SRCC General Membership Meeting Minutes 12/02/2013

MONDAY, December 2, 2013 7:15 PM

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1. 7:15 Meeting procedures, etiquette, welcome newcomers. Reminder: state your full name when presenting or seconding a motion.
Presenter throughout: Marc Davis, President, unless otherwise noted.


2. 7:20 Membership & voting announcements. If you pay multiple years in advance, you will 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

3. 7:22 Approve minutes from November 4, 2013, last regular monthly meeting (available at
MOTION: Jean Mather/Marty Peck – to approve minutes from November 4, 2013 = PASSED

4. 7:25 Treasurer’s Report
November 2013
Account reconciliation, Profit & Loss and Balance reports available upon request from
Presenter: Nancy Byrd, Treasurer

5. 7:30 Committee Chairs reports
1) Parks, Schools, Environment; no report 2) Planning & Zoning – items below; 3) Transportation & Public Safety; no report 5) Historic District – no report; 9) Reps to ANC Austin Nbhd Council; no report, 10) Communication; 11) Quality of Life
4) Financial Committee – Sam Martin – status report on projects funded by ACF
6) Norwood Committee – Wolf Sitler – reported on Norwood House progress – waiting for materials tests to comply with a City of Austin requirement for a hazardous materials report- delays with pro bono engineer, asked for help in finding a new pro bono engineer

6. 7:40 Update on Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (ICRC) process. Websites w/maps: :
Presenters: Carol Martin, VP; Jean Mather, Chair Zoning Committee
ICRC — Carol provided the link to the online map to see detailed map of the new City Council district boundaries. Most of the area within SRCC’s geographic boundaries is in District 9. SRCC’s area south of Woodward is in District 3. See map below of adjacent districts – Bouldin is in district 5, Barton Hills is in District 8. The impact of switching from at-large representation on City Council to geographic districts on the political environment is yet to be seen. How the voting behavior of new district reps will work with SRCC’s traditional interests to protect neighborhood in zoning issues, commercialization pressures, traffic, Lady Bird Lake in regard to City of Austin decisions yet to be seen. Carol interested in seeing a zoning layer on the map of districts to evaluate strength of residential interests. Much discussion on outcome of districting placing SRCC with downtown and north central neighborhoods instead of a block of south Austin neighborhoods as SRCC lobbied for. Kathy Tovo resides in district 9 and is planning on running for re-election and is a strong voice for neighborhood interests. SRCC will encourage efforts to register voters and get out the vote during election time.

7. 7:50 Update on 517 E. Oltorf – Apostolic Assembly of the Faith in Christ Jesus, Inc.’s request (C14-2013-0081) to upzone to GR (with conditional overlay) to increase their impervious cover limit and allow for additional construction. Discussion of continuation of SRCC support for AAFCJ variance request;
Presenter: Russell Fraser, Kent Anschutz, Zoning committee
Representatives from the Apostolic Assembly of the Faith in Christ Jesus appeared before the Planning Commission on November 12th to ask for a zoning change to GR see backup documents: After meeting with SRCC’s zoning committee to work out an agreement, The Church proceeded to appear before the Planning Commission with their original request contrary to SRCC’s compromise agreement. Russell Fraser, Jean Mather, Elloa Matthews are monitoring the progress of the rezoning request and are less inclined to support a compromise with this group again. Much discussion about the church’s dismissal of the good faith effort from SRCC. Upzoning to GR is inappropriate for this property. The increase in impervious cover is unnecessary with the amount of asphalt parking that is not being used. The Public Safety Commission is concerned with too much impervious contributing to recent flooding. The Planning Commission voted against the request in the November 12th meeting. No additional requests have been scheduled yet. Zoning committee will continue to monitor requests for action on this rezoning request.

8. 8:00 Update on Congress Avenue Baptist Church’s request (C14-2013-0022) to up-zone to GR (with conditional overlay) to allow for commercial parking and the eventual construction of a parking garage on the back half of their lot. They are going to Planning Commission on Tuesday Dec. 10th at 6 pm in City Hall. we need your support
Presenter: Marc Davis, President
SRCC has already voted against the proposal which is not consistent with neighborhood plan because the parking structure is not compatible. At a previous hearing, the Merchants association asked for a 2 month delay. Gary Schotts Transportation dept will recommend to PC that no decision be made that will preclude eventual building of a parking garage. As a result Greg Guernsey COA staff made changes in the original recommendation for Upzoning. The recommendation does not include height restrictions…., other forces, interested in parking garage though this is NOT in the original request. City staff has recommended for upzoning potential height requirements, etc. loosen even more in response to Transportation dept. Possibility that issue goes to Council December 12th (to be confirmed). SRCC should ask for a postponement that Marc asking for neighborhood voices to come to City Hall for this city anticipating future need use…Need a valid petition to be submitted soon.


MOTION: Jean Mather/ Marty Peck– if we learn that the city council has this item on the agenda for 12/12 – SRCC will ask for a postponement = PASSED

9. 8:10 Report on South Central Waterfront Overlay plan. Waterfront walking tour December 7, 2013. 9:50 am to 12 noon.
Presenter: Wendy Price Todd
Group is working on the waterfront plan for development along Lady Bird Lake. Expecting a change because the current overlay does not support the future growth for this area. Wendy is on the Advisory Group. Garret Nick has agreed to be the SRCC rep and will attend the sessions and report back to SRCC. Planning dept has to deliver a plan for the south side of Lady Bird Lake. Waterfront walking tour on Saturday December 7, 2013. 9:50 am to 12 noon Meet at One Texas Center and include the area around Blunn Creek. UPDATE: Saturday’s forecast of freezing rain has the city considering a postponement of this event. Alan Holt, Sylvia Guerrero at COA Planning dept state that nothing on the board yet. Residents are encouraged to sign up for the email list, give neighborhood input, stay on point about the boardwalk, add more parkland relative to density, add more amenities in proportion to more height. Recently a sustainable design assessment team presented a multi- disciplinary study of the area. Meeting was held at Mexican american cultural center. The High Line in NYC is example of neighborhood input and what is possible. Wendy welcomes lots of inquiries.

10. 8:20 Discussion of 2009 Alta Vista variance request. Joseph Kurth goes before the BOA on December 9.
Presenter: Jean Mather, Zoning Committee
Owner Mr. Kurth, a realtor, wants a five foot variance. He hired a contractor to build a  carport and storage on the lot line. He proceeded with the project without a building permit. SRCC Zoning subcommittee did not support his request.

MOTION: Tim Boswell/Carol Martin – SRCC does not support the request for variance = PASSED

11. 8:25 Proposal for SRCC to sign a no-fee retainer with Pete Reid Law for legal advice and review of property and zoning cases
Presenter: Marc Davis, President
Mr. Reid has provided review and advice to SRCC on multiple complex. contracts engagements Sunnymead letter of understanding, private restrictive covenant regarding Reagan signs, Property litigator Pete Reid has proposed a retainer agreement that states there will be no fee. SRCC is not compelled to accept advice, but useful to get his review.

MOTION: Dannette Chimenti/Jim Hallinan – Pending review by SRCC member, Cynthia Milne, attorney, SRCC will sign no-fee retainer agreement with Peter Reid Law = PASSED

12. 8:30 Discussion of the current Project Connect light rail proposal that the City of Austin is considering
Presenter: Marc Davis, President
Mr. Selso from Capital Metro explained corridor study locally . At this stage deciding the location; next stage will decide the preferred mode of transportation (light rail, etc). The central corridor, still in planning, two subcorridors already in process. There will be a January briefing on both the Highland corridor and East Riverside corridor including demographics and economics future … high capacity transit. Lee Leffingwell, committee will make the decision about paths modes. Neighborhood interest … public feedback critical. Jean Mather, Jeff Kessel, Marty Peck will represent SRCC to monitor this issue.

Other Business:
Mark Vornberg requesting clarification of code- from Board of Adjustment. His clients, Angella Emmett and Tom Siragusa, 2100 THB homeowners want to build 2nd bldg on the lot. They wanted more than 500 sf on 1st level. submitted request limited to 800 sf – allows exemption of garage and attic; BOA agrees that the plan meets the exemption for a basement, but states it does not apply to 2nd bldg.

Elloa ; Grace UMC —
GUMC task force to decide future of this church, Methodist Conference need way to demonstrate GUMC will become self sufficient. Conference leaders believes GUMC cannot fulfill their mission if it does not have parking space; they want to know if SRCC will oppose parking garage. They want SRCC to facilitate discussion between 3 churches about sharing parking Lutheran, Baptist, Methodist,
Elloa will be the liaison

– Save the Date : SRCC Annual Membership meeting / Pot luck dinner / Elections. Tuesday March 4th, 2014 starts 6:00 pm. Bring a dish. Kids welcome.

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