SRCC General Membership Meeting Agenda – December 2019

SRCC GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING  (www.srccatx.org)
Monday, December 2, 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: Dan Fredine, SRCC Vice President, vicepresident@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 November 4, 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), and changing the meetings to be the third Tuesday of the month at 7pm. This issue was discussed at the October and November General Membership meetings and feedback was generally positive. Discussion with and input from the membership is being solicited on the proposed changes; on November 13th a survey was sent via email to those who receive the SRCC Monthly Update emails.  
Link to the survey and details about the proposed changes.
Presenter: Dan Fredine (5 min + 5 min Q&A)

7.  8:05  The City released the draft of the Land Development Code Rewrite (LDCR) on October 4th. Serious concerns remain about the impact of the proposed changes to the SRCC neighborhood and the rest of Austin. Community not Commodity has been working to protect neighborhoods from some of the potential negative impacts of the LDCR. 
Link to renderings of what could potentially be built on individual lots.
Link to file a rezoning protest.
Presenter: Barbara McArthur, Community Not Commodity, mcabarney@gmail.com   (10 min + 5 min Q&A)

8.  8:20  The City of Austin Art in Public Places (AIPP) program is commissioning a professional visual artist, or artist team, to design and fabricate mosaic artwork for the Little Stacy Neighborhood Park.  Artist James Edward Talbot has been commissioned by the City of Austin Art in Public Places Program to design artwork that creates a visible, aesthetically pleasing experience at the entrance of the park and draws inspiration from moments of play occurring within.  Talbot would like to meet Little Stacy’s nearby community and discuss the upcoming artwork!  
Presenter: Marjorie Flanagan, Art in Public Places Sr. Project Manager, marjorie.flanagan@austintexas.gov and James Talbot, Neverland Designs, talbot@talbotworld.com (10 min)

9.  8:30  The property that formerly housed the Austin-American Statesman (305 S. Congress), referred to as the Statesman PUD,  is being redeveloped as part of the South Central Waterfront. In September SRCC voted to recommend that Council not approve any new entitlements in the South Central Waterfront plan area until the Council has implemented regulatory and financial measures provide public benefits outlined in the South Central Waterfront Vision Plan. While this issue has not been resolved, the developer for 305 S. Congress is continuing to press forward, requesting an amendment to the FLUM to change the use at this site from Industrial to Mixed Use. The request is out of cycle for a project, and far exceeds the additional entitlements described in the South Central Waterfront Vision Plan with only a promise, rather than a guarantee of community benefit. In addition they are requesting a PUD amendment to modify permitted land uses and site development regulations. This will come before the Planning Commission on December 17th. [VOTE POSSIBLE] 

Link to SRCC Planning & Zoning PUD Amendment Topics sheet for 305 S Congress.

Presenter: Paula Kothmann, SRCC Mobility Committee Chair, paula.kothmann@gmail.com      (10 min + 5 min Q&A)

NEW BUSINESS 

10.  8:45 A variance has been requested for 303 Woodward, which would subdivide the existing lot and create a flag lot, and it was reviewed by the SRCC Planning and Zoning Committee. Apparently the 7 objections submitted by neighbors were not given to the Planning Commission before the hearing. We are following up with the City Staff about: 1) when a developer requires neighborhood support in order to obtain a variance; 2) when neighbors can request a hearing postponement; and 3) how to appeal a variance. Special note is that developers are seeking to aggregate lots in order to gain more flexibility. 

Link to the variance request. 

Presenter: Paula Kothmann, SRCC Planning & Zoning Committee, paula.kothmann@gmail.com      (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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