SRCC General Membership Meeting Minutes – 12/5/2016

Monday, December 5, 2016 7:15 PM
(formerly Grace UMC)

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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: Gretchen Otto, SRCC President, unless otherwise noted.

2. 7:25 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, 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.

3. 7:27 Approve minutes from November 7, 2016 monthly general meetings (available at

MOTION: Betty Weed / Jean Mather – to approve the minutes from the November General Membership meeting = PASSED 21 for, 0 against, 0 abstain

4. 7:30 Treasurer’s Report – see attachment to agenda distributed at the meeting; all reports are available upon
request to the Treasurer. Presenter: Nancy Byrd,

5. 7:35 Committee Chairs reports
1) Parks, Schools, Environment–see item below; 2) Planning & Zoning–SPILLAR; 3) Transportation & Public Safety–see item below; 4) Norwood–see item below; 5) Historic District; 6) Finance; 7) ANC*; 8) Communications; 9) CodeNEXT–see website; 10) Executive Committee
2) A self storage facility will be built in place of the Spillar Custom Hitches lot. Residents living on Carnarvon Ln will notice the construction and new buildings.
9) A timeline for CodeNEXT has been posted on the SRCC website –

6. 7:40 Update on request for four-way stop signage at E. Live Oak and Alta Vista. VOTE REQUIRED
Presenter: Betty Weed, SRCC member,
This intersection has been documented as unsafe for both pedestrians and drivers especially considering its proximity to a park, a school and multi-family housing residents that regularly cross year round to access the school, park and pool.

MOTION: Betty Weed / Sarah Campbell – SRCC supports adding a four way stop sign at the intersection of Alta Vista and Live Oak = PASSED 28 for, 0 opposed, 1 abstain

7. 7:45 Ad-hoc committee for AISD parcel: update on bid process/proposal to adopt future park–VOTE REQUIRED
See resolution attached.
Presenter: Gretchen Otto
Near hwy71, Warehouse Row and Wal-Mart is a large tract of land at the headwaters of Blun Creek that is going up for sale by AISD. SRCC is working to have the land preserved and has a commitment from PARD to acquire it through a land swap or otherwise.

MOTION: Sarah Campbell / Wolf Sitler – To support the following resolution:
Whereas AISD has requested bids for purchase and proposals “for the repurposing, short-term lease, partnership or other open-ended options of real property and improvements located south of alpine road,” and

Whereas members and elected representatives of the SRCC have visited this parcel of land, located at the headwaters of Blunn Creek at 3701 Woodbury Street, and

Whereas these members and representatives, including engineers, have further researched and documented the environmental features of this parcel and determined that it is a critical part of the Blunn Creek watershed, and

Whereas protecting this property will have a postive effect on water quality and flood prevention all along Blunn Creek, and

Whereas Blunn Creek flows throughout the entire length of the SRCC area and thus affects all the residents of SRCC, and

Whereas SRCC has a long history of stewardship of Blunn Creek including Blunn Creek Preserve and Blunn Creek Greenbelt, and

Whereas PARD has determined that the southernmost area of SRCC is parkland deficient, and

Whereas that area is likely to be redeveloped into a denser residential area;

Therefore, be it resolved that the SRCC requests that the City of Austin obtain this property and create a new park and watershed preserve.

Be it further resolved that if the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department successfully creates a park on this parcel of land, the SRCC pledges to adopt the park and offer our volunteer efforts for keeping it clean and well-maintained.
= PASSED 32 for, 0 opposed, 0 abstain

8. 7:55 Update on Norwood Park and introduction to new project manager
Presenter: Teri O’Glee, Project Manager, 512.293.7637, | Colleen Theriot President of the board of the Norwood Park Foundation,
There is an article in the Life in Travis Heights neighborhood magazine that covers all the current details of the project. Teri O’Glee is the new project manager. The master plan imagery is complete and can be found on their website. Please contact them if you would like to volunteer or help to raise funds.

9. 8:10 Proposal to ask city to consider requiring master plan involvement for large private institutions such as St. Edward’s University (and update on 12/2 meeting). POSSIBLE VOTE
This would entail a letter to city requesting that the city adopt an amendment to the land development code requiring private institutions with master plans to hold a stakeholder process for surrounding neighborhoods with COA adopted neighborhood plans and that the private institution must submit their stakeholder input along with the master plan to the city for approval in areas with an adopted neighborhood plan.
Presenter: Gretchen Otto (on behalf of Elloa Matthews, SRCC Area 5 Co-Coordinator)
It was suggested that the neighborhood be added as a stakeholder during the master planning process as well as possibly use a FLUM to manage the process. Does anyone know a lawyer willing to do pro bono work on this?

MOTION: Tina Buck / David Swann – To request that the city adopt an amendment to the land development code requiring private institutions with master plans to hold a stakeholder process for surrounding neighborhoods with COA adopted neighborhood plans and that the private institution must submit their stakeholder input along with the master plan to the city for approval in areas with an adopted neighborhood plan. = PASSED 33 for, 0 opposed, 0 abstain

10. 8:20 Capital Metro Project Connect back on the table–high-capacity transit solutions
Presenter: Javier A. Argüello, Director – Long Range Planning, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority (CMTA), 512.389.7426,
Project Connect is the name of the long range planning effort and is a regional vision that serves five counties. The hope is to get people using public transit to not only get around but also to bridge the gap of the last mile. There are forty existing traffic and transportation studies that they are working from, there will be no new studies. Expanding the red line of the commuter rail to increase capacity would support the existing demand and triple ridership. Adding dedicated bus lanes on I-35 with access points for riders is another commuter improvement in the works. Please send any questions to Javier and Sam.

11. 8:40 Woodland Storage–construction update
Presenter: Teresa Griffin, SRCC Member, | Brendan Callahan, rep from owner Endeavor,, 512-682-5552 | Edd Haskins, builder,, 214-552-8580
This is at the northwest corner of I-35 and Woodland and it will be a self storage facility. The site was formerly owned by Reagan signs and intended to be a printing facility but they sold it after much neighborhood effort. The zoning was changed to CS and restricted to everything but storage. At the cost of a million dollars, they offered to preserve much of the habitat while also increasing the capacity of the drainage running through the property.

12. 8:50 How to fight against problem STRs/illegal STRs, information on lawsuit being brought on Edgecliff
Presenter: Robert Reeves, SRCC Member,
Robert lives across from two STRs, one without a license and one with an expired license. After having very little luck addressing the problems through existing city processes, he decided instead to file suit and is offering free advice to anyone that has questions.

THERE IS NO SRCC MEETING IN JANUARY. Next general meeting will be February 6. There will be an Executive Committee meeting on January 23.
ELECTION RUNOFF REMINDER! Early voting 12/1-12/9, Election Day is 12/13
ACC Board of Trustees, Place 4: Sean Hassan, Michael J. Lewis
ACC Board of Trustees, Place 9: Guadalupe “Lupe” Sosa, Julie Ann Nitsch
Austin City Council, District 10: Sheri Gallo, Alison Alter
SRCC Election reminder too: now taking nominations for officers for next election. Prefer to have nominations in by end of January.
Next newsletter timeline: articles due by beginning of Feb to have spring newsletter delivered in time for annual potluck/election announcements.
Greater South River City Neighborhood Planning Contact Team is seeking new members. Visit this page for more information:
Contact Terry Franz if interested:
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! We need volunteers for several open positions
neighborhood watch program organizer
SRCC Special Events Chair to organize the July 4 picnic and annual potluck
SRCC Newsletter Editor
more folks interested in helping on SRCC transportation committee
Austin Monitor discount: SRCC16 for 20% off subscription

Account reconciliation, Profit & Loss and Balance reports available upon request from or

*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

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