The question isn't whether we want more density--we need it, definitely. The question is whether taxpayers want to fork out yet more money so a developer from Dallas can rake in profits while breaking the rules.
-The project will add 21,000 trips a day. That will mean more tax dollars to improve intersections, roads, etc.
-The project will also force AISD to build more schools, because the NW schools are over-crowded. Yet more taxes.
What most people don't realize is that PUDs are supposed to give something to Austin, in exchange for these kind of tax hits.
You see, a PUD is basically a a blank check for a developer to do what they want and not have to follow zoning regulations. But to get this, a PUD is only supposed to be granted if the developer meets Tier 1, and in this case, Tier 2 requirements:
Once again, neighborhoods are asking the right questions. What proof has the City given that this developer will meet the Tier 1 and 2 requirements, especially considering the ramifications to taxpayers? And what protection will be given to the 72 heritage oaks on the property against this PUD?
Meanwhile, the spin machine has begun. Those neighborhoods? Just a bunch of NIMBYs who don't want density, and this is all about density.
No, its not.
Density is needed. These neighborhoods know that--we all know that.
This is about questions. Like whether City Council is going to force this developer to spend the money to meet the Tier 1 and Tier 2 requirements, and the Heritage Tree Ordinance. Its about asking why City Council keeps waiving the rules for big companies, even if it means a bigger tax burden for everybody else.
Maybe we should stand up with these neighborhoods and start asking questions too.
Regards, Mary Rudig Editor -North Austin Community Newsletter
Read NWACA's announcement - click read more.
NWACA is actively working to develop a response to the Austin Oaks Planned Unit Development (PUD) application, based on the information and feedback our neighbors are providing. In fact, here is a VERY IMPORTANT survey that we need you to take to give us your specific input that we will use with the Planning Commission and the City Council: <http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PUDNWACA> www.surveymonkey.com/s/PUDNWACA
This survey is also critical to get your vision for our neighborhood, so the NWACA Board is asking you to complete the survey at this link by September 17.
More details about the PUD, the status, and our current efforts can be found at: www.nwaca.org
The proposed Austin Oaks PUD at Mopac and Spicewood Springs Road is energizing our community to think about what we want to see in the smart redevelopment of Northwest Hills. We do not have buildable green/open space in our neighborhood, so our community will be seeing more and more redevelopment, like the PUD application at Austin Oaks. Smart redevelopment in our wonderful neighborhood MUST be consistent with the character and quality of our community; it must enhance, not overwhelm it.
WE NEED YOUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT AS WELL
Our NWACA board has created a special committee to tackle the PUD. We are also researching the options for legal counsel with expertise in this area to protect our interests relating to the PUD application. Engaging counsel may require special funds to defend our neighborhood, and if so, we will contact you for help with that. Meanwhile, we’re counting on dues from our members as we deal with this zoning issue, one of the core values of the NWACA Board’s mission. Please be sure your membership is current, and encourage all of your neighbors to also join. I’ve attached a membership form, to use or to pass along. Or, you can follow this link to do it online: Join NWACA <https://sites.google.com/site/nwaca2org/join-v2>