DANA Position Letters – Imagine Austin Plan and Music and Solicitation
DANA Board Nomination and Committee Interest Form
The DANA Board of Directors will be transitioning this coming January, at which time there is the potential to add additional Board Members to the existing Board.
If you or someone you know is interested in getting involved in what’s going on in downtown Austin, becoming a member of the DANA Board is a great way have a real impact on the future of downtown.
Feel free to speak with any DANA Board Member about your interest, or contact email@example.com.
Download the form here: 2015 DANA Interest Form for Prospective Members.
In order to be considered for a 2015 position, completed Applications are DUE by 5pm on Tuesday, December 23, 2014.
Downtown Austin Stories – Vera Stanek
If you’ve come to our Urban Core Happy Hours, you’ve no doubt seen Spring resident and DANA member Vera Stanek, with a sunny smile that lights up a room with a disposition to match – she’s a neighbor that’s great to know!
But, even though you may have chatted over a glass of wine with Vera, you may not know her truly interesting story. We asked Vera to tell us about her past so that we could share her amazing life!
Read a teaser about Vera’s inspiring journey below:
Your neighbors have stories to share, and being a part of DANA is a great opportunity to meet interesting people like Vera. We hope to see YOU at the next Urban Core Happy Hour / Annual Meeting in January (details announced soon – keep checking back !
*Are you a downtown resident with an interesting or inspiring life story? Send it to us at info AT downtownaustin DOT org and we might just include it in our blog!
City Council To Consider Amendment on Off-Peak Concrete Pouring Thursday 11/20
11/21/2014: Last night, City Council approved a temporary ordinance that will limit overnight concrete pouring in CBD and P zones (DMU is not affected) parts of the neighborhood from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. and which will create a 60-day stakeholder process for a permanent solution.
11/7/2014: Yesterday, City Council postponed this item to 11/20/2014 with direction for it to be heard at the Downtown Commission meeting on 11/19/2014.
DANA has taken a formal position on this item:
10/30/2014: There’s a substitute proposed amendmenton the draft City Council agenda (currently item #34, as of this update) for 11/6/2014. This proposed amendment unanimously passed first reading. It still proposes an expansion of the area where overnight concrete pours would be allowed, 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, in most situations.
UPDATE: 10/21: This amendment was not passed, reportedly to do stakeholder feedback like DANA’s. Laura Morrison has offered a substitute amendment, which will be considered on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014.
DANA Members / Readers, Here’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:
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.
Notice: FOUR MUSKET and CANON SALUTE happening on Sunday, November 2, 2014
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.