Burnet Rd facing north accross from Lamar Middle SchoolIf you are interested in the future of Burnet Rd and Anderson Ln, please come out this Thursday, 2/16, for the Sustainable Neighborhoods meeting.  We will be discussing two vital topics:
1. Should we organize to secure $20 million in bond funding for proposed sidewalk, bike lane and safety improvements on Burnet?
2. Should the City offer more than one definition of a mixed use corridor like Burnet or Anderson?
Probably most people in our area would support a vision for a Burnet Rd that is safer and more attractive for walking, biking and transit.  Such steps help to reduce car congestion and make it easier for residents to reach neighborhood-friendly businesses. But there are some questions that SN raised about the details of such projects, based on a recent Burnet corridor study.  We'll discuss the latest information about how the projects would be implemented, and decide whether to push ahead with a campaign to obtain funding fot the projects.

The current Comprehensive Plan definition of a mixed use corridor implies that infill development is expected to happen whereever there's a site for it. SN has pushed for a definition of corridors based on putting the most density in highly walkable places closest to the highest quality transit, and using places farther from transit for more affordable and family-friendly housing.  We'll discuss these two different definitions with a representative of the Comprehensive Plan team.  Council aides from the offices of Kathie Tovo and Chris Riley also plan to attend.
We'll also give a brief update on the proposed redevelopment at 8100 Burnet (Ross Dress for Less).
The meeting is 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the Village Christian Apartments Activity Room, 7925 Rockwood Ln just north of Anderson. Directions here at http://www.snaustin.org/meeting-directions.

Steven Zettner
Sustainable Neighborhoods of North Central Austin