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DANA Garden Day – 11/1/2014

Calling all city dwellers! You may no longer have a garden to tend, but come get your hands dirty and meet your neighbors as we beautify part of the hike and bike trail near the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge. DANA adopted a garden on Lady Bird Lake (Cesar Chavez side of Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge). It’s a busy spot on the trail and will be enjoyed by all that pass by.

Check out these pics from our DANA Garden day from a couple years back!

If you are interested in volunteering, please just email info@downtownaustin.org to let us know and so we can send you additional information if necessary.

DANA Garden Day
Saturday, November 1, 2014, 9am-12noon
About 999 W Cesar Chavez
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City Council To Consider Amendment on Off-Peak Concrete Pouring Thursday 10/23

UPDATE: 10/21: This amendment has indefinitely been postponed, reportedly to do stakeholder feedback like DANA’s!

DANA Members / Readers,

Screenshot 2014-10-16 15.17.49Here’s a chance to be influential on an issue that DIRECTLY affects you.

City Council will be considering an Amendment to the COA Code (Sec. 9-2) relating to permitting requirements regarding off-peak concrete pouring.

The item is currently #18 on the agenda, which can be found HERE. When you click on the item, the supporting documents appear on the right-hand column of the screen.

In July, DANA submitted a letter to the City regarding the code and the proposed amendment to the code.

DANA has also formally submitted the following concerns regarding the code / proposed amendment:

  1. 1. Notices are not required, but are at the option of the Director.
  2. 2. The proposed amendment substantially expands the area in which such permits are allowed, currently only “CBD”, to include “DMU” and “P” zoning.
  3. 3. The proposed revision does not require notice to property owners within 600 feet of the site, as is the case with the COA Amplified Sound Permit.  Nor to adjacent HOA’s.
  4. 4. The proposed amendment fails to specify any sound limits as is the case with the amplified sound ordinance (85 dba at the property line for outdoor events).
  5. 5. The proposed amendment fails to stipulate any time requirements for the application so as to allow for timely notice and response by owners who may be effected.
  6. 6. Based on the Staff’s survey of other major cities including Houston, Dallas, Ft. Worth and San Antonio no other major city in Texas permits construction after 8 PM.


Many residents / members have expressed that they would like to see overnight pours prohibited altogether.  However, others state that restricting the concrete pours provide a possible disincentive for future dense development, may lengthen the overall period of construction, and would provide traffic issues for daytime commuters.

Now is the time to let your thoughts on this issue be heard.  If you are passionate about this issue, we URGE you to attend the October 23rd Council Meeting. You are also encouraged to reach out to City Council as an individual resident.

Register to Vote!

Major issues are on the election ballot November 4: Mayor election, 10 Council members, transportation bonds…If you do not vote, your opinion will not count.

To be eligible to vote, you must have registered to vote no later than 30 days before the election. If you haven’t already done so, begin the registration process by clicking the registration form below. Then, just fill it out, print and sign it, and fax it to (512) 854-4840.



See the list of candidates for the November 2014 election here.

DANA I-35 Improvement Progress Forum

You’re Invited!
DANA I-35 Improvement Progress Forum
Saturday, September 27, 2014 – 10am-12noon
Eleven Apartments, Sky Lounge, 811 E. 11th St., 78702 (map | transit)


Join DANA, other informed neighbors, and a panel of experts for an interactive discussion regarding I-35 improvements. Our venue was specifically chosen for its excellent view of I-35!

Panelists to include:

  • *Mateo Barnstone, Chair, North Central I-35 Neighborhood Coalition (NCINC2)
  • *Greg Anderson, Policy Advisor, Office of Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole (tentative)
  • *Chris Riley, Council Member, District 9 Candidate
  • *Pam Power, President, Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association (DANA), Downtown Stakeholders Group
  • *Heyden Black Walker, Reconnect Austin, Downtown Stakeholders Group

Interactive discussion led by Cid Galindo, President, Congress for New Urbanism; Member, Downtown Stakeholders Group; and Board of Directors, Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association.

This event is FREE and open to the public, and complimentary light refreshments will be available.


10:05-10:15: Welcome
10:15-11:15: Interactive Discussion
11:15-11:30: What’s next?

Influential: DANA Letter Regarding Proposed Busking Resolution

9/25/2014 Update: The resolution that was approved by City Council is here.

DANA recently submitted a letter to City Council regarding a proposed Resolution regarding street performers / buskers, which was based on Austin Music Commission’s Recommendation  20140804-D004: Street Performers & the Art of Busking. The proposed Resolution is on the 9/25/2014 City Council Agenda.

We have been told that the proposed resolution will be updated per our suggestions in the letter (click on images to make them larger):

2014 09 12 Letter Re Busking_Page_1

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