SRCC GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING MINUTES, Tuesday, May 21, 2024, 7pm

SRCC GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING MINUTES

Tuesday, May 21, 2024, 7pm

Zoom Meeting

SRCC: See the future. Shape the future.

(www.srccatx.org)

MINUTES

1  Welcome Members and Guests

Verification of quorum. The Meeting was called to order at 7:01pm

Presenter unless otherwise noted: Noah Balch, SRCC President 

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, April 16th, 2024; the Minutes were distributed for feedback and then published on April 23rd, 2024. 

The President did not bring the Minutes to a vote: the Minutes remain unapproved. They may be forwarded to the next meeting.

Upcoming Meetings 

General Membership: June 18th, August 20th, September 17th, October 15th, December 17th

Executive Committee: June 4th, August 6th, September 3rd, October 1st, December 3rd

3  Treasurer’s Report

Presenter: Will Andrews, SRCC Treasurer

All reports available upon request: treasurer@srccatx.org

4  Membership Report

Presenter: Mary Janecek-Friedman, SRCC Membership

Membership at 267 Members which continues the trend upward. 

Discussion on membership and population representation

5  Reports from Standing Committee Chairs

a) Planning and Zoning

none

b) Historic Preservation

Guest Presenter with Susan Armstrong Fisher; Cara Berton from the COA Historic Preservation www.publicinput.com/ATXpresplan 

Historic Preservation speaker Cara Bertron updated us on the Equity-Based Preservation Plan. They are looking for community input on the draft Program before May 31st. This Preservation plan replaces the 1981 Plan so addresses many issues that have arisen. This plan has drawn from many levels of expertise, background, investment and engagement.

The vision is that HP in Austin engages with the COA in a more active, engaged and informed way.

Questions about how that affects Historic Homes.Susan Armstrong Fisher asked what the timeline for review and revise the Draft Plan… that will occur during the summer.

c) Finance

none

d) Mobility

PTMD sign switch out scheduled for June 1st. Academy sidewalks are on the plan for the city, but the timeline is unsure; there should be sidewalks added on either side. This should substantially help with parking and pedestrians in the congested area.

2105 South Congress traffic study was flawed; brought it to the PTMD, they’re going to be looking into it.

e) Public Safety

Tom Groce feels like the harbinger of doom as there is increased violence and crime. Please be aware and limit your exposure, don’t be alone if possible; folks should avoid walking or jogging alone, especially at or after dusk.” 

f) Parks and Environment

There will be some controlled burns from PARD in the next weeks or months from invasive species. If you have concerns, contact David Todd, Jeff Kessel, or Matt, Management Program Manager from PARD at 512-974-6770

g) Schools

School is out this Thursday. No current report on THES; they have stalled on meetings at this point .

h) Communications

none 

A mayoral candidate, Doug Greco, visited with the membership over Zoom from his automobile.  He was not identified on the agenda. Presentation and questions.

6  Reports from Area Coordinators and Group Representatives

a) TECHS CAT

none

b) ANC

none

c) SCC

none

d) South Central Waterfront

none

e) St. Edward’s

none

f) EROC

Annual meeting happening this week, and the release of the new website.There are still incursions at Heritage Oaks. Actively pursuing a space for a new Community Center.

GENERAL BUSINESS ITEMS

7  Election of SRCC Standing Committee Chairs

Presenter: Noah Balch, SRCC President 

Slate for SRCC’s Standing Committee Chairs election.

Planning and Zoning Committee: Anita Tschurr

Historic Preservation Committee: Susan Armstrong-Fisher

Finance Committee: Sam Martin

Mobility Committee: Mark Thompson

Public Safety Committee: Tom Groce

Parks and Environment Committee: David Todd

Schools Committee: Gretchen Otto

Communications Committee: Betty Weed

Nominations Committee: [Propose 1 EC member, 1 non-EC member; (3-5 total)] – suggested by Bylaws Ad Hoc Committee, yet not codified. 

This election will be moved to the June 4th EC Meeting per SRCC Bylaws VIII. Commenting was opened.

8  Austin Parks and Recreation Fire Prevention

Presenter: David Todd, SRCC Parks and Environment

Discuss possible prescribed burn of small piles of shrubs in Blunn Creek Preserve.

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9  Land Development Code

Presenters: Anita Tschurr, SRCC Planning & Zoning 

Discuss new land development code revisions in H.O.M.E. Phase 2.

HOME 2 was approved on a 9-2 vote. Although the text of the HOME 2 ordinance has not been made public, Anita urges people to educate themselves and understand what development looks like.

10  General Discussion re: Deed Restrictions

Presenter: Jon David Swann, SRCC Area Coordinator 

David Swann raised concerns about the impact of the HOME ordinances, 1 and 2, on deed restrictions and the resulting financial burden on residents required to litigate restrictions.

David made a Motion to vote on a letter he had written. There was concern that the language of the proposed letter had not been circulated to membership prior to the meeting. There was no Second to the motion.

However, discussion took place. The Secretary raised multiple Points of Order that the discussion was improper in the absence of a Motion on the floor that had been seconded. These Points of Order were not addressed

It was agreed that the proposed language would be circulated to membership and the issue revisited at the next SRCC meeting.

11  GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH: contact Tom Groce, SRCC Public Safety Chair at: tgroce71@gmail.com

The Kathie for Mayor Fest is on June 5th @ El Mercado 1302 S 1st Street 78704! This will be her biggest event of the summer. The event is free, but people may sponsor from $25 – $450 if they’d like to support the campaign financially. Please consider carpooling. There will be free appetizers and a bar for people to purchase drinks.

Kathie for Mayor Fest

Wednesday, June 5th

6:30pm – 8:30pm

El Mercado, 1302 S 1st St

Sponsor/Donate

RSVP: info@kathieforaustin.com

The Austin African American Leadership Institute’s BlackX Conference will be June 18th @ the Long Center 701 W Riverside Dr 78704! Exhibitor, Sponsor, Volunteer, and Press Pass Registration is still open.  The Volunteer application is on the website, and will close on May 31st.  If you, or your organization, is interested in sponsoring please reach out to Ken Burnett, directly.  There will be plenty of parking.

The BlackX Conference

Tuesday, June 18th

7:30am – 6:00pm

701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

Register: https://www.aaliaustin.org/bxc2024

The meeting was adjourned at approximately 8:45 p.m.

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 June 18, 2024 (@Good Shepherd on the Hill).

The next Executive Committee meeting is June 4, 2024.

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, president@srccatx.org

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