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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.

URBAN CORE HAPPY HOUR

When: Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, 3pm-5pm
Business Sponsor: Highrises.com
Where: Roaring Fork, 701 Congress Ave.  (map | transit)

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About Highrises.com

Highrises.com Realty is a boutique real estate brokerage focused on the Austin condo and loft market. We love the “lock and leave” condo lifestyle and enjoy helping our clients find the right building with the right amenities for their lifestyle. If you’re thinking about buying, selling or leasing a condo in Austin contact us and put our expertise and experience to work for you.

About Roaring Fork

The Roaring Fork’s Wood Fired Cooking captures the spirit of bold American cuisine, creating flavors that crackle with a rugged edge. In the Old West, the best food was prepared on a simple wood fire. This same spirit, freshness and flavor are at the heart of every dish we serve. Select from lamb, chicken, beef, pork and fresh fish entrees all perfectly prepared by wood fire rotisserie, open flame grill or wood oven roasting.

Add to this our impeccable service and an atmosphere as inviting as our food, and you’ve got a dining experience you’ll come back for again and again. Roaring Fork’s ideal blend of energy and intimacy has made it a favorite for over a decade.

Urban Core Happy Hour Format – PLEASE READ!
DANA Urban Core Happy Hours are open to all that have an interest in Downtown Austin. Please note, however, that at Urban Core Happy Hours DANA Members get in free, and non-members will be asked to pay $10. Entry into event includes food and drink tickets (until we run out!). Due to the popularity of these events, we cannot make any exceptions on entry.

We encourage RSVP’ing to the event so that we may have as accurate of a headcount as possible, but please note that if you are a non-member who has RSVP’d – you will still have to pay the entry fee to the event. If you have a question regarding the status of your membership, please email info@downtownaustin.org.

If you’re not a DANA Member and would like to be, you can sign up at the Urban Core Happy Hour, or you can click here to be directed to our Membership page to join now. Membership includes free entry to Urban Core Happy Hours for one year after your sign up date!

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.

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PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO REGISTER!

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)

RSVP REQUIRED!

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.

Program

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):

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