First, I apologize about the War and Peace on CodeNext, but I need to give y'all one more update.
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Since the intent of CodeNext is to make it possible fore the City to change current zoning throughout our neighborhoods, ANC is trying to ensure that CodeNext is not voted and accepted until 2015, when the new City Council takes office.
ANC has got CodeNext to push back the end date for citizen participation to April 21st, to give us more time to get our boxes and get our neighbors engaged.
If you have not requested your box, please contact Matthew Dungan, and tell him how many people you expect to have: Matthew.Dugan@austintexas.gov
We need to get as many neighbors and friends to participate as possible. The more info we give the staff, the more they will be forced to slow down and take the needed time to process what we hand them.
So, beside your neighborhood's Box Excercise, there will be other Box excercises:
"There will be an Austin Neighborhoods Council (ANC) multi-neighborhood mapping exercise in North Austin at Gus Garcia Rec Center at 1201 East Rundberg at 6:30 pm, on March 3rd.
We will hear a presentation by Planning Commissioner, Jeff Jack, on why the Land Development Code Rewrite process is critical to our neighborhoods. Following the presentation, we will have neighborhoods participate in the mapping process where we will have the opportunity to comment on aspects of our neighborhoods that we think are assets, opportunities, and what we'd like to see developed or changed...or not changed.
We will have maps for Windsor Hills, North Acres, Heritage Hills-Woodbridge, Georgian Acres, North Lamar, Gracy Woods, and Windsor Park. Please let us know if your neighborhood is interested in participating and we'll order additional maps and supplies and have them available."
I am also working with Kevin Weir, the ANC sector rep for our part of town to see if we can another CodeNext box excercise in March on a Saturday or Sunday, so we can ensure those who cannot attend weekday meetings can also be involved.
It is very very important to think about what info/feedback we give the City about our neighborhoods. I have attached ANC's sheet with their suggestions.
download the attachment here: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/33745611/COMMUNITY%20CHARACTER%20IN%20A%20BOX%20Exercise%20%20%20ANC%20%202%20%281%29.doc
Other things to think about:
-Take creative photos to ensure the right things are recorded and preserved in your neighborhood. Tons of pictures of your favorite trees, parents out and about with their babies and strollers, that field of wildflowers, the little creek where the mockingbirds and morning doves hang out, the ramp that makes it easier for the disabled and elderly to get to a corner - if you love it and want to keep it, document it!
-Be wary of including photos of things that could be twisted for the wrong ends. For example, taking a photo of a corner gas station could be interpreted as your neighborhood wants more commericial infill and should be rezoned for that.
-Any emails or documents submitted with photos will probably be detached. Make sure you label the actual photos you turn in. If you do not know how to label photos, please email me and we will find somebody to help you label the photos.
-Remember! We have received no guarantees that CodeNext will come back to our neighborhoods and verify the info, or their intepretation of that info - so over-document, over-explain, and give them as much info as you can to ensure that any zoning changes will be what you need - not what city staff decides you need.
I have been handed links to the sets of data for each Neighborhood Reporting Area,
Neighborhood Reporting Areas
•Data Table I: population, race and ethnicity, housing and density:
•Data Table II: household characteristics and age structure:
These sit on this page, http://www.austintexas.gov/page/demographic-data
You can also get GIS data here:
Note: you have download and install the free software.
FYI - I have put the entire bizarre exchange I had with CodeNext on the North Austin website in regards to them insisting we have to be a "reporting area" instead of getting individual maps here:
At this point, we, unfortunately, just need to carry Sharpy markers and mark our boundaries on the map.
ANC got Sheryl Cole and Chris Riley to put slowing the CodeNext process down on the Agenda for the Comprehensive Planning and Transportation SubCommittee Meeting on 3/3 at 2pm at City Hall.
I would strongly encourage people to show up. You dont have to testify if you dont feel comfortable - it is just as important for them to see that there are citizens in the room, watching this process, who do not want to see zoning changes rushed or mismanaged simply so City Council can get this done before they leave at the end of the year. (I leave it up to you to figure out why they don't want to defer these changes to our city's zoning to the next City Council.... )
I will update the 'Imagine Austin Code' link on the lovenorthaustin.com site tonight, so all of these resources are in one place for you. If I have missed anything, or you have info to share, please send it to me and I will get that info up as well.
And also, I want to thank Jeff Jack, Mary Ingle, and all the other people who have been pulling together to ensure we are up-to-date and informed on this process. Thank you!!!
editor, North Austin Community Newsletter
RECA's stance on Code Next is here. Please remember when reading through this document that other US cities that have pushed for more urban density also wound up increasing their population of cost-burdened families. (A cost-burdened family is one that is paying for than 30% of its income for housing) Its sad, but telling, that RECA and the City Council want to continue to push an already disproven theory that density will increase affordability:
Imagine Austin Links: