South River City Citizens (SRCC): minutes for meeting of general
August 1, 2011
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MEETING OF THE GENERAL MEMBERSHIP OF SRCC
MONDAY, AUGUST 1, 2010
GRACE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
205 East Monroe; Austin, Texas
SRCC General Membership Meeting Minutes – 8/1/2011
CALL TO ORDER/APPROVAL OF MINUTES
1. Meeting procedures, etiquette, welcome newcomers
Presenter: Sarah Campbell, President, unless otherwise noted below
2. Membership announcements
Presenter: Carol Martin, Membership Chair
3. Approve meeting minutes
MOTION: jean mather/toni house - to approve the minutes = PASSED
4. Austin Police Dept Officer Robert Barboza, our District Rep.
Introduction by Shelly Leibham, member, Safety Committee
the recent shooting on south congress was a drug related crime that began north
of downtown but ended in our area. officer barboza reported burglaries to be
down from this time last year from 85 to 69 incidents. he recommends you
reinforce your exterior doors with longer strike plate bolts and larger strike
plates. windows can also be secured to make it more difficult to enter but a
determined criminal is very difficult to keep out of a house. remove any
valuables from your vehicle or at least from sight. gps units are very popular
items to steal and the mounts are a sign that one is in the vehicle. be sure to
take note of the serial numbers on all your valuables so you can later identify
them; otherwise, the police have no way of knowing what is rightfully yours.
photos are also a good way to document ownership.
5. Reagan National outdoor advertising at Woodland and IH35 (SP-2007-0560C(XT))
is requesting an extension of an approved site plan. This plan was
unsuccessfully highly contested by the neighborhood at the time, and SRCC has
submitted opposition to this extension. Unfortunately, the City almost
routinely does extend site plan approvals upon request. Presenter: Patrick
Roeder, resident opposed to extension.
In May 2007 the site plan was approved, but expired four years later on May 8,
2011. Before the May 8 expiration date, Reagan applied for a one year
extension of the approved site plan. The Director of Land Development Services
may grant the extension based on certain criteria that Reagan must submit. SRCC
has the right to appeal the Director's decision to the Land Use Commission and
also has the right to appeal the Land Use Commission's decision to the City
Council. The property is zoned GR/general retail and the owner is claiming the
site plan is for a copy shop, not an industrial billboard manufacturing
facility. the building would be used to print billboards using heavy chemicals
and would transport materials by semi using woodland as the primary access to
MOTION: mary lovell/teresa griffin - appeal decision of the planning director to
land use commission if in fact the extension is granted = PASSED
6. Plans for the historic Reuter House property at 806 Rosedale Terrace.
Presenters: Kenny Hilbig, member, and Randy Chupik, owner/ developer.
this property is zoned historic and sits on a total of 9 lots, 6 of which are
empty and the other 3 being crossed by the historic home. since its purchase two
years ago it has been in use as a VRBO and for private events. there is an
onsite caretaker who is tasked with making sure everything runs smooth and there
aren't renter problems. the owner and kenny are "shopping" the site around to
try to get an idea of what will work best for further development. no variances
are being proposed. the landmark commission will have to agree to remove
historic status on certain of the vacant lots in order for them to be
developed. an open house will be held sunday, august 14th from 1:30-4. the
owner presented plans for developing the property into 5 or so private
7. Norwood Property Feasibility Study, consultants' options.
Sittler, Director, Norwood Posse
3 years of effort have been in the works to save/restore the norwood house which
was purchased by the parks department 25 years ago and then left unattended. on
july 19th, the norwood posse presented a $300,000 restoration plan funded
primarily with private donations to start the project and plans to raise the
remainder. the proposal estimates the property would generate $100,000+/yr in
general revenue. feasibility consultants presented 6 options to the
city/public, with 2 preserving the house, and ranging in price from 4-7 million
MOTION: wolf sittler/jean mather - for SRCC to support restoration of the house
and grounds using private and public funding = PASSED
8. cutting of protected trees at 1208 woodland, status report.
christman, chair, environmental committee.
the owner of the property cut down 11 trees on the property, 3 of which were
large enough to be considered "protected" and 1 of which was thought to be large
enough to be a "heritage" tree. at june meeting, srcc moved to request maximum
penalties and to restrict the site plan such that future development could not
benefit from the illegal tree-cutting. after meeting with the city arborist it
was learned the owner was subjected to the following: 1. 100% mitigation, which
equals 60" of tree circumference worth of new trees needed to be planted, 2.
tree care and irrigation must be provided to those trees, 3. the site plan must
be tree friendly by employing pier and beam foundations. since the meeting
with arborist, it appears some small trees have been planted and appear to be
dying. no site plan has been submitted and no $25 tree permit has been
filed. inadequate response by arborist to SRCC requests.
9. Herbicide spraying along Blunn Creek -- latest news subsequent to SRCC
representatives meeting with City Parks and Recreation staff.
Teresa Griffin and Jeff Kessel, members.
a volunteer by the name of Daniel White was given permission by city parks and
watershed departments to spray a chemical herbicide along blunn creek and stacy
park with the goal of killing poison ivy and several invasive species. mr
white is licensed and bonded for this type of work, but permission was granted
upon the false statement that SRCC/the neighborhood approved his actions. the
safety of the chemicals being used has been disputed, and there is testimony
that white went beyond his agreement with the city by spraying species he was
not authorized to spray. SRCC members found a very disturbing blog on the
Internet by white, where he admits to past rogue spraying in City parks without
permission. SRCC reps strongly requested that the city stop mr white from
spraying in ANY public park. at white's request to speak to the neighborhood,
he has been invited to the executive committee meeting later this month since
tonight's agenda was already full.
10. finance committee recommendation for new treasurer to replace current
treasurer, John Foote, who soon will be leaving the country for a new job.
presenter: sam martin, chair, finance committee.
John served as the treasurer for the last 6 months but now must move on. the
finance committee is recommending Les Case take John's place starting
immediately. Les has experience with financial management of the non-profit
organization, Yellow Bike Project, which will be very helpful to srcc.
MOTION: sam martin / sarah campbell - to elect Les Case as the new treasurer =
11. SRCC East development issues.
Presenter: Toni House or Gayle Goff,
A. the effort by pepper's bistro to change to a cocktail late night hours use
has ended in a 7-0 denial of appeal, a very rare victory for srcc east. the
planning commission also denied the appeal 5-1. it was explained to the
applicant the riverside corridor is not in the central business district.
B. the riverside corridor plan should be rolled out in september or october with
a possible adoption of a single family transition model similar to what is being
used in raleigh, nc.
12. Oaks of Travis Heights, 1227 Newning proposed site plan
Presenter: Danny Waters, developer.
danny is looking to develop this 1 acre property he purchased 3 months ago from
a bankrupt owner. it is a difficult property as there is a 20'-25' drop but he
has come up with a plan for 12 detached custom homes. he came to share the
plan with us as his intention is to build something that works with the
neighborhood. the property is zoned MF-4, needs 25' vegetative setbacks to
satisfy the nccd and can have up to 60% impervious cover. the current plan calls
for a shared, gated driveway that accesses newning and requires less than 45%
impervious cover. there was a proposal for 32 units to be built on this same
property and the neighbors polled felt the 12 unit plan was a better use.
claudette lowe, sandy bowman, melanie martinez and connie todd will form a
contact group to discuss options and ideas with danny.
13. Area 8 Traffic Calming Project and RPP.
Presenters: Jeremy Elliott, Chair
of Ad Hoc group working on traffic calming, and Kim Lanzilotti, petitioner for
willow springs has had cut-through traffic problems that can be addressed by a
plan to install 7 traffic calming islands, per a design approved by the city and
paid for with srcc funds. the next step is for the ad hoc committee to get at
least 50% of the residents who will be affected by the calming devices to vote
in favor of the plan.
14. Short Term Rentals
-- a Position
Paper from WANG (West Austin Neighborhood Group).
15. Possible changes to Land Development Code Compatibility Standards, which
historically have served as buffering protections between residential and
Presenter: Jean Mather, Co-Chair, Zoning and
compatibility issues will become more prominent as the city seeks to densify
transit corridors. the Imagine Austin plan is hoping to address some of those
16. S Congress Working Group -- will have first meeting Tuesday, August 2, 2011,
to develop parking plan with City staff. Group includes nominees from Bouldin
Creek and SRCC Neighborhood Associations and the S Congress Merchants
Mary Lovell, Matt Lynaugh and Sarah Campbell are the srcc representatives.
17. Congratulations to all involved in a successful, re-imagined 4th of July
event this year!
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