SRCC GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING (www.srccatx.org)
Tuesday, January 16, 2024, 7:00 PM
SRCC: See the future. Shape the future.
1 Welcome Members and Guests
Presenter unless otherwise noted: Noah Balch, SRCC President
Verification of quorum. Quorum was verified.
The meeting was called to order at 7:05pm
2 Approve General Membership Meeting Minutes
Vote on motion to approve minutes. Meeting minutes available at: www.srccatx.org.
Presenter: Chris Phillips-Frishman, SRCC Secretary
The Secretary recorded Minutes for the General Membership Meeting of Tuesday, December 19th, 2023; the Minutes were distributed for feedback and then published on January 16th, 2024. The President asks if there are objections or corrections to the Minutes, none being voiced, the Minutes are approved unanimously.
General Membership: February 20th, April 16th, May 21st, June 18th, August 20th, September 17th, October 15th, December 17th
Executive Committee: February 6th, March 5th, April 2nd, May 7th, June 4th, August 6th, September 3rd, October 1st, December 3rd
3 Treasurer’s Report
All reports available upon request: firstname.lastname@example.org
Presenter: Will Andrews, SRCC Treasurer
4 Membership Report
Members please pay dues to participate in SRCC business and actions, such as voting and making motions. Try the PayPal subscription option for automatic annual renewals: https://www.srccatx.org/membership-dues
Presenter: Mary Janecek-Friedman, SRCC Membership/ Betty Weed, Communications
Membership is at 224 current dues paying
Looking forward, hoping to make our next Meeting a Hybrid Meeting; requests are that we will need to set up early in order to get the Zoom component prepared and ensure it’s working, with 3 people on hand to handle the Zoom, as well as facilitating any voting.
Speaker and Microphone are available as well as a Camera, so equipment is covered.The task at hand is not technical, it’s more of the participation or comments or chats and involving the entire group. Gretchen, Anita and Mary Fealkoff have volunteered to help.
5 Reports from Standing Committee Chairs
a) Planning and Zoning
Alpine development continues to be problematic, Anita believes we should vote on this, and Noah and Jeff offer that it is premature because they haven’t even gotten plans submitted.
Potential to bring a Draft Letter to the next General Membership Meeting in order to state what we don’t want and what we would like to see.
P&Z is also looking forward to HOME Phase 2.
b) Historic Preservation
Norwood House has a new committee formed to look at recovering previous funding and getting back on track.
Harwood permit has been postponed for another month
Lockhart partial demo permit was asked for but has been postponed for another month
Project Connect will be presenting to the Community in an in-person meeting of their own so will not be attending our upcoming Meeting.
e) Public Safety
Patrols are occurring, crime stats are slightly down for the past weeks.
f) Parks and Environment
David Todd shared that there is discussion with the Parks department about getting some reseeding and replanting in the Stacy Greenbelt. There is discussion about reworking the entry to Big Stacy Pool.
6 Reports from Area Coordinators and Group Representatives
a) TECHS CAT
Gretchen has been attending the meetings, they occur every two weeks; it’s a very gradual process with newer iterations based on feedback.
d) South Central Waterfront
Wendy Todd reminds us that we currently don’t have a representative, you can contact Wendy if you’re interested or need more information.
Noah requests that Wendy et al draft a response to this upcoming presentation from them in respect to what our concerns are, and what we can ask for.
e) St. Edward’s
GENERAL BUSINESS ITEMS
7 Planning and Zoning
Discuss HOME; updates regarding general topics and projects.
Presenter: Anita Tschurr, SRCC Planning and Zoning Chair
Three new projects:
1500-1600 Royal Crest Drive; it’s existing affordable housing (280 units) but has been bought and they are looking into rezoning for something in the future.
1605 East Riverside – it’s a small lot with a big development coming so there are concerns on setbacks and impervious cover, administrative approval of site has been asked for. Gayle Goff is a neighbor and will keep us apprised of developments.
Firestone building developers have pulled out of the project. Owners will move forward on their own.
Sylvia Rzepniewski offers her perspective on HOME. She has been here for 3 years and brings an interest in community development and housing. She brings a lot of skills and interest in the areas that we are focusing on, and works on local and State legislative levels to address housing. She reminds us that HOME is a Statewide initiative and not unique to Austin; it’s about our collective growth.Nobody has the goal of 3 houses within 2500 sf, that wouldn’t even be legal. Just to reduce the lot size for SFH.
General updates re: CapEx, Project Connect, and PTMD.
Presenter: Mark Thompson, SRCC Mobility Chair
Mark says Project Connect will likely participate via zoom in a future meeting.
PTMD is a little delayed due to Lively School negotiating for additional staff parking during the week. There are a few other exclusionary zones due to work staffing or multiple family units.
Revenue data and full roll out timeline is upcoming in the next few meetings.
9 Historic Preservation Vote
Vote to approve a letter to Austin realtors informing and encouraging home preservation.
Presenter: Susan Armstrong-Fisher, SRCC Historic Preservation Chair
Postponed to next GM
Wolf lets us know about a Zoom group that has formed to get the Norwood House Project back on track and they are investigating recouping funds that had been allocated. Anyone who would like to join in the effort, please contact Wolf Sittler.
10 Committee to Revise Bylaws
Vote to form a committee to review and revise SRCC’s Bylaws.
Presenter: Gretchen Otto, SRCC Schools Chair/Chris, SRCC Secretary
Gretchen reminds us that the process requires the GM to approve the formation of an Ad Hoc Committee, and we already have some volunteers.
Gretchen makes the Motion to vote to approve the Ad Hoc Committee, Chris seconds the motion.
Reports will be offered at upcoming meetings as progress is made.
Yays 24 Nays 0 Abstains 4
The Motion passes.
11 GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
Bread for All Food Pantry is sponsored and funded by Austin City Lutherans and private donations. SRCC members can and are encouraged to volunteer.
Each Monday, from 5-6:30pm at Faith Presbyterian Church, 1314 E. Oltorf, those experiencing food insecurity are served monthly produce, canned and dried goods, cereals, frozen meats, milk, bread, diapers, and sometimes eggs.
Here are some stats:
Total households served: 460 (avg. 153.3)
Total individuals served: 1931 (avg. 643.7)
New neighbors served: 146 (avg. 48.7)
31.7% of all households served
Food donated: 2,041 lbs.
Diapers distributed: 5,309
Ken wishes us all a belated MLK Jr Day.
NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH: contact Tom Groce, SRCC Public Safety Chair at: email@example.com
If you have questions about using the Neighborhood ListServ: https://groups.io/g/SouthRiverAustin
Check crime reports and statistics here: https://www.krimelabb.com/_basic/view/v_welcome.php
The next General Membership meeting is February 20, 2024. Should be at the Good Shepherd, but will be announced!
The next Executive Committee meeting is February 6, 2024.
The Meeting adjourned at 8:24pm
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
TECHS CAT: Travis Early College High School
ZAP: Zoning and Platting
Agenda Prepared by Noah Balch, firstname.lastname@example.org.