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TipSheet: City Council, 2.6.20

Thursday, February 6, 2020 by Elizabeth Pagano

This week, Council convenes again for its regular Thursday meeting and from this vantage point, it looks as though the light-ish agenda may translate to a short meeting. We’ve recapped the items that hold particular interest below. As always, the entire agenda can be found online.

Item 12: Approve an ordinance creating two slow – no wake navigation control zones on Lake Austin, and creating an offense.

Monitor’s Take: As we reported in this week’s Reporter’s Notebook, after years of study, Austin is finally moving forward with two “no wake zones” on Lake Austin. Here’s a memo on the history of this resolution.

Item 13: Approve a resolution related to an application by HTG Akins, LLC, or an affiliated entity, for competitive 9% housing tax credits for a new construction development to be known as Akins East, located at or near 3417 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.; and related to the allocation of housing tax credits within the City and near the proposed development.

Item 14: Approve a resolution confirming that an application for competitive 9% housing tax credits for a proposed multi-family development to be located at or near 3417 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. will contribute more than any other application to the concerted revitalization efforts of the City within the East MLK Combined Neighborhood Plan, which is subject to a concerted community revitalization plan.

Item 15: Approve a resolution related to an application by MHP Region 7 II, LLC, or an affiliated entity, for competitive 9% housing tax credits for a new construction development to be known as Anderson Creek, located at or near 1701 East Anderson Lane; and related to the allocation of housing tax credits within the City and near the proposed development.

Item 16: Approve a resolution confirming that an application for competitive 9% housing tax credits for a proposed multi-family development to be located at or near 1701 East Anderson Lane will contribute more than any other application to the concerted revitalization efforts of the City within the St. John/Coronado Hills Combined Neighborhood Plan, which is subject to a concerted community revitalization plan.

Item 17: Approve a resolution related to an application by DMA Development Company, LLC, or an affiliated entity, for competitive 9% housing tax credits for a new construction development to be known as Arbor Park, located at or near 6306 McNeil Drive; and related to the allocation of housing tax credits within the City and near the proposed development.

Item 18: Approve a resolution related to an application by BSC Acres West, LLC, or an affiliated entity, for competitive 9% housing tax credits for a new construction development to be known as Blue Sky at Acres West, located at or near 9710 to 9718 Anderson Mill Road; and related to the allocation of housing tax credits within the City and near the proposed development.

Item 19: Approve a resolution related to an application by MHP City Heights, LLC, or an affiliated entity, for competitive 9% housing tax credits for a new construction development to be known as City Heights, located at or near 4500 Nuckols Crossing; and related to the allocation of housing tax credits within the City and near the proposed development.

Item 20: Approve a resolution confirming that an application for competitive 9% housing tax credits for a proposed multi-family development to be located at or near 4500 Nuckols Crossing will contribute more than any other application to the concerted revitalization efforts of the City within the South Pleasant Valley Road Corridor Mobility Plan and Southeast Combined Neighborhood Plan, which is subject to a concerted community revitalization plan.

Item 21: Approve a resolution related to an application by Eberhart Senior Housing Limited Partnership, or an affiliated entity, for competitive 9% housing tax credits for a rehabilitation of a development to be known as Eberhart Place, located at or near 808 Eberhart Lane; and related to the allocation of housing tax credits within the City and near the proposed development.

Item 22: Approve a resolution related to an application by Espero Austin at Rutland, LP, or an affiliated entity, for competitive 9% housing tax credits for a new construction development to be known as Espero Austin at Rutland, located at or near 1934 Rutland Drive; and related to the allocation of housing tax credits within the City and near the proposed development.

Item 23: Approve a resolution related to an application by Espero Austin at W. 24th, LP, or an affiliated entity, for competitive 9% housing tax credits for a new construction development to be known as Espero Austin at W. 24th, located at or near 911 to 915 West 24th Street; and related to the allocation of housing tax credits within the City and near the proposed development.

Item 24: Approve a resolution confirming that an application for competitive 9% housing tax credits for a proposed multi-family development to be located at or near 911 to 915 West 24th Street will contribute more than any other application to the concerted revitalization efforts of the City within the Central Austin Combined Neighborhood Planning Area & University Neighborhood Overlay Zoning District, which is subject to a concerted community revitalization plan.

Item 25: Approve a resolution related to an application by FC Lakeline Mall Housing, LP, or an affiliated entity, for competitive 9% housing tax credits for a new construction development to be known as Lakeline Phase II, located at or near 13653 Rutledge Spur; and related to the allocation of housing tax credits within the City and near the proposed development.

Item 26: Approve a resolution related to an application by Milo Ridge, LLC, or an affiliated entity, for competitive 9% housing tax credits for a new construction development to be known as Milo Ridge, located at or near 3500 Hyridge Dr.; and related to the allocation of housing tax credits within the City and near the proposed development.

Item 27: Approve a resolution related to an application by Pathways at Chalmers Courts West, LP, or an affiliated entity, for competitive 9% housing tax credits for a new construction development to be known as Pathways at Chalmers Courts West, located at or near the northwest corner of Chalmers Ave. and East 3rd St. and related to the allocation of housing tax credits within the City and near the proposed development.

Item 28: Approve a resolution confirming that an application for competitive 9% housing tax credits for a proposed multi-family development to be located at or near then northwest corner of Chalmers Ave. and East 3rd St. will contribute more than any other application to the concerted revitalization efforts of the City within the Homestead Preservation Reinvestment Zone No. 1, which is subject to a concerted community revitalization plan.

Item 29: Approve a resolution related to an application by Polaris Avenue Flats Ltd., or an affiliated entity, for competitive 9% housing tax credits for a new construction development to be known as Polaris Avenue Flats, located at or near 2100 Polaris Avenue; and related to the allocation of housing tax credits within the City and near the proposed development.

Item 30: Approve a resolution confirming that an application for competitive 9% housing tax credits for a proposed multi-family development to be located at or near 2100 Polaris Avenue will contribute more than any other application to the concerted revitalization efforts of the City within the Crestview/Wooten Combined Neighborhood Plan and Burnet Road and North Lamar Corridor Mobility Plan, which is subject to a concerted community revitalization plan.

Item 31: Approve a resolution related to an application by FC Zilker Housing, LP, or an affiliated entity, for competitive 9% housing tax credits for a new construction development to be known as South Lamar Studios, located at or near 1508 S Lamar Blvd.; and related to the allocation of housing tax credits within the City and near the proposed development.

Monitor’s Take: Each year, the city is asked to approve a batch of potential affordable housing projects that could qualify for tax credits. These tax credits are highly competitive and awarded by region, but the city’s endorsement is weighed in the matrix used to allocate the credits. So this is a preview of potential projects that could be coming to Austin – likely two or three of these will ultimately make it to the final round.

Item 34: Approve an ordinance amending Chapters 10-4 and 10-11 of City Code relating to the lawful age for the sale or delivery of cigarettes, tobacco products, or electronic smoking devices in compliance with Senate Bill 21 of the 86th Texas Legislature.

Monitor’s Take: Did you know that Texans now have to be 21 in order to buy cigarettes, tobacco products or electronic smoking devices? (Unless you are in the military, which gets a weird exception allowing purchase at age 18.) This ordinance, which is likely to garner no discussion whatsoever, aligns city law with the new state law.

Item 35: Authorize negotiation and execution of an agreement with Matthew Doherty for homelessness consulting services in an amount not to exceed $95,000 for the 8-month period ending September 30, 2020, for a total agreement amount not to exceed $95,000.

Monitor’s Take: The much-ballyhooed Homelessness Czar ended with a bang, then a whimper, and now the city is back on the familiar path of hiring a consultant to take the lead on the issue. From the backup: “Recently, Mr. (Matthew) Doherty served from 2015 through 2019 as the executive director of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, leading the work of 19 federal member agencies to prevent and end homelessness across the nation. He has extensive experience and expertise in local, regional, and national best practices, strategies and policy development.”

Item 54: Approve a resolution supporting the 2020 Cities Agenda created by the National League of Cities.

Monitor’s Take: The 2020 Cities Agenda is a document that was created by a bipartisan task force composed of 28 local leaders from around the country. Today the city will vote on this resolution, which asks presidential candidates to support the 2020 Cities Agenda.

Item 61: Briefing on the Project Assessment Report for the 614 South 1st Street Planned Unit Development (PUD), located at 614 South 1st Street, within the East Bouldin Creek Watershed (CD-2019-0006).

Monitor’s Take: If you aren’t familiar with this 8-acre plan for a tract located on South First just south of Barton Springs Road, get hip here.

Item 62: Conduct a public hearing and consider an ordinance regarding floodplain variances for the construction of an addition to a single-family residence at 13108 Travis View Loop within the 100-year floodplain of Lake Travis.

Monitor’s Take: Though the home in question was constructed in 1968, converting a covered porch to habitable space triggered this floodplain variance.

Item 77: C14-2019-0109 – Messinger Tract Rezoning – Conduct a public hearing and approve an ordinance amending City Code Title 25 by rezoning property locally known as 9900 David Moore Drive; 9800 Swansons Ranch Road (Slaughter Creek Watershed). Applicant’s Request: To zone and rezone from interim-rural residence (I-RR) district zoning and rural residence (RR) district zoning to townhouse and condominium residence (SF-6) district zoning.

Monitor’s Take: Though we’ve heard rumblings that this once contentious case may have found a resolution, maybe it hasn’t. At issue here is traffic (as usual) and whether a proposed charter school is a compatible use with an industrial park (less usual!). Update: This case will be on the consent agenda for first reading today, as the neighborhood and developer are, indeed, close to a compromise. Notably, as part of that compromise, plans for a charter school have been scrapped.

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