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News from Council
Pease Park planned improvements, funded through Parkland Dedication funds. See more funded park projects here

Update on Parkland Dedication

 
Public parkland is an indispensable part of our city, offering a multitude of physical and mental health benefits to Austinites of all ages. Yet, as our city continues to grow, ensuring that all residents have access to adequate parkland becomes difficult. It is not incredibly surprising that our city's parkland acreage has not kept pace with Austin's massive population increase, but it is an unfortunate effect of our city's growth. 

Taking this into consideration, Council is poised to hear proposed changes to the parkland dedication ordinance at the January 27 Open Space, Environment, and Sustainability Council Committee, and at the January 28 Council meeting. The current ordinance requires new residential development to dedicate land or pay fees to account for the impact new development has on the city's parks. Council last discussed this ordinance in December, but postponed it in order to let further stakeholder discussion occur. 

Council Member Pool, along with many members of our community, recognizes the need for an updated parkland dedication formula and fee structure. If we do not act now, our growing city will only continue to see a downward trend in park availability and a lower level of service in our parks facilities. We hope you stay engaged on this important issue -- please check out our FAQ for more information. 
Council Member Pool at the Martin Luther King Community March: "I look forward to the MLK march every year as a time to renew our sense of purpose and support for civil rights, and to remember Dr. King's stirring speeches."
Opportunities + Education

Burnet Road Corridor Update

In June 2014, Council approved a resolution to initiate a corridor study along Burnet Road and Anderson Lane. The Burnet-Anderson corridor effort was further supported when the City received an EPA 'Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities' grant last February that will help fund workshops on equitable housing and affordability. City staff are currently at work on a kick-off event for the corridor plan sometime in the coming months. If you would like more regular updates on the Burnet corridor planning process, please email us to get on our list. 

Burnet Road Survey Results

In the meantime, you can view results from an informative Burnet Road survey completed by Sustainable Neighborhoods, an organization in District 7 focused on transit, walkability, and open space along transit corridors in North Central Austin. Sustainable Neighborhoods will also host a meeting on preconditions for a successful Burnet Road plan at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 27, at the North Village Library (2505 Steck Avenue).
 

Capital Metro's Connections 2025


Did you know that despite population growth, Capital Metro's ridership has declined over 5 percent during the past two years? The agency is reviewing transit service to understand how to better meet the needs of customers. Connections 2025 is a project to evaluate CapMetro's current transit system, identify strengths and weaknesses, and develop a network for today and tomorrow. An online survey is available regarding current transit use and wishes for the future, and a series of kick-off meetings for Connections 2025 during February can be found here, including a meeting in District 7 at Northwest Recreation Center (2913 Northland Drive) on February 17 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. For more information, visit http://connections2025.org/.
 

One-Day-Per-Week Watering


Based on lessons learned during the drought, Austin Water is proposing to move to a permanent one-day-per-week watering schedule. The utility is soliciting public input as they forward the proposal to City Council through a series of open house meetings, as well as an online survey. Participants are free to drop by anytime between the start and end time of the meetings:
  • Tuesday, January 26, 6-8 p.m.: Spicewood Springs Branch (8637 Spicewood Springs Road)
  • Wednesday, February 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Waller Creek Center, Room 104 (625 E. 10th Street)
Please visit http:// https://austintexas.gov/onedayperweek for more information.

Updated FEMA Maps

Effective Jan. 6, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has updated flood insurance maps for parts of Austin, including the Shoal Creek watershed in District 7. This is the final step in a floodplain study managed by the City's Watershed Protection Department with funding assistance from FEMA. Watershed Protection periodically studies creeks to ensure accurate floodplain mapping. Maps of the affected watersheds can be viewed here
District 7 Neighborhood Meetings
Tuesday, February 2:
Walnut Creek Neighborhood Association, Santorini Cafe (11800 North Lamar Blvd.) at 6:30 p.m.

Gracywoods Neighborhood Association, Brentwood Chapel (11908 N. Lamar Blvd.) at 7 p.m.

Monday, February 8:
Crestview Neighborhood Association, Journey Imperfect Faith Church (7500 Woodrow Avenue) at 7 p.m.
Tuesday, February 9:
River Oaks Neighborhood Association, VFW Post 8787 (500 VFW Road) at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, February 17: 
Brentwood Neighborhood Association, North Austin Lions Club (1103 Justin Lane) at 7 p.m.

Don't see your neighborhood association meeting here? Email us to let us know about your next meeting. 
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