Tuesday, September 19, 2023, 7:00 PM

Zoom Meeting

SRCC: See the future. Shape the future. (


1. 7:00 Welcome Members and Guests

Presenter throughout unless otherwise noted: Noah Balch, SRCC President 

Reminder: state your name when presenting or seconding a motion. 

Verification of quorum. Quorum verified, the Meeting began at 7:05

2. Approve General Membership Meeting Minutes

Presenter: Chris Phillips-Frishman, SRCC Secretary 

Meeting minutes available at:

SRCC GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING MINUTES taken TUESDAY, AUGUST 15th, 2023, were shared for approval and then posted on August 29, 2023 by the Secretary. Vote on motion to approve minutes; Motion made and passed unanimously.

Upcoming Meetings: 

General Meetings: October 17th, November 21st, December 19th

Executive Committee: October 3rd, December 5th

3. Treasurer’s Report

Presenter: Will Andrews, SRCC Treasurer 

All reports available upon request:

4. 7:15 Membership Report & Voting

Presenter: Mary Janecek-Friedman

Members please pay dues to participate in SRCC business and actions, such as voting and making motions. Try the subscription option for automatic annual renewals. 

5. Reports from Standing Committee Chairs

a) Planning and Zoning

later, Item 8

b) Historic Preservation

Susan Armstrong Fisher and Wolf Sittler

  • 2101 Travis Heights was approved by the Historic Landmark Commission for Historic Landmark status.
  • 1810 Kenwood has been approved for demolition despite neighborhood comments.
  • Norwood Park Foundation dissolved earlier this year; so there is no movement currently on the Norwood House. Wolf is working with some people from preservation to get the project moving again. We will be making a call for volunteers for the future, we need people of all levels of interest to ensure we keep this historic property.

c) Finance


d) Mobility

Mark Thompson

CAP Metro would like to attend a future meeting (November) to present about Project Connect

e) Public Safety


f) Parks and Environment

later, Item 7

g) Schools

later, Item 7

h) Communications 


6. Reports from Area Coordinators and Representatives





c) ANC

Article from Betty Weed will be in the upcoming Newsletter

d) SCC


e) South Central Waterfront


f) St. Edward’s

The vacant lot that was discussed in the last meeting regarding the Student’s concerns is on the north side of Woodward and therefore is the domain of St. Edwards.

g) South Central Affordable CDC 

Intend to form an Ad Hoc Committee to seek the right person with the necessary skills to represent SRCC.


7. Presentation by Campus Architectural Team (CAT) for Travis Early College High School

Presenters: Miguel Garcia III, AISD Construction and Operation; Paula Vaughan; SRCC Parks and Environment; Gretchen Otto, SRCC Schools; David Todd

Discussion on vision, plan, goals, and execution of this Bond Project. TECHS was awarded over $250M in a Bond Project, including $161M Construction costs. 

Physical Construction begins Summer 2024, could take through 2028. Community input will be welcomed. David and Gretchen will serve as our liaisons to get updates from the meetings and give progress reports.

Travis ECHS elected to become a Community School

8. Planning and Zoning

Presenter: Anita Tschurr, SRCC Planning and Zoning Chair; Betty Weed, SRCC Communications 

  • 311-315 South Congress (Firestone) increased in height; Drop-off/Pick-up and Delivery will not be off of SoCo; they will be giving two parcels away, for development of low-cost housing and to add to the existing Parks.
  • 406 and 428 Alpine is in need of restoration and development; setbacks from Blunn Creek and Heritage Trees are a concern, the Developer seems considerate of these.
  • 200 Riverside Drive will be a very large project, slated to be over 400 feet. 
  • Commercial Zoning – since SoCo development will continue, and we only represent the east-side of the street, Betty suggests that we co-operate with and form an alliance with Bouldin Neighborhood Association, possibly Dawson as well, in order to have a SoCo working group. Will form an Ad Hoc Committee to explore this
  • There is a general call for assistance in helping Anita keep up on addressing these developments. Anyone interested can contact Anita Tschurr and Betty Weed.

9. Mobility

Presenter: Mark Thompson, SRCC Mobility Chair 

10. Committee to Review Bylaws

Presenters: Gretchen Otto, SRCC Schools; Carol Martin, SRCC Area 4a 

Vote on the following: Quorum re-verified, Motion made by Noah, Motion Passes with unanimous vote

In response to the Pandemic during which public gatherings were prohibited, SRCC started meeting via Zoom. We have found that Zoom provides a safe and effective meeting space for many of our members. Until we are able to formally adopt revised Bylaws that include a provision for virtual meetings, we have agreed to interpret the following sentences in the Bylaws as follows:

Article V: “A General Membership meeting requires a quorum of members to be present in person for a binding vote.”

○ We agree that a virtual meeting is following the spirit of the requirement. We are “present” in the sense that we can all see and hear each other, as if present “in person.”This also maintains the spirit of the rule to avoid “proxy” voting.

● “The Executive Committee shall designate the location of General Membership meetings with the goal being to set a consistent location within SRCC boundaries and to regularly communicate the location to members.”

○ We agree that a Zoom link takes everyone to the same virtual meeting place. Therefore, we are following the spirit of the Bylaws.

We intend to begin the process of revising the Bylaws, first by a Communications and Membership ad-hoc committee, which is working on new guidelines for hybrid meetings, and then by convening an ad-hoc committee to study the Bylaws and make suggestions for revisions.


Community, Volunteering, and Social Activities

Cities Connecting Children with Nature – Cities Connecting Children to Nature Initiative |

This flier outlines the CCCN Initiative and encourages people to sign on to the Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights (COBOR); also please see the flier on the COBOR.

School Parks are parks on or next to schools and have a shared purpose and responsibility for the space.

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH: contact Tom Groce, SRCC Public Safety Chair at:

If you have questions about using the Neighborhood ListServ:

The next Executive Committee meeting is October 3, 2023.

The next General Membership meeting is October 17, 2023.

Frequently used acronyms:

ACF: Austin Community Fund

ANC: Austin Neighborhood Council

BoA: Board of Adjustment

CDC: Community Development Corporation

EROC: East Riverside/Oltorf Combined Contact Team

FLUM: Future Land Use Map

GSRC NPCT: Greater South River City Neighborhood Planning Contact Team

NCCD: Neighborhood Conservation Combining District

NHPA: National Historic Preservation Act

NPCT: Neighborhood Planning Contact Team

PC: Planning Commission

PUD: Planned Unit Development

SCC: South Central Coalition of neighborhood associations

SF: Single Family zoning category

ZAP: Zoning and Platting

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