CodeNEXT petition available to sign

Titled “Keep CodeNext Transects Out of Our Neighborhoods,” the petition aims to increase the awareness of Austin Mayor Steve Adler, the City Council, and other parties of the strong, citywide sentiment against the haphazard and neighborhood-destroying qualities of the proposed CodeNext zoning.

https://www.change.org/p/austin-city-council-keep-codenext-transects-out-of-our-neighborhoods

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CodeNEXT map comments open til Fri. July 7

You can comment on the CodeNext draft map until July 7th.  You don’t need to register or sign in to comment on the map.  Simply enter specific comments about the proposed zoning on a specific parcel, or you can enter general comments.

Here’s how:

  1. Go to the CodeNext draft map link https://codenext.engagingplans.org/codenext-comparison-map
  2. Enter an address where it says “Select location” above the map or navigate to a location that you’d like to comment on.  If you’re entering comments on a specific address make sure the address you want to comment on is correct.  Be careful as the website seems to want to change the location you click on.  Comment in the box that says Please enter comments about the proposed zoning on a specific parcel or zoning district here.  You can comment as you like, for example “allowing a multiplex here is inappropriate” or “this property will be nonconforming if the intermediate setback is assigned.”
  3. If you prefer to enter comments where it says Please enter any general comments on the proposed zoning here, you can be more general.  It is probably a good idea to click on an address within Heritage if you’re commenting about Heritage’s proposed zoning.  You can get ideas about what to post from the excellent letters, online posts, and comments on the change.org petition.  These or similar comments can be entered in the textbox.
  4. Entering your contact information is optional.  When you are finished, click “Submit.”
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Heritage NA resolution about CodeNEXT

The Heritage Neighborhood Association unanimously passed this resolution at its June 5, 2017 meeting. It will be shared with the mayor, City Council, CodeNEXT staff, and land use commissioners.

Heritage Resolution on CodeNEXT

WHEREAS the Heritage neighborhood, located in central Austin and bordered by 29th Street, 38th Street, Guadalupe Street, and North Lamar Boulevard, is a diverse, walkable, urban neighborhood,

WHEREAS in 2004 the Austin City Council approved a Neighborhood Plan for the Central Austin Combined Neighborhood planning area, including the West University planning area that includes both single family neighborhoods such as Heritage as well as the University Neighborhood Overlay (UNO), and the Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan specifies that the Neighborhood Plans be respected,

WHEREAS the neighborhood plan represented a careful compromise involving homeowners, renters, business owners, and students. That compromise established an overlay (UNO) for the West Campus area that allows dense multifamily development, mixed use developments along the corridors, and conditional overlays to protect the integrity, historic character, and safety of the single family neighborhoods, and

WHEREAS in 2014 the City Council passed and in 2016 made permanent laws that reduced the allowed occupancy of unrelated adults in newly constructed single family homes with the express purpose of discouraging demolitions in Heritage and other neighborhoods that had been affected by demolition for the purpose of constructing high occupancy houses, and

WHEREAS the proposed transect  zoning in the Heritage neighborhood will dramatically increase the allowed density in the middle of the neighborhood and thus encourage demolition of existing affordable housing and redevelopment of more expensive properties, and

WHEREAS the proposed  T4MS  zoning along Guadalupe and Lamar does not promote affordable housing,

BE IT RESOLVED that the members of the Heritage Neighborhood Association respectfully request that for our neighborhood, CodeNEXT retain the existing zoning and conditional overlays consistent with the Central Austin Combined Neighborhood Plan and current occupancy limits on unrelated adults in single family homes. Further, if transect zones are used within the Heritage Neighborhood, they be limited to 38th Street, Guadalupe Street, and North Lamar Boulevard to allow residential density on those corridors.

Approved June 5, 2017, by unanimous vote by the Heritage Neighborhood Association. The Heritage Neighborhood Association Community Meeting was held at 7pm, June 5th, 2017 in the Pioneer Bank Community Room.

Gretchen Flatau, President

Heritage NA CodeNEXT Resolution June 5 2017

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Heritage: A top Texas area for walkability

Walkable neighborhoods

Heritage is already known to be the second most walkable area in Austin, after downtown — but last year, Redfin named Heritage and West Campus (combined on city zoning maps) the third most walkable neighborhoods in Texas!

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Tovo invites Heritage to CodeNEXT meeting

—– Forwarded Message —–
From: “Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo, City of Austin”
Sent: Monday, May 15, 2017 5:26 PM
Subject: CodeNEXT District 9 Open House Invitation

Dear District 9 Neighbors,
Please mark your calendars for June 3 for an important meeting about CodeNEXT and District 9.
As many of you know, City staff and consultants released the CodeNEXT draft Code and maps in recent weeks; both the proposed Code and the proposed maps could prompt significant land use changes in most District 9 neighborhoods.
On June 3, 2017, City staff will host a CodeNEXT Open House at City Hall from 10:00 AM – 12:00 p.m., and I hope you will attend.
As we approach June 3rd, please visit austintexas.gov/codenext to learn more about CodeNEXT, to read the proposed land use code, and to view the proposed maps. You can also find links on that page for online commenting and to schedule office hours to ask city staff questions about the proposals. City staff has asked for draft comments on the CodeNext text to be submitted by June 7, 2017, and draft map comments the following month.
If you have specific feedback for City staff and the consultants about the proposed Code or the mapping, please also feel free to copy my office (kathie.tovo@austintexas.gov) so that I am also aware of your feedback.
This new Code has the potential to impact every Austinite for years to come. Please come prepared with feedback, ideas, and questions for the CodeNEXT City staff.
Now is the time for community involvement and engagement. Thank you in advance for your important participation.
Sincerely,
Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo
Council Member District 9

City Hall, 301 West 2nd St Parking Information:
You can park for free in the City Hall garage in any non-reserved spots; just bring your ticket in with you so that we can validate it. The garage entrance is located on Guadalupe between 2nd and Cesar Chavez. You may take the steps or the elevator to the ground floor.

Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo, City of Austin | 301 West 2nd Street, Austin, TX 78701

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Kindness and noise in Heritage

Our Heritage neighbor Richard Whittington put together this helpful information about the City of Austin’s noise and sound guidelines to distribute on his block, and offered to let it be shared with the neighborhood at large. 
Neighbor,
With increased urban density in central Austin, it is useful to
know what your rights are pertaining to noise and what you can do about it.
Of course, the best strategy for dealing with noise issues is to get to know all your neighbors and to politely inform them if noise is a problem. Using kindness and compassion in every interaction can go a long way in solving almost every problem including noise issues. Keep in mind, our neighborhood has a mix of students, professionals, and retirees in both rental properties and owner occupied residences and condominiums. Everyone has different tolerances for noise and different requirements for rest, relaxation and sleep. Trying to be sensitive to everyone’s needs is key.
Principal elements of the city noise ordinance are as follows.
§ 9-2-3 – GENERAL RESTRICTIONS.
(A) A person may not: (1) use or permit the use of sound equipment at a business in excess of the decibel limits prescribed by this chapter; (2) make noise or play a musical instrument audible to an adjacent business or residence between 10:30 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.
§ 9-2-5 – RESTRICTION ON USE OF SOUND
EQUIPMENT IN A RESIDENTIAL AREA.
(A) This section applies to property zoned as residential under Section 25-2-32(B) ( Zoning Districts and Map Codes ). (B) A person may not use sound equipment that produces sound audible beyond the property line of a residence in a residential area between 10:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. (C) A person may not use sound equipment audible beyond the property line of a residence in a residential area that produces sound in excess of 75 decibels. Source: 1992 Code Section 10-5-5; Ord. 031023-13; Ord. 031211-11.
75 decibels noise references…
Conversational speech (60 dB); Shower (70 dB); Vacuum cleaner (70-75 dB); Living room music (75 dB); Alarm clock (80 dB); Passing diesel truck (85 dB).
Inexpensive smart phone VU meter apps measuring sound
decibels are an easy way to learn about sound levels.
As a last resort you can call 311 and a city services dispatcher can send a police officer to respond to a noise complaint. The dispatcher might ask if you want to talk to the police or meet the police or have the police report back to you. All you have to say is “no, all I want is for the City of Austin to enforce the noise ordinance”. The police rarely issue citations for noise ordinance complaints. Generally their arrival simply quiets things down.
To learn more about the City of Austin noise ordinance go to: https://www.municode.com
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Ways to influence CodeNEXT

Community Not Commodity, a grassroots group working to ensure CodeNEXT reflects the wishes of Austin communities, has developed a fact sheet and action plan for individuals and organizations. Click through on the link below to view the PDF. For more information, go to communitynotcommodity.com.  CommunityNotCommodityCNFactSheet

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