are in an alley, in front of a vacant lot or in front of a business •Do not put items in bags, boxes or other containers. Bulk collection is for items too large to fit in containers. Bags will be treated as extra trash and are subject to extra trash fees. Separate items into three piles 1.Metal items – Includes appliances (remove doors). These are taken to our Resource Recovery Center for recycling 2.Passenger car tires – Rims must be removed. Limit of eight tires per household. We cannot collect truck or tractor tires. Tires will go to a tire recycling facility 3.Non-metal items – Includes carpeting and nail-free lumber. These items go to a landfill. Austin Resource Recovery is working on plans to salvage reusable items from bulk collection to help meet the City of Austin’s Zero Waste goal Because these piles are collected by different trucks, they may be collected at different times throughout the week.
  • NSCNA’s September Membership Meeting Cancelled
    FROM THE NORTH SHOAL CREEK NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS: “We had planned to resume NSCNA’s in-person membership meetings by holding our regular Fall meeting on Tues., Sept. 7 at 6:30pm in the Pillow Elementary School Library. However, the Covid Delta variant has forced us to cancel that Sept. 7 meeting. Now, we hope to resume in-person membership meetings on Tues., Nov. 2, same time and place. We plan to send out meeting reminders a week to 10 days before the Nov. meeting. Let’s all hope it’ll be safe to hold an in-person meeting by then! And we hope to see you there! Sincerely, The NSCNA Board of Directors
  • City of Austin Safe Routes to School Program To Add Safety Features to Crosscreek Near Pillow
  • FYI Re: Summer Construction Along Burnet Road
    From the City of Austin’s Corridor Program Office regarding construction this summer along Burnet Road: “Thank you for your interest in the Burnet Road corridor! We have some exciting projects kicking off and wrapping up this summer that will implement critical safety and mobility improvements for pedestrians and bicyclists. Braker Lane: Construction of sidewalks at, and near, the Burnet Road/Braker Lane intersection is expected to wrap up this month, pending any weather delays. The prioritized pedestrian and bicycle improvements were built in preparation for Austin FC home games to improve conditions for travel to and from games. Penny Lane: Construction of the Penny Lane pedestrian hybrid beacon (PHB), a mid-block pedestrian crosswalk signal, is expected to begin in late June. This will provide pedestrians a protected crossing across Burnet Road from Penny Lane to Doris Drive, which is currently an unsignalized intersection. We anticipate this work will be completed in October. Twin Oaks Drive: New sidewalks will be built starting in August on the eastside of Burnet Road from south of Twin Oaks Drive to south of Addison Avenue to accommodate a new PHB at Twin Oaks Drive. The future PHB will create better connectivity for pedestrians and transit users. Lamar Middle School: In the next several weeks, the Corridor Program Office (CPO) will begin construction on sidewalks in front of Lamar Middle School on the westside of Burnet Road from Koenig Lane to White Horse Trail. This will provide improved conditions for students ahead of the upcoming academic year as they walk to school. Work is expected to take approximately 80 days. Once this construction work is complete, CPO will have constructed nearly three-quarters of a mile of new sidewalks to improve the safety and mobility of Austinites on the Burnet Road corridor. Construction includes intermittent lane closures, which may cause traffic delays. Work will take place between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. during the week, and occasionally on weekends. The Corridor Program Office has made a promise to voters that we will deliver much-needed safety and mobility improvements efficiently and on time. We are committed to keeping that promise, and our team will continue to work diligently, putting your bond dollars to work as we pursue additional opportunities to break ground on our projects as soon as possible. To learn more about improvements planned through the Corridor Construction Program, visit www.austintexas.gov/corridormobility If you have questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact Rebecca Hickey at burnet [at] austintexas [dot] gov or (512) 974-9714. YOUR 2016 MOBILITY BOND DOLLARS AT WORK!”
  • NSCNA’s 2021 Garage Sale and Independence Day Celebrations Canceled
    From the North Shoal Creek Board of Directors: For the second year in a row, we need to cancel NSCNA’s meetings and events because of coronavirus restrictions. We regret this, but we’re hoping to be able to resume meetings and events this fall and to hold a luminaria in December. If you have questions or want more information about this decision, please email us at directors [at] nscna [dot] org.
  • NSC NEIGHBORHOOD PLAN CONTACT TEAM MEETING FEB. 11
    Hello renters, homeowners, and business owners in North Shoal Creek. Our Neighborhood Plan Contact Team will have our next meeting on Thursday, February 11th at 6:30 PM.  The meeting will be online, and the proposed agenda is shown below. By the end of this meeting, we should all be acquainted with how to access Trello to see information about the Contact Team, have a plan of action for revising our bylaws, and a prioritized list of plan actions that we can begin working on. If there are other topics you’d like to discuss or any concerns you have about the proposed topics, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Agenda for Thursday, February 11th, 6:30-8 pm
    • Prior Business (10 minutes) – Call to order – Quorum/Attendance – Acknowledgement of new members – Approval of Minutes
    • Items Needing Action (20 minutes) – Zoning cases under consideration – Bylaws Committee – Identify lead and discuss plan of action
    • Implementation Updates (15 minutes) – What progress have we made? – What are next steps? – What’s standing in our way?
    • Review and finalize prioritization of Plan Actions (45 minutes)
    • Review Action Items for next meeting (10 minutes)
    The Neighborhood Plan Contact Team meets quarterly on the second Thursday in February, May, August, and November. Currently, due to Covid-19 restrictions, meetings are online. All meetings are open to the public. For more information, please email nsccontactteam [at] gmail [dot] com. Renters, homeowners, and business owners in the North Shoal Creek planning area are welcome to attend, so please join us if you’re able.  
  • 2020 Luminaria Canceled
    Due to Covid restrictions, North Shoal Creek’s 2020 Luminaria has been canceled. We hope to resume this tradition in 2021. Sharon Justice, Chair, NSCNA Media Committee
  • Google Fiber Installation Has Begun In North Shoal Creek
    Four NSCNA Board Members recently had a Zoom meeting with Google representative Daniel Lucio; here’s what we learned from the meeting: . They are starting on Crosscreek, and are using two contractors: Quanta, which is working on Crosscreek and will move west from there; and BComm, which will start work this week and move east from Rockwood. Trenching, laying the fiber, and cleaning-up is expected to take about 4 weeks, although another estimate says that North Shoal Creek should be completed by the end of the year. Then they move to Rosedale and Brentwood. . They are using a “shallow trenching” method which requires an approximately 6” wide trench be cut into the street right where the street and curb gutter meet. Depth of the cut will be 6-12”. . At every other house, they’ll need to cut through the curb and bury the fiber in the right-of-way. It’ll be left there as a 12” spool; this way, when a resident orders Google Fiber it’ll be readily available to extend to the house. . City of Austin staff has marked all utility lines. However, the markings are occasionally wrong. When that happens, the contractors will need to “pot-hole,” or dig to locate the utility lines. . It should take about 1 day / block to dig the trench, lay the fiber, and then clean up. . Watch for a door hanger! When one appears on your door, construction will begin on your street in 48 hours. The street must be clear so construction can proceed. Cars left in the way of construction will be towed away and then brought back; there are no charges for the tow. . Irrigation systems: if they damage one, they will repair it or will reimburse the owner for the repair expense. NSCNA hopes to have flags available for neighbors to use to mark irrigation lines. . Please notify Google of any problems with their contractors. Phone #: 877-454-6959. . Pricing: Internet only. $70/mt. For more information, call Google Fiber at (877) 454-6959 or go to http://fiber.google.com  
  • NSCNP CONTACT TEAM MEETING SEPTEMBER 10
    An online virtual meeting of the NSCNP Contact Team will be held September 10, 2020, 6:45 pm to 8:00 pm The Agenda for the meeting will include: Status of rezoning and plan amendments. Schedule of meetings for October through December, 2020. Procedures for nomination and election of officers for 2021-2022. Priorities of Neighborhood Plan Actions. If you would like to know more about the contact team, or attend the meeting, please send an email to nsccontactteam [at] gmail [dot] com
  • This year’s Independence Day Celebration
    NSCNA isn’t hosting its usual Independence Day Parade this year, but NSCNA’s Social Committee has decorated the fence on the south side of the Pillow campus (the Stanwood side). Decorations will be up from Friday, July 3 through Sunday, July 5. We had planned to do more, as the photo below shows. Sadly, heat, a lack of people power, and the setting sun all conspired to limit what we could do. If you find yourself on Stanwood, take a look at the decorated fence. May you all have a safe and happy Independence Day weekend. Sharon Justice, Chair, Media Committee
     
  • REDISTRICTING PROCESS OPPORTUNITIES
    The following communication from the City of Austin Auditor’s Office is posted for information: “Dear Neighborhood Association and Community Organization: SUBJECT: Redistricting Process-Help Shape Austin’s Future at RedistrictATX.org The City Auditor’s Office has launched a citywide community outreach campaign for the City’s redistricting process. The City Auditor is looking for volunteers to serve on the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission and the Applicant Review Panel. Redistricting is the process for residents to redraw the boundaries of the council districts every ten years. The boundaries of the council districts affect how residents are represented for the next decade. The Commission will be responsible for redrawing the City Council districts. The City Auditor is asking organizations to encourage their members to participate in this important process by applying for either the Applicant Review Panel or the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission. Residents can find information on the process, applicant qualifications, and an online application at RedistrictATX.org. The 14-member Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission will be responsible for redrawing the boundaries of the council districts. The Applicant Review Panel will select 60 of the most qualified applicants for the redistricting commission, from which the 14 members will be selected. Three independent auditors with CPAs will be selected to serve on the panel. The redistricting process happens every ten years and coincides with the census. In 2012, Austin voters elected to move to single members districts from an at-large system. The ten City Council districts were initially created in 2013 by a diverse group of Austin residents who serve on the historic Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission. Applications will be accepted for the Applicant Review Panel through Sept. 1. The Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission application period ends Sept. 30. The Commission will be formed in early 2021, the work begins Mar. 1 and continues through Nov. 2021 with the new districts in effect in Nov. 2022. If you would like to host a virtual presentation with the Auditor’s Office, please send an email to RedistrictATX [at] austintexas [dot] gov or call 512-974-2805. Thank you for your time, and let us know if we can be of service regarding this important redistricting process to help shape Austin’s future. Sincerely, Corrie Stokes City Auditor”
  • June/Summer Newsletter Now Available
    The June/Summer Issue of NSCNA’s Newsletter has been posted at nscna.org. To read it, click on the “Latest Newsletter” link in the right column of this page or click on the Newsletter tab at the top of the page. Because of the coronavirus, print copies were mailed rather than delivered door-to-door. If you want a print copy and fail to receive one in your mailbox, please email your name and address to newsletter [at] nscna [dot] org.
  • Fence Decorating Project at Pillow Elementary School
    To celebrate Pillow Elementary’s 50th anniversary, art teacher Suzy Swingle is spearheading a project to decorate the fence around the school. Any individual, family or group may design and decorate a panel, starting at the Rockwood-Crosscreek corner and proceeding along Rockwood. To ensure social distancing, Swingle has designated every other panel to be decorated; those panels are marked with pink tape. Participants will provide their own designs and materials; anything goes except for paper, cardboard and plastic cups. For now, gloves, masks and 6-foot distancing are required. No sign-up is necessary, but questions may be directed to suzy.swingle [at] austinisd [dot] org.  
  • NSCNA MAY 5 MEMBERSHIP MEETING CANCELLED
    Our neighborhood association’s General Membership Meeting — originally scheduled for Tuesday, May 5, in the Library at Pillow Elementary school — has been cancelled due to the coronavirus.
  • Online Austin Public Testing Enrollment Form Now Available: press release from the City of Austin April 23, 2020
    Austin, Texas – The Austin Public Testing Enrollment Form that allows the community to complete an online assessment for COVID-19 testing is now live on AustinTexas.gov/COVID19. The new tool allows the public to be screened for COVID-19 symptoms without having to see a physician. The form will use an algorithm based assessment to evaluate whether or not an individual should be referred to a free testing site. Completion of the online assessment will not guarantee referral to a testing site. Austin Public Health (APH) will continue to prioritize health care workers and first responders on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as people at higher risk for developing severe symptoms. Testing continues to be by appointment-only and tests at the APH testing sites will be at no cost to the individual. “This system allows us to identify areas that have high rates of infection and even identify particular locations to test asymptomatic people,” said Dr. Mark Escott, Interim Austin-Travis County Health Authority. “This gives a lot of flexibility to modify our strategy as the pandemic unfolds here in Austin.” How the Online Form and Portal Works: Individuals must create an account by providing an email address and filling out the form located at AustinTexas.gov/COVID19. Due to HIPAA requirements, everyone will need a separate email address. The form asks several questions to determine the patient’s eligibility for a test based on set criteria. A person can fill out the form for someone who cannot do it themselves. This information is HIPAA-protected. If an individual is approved for a test, the portal will allow them to schedule the location, date and time for their drive-thru testing appointment. Testing sites will include those operated by APH and public-private partnership sites across Austin-Travis County. The patient will receive a confirmation via phone, email or SMS with a QR code and instructions for the testing site within the same day. If the patient does not meet testing criteria, they will be able to revisit the portal at any time to try again (e.g. if their symptoms change the following days). Those who do not have computer access or internet access can call the nursing hotline at 512-972-5560 for assistance. What to Expect at the Drive-Through Testing Site: When a patient arrives at the drive-thru testing location, they must remain in their vehicle. Patients must show the technician the confirmation QR code along with any form of ID through their car window. The technician at the testing site will then advise the patient on the next steps of the test. The process from start to finish will take approximately 10 minutes. Individual test results will be sent to the individual by phone, email, or they will be able to access the online patient portal. Patients can expect results in 3-4 days. Patients must be in a vehicle when they arrive at a drive-thru testing site. Individuals will be turned away if they should arrive on site by walking, riding a bike, scooter or motorcycle. If a patient does not have access to a vehicle, they may call the nursing hotline at 512-972-5560 for alternative methods of getting tested. If a patient tests positive for COVID-19, they will receive an email message with instructions on how to mitigate additional community spread of the virus, as well as guidance on how to monitor symptoms to determine if additional medical supervision is necessary. APH staff will follow-up with all individuals that test positive. “The City of Austin has worked with a number of stakeholders across our community, to make sure we have equitable and efficient testing,” said Dr. Chris Hewitt, Assistant Medical Director for City of Austin. “We have it down to about eight minutes per person because we wanted to eliminate that time you spend sitting in line in your car and sitting on the site.” APH will have the ability to test up to 2,000 people per week — with the ability to expand. In addition to scheduling tests and monitoring confirmed positive cases, the City of Austin will send an automatic exposure questionnaire to residents who test positive, which will help gather details on how the virus might have spread, such as travel and visits to high-traffic areas. The application will also send follow-up emails or text messages to check in on each resident’s well-being, so medical care can be escalated if necessary. For additional information and updates, visit AustinTexas.gov/COVID19 ###
  • EVENT CANCELLATION
    The April 25 NSCNA Garage Sale is cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We’re considering scheduling a different community event in the future or a donation to help our impacted neighbors. To take part in these discussions, please email social [at] nscna [dot] org. We want your input, and we hope to hear from you! NSCNA Social Committee  
  • JUDGE RULES FOR PLAINTIFFS ON NEW AUSTIN LAND CODE
    This headline from KUT says it all: “Judge Throws Out City Council Votes On New Austin Land Code, Putting Rewrite In Jeopardy.” Here’s the link to the article: hthttps://www.kut.org/post/judge-throws-out-city-council-votes-new-austin-land-code-putting-rewrite-jeopardy
  • Land Development Code Revision Meetings Postponed
    These are extraordinary times and public health is paramount. In response to the increasing concerns and fluidity of COVID-19 situation, the City of Austin has decided to postpone meetings and action related to the Land Development Code Revision, including the meetings scheduled for: We are continuing to discuss options for how to move the Land Development Code Revision process forward. We appreciate your patience as we work through adapting City operations. What You Can Do Please share information with your family, your neighbors, constituents, and other groups you are involved with that we need the public to remain calm, to be responsible, and to prepare appropriately. Social distancing does not mean isolation. But, it does mean that we have to exercise appropriate judgment based on our own personal situations. Please share and encourage others to:
    • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or use a tissue to cover it, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
    We can all play a part in keeping each other—our loved ones, friends, and communities—healthy and safe. For the most up to date information on COVID-19, please visit AustinTexas.gov/COVID19. For the latest information on the Land Development Code Revision process, please visit AustinTexas.gov/LDC.
  • PLEASE HELP NORTH SHOAL CREEK KEEP ITS NEIGHBORHOOD PLAN ZONING
    NSCNA’s Development Committee is fighting to keep our North Shoal Creek neighborhood plan intact in the revised Land Development Code. So far, our efforts haven’t paid off. Now, we’re asking that all North Shoal Creek residents email the Austin City Council, asking them to reinstate our neighborhood plan’s zoning for two areas: Buell Ave. Live/Work District and Rockwood south of Steck. Here’s an explanation of why we’re asking this and a sample letter you can use if you don’t want to write your own. Questions? Email development [at] nscna [dot] org. FORM LETTER TO THE AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL REQUESTING RESTORATION OF NORTH SHOAL CREEK’S FUTURE LAND USE MAP: Austin City Council unanimously approved North Shoal Creek’s Neighborhood Plan and Future Land Use Map (FLUM) in August 2018. A lot of careful thought went into our FLUM, maximizing housing density and business space while protecting our core of family homes as well as parks and other neighborhood spaces. Our FLUM ensures our neighborhood can grow and thrive with the rest of Austin and gives special consideration to issues such as flooding and impervious cover, traffic and parking concerns, and pedestrian safety. If you agree that our FLUM is what’s best for North Shoal Creek, please let Austin City Council members know you support it and want to see any future rezoning efforts honor our Neighborhood Plan. Follow this link to send an email to all Austin City Council members: https://www.austintexas.gov/email/all-council-members. If you’re not sure what to say, consider pasting in the sample text below. Name and email are required to use the contact form. SAMPLE TEXT: Subject: Zoning in North Shoal Creek – Use Our Neighborhood Plan and FLUM Austin City Council unanimously approved the North Shoal Creek Neighborhood Plan and Future Land Use Map (FLUM) on Aug. 23, 2018, with the understanding that our plan is what is best for our neighborhood to ensure it can grow and thrive with the rest of Austin. In rezoning North Shoal Creek for the revised Land Development Code, City staff made two changes to our Neighborhood Plan: 1. Staff rezoned six lots of our 11 lot Buell Live/Work District from LI (Light Industrial) to MU5B-Q, leaving too little of our Buell Live/Work District for it to remain viable. 2. Staff rezoned 26 houses on Rockwood Lane south of Steck Avenue from R2A to R4. Please instruct staff to correct the MU5B-Q zoning back to LI zoning, and the R4 zoning on Rockwood back to R2A to match our Neighborhood Plan and FLUM. 1. Here’s why we’re asking this: 1) Our plan is based on Mayor Adler’s “Austin Bargain.” It aims both to protect our neighborhoods and to deliver the increased housing supply we need to make Austin more affordable. 2) Our plan makes 151 acres in our neighborhood eligible for multi-family and mixed use zoning. 3) According to City staff, this additional acreage has the potential for 3,802 new housing units. Currently, North Shoal Creek has 2,155 housing units. 4) In addition to the 3,802 new housing units, our current Neighborhood Plan and FLUM allows ADUs and duplexes throughout our neighborhood, which has the potential to double density in our residential core. 2. City staff said during our plan’s public hearing before the Planning Commission that any additional housing gained by changing the zoning on Buell was unnecessary, given the huge increase in housing potential that the rest of the plan provides. 3. The homes on Rockwood back up to the newly expanded flood plain. Rezoning this particular area to allow for more density would lower impervious cover requirements, putting this area of our neighborhood in greater danger of flooding. 4. The bus route on Rockwood Lane (#19 Bull Creek) that helps to define it as a transition zone is slated to be discontinued by CapMetro. Additionally, Rockwood lacks sidewalks on both sides of the street and has issues with speeding drivers. Greater density than our Neighborhood Plan allows could create parking and pedestrian safety issues. Thank you for your help and consideration.
  • Schedule Set For LDC Third Reading
    Land Development Code third reading council meetings will start Tuesday, March 31. See below for the full meeting schedule: Public Comment Tuesday, March 24 from 4pm -12am Saturday, March 28 from 9am -12am Third Reading Special Called Meetings Tuesday, March 31 from 9am -12pm Wednesday, April 1 from 9am -4pm Thursday, April 2 from 10am -12am Tuesday, April 7 from 9am -12am (if needed) Third Reading Location: City Hall Council Chambers 301 W 2nd Street Or, you can watch live on ATXN
  • 8803 N. MoPac: Meetings Regarding Neighborhood Plan Amendment and Zoning Change for this property
    Here is important info from Kenneth Webb, North Shoal Creek Contact Team Chair, regarding a rezoning request for the property at 8303 N. MoPac (currently the Ergon Asphalt Plant). “A community meeting for a plan amendment to rezone the property at 8303 N. MoPac has been scheduled at the  North Village Branch Library, 2505 Steck Ave, on Monday, March 9, 2020. The meeting will be from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. A copy of the meeting announcement is attached. For more information, email Maureen.Meredith [at] austintexas [dot] gov. In accordance with 7.D of its bylaws, a meeting of the NSCNP Contact Team will be held March 12, 2020, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the First Texas Honda Dealership Conference Room, 3400 Steck Avenue. The Agenda for the meeting will include: 1) Rezoning of 8303 N MOPAC. 2) Neighborhood Plan Amendment for 8303 N MOPAC. Please come to both meetings. The March 9 meeting provides an opportunity to ask the owners of the property questions you might have about this rezoning request. The March 12 meeting provides an opportunity for you to offer input regarding this request to the Contact Team. A public hearing before the Zoning and Platting Commission will also be required. I have been informed that this public hearing will be scheduled after the March 9 community meeting, and that. March 31 is a possible date. Attached are several documents which may be helpful in considering the two applications submitted for the subject property.  Most of them may be found under Development Resources at austintexas.gov: The January 31, 2020 LDC draft can be seen and downloaded by the link in the District 7 Newsletters, or https://app.box.com/s/vzmewodbqv0vrfqo4jrisp7cc3989cmz More detailed uses for mixed uses (MU) including MU5B are listed in the January 31 LDC draft in Section 23-3C-5030, pages 3C-5 pages 2-16 (pages 360-374 of 1382). City of Austin Guide to Zoning, September 2016. The guide contains details regarding the various types of zoning currently in effect and is available online at https://www.austintexas.gov/sites/default/files/files/Planning/zoning_guide.pdf    
  • NSCNA GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING TUESDAY, MARCH 3, 6:30-8 PM
    The North Shoal Creek Neighborhood Association’s (NSCNA) second General Membership Meeting of 2020 is 6:30-8:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 3 in the Pillow Elementary School Library. Please enter through Pillow’s front door; the library is the first room to your left. The agenda includes an update on the City of Austin’s Land Development Code Revision. If you haven’t already paid your $15/household dues for 2020, you can pay by cash or check at the meeting. You can also join online at www.nscna.org/join; online payments are $16/household which includes a $1 PayPal processing fee. Hope to see you there!
  • Protest Buell’s Rezoning No Later Than Feb. 29
    What’s happening: •Residences within 200 feet of Buell Avenue could be adversely affected by the proposed new zoning on Buell Avenue. The city’s proposed new zoning violates the North Shoal Creek Neighborhood Plan and calls for massively dense redevelopment on Buell (MU5B-Q zoning) which is the most intense mixed-use zone and will allow residential, commercial, or mixed-use buildings up to 60 feet/5 stories, with an additional 30 feet/3 stories allowed with multifamily residences up to 5 to 7 or 8 stories tall. This will have a dramatic impact on increasing the property taxes on surrounding area residences. It would also result in an overwhelming amount of car traffic using Stillwood Lane as a path to get to Steck Avenue and Mopac Expressway. •Businesses on Buell Avenue could be adversely affected by the proposed new zoning on Buell Avenue by having their property taxes skyrocket beyond affordability. This would defeat the purpose of the zoning in the North Shoal Creek Neighborhood Plan that was designed to allow the businesses on Buell to grow and yet not be affected by drastically increasing property taxes. Why this matters: •Rezoning violates our North Shoal Creek neighborhood plan, approved by City Council in Aug. 2018, which was designed to maximize density while protecting our core of family homes. Our North Shoal Creek Neighborhood Plan is now an official part of the City of Austin’s Master Plan that guides the land code. •District 7 Council Member Leslie Poole, our North Shoal Creek City Council representative, attempted to change this MU5B-Q zoning back to the IF zoning that the NSC Neighborhood Plan included, but her proposed amendment to change it back was voted against by the City Council. • The plan’s intention for Buell Avenue was to protect the existing businesses and allow them to grow and to include a mix of live-work spaces, residents, small scale services, artisanal businesses, offices and tradespeople. The housing considered was to be townhouses, rowhouses or small apartments. It was to serve as a transitional area between Burnet Road and the residential interior ”The scale and height of new buildings along Buell Avenue should be one to three stories”, “heights should step down to be compatible with adjacent residences” (page 48-49) of NSC Neighborhood Plan. Take action: •Visit FileYourProtest.com no later than February 29th for details on filing a rezoning protest. If you do file your protest, file no later than February 29th. Texas law gives you the right to protest any zoning changes affecting your property and properties near your residence. •FileYourProtest.com has more detailed information on MU5B-Q rezoning and an easy way to contact Mayor Adler. •For more information, email development [at] nscna [dot] org.        
  • Protesting Your Property’s Proposed Zoning
    Council just passed Draft 2 of Austin’s revised Land Development Code. There’s still one more vote – to be held in late March or early April — to go. Here’s what happens to single-family housing in North Shoal Creek:  
    • 26 homes on Rockwood, Boxdale, Firwood and Steck are rezoned to R4.
    • R4 is the least intense transition zoning and allows for up to 8 units per lot.
    • All other single-family homes in North Shoal Creek are rezoned to R2A. R2A allows up to 2 units per lot: a single-family home, a duplex, or a single-family home plus an ADU (Accessory Dwelling Unit — e.g., garage apartment or “granny flat”)
    • An R2A home that qualifies for a preservation bonus qualifies for 3 units: a single family home plus a duplex, or a duplex and an ADU.
      Why this matters:
    • R4 rezoning violates our North Shoal Creek neighborhood plan, approved by City Council in Aug. 2018, which was designed to maximize density while protecting our core of single family homes.
    • District 7 Council Member Leslie Poole, our North Shoal Creek City Council representative, does not agree with the R4 rezoning.
    • Rezoning opens our neighborhood up to safety concerns – R4 doesn’t require additional off street parking, which means our streets could potentially have more parked cars, endangering bicyclists and pedestrians.
    • Rezoning lowers impervious cover requirements leading to greater flooding concerns, especially for neighbors adjacent to the recently expanded Shoal Creek flood plain on the west side of Rockwood.
      Don’t want your home rezoned to R2A or R4? Take action:
    • A lawsuit has been filed against this citywide rezoning via the land development code.
    • Texas law allows property owners to protest rezoning their property. If the plaintiffs win, a super-majority of council members will be required to pass a zoning change that has been protested.
    • Visit http://FileYourProtest.com for an easy, convenient way to protest your rezoning online.
    • Read the FAQ at http://FileYourProtest.comfor additional information on your right to protest a rezoning.
    • For more information, email development [at] nscna [dot] org.
      File Your Rezoning Protest by March 1 at FileYourProtest.com   These six slides are from a staff presentation given at Council’s February 5th worksession. The first four show examples of R2 zoning, (the closest match to existing single family zoning). Most single-family lots in Austin are 7,000 square feet or larger. In the proposed code, a standard lot is 5,000 square feet.       The last two slides show the R4 zoning applied to Rockwood south of Steck. R4 is the least intense multifamily zoning and has a base of 4 units up to a maximum of 8 units on a 5,000 square foot lot.
  • Council Member Pool’s Response to Passage of Draft 2 of Austin’s Land Development Code
    From Leslie Pool, Council Member, District 7 February 14 at 5:59 PM · At Second Reading last night, I voted against the Land Development Code rewrite, along with my colleagues CMs Alter, Kitchen and Tovo, because it remains unclear that the code will do what is intended and needed. Austin must get this right. The new code, with all its parts, must work together. My three colleagues and I urge an approach to the Code rewrite that includes planning to inform how and where the city of Austin will grow. Because of the intense market pressure that Austinites are experiencing, planning and thoughtful decision-making consistent with Austin’s values are more crucial than ever. I believe the city needs to build community consensus and better ensure that shared goals are achieved while reducing the risks of unintended harm. I agree with the rest of Council that … – Austin needs an updated land development code that includes better tools to address growth. – Increasing housing along major corridors makes sense because new development can be more easily served by robust transit. – Imagine Austin regional centers are opportunities to create more housing and complete communities. – Our city needs more affordable housing and housing types across the city and council has agreed upon target goals to meet. However, I remain concerned that … – The proposed code and map will not provide new development where we want and need it or at the right price. – Some council actions may have unintended consequences, accelerating the loss of older, more affordable housing for renters and families. – The draft proposal and amendments triggering increases in size, number of units, and reliance on street parking, without planning for necessary sidewalks, street improvements, drainage, and other infrastructure will unnecessarily degrade quality of life, public safety, and potentially increase cost burdens to residents to remedy the deficiencies. – Applying dramatic increases in entitlements instead of phasing increases over time could destabilize neighborhoods and accelerate loss of affordable housing. – Mapping without sensitive consideration of the location or context and without involvement by the people who live in the areas impacted risks loss of public trust. In the next several weeks, the four of us will bring forward a proposal we have been working on for a while. We will propose an approach that builds on the District Level Planning amendment adopted at First Reading. This approach will offer a path to build broader, citywide consensus on the code. We hope our colleagues will consider this approach on Third Reading. I will continue to urge my colleagues to develop a community-driven, data-based, and context-sensitive planning process that will ultimately serve the evolving needs and future growth of communities in and around Activity Centers and Corridors. Issues surrounding the rewrite of Austin’s Land Development Code continue to cause deep concern in most parts of town. Thank you for all you’re doing on behalf of our beloved city. Best, Leslie
  • NSCNP CONTACT TEAM MEETING FEB 13
    The North Shoal Creek Neighborhood Plan (NSCNP) Contact Team will meet: • Thursday, February 13, 6:30 pm to 7:55 pm at • First Texas Honda Dealership Conference Room, 3400 Steck Avenue. Agenda for the meeting will include the following: • Election of officers for unexpired terms. • Property at 8703/7703 N. MoPac. • Draft Land Development Code. • Priorities of Neighborhood Plan actions. You can become a member of the contact team if you: • Own neighborhood property, • Rent a neighborhood residence, • Own a neighborhood business, or • You are a member of a neighborhood organization and own or rent property within the neighborhood. To become a member, just attend a meeting and sign up.
  • Shoal Creek Boulevard to be closed for traffic Sunday a.m. Jan. 19 for 3M Half Marathon
    The 3M Half Marathon is Sunday, January 19, and the route includes Shoal Creek Boulevard. So, expect it to be closed for the runners from about 6 am to noon that Sunday morning. For more info (or to register) go to 3mhalfmarathon.com
  • Judges Needed for Pillow Elementary Science Fair
    JUDGES NEEDED! Contact Victoria Finnegan at 512-773-7876 to sign up to be a judge
  • Land Development Code (LDC) Update From NSCNA’s Development Committee
    • Wed., Dec. 11, 2019 — Austin City Council votes 7-4 to approve the LDC on first reading, with Alter, Kitchen, Pool, and Tovo voting no. Council Member Pool offers an amendment to recognize the right of property owners to protest LDC zoning changes. Her amendment fails 4-7, with Alter, Kitchen, Pool, and Tovo voting in favor. • Thurs., Dec. 12, 2019 — A group of 19 homeowners sue the city, asking that Council’s approval of the rewrite be invalidated and that the city be forced to recognize the right of individual property owners to protest rezoning. The City of Austin maintains that the state-mandated right of a property owner to protest the rezoning of his/her property does not apply to the broader rewrite of the land code. The case is scheduled to be heard February 18 in Travis County District Court. Why does this lawsuit matter? If the homeowners prevail, then a three-fourths majority – the vote of eight council members — will be required to approve zoning changes. This means the four council members who voted against adoption of the LDC revision as currently written will be able to block zoning changes on properties whose owners have filed protests of the zoning change. The current LDC revision rezones 26 houses on Rockwood to R4 (the least intense transition zone). All other single-family homes in North Shoal Creek are zoned R2A, which allows up to 2 housing units on a single lot – e.g., a single-family home, a single-family home with an ADU, or a duplex. If a home is more than 30 years old and the homeowner chooses to remodel rather than replace it, then 3 housing units are allowed. R4 allows a duplex up to a 4-plex, with 4 additional units allowable as an Affordable Housing Bonus. While existing single-family homes are grandfathered in, new single-family homes cannot be constructed in an R4 transition zone. The Development Committee believes the properties zoned R4 should be changed to R2A to match all the other single-family homes in North Shoal Creek. Our Future Land Use Map (FLUM) calls for Buell to emphasize missing-middle housing and local businesses and to serve as a live/work zone. The current LDC revision rezones more than half of Buell to MU5B-A (mid-rise mixed use). The Development Committee wants the Buell properties zoned MU5B-A changed to Flex Industrial (FI) to match our FLUM. Council Member Pool is aware of our position and supports it, but she might not be able to get our two problem areas changed to match our FLUM. So, the Development Committee suggests this back-up plan: property owners on Rockwood and Buell whose properties were changed to R4 and MU5B-A zoning, along with their neighbors within 200’ of their properties, file protests of the R4 and MU5B-A zoning. If the court rules in favor of the homeowners, a zoning change for the properties whose owners filed protests would have to be passed by an eight vote supermajority of the Austin City Council. To file your protest • online, go to https://fileyourprotest.com/. Then fill in the form and click the Submit Form button • by mail, go to https://fileyourprotest.com/file-by-mail/. Then select the format you want to print (PDF or Word), print the form, complete it, sign and date it and mail it to: Communications and Public Information Department, City of Austin P.O. Box 1088, Austin, Texas 78767 You can also hand deliver your completed protest form to: Communications and Public Information Department, City of Austin 301 W 2nd Street, 3rd Floor, Austin, Texas 78701 Or, you can email the form to: LDC [at] austintexas [dot] gov Who can file: the property owner; property owners within 200’ of the property being rezoned You must file your protest before council holds the third and final reading on the code and map, which will probably occur in late March. For more information: https://fileyourprotest.com/ and http://www.austintexas.gov/ldc      
  • NSCNA GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING TUESDAY, JANUARY 7, 6:30-8 PM
    The North Shoal Creek Neighborhood Association’s (NSCNA) first General Membership Meeting of 2020 is 6:30-8:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 7 in the Pillow Elementary School Library. Please enter through Pillow’s front door; the library is the first room to your left. The agenda includes election of the association’s 2020 officers and directors, plus an update on the City of Austin’s Land Development Code Revision. If you haven’t already paid your $15/household dues for 2020, you can pay by cash or check at the meeting. You can also join online at www.nscna.org/join; online payments are $16/household which includes a $1 PayPal processing fee. Only dues paying members can vote. Hope to see you there!
  • Photos, Video of Steck Bridge Mosaics Ribbon-Cutting and Dedication Now Available on NSCNA’s Facebook Page
    A photo album of the mosaics installed on the Steck Avenue Bridge is now available on NSCNA’s Facebook page at http://facebook.com/nscna, along with a link to the City of Austin Public Works Department photos of the event and a link to the KVUE video that aired as part of its 10:00 p.m. news broadcast on December 14, 2019.  
  • REMINDER: LUMINARIA WALK IS WED., DEC. 18, 6-8 PM, PILLOW SCHOOL TRACK
    NSCNA’s annual Luminaria Walk is Wednesday, December 18, from 6-8 pm at the Pillow Elementary School track. All North Shoal Creek residents are invited to come enjoy a beautiful luminaria walk followed by hot cocoa and cookies with your neighbors. Arrive early (4 pm) to help set up, or stay late (8-ca. 8:45) to help take down. Thank you to Austin Telco Federal Credit Union for sponsoring NSCNA’s 2019 Luminaria Walk!  
  • THANK YOU TO OUR BRIDGE MOSAIC PROJECT VOLUNTEERS AND SUPPORTERS
    From NSCNA Beautification Chair Mary Jane Holland Wier: “I would like to thank all of our wonderful volunteers and neighbors who contributed to the success of the Steck Bridge Mosaic Project. A heartfelt thanks to the following: Karen Bodiford Amelia and Brian Cobb Patti and David Garing Darlene and Steve Watson Kenneth Webb Jennifer Whaley Kevin Wier Allen Lea Jenny Bailey Sarah Brandon Kate Brien Suzanne Chaney Sarah Cox Nora Deram Jeff Gore Tina Huckabee Valerie Hurlbert Sharon Justice Veronica Kerr Dale Kirkland Odilia Leal-McBride Tomas Rodriguez Sue Sharpe Lenora Shaw Rima Star Marilyn Querejazu Doug Watson Steven Weintraub Jack Williams Matt Williams Roger and Jeri Wines
    Thanks to Jeremy Gunn for use of his land for the mosaic dedication and to him and our neighbor on the south side of Steck for providing us a water source. Thanks also to Jersey Mike’s Subs and the Eldorado Café for their food and coffee donations. Without the support and help of these people, our project wouldn’t have been possible!” Mary Jane Holland Wier Beautification Chair North Shoal Creek Neighborhood Association
  • HERE’S YOUR INVITATION TO SATURDAY’S MOSAICS RIBBON-CUTTING AND DEDICATION; PLEASE COME!!!
  • Dedication set for Steck Avenue Bridge Mosaics
    Mark your calendar and be sure to come! The dedication of the mosaics added to the Steck Avenue Bridge just west of the Steck/Daleview intersection will be held Saturday, December 14, from 10-11 a.m. at the bridge. The mosaics were designed and created by a group of dedicated volunteers who worked on this project for months. Their hard work paid off, and the results are beautiful! Thank you to the Beautification Committee and to everyone who worked on this  beautiful art installation.
  • Come to North Shoal Creek’s Annual Luminaria Walk, 6-8 pm Wednesday, December 18
    NSCNA’s annual Luminaria Walk will be Wednesday, December 18, from 6-8 pm at the Pillow Elementary School track. All North Shoal Creek residents are invited to come enjoy a beautiful luminaria walk followed by hot cocoa and cookies with your neighbors. This event is possible only if neighbors volunteer to help out. About a dozen hardy and hard-working volunteers are needed to assemble and place the luminarias from 4-5:30 p.m. and to light them between 5:30-6 p.m. More volunteers are needed for clean up afterwards, from 8-8:45 p.m. To volunteer, please email social [at] nscna [dot] org. Please tell us when you’ll be arriving and how long you can help out. This is a family friendly event, so volunteers of all ages are welcome. Youthful energy is especially welcomed to place the bags around the track! Sponsored by the North Shoal Creek Neighborhood Association Social Committee
  • Wastewater Averaging Begins in Mid-November
    From AustinWater: “November marks the beginning of Austin Water’s annual wastewater averaging period. The wastewater averaging period spans three consecutive billing periods beginning in mid-November and ending in mid-March. Check your utility bill or visit http://austinwater.org to find the dates for your wastewater averaging period. Wastewater averaging is a way for you to save money. It is calculated during the winter months when most residential water goes directly into the sanitary sewer system versus being used for outdoor watering. This measurement determines the cap on the volume of wastewater you will be billed for each month for the next year. If there is outside watering during the wastewater averaging period, that water volume will also be included in the wastewater average. Avoid this by making sure your irrigation systems are turned off during your wastewater averaging period. Visit http://waterwiseaustin.org for water conservation tips and to find out about rebate programs.”
  • Maps of the new 100-year floodplain in North Shoal Creek
    Blue = Previous 100-year floodplain; purple = new 100-year floodplain based on Atlas 14 rain totals 100-year floodplain south of Steck: 100-year floodplain north of Steck      
  • KNOW THE RIGHT OF WAY, CLEAR THE RIGHT OF WAY
    Please keep the right of way clear by following these rules from Austin’s Public Works Department:
  • NSCNP CONTACT TEAM MEETING NOVEMBER 14
    The next regular meeting of the North Shoal Creek Neighborhood Plan (NSCNP) Contact Team meeting will be held: Thursday, November 14 6:30 pm to 7:50 pm in the First Honda Conference Room, 3400 Steck Avenue. The meeting is open to the public Agenda for the meeting: North Shoal Creek Neighborhood Plan Contact Team Quarterly Meeting, November 14, 2019 6:30-7:50 p.m. First Texas Honda Conference Room, 3400 Steck Avenue AGENDA 1. 6:30 — Call to order; quorum check; acknowledgement of voting members (5 min.) 2. 6:35 — Agenda (5 min). 3. 6:40 — Approval of October 10th meeting minutes (10 min). 4. 6:50 — Election of officers for vacancies for remaining terms of office. (15 min). 5. 7:05 — Bylaws Committee (5 min). 6. 7:10 — Status of property at 8803 N. MoPac (Egon Asphalt) (15 min). 7. 7:25 — Draft Land Development Code (15 min). 8. 7:40 — Priorities of Neighborhood Plan Actions. (5 min). 9. 7:45 — New Business 10. 7:50 – Adjourn  
  • NSC General Membership Meeting, Tuesday, November 5
    NORTH SHOAL CREEK GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MTG. TUESDAY, NOV. 5, 6:30-8 PM in the Pillow Elementary School Library (enter through the school’s front entrance; the Library is the first door to your left). Agenda will include update on land development code revision.
  • Correction Re: Making Crosscreek One-way
    The “School News” article on page 9 of our Fall/Sept. 2019 newsletter said that “One option being considered to solve the problem of morning and afternoon traffic jams on Crosscreek is to make Crosscreek one-way going east.” Pillow Elementary School principal Yvette Cardenas reports that is NOT an option Pillow is considering. The article also asked that feedback on the possibility be sent to safety [at] nscna [dot] org. The feedback we received was uniformly negative. To those who sent feedback, thank you. And if you’ve been worried about the possibility of Crosscreek becoming one-way, you can stop worrying about that now.
  • Mixed-Use, Main Street, and Industrial Zones in North Shoal Creek Under the Proposed LDC
    MU5A: High-intensity multi-use residential, office, service, retail, and entertainment uses MU5B: high intensity residential & commercial, including storage and auto-related businesses
    •             Minimum lot size: 5,000 sq. ft.  if multifamily; 48 dwelling units/acre + unlimited AHBP (Affordable Housing Bonus Program)
    •             Minimum lot size: 1,800 sq. ft. live/work or townhouse; 24 dwelling units/acre; no AHBP
    •            Setbacks from property lines: 5’ front – 5’ side street – 0’ side-0’ rear
    •             Compatibility setbacks <75’ wide lot: 5-5-15-30
    •                                                       >75’ wide lot: 5-5-20-30
    •             Height max. : 60‘ + 30’ AHBP  = up to 90’ total with AHBP
    •             Stepbacks: <25’ = 25’
    •                              25-50 = 35’
    •             Impervious cover: 90%
    MS3: high intensity urban main street environment
    •             Minimum lot size: 1,800 sq. ft.
    •             Number of dwelling units: if multi-family, then 54 dwelling units/acre + unlimited AHBP
    •             If live/work or townhouse, then 24 base units/acre; no bonus units under AHBP
    •             Setbacks from property lines: 5’ -5’- 0’- 0’
    •             Height max: 65’ + 25’ AHBP = 90’ total with AHBP
    •             Compatibility setbacks <75’ wide lot: 10-10-15-30
    •                                                       >75’ wide lot: 10-10-20-30
    •             Stepbacks: <25’ = 25’
    •                            25-50’  =  35’
    •                            50-100’ = 45’
    •             Impervious cover: 95% 
    IF  Flex Industrial
    •             Minimum 5,000 sq. ft. lot with a minimum 50’ width can contain up to 24 dwelling units/acre 
    •             Setbacks from property lines: 15–10-10-10
    •             Compatibility setbacks: <75’ lot: 15-10-15-30
    •                                                       >75’ lot: 15-10-30-30
    •             Maximum height: 60’
    •             Stepbacks: <50’: 35’ and 45’ at 50-100’
    IG  General Industrial
    •             Minimum lot size of 1 acre with a minimum width of 100’
    •             Dwelling units not allowed
    •             Setbacks: 25-25-10-10
    •             Compatibility setbacks: <75’: 25-25-15-50
    •                                                        >75’: 25-25-50-50
    •             Maximum height: 60’
    •             Stepbacks: <50’: 35’ and 45’ at 50-100’
    Impervious cover maximum for both IF and IG: 80% Both IF and IG require a landscape buffer along the side or rear lot as per Section 23-3D-3080. For parking requirements in IF and IG, please see Section 23-3C-8040.
  • An overview of multifamily zoning in North Shoal Creek under the proposed land development code
    North Shoal Creek is zoned to contain 3 of the 5 zoning codes proposed for multifamily areas in the draft LDC. Please see the map below for the locations of our neighborhood’s multifamily zones. RM2 (the triplexes and fourplexes on Mossrock & Dawnridge Circle):
    •             Min. lot size for a multifamily dwelling: 5,000 sq. ft.
    •             Min. lot size for a live/work dwelling or townhouse: 1,800 sq. ft.
    •             Number of dwelling units per acre: 24 base, with an additional 36/acre under AHBP
    •             Setbacks from property line: 10’ front-5’ side street-5’ side-5’ rear
    •             Compatibility setbacks <75’ wide lot: 10’-5’-15’-30’
    •                                                      >75’ wide lot: 10’-5’-20’-30’
    •             Overall max. width of bldg.: 100’
    •             Maximum height : 40‘ + 20’ AHBP (total of 60’ with AHBP)
    •             Stepbacks: <25’ = 25’
    •                              25-50 = 35’
    •                            50-100 = 45’
    •             Impervious cover: 60%
      RM3 (all other existing multifamily apartments and condos in North Shoal Creek)
    •             Min. lot size for a multifamily dwelling: 5,000 sq. ft.
    •             Min. lot size for a live/work unit or townhouse: 1,800 sq. ft.
    •             Number of dwelling units per acre: 36 base, with an additional 40/acre under AHBP
    •             If live/work or townhouse: 24 units/acre base; AHBP not available
    •             Setbacks from property line: 5’ – 5’- 5’- 5’
    •             Compatibility setbacks <75’ wide lot: 5’-5’-10’-30’
    •                                                      >75’ wide lot: 5’-5’-20’-30’
    •             Maximum height: 60′ + 30’ AHBP (total of 90’ with AHBP)
    •             Stepbacks: <25’ = 25’
    •                              25-50 = 35’
    •                           50-100 = 45’
    •             Impervious cover: 70%
    RM5 (the 300-unit complex to be constructed near the corner of Rockwood and Burnet)
    •             Min. lot size for a multifamily dwelling: 5,000 sq. ft.
    •             Min. lot size for a live/work dwelling or townhouse: 1,800 sq. ft.
    •             Number of dwelling units/acre: 54 base; unlimited if under AHBP
    •             If live/work or townhouse: 24 base with no AHBP available
    •             Setbacks from property line: 5’- 5’- 5’- 5’
    •             Height max: 90’ + 30’ AHBP  (total of 120’ with AHBP)
    •             Compatibility setbacks <75’ wide lot: 5'-5'-10'-30'
    •                                                      >75’ wide lot: 5′-5′-20′-30′
    •             Stepbacks: < 50 = 35’; 50-100 = 45’
    •             Impervious cover: 80%
  • An overview of residential zoning in North Shoal Creek under the proposed land development code
    Existing single family zoning in North Shoal Creek becomes R2A zoning, with this exception: single-family houses along Rockwood between Steck and Anderson become R4. R4 is the least-intense missing middle zone in a transition area. What can be built in an R2A zone? A maximum of 2 dwelling units, although a home qualifying for a preservation incentive could build a total of 3 units
    •           On a 5,000 sq. ft. lot: 1 single-family home, a duplex, or a single-family home with an ADU (Accessory Dwelling Unit)
    •           On a 2,500 sq. ft. lot: 1 single-family attached home
    •           Setbacks from property line: 25’ front, 15’ side street, 5’ side, 10’ rear
    •           Overall height: 35’
    •           Allowable impervious cover: 45% if lot width is greater than 45’; 50% if less than 45’
    •          Off street parking: 1 space/dwelling unit.  No parking requirement for an ADU.
    •          Maximum height of a dwelling within 10’ of property line: 30’
    What isn’t allowed in R2A? Co-housing, cottage courts, group residential, multi-family homes, Type 3 short term rentals, townhomes, and stables. What isn’t allowed in R4? New single family or single-family attached homes and stables. However, existing single-family homes can be maintained in perpetuity and expanded or rebuilt. Only if a single-family home were expanded to include multiple units would the right to resume single-family use of a property be lost. What can be built in an R4 zone? A maximum of 4 dwelling units with 4 additional units (for a total of 8) allowed under the AHBP (Affordable Housing Bonus Program)
    •           On a 10,000 sq. ft. lot with a minimum 90’ width: 6 unit cottage court; AHBP doesn’t apply.
    •           On a 5,000 sq. ft. lot: A duplex or  a multi-family unit up to a maximum of 4 units, with 4 additional units allowed under the AHBP
    •           On a 1,800 sq. ft. lot with a minimum 18’ width: a  townhouse
    •           Setbacks: 15’ front, 10’ side street, 5’ side, 5’ rear
    •           Building maximum width: 80’
    •           Overall height: 35’ + 10’ (total 45’) under the AHBP.
    •           Allowable impervious cover: 50%
  • Opportunity to Provide Input on Draft Land Development Code Revision

    Planning Commission

    Community Interest Announcement

    Land Development Code Revision Working Groups Workshop Monday, October 14, 2019 at 6-9:00 p.m.

    Austin City Hall

    301 W. 2nd Street, Austin, Texas

    Planning Commission Working Groups invite the public to participate in discussion regarding the Land Development Code Revision.

     

    6:00 p.m.

    Affordability Working Group – City Hall, Atrium Downtown Working Group – City Hall, W. 2nd Street Entrance Lounge

    Process / Admin Procedures Working Group– City Hall, Room 2003

    7:30 p.m.

    Residential Working Group – City Hall, Atrium

    Non-Residential Zones Working Group – City Hall, W. 2nd Street Entrance Lounge Transition Zones Working Group – City Hall, Room 2003

    For more info, contact Commission Liaison – Andrew Rivera 512-974-6508

  • NSCNP CONTACT TEAM MEETING OCT 10
    The North Shoal Creek Neighborhood Plan (NSCNP) Contact Team will hold a called meeting Thursday, October 10 at the First Texas Honda conference Room. Agenda for the meeting: North Shoal Creek Neighborhood Plan Contact Team Called Meeting, October 10, 2019 6:30-8:00 p.m. First Texas Honda Conference Room AGENDA 1. 6:30 — Call to order; quorum check; acknowledgement of voting members and new members (5min.) 2. 6:35 — Agenda (5 min) 3. 6:40 — Announcements (5 min) 4. 6:45 —– Approval of minutes of August 9, 2015 meeting (5 min.) 5. 6:50 —– Out of cycle submission of application for rezoning of property at 8803 N.MoPac (Egon Asphalt) (15 min). 6. 7:05 — Rezoning of industrial property. (10 min). 7. 7:15 — Rezoning property at 8803 N. MOPAC from LI to CS-NP, (25 min 8. 7:40 — New Business 9. 7:50 –– Adjourn
  • From the Beautification Committee: Help keep our sidewalks and right-of-ways clear
    Hi Neighbors! It has been brought to the attention of the Beautification Committee that not everyone is following the City of Austin’s guidelines about keeping grass and weeds in yards properly trimmed and keeping sidewalks and streets free from nearby vegetation. Here’s a link to the City’s website where you can see what those guidelines are: https://austintexas.gov/cleartherow The website includes a very helpful brochure which you can download yourself, or pick up a copy of at NSCNA’s general membership meeting on Nov. 5, in the Library at Pillow Elementary School. Here’s a quick guide to keeping the right-of-way clear: • Sidewalks: Limbs and vegetation must be trimmed back from the edge of and at least 8 feet above sidewalk. • Streets/Alleys: Limbs and vegetation must be trimmed back from the curbline (the edge of a street or alley) and at least 14 feet above a street or alley. • Grass and Weeds: Maintain grass and weeds at a maximum height of 12 inches throughout property to the edge of the street or alley. • Corners: Maintain vegetation at a maximum of 2 feet above ground within a 10 foot setback from the curbline and 40 feet along the curbline from the street intersection. • Fire Hydrants: Remove trees or plants within 5 feet of fire hydrants. Please keep in mind that property owners are responsible for their trees and other vegetation in the public right-of-way next to their property. Overgrown vegetation can limit the use of sidewalks, trails, streets and alleys, and can also threaten public safety by blocking from view traffic signs, signals, vehicles, walkers or cyclists. You can enhance neighborhood safety by simply trimming or removing vegetation that obstructs or grows into sidewalks, streets or alleys. Here are some options if you notice overgrown trees or vegetation that may be a safety hazard or code violation:
    • Speak to the individual homeowner if you are comfortable doing so.
    •  Give out brochures to help educate and inform residents in North Shoal Creek.
    •  Email beautification [at] nscna [dot] org with any concerns so we can help address them directly.
    •  Dial 3-1-1 to report concerns about trees, tall grass and weeds more than 12 inches in height and all other vegetation blocking the public right-of-way.
    Let’s all work together to keep North Shoal Creek’s sidewalks, streets and right-of-ways safe, accessible, and attractive. Thank you!
  • Final Reminder Re: Fall Festival
    North Shoal Creek’s Fall Festival is Saturday, Oct. 5, 9-11 a.m. at the community garden on the Pillow Elementary School campus. All are welcome & all current dues-paying members of the neighborhood association can take home a free decorative pumpkin. Anyone who’s not yet a member is welcomed to join & also claim a pumpkin as a new dues-paying member 🎃 There’s free food & drink donated from Cover 3 and KTonic Kombucha. BYO reusable water bottle or beverage of choice to make sure you stay hydrated. It’ll be a good time & a chance to see & meet more neighbors!  
  • Curbside Composting Collection comes to North Shoal Creek
    Beginning the week of September 23, Austin Resource Recovery (ARR) will expand curbside composting collection to 53,000 additional homes, including those in our North Shoal Creek Neighborhood. This program collects food scraps, yard trimmings and food-soiled paper, which is turned into compost, and is part of the City of Austin’s Zero Waste goal to divert 90 percent of materials from landfills by 2040. Green carts will be delivered to our homes, and a guide will be mailed to us. Our first pick-up will occur Thursday, September 26. Grass trimmings, weeds, etc. — which we’re accustomed to putting in paper yard bags — now go in the green cart. Continue to use paper yard bags for any excess that doesn’t fit in the green cart. As with our trash and recycle carts, the green compost cart needs to be at the curbside by 6:30 a.m. on pick-up days, which will be weekly for trash and compost. Recycle pick-up will continue to be every other week. For more information on curbside composting, go to http://www.austintexas.gov/austincomposts. You can enter your address to check your pick-up schedule, and you can also download a how-to guide.
  • Mark Your Calendar For North Shoal Creek’s Fall Festival!
  • Link to Transition Zone Map
    Here’s a link to a map that lets you see what proposed transition zones may look like in your neighborhood. It was developed by one of North Shoal Creek’s contact team members (Tanner Blair), and he posted it at this link for anyone who wants to to use: https://tannerblair.github.io/austin-transition-zone-vizualizer/ He based it on information presented by staff to the city council on August 28.
    We hope it will help folks visualize what we think transition zones may look like applied to our Burnet Road and Anderson Lane corridors. Keep in mind, though, that at this point, nothing is official or for sure true if and until the City Council approves the code re-write and map in December. Sharon Justice, Chair, North Shoal Creek Contact Team
  • NSCNA GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING, TUESDAY, SEPT. 3, 6:30-8:00 PM, PILLOW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL LIBRARY
  • Water Forward Task Force Working To Develop A 100-Year Water Plan For Austin
    With Four Million People and Climate Change, Where Will Austin’s Water Come From? by Robert E. Mace The drought of 2008 through 2016 was a wake-up call for Austin. As levels in the Highland Lakes—Austin’s sole source of water—dwindled to near-record lows, the city enacted drought restrictions that threatened landscapes and businesses. As lake levels continued to decline, Austinites worried that the city would run out of water. Fortunately, the rains returned; however, the ever-present threat of drought remains for our growing city. In response to the drought, the city council formed the Water Forward Task Force to work with city staff and the community to develop a 100-year water plan for Austin. This planning effort focused on increasing the sustainability, reliability, and diversity of Austin’s water supplies with an emphasis on (1) water conservation and reuse; (2) projects that are technically, socially, and economically feasible; and (3) environmental protection. Unlike state planning efforts, which only extend 50 years into the future, Austin’s plan also considers the potential effects of climate change on our water resources. The challenges to meet Austin’s future water needs are sobering. There are currently about 1 million Austinites. Demographers expect our population to grow to 2 million by 2065 and 4 million by 2115. On top of a rapidly increasing population are the anticipated effects of climate change—including increased temperatures and lower rainfall, both of which will result in less water flowing to our reservoirs. If Austin does nothing to shore up its water resources, the Highland Lakes may go completely dry for years at a time. The good news is that Austin’s Water Forward Integrated Water Resource Plan identifies solutions to Austin’s growing water resource challenges. These solutions include both water efficiency and water-supply projects. Water efficiency includes installing smart water meters that will inform you when you have a leak, reducing leaks in the city’s water pipes, and requiring water-efficient landscaping in new construction. Eventually, new buildings will be required to use rainwater, stormwater, greywater (from sinks and showers), air conditioning condensate, and treated wastewater to meet non-potable needs. Water-supply projects include storing excess river water in (1) an aquifer for use during a drought, something San Antonio has done with great success and (2) an off-channel reservoir (essentially a ring dike located away from the river). In the coming months and years, you will hear more about these solutions as the city implements them. Similar to the development of the Water Forward plan, there will be opportunities for the community to voice opinions on implementation. With a changing climate, a growing community, evolving regulations, and developing technology, Austin will revisit and revise the plan every five years. The Water Forward Integrated Water Resource Plan established Austin as a water leader in the state and the country. Working together, we can ensure that we meet our water needs while enhancing Austin’s quality of life and the protection of the environment. To learn more about Austin Water Forward, please visit https://bit.ly/2JofNXK and https://austintexas.gov/aiwrpctf.   To read the plan, please visit https:////bit.ly/304yaa7. Robert Mace serves as a member of the Austin Water Forward Task Force as an appointee of Council Member Pool, District 7. Robert is also the Interim Executive Director and Chief Water Policy Officer at The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University.
  • Informational Meeting on New Floodplain Maps Wednesday, August 14, 6:30-7:30 NW Rec Center
  • Come to NSC’s Contact Team Meeting Thurs., Aug. 8, 6:30-7:55 PM, First Texas Honda Conference Room
    The North Shoal Creek Neighborhood Plan Contact Team’s third quarterly meeting of 2019 is Thursday, August 8, from 6:30 to 7:55 p.m. in the First Texas Honda Conference Room*. Here is the agenda for the meeting: ________________________________________ 1. 6:30 — Call to order; quorum check; acknowledgement of voting members (5 min.) 2. 6:35 — Approval of May meeting minutes (5 min.) 3. 6:40 — Updates/Announcements (20 min.) a. 7951 Shoal Creek Blvd. Project Name: Shoal Creek Medical (Site plan application SP-2019-0148C) Demolish existing building and construct new 60’ building. Currently zoned GR so no zoning change is needed b. 8526 Burnet: M-6 Multifamily; old site plan withdrawn, new site plan expected to be filed c. 8140 Burnet: Austin Infinity gas tank install approved by Fire Marshal d. 8703 N. MoPac: Possible rezoning of this property (Egon Asphalt) from LI (Light Industrial) to Office or Commercial 4. 7:00 — New Business a. 8140 Burnet: Austin Infinity parking garage extension; will be subject to compatibility standards; will take impervious cover from 82.7% to 87.9%; will require a drainage analysis b. Revised Land Development Code Timeline c. Planning Commission proposes code amendment to increase allowable height from 60’ to 85’ within transit-oriented developments, vertical mixed-use sites adjacent to activity centers or along Austin Strategic Mobility Plan’s Transportation Priority Network. d. Harvard Study (https://www.jchs.harvard.edu/state-nations-housing-2019): Loss of affordable housing units in Austin 5. 7:45 – Other business (10 min.) 6. 7:55– Adjournment * (Please enter the dealership via the Steck entrance and park in the visitors’ parking lot to your left, nearest the big United States flag. If you enter through the main entrance, the conference room is down the corridor to your left. If you enter through the door on the west side of the building, the conference room is down the corridor, just before you reach the show room.) All Contact Team meetings are open to the public. To be a member of the North Shoal Creek NPCT, you must also fall into one or more of the following categories: . Property owner . Residential renter . Business owner . Neighborhood organization member owning or renting property within the neighborhood plan area. To be a voting member, you must be over 18 years of age; meet the membership requirement listed above; and have attended one prior meeting of the North Shoal Creek Neighborhood Plan Contact Team in the last 12 months. For more information on the NSCNPCT, please email nsccontactteam [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Forum on Recently Revised Homelessness Ordinances
    The Austin City Council recently voted to ease restrictions on panhandling and camping in Austin. The changes, intended to decriminalize homelessness, went into effect July 1. The Austin Downtown Alliance is holding a forum on how Austin police will be interpreting and enforcing the new ordinances on Tuesday, July 23, from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E. Eighth Street. Attendance is open to all but those interested in attending must RSVP at this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/downtown-safety-forum-tickets-64990622702
  • North Shoal Creek’s 2019 July 4th Parade and Celebration a success
    Some 150 neighbors turned out for North Shoal Creek’s 19th annual July 4th parade and party. Attendees showed a lot of ingenuity and creativity decorating not only themselves but kiddos, pets, bikes, and strollers as well. If you came, you could cool off with iced coffee from Epoch Coffee while catching up with friends you haven’t seen in a while. The kiddos had Jim Jim’s water ice, face painting, games, and just having fun together for their entertainment. Local businesses donated over $300 in gift cards for parade contest winners and lucky raffle holders. If you didn’t come, you missed hearing neighbor and music teacher Judy Rowland give a magnificent rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. You also missed an opportunity to catch up with old friends, make news ones, and enjoy the camaraderie of neighbors coming together to celebrate our nation’s 243rd birthday. July 4th is NSCNA’s biggest event of the year, and pulling it off takes the combined efforts of a lot of volunteers. We almost fell short this year, but people stepping forward and helping at the last minute got us over the finish line. To those of you who volunteered, thank you very much. To the local businesses who sponsored us with gift cards and treats, thank you very much too. Without your help, our July 4th parade and celebration would never have happened. To our volunteers, thank you! • Brian Brandon • Sarah Brandon • Brian Cobb • Iain Cox • Sarah Cox • Candy Ellard • Pam Ferguson • Ernie Garcia • Tina Huckabee • Randy Hidalgo • Anna Hobbs • Sharon Justice • Elaine Kieffer • Odelia Leal-McBride • Jon Menegay • John Randall • Tomas Rodríguez • Judy Rowland • Ellen Smith • Betsy Todd • Stephen Weintraub • Kevin Wier • Mary Jane Wier • Jeri Wines • Roger Wines To our business sponsors, thank you for your support!
    • Austin Beerworks
    • Batch Craft Beer and Kolache
    • Cabo Bob’s
    • Conan’s Pizza
    • Cover 3
    • Dairy Queen
    • El Mercado
    • Epoch Coffee
    • First Texas Honda
    • Jack Allen’s Kitchen
    • Le Bleu
    • Nosh & Bevy
    • One Taco
    • Phydeaux and Friends
    • Terra Toys
    • Yummilicious
    • Wally’s Burger Express
    Are you interested in helping to plan other North Shoal Creek social events? Got a great idea to make the Luminaria Walk in December awesome? Email social [at] nscna [dot] org to get involved and help make our neighborhood events fun for all.
  • COME TO NORTH SHOAL CREEK’S INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION JULY 4, 9-11:30 AM PILLOW E.S.
    MARK YOUR CALENDAR AND COME TO OUR JULY 4TH CELEBRATION!
    North Shoal Creek’s 19th annual Independence Day Parade and Celebration is 9-11:30 a.m., Thursday, July 4th at Pillow Elementary School. Decorate yourself, the kids, and the pets and come celebrate the Fourth with your neighbors. Schedule: 9:00 a.m. Gather in front of Pillow; if you want to enter one of the 7 best dressed/best decorated contests, pick up a number from one of the contest judges 9:05 a.m. Brief opening ceremony 9:10 a.m. Parade around the block begins; includes a police escort and a firetruck 9:45-11:30 a.m. Enjoy fun, food, and games beneath the pavilion behind Pillow; contest prizes will be awarded and there’s a raffle too. Everything is free, including the raffle. Seven contest categories: most patriotic children’s costume; most patriotic adult costume; most patriotic pet, and best dressed bike, trike, wagon, and stroller
  • STECK AVENUE BRIDGE MOSAIC PANELS
    On June 8 and 9, volunteer members of the North Shoal Creek Neighborhood Association (NSCNA) Beautification Committee installed glass tile mosaic panels on the concrete columns on the North side of the Steck Avenue bridge over Shoal Creek, as shown here: This composite of photographs of the panels provides a close-up view of the panels: Detailed finishing work on the panels will be completed soon. The panels were designed and constructed by volunteers. Preparations began in September 2018 with a class at Austin Mosaic Guild, taught by Dianne Sonnenberg, who has provided valuable instruction, assistance, and guidance throughout the process. Construction of these panels began in November 2018 and were completed in May of this year. The next phase of the project will be to construct the panels for the South side of the bridge. This project is one of several included in a city Neighborhood Partnering Program approved in February 2017. Completed projects include construction of approximately 750 feet of sidewalks by the city in the neighborhood, and construction of the North Shoal Creek Community Garden.
  • VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR JULY 4TH CELEBRATION–PLEASE SIGN UP!
    We need volunteers to help with our neighborhood Independence Day parade. Please visit https://tinyurl.com/NSC4ofJuly to sign up for a volunteer spot. It won’t take long, you’ll meet your neighbors, and it’ll be fun!

  • MARK YOUR CALENDAR: NORTH SHOAL CREEK’S INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION IS JULY 4, 9-11:30AM
    Gather in the circular drive in front of Pillow by 9 am. Parade kicks off at 9:10. See our Facebook page for more information:  http://facebook.com/nscna
    MARK YOUR CALENDAR AND COME TO OUR JULY 4TH CELEBRATION!
  • Volunteers Needed To Help With Fourth of July Celebration
    We need volunteers to help with our neighborhood Independence Day parade. Please visit https://tinyurl.com/NSC4ofJuly to sign up for a volunteer spot. It won’t take long, you’ll meet your  neighbors, and it’ll be fun!

  • District 7 Town Hall Tuesday June 11, 6:30-8pm, Northwest Rec Center
    Mark your calendar: District 7 Town Hall Meeting Tuesday, June 11, 6:30-8pm, Northwest Recreation Center, 2913 Northland Dr. The town hall will focus on the city’s 2020 budget, with Budget Director Ed Van Eenoo presenting and taking questions from the audience. Council Member Pool will also introduce our new Fire Chief, Joel Baker, and our new District 7 Austin Police Department representatives. The Town Hall will also feature an Open House format before and after the budget presentation, with representatives from our Austin Transportation and Corridor Mobility Program, and Parks & Recreation departments, as well as Capital Metro with information on Project Connect. Join us!
  • NSCNA General Membership Meeting, Tuesday, May 7, 6:30-8:00 PM, Pillow Elementary School Library
    Enter through Pillow’s front door; the library is the first door to your left Agenda includes a report on and discussion of recent City Council guidance provided to city staff regarding the rewrite of the Land Development Code.
  • North Shoal Creek Contact Team To Discuss City Council Guidance on Land Development Code Revision
    The second quarterly meeting of the North Shoal Creek Neighborhood Plan Contact Team will be held on Thursday, May 9, 6:30-7:55 p.m., in the First Texas Honda Conference Room. The agenda includes a discussion of how our neighborhood plan may be affected by the guidance the Austin City Council is providing regarding the City’s Land Development Code rewrite. All contact team meetings are free to attend and are open to the public. A complete agenda for the meeting is posted below.
  • Here’s the 2019 North Shoal Creek Garage Sale Map! 20+ sales to shop!! Saturday, April 27
  • CHANGES TO SHOAL CREEK BOULEVARD PROPOSED
    The Austin Transportation Department (ATD) is proposing changes to Shoal Creek Boulevard from 38th St. to Highway183. The changes are intended to increase the safety and mobility of everyone using the street. In December 2018, ATD staff held open houses to gather input; in March, staff held open houses to publicize the options they developed. These options, along with a survey, are now online at the project’s webpage, www.AustinTexas.gov/ShoalCreekBlvd. Three options are presented for North Shoal Creek’s section of the street: 1) Option X: a no build or no change option 2) Option Y: adds a one-way bikeway 3) Option Z: adds a two-way bikeway. Options Y and Z come with pedestrian improvements at the Steck and Anderson Lane intersections along with the following new sidewalks: 1) a new sidewalk from Mossrock to 183 2) 55’ of new sidewalk south of Steck 3) new sidewalk from Anderson to Foster. ATD staff say these options will “result in comparable motor vehicle levels of service and provide space for an additional protected bikeway.” Studies show protected bikeways increase safety for bicyclists more than do painted line bikeways. Diagrams of the proposed changes are posted below. You can view slides showing all the proposed changes from 38th to 183 at www.AustinTexas.gov/ShoalCreekBlvd. You can give ATD your input about the proposed changes using the survey available at http://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ShoalCreekBlvd.
  • AUSTIN ARMA’S ANNUAL FREE SPRING SHRED DAY APR 27
    Austin ARMA’s 16th Annual Spring Shred Day Saturday, April 27th, 2019 | 8 am – 1:30 pm Location: Shred-It facility 4129 Commercial Center Drive Austin, TX The Entrance for the event will be off of St. Elmo Road. With the awareness of identity theft, it is important to carefully dispose of personal records including financial and medical.  Austin ARMA, along with Shred-It, are sponsoring the 14th Annual Free Spring Shred Day. Only dry paper packed in cardboard boxes no larger than 24X24X36” with fitting lids or securely closed box flaps will be accepted.  Do not bring plastics of any kind, electronic media, batteries, or three ring binders.  All shredded material is recycled. Please do not arrive before 8am or you will be turned away until the event begins.   Monetary donations will be accepted with proceeds going evenly to the chapter and the Central Texas Food Bank. For more information, please call and leave a message with the chapter at (512) 937-3347 for a return call.
  • REMINDER: ARE YOU HOLDING A GARAGE SALE DURING NORTH SHOAL CREEK’s ANNUAL GARAGE SALE DAY?
    Wed., Apr. 17 is the deadline to notify NSCNA’s Social Committee that you’ll be holding a garage sale on the North Shoal Creek Neighborhood Garage Sale Day. Email your name, address, and contact phone # or email address to garagesale [at] nscna [dot] org so your sale can be included on the map of neighborhood garage sales that will be available at each sale location on garage sale day, which is Saturday, April 27.
  • NSC Community Garden Offers Free Composting Class
  • North Shoal Creek Neighborhood Garage Sale Saturday, April 27, 2019
  • NORTH SHOAL CREEK NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING TUESDAY, MARCH 5, 6:30-8:00 P.M. PILLOW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL LIBRARY

    NORTH SHOAL CREEK NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING TUESDAY, MARCH 5, 6:30-8:00 P.M. PILLOW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL LIBRARY* 3025 Crosscreek Drive.

    Come hear about what’s going on in our ‘hood and contribute your voice and your opinion

    *When you enter via the school’s front door, the library is the first room to your left

  • FREE TREE DELIVERIES BY TREEFOLKS
    Would you like a free tree delivered to your home? If you’re an Austin resident or an Austin Energy customer, you can sign up for our NeighborWoods program and we will deliver a tree directly to your doorstep by the end of March. The best part? Our only expectation is for you to be a loving tree owner. How sweet is that? Go to https://www.treefolks.org/gis/waitlist.php to sign up for your tree today. Don’t forget to spread the word to to your friends and neighbors! Thank you to the Urban Forest Grant for supporting this program. For more info on TreeFolks, go to https://www.treefolks.org/
  • NSC CONTACT TEAM MEETING THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 6:30-7:55 PM, FIRST TEXAS HONDA CONFERENCE ROOM
    The North Shoal Creek Neighborhood Plan Contact Team’s first quarterly meeting of 2019 is Thursday, February 14, from 6:30 to 7:55 p.m. in the First Texas Honda Conference Room*.  The agenda for the meeting is posted below. * (Please enter the dealership via the Steck entrance and park in the visitors’ parking lot to your left, nearest the big United States flag. If you enter through the main entrance, the conference room is down the corridor to your left. If you enter through the door on the west side of the building, the conference room is down the corridor, just before you reach the show room.) All Contact Team meetings are open to the public. To be a member of the North Shoal Creek NPCT, you must also fall into one or more of the following categories:
    • Property owner
    • Residential renter
    • Business owner
    • Neighborhood organization member owning or renting property within the neighborhood plan area.
    To be a voting member, you must be over 18 years of age; meet the membership requirement listed above; and have attended one prior meeting of the North Shoal Creek Neighborhood Plan Contact Team in the last 12 months. For more information on the NSCNPCT, please email nsccontactteam [at] gmail [dot] com  
  • 183/MoPac Shared Use Path To Be Completed Spring 2019
    Once the shared use path is open, walkers and bikers will have access beneath 183 to Neils Thompson Road and areas north.
  • 2019 Officers Elected, Board Meetings Scheduled
    Here is a list of the NSCNA’s 2019 officers and board of directors who were elected during the January 8 membership meeting:
    • Officers- Kevin Wier, President (president [at] nscna [dot] org) Jon Menegay, Vice President (vp [at] nscna [dot] org) Dylan Biles, Secretary (secretary [at] nscna [dot] org) Jeri Wines, Treasurer (treasurer [at] nscna [dot] org)
    • Directors (directors [at] nscna [dot] org) – Iain Cox Anna Hobbs Sharon Justice Rima Star Kenneth Webb Steven Weintraub Mary Jane Wier
    The NSCNA’s first board meeting of 2019 is scheduled for Thursday, January 17, 2019. LOCATION: First Texas Honda Conference Room 3400 Steck Ave Austin, TX 78757 (Conference Room is on the left side of the building. You can enter from the side door on the left side of the building, which is closer to to where visitors can park. As a courtesy to First Texas Honda, try not to park in their prime, front visitor parking for their potential customers and customers. Note, however, that sometimes the parking lot is very full.) DATES: The 3rd Thursday of each month. January 17 February 21 March 21 April 18 May 16 June 20 July 18 August 15 September 19 October 17 November 21 December 19 TIME: 6:30 P.M. until 7:55 P.M. Board meetings, like membership meetings, are open to the public.
  • Steck Bridge Mosaic Designs
    This is the design for the mosaic to be installed on the south or KVUE side of the bridge. Design is by Kevin Wier, NSCNA President, 2018-2019. Members of NSCNA’s Beautification Committee are currently working on creating this mosaic. If you are interested in participating or want more information on this project, please email beautification [at] nscna [dot] org.   This design, also created by Kevin Wier, is to be installed on the north side of the bridge:
  • GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING TUESDAY, JAN. 8, 6:30-8:00 PM IN THE PILLOW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL LIBRARY
    Agenda includes 2019 officers election. You need to have paid your 2019 dues to vote. You can pay via cash or check at the meeting or via PayPal online at nscna.org/join-us *Library is first door to your left when you enter via Pillow’s front door
  • How To Haze A Coyote
    Several reports of coyote sightings have been posted recently on NextDoor North Shoal Creek. Here’s information from the Humane Society’s webpage on how to haze a coyote to keep them away from our yards and pets: “Hazing is a method that makes use of deterrents to move an animal out of an area or discourage an undesirable behavior or activity. Hazing can help maintain a coyote’s fear of humans and deter them from backyards and play spaces. Methods of hazing Using a variety of different hazing tools  is critical so that coyotes don’t get used to redundant or single stimulus devices, sounds, and actions.
    • Yelling and waving your arms while approaching the coyote
    • Noisemakers: Voice, whistles, air horns, bells, “shaker” cans full of marbles or pennies, pots, lid or pie pans banged together
    • Projectiles: sticks, small rocks, cans, tennis balls or rubber balls
    • Other: hoses, water guns with vinegar water, spray bottles with vinegar water, pepper spray or bear repellent
    “Go away coyote!” The simplest method of hazing a coyote involves being loud and large:
    • Stand tall, wave your arms, and yell at the coyote, approaching them if necessary, until they run away as demonstrated in this coyote hazing video.
    • If a coyote has not been hazed before, they may not immediately run away when you yell at them. If this happens, you may need to walk towards the coyote and increase the intensity of your hazing.
    • The coyote may run away, but then stop after a distance and look at you. It is important to continue to go after the coyote until they completely leaves the area. You may need to use different tactics, such as noisemakers, stomping your feet, or spraying the coyote with a hose, to get them to leave.
    Dog-walking tools There are several tools that you can carry with you while walking your dog that can be used to repel coyotes. These include:
    • Homemade noisemakers (PDF)
    • Whistle or small air horn (you can purchase small air horn “necklaces”)
    • Squirt guns
    • Pepper spray
    • Sticks or other objects to throw towards (but not at) the coyote”
    For more information, go to https://www.humanesociety.org/resources/coyote-hazing
  • NSC Luminaria Walk Wednesday, December 19, 6-8 p.m. Pillow Elementary School track
    Please come to NSCNA’s annual luminaria walk on Wednesday, December 19, 6-8 p.m., at the Pillow Elementary School track. Afterwards, stop by the pavilion for complimentary cookies and cocoa. NSCNA needs volunteers to help set up the luminaria. If you can help, please arrive at the track at 4 p.m. We’ll have paper bags, sand, tea candles, and lighters. All we need is you!
    2018 Luminaria Announcement
     
  • SHOAL CREEK BLVD OPEN HOUSE DEC 12
    The Austin Transportation Department (ATD) is holding an open house, a listening session to better understand the needs of people using Shoal Creek Boulevard:

    Wednesday, December 12, 5:30 to & 7:00 P.M.

    Gullett Elementary School Cafeteria

    6310 Treadwell Blvd, Austin, TX 78757

    Public input will be used to evaluate opportunities for improvements and can be shared with ATD at the listening session or by phone or email. For more information:   Shoal Creek Blvd Open House
  • Austin Community Tree (ACT) Program distributes free trees in North Shoal Creek
    North Shoal Creek’s low tree canopy (20%) combined with the recent adoption of its neighborhood plan recently resulted in 173 free trees being distributed to North Shoal Creek residents who requested them via ACT’s 2018 program. Residents could select from three kinds of shade trees — Lacy Oak, Mexican Sycamore, or Mexican White Oak – and three kinds of understory trees — Mexican Buckeye, Texas Mountain Laurel, or Mexican Plum. Community volunteers along with Austin Development Services staff and staff from the Austin Parks and Recreation Department also planted 30 of the trees. ACT volunteers canvassed our neighborhood on Sept. 29, 2018 hanging information about the program on doorknobs of residences that volunteers identified as needing additional sidewalk and street shade. In response to the canvassing – which offered a total of 615 trees — residents requested 173 trees via ACT’s online registration form. ACT worked with the North Shoal Creek Neighborhood Association (NSCNA) to promote the program, recruit volunteers and provide food for volunteers at each of the three event days: the block walk on September 29, followed by the tree staging on October 26 and delivery day on October 27. NSCNA offers special thanks to Margaret Valenti, Senior Planner in the Community Tree Preservation Division of Austin’s Development Services Department, and NSCNA board member Jon Menegay, who served as co-coordinators of the project. The ACT 2018 program succeeded in helping grow the urban forest in the North Shoal Creek Neighborhood, and it also helped activate and educate community volunteers on the importance of the urban forest and proper tree planting procedures. The effects of the program will be seen for years to come as the trees mature and become part of the neighborhood and the urban forest throughout the city. This is the 12th year of the Austin Community Tree Program, which has delivered over 6,300 trees throughout the Austin community. Here is a breakdown of North Shoal Creek’s new trees:
    Shade
    Lacy Oak 15
    Mexican Sycamore 19
    Mexican White Oak 47
    Subtotal 81
    Understory
    Mexican Buckeye 24
    Texas Mountain Laurel 36
    Mexican Plum 32
    Subtotal 92
    Total Trees 173
  • Shoal Creek Boulevard Community Listening Session December 12 5:30-7 p.m.
    The Austin Transportation Department wants your feedback related to transportation safety and mobility for people using Shoal Creek Boulevard. A community listening session is scheduled for Wednesday, December 12, at the Gullett Elementary School cafeteria, 6310 Treadwell Boulevard. Interested stakeholders are encouraged to stop by anytime between 5:30 and 7pm to share feedback through a series of interactive exhibits.
  • The Shoal Creek Trail Plan is now available!
    This community-developed plan lays the foundation for implementing major improvements to the existing 3.9-mile Shoal Creek Trail, extending the trail by nearly nine miles, and connecting it to the Walnut Creek Trail north of US 183. Ultimately, the extended Shoal Creek Trail will become part of a 30-mile continuous “Big Loop” of urban trails traversing the city from Lady Bird Lake to Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park. The Plan is the result of a more than one-year-long public process in partnership with the Shoal Creek Conservancy, the City of Austin and community stakeholders. You can view the plan at https://shoalcreekconservancy.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/ShoalCreekTrailVisionToActionPlan_2018.11.07_small.pdf