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August 5, 2015

Votes

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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
      • Midtown Austin Neighborhood Association
      • 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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