Subject: North Central Austin Study Area Informational Meeting and Discussion

Neighborhood Association and Neighborhood Contact Team Representatives,

As a primary contact person for your organization, you are receiving this email invitation to attend an informational meeting on the proposed planning process for the North Central Austin Study Area (scroll down to see map of the study area).  If you are not the primary contact, please forward this email to the appropriate person and to others who may be interested.

The meeting is to be held on:

THURSDAY, JUNE 5, 2014
6:30 – 8:00 PM
LAMAR MIDDLE SCHOOL CAFETERIA
6201 WYNONA AVE, AUSTIN, TX 78757

AGENDA

6:30 PM

6:40 PM

 

7:00 PM

 

Introductions

Presentation of proposed North Central Austin Study Area Planning Process by Planning and Development Review Staff

Q&A

In response to community concerns over the proposed planning process for the North Central Austin Study Area, at the May 22nd City Council Meeting Council Member Laura Morrison pulled the resolution initiating the planning process from the agenda and directed staff to hold a meeting to gauge community interest in the proposed planning process. Council Member Laura Morrison is scheduled to be in attendance on Thursday and invitations will be extended to the other Council offices.  Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole and Council Members Chris Riley and Cathy Tovo also expressed interest in this community discussion.  The resolution was postponed until the Council’s June 12th meeting.

The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the proposed planning process for the North Central Austin Study Area with the stakeholders from the directly involved neighborhoods.  The study area was recommended for several reasons:

  • The Planning and Development Review Department has made a commitment to the City Council to provide all neighborhood planning areas an opportunity to engage in the planning process.  Within the study area there are three neighborhood planning areas that have not had that opportunity: Rosedale, Allandale, and North Shoal Creek;
  • With all of the changes that have and are expected to occur along Burnet Road (and to a lesser degree Anderson Lane) this planning process presents an opportunity to look at these roadways in a more comprehensive fashion to develop a community-based vision and recommendations for land use, transportation, urban design, open space and parks, as well as other issues that are identified through the planning process;
  • This process will provide an opportunity to update the Crestview/Wooten Combined Neighborhood Plan and theBrentwood/Highland Combined Neighborhood Plan based on recommendations generated during the corridor studies;
  • Capital Metro will soon initiate MetroRapid bus service along Burnet Road and this process will allow planning in coordination with new transportation infrastructure.

Given the changes occurring in this part of Austin, the proposed planning process could be a unique opportunity to complete plans for neighborhoods without plans, address a rapidly changing area of our city, update aging plans, as well as plan in coordination with new transportation improvements.

We hope you are able to join us on Thursday to be part of the conversation- we look forward to discussing this project with you, as well as hearing your questions.

If you have additional questions about this proposed planning process prior to our meeting, please contact:

Mark Walters, Principle Planner
512-974-7695
mark.walters [Email address: mark.walters #AT# austintexas.gov - replace #AT# with @ ]

Jenn Todd, Senior Planner
512-974-7659
jennifer.todd [Email address: jennifer.todd #AT# austintexas.gov - replace #AT# with @ ]