SRCC General Membership Meeting Minutes – 4/3/2017

Monday, April 3, 2017 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 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.

3. 7:27 Approve minutes from March 7, 2017 monthly general meeting (available at

MOTION: Betty Weed / Russell Frazier – to approve the minutes from March 7th General Membership meeting = PASSED 18 for, 0 opposed, 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: Sam Martin
Account reconciliation, Profit & Loss and Balance reports available upon request from or  The audit was successful. Checking account and finance committee’s records are the same.

5. 7:35 Committee Chairs reports
1) Parks, Schools, Environment–see items below; 2) Planning & Zoning; 3) Transportation & Public Safety-Sunset Lane; 4) Norwood; 5) Historic District; 6) Finance; 7) ANC*; 8) Communications; 9) CodeNEXT; 10) Executive Committee; 11)Travis Park
Parks–David Todd–Changes are supposed to happen at Little Stacy this coming winter. A member asked about trucks driving in the park across the roots of trees and actually destroying newly planted trees.. If seen, this should be reported to 311. A member shared an app available that makes reporting with a picture very easy.
Transportation & Public Safety–Gretchen Otto–Closure of Sunset Lane is progressing.
Norwood–Gretchen Otto–Dedication was postponed due to weather. New date has been set and can be found on the website.
CodeNEXT–Russell Frasier–The mapping tool for CodeNext will be released online mid-April that landowners can check if/how their zoning has changed. All landowners should receive a letter regarding their new designation. The wording for new zone descriptions are online already. Neighborhood Associations can provide feedback.
Travis Park–Gretchen Otto–Travis Heights Advocacy team tried to reach out to tenants for a meeting with Austin Tenants’ Council. Not many tenants attended.

6. 7:40 Ad-hoc committee for AISD parcel: update on bid process/proposal to adopt future park.
Presenter: David Todd, SRCC Parks Chair,
AISD surplus property in SRCC boundaries is being sold. Two offers have been made on a tract at the headwaters of Blunn Creek – -one from the City of Austin and another from a private party. An ad-hoc team within SRCC has been trying to encourage AISD to accept the offer from the City of Austin to encourage the protection of the Blunn Creek headwaters and provide a park. The trustees are meeting tonight to discuss, but not vote. Another meeting is scheduled at the end of April, but Betty Weed reported that AISD representatives are unsure if they will vote at that time. David Todd encouraged anyone who has not written to the Trustees to do so. Wendy Todd encouraged everyone to mention the hydrologic importance of the land and educational opportunities at the park in writing the trustees.

7. 7:45 Saigebrook proposed affordable housing update. For more information:
Presenter: Megan Lasch, Saigebrook Development, 830.330.0762,
At our last meeting, Megan reported that two sites were being considered for this development. A decision has been made to move forward with the Woodland site (Aria Grand). The developers want to create 70 units, which will require a zoning change to MF-6, which will be finalized by late spring or early summer. Funding for the project isn’t a sure thing, but the property is under contract (approval will be announced in July). The plan for the site was shared, including a preliminary site plan. Zoning approval has to be passed first, with actual construction will not be finished for over a year. Access off of Woodland is prohibited, so access to the development will be off of I35. TXDoT is planning the building of a 10-foot retaining wall between the Interstate and the apartments. Members of SRCC discussed concern over the proposed concrete channel along the site, protecting trees, and impervious cover. Gretchen encouraged anyone to join the Neighborhood Planning Contact Team for SRCC to look at the development and meet with Megan to discuss the zoning.  Megan distributed these Sagebrook Flyers.

8. 8:05 Nomination of SRCC Representative to the South Central Waterfront Advisory Board – recently created as part of Imagine Austin – Duties of the SCWAB include serving as an advisory body to the city council and city manager regarding policies and projects in the South Central Waterfront district, serving as stewards for the South Central Waterfront Vision Framework Plan, and maintaining liaison relationships with city staff and other boards and commissions. – VOTE FOR SRCC NOMINEE. Current candidate is Wendy Todd.
Presenter: Gretchen Otto
The City of Austin is developing an advisory board member for the SCWAB and SRCC gets to nominate a representative. Wendy Todd has volunteered to be involved on this committee. Wendy Todd shared that she has represented SRCC (along with other members) in developments within the neighborhood since 1999.

Motion: Claudette Lowe /David Todd to nominate Wendy Todd to be the SRCC representative to SCWAB
=Passed 18 for, 0 against, 0 abstaining.

9. 8:20 Austin is being considered for Formula E Racing in 2018 – Formula One-type cars which are electric powered, and race around downtown streets.
Presenter: Gretchen Otto
Gretchen will be attending a meeting on April 11th to find out what is being proposed. Let her know if you want to attend this meeting. If you have a specific question, email her. Gretchen will report back to SRCC. We will discuss, and then she will report back to Kathie Tovo about the neighborhood’s thoughts and concerns.


  • There will be an Executive Committee meeting on April 17. Committee Chairs are strongly encouraged to attend if you are interested in continuing on as chair.
  • Preservation Austin History Hunt coming to our neighborhood on May 20! Volunteer opportunity.
  • 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
  • Gretchen has been approved as a volunteer deputy registrar for Travis County, and she will bring voter registration cards to future meetings. To vote in the May election, you must be registered by April 6th.

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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