Thursday, September 27, 2007
TO: Mayor and Council Members
Toby Hammett Futrell, City Manager
FROM: Juan Garza, General Manager
DATE: September 26, 2007
SUBJECT: Staff Requests Postponement of Zoning Items 109, 110 and 111
Austin Energy is requesting a postponement of Council Items 109 – 111, zoning cases addressing Austin Energy’s property at Justin Lane, the Justin Lane Substation and the Crestview/Wooten Combined Neighborhood Plan Amendment. Austin Energy is requesting these items be postponed from the September 27, 2007 Council agenda to the October 18, 2007 Council agenda for additional time to address contractual and neighborhood concerns.
Please let me know if you have any questions regarding this matter.
Monday, September 24, 2007
At the last Crestview neighborhood association meeting, we heard from Sonya Lopez, pricipal planner for the Transit Oriented Development (TOD). She presented TOD information specific to the Crestview neighborhood and listened to and documented concerns from Crestview residents about TOD. The meeting started with about 68 residents (Augusts meeting was around 79 residents). Thanks to all the residents who came out to learn and talk about their concerns.
After Augusts meeting, many Crestview residents approached the Crestview steering committee members and requested that the steering committee create a resolution to reflect the opinions of many of the Crestview residents. This resolution was a compromise of various opinions collected from Crestview residents.
Thus the meeting ended with a review and vote on a resolution created by the steering committee. This resolution passed with 35 votes for the resolution, 5 votes to abstain, and 3 votes against.
Below is the final resolution sent to Sonya Lopez and the PB consultants with TOD.
September 10, 2007
CNA Resolution on TOD Planning
Based on the results of the CNA survey conducted during the neighborhood planning process where 90% of the 400 respondents recommended no more than 700 additional residential units, based on the lack of known infrastructure such as roadways, utilities, parks, libraries and schools to meet the needs of higher density, and based on the need to evaluate the effects of currently planned projects prior to moving blindly forward, we hereby make the following recommendations to the city of Austin regarding TOD development within the Crestview neighborhood:
- That any residential development within the TOD will be capped at 20 units per acre.
- That building height be limited to two stories or, where appropriate, to three stories.
- That access to the Crestview Station development be limited to Lamar Blvd. and that no roadways connect Crestview Station to Morrow Street, Justin Lane or any other neighborhood street. Any vehicular connectivity between Crestview and Crestview Station opens both areas of the neighborhood to non-residential cut-through traffic.
- That the intersection at Justin and Lamar remain a “T” intersection, with Airport Blvd. continuing to intersect Lamar Blvd. north of Justin Lane as it does today and that no street east of Lamar be created to extend Justin Lane east of Lamar Blvd.
- That a permanent pedestrian walkway be established along or adjacent to the Capital Metro right-of-way for use by area residents. This would improve pedestrian connectivity to the commuter rail station.
- That publically-accessible parkland acreage be designated within the Crestview TOD boundaries to help offset the current total absence of parkland in the Crestview neighborhood, specially the entire acreage of the city-owned property on Ryan Street.
Brentwood To Go Green!
Submitted by Amy Cox
Brentwood Elementary is planning a greener year for 07-08. Our efforts include forming an after-school environmental club, reducing waste in the lunchroom, promoting maximum recycling in our school and community, and planning an Earth Day celebration in April.
You can help! We can make money to support our efforts from your old cell phones, ink jet cartridges, MP3 players, digital cameras, DVD movies, video games and batteries. These items can be dropped off in our collection box which is located near the main office across from the cafeteria. Any donations would be GREATLY appreciated!
Next, a word about paper recycling… there is a Balcones paper recycling bin located on the east side of our school (along Arroyo Seco.) If you use our bin to recycle your paper, that’s great! We only ask that you break-down any boxes you bring. Balcones only comes once a week to empty it and it fills up fast with boxes.
Thank you for your help & keep recycling!
-Amy Cox, Brentwood Green Team
Friday, September 21, 2007
Submitted by Tom Davis
The McCallum Knights took on the Johnston Rams last Thursday night at House Park in their second district game, and when the dust had settled the Knights came home with a 60 to 7 win.
McCallum’s defense again set the pace for the game holding the Rams to just 24 yards rushing on 20 carries and 132 yards passing, most of which was gained on a 74 yard touchdown pass in the 4th quarter for Johnston’s lone score. The Knights defense was showcased by strong play from Jamal Stevens, Clete Donovan, Jamal Herring, Michael Harris, Jonathan Fisher, Marshall Giddings, and Hudson Stancliff. The Knight’s defense kept the Rams bottled up on the Rams side of the field most of the game, allowing the Knights to have several short yardage scoring drives.
The Knights offense continued to look well balanced posting 176 yards rushing on 29 carries, and 171 passing on 9 catches. McCallum was lead in rushing by Kendrick Perkins posting 50 yards in 6 carries. The Knights receiving corps was lead by Xavier Jefferson who caught 3 passes for 119 yards. The MAC front offense line continued to keep the opposition away from the quarterback, allowing Kevin Lusson to complete 8 of 10 passes with 0 interceptions, for 159 yards.
McCallum jumped ahead in the game very quickly, which allowed them to substitute at will and gave most of the players some valuable extended playing time. When so many players get involved in the game it shows that football in a total team sport.
Next week the Knights take on the Reagan Raiders on Thursday night at 7pm at House Park.
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Brentwood/Crestivew Neighborhood Patrol Kick-Off Meeting Summary for 27 Aug 2007
Brentwood and Crestview neighbors gathered at the Koenig Lane Christian Church on Monday, August 27th to celebrate the kick-off of the Brentwood/Crestview Neighborhood Patrol. Several topics were discussed, including the efforts undertaken to date on the patrol, current organizational structure, volunteer opportunities, and background checks. Barbara Zimmerman shared her experiences in participating in a citizen patrol in Houston. The Church’s Pastor, Frank Goldsmith, offered several Church resources for the patrol, including assistance with background checks, providing a safe location for patrol reports and other sensitive information, and facilitating having the monthly social event hosted in a different Brentwood or Crestview church each month. The monthly social events will be pot-lucks, similar to the kick-off meeting, and while patrol business will be addressed, the main purpose is to bring neighbors together. The social events are scheduled to be on the last Monday of each month, holidays notwithstanding and based on host church availability. Current efforts for the neighborhood patrol will focus on the development of patrol program materials for volunteer processing and training, and attracting volunteers for the patrol and senior-check-in.
Thanks again to Pastor Frank Goldsmith and the Koenig Lane Christian Church for hosting the kick-off meeting and offering valuable resources for the patrol. Please plan to come to the next social event and meet neighbors in a fun setting while learning more about this important effort for Brentwood and Crestview. The date and location will be circulated as soon as confirmed. If you would like to be added to the contact list to receive future meeting notices, updates and meeting notes, or to volunteer, please contact Paula Gruber at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brentwood/Crestview Neighborhood Patrol – encouraging community-building, respecting civil liberties, promoting security and reducing crime.
They’re our neighborhoods. Let’s help keep them safe. How would you like to help?
Submitted by Paula Gruber
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