Minutes–General Membership Meeting 6/18/2024

Tuesday, June 18, 2024,
7:00 PM
Hybrid Meeting
In person: Good Shepherd on the Hill, 1700 Woodland Ave, Austin, TX 78741
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Meeting called to order at 7:07 pm

1.   7:00  Welcome and President’s Report
The president discussed with the membership our new movement towards.

2.  7:05  Approve General Membership Meeting Minutes
Vote on motion to approve minutes. Meeting minutes available at: www.srccatx.org.

3.  7:10  Treasurer’s Report
All reports available upon request: treasurer@srccatx.org   
The Treasurer shared income and expenses for the year.  For details, email treasurer@srccatx.org

4.  7:15  Membership Report 
Members must pay dues to participate in SRCC business and actions, such as voting and making motions. Try the subscription option for automatic annual renewals. Presenter: Mary Janecek-Friedman, SRCC Membership 

5. 7:20 Reports from Standing Committee Chairs
a) Planning and Zoning: Report to be made later in the meeting.
b) Historic Preservation:1409 Alta Vista will have a separate presentation below. 1519 Alameda has proposed new construction that must be approved by the Historic Landmark Commission (HLC). The Commission postponed it at the June meeting due to the new construction not meeting design standards.  409 E. Monroe continues to have demolition-by-neglect concern. However, neighbors are working with the Code Department and the HLC to get issues addressed.  
c) Finance: No report
d) Mobility: A neighbor shared information regarding light rail and funding. Chair will make additional report later in this meeting.
e) Public Safety: Public Safety Chair shared APD checklist about how to keep your house safe.  Chair is still patrolling and looking for other to patrol. If you want checklist, email mobility@srccatx.org
f) Parks and Environment:Chair was not able to attend, but a neighbor reported that the pile burn in Blunn Creek was successful.  The first Saturday of the month, volunteers meet at Travis High School and work on clearing invasive species from the Greenbelt.
g) Schools: No repor
th) Communications:  SRCC & Bouldin NA are working together to host a candidate forum before the next election.

6. 7:30  Reports from Area Coordinators and Group Representatives 
a) TECHS CAT; b) ANC; c) SCC; d) EROC; e) SCWAB; f) St. Edward’s

7. 7:40  PODER’s Young Scholars for Justice present: Mayoral Candidate Forum
On June 22, 2024, from 10a – 12p CT, PODER will host a mayoral candidate forum at the Conley-Guerrero Senior Activity Center, 808 Nile St., Austin, 78702. Other co-hosts include La Raza Roundtable, Montopolis Neighborhood Association, LULAC Council 2242, and PODER. 

Resolution question: Should SRCC offer its support to PODER’s mayoral candidate forum?  [VOTE]

Discussion included

  • Interests of PODER may differ from the interests of SRCC
  • SRCC is moving forward with their own mayoral candidate forum, with the support of Bouldin NA
  • SRCC has co-hosted forums in the past.  It was suggested that a list of questions be compiled to be presented to the candidates.  These questions would be unique to our neighborhood.
  • If a candidate can not attend, we can present a list of questions that they can answer in written form.

Motion:  SRCC to support a Mayoral Candidate Forum with Bouldin Creek Neighborhood Association.

Support: 24
Abstain: 1

8. 7:50  Planning and Zoning Updates

  1. —1409 Alta Vista:  The chair visited the property and noted oak trees on the property.  The owner may be looking at getting a zoning change to put a 3-plex.  It was reported that a neighboring property owner reached out to the owner and they stated that they were interested in building a main residence with an accessory building.  Demolition has been requested. Demolition can cause stress to the trees. The Preservation Chair reported that demolition could possibly be postponed, but eventually the decision will come down to the owner.  It was recommended that SRCC focus their efforts on working with the owner.  It was reported that the city arborist has signed off on the demolition.
  2. —400, 500, 510 South Congress, 407 1/2 Haywood, 105 W. Riverside Drive:  they are seeking a PUD.  These are located in a transit center.
  3. —Update on 1500,1600 Royal Crest Drive: this property is just outside SRCC boundaries but is on our radar for affordable housing. Previous meeting with new owner stated this property would basically stay the same for at least 5 years.However , they are now seeking 160 vertical from 30. And it surely will not remain affordable housing.
  4. —Deed restrictions discussion. The discussion has gotten rather wordy.  Our vice president is working on more appropriate wording to present as a resolution to the membership.

9. 8:05  Historical Commission // Parks and Environment 
David Todd will present a resolution regarding the demolition application for the property located at 1409 Alta Vista and its impact on the tree canopy in our neighborhood. [VOTE]

Resolution proposed by the Parks and Environment Committee of the South River City Citizens

Neighborhood Association for consideration at the June 18, 2024 meeting of the Association:

Whereas the Travis Heights-Fairview Park Historic District (the District) has been
recognized by the U.S. Department of the Interior;

Whereas the property at 1409 Alta Vista (the Property), constructed in 1926, is
considered a contributing and protected property within the Travis Heights-Fairview Park Historic District;

Whereas the application to the National Park Service for certification of the District makes numerous references to the importance of the “landscape”, “tree canopy”, and “dense vegetation” (see page 11) and use of design traditions espoused by Andrew Jackson Downing and Frederick Law Olmstead (see page 13);

Whereas the Property has seven significant trees that are integral to the character of the Property, the context of the street and neighborhood, and the nature of the District;

Whereas demolition of the existing structure on the Property, and the proposed construction of two to three densely-packed structures on the Property, risks damage or outright removal of those trees on the Property;

Whereas the Historic Landmark Commission of the City of Austin is reviewing application number H-2023-043027 to proceed with demolition and new construction on the Property;

Therefore, be it resolved by the Association, through vote of its general membership on June 18, 2024, opposes the release of the demolition permit proposed under application number HR-2023-043027, unless and until the owner can demonstrate plans to adequately protect the trees on the Property.

Motion submitted by David Todd; seconded by Susan Armstrong Fisher.  

Discussion:  Chair of preservation requested an amendment to oppose demotion,recommending instead an addition to the structure or an additional unit. Members agreed.

Affirm: 24
Oppose: 0
Abstain: 1

10. 8:15 Mobility Updates
Discuss parking sign changes underway and permit process for residents and guests.  The chair reported that the signs are in the process of being switched out.  See image below. Residents can register their cars rather than pay-to-park.  A neighbor asked about limitations on ADA parking, and the chair shared that there are not limits for ADA tagged cars and Vespas!

  1. Discuss flawed traffic impact analysis for 2105 S. Congress project, “The Leland on South Congress.”  The Chair is following up an appropriate traffic impact study.  A neighbor requested if moneys collected from traffic impact will be used in the area (in particular the triangle park at Live Oak and Congress).  At this point the answer from the City seems unclear.


Upcoming meetings:  
GM Aug 20, Sept 17, Oct 15, Dec 17
EC Aug 6, Sept 3, Oct 1, Dec 3

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH: contact Tom Groce, SRCC Public Safety Chair at: tgroce71@gmail.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 August 20, 2024 (@Good Shepherd on the Hill).

The next Executive Committee meeting is August 6, 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

Notes Prepared by Mary Friedman, membership@srccatx.org. Please check www.srccatx.org for updates.

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Meeting adjourned at 8:16 pm.

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