SRCC General Membership Meeting Agenda – November 2019

SRCC GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING  (www.srccatx.org)

Monday, November 4, 2019     7:15 PM

LIFE IN THE CITY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH (formerly Grace UMC)

205 E. MONROE, AUSTIN, TEXAS

AGENDA

To be sure you get a vote, become a member. You can join or renew online www.srccatx.org. Not sure if you are current? Email membership@srccatx.org and we’ll let you know.

CALL TO ORDER/APPROVAL OF MINUTES

1.  7:15  Meeting procedures, etiquette, welcome newcomers. Verification of quorum. Reminder: state your name when presenting or seconding a motion. If an acronym is stated during the meeting and you don’t know what it means, please feel free to raise your hand and ask.*   

Presenter throughout: Eric Cassady, SRCC President, president@srccatx.org, unless otherwise noted. (8 min)

2.  7:23  Membership and voting. Pay multiple years in advance and get a discount. Single membership: 1-yr $20;  2-yr $35; 3-yr $50 / Family membership: 1-yr $35; 2-yr $65; 3-yr $95 NOTE: In order to vote or make motions, dues must be paid a month in advance, with the exception that if a former member’s dues have  lapsed no more than 2 years, they may renew at the meeting and be eligible to vote. (2 min)

3.  7:25  Treasurer’s Report – see reverse of agenda. All reports available upon request to the Treasurer treasurer@srccatx.org  

Presenter: Oliver Caruso (Treasurer) (5 min)

4.  7:30  Committee Chairs reports

1) Planning and Zoning–see item below; 2) Historic Preservation; 3) Finance; 4) Mobility; 5) Public Safety;  6) Parks and Environment –see item below ; 7) Schools; 8) Communications; 9) Executive Committee –see item below ; 10) Land Development Code Rewrite ad hoc committee –see item below

Representatives: 11) ANC*; 12) SCC*; 13) South Central Waterfront–see item below; 14) St. Edward’s; 15) S. Central Affordable CDC (20 min)

5.  7:50  Approve minutes from the October 7, 2019 monthly general meeting (available at www.srccatx.org) (5 min)

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

6.  7:55  SRCC is considering changing the location for the General Membership meetings from Life in the City to Good Shepherd on the Hill (1700 Woodland). The SRCC Executive Committee held their October meeting at Good Shepherd. This issue was discussed at the October General Membership meeting and feedback was positive. Discussion with and input from the membership is being solicited. 

Presenter: Eric Cassady (5 min + 5 min Q&A)

7.  8:05  The City has released the draft of the Land Development Code Rewrite on October 4th, and there was an opportunity for public comment at the Planning Commission meeting on October 26th. Serious concerns remain about the impact of the proposed changes to the SRCC neighborhood and the rest of Austin. 

Presenter: Paula Kothmann, Land Development Code Rewrite ad hoc Committee Chair, paula.kothmann@gmail.com (10 min)

8.  8:15  Earlier this year construction was being done at 504 Sunny Lane that did not follow applicable codes. At the February 2019 SRCC meeting the membership voted to ask the City to work with the owner to assess the situation and resolve the issues. The owner is now requesting variances related to increasing the impervious cover from 45% (required) to 59.5% (requested) and increasing fence heights. The issue will be coming before the Board of Adjustment in November. [VOTE EXPECTED]

Link to the Board of Adjustment Review document.

Link to February SRCC Minutes where issues with this construction were previously voted on – see item #8.

Presenter: Russell Fraser, SRCC Planning & Zoning Committee Chair, Russell_Fraser@msn.com (10 min)

NEW BUSINESS 

9.  8:25  The National Weather Service has completed a historical rainfall study, called Atlas 14. This study shows that Central Texas is more likely to experience larger storms and resulting flooding than previously thought. A change to City code is proposed to protect the public from flooding; an interim 100-year floodplain will be based on the current 500-year floodplain. 

Link to the City’s Atlas14 website.

Presenter: Kevin Shunk, City of Austin Watershed Protection Division Manager, Kevin.Shunk@austintexas.gov (15 min + 5 min Q&A)

10.  8:45 Although fireworks are illegal in Austin, there is a city process that allows commercial displays to be permitted. Past displays have created problems for residents and their pets, and there is inherent danger of fire. It is being proposed that we ask the City to strengthen the permitting process to better protect the public.  There is not any expectation that civic displays for community events on appropriate public property (like the Fourth of July celebration at Auditorium Shores) would be affected. It is proposed that we request that the City considers the need for safety for neighborhood residents, public input to the permit process, mandatory notification in the area to be affected, sound-level control, and cost control for these commercial events.  [VOTE EXPECTED]

Link to City Auditor’s Wildfire Report. 

Link to Burn Ban Ordinance.

Presenter: David Swann, SRCC Member, expfc@att.net (10 min)

8:55   GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! We need volunteers for open positions including 
    • CO-VICE PRESIDENT
    • OUTREACH COMMITTEE MEMBERS/CHAIR
  • SRCC has restarted the NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH program, and is looking for participants. Anyone interested should contact Tom Groce, SRCC Public Safety Chair at tgroce71@gmail.com to get involved! 
  • Greater South River City Neighborhood Planning Contact Team members are stewards of our 2005 Neighborhood Plan. To join or for information, visit this page: 

http://www.srccatx.org/about/greater-south-river-city-neighborhood-plan/  Contact Terry Franz if interested: tmfranz@airmail.net

*Frequently used acronyms: ACF: Austin Community Fund; ANC: Austin Neighborhood Council; SF: Single Family zoning category; FLUM: Future Land Use Map; GSRC NPCT: Greater South River City Neighborhood Planning Contact Team; NCCD: Neighborhood Conservation Combining District; PUD: Planned Unit Development; SCC: South Central Coalition of NAs

Agenda Prepared by Dan Fredine, vicepresident@srccatx.org 

Agenda subject to change. Please check www.srccatx.org for most updated version.

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