10/27/11 Open House on E. Riverside Corridor Regulating Plan & new Mobility/Transportation Study

This is a joint open house featuring the draft regulating plan and the new mobility/transportation study. It will have an open format with City staff stationed at various tables covering different subjects and you may go from table to table per your interests. If you want to know more about the mobility/transportation efforts, this is the place to be Thursday. And if you’re concerned about new regulations for Core Transit Corridors that affect residential properties, you’ll definitely want to attend. ERC Regulating Plan and Transportation Study Open House, Thursday, October 27, 5-8 pm, Travis High School Cafeteria, 1211 E. Oltorf St. (City email notice follows my comments below) 
I still have not gotten through the entire draft regulating plan, but am especially concerned about leaving all the development decisions that directly impact residential properties up to City staff, with no provision for notice to affected homeowners or neighborhood associations, and no specific provision for appeal of such decisions. The draft plan allows the Director/Staff to decide whether a developer’s alternative plan is acceptable. (No, Corridor property developers do NOT have to follow the regulating plan if they provide an alternative that the Director of Neighborhood Planning and Development, or his designee, deems acceptable. The developer can appeal the Director/Designee’s decision to the appropriate Land Com’n, but there doesn’t appear be a requirement for notice to or input from the affected residential property owners or their neighborhood association. The plan doesn’t address whether property owners adjacent to the Corridor properties will retain their valid petition rights.) I’ll have my list of questions ready for Thursday, and I encourage you to do the same. Hope to see you there.

Toni House


Subject: East Riverside Corridor Open House on Oct. 27th
Date: Thu, 13 Oct 2011 16:33:45 -0500
From: Erica.Leak@austintexas.gov
To: latoniahouse@hotmail.com

Dear East Riverside Corridor Stakeholder,

We wanted to let you know that the Draft East Riverside Corridor Regulating Plan is nearly ready for review, and that the City is hosting an open house for the public to find out more about the draft regulations and provide feedback. The Draft East Riverside Corridor Regulating Plan will be available for review starting Monday at the Ruiz Branch Library, 1600 Grove Blvd., and online at: http://eastriversidecorridor.com.

The City is also moving forward with implementation of the ERC Master Plan by undertaking a transportation study for the corridor. That study will identify short-, medium-, and long-term transportation improvements to increase safety and improve vehicular, pedestrian and bicycle mobility and accessibility in the East Riverside corridor. The needs identified through the study will help the City prioritize on-the-ground improvements for the area.

ERC Regulating Plan and Transportation Study Open House
Thursday, October 27, 5-8 pm
Travis High School Cafeteria, 1211 E. Oltorf St.

View the open house flyer here: http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/urbandesign/downloads/erc_oct27.pdf

We hope you’ll join us at the open house to learn about the draft regulations and give your input on ways to improve mobility for pedestrians, bikes, transit and cars in the East Riverside Corridor.

Thank you again for your interest in the East Riverside Corridor!

Erica Leak
Senior Planner
City of Austin
Planning & Development Review Dept.
T: 512.974.2856
Note my new email address: erica.leak@austintexas.gov

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