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Notice: FOUR MUSKET and CANON SALUTE happening on Sunday, November 2, 2014

FYI:

We just received a heads up that the Susanna B. Dickinson / O’Henry Museum / Brush Square located at 409 E. 5th Street will be conducting a  “FOUR MUSKET and CANON SALUTE” in commemoration of the Susanna B. Dickinson Bicentennial Birthday Celebration on Sunday, November 2nd, 2014, at 1:00 pm.

Nearby residents, if you hear loud noises at this time, there’s likely no need for alarm – they are likely just the planned gunshots (blanks) for the salute.

City Council To Consider Amendment on Off-Peak Concrete Pouring Thursday 11/6

10/30/2014: There’s a NEW proposed amendment on the draft City Council agenda (currently item #34, as of this update) for 11/6/2014.  This one is still proposing an expansion of the area, and is also proposing, among other things, to have any and all off-peak concrete pouring in the CBD and expanded areas to end at 2am (when the bars also close)

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.

Pictures from October 2014 Urban Core Happy Hour

Thank you to our sponsors, Roaring Fork and Highrises.com!

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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2014 Halloween Trick or Treating

Trick or Treating at The Shore Condos!
Thursday, October 30, 2014 – 5:30pm-7:00pm (after-party from 7-8)
Hosted by: The Shore Condos | 603 Davis St (transit)
Light refreshments will be provided.  All children MUST be accompanied by an adult!

2014 Halloween Flyer - DANA - 1

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