TO: Â Â Â Â Â Â Staff & Members of the South Congress Advisory Group (SCAG)
FROM: Â Â Â SRCC Neighborhood Representatives to SCAG
Sarah Campbell, Mary Lovell, Matt Lynaugh
DATE: Â Â Â Â November 4, 2011
SUBJECT: Â 25 IDEAS GENERATED BY SCAG REVIEWED BY SRCC RESIDENTS Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â WITHIN 3 BLOCKS OF SOUTH CONGRESS
On Tuesday, November 1, 2011, from 6-7:30 pm, the 3 SRCC Representatives to the SCAG held a meeting, attended by 23 residents within 3 blocks of South Congress, to review the 25 Ideas created by the SCAG.Â We took the liberty of sorting the 25 Ideas under headings that Larry Schooler presented at the SCAG’s last meeting — see the attached listing as well as the flyer we used to generate attendance.
Note the attendees’ votes for each Idea to the left of or below the Idea number.
Not surprisingly, we spent most of our meeting time on RPP.Â We were told unequivocally NOTÂ to support any changes to or dilution of the expedited RPP trade-off to the neighborhood that the City offered in exchange for accepting VMU up-zoning on South Congress.
It has become very clear to us that the long discussions about RPP in the SCAG meetings have been about the residents giving up the only leverage we have to obtain parking relief.Â We will need to discuss this issue again at the meeting on Tuesday, November 8th.
Residents also offered the following:
o Investigate the towing option — created by Charlottesville, VA to assist residents with cars blocking driveways — for implementation in Austin.
o People have been observed parking within the S. Congress area and then taking the bus to town.Â We assume their cars stay the whole work day.
o The parking problem on S. Congress is a safety, quality of life, transportation ANDÂ parking issue — force other solutions besides changes to the residents’ RPP.
o The process being used with SCAG does not address the complexity of the issue.
We respectfully request a spot early on the agenda for the November 8, 2011, SCAG meeting so that we may discuss these findings further with the whole Group.We respectfully request a spot early on the agenda for the November 8, 2011, SCAG meeting so that we may discuss these findings further with the whole Group.
Attachement #1 Sorted List of 25 Ideas:
S Congress Advisory Group’s
Ideas for Solving Parking Problems
as of 10/20/11
*Â Numbers correspond to enumeration of Ideas as generated by SCAGÂ
YÂ Â *1.Â Paint curbs on the blocks we are discussing on either side of driveways as well Â Â Â Â Â Â Â as corners.
Y Â Â 2.Â Step up police enforcement of violators, at least on weekends, first Thursdays Â Â Â Â Â Â Â and events.
Y Â Â 6.Â Enforce site plan and event requirements for parking, security, trash, etc.
Residential Parking Permit Program (RPP)
11. Consider the underutilization of 24/7 RPP.
NÂ Â 19. For all streets but S Congress, create resident-only parking on one side of the Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â street 24/7.
N Â Â 20. Have 50% coverage for RPP.
21. Have 2-hour parking limits in affected RPP areas (the Berkeley model).
22. Have more flexible hours with RPP besides 24/7, for example, 5 pm to 2 am.
Y Â Â 12. Have City partner with CapMetro and local businesses to offer eco-passes to Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â employees; get commitments from employees to use.
Y Â Â 13. Remote parking via shuttles for employees.
N Â Â 15. Allow employee passes in RPP areas.
Y Â Â 18. Create evening shuttle for weekend nights, first Thursdays, events from Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â One Texas Center and shopping center (Twin Oaks, Ace Mart).
Y Â Â Â 3. Install bike racks in certain parking areas (well-lit, safe rom betting Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â bumpedÂ by cars).
Y Â Â 7. Improve CapMetro service between downtown and S Congress.
Y Â Â 12. Have City partner with CapMetro and local businesses to offer eco- Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â passes to employees; get commitments from employees to use.
YÂ Â 17. Remote parking via shuttles for patrons.
Y Â Â 18. Create evening shuttle for weekend nights, first Thursdays, events from Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â One Texas Center and shopping center (Twin Oaks, Ace Mart).
8. Enforce current 2-hour parking limits along S Congress.
25. Have metered parking on S Congress and into the neighborhoods to Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â certainÂ extent.
Yikes. Â Overall it looked like the neighbors are opposed to meters, though many expect at some point. And only in conjunction with RPP.
Additional New Parking
YÂ Â Â 4. City to build a parking garage
14. Use parking lot of former church on West Gibson
16. Waive moratorium on ’04 development parking garage so it can Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â beÂ increased sooner.
Abstain. Â What is BCNAs feeling on this?
5. Consider the effects of proposals for S Congress on S 1st too (because it Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â also is becoming a successful retail strip).
NÂ Â 9. Signage “Be Nice to Your Neighbors” or Be Considerate of Residents, etc.
This did not work before, apparently done in the past.
10. Expand this study to include S 1st.
23. Set up a transportation work force or committee.
24. Allow electric vehicles for hire to ferry up and down S Congress, like exist Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â downtown.
o Â We ran out of time and did not address items 14, 5, 10, 23, 24
o Â 23 neighbors in attendance.
o Â 12 have had their driveways blocked.
o Â Increase in car thefts (former officer said this, name?)
o Â Danette said that Expedited RPP is in the Land Use Code and residents should be Â Â Â Â able to apply at ANY time.
If you’re interested in joining the neighborhood listserv, go to;
|Â HYPERLINK “http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SouthRiverAustin/” http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SouthRiverAustin/If you want to know more about the SCAG, go to;http://www.srccatx.org/categorysouthcongressavenue/If you want to know more about the Residential Parking Permit Program, go to;http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/transportation/respark_permit.htm|
Attachment #2 Flyer:
SOUTH CONGRESS PARKING ISSUES
IMPACTING OUR NEIGHBORHOOD!
NEED YOUR INPUT!
WHAT: One hour meeting
WHO:Â Residents on streets within 3 blocks east of
WHEN:Â Tuesday, November 1 at 6pm
WHERE:Â Mary Lovell’s home
1401 S Congress, enter from driveway on East Gibson
(walk if you can)
WHY:Â Three of your neighbors are working
on your behalf as SRCC representatives
to the S. Congress Advisory Group.
We want to know what you think
of what the Group has come up with so far.
HOW: Â Go to http://www.srccatx.org/
Click on South Congress Avenue under
Categories on right side of page.
See two articles on S Congress Advisory Group.
Mary Lovellâ€™sÂ phone 282-2818, emailÂ HYPERLINK “mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org” email@example.com