Windsor Park Neighborhood Plan Contact Team Meeting
Windsor Park Public Library,
January 9, 2017, 6:30-8:00 PM
- Call meeting to order;
Approval of November meeting minutes (6:30)
Election of 2017 officers (6:35)
Discussion and possible action on new site plan to add two multi-family apartment buildings to the development at 1920 Gaston Place. (6:45)
Discussion and possible action on request by owner to re-plat the properties at 6100 Friendswood Drive. (7:05)
Ongoing discussion and possible action on contact team bylaws (7:15)
Possible election of new members (7:50)
Discussion and announcements (7:55)
Adjourn by 8PM
(Times are approximate and are to guide discussion only.)
Background on items from the chair:
3) Election of officers for 2017 – As a reminder, the only nominees are Conor Kenny (re-elect as chair), Scooter Cheatham (re-elect as vice chair), and Rodney Ahart (elect as secretary). I’d need to consult my Robert’s Rules of Order but it may be possible to suspend the rules and make further nominations if someone desires to run and the team so desires.
4) 1920 Gaston Place – The development has been filed by Accessible Housing Austin. It is participating in the city’s SMART affordable housing program. 100% of units will serve people with 50% of median family income (50% of $77,800 for a family of 4 is $38,900). They are requesting a site plan amendment to change the existing approved 20 units to 27 units in two three-story buildings. I will see if I can get someone from Accessible Housing Austin to come to the meeting. The site plan does not require input from the contact team, but we could avail ourselves of the option to speak up on it. At least one neighbor has expressed some concerns to me, so let’s discuss. More information is here: https://www.austintexas.gov/devreview/b_showpublicpermitfolderdetails.jsp?FolderRSN=11621274
5) 6100 Friendswood – This is a re-plat, presumably for development purposes, of several tracts that stretch behind Bertha Sadler Means middle school up to Wheless Ln. The owner is seeking a plat into a 24-lot subdivision. We have discussed this case at prior meetings but it appears that the owner is once again moving forward. Elaine Bohls-Graham has been following this case and may have more information for us. Elaine has been in contact with the city, but we have not officially weighed in as the contact team. But we could decide to do so. Because we have gone over this project extensively at prior meetings, we’ll try to limit the discussion to next steps and only 10 minutes. The city’s file on the project is here: https://abc.austintexas.gov/web/permit/public-search-other?t_detail=1&t_selected_folderrsn=11526039&t_selected_propertyrsn=408464
6) Bylaws – The discussion on our bylaws and potential revisions continues.
7) As a reminder, our current bylaws allow someone to be nominated or self-nominate at their third meeting, as long as it is the third meeting in the prior five regular meetings
Preview for next meeting (bumped due to a packed schedule):
Group homes – Windsor Park residents have been dealing with the group home issue for some time. In this case we are specifically referring to group homes in which individuals are under some sort of assistance or care due to disability or substance abuse issues (not criminal justice issues). I was surprised to find that this issue was addressed back in 2006 as part of our neighborhood plan, but may need more attention. WP resident Rex Zgarba lives near some of these homes and is also an attorney and will hopefully be able to attend and share some of his experience and legal research, which I understand may indicate a lack of compliance with state or local statute or regulations by some of the homes. I honestly am not sure what the course of action will be, so I imagine we will spend our time coming back up to speed and gather information for further discussion.
Chair, Windsor Park Neighborhood Plan Contact Team