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August 5, 2015

Votes

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City of Austin Proposition A (Nov. 2021)

Link to full City of Austin ballot language:
https://countyclerk.traviscountytx.gov/images/pdfs/sample_ballots/2021.11.02/CITIES.pdf

Vote Language:

Shall a petitioned ordinance be approved to enhance public safety and police oversight, transparency and accountability by adding new chapter 2-16 to establish minimum standards for the police department to ensure effective public safety and protect residents and visitors to Austin, and prescribing minimal requirements for achieving the same, at an estimated cost of $271.5 million – $598.8 million over five years?

Vote date: September 27, 2021 – October 7, 2021 at 6 pm CDT


City of Austin Proposition B (Nov. 2021)

Link to full City of Austin ballot language:
https://countyclerk.traviscountytx.gov/images/pdfs/sample_ballots/2021.11.02/CITIES.pdf

Vote Language:

Shall the City Council be authorized to convey or lease approximately 9 acres of parkland currently used as the Central Maintenance Complex (CMC) located at 2525 S. Lakeshore Blvd. through a public bidding process, where the total value of the bid is equal to or greater than the appraised fair market value of CMC, in exchange for at a minimum: 1) at least 48 acres of waterfront land contiguous to an existing City park; and 2) the cost or construction of a new maintenance facility for the Parks and Recreation Department on other city-owned land; and 3) partial or full funding for the removal of Fiesta Gardens’ existing maintenance facility and restoration of that land to parkland?

Vote date: September 27, 2021 – October 7, 2021 at 6 pm CDT


IH-35 Expansion and Community Alternatives

Link to FAN discussion:
https://forum.atxfriends.org/t/ih-35-resources/3230/2

Vote Language:

Friends of Austin Neighborhoods (FAN) opposes the current TxDOT plan for expanding I-35 through central Austin.

We urge the Commission to give meaningful consideration to the community-proposed alternatives presented at Rethink35.com and ReconnectAustin.com. Either of these alternatives would be far better for Downtown Austin, and for the planet, than the expansion TxDOT is proposing. Please evaluate these alternatives fully alongside the TxDOT proposals in regard to all relevant impacts, including air quality, noise, safety, vehicle miles traveled, climate change, and tax base.

Additionally:

  • The highway’s footprint should be no higher and no wider than it is today, and should be narrowed to the greatest extent possible to reduce the barrier it creates and to shorten crossing distances, particularly for those traveling via active transportation modes.
  • The I-35 corridor should be supportive of all transportation modes, with careful attention paid to active transportation. The bikeways and sidewalks along and across I-35 should be comfortable, safe, continuous, fully connected to Austin’s active transportation networks, and protected from traffic by a buffer of at least 20 feet.
  • The surface level of I-35 should include as many crossings, for all modes of travel, as possible.
  • Any surface level frontage roads should be designed to city standards and function as city streets, and should significantly improve safety for vulnerable road users.
  • Street trees should be provided between the roadway and the active transportation paths.
  • This project should bring improved access and usability to all parks and trails directly impacted, including Palm Park, Town Lake Metropolitan Park, Waller Beach, and the Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail.

Given that Austin is about to embark on the much-needed construction of the Project Connect transit system, we encourage the Commission to consider shelving the plans to overhaul I-35 until the new transit system is in place. This system would provide convenient access to downtown for many during the construction of any changes to I-35.

Thank you for your consideration of our input. We look forward to continuing involvement during future discussions about this project.

Vote date: September 27, 2021 – October 7, 2021 at 6 pm CDT


Communities of Interest and Redistricting

Link to FAN discussion:
https://forum.atxfriends.org/t/fan-resolution-on-austin-redistricting/3248/8

Vote Language:

FAN champions the needs of the citywide community and representation of the full diversity of neighborhood stakeholders – not just the vocal minority of incumbent homeowners that sometimes dominate neighborhood conversations. Accordingly, FAN calls for redistricting that enables neighbors belonging to the following groups to have fair and effective representation in city government:

  • Historically marginalized ethnic groups, including Hispanics and African-Americans.
  • Fast-growing Asian communities.
  • Overlooked socioeconomic groups such as renters, residents of multi-family homes, and students.

FAN believes that drawing district boundaries to support better representation for these groups is far more important than blind consistency with self-defined neighborhood boundaries.

Vote date: September 27, 2021 – October 7, 2021 at 6 pm CDT


Repurpose Muny and Other UT Properties for Higher Use

Link to FAN discussion:
https://forum.atxfriends.org/t/vision-for-repurposing-ut-properties-for-higher-use/3243

Vote Language:

Properties owned by the University of Texas that are within the urban parts of the City of Austin should be repurposed to much higher use. They should be redeveloped as mixed-use, mixed-income walkable urban places, with safe, welcoming connections to surrounding areas, abundant transit, walk, bike, and ADA access, and significant investments in affordable housing. These spaces should be developed in an environmentally responsible manner, which means making them as dense as possible, while including nature throughout the design, and preserving some natural access in all spaces inviting to people living outside but near the properties. The University of Texas should not be in the business of owning golf courses and should not acquiesce to exclusionary zoning desires of a small group of elites.

Vote date: September 27, 2021 – October 7, 2021 at 6 pm CDT


Resolution 2020-09-16: FAN 2020 Fall City Election Preferences

Link to FAN discussion: https://forum.atxfriends.org/t/answers-to-fans-city-council-candidate-questionnaire/3205

Vote Language:

Which candidates do think would best further FAN’s cause of neighborhood inclusion and improvement? Please indicate your preferred candidate in each district for the upcoming 2020 City Council election. Also indicate whether you support the proposed propositions.

Answers to FAN’s candidate questionnaire are here: https://www.atxfriends.org/austin-city-council-candidate-questionnaire.

Vote date: Sept 16, 2020 – Sep 28, 2020
Result: FAN Membership Preferences:

  • District 2 – David Chincanchan
  • District 4 – Gregorio “Greg” Casar
  • District 6 – James “Jimmy” Flannigan
  • District 7 – Morgan Witt
  • District 10 – Pooja Sethi
  • Propositions A – Support
  • Proposition B – Support

At Large Membership Results (Out of 687 total members):

  • District 2
    • David Chincanchan – 47
    • Casey Ramos – 1
    • Vanessa Fuentes – 8
    • Alex Strenger – 2
    • No Preference – 18
  • District 4
    • Gregorio “Greg Casar” – 61
    • Louis C. Herrin III – 6
    • Ramesses II Setepenre – 0
    • No preference – 9
  • District 6
    • James “Jimmy” Flannigan – 60
    • Mackenzie Kelly – 4
    • Dr. Jennifer Mushtaler – 1
    • Dee Harrison – 1
    • No Preference – 10
  • District 7
    • Morgan Witt – 58
    • Leslie Pool – 9
    • No Preference – 9
  • District 10
    • Robert Thomas – 2
    • Alison Alter – 3
    • Belinda Greene – 0
    • Bennett “Ben” Easton – 0
    • Noel Tristan – 0
    • Pooja Sethi – 54
    • Jennifer Virden – 4
    • No Preference – 13
  • Proposition A
    • Support – 71
    • Oppose – 5
    • Abstain – 0
  • Proposition B
    • Support – 69
    • Oppose – 4
    • Abstain – 3

Member Organization Votes

  • District 2
    • David Chincanchan (4)
      • Judges Hill Community Circle
      • Friends of Hyde Park
      • Friends of Zilker
      • West Campus Neighborhood Association
    • Casey Ramos (0)
    • Vanessa Fuentes (0)
    • Alex Strenger (0)
    • Vincent Harding (0)
    • No Preference (4)
      • Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association
      • Midtown Alliance
      • Pease Neighborhood Association
      • Mueller Neighborhood Association
    • Did Not Vote (11)
      • Midtown Austin Neighborhood Association
      • Friends of Blue Bonnet Hills
      • Highland Neighborhood Association
      • Southbank Neighborhood Association
      • Wooten Neighborhood Association
      • Parkridge Gardens HOA
      • North Acres Homeowners Residents Association
      • Friends of Heritage Neighborhood
      • Tarrytown Neighborhood Association
      • Georgian Acres Neighborhood Association
      • North Loop Neighborhood Association
    • District 4
      • Gregorio “Greg” Casar (5)
        • Judges Hill Community Circle
        • Friends of Hyde Park
        • Midtown Alliance
        • Friends of Zilker
        • West Campus Neighborhood Association
      • Louis C. Herrin III (1)
        • Pease Neighborhood Association
      • Ramesses II Setepenre (0)
      • No Preference (2)
        • Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association
        • Mueller Neighborhood Association
      • Did Not Vote (11)
        • Midtown Austin Neighborhood Association
        • Friends of Blue Bonnet Hills
        • Highland Neighborhood Association
        • Southbank Neighborhood Association
        • Wooten Neighborhood Association
        • Parkridge Gardens HOA
        • North Acres Homeowners Residents Association
        • Friends of Heritage Neighborhood
        • Tarrytown Neighborhood Association
        • Georgian Acres Neighborhood Association
        • North Loop Neighborhood Association
    • District 6
      • James “Jimmy” Flannigan (5)
        • Judges Hill Community Circle
        • Friends of Hyde Park
        • Midtown Alliance
        • Friends of Zilker
        • West Campus Neighborhood Association
      • Mackenzie Kelly (1)
        • Pease Neighborhood Association
      • Dr. Jennifer Mushtaler (0)
      • Dee Harrison (0)
      • No Preference (2)
        • Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association
        • Mueller Neighborhood Association
      • Did Not Vote (11)
        • Midtown Austin Neighborhood Association
        • Friends of Blue Bonnet Hills
        • Highland Neighborhood Association
        • Southbank Neighborhood Association
        • Wooten Neighborhood Association
        • Parkridge Gardens HOA
        • North Acres Homeowners Residents Association
        • Friends of Heritage Neighborhood
        • Tarrytown Neighborhood Association
        • Georgian Acres Neighborhood Association
        • North Loop Neighborhood Association
    • District 7
      • Morgan Witt (6)
        • Judges Hill Community Circle
        • Friends of Hyde Park
        • Midtown Alliance
        • Pease Neighborhood Association
        • Friends of Zilker
        • West Campus Neighborhood Association
      • Leslie Pool (0)
      • No Preference (2)
        • Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association
        • Mueller Neighborhood Association
      • Did Not Vote (11)
        • Midtown Austin Neighborhood Association
        • Friends of Blue Bonnet Hills
        • Highland Neighborhood Association
        • Southbank Neighborhood Association
        • Wooten Neighborhood Association
        • Parkridge Gardens HOA
        • North Acres Homeowners Residents Association
        • Friends of Heritage Neighborhood
        • Tarrytown Neighborhood Association
        • Georgian Acres Neighborhood Association
        • North Loop Neighborhood Association
    • District 10
      • Robert Thomas (0)
      • Alison Alter (0)
      • Belinda Greene (0)
      • Bennett “Ben” Easton (0)
      • Noel Tristan (0)
      • Bennett “Ben” Easton (0)
      • Pooja Sethi (5)
        • Judges Hill Community Circle
        • Friends of Hyde Park
        • Midtown Alliance
        • Friends of Zilker
        • West Campus Neighborhood Association
      • Jennifer Virden (1)
        • Pease Neighborhood Association
      • No Preference (2)
        • Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association
        • Mueller Neighborhood Association
      • Did Not Vote (11)
        • Midtown Austin Neighborhood Association
        • Friends of Blue Bonnet Hills
        • Highland Neighborhood Association
        • Southbank Neighborhood Association
        • Wooten Neighborhood Association
        • Parkridge Gardens HOA
        • North Acres Homeowners Residents Association
        • Friends of Heritage Neighborhood
        • Tarrytown Neighborhood Association
        • Georgian Acres Neighborhood Association
        • North Loop Neighborhood Association
    • Proposition A
      • Support (7)
        • Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association
        • Judges Hill Community Circle
        • Friends of Hyde Park
        • Midtown Alliance
        • Friends of Zilker
        • West Campus Neighborhood Association
        • Mueller Neighborhood Association
      • Oppose (1)
        • Pease Neighborhood Association
      • Abstain (0)
      • Did Not Vote (11)
        • Midtown Austin Neighborhood Association
        • Friends of Blue Bonnet Hills
        • Highland Neighborhood Association
        • Southbank Neighborhood Association
        • Wooten Neighborhood Association
        • Parkridge Gardens HOA
        • North Acres Homeowners Residents Association
        • Friends of Heritage Neighborhood
        • Tarrytown Neighborhood Association
        • Georgian Acres Neighborhood Association
        • North Loop Neighborhood Association
    • Proposition B
      • Support (7)
        • Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association
        • Judges Hill Community Circle
        • Friends of Hyde Park
        • Midtown Alliance
        • Friends of Zilker
        • West Campus Neighborhood Association
        • Mueller Neighborhood Association
      • Oppose (1)
        • Pease Neighborhood Association
      • Abstain (0)
      • Did Not Vote (11)
        • Midtown Austin Neighborhood Association
        • Friends of Blue Bonnet Hills
        • Highland Neighborhood Association
        • Southbank Neighborhood Association
        • Wooten Neighborhood Association
        • Parkridge Gardens HOA
        • North Acres Homeowners Residents Association
        • Friends of Heritage Neighborhood
        • Tarrytown Neighborhood Association
        • Georgian Acres Neighborhood Association
        • North Loop Neighborhood Association

Project Connect and High-Quality Transit

Link to FAN discussion:
https://forum.atxfriends.org/t/project-connect-draft-resolution/3152

Vote Language:

FAN supports the Project Connect plan for a high-quality, high-capacity transit system, and calls for:

  1. Dedicated pathways for high-ridership corridors to improve travel times, frequency, and predictability for passengers.
  2. Rail on Austin’s proven, highest-ridership transit corridors, prioritizing Guadalupe-Lamar.
  3. Design characteristics that foster a quality passenger experience and high ridership, such as:
    1. Smooth, quiet rides.
    2. Station platforms with all-door, level boarding.
    3. Simple and convenient fare structures and ticketing options (including on platforms).
    4. Safety, comfort, and accessibility for passengers throughout their journeys, especially passengers connecting on foot, bicycles, scooters, or wheelchairs.
    5. Maps, schedules, and real-time information readily accessible to passengers as they make their journeys.
  4. Capacity that meets future ridership demand and does not create “choke points” for transit.
  5. Current and future expansion plans that benefit all kinds of riders.

FAN’s vision calls for improved and more widely accessible transit. By prioritizing corridors and a quality passenger experience, the Project Connect plan helps us get closer to making this vision a reality.

Vote date: June 8, 2020 – June 17, 2020 at 6 pm CDT

Results: Passed

At Large Membership Results (Out of 671 total members):

  • Support – 72
  • Oppose – 8
  • Abstain – 0

Member Organization Votes

  • Support (5)
    • Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association
    • Friends of Hyde Park
    • Friends of Zilker
    • Midtown Alliance
    • Judges Hill Community Circle
  • Oppose (0)
  • Abstain (0)
  • Did Not Vote (15)
    • Southbank Neighborhood Association
    • Wooten Neighborhood Association
    • North Acres Homeowners Residents Association
    • Crestview Commons
    • Friends of Blue Bonnet Hills
    • Mueller Neighborhood Association
    • Friends of Heritage Neighborhood
    • Pease Neighborhood Association
    • Georgian Acres Neighborhood Association
    • Midtown Austin Neighborhood Association
    • Tarrytown Neighborhood Association
    • Highland Neighborhood Association
    • North Loop Neighborhood Association
    • Parkridge Gardens HOA
    • West Campus Neighborhood Association

Street Impact Fee Changes

Link to FAN discussion:
https://forum.atxfriends.org/t/street-impact-fees-draft-resolution/3156

Vote Language:

FAN calls for the following changes to the city’s proposed street impact fee:

  1. The “street impact fee” should be renamed “automobile impact fee”.
  2. Base automobile impact fees for an individual project on the amount of parking in the project.
  3. Eliminate minimum parking requirements citywide (a position FAN has previously adopted).
  4. Base the maximum impact fee for a service area on automobile-oriented growth projections and capacity needs.
  5. Consider incorporating the number of added curb cuts in the fee calculations for individual projects.

FAN is concerned that some aspects of the current proposal will have effects contrary to FAN’s vision for “a diverse, abundant, and affordable choice of housing options” and greater transit accessibility. For example, under the city’s current proposal:

● Replacing a single family home with a duplex will incur a fee, but tearing down the same single family home and replacing it with a single family home twice the size will not.
● A downtown high-rise apartment complex with 300 residential units and zero parking would incur the same fee as one with 300 parking spaces.
● The formula has some of the service areas on the periphery of the city paying less than some of the interior zones.
● The formulas use ITE trip count estimates, which a growing consensus of planners believe are inaccurate and do not take into consideration factors (nearby transit, bike lanes, mixed use) that can cause people to take fewer automobile trips.

Since the impact fee is supposed to be for automobile impacts, the city should base it on factors that more accurately reflect the impacts on automobile infrastructure. The number of parking spaces (or the square footage of parking) is a proxy for the extent to which visitors and occupants of a development will impact nearby streets with automobiles and potentially require automobile infrastructure upgrades.

Vote date: June 8, 2020 – June 17, 2020 at 6 pm CDT

Results: Passed

At Large Membership Results (Out of 671 total members):

  • Support – 68
  • Oppose – 7
  • Abstain – 5
  • Support (5)
    • Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association
    • Friends of Hyde Park
    • Friends of Zilker
    • Midtown Alliance
    • Judges Hill Community Circle
  • Oppose (0)
  • Abstain (0)
  • Did Not Vote (15)
    • Southbank Neighborhood Association
    • Wooten Neighborhood Association
    • North Acres Homeowners Residents Association
    • Crestview Commons
    • Friends of Blue Bonnet Hills
    • Mueller Neighborhood Association
    • Friends of Heritage Neighborhood
    • Pease Neighborhood Association
    • Georgian Acres Neighborhood Association
    • Midtown Austin Neighborhood Association
    • Tarrytown Neighborhood Association
    • Highland Neighborhood Association
    • North Loop Neighborhood Association
    • Parkridge Gardens HOA
    • West Campus Neighborhood Association

Resolution 2018-10-08: FAN 2018 Fall Election Preferences

Link to FAN discussion: https://forum.atxfriends.org/t/media-release-fan-2018-city-council-candidate-questionnaire/3021

Vote Language:

Which candidates do think would best further FAN’s cause of neighborhood inclusion and improvement? Please indicate your preferred candidate in each district for the upcoming 2018 City Council election. Also indicate whether you support the proposed propositions.

Answers to FAN’s candidate questionnaire are here: https://www.atxfriends.org/austin-city-council-candidate-questionnaire. View the voting record for current city council members on FAN issues here: https://www.atxfriends.org/austin-city-council-voting-record.

Vote date: Oct 8, 2018 – Oct 15, 2018

Result: FAN Membership Preferences:

  • Mayor – Steve Adler
  • District 1 – Natasha Harper-Madison
  • District 3 – Sabino “Pio” Renteria
  • District 5 – No consensus
  • District 8 – Rich DePalma
  • District 9 – Danielle Skidmore
  • Propositions A, B, C, E, G: Support
  • Proposition J: Oppose
  • Propositions D, F: No Consensus

At Large Membership Results (Out of 613 total members):

  • Mayor
    • Steve Adler – 60
    • Gustavo (Gus) Peña – 1
    • Todd Phelps – 3
    • Alexander Strenger – 1
    • Alan Pease – 0
    • Laura Morrison – 1
    • Travis Duncan – 0
    • No Preference – 3
  • District 1
    • Mitrah Elizabeth Avini – 0
    • Natasha Harper-Madison – 39
    • Lewis Conway Jr. – 4
    • Reedy Macque Spigner III – 0
    • Mariana Salazar – 8
    • Vincent Harding – 1
    • No Preference – 17
  • District 3
    • Justin Jacobson – 0
    • Susana Almanza – 1
    • Sabino “Pio” Renteria – 53
    • Amit Motwani – 2
    • Jessica Cohen – 0
    • James Valadez – 0
    • No Preference – 13
  • District 5
    • Ann Kitchen – 26
    • No Preference – 43
  • District 8
    • Bobby Levinski – 1
    • Frank Ward – 2
    • Paige Ellis – 5
    • Rich DePalma – 38
    • No Preference – 23
  • District 9
    • Kathryne “Kathie” Tovo – 2
    • Danielle Skidmore – 60
    • Isiah Jones – 0
    • Linda O’neal – 1
    • No Preference – 6
  • Proposition A
    • Support – 52
    • Oppose – 13
    • Abstain – 4
  • Proposition B
    • Support – 56
    • Oppose – 10
    • Abstain – 3
  • Proposition C
    • Support – 59
    • Oppose – 9
    • Abstain – 1
  • Proposition D
    • Support – 61
    • Oppose – 6
    • Abstain – 2
  • Proposition E
    • Support – 52
    • Oppose – 11
    • Abstain – 6
  • Proposition F
    • Support – 49
    • Oppose – 10
    • Abstain – 10
  • Proposition G
    • Support – 59
    • Oppose – 4
    • Abstain – 6
  • Proposition J
    • Support – 3
    • Oppose – 66
    • Abstain – 0

Member Organization Votes

  • Mayor
    • Steve Adler (2)
      • Judges Hill Community Circle
      • Friends of Hyde Park
    • Gustavo (Gus) Peña (0)
    • Todd Phelps (0)
    • Alexander Strenger (0)
    • Alan Pease (0)
    • Laura Morrison (0)
    • Travis Duncan (0)
    • No Preference (1)
      • Tarrytown Neighborhood Association
    • Did Not Vote (14)
      • Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association
      • Mueller Neighborhood Association
      • Midtown Austin Neighborhood Association
      • Friends of Blue Bonnet Hills
      • Highland Neighborhood Association
      • Friends of Zilker
      • Southbank Neighborhood Association
      • Wooten Neighborhood Association
      • Crestview Commons
      • North Acres Homeowners Residents Association
      • Friends of Heritage Neighborhood
      • Pease Neighborhood Association
      • Georgian Acres Neighborhood Association
      • North Loop Neighborhood Association
  • District 1
    • Mitrah Elizabeth Avini (0)
    • Natasha Harper-Madison (3)
      • Judges Hill Community Circle
      • Tarrytown Neighborhood Association
      • Friends of Hyde Park
    • Lewis Conway Jr. (0)
    • Reedy Macque Spigner III (0)
    • Mariana Salazar (0)
    • Vincent Harding (0)
    • No Preference (0)
    • Did Not Vote (14)
      • Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association
      • Mueller Neighborhood Association
      • Midtown Austin Neighborhood Association
      • Friends of Blue Bonnet Hills
      • Highland Neighborhood Association
      • Friends of Zilker
      • Southbank Neighborhood Association
      • Wooten Neighborhood Association
      • Crestview Commons
      • North Acres Homeowners Residents Association
      • Friends of Heritage Neighborhood
      • Pease Neighborhood Association
      • Georgian Acres Neighborhood Association
      • North Loop Neighborhood Association
      • District 3
        • Justin Jacobson (0)
        • Susana Almanza (0)
        • Sabino “Pio” Renteria (3)
          • Judges Hill Community Circle
          • Tarrytown Neighborhood Association
          • Friends of Hyde Park
        • Amit Motwani (0)
        • Jessica Cohen (0)
        • James Valadez (0)
        • No Preference (0)
        • Did Not Vote (14)
          • Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association
          • Mueller Neighborhood Association
          • Midtown Austin Neighborhood Association
          • Friends of Blue Bonnet Hills
          • Highland Neighborhood Association
          • Friends of Zilker
          • Southbank Neighborhood Association
          • Wooten Neighborhood Association
          • Crestview Commons
          • North Acres Homeowners Residents Association
          • Friends of Heritage Neighborhood
          • Pease Neighborhood Association
          • Georgian Acres Neighborhood Association
          • North Loop Neighborhood Association
      • District 5
        • Ann Kitchen (2)
          • Judges Hill Community Circle
          • Tarrytown Neighborhood Association
        • No Preference (1)
          • Friends of Hyde Park
        • Did Not Vote (14)
          • Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association
          • Mueller Neighborhood Association
          • Midtown Austin Neighborhood Association
          • Friends of Blue Bonnet Hills
          • Highland Neighborhood Association
          • Friends of Zilker
          • Southbank Neighborhood Association
          • Wooten Neighborhood Association
          • Crestview Commons
          • North Acres Homeowners Residents Association
          • Friends of Heritage Neighborhood
          • Pease Neighborhood Association
          • Georgian Acres Neighborhood Association
          • North Loop Neighborhood Association
      • District 8
        • Bobby Levinski (0)
        • Frank Ward (0)
        • Paige Ellis (1)
          • Tarrytown Neighborhood Association
        • Rich DePalma (2)
          • Judges Hill Community Circle
          • Friends of Hyde Park
        • No Preference (0)
        • Did Not Vote (14)
          • Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association
          • Mueller Neighborhood Association
          • Midtown Austin Neighborhood Association
          • Friends of Blue Bonnet Hills
          • Highland Neighborhood Association
          • Friends of Zilker
          • Southbank Neighborhood Association
          • Wooten Neighborhood Association
          • Crestview Commons
          • North Acres Homeowners Residents Association
          • Friends of Heritage Neighborhood
          • Pease Neighborhood Association
          • Georgian Acres Neighborhood Association
          • North Loop Neighborhood Association
      • District 9
        • Kathryne “Kathie” Tovo (0)
        • Danielle Skidmore (3)
          • Judges Hill Community Circle
          • Tarrytown Neighborhood Association
          • Friends of Hyde Park
        • Isiah Jones (0)
        • Linda O’neal (0)
        • No Preference (0)
        • Did Not Vote (14)
          • Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association
          • Mueller Neighborhood Association
          • Midtown Austin Neighborhood Association
          • Friends of Blue Bonnet Hills
          • Highland Neighborhood Association
          • Friends of Zilker
          • Southbank Neighborhood Association
          • Wooten Neighborhood Association
          • Crestview Commons
          • North Acres Homeowners Residents Association
          • Friends of Heritage Neighborhood
          • Pease Neighborhood Association
          • Georgian Acres Neighborhood Association
          • North Loop Neighborhood Association
      • Proposition A
        • Support (3)
          • Judges Hill Community Circle
          • Tarrytown Neighborhood Association
          • Friends of Hyde Park
        • Oppose (0)
        • Abstain (0)
        • Did Not Vote (14)
          • Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association
          • Mueller Neighborhood Association
          • Midtown Austin Neighborhood Association
          • Friends of Blue Bonnet Hills
          • Highland Neighborhood Association
          • Friends of Zilker
          • Southbank Neighborhood Association
          • Wooten Neighborhood Association
          • Crestview Commons
          • North Acres Homeowners Residents Association
          • Friends of Heritage Neighborhood
          • Pease Neighborhood Association
          • Georgian Acres Neighborhood Association
          • North Loop Neighborhood Association
      • Proposition B
        • Support (2)
          • Tarrytown Neighborhood Association
          • Friends of Hyde Park
        • Oppose (0)
        • Abstain (1)
          • Judges Hill Community Circle
        • Did Not Vote (14)
          • Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association
          • Mueller Neighborhood Association
          • Midtown Austin Neighborhood Association
          • Friends of Blue Bonnet Hills
          • Highland Neighborhood Association
          • Friends of Zilker
          • Southbank Neighborhood Association
          • Wooten Neighborhood Association
          • Crestview Commons
          • North Acres Homeowners Residents Association
          • Friends of Heritage Neighborhood
          • Pease Neighborhood Association
          • Georgian Acres Neighborhood Association
          • North Loop Neighborhood Association
      • Proposition C
        • Support (2)
          • Tarrytown Neighborhood Association
          • Friends of Hyde Park
        • Oppose (0)
        • Abstain (1)
          • Judges Hill Community Circle
        • Did Not Vote (14)
          • Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association
          • Mueller Neighborhood Association
          • Midtown Austin Neighborhood Association
          • Friends of Blue Bonnet Hills
          • Highland Neighborhood Association
          • Friends of Zilker
          • Southbank Neighborhood Association
          • Wooten Neighborhood Association
          • Crestview Commons
          • North Acres Homeowners Residents Association
          • Friends of Heritage Neighborhood
          • Pease Neighborhood Association
          • Georgian Acres Neighborhood Association
          • North Loop Neighborhood Association
      • Proposition D
        • Support (1)
          • Friends of Hyde Park
        • Oppose (0)
        • Abstain (2)
          • Judges Hill Community Circle
          • Tarrytown Neighborhood Association
        • Did Not Vote (14)
          • Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association
          • Mueller Neighborhood Association
          • Midtown Austin Neighborhood Association
          • Friends of Blue Bonnet Hills
          • Highland Neighborhood Association
          • Friends of Zilker
          • Southbank Neighborhood Association
          • Wooten Neighborhood Association
          • Crestview Commons
          • North Acres Homeowners Residents Association
          • Friends of Heritage Neighborhood
          • Pease Neighborhood Association
          • Georgian Acres Neighborhood Association
          • North Loop Neighborhood Association
      • Proposition E
        • Support (2)
          • Judges Hill Community Circle
          • Friends of Hyde Park
        • Oppose (0)
        • Abstain (1)
          • Tarrytown Neighborhood Association
        • Did Not Vote (14)
          • Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association
          • Mueller Neighborhood Association
          • Midtown Austin Neighborhood Association
          • Friends of Blue Bonnet Hills
          • Highland Neighborhood Association
          • Friends of Zilker
          • Southbank Neighborhood Association
          • Wooten Neighborhood Association
          • Crestview Commons
          • North Acres Homeowners Residents Association
          • Friends of Heritage Neighborhood
          • Pease Neighborhood Association
          • Georgian Acres Neighborhood Association
          • North Loop Neighborhood Association
      • Proposition F
        • Support (1)
          • Friends of Hyde Park
        • Oppose (0)
        • Abstain (2)
          • Judges Hill Community Circle
          • Tarrytown Neighborhood Association
        • Did Not Vote (14)
          • Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association
          • Mueller Neighborhood Association
          • Midtown Austin Neighborhood Association
          • Friends of Blue Bonnet Hills
          • Highland Neighborhood Association
          • Friends of Zilker
          • Southbank Neighborhood Association
          • Wooten Neighborhood Association
          • Crestview Commons
          • North Acres Homeowners Residents Association
          • Friends of Heritage Neighborhood
          • Pease Neighborhood Association
          • Georgian Acres Neighborhood Association
          • North Loop Neighborhood Association
      • Proposition G
        • Support (2)
          • Judges Hill Community Circle
          • Friends of Hyde Park
        • Oppose (0)
        • Abstain (1)
          • Tarrytown Neighborhood Association
        • Did Not Vote (14)
          • Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association
          • Mueller Neighborhood Association
          • Midtown Austin Neighborhood Association
          • Friends of Blue Bonnet Hills
          • Highland Neighborhood Association
          • Friends of Zilker
          • Southbank Neighborhood Association
          • Wooten Neighborhood Association
          • Crestview Commons
          • North Acres Homeowners Residents Association
          • Friends of Heritage Neighborhood
          • Pease Neighborhood Association
          • Georgian Acres Neighborhood Association
          • North Loop Neighborhood Association
      • Proposition J
        • Support (0)
        • Oppose (3)
          • Judges Hill Community Circle
          • Tarrytown Neighborhood Association
          • Friends of Hyde Park
        • Abstain (0)
        • Did Not Vote (14)
          • Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association
          • Mueller Neighborhood Association
          • Midtown Austin Neighborhood Association
          • Friends of Blue Bonnet Hills
          • Highland Neighborhood Association
          • Friends of Zilker
          • Southbank Neighborhood Association
          • Wooten Neighborhood Association
          • Crestview Commons
          • North Acres Homeowners Residents Association
          • Friends of Heritage Neighborhood
          • Pease Neighborhood Association
          • Georgian Acres Neighborhood Association
          • North Loop Neighborhood Association

FAN 2018 Board Election

Link to FAN discussion:
https://forum.atxfriends.org/t/fan-2018-board-nominations-for-june-election/2941

Vote Language:

As a Friends of Austin Neighborhoods member, you are responsible for helping to select five FAN board members who will each serve a two year term (2018-2020).

A full list of the nominees, with background information they have chosen to share, is here:

https://www.google.com/url?q=https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vRlFjV6JJ0aYCDqqTc4N0hwSgI97fjQZiveQWz1cGhWyLNvY_cFoshphoZC3tNqLZsW91wWt-lQiKJu/pub?start%3Dfalse%26loop%3Dfalse%26delayms%3D3000&sa=D&ust=1532356759796000&usg=AFQjCNH0tijdBoZw3BlxjO9lMPGvsU-qmw

Vote date: July 23, 2018 – August 5, 2018 at 8pm CDT

Results:

President: Nathan Ryan
Treasurer: Roger L. Cauvin
Secretary: Chris “Kaz” Wojtewicz
Directors (Other Board Members): Mary Owens, Felicity Maxwell

At Large Membership Results (Out of 609 total members):

      • Nathan Ryan (President) – 83
      • Felicity Maxwell (Treasurer) – 34
      • Roger L. Cauvin (Treasurer) – 49
      • Chris “Kaz” Wojtewicz (Secretary) – 83
      • Mary Owens (Director) – 38
      • Tina Grider-Cannon (Director) – 19
      • Alysha Haggerton (Director) – 36
      • Felicity Maxwell (Director) – 41
      • John Laycock (Director) – 32

Member Organization Votes

      • Nathan Ryan (President) (7)
        • Friends of Hyde Park
        • Tarrytown Neighborhood Association
        • Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association
        • Judges Hill Community Circle
        • Friends of Zilker
        • Mueller Neighborhood Association
        • Highland Neighborhood Association
      • Felicity Maxwell (Treasurer) (3)
        • Friends of Hyde Park
        • Friends of Zilker
        • Highland Neighborhood Association
      • Roger L. Cauvin (Treasurer) (4)
        • Tarrytown Neighborhood Association
        • Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association
        • Judges Hill Community Circle
        • Mueller Neighborhood Association
      • Chris “Kaz” Wojtewicz (Secretary) (7)
        • Friends of Hyde Park
        • Tarrytown Neighborhood Association
        • Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association
        • Judges Hill Community Circle
        • Friends of Zilker
        • Mueller Neighborhood Association
        • Highland Neighborhood Association
      • Mary Owens (Director) (6)
        • Friends of Hyde Park
        • Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association
        • Judges Hill Community Circle
        • Friends of Zilker
        • Mueller Neighborhood Association
        • Highland Neighborhood Association
      • Alysha Haggerton (Director) (1)
        • Tarrytown Neighborhood Association
      • Tina Grider-Cannon (Director) (1)
        • Highland Neighborhood Association
      • Felicity Maxwell (Director) (4)
        • Friends of Hyde Park
        • Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association
        • Judges Hill Community Circle
        • Friends of Zilker
      • John Laycock (Director) (1)
        • Tarrytown Neighborhood Association
      • Did Not Vote (10)
        • Midtown Austin Neighborhood Association
        • Friends of Blue Bonnet Hills
        • Southbank Neighborhood Association
        • Wooten Neighborhood Association
        • Friends of Heritage Neighborhood
        • Pease Neighborhood Association
        • Crestview Commons
        • North Acres Homeowners Residents Association
        • Georgian Acres Neighborhood Association
        • North Loop Neighborhood Association

FAN $300 Million Affordable Housing Bond

Link to FAN discussion:
https://forum.atxfriends.org/t/lets-push-for-a-big-housing-bond-in-2018/2910

Vote Language:

Austin is in a housing crisis. To truly be an inclusive city, we need to make sure we build enough housing so that longtime residents and newcomers alike have a place to live. That means changing the zoning to allow as much housing as possible to be built. But the market won’t build enough on its own; in addition to upzoning, we need public investment to ensure homes for people from all income levels. In particular, we call for $300m in bond money in 2018 for building new public multifamily housing in Central Austin locations not otherwise entitled for multifamily housing.

Vote date: April 24, 2018 – April 29, 2018 at 9 pm CST

Results: Passed

At Large Membership Results Only (Out of 596 total members):

      • Support – 53
      • Oppose – 20
      • Abstain – 1

Member Organization Votes

      • Support (4)
        • Friends of Hyde Park
        • Tarrytown Neighborhood Association
        • Friends of Zilker
        • Judges Hill Community Circle
      • Oppose (0)
      • Abstain (0)
      • Did Not Vote (14)
        • Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association
        • Mueller Neighborhood Association
        • Midtown Austin Neighborhood Association
        • Friends of Blue Bonnet Hills
        • Highland Neighborhood Association
        • Southbank Neighborhood Association
        • Wooten Neighborhood Association
        • Crestview Commons
        • Tarrytown Neighborhood Association
        • North Acres Homeowners Residents Association
        • Friends of Heritage Neighborhood
        • Pease Neighborhood Association
        • Georgian Acres Neighborhood Association
        • North Loop Neighborhood Association

FAN CodeNEXT Recommendation 1: All Forms of Neighborhood-Scale Housing throughout All Neighborhoods

Link to FAN discussion:
http://forum.atxfriends.org/t/codenext-all-forms-of-neighborhood-scale-housing-in-all-neighborhoods/2798

Vote Language:

The land development code should allow all forms of neighborhood-scale housing (including small apartment complexes, single family homes on small lots, duplexes, triplexes, accessory dwelling units, row houses, co-ops, and tiny homes) throughout all neighborhoods.

Rationale

      • Imagine Austin calls repeatedly for a diversity of housing types throughout the city, not just in select neighborhoods.
      • FAN embraces a greater abundance and diversity of housing as an opportunity to include more and different people in our neighborhoods.
      • The Obama White House Housing Development Toolkit calls for allowing more multi-family buildings to enable more families to live where they want.

You may also review and participate in the associated discussion in the FAN forums:
http://forum.atxfriends.org/t/codenext-all-forms-of-neighborhood-scale-housing-in-all-neighborhoods/2798

Vote date: August 23, 2017 – Sept 5, 2017 at 3 pm CST

Results: Passed

At Large Membership Results (Out of 550 total members):

      • Support – 103
      • Oppose – 7
      • Abstain – 1

Member Organization Votes

      • Support (7)
        • Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association
        • Friends of Hyde Park
        • Friends of Zilker
        • Highland Neighborhood Association
        • Judges Hill Community Circle
        • Midtown Austin Neighborhood Association
        • Tarrytown Neighborhood Association
      • Oppose (0)
      • Abstain (0)
      • Did Not Vote (9)
        • Southbank Neighborhood Association
        • Wooten Neighborhood Association
        • North Acres Homeowners Residents Association
        • Crestview Commons
        • Friends of Blue Bonnet Hills
        • Mueller Neighborhood Association
        • Friends of Heritage Neighborhood
        • Pease Neighborhood Association
        • Georgian Acres Neighborhood Association

FAN CodeNEXT Recommendation 2: Increased Scale Near Activity Centers & Corridors

Link to FAN discussion:
http://forum.atxfriends.org/t/codenext-increased-scale-near-activity-centers-corridors/2799

Vote Language:

Increase the allowable scale (e.g. heights) of buildings within ½ mile (instead of ¼ mile) of Imagine Austin activity centers and corridors.

Rationale

      • The Federal Transit Administration uses densities within ½ mile of transit corridors to determine whether to provide matching funds for transit projects.
      • The original complete communities indicators in Imagine Austin use ½ mile as the threshold to determine whether neighbors have access to daily needs such as transit, shopping, groceries, parks and open spaces, medical services, schools, cultural venues, libraries and community centers.
      • Capital Metro’s documented service standards list employment and residential densities as the top criteria determining level of transit service.

You may also review and participate in the associated discussion in the FAN forums:
http://forum.atxfriends.org/t/codenext-increased-scale-near-activity-centers-corridors/2799

Vote date: August 23, 2017 – Sept 5, 2017 at 3 pm CST

Results: Passed

At Large Membership Results (Out of 550 total members):

      • Support – 104
      • Oppose – 7
      • Abstain – 0

Member Organization Votes

      • Support (7)
        • Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association
        • Friends of Hyde Park
        • Friends of Zilker
        • Highland Neighborhood Association
        • Judges Hill Community Circle
        • Midtown Austin Neighborhood Association
        • Tarrytown Neighborhood Association
      • Oppose (0)
      • Abstain (0)
      • Did Not Vote (9)
        • Southbank Neighborhood Association
        • Wooten Neighborhood Association
        • North Acres Homeowners Residents Association
        • Crestview Commons
        • Friends of Blue Bonnet Hills
        • Mueller Neighborhood Association
        • Friends of Heritage Neighborhood
        • Pease Neighborhood Association
        • Georgian Acres Neighborhood Association

FAN CodeNEXT Recommendation 3: All Neighborhoods Should Be Eligible for “Density Bonuses”

Link to FAN discussion:
http://forum.atxfriends.org/t/codenext-all-neighborhoods-eligible-for-density-bonuses/2800

Vote Language:

All zones should be eligible for conditional density programs (“density bonuses”) that would embrace below-market affordable homes. The density bonus program should allow double the amount of density in that zone under base zoning, if utilized.

Rationale

      • Designating some neighborhoods as eligible for such programs, while excluding others, perpetuates income segregation.
      • Austinites of all incomes levels should have access to high opportunity areas such as the interiors of our neighborhoods. We should not be segregating lower income individuals and families to only be allowed along high traffic major roads or corridors.

You may also review and participate in the associated discussion in the FAN forums:
http://forum.atxfriends.org/t/codenext-all-neighborhoods-eligible-for-density-bonuses/2800

Vote date: August 23, 2017 – Sept 5, 2017 at 3 pm CST

Results: Passed

At Large Membership Results (Out of 550 total members):

      • Support – 102
      • Oppose – 5
      • Abstain – 4

Member Organization Votes

      • Support (7)
        • Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association
        • Friends of Hyde Park
        • Friends of Zilker
        • Highland Neighborhood Association
        • Judges Hill Community Circle
        • Midtown Austin Neighborhood Association
        • Tarrytown Neighborhood Association
      • Oppose (0)
      • Abstain (0)
      • Did Not Vote (9)
        • Southbank Neighborhood Association
        • Wooten Neighborhood Association
        • North Acres Homeowners Residents Association
        • Crestview Commons
        • Friends of Blue Bonnet Hills
        • Mueller Neighborhood Association
        • Friends of Heritage Neighborhood
        • Pease Neighborhood Association
        • Georgian Acres Neighborhood Association

FAN CodeNEXT Recommendation 4: Eliminate Off-Street Parking Requirements

Link to FAN discussion:
http://forum.atxfriends.org/t/codenext-eliminate-government-mandated-parking-requirements/2801

Vote Language:

Eliminate off-street parking requirements from all zones. Allow owners to choose the appropriate amount of parking for their circumstances.

Rationale

You may also review and participate in the associated discussion in the FAN forums:
http://forum.atxfriends.org/t/codenext-eliminate-government-mandated-parking-requirements/2801

Vote date: August 23, 2017 – Sept 5, 2017 at 3 pm CST

Results: Passed

At Large Membership Results (Out of 550 total members):

      • Support – 96
      • Oppose – 11
      • Abstain – 4

Member Organization Votes

      • Support (5)
        • Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association
        • Friends of Hyde Park
        • Friends of Zilker
        • Judges Hill Community Circle
        • Tarrytown Neighborhood Association
      • Oppose (1)
        • Highland Neighborhood Association
      • Abstain (1)
        • Midtown Austin Neighborhood Association
      • Did Not Vote (9)
        • Southbank Neighborhood Association
        • Wooten Neighborhood Association
        • North Acres Homeowners Residents Association
        • Crestview Commons
        • Friends of Blue Bonnet Hills
        • Mueller Neighborhood Association
        • Friends of Heritage Neighborhood
        • Pease Neighborhood Association
        • Georgian Acres Neighborhood Association

FAN CodeNEXT Recommendation 5: Apply Form Based Code Only

Link to FAN discussion:
http://forum.atxfriends.org/t/codenext-apply-only-form-based-code/2802

Vote Language:

Apply only form-based code to all neighborhoods in the city. Eliminate Euclidean zoning, overlays, and neighborhood conservation combining districts (NCCDs), and don’t grandfather them.

Zones should only differ by aspects of the physical form such as height, but not on type or use of the buildings. Form requirements should be standardized such that the use of buildings and the number of units do not need to be specified – e.g. a small grocery store, small office, and single family homes may co-exist in the same zone and have similar form, instead of having different requirements such as setbacks, minimum lot dimensions, etc.

Rationale

      • All neighborhoods should have the opportunity to have a mix of shopping, jobs, and homes within walking distance. No neighborhood should be forever doomed as “drivable suburban”.
      • Keeping Euclidean zoning, overlays, and NCCDs alongside form-based zoning categories greatly complicates the land development code, making it more difficult to improve neighborhoods and include a greater diversity of people.

You may also review and participate in the associated discussion in the FAN forums:
http://forum.atxfriends.org/t/codenext-apply-only-form-based-code/2802

Vote date: August 23, 2017 – Sept 5, 2017 at 3 pm CST

Results: Passed

At Large Membership Results (Out of 550 total members):

      • Support – 93
      • Oppose – 9
      • Abstain – 9

Member Organization Votes

      • Support (7)
        • Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association
        • Friends of Hyde Park
        • Friends of Zilker
        • Highland Neighborhood Association
        • Judges Hill Community Circle
        • Midtown Austin Neighborhood Association
        • Tarrytown Neighborhood Association
      • Oppose (0)
      • Abstain (0)
      • Did Not Vote (9)
        • Southbank Neighborhood Association
        • Wooten Neighborhood Association
        • North Acres Homeowners Residents Association
        • Crestview Commons
        • Friends of Blue Bonnet Hills
        • Mueller Neighborhood Association
        • Friends of Heritage Neighborhood
        • Pease Neighborhood Association
        • Georgian Acres Neighborhood Association

FAN CodeNEXT Recommendation 6: Replace Impervious Cover Limits with a Tax or Fee

Link to FAN discussion:
http://forum.atxfriends.org/t/codenext-replace-impervious-cover-limits-with-a-tax/2803

Vote Language:

Replace impervious cover limits with a tax or fee, applied uniformly throughout the city, on square footage of impervious cover, or better yet, on likely run-off. Detention ponds, green roofs, and other measures could lower the tax liability based on likely run-off reduction.

Rationale

      • Limits on impervious cover are arbitrary and a “blunt instrument” that ultimately constrains housing supply and diversity.
      • A uniform tax on impervious cover or likely run-off is a more effective way of reducing the amount of run-off and the cumulative effects on flooding, water quality, and environmentally-sensitive areas.
      • A uniform tax on impervious cover or likely run-off reduces automobile-dependent development with large amounts of impervious cover dedicated to parking.

You may also review and participate in the associated discussion in the FAN forums:
http://forum.atxfriends.org/t/codenext-replace-impervious-cover-limits-with-a-tax/2803

Vote date: August 23, 2017 – Sept 5, 2017 at 3 pm CST

Results: Passed

At Large Membership Results (Out of 550 total members):

      • Support – 79
      • Oppose – 17
      • Abstain – 15

Member Organization Votes

      • Support (5)
        • Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association
        • Friends of Hyde Park
        • Friends of Zilker
        • Highland Neighborhood Association
        • Judges Hill Community Circle
        • Midtown Austin Neighborhood Association
      • Oppose (0)
      • Abstain (2)
        • Tarrytown Neighborhood Association
        • Midtown Austin Neighborhood Association
      • Did Not Vote (9)
        • Southbank Neighborhood Association
        • Wooten Neighborhood Association
        • North Acres Homeowners Residents Association
        • Crestview Commons
        • Friends of Blue Bonnet Hills
        • Mueller Neighborhood Association
        • Friends of Heritage Neighborhood
        • Pease Neighborhood Association
        • Georgian Acres Neighborhood Association

FAN CodeNEXT Recommendation 7: Allow Sharing of Infrastructure

Link to FAN discussion:
http://forum.atxfriends.org/t/codenext-allow-sharing-of-infrastructure/2804

Vote Language:

Allow and facilitate the use of the public realm to house public infrastructure. House stormwater, parking, and utilities in the existing right of way (ROW). Reclaim excess ROW to create water quality and detention ponds.

Rationale

      • Sharing water quality and utility infrastructure is more efficient than requiring each property owner to create separate infrastructure.

You may also review and participate in the associated discussion in the FAN forums:
http://forum.atxfriends.org/t/codenext-allow-sharing-of-infrastructure/2804

Vote date: August 23, 2017 – Sept 5, 2017 at 3 pm CST

Results: Passed

At Large Membership Results (Out of 550 total members):

      • Support – 103
      • Oppose – 3
      • Abstain – 5

Member Organization Votes

      • Support (6)
        • Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association
        • Friends of Hyde Park
        • Friends of Zilker
        • Highland Neighborhood Association
        • Judges Hill Community Circle
        • Midtown Austin Neighborhood Association
        • Tarrytown Neighborhood Association
      • Oppose (1)
        • Highland Neighborhood Association
      • Abstain (0)
      • Did Not Vote (9)
        • Southbank Neighborhood Association
        • Wooten Neighborhood Association
        • North Acres Homeowners Residents Association
        • Crestview Commons
        • Friends of Blue Bonnet Hills
        • Mueller Neighborhood Association
        • Friends of Heritage Neighborhood
        • Pease Neighborhood Association
        • Georgian Acres Neighborhood Association

FAN CodeNEXT Recommendation 8: Eliminate Minimum Lot Restrictions

Link to FAN discussion:
http://forum.atxfriends.org/t/codenext-eliminate-minimum-lot-depths/2805

Vote Language:

Eliminate minimum lot measurement restrictions (lot depths, lot sizes, and lot widths).

Rationale

      • Minimum lot measurements limit housing diversity and smaller scale housing.
      • Minimum lot measurements limit the abundance of housing.

You may also review and participate in the associated discussion in the FAN forums:
http://forum.atxfriends.org/t/codenext-eliminate-minimum-lot-depths/2805

Vote date: August 23, 2017 – Sept 5, 2017 at 3 pm CST

Results: Passed

At Large Membership Results (Out of 550 total members):

      • Support – 99
      • Oppose – 7
      • Abstain – 4

Member Organization Votes

      • Support (7)
        • Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association
        • Friends of Hyde Park
        • Friends of Zilker
        • Highland Neighborhood Association
        • Judges Hill Community Circle
        • Midtown Austin Neighborhood Association
        • Tarrytown Neighborhood Association
      • Oppose (0)
      • Abstain (0)
      • Did Not Vote (9)
        • Southbank Neighborhood Association
        • Wooten Neighborhood Association
        • North Acres Homeowners Residents Association
        • Crestview Commons
        • Friends of Blue Bonnet Hills
        • Mueller Neighborhood Association
        • Friends of Heritage Neighborhood
        • Pease Neighborhood Association
        • Georgian Acres Neighborhood Association

FAN CodeNEXT Recommendation 9: Reduce and Eliminate Setback Restrictions

Link to FAN discussion:
http://forum.atxfriends.org/t/codenext-reduce-and-eliminate-setback-requirements/2807

Vote Language:

Reduce lot setbacks to 5 ft for all lots on all sides. Eliminate setbacks on sides where properties have the same owner.

Rationale

      • Standard setbacks between zones and lots provides for a simpler and understandable land development code.
      • Lower setbacks allow for more housing, more flexibility on placement of housing, and greater freedom in the design of housing.
      • High setbacks encourage heritage and other trees to be cut down because it leaves only a small area where housing can be provided. That area may already have existing trees. Lower setbacks provide the flexibility to work around trees and other areas.
      • Eliminating setbacks on sides where properties have the same owner would allow row houses without complicated requirements. This would also allow more flexibility for housing and design by allowing lots to effectively combine without having to go through an expensive process while maintaining the allowed rights for the individual lots.

You may also review and participate in the associated discussion in the FAN forums:
http://forum.atxfriends.org/t/codenext-reduce-and-eliminate-setback-requirements/2807

Vote date: August 23, 2017 – Sept 5, 2017 at 3 pm CST

Results: Passed

At Large Membership Results (Out of 550 total members):

      • Support – 95
      • Oppose – 9
      • Abstain – 7

Member Organization Votes

      • Support (7)
        • Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association
        • Friends of Hyde Park
        • Friends of Zilker
        • Highland Neighborhood Association
        • Judges Hill Community Circle
        • Midtown Austin Neighborhood Association
        • Tarrytown Neighborhood Association
      • Oppose (0)
      • Abstain (0)
      • Did Not Vote (9)
        • Southbank Neighborhood Association
        • Wooten Neighborhood Association
        • North Acres Homeowners Residents Association
        • Crestview Commons
        • Friends of Blue Bonnet Hills
        • Mueller Neighborhood Association
        • Friends of Heritage Neighborhood
        • Pease Neighborhood Association
        • Georgian Acres Neighborhood Association

FAN 2017 Board Election

Link to FAN discussion:
http://forum.atxfriends.org/t/fan-2017-board-nominations/2724/12

Vote Language:

As a Friends of Austin Neighborhoods member, you are responsible for helping to select FIVE FAN Board Members who will each serve a two year term. A full list of the nominees, with background information they have chosen to share, is here:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/10nl_jquAPvM9mqaSylPsFSBo9WUrs9SBTJWevASEj90/pub?start=false&loop=true&delayms=60000&slide=id.g151a6ca132_0_562

You may also review and participate in the associated discussion in the FAN forums:
http://forum.atxfriends.org/t/fan-2017-board-nominations/2724/12

Vote date: July 11, 2017 – July 16, 2017 at 5pm CST

Results:

Frank Harren
Jennifer Houlihan
Nate Ryan
Noelle Shelly
Josiah Stevenson

At Large Membership Results (Out of 517 total members):

      • Frank Harren – 42
      • Jennifer Houlihan – 36
      • Volma Overton III – 29
      • Nate Ryan – 38
      • Noelle Shelly – 38
      • Josiah Stevenson – 39

Member Organization Votes

      • Frank Harren (5)
        • Crestview Commons
        • Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association
        • Judges Hill Community Circle
        • Friends of Hyde Park
        • Tarrytown Neighborhood Association
      • Jennifer Houlihan (4)
        • Crestview Commons
        • Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association
        • Judges Hill Community Circle
        • Friends of Hyde Park
      • Volma Overton III (3)
        • Crestview Commons
        • Judges Hill Community Circle
        • North Acres Homeowners Residents Association
      • Nate Ryan (4)
        • Crestview Commons
        • Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association
        • Judges Hill Community Circle
        • Friends of Hyde Park
      • Noelle Shelly (3)
        • Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association
        • Friends of Hyde Park
        • North Acres Homeowners Residents Association
      • Josiah Stevenson (4)
        • Crestview Commons
        • Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association
        • Judges Hill Community Circle
        • Friends of Hyde Park
      • Did Not Vote (9)
        • Mueller Neighborhood Association
        • Midtown Austin Neighborhood Association
        • Friends of Blue Bonnet Hills
        • Highland Neighborhood Association
        • Friends of Zilker
        • Southbank Neighborhood Association
        • Wooten Neighborhood Association
        • Friends of Heritage Neighborhood
        • Pease Neighborhood Association

Resolution 2017-01-01: FAN Neighborhood Planning and Contact Team Recommendations

Link to FAN discussion: http://forum.atxfriends.org/t/audit-of-neighborhood-planning-and-contact-teams-released/2547/

Vote Language:

The recent Audit of Neighborhood Plans and Contact Teams finds that our current neighborhood planning processes are “inequitable and have lacked robust and representative participation,” that neighborhood planning contact teams (NPCTs) “create barriers to public engagement and representative decision-making,” that neighborhood “plans are not consistent with some elements of Imagine Austin,” and that “fair housing choice has not been specifically considered in most neighborhood planning efforts.” While the Audit acknowledges these flaws, it does not provide adequate recommendations to remedy them.

The Audit’s conclusions show that the current neighborhood planning process undermines Friends of Austin Neighborhoods’ vision of inclusive neighborhoods with an abundance and full diversity of people. Our neighborhoods should not be exclusive enclaves for incumbents, and the interests of any particular neighborhood should never trump the interests of the citywide community.

Friends of Austin Neighborhoods (FAN) calls on city officials to expand the neighborhood planning process to include all neighborhood stakeholders, and to remove the special status it currently bestows on NPCTs. Furthermore, city planners should embrace as important stakeholders renters and the families who aspire to live in our neighborhoods.

Remove the Special Status Bestowed Upon NPCTs

FAN recommends that city officials no longer give NPCTs special privileges in the neighborhood planning process, and that city officials should empower planning staff to exercise their professional experience and expertise as they consider input from all members of the community and ultimately make recommendations to boards, commissions, and the City Council. The existing notification process enables stakeholders within a given neighborhood or nearby area to provide input, support, or opposition to variances or other development. City staff can employ this same notification process to solicit input for neighborhood planning decisions. City staff could expand the notification mechanism to enable stakeholders outside these proximity-based zones to register for notifications, ensuring everyone is heard and the process is professional, inclusive, and fair.

The 10-1 representation on the City Council, having brought the geographic representation the city once lacked, has rendered the special status of NPCTs unnecessary. NPCTs have become harmful to the goals of an inclusive city that strives to represent all stakeholders, especially the renters who compose a majority of our city and are sometimes excluded from these groups entirely.

Suspend and Reform NPCTs

If the City Council decides to not eliminate NPCTs’ special status, then Friends of Austin Neighborhoods (FAN) recommends suspending NPCTs’ special status until they have taken steps to ensure they are more representative of the full diversity of neighborhood stakeholders. City officials can then reinstate NPCTs as they demonstrate they have implemented these steps.

      1. City staff should be assigned to oversee each NPCT. The assigned staff member shall attend and facilitate all meetings, functions, oversee eligible voter rosters, and take the place and function of current officer positions on NPCTs.
      2. NPCTs should be required to have representation from all stakeholder groups for a quorum, including renters, homeowners, and business owners.
      3. NPCTs should have a minimum participation from 10% of the stakeholders in the planning area.
      4. NPCTs should use online voting to allow easy participation for all stakeholders.
      5. NPCTs should eliminate mandatory attendance requirements and other barriers to participation that disenfranchise stakeholders.
      6. For neighborhood plans and Neighborhood Conservation Combining Districts (NCCDs) to remain valid, they should be required to go through a review and updating process. If a complete review is not done within one year, then the plans and NCCDs should be considered invalid and removed from the land development code.
      7. Neighborhood plans and NCCDs should be required to align with Imagine Austin when going through the review process before they are reinstated and after reinstatement.
      8. Neighborhood plans and NCCDs should be required to meet fair housing requirements when going through the review process before they are reinstated and after reinstatement.
      9. NPCTs should be required to determine where more density should be allowed by right in their planning areas based on projected future growth of the city and improvement in Imagine Austin’s complete communities indicators.

Opportunity for Affordability, Equity, and Diversity

Austin’s continuing growth, and its transformation into a fully realized urban environment, requires its citizens to reconsider how Austin can best deliver on goals of equity, diversity, and opportunity for all of its residents. Decades of land use policies that were originally based on segregation have calcified Austin’s neighborhood development, leading to its current status as the most segregated city in the country.

As the recent audit completed by the City of Austin confirms, it is imperative that we as a city fix this broken component of the land development process. Removing NPCTs’ special status, and enacting more complete ways for stakeholders to be heard, provide opportunities for Austin to show it is serious in addressing its long history of social inequities and injustices.

FAN thanks the Office of the City Auditor for its thorough and impartial audit of Austin neighborhood planning and the role of NPCTs that exposed their shortcomings. We would also like to thank the City Council and Council Member Renteria for sponsoring the resolution for NPCT reform.

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Vote date: Jan 20, 2017 – Jan 25, 2017

Result: Passed

At Large Membership Results (Out of 423 total members):

      • Support – 89
      • Oppose – 3
      • Abstain – 2

Member Organization Votes

      • Support (10)
        • Crestview Commons
        • Friends of Blue Bonnet Hills
        • Friends of Hyde Park
        • Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association
        • Judges Hill Community Circle
        • Highland Neighborhood Association
        • Tarrytown Neighborhood Association
        • Midtown Austin Neighborhood Association
        • Mueller Neighborhood Association
        • Friends of Heritage Neighborhood
      • Oppose (-)
      • Abstain (-)
      • Did Not Vote (4)
        • Friends of Zilker
        • Southbank Neighborhood Association
        • Wooten Neighborhood Association
        • North Acres Homeowners Residents Association

Resolution 2017-01-02: Plaza Saltillo

Link to FAN discussion: http://forum.atxfriends.org/t/plaza-saltillo-development/2600

Vote Language:

Friends of Austin Neighborhoods supports the requested zoning change, which will allow for moderate increases in height on this tract in order to support CapMetro and the developer’s joint vision for this project. Given the project’s location adjacent to the Central Business District and Saltillo Station, and given Austin’s critical shortage of affordable and market-rate housing, FAN believes more height than the applicant is requesting would be appropriate for this site, especially if additional height resulted in more market-rate and subsidized housing units.

The project will bring 800 much-needed housing units (including 141 below market-rate units affordable to 50% MFI, on average). It will also bring pedestrian paseos connecting 5th and 4th streets, an extension of the Armstrong Bikeway, and excellent street fronting urban design.

Although there have been calls to adjust the unit mix for affordable housing to favor more 2 bedroom units and fewer 1 bedroom units, FAN recognizes that the dire shortage affordable housing units impacts all demographics, including young adults, couples without children, and the elderly, who could all benefit from affordable 1 bedroom units within walking distance of downtown and passenger rail service.

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Vote date: Jan 20, 2017 – Jan 25, 2017

Result: Passed

At Large Membership Results (Out of 423 total members):

      • Support – 83
      • Oppose – 4
      • Abstain – 7

Member Organization Votes

      • Support (8)
        • Crestview Commons
        • Friends of Blue Bonnet Hills
        • Friends of Hyde Park
        • Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association
        • Judges Hill Community Circle
        • Tarrytown Neighborhood Association
        • Midtown Austin Neighborhood Association
        • Mueller Neighborhood Association
      • Oppose (1)
        • Highland Neighborhood Association
      • Abstain (1)
        • Friends of Heritage Neighborhood
      • Did Not Vote (4)
        • Friends of Zilker
        • Southbank Neighborhood Association
        • Wooten Neighborhood Association
        • North Acres Homeowners Residents Association

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