minutes of SRCC meeting of general membership February 7, 2011
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SRCC General Membership Meeting Minutes - 2/7/2011
1. room arrangement, meeting procedures, etiquette, welcome newcomers.
throughout: sarah campbell, president, unless otherwise noted.
2. membership & voting announcements.
presenter: carol martin, membership chair
3. approve minutes from december 6, 2010, regular monthly meeting.
MOTION: betty weed/wolf - to approve the minutes = PASSED
4. 4th quarter 2010 report of srcc finances and annual contributions to grace
methodist chruch and john jordan, caretaker, to be made in march.
special thanks to bob for serving as srcc treasurer for the last 3 years! he
won't be running again for next year.
5. livestrong austin marathon impacts on srcc.
presenter: christina conklin,
community relations director.
this is the 20th anniversary of the austin marathon. it starts at bob bullock
museum and runs to south congress but will be out of our area by 9:30am. mary,
oltorf and cumberland will be the south congress crossings during that
time.www.youraustinmarathon.com. the race is over at 2pm and cleared out
entirely by 4pm.
6. short term rentals (aka STR) discussion.
presenters: maurice anderson, chair
of committee from allandale neighborhood; srcc contributors: sandy bowman and
charles price, residents; planning commission guest and resident, danette
a VRBO (vacation rental by owner) is an owner-occupied property that is rented
on a short term basis while the owner is out of town. a STR(short term rental)
is NOT owner-occupied and is rented for less than 30 days, often times just a
few days/weekend. a bed and breakfast is registered with the city, is regulated
and pays a 9% city tax and 6% state bedding tax and carries insurance. the
conflict is that STRs often times operate under the radar and are sometimes
creating issues with neighbors, this is due mostly to the newness of this type
of residential property use. STR properties have grown from just a handful to
over 400 in the austin area in just a few years. the city is working to create
rules as they are currently in a legal grey area. planning commission has asked
staff to study the issue. Staff has held two open meetings to gain information,
and is currently researching how other cities have dealt with STR's.
7. rezoning and neighborhood plan amendment requests for 1406 parker lane.
presenter: toni house, resident, srcc and eroc.
a meeting has been set to address flooding issues which the developer may be
willing to pay to resolve in exchange for neighborhood agreement to a zoning
change to SF-6 w/conditional overlay. the flooding issues exist from previous
development gone bad and the neighbors want this property to help resolve the
issue rather than exacerbate it.
8. slain officer memorial on live oak at travis heights blvd.
APD contacted richard in april about locating the memorial within the ROW of his
front yard at the corner of travis heights blvd and live oak. discussions took
place to move the memorial to stacy park but the city recently poured the slab
across the street, to the south side of Live Oak, with installation slated for
march. only a 25' notification is required for this project. the family of the
officer requested a wording change on the marker. you can find the slab at 1000
east live oak.
MOTION: jean mather/betty weed - request to move the marker to stacy park =
9. executive committee position on 1606 east side drive.
the owner is requesting a variance above/beyond allowed FAR in the mcmansion
ordinance and the issue is currently going to the Residential Design and
Compatibility Commission (RDCC). The Executive Committee voted to oppose the
request for lack of hardship.
MOTION: jean mather/mary lovel - to support the decision of the executive
committee = PASSED
10. upcoming reconstruction of oltorf from ih-35 to s congress ave.
the current work on oltorf is just a teaser... it's leftover from the sherwood
oaks drainage project. the new project will start after that is done and last a
11. annual 4th of july parade and picnic needs organizers.
fraser, resident, 4th organizer
please contact russell is you are interested in helping - he has a checklist of
tasks of all sizes for anyone looking to lend a hand. the other option is to
scale back the event.
12. update on east riverside corridor regulatory plan meetings 2/26 and 3/10.
presenter: toni house, resident, srcc and eroc.
the feb 26th meeting will be for input and the march 10th meeting the response.
areas 6 and 7 will be affected. participation in the meetings is urged as the
changes are expected to continue on down riverside.
13. update on city's Imagine Austin comprehensive plan process.
mather, co-chair zoning and planning committee.
SRCC will be severely impacted be the proposed Imagine Austin Plan. We are
edged by four major transit corridors, Congress Avenue, Riverside Drive, IH 35,
and Ben White. The plan calls for upzoning the single family to mixed use the
width of one fourth of a mile along both sides on such corridors, (from Congress
this would reach to Newning on Monroe, from Riverside this would reach to Milam
on Travis Heights). The plan calls for increasing density by 7,500 people for
every two miles. The staff says this density might be achieved by clustering at
major intersections instead of along the corridor. However, this scenario is an
invitation to developers (If you build it, they will come!) to invest in
properties, waiting for the day, driving up taxes and removing long time
14. update from ANC on norwood study.
presenter: wolf sittler, anc rep.
on march 23rd, 2011, ANC will hold a special meeting devoted to a city council
candidate forum. the city's election is may 14, 2011; early voting is from may
2nd to may 10th. ANC passed a resolution to start over with imagine austin.AISD
issue discussed without solutions. $110,000 has been allocated to architects to
provide 3 ideas for the norwood property.
15. new city park for area 7.
presenter: fred krebs, area 7 co-coordinator.
at 2100 parker lane behind the harpers creek apts there is 3.5 acres slated to
become a new pocket park. the purchase has been delayed in part due to the
appraisal of the property at condemned property value. the city is to purchase
the property to be made into a park.
16. update on st edward's university outdoor amplified music issue.
elloa mathews, resident, area 5 coordinator
st eds outdoor amplified sound has become a problem resulting in a letter being
written to the president and a meeting scheduled with the vice president. st
edwards has a sound policy but it has not been enforced. any student can check
out a PA system to use. the limits are 100dB on campus and 75 at property line.
recently the sound seems to be toned down but talks will continue.
17. srcc members participation in city's deliberations on draft PBD (parking
benefit district) ordinance and relationship to RPP (residential parking permit
the PBD would install parking meters with a % of the income dedicated to
improvements in that same district.
18. newsletters announcing our annual elections and potluck supper will be on
jean's porch very soon. get ready! many thanks to helen dey valdez for producing
our newsletters for 3 years, and to gloria lee who is stepping up to take over
where helen left off.
19. city council vote on park pud on barton springs road.
this issue goes to the design commission and then back to city council.
20. aisd budget: wed feb 9th, 6pm, travis heights elementary cafeteria, to
discuss possible school closings - travis heights elem is not on the list but
this does not mean it won't be added. meeting hosted by austin interfaith and
parents and neighbors are encouraged to attend. sponsored by the PTA.
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