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TickTock: Austin City Council meeting 2.16.2016

Monday, February 20, 2017 by Michael Kanin

TickTock is the sortable transcript of @austinmonitor Tweets from the most recent Austin City Council meeting.

ITEMS

TickTock for Friday, February 17, 2017

Participants:

austinmonitor 219

DanKeshet 2

jenniferinc 1

SomewhereinATX 1

karawaane 1

Thursday, February 16, 2017 9AM

Austin teachers union pushes back on AISD immigration memo. Read more (via @KUTMcGee & our p’ship w @KUT): https://t.co/3ik7YgEn1T #atxgov February 16, 2017 09:05 AM
All Access Readers! Get a head start on today’s #atxcouncil meeting with @lizpagano’s TipSheet: https://t.co/WmuSqujy6f #atxgov February 16, 2017 09:40 AM

Thursday, February 16, 2017 10AM

Good morning! We just poured a cup of coffee and sat down to watch today’s City Council meeting. February 16, 2017 10:09 AM
.@MayorAdler notes that Thorton II will have a time certain at 4:00, Austin Oaks PUD at 6:30. @Alison_Alter says she would like to postpone. February 16, 2017 10:12 AM
If it is postponed, @MayorAdler says there might be a chance to speak, but maybe people shouldn’t do it? February 16, 2017 10:13 AM
Now talking Plaza Saltillo. Looks like there will be a time certain — sometime after 4:00. February 16, 2017 10:13 AM
DanKeshet "@austinmonitor Is that what Mayor Adler said or are you editorializing?"
.@DanKeshet Haha. That’s what he said. I’m paraphrasing. He said it might be better to speak the next time its up. February 16, 2017 10:16 AM
Discussion items are 7, 10, 11, 12, 18, 28, 29, 31, 32, 34. February 16, 2017 10:19 AM
Also, ANC pres David King is headed to the Zoning and Platting Commission, filling the seat vacated by Chair Weber. February 16, 2017 10:20 AM
.@MayorAdler now drawing attention to the Mayor of Port Arthur, who is in town for a mayors conference. February 16, 2017 10:27 AM
Now, @kathietovo is asking about the YETI item, and confirming that there is a job creation requirement. There is. February 16, 2017 10:28 AM
Now on to Items 11, settlement for David Joseph case $3.25 million. #atxcouncil February 16, 2017 10:31 AM
Item 12
Item 12 is also a settlement, $225,000 for a case where a tree fell on someone on the @ButlerTrail February 16, 2017 10:31 AM
Item 18
Right now, @kathietovo asks that item 18 to be postponed in order to contemplate the policy question of outsourcing security vs. in house February 16, 2017 10:35 AM
Uh oh. Could impact “certain festivals in the spring” if it is postponed. @kathietovo asks about 300 pages, last minute, question is: why? February 16, 2017 10:36 AM
.@EllenforAustin no on 15 (affordable housing) , 25 (digital subscriptions for the library), abstain 38, 35, 36, 37, 39, 23, 68, 16, 17 February 16, 2017 10:39 AM
.@GregCasar on 27, DNA Labs, notes the backlog has continued to grow, but appreciates the work to get new contracts. February 16, 2017 10:41 AM
.@Oraatx1 abstaining on 7, 15 February 16, 2017 10:42 AM
Item 18
First up is item 18, which is emergency funding for immigrant legal services. #atxcouncil February 16, 2017 10:43 AM
Speaker in favor now explains money will help an add’l 50 ppl per month for Catholic Charities. Needed now, they are inundated #atxcouncil February 16, 2017 10:45 AM
Speaker now notes the blanket description of “undocumented” doesn’t come close to telling their stories, contributions, rights. #atxcouncil February 16, 2017 10:47 AM
So far, everyone is speaking in favor of the increased funding for immigrants. #atxcouncil February 16, 2017 10:53 AM
Foundation Communities’ Walter Moreau says this is a good, practical step. Urges to make it part of regular budget process as well. February 16, 2017 10:55 AM
Oh, one speaker against: Sharon Blythe, though some of her best friends are immigration lawyers. Calls this item “a disgrace to the city.” February 16, 2017 10:57 AM

Thursday, February 16, 2017 11AM

.@GregCasar says this is an important measure, but a first step and more long-term planning is needed. February 16, 2017 11:01 AM
.@GregCasar emotional now, talking about the struggles in district, and working towards battling some ugly speech directed at him and others February 16, 2017 11:03 AM
.@Oraatx1 also in support, urges audience to give money to the nonprofits this will help as well. February 16, 2017 11:05 AM
.@CM_Renteria, native Austinite, talks about artificial borders and family on the other side that; offended about notions of “real citizens” February 16, 2017 11:07 AM
Now @EllenforAustin is up, and says it is not an appropriate expenditure for the city, though the charities are providing a needed service. February 16, 2017 11:09 AM
.@EllenforAustin there “is also legitimate fear on the other side” who feel physically and economcally threatened by undocumented immigrants February 16, 2017 11:10 AM
.@GregCasar says @EllenforAustin ‘s claims are nonsense and “deliberately misleading to score political points on the vulnerable.” February 16, 2017 11:14 AM
.@GregCasar respects many of her opinions, but tells her not to spread lies and misinformation about immigrants somehow not being prosecuted February 16, 2017 11:16 AM
Right now, @MayorAdler “I can’t think of anything more American than knowing what their rights are.” #atxcouncil February 16, 2017 11:20 AM
.@EllenforAustin feels a need to respond, insinuates that @GregCasar only wants to score political points, is lying. February 16, 2017 11:22 AM
.@EllenforAustin is also emotional, but references her own hurt feelings. Urges people to understand why people voted for Trump February 16, 2017 11:23 AM
Passes 10-1, with @EllenforAustin voting against. February 16, 2017 11:23 AM
Now on to ESD4 February 16, 2017 11:26 AM
Item 10
This is Item 10, and they are back to talking about the running requirements, and how to train cadets. February 16, 2017 11:29 AM
The concern here is that stringent running requirements could disqualify current, good firefighters. February 16, 2017 11:46 AM
RT @austinmobility: March is making its way northbound at 6th & Congress. SB Congress down to one lane. Expect delays #ATXTraffic https://t… February 16, 2017 11:50 AM
Feel bad that I didn’t include her comments in the live tweeting, here’s a message from @DGarzaforD2 https://t.co/a8wZdhvKG1 February 16, 2017 11:54 AM
Speakers up now talking about the impact of disparate entry standards between ESD and AFD. AFD more stringent. February 16, 2017 11:59 AM

Thursday, February 16, 2017 12PM

Waste commission rejects Republic contract renewal again. Read more: https://t.co/DJRRS16x9t #atxgov February 16, 2017 12:05 PM
.@LesliePoolATX now wants to hear from law to clarify concerns of unions and firefighters association. February 16, 2017 12:18 PM
Item 10
#atxcouncil moving to pass item 10, but only to negotiate not execute the contract. February 16, 2017 12:19 PM
City Attny Morgan needs a minute to figure out whether they can strike items after it is negotiated. February 16, 2017 12:20 PM
Noting the standards have been enacted in the past three years, Garza isn’t sure if they are applicable in this case. February 16, 2017 12:21 PM
Right now @Oraatx1 is pointing out the city needs a policy to uniformly deal with merging ESDs into AFDs February 16, 2017 12:24 PM
.@MayorAdler now moves to go to Citizens Communication. They’ll be back at 1:45. See you then! February 16, 2017 12:25 PM
Our quote of the day for Thursday, February 16, 2017. Read more: https://t.co/bxSnSxWUEL #atxgov https://t.co/VFJbr2skb8 February 16, 2017 12:39 PM
What We Woke Up To: February 16, 2017 – https://t.co/BlhO4nVVZm February 16, 2017 12:40 PM

Thursday, February 16, 2017 1PM

Council set to discuss addition of new Capitol View Corridors. Read more (via @AKMcGlinchy & p’ship w @KUT): https://t.co/lV1DYjzDpe #atxgov February 16, 2017 01:00 PM

Thursday, February 16, 2017 2PM

Austin teachers union pushes back on AISD immigration memo. Read more (via @KUTMcGee): https://t.co/UPn5vol6En #atxgov February 16, 2017 02:00 PM
Hey all, sorry for the silence. Time to catch up! #atxcouncil February 16, 2017 02:35 PM
Ah! Looks like we are well into the proposal to expand Capitol View Corridors east. #atxcouncil February 16, 2017 02:39 PM
Current speaker speaking against a Central Health exemption, saying they are responsible for their own fiscal situation. February 16, 2017 02:41 PM
DanKeshet "@SomewhereinATX I want to go run over and testify but can’t miss too much work."
@DanKeshet @SomewhereinATX It’s happening now, Dan! I’m sure you noticed. February 16, 2017 02:44 PM
Jerry Rusthoven up now, talking about the (slow) progress on an overlay that could change height limits for publicly-zoned land. February 16, 2017 02:49 PM
Flannigan amends the motion to expand the study of all the CVCs, not just the ones to the east. February 16, 2017 02:51 PM
Looks like we are in for a review of the CVCs, and how they are/ should be calculated. You know, while we are at it. #atxcouncil February 16, 2017 02:55 PM
RT @DanKeshet: @austinmonitor @ChrisBBradford @SomewhereinATX MPT Tovo says she’s not comfortable with reopening debate on existing corrido… February 16, 2017 02:55 PM
Wait, looks like we might NOT be in for a review of existing CVCs. Stay tuned? February 16, 2017 02:56 PM
Looks like we are putting it aside for a minute to make sure that this resolution does what everyone intends it to do… #atxcouncil February 16, 2017 02:59 PM

Thursday, February 16, 2017 3PM

Survey says: Austinites dissatisfied with traffic, happy with most else. Read more (via @KaraNuzback): https://t.co/VcFqFtN7Rw #atxgov February 16, 2017 03:00 PM
Oh, cool, onto the waste disposal contract with Republic Services, which is kind of controversial. February 16, 2017 03:01 PM
Republic Services rep now explains that Texas Disposal Services has organized opposition against the contract, despite not bidding on it. February 16, 2017 03:04 PM
Republic Services rep says the answer is that TDS thinks its a plot by the city to take over dumpster business. February 16, 2017 03:05 PM
Republic rep now says TDS wants the RFP thrown out, implies they are plotting their own takeover. February 16, 2017 03:08 PM
Republic rep says TDS “masquerading as not a bidder” and using the fact they aren’t to speak more freely than would be allowed otherwise February 16, 2017 03:12 PM
Bob Gregory, TDS, now up with handouts of policy goals and such. February 16, 2017 03:14 PM
Gregory explaining why the current contract benefits the city, and why TDS doesn’t want anything to do with that themselves. February 16, 2017 03:15 PM
Gregory attempting now to shine some light on the “veil of secrecy that has characterized this process.” with a lot of details and numbers February 16, 2017 03:17 PM
Just as an FYI, if you are ever looking for a good, dramatic committee meeting, we can’t recommend the Zero Waste Advisory Commission enough February 16, 2017 03:18 PM
karawaane "@austinmonitor ??)"
@karawaane They are fun meetings! We swear. February 16, 2017 03:26 PM
Andrew Dobbs, with Texas Campaign for the Environment now up. They are also concerned about the contract, “various greenwashing statements” February 16, 2017 03:27 PM
Greenwashing: “disinformation disseminated by an organization so as to present an environmentally responsible public image” February 16, 2017 03:27 PM
Whellan up now asking for Council to take a minute to think over what’s going on. Says staff is pushing an agenda on Council. February 16, 2017 03:36 PM
.@MayorAdler calls for a moment of silence for Richard Moya, who was the first Mexican-American Travis County Commissioner. February 16, 2017 03:41 PM
Richard Moya, first Mexican-American Travis County office holder, dies https://t.co/3BfPxrkgV4 February 16, 2017 03:42 PM
jenniferinc "@austinmonitor 😳"
@jenniferinc Now, you seem someone I can convince to attend a ZWAC meeting for fun. February 16, 2017 03:44 PM
RT @JackCraver: Ora Houston, choking up, recalls working with Richard Moya at Legal Aid in 1969. “He was such a gentleman.” #atxcouncil February 16, 2017 03:46 PM
This is delightful https://t.co/IPxYnXvnbm February 16, 2017 03:47 PM
Yep, looks like this is going to force a new purchasing process. Right now staff is talking about the viability of the proposed revamp. February 16, 2017 03:52 PM
.@EllenforAustin says this is an opportunity for more policy direction than just denying the contract. February 16, 2017 03:55 PM
SomewhereinATX "@austinmonitor Don’t you love #txlege? https://t.co/SiZlkrjVau"
@SomewhereinATX They certainly have their moments. February 16, 2017 03:56 PM

Thursday, February 16, 2017 4PM

Republic contract again reject by waste commission. Read more: https://t.co/g3V5JvY7CE February 16, 2017 04:00 PM
Nvm, now Council has moved to deny the contract. Passes 11-0, with larger discussion about purchasing to take place another day. February 16, 2017 04:02 PM
Item 32
Now back to Item 32 — CVCs — Elaine Hart things can get the work done on five corridors by May, with some outside help. February 16, 2017 04:03 PM
Now @Oraatx1 does not support a full review of corridors proposed by @JimmyFlannigan February 16, 2017 04:07 PM
Uhhh. There is some “de-amending?” going on. #learning February 16, 2017 04:10 PM
Now voting on excluding Rosewood Park corridor which includes the Central Health tracts February 16, 2017 04:14 PM
Central Health rep explains that they are about to seek proposals to develop the Breckenridge sites, this could really impact that. February 16, 2017 04:16 PM
Says uncertainty “would make it virtually impossible to move forward” and supposes they would need a whole new plan February 16, 2017 04:17 PM
Here’s the study of corridors that @kathietovo was talking about. It made everyone kind of stressed out. https://t.co/F9BOy34T8Z February 16, 2017 04:18 PM
.@GregCasar notes that, even without a new corridor, Council will have some say on new hospital development. February 16, 2017 04:18 PM
.@MayorAdler says that he finds it hard to understand things like why the view from Huston Tillotson University wasn’t preserved. February 16, 2017 04:27 PM
However, @MayorAdler is sympathetic to the fact that this came up suddenly, and pausing on Rosewood corridor could allow for talk later February 16, 2017 04:28 PM
.@D5Kitchen asks why this can’t just all be postponed until March 2. “It’s been postponed for 30 years,” said @Oraatx1 February 16, 2017 04:35 PM
The proposal on the table now is to exclude Rosewood corridor until March2, and decide about that then. February 16, 2017 04:36 PM
Okay NOW voting on holding off on Rosewood 8-3, Houston, Tovo, Pool. Main motion (to study the rest) passes unanimously. February 16, 2017 04:51 PM
Consent agenda for zoning up now! #atxcouncil February 16, 2017 04:52 PM
For consent: Items 46, 47 — wait, guy up talking about how more view corridors are dangerous? — #looper February 16, 2017 04:55 PM
Now here’s a guy who hates looking at the Capitol. Says view isn’t that great from five blocks away, anyway. February 16, 2017 04:55 PM
Okay, back to zoning consent. Items 46, 47, 18, 49, 50, 51. Postponements: Items 54, 55, 61, 62. February 16, 2017 04:59 PM

Thursday, February 16, 2017 5PM

Survey: Austinites generally happy with city services. Read more: https://t.co/0UUBTlQKY0 #atxgov February 16, 2017 05:00 PM
Guernsey notes Austin Oaks PUD could be postponed if no one wants to speak? Delight crept into his voice a little. February 16, 2017 05:01 PM
.@JimmyFlannigan wonders why this is being postponed again. “What’s our end game here?” he asks. February 16, 2017 05:01 PM
.@Alison_Alter says postponement isn’t her first choice, but there is still a lot to look at. New stuff, moving parts, all that. February 16, 2017 05:02 PM
Talking postponement, both sides agree (developer “grudgingly”) but @JimmyFlannigan notes should prob wait to time certain 6:30 to postpone February 16, 2017 05:06 PM
.@LesliePoolATX makes the point that complicated zoning cases sometimes take a long time, and that’s not necessarily bad. February 16, 2017 05:07 PM
Jerry Rusthoven now up, says Elysium Park can be consent. Reading conditions (they are really specific, about lighting and stuff.) February 16, 2017 05:12 PM
Austin Oaks up for postponement for two weeks, those who show up to speak can still do so, though. Flannigan and Troxclair opposed. February 16, 2017 05:13 PM
Livetweet line change here at the Monitor, gang. https://t.co/pRFir9WYHY February 16, 2017 05:15 PM
Cruising through a pair of public hearings. They go quickly when no one is here to speak on them. February 16, 2017 05:19 PM
Item 67
#ATXcouncil postpones to April action on Item 67 which is to consider an appeal on a pair of Planning Commission waivers at 2510 S. Congress February 16, 2017 05:21 PM
Item 34
Now on to Item 34, creation of South Central Waterfront Advisory Board. #atxcouncil February 16, 2017 05:21 PM
MPT @kathietovo moves approval with a list of amendments. #atxcouncil February 16, 2017 05:22 PM
.@kathietovo’s amendments include adding aff housing expert to board. Also not limiting S. Austin ‘hood rep to specific NAs. #atxcouncil February 16, 2017 05:25 PM
Also, including chair of Downtown Austin Alliance on the board as an ex officio member. #atxcouncil February 16, 2017 05:26 PM
Item 34
Item 34, creation of South Central Waterfront Advisory Board, passes unanimously. #atxcouncil February 16, 2017 05:28 PM
A hot n’ fresh look at @kathietovo’s amendments/the general membership of the SCW Advisory Board. https://t.co/ruXOwTVKez February 16, 2017 05:31 PM
#ATXcouncil recesses for music, proclamations, possibly dinner. Maybe drinks. February 16, 2017 05:35 PM
austinmonitor "#ATXcouncil recesses for music, proclamations, possibly dinner. Maybe drinks."
Back at 6:45, gang. #atxcouncil February 16, 2017 05:35 PM
RT @DanKeshet: . @honktx at #atxcouncil https://t.co/3ttLmyLVYW February 16, 2017 05:47 PM

Thursday, February 16, 2017 7PM

While several reporters were jawing out in the atrium, #atxcouncil meeting resumed. February 16, 2017 07:00 PM
First post-dinner item is 52/53, a zoning case at 5016 1/2 Ben White Blvd. #atxcouncil February 16, 2017 07:03 PM
Landowners rep is up now and says the developer has “dropped out of the picture” but wants to pursue rezoning nonetheless. #atxcouncil February 16, 2017 07:04 PM
Landowner is now up. Explaining why he’s asking for a few adjustments to original request, including keeping vehicle storage. #atxcouncil February 16, 2017 07:09 PM
Chair of a neighborhood assoc. now up. Says this is the rare zoning case wherein NA and developers reached accord before it hit #atxcouncil. February 16, 2017 07:10 PM
However, he opposes city’s plans to extend Sunridge Drive down to Ben White. #atxcouncil https://t.co/TISRAB4irQ February 16, 2017 07:11 PM
Fellow says that for lack of nearby park, children play in Sunridge Drive’s dead end. #atxcouncil February 16, 2017 07:13 PM
He cites an line from the EROC n’hood plan that “discourage(s) additional through-streets within established residential neighborhoods.” February 16, 2017 07:15 PM
CM @LesliePoolATX questions who would be responsible for paying for extension of Sunridge. Guernsey’s response: The developer. #atxcouncil February 16, 2017 07:17 PM
.@LesliePoolATX says a good “fall-back” if road isn’t built would be bike/ped trail. #atxcouncil February 16, 2017 07:18 PM
Guernsey says the “dilemma for staff” is that the neighborhood plan was passed before #atxcouncil approved Great Streets action. February 16, 2017 07:19 PM
austinmonitor "Landowners rep is up now and says the developer has “dropped out of the picture” but wants to pursue rezoning nonetheless. #atxcouncil"
Correction: This fellow wasn’t landowner rep. He’s the applicant. #atxcouncil February 16, 2017 07:22 PM
CM @AnnKitchenATX expresses interest to included language prohibit the road’s extension. #atxcouncil February 16, 2017 07:26 PM
Language is included and #atxcouncil approves on first reading. 10-0 with CM @GregCasar off the dais. February 16, 2017 07:27 PM
And we move on to second-reading of Plaza Saltillo. #atxcouncil February 16, 2017 07:28 PM
.@CM_Renteria makes the same motion he proffered last week: Approve but with 70-foot office tower. #atxcouncil February 16, 2017 07:29 PM
Endeavor’s Jason Thumlert assumes the position before #atxcouncil. February 16, 2017 07:30 PM
Thumlert: “There has been some confusion” on the project. Says both Endeavor and CapMetro want a 125-foot office tower. #atxcouncil February 16, 2017 07:31 PM
Here’s where we left off last week, bee tee dubs: https://t.co/jkvuYTVkjz #atxcouncil February 16, 2017 07:32 PM
Local cat-gif blogger @DanKeshet now up. Says no matter how high the office, the development will be super duper. #atxcouncil February 16, 2017 07:34 PM
Nonetheless, @dankeshet rattles off the various benefits of a taller office. Says #atxcouncil should pick up the $17M bill on the ground. February 16, 2017 07:37 PM
CapMetro board member @tmitchell555 now up. “Every dollar is very important to us.” #atxcouncil February 16, 2017 07:39 PM
Neighborhood contact team’s @JoseValeraATX asks #atxcouncil to consider a pair of things. 1/2 February 16, 2017 07:43 PM
1) Is this the best deal the city can get, and 2) What precedent does it set to give developer a pass for breaking aff housing promises? 2/2 February 16, 2017 07:43 PM
Naturally, whether Endeavor broke it’s aff housing promise is up for debate. They deny it. #atxcouncil February 16, 2017 07:44 PM
Gavino Fernandez, head of an East Austin NA tut-tuts the notion that a 125-foot tower would break precedent. Cites RBJ building. #atxcouncil February 16, 2017 07:46 PM
RBJ Center, east of I35. #atxcouncil https://t.co/sXGS3Pr2sI February 16, 2017 07:48 PM
Another Eastside resident now up. Says Endeavor has altered its plans since it won the development contract in 2014. #atxcouncil February 16, 2017 07:51 PM
She’s got videos of Endeavor’s Thumlert in 2014 that purport to show promises of 25% aff housing & no desire to seek variances. #atxcouncil February 16, 2017 07:53 PM
Seems that @CM_Renteria was at one of these presentations. https://t.co/oA3ZBKXXVl February 16, 2017 07:55 PM

Thursday, February 16, 2017 8PM

Speaker presents “Community Asks”: 80ft cap on office, 25% aff housing, and no CURE zoning. #atxcouncil https://t.co/HFjwQEXZMy February 16, 2017 08:03 PM
She concludes: If it’s not good enough for west Austin or downtown, it’s not good enough for east Austin. #atxcouncil February 16, 2017 08:03 PM
Starchitect designer of Plaza Saltillo, Michael Hsu, now up. Explaining the design’s inspirations. #atxcouncil February 16, 2017 08:05 PM
Hsu on why the taller office is important: Extra daytime population supports retail and other tenants. #atxcouncil February 16, 2017 08:07 PM
Former Planning Commissioner Cid Galindo up now to rap compact n’ connected concept of Imagine Austin. #atxcouncil February 16, 2017 08:09 PM
Galindo says compact n’ connected’s virtue: Infr. is cheaper to provide to dense areas. #atxcouncil should therefore support taller office. February 16, 2017 08:13 PM
Next speaker, an east Austin resident, urges #atxcouncil to “oppose downtown encroachment on our neighborhood.” February 16, 2017 08:13 PM
RT @cubbie9000: Just handed off the @austinmonitor keys to @KaraNuzback, gang. February 16, 2017 08:22 PM
Garza on Plaza Satillo: Last week, the applicant asked us to support 70%. What has changed? February 16, 2017 08:31 PM
Thumlert: We did not support 70 ft. Cap Metro wanted it. “Our preference is for an 8-story building.” February 16, 2017 08:31 PM
Thumlert says Endeavor is committed to living wage jobs that are not dependent on the height of the structure. February 16, 2017 08:33 PM
Mayor Adler: I’m glad this is only a second reading. February 16, 2017 08:36 PM
Housing and mobility are main concerns in Austin. That could mean density in neighborhood corridors, Adler says. February 16, 2017 08:38 PM
Additional housing is needed on this tract, @MayorAdler says, but we have to preserve neighborhoods. February 16, 2017 08:40 PM
In this case, the $4M should go back into affordable housing in this neighborhood. February 16, 2017 08:42 PM
. @LesliePoolATX says amendments will help achieve more affordable housing. February 16, 2017 08:45 PM
CM @kathietovo is asking how changes will affect the number of housing units. Endeavor rep says 169 units at 70 ft. February 16, 2017 08:53 PM
$100,000 fee in lieu for 70-foot building, Endeavor says. February 16, 2017 08:56 PM
$600,000 fee in lieu for 125ft. building, Thumlert says. February 16, 2017 08:59 PM

Thursday, February 16, 2017 9PM

CM @kathietovo: 15% of sq ft is required to be affordable. We’re being asked to grant an exception. February 16, 2017 09:02 PM
If we stay at 68ft height, we get $100,000; if we stay at 125ft height, we get $600,000 to put toward affordable housing, @kathietovo says. February 16, 2017 09:05 PM
City staff: Our density bonus is not always feasible; this situation is not ideal. February 16, 2017 09:07 PM
Thumlert: If a fee in lieu is not allowed, the project will not be built. February 16, 2017 09:10 PM
Endeavor to make payment to Cap Metro of $4.4M for additional density, Thumlert says. February 16, 2017 09:15 PM
CM @DeliaGarza says council could pass as-is on second reading, let parties bring a better offer to the table on third reading. February 16, 2017 09:16 PM
CM @LesliePoolATX says she wants to work with Endeavor b/t now and third reading. “I will pull down my motion.” February 16, 2017 09:17 PM
CM @LesliePoolATX’s amendment is withdrawn. February 16, 2017 09:18 PM
Thumlert: We have no more room to give to affordable housing. February 16, 2017 09:21 PM
CM @kathietovo says she can’t support the proposal today, doesn’t understand why affordable housing is not economically feasible. February 16, 2017 09:28 PM
CM @Alison_Alter says she wants to see the height differences and their tradeoffs at next reading. February 16, 2017 09:30 PM
CM @LesliePoolATX says she will support, but more affordable housing units are needed. February 16, 2017 09:31 PM
CM @EllenforAustin says not enough access to public transit in SW Austin. Says she will support option that maximizes @CapMetroATX’s revenue February 16, 2017 09:34 PM
CM @D5Kitchen says the city’s role needs to be discussed. February 16, 2017 09:36 PM
CM @GregCasar says community members and some @CapMetroATX board members did not fully understand agreement. February 16, 2017 09:38 PM
CM @GregCasar will support second reading, expects changes for third reading. February 16, 2017 09:39 PM
CM @Oraatx1 says she wants more info on affordable units on next reading. February 16, 2017 09:41 PM
Council passes motion on second reading. 9-3 February 16, 2017 09:42 PM
Last item on the agenda coming up! February 16, 2017 09:43 PM
CM @EllenforAustin thanks @MayorAdler for recognizing “inappropriate” exchange that happened earlier. February 16, 2017 09:46 PM
Item 60
Item 60. Villas at Vinson Oak rezone #District3 February 16, 2017 09:47 PM
Property at 4507 and 451 Vinson Drive could be rezoned from family residences to townhomes and condos. February 16, 2017 09:48 PM
Valid petition has been filed in opposition to rezoning February 16, 2017 09:51 PM
Applicant rep says opponents want to protect SF-3 designation, but that will be gone soon. February 16, 2017 09:56 PM
Under current code, this is the best option, applicant rep says. February 16, 2017 09:57 PM

Thursday, February 16, 2017 10PM

“I will respect whatever you choose.”-landowner February 16, 2017 10:03 PM
Speaker Ray Collins says staff violated neighborhood plan. February 16, 2017 10:04 PM
Upzoning will set a precedent, Collins says. Neighbors want SF-3 zoning. February 16, 2017 10:06 PM
Kate Murphy of South Austin Combined Neighborhood Contact Team is up. February 16, 2017 10:08 PM
Murphy: Vinson Dr. is dangerous, narrow, no bike lanes, no sidewalks February 16, 2017 10:09 PM
We don’t believe it’s possible to get a 16 unit property on the site, Murphy says. February 16, 2017 10:10 PM
Development does not preserve neighborhood character, Murphy says. February 16, 2017 10:10 PM
William Hodge, landowner’s architect, takes the podium. February 16, 2017 10:11 PM
Hodge: If zoning stays SF-3, it would mean 16 duplexes on 8 lots. At SF-6, 16 households. February 16, 2017 10:13 PM
Hodge: We propose less density than what is allowed now. February 16, 2017 10:14 PM
CM @GregCasar moves to approve SF-6. February 16, 2017 10:16 PM
Don’t want to restrict ADUs unnecessarily, @GregCasar says. February 16, 2017 10:17 PM
CM @DeliaGarza says with SF-6, developer could have built more; they chose 16 as a compromise. February 16, 2017 10:21 PM
. @CM_Renteria asks if there’s a way to keep domino effect from happening in neighboring lots. February 16, 2017 10:24 PM
City staff: That would be up to council February 16, 2017 10:24 PM
CM @LesliePoolATX says she might abstain February 16, 2017 10:26 PM
Motion to pass on first reading: passes 8-0 with 3 abstentions. February 16, 2017 10:32 PM
Meeting adjourned. Over and out! -@KaraNuzback February 16, 2017 10:32 PM

Thursday, February 16, 2017 11PM

RT @LesliePoolATX: @austinmonitor to be clear, my support is predicated on achieving more affordable housing. February 16, 2017 11:37 PM

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