26 January 2013 - 22:46,
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There were four issues presented at this month’s Austin Neighborhoods Council meeting. We can share the information with NACA members at the next meeting (and more briefly if needed), but we’d like to pass on the summary now in case you want to post it to the NACA webpage or facebook.
- The Community Development Commission showed research regarding the long history of restricted covenants and zoning laws that segregated the city by race and economic status. The CD Commission is researching ways to spread out affordable housing throughout the City (whereas it has been concentrated in particular areas); maintain and improve existing affordable housing; and protect Austin’s historically minority communities, like East Austin, from displacement by gentrification. The Commission urges discussion among City Council and the public on the issue.
Land Development Code
- The Assistant Director of the Planning and Development Review Dept. gave an overview of Austin’s three year Imagine Austin project to rewrite its land development code. ANC members are concerned that neighborhood and environmental organizations will not be represented by the recommendations made by consultant services. ANC members want to ask the City for more representation during this process. A draft resolution is attached.
Using City Parks as Parking for Businesses
- ANC members are against a proposed ordinance currently before the City Council to allow the use of public parkland by adjacent businesses to meet their parking requirements. ANC members proposed drafting a resolution in opposition of this ordinance. Visit this link to hear about the issue from a concerned citizen’s point of view: Change.org Petition
Melinda & Domenic Schiera
NACA ANC Reps