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ALRIGHT, I'M

[CALL TO ORDER]

CALLING THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION, MARCH 3RD, 2021 AT 6:07 PM.

VIA VIDEO CONFERENCING TO ORDER.

I'M GOING TO DO ROLL CALL COMMISSIONER KRILL, MR. THOMPSON.

OKAY.

OKAY.

COMMISSIONER BARRETT FLOOR HERE.

COMMISSIONER ROMBERG HERE.

COMMISSIONER GUERRERO HERE.

COMMISSIONER GORDON, COMMISSIONER BEDFORD HERE.

ALL RIGHT.

UM, LET'S

[1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES AND ACTION]

NOW GO TO, UH, ITEM NUMBER ONE APPROVAL OF MINUTES AND ACTION.

A APPROVAL OF THE FEBRUARY 3RD, 2021 ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES.

GO AHEAD, MICHELLE RAMBERT, YOU CAN GO FOR COMMISSIONER GORDON.

OKAY.

I WAS GONNA MAKE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES.

I SECOND, THAT MOTION ROMBERG.

AYE.

MOTION MADE BY COMMISSIONER GORDON.

SECOND BY COMMISSIONER RAMBERT.

IS THERE ANY FURTHER DISCUSSION? ALL RIGHT, I'M GOING TO DO ROLL CALL JUST CAUSE I CAN'T SEE ANYONE.

COMMISSIONER KRILL.

MR. THOMPSON.

YES.

COMMISSIONER BARRETT.

BIG FLOOR.

YES.

MR. ROSENBERG.

YES.

GUERRERO.

YES, GORDON.

YES.

THERE'S NO BED FOR, YES.

ALL RIGHT.

THAT PASSES PASSES SEVEN.

OH, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

I, UH, NEXT

[2a. Announcement of new Deputy Environmental Officer—Chris Herrington, Environmental Officer, Watershed Protection Department]

IS TO A ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICER UPDATE.

WE HAVE, UM, CHRIS HARRINGTON HERE TO ANNOUNCE A NEW DEPUTY ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICER COMMISSIONERS, CHRIS HARRINGTON, ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICER.

SO IT IS WITH GREAT PLEASURE THAT I ANNOUNCED THE CITY'S FIRST EVER DEPUTY ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICER POSITION.

SO, UH, WE HAVE HIRED LIZ JOHNSTON, UM, TO BE THAT POSITION.

SHE HAS A LONG HISTORY WITH WATERSHED PROTECTION DEPARTMENT AND THE DEVELOPMENT SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

UM, SHE WAS PREVIOUSLY OUR LAKE POLICY COORDINATOR AND HAS SERVED IN THAT ROLE SINCE 2015.

SHE DOES BRING A MAN, A MASTERS OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE AND A BACHELORS OF BIOLOGY, UM, WITH HER TO THE ROLE.

AND BEFORE SHE WORKED WITH WATERSHED, SHE SERVED IN THE DEVELOPMENT SERVICES DEPARTMENT, UH, BOTH AS AN ENVIRONMENT ORDER VIEWER IN THE DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE CENTER, UM, UH, AND AN ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW AND ALSO, UH, SHE USED TO WORKED IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR.

AND SO AS I MOVE TO, UH, I S I WILL CONTINUE SERVING, UH, THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION AS YOUR EX OFFICIO MEMBER FROM WATERSHED PROTECTION AND ADVISING THE COMMISSION ON ALL MATTERS RELATIVE TO, UH, SORT OF THE DEPARTMENTS.

UM, BUT LIZ WILL BE TAKING OVER SOME OF THE DAY-TO-DAY INTERACTIONS WITH THE DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY THAT I HAVE PREVIOUSLY DONE SINCE I'LL BE TAKING ON BROADER ADMINISTRATIVE DUTIES WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT AS AN ASSISTANT DIRECTOR FOR WATERSHED PROTECTION.

SO YOU WILL LIKELY, AS IN, IN CASES, IN THE FUTURE HERE, LIZ SUPPORTING OUR EXCELLENT STAFF IN WATERSHED PROTECTION AND DEVELOPMENT SERVICES, AS YOU'VE HEARD MEAD, UH, DO IN THE PAST.

AND SHE, OF COURSE, IS A RESOURCE TO YOU.

SHOULD YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ON CODE INTERPRETATION ON ANY SPECIFIC CASE BEFORE THE COMMISSION OR ON ANY OTHER MATTER, JUST AS I AM AND IS AS IS AVA PHILLIPS AND KAYLA CHAMPLIN.

SO I'M VERY HAPPY TO WELCOME HER TO THE TEAM SHE'S HERE.

LIZ, IF YOU'D LIKE TO SAY ANYTHING, I'LL PASS THE MIC TO YOU.

UH, BUT WE'VE, UH, VERY HAPPY THAT WE HAVE THIS ADDITIONAL MEMBER OF OUR TEAM, UM, ADDITIONAL BACKUP IN SOME REDUNDANCY, UH, FOR THE ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICER ROLE AND, AND LIZ IS AN EXCELLENT PERSON TO FILL THOSE SHOES.

SO LIZ, DID YOU HAVE ANYTHING? UM, THANK YOU, CHRIS.

THANK YOU.

MADAM CHAIR AND COMMISSIONERS.

UM, I JUST WANT TO EXPRESS MY GRATITUDE AND ENTHUSIASM TO, TO BE TAKING IN THIS ROLE AND PLEASE FEEL FREE TO REACH OUT IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, CONCERNS, UM, I'M HERE TO SUPPORT YOU ALL AS WELL.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

IT'S BEEN A PLEASURE TO WORK WITH YOU IN THE PAST, AND I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU, UH, WITH THIS NEW POSITION LIST.

UM, I AGREE.

THANK YOU.

UH, MADAM CHAIR.

OKAY.

UM, WE WILL MOVE

[3a. Recognize Peggy Maceo for over five years of service on the Environmental Commission]

ON TO ITEM THREE, A RECOGNITION PEGGY MACIO FOR OVER FIVE YEARS OF SERVICE ON THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION,

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MADAM CHAIR.

THIS IS CHRIS HARRINGTON, ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICER.

I'LL JUST BRIEFLY INTRODUCE THIS ITEM AND THEN I WILL PASS THE MIC, UM, TO KEITH MARS, WHO WILL SAY SOME WORDS.

SO, UH, WE ARE SAD TO LOSE OUR TREE WARRIOR.

UM, PEGGY MACIO FROM THE COMMISSION AFTER HER YEARS OF SERVICE AS IS WATERSHED PROTECTION DEPARTMENT TRADITION.

UH, WE HAVE PROVIDED HER WITH, OR WE'RE ACQUIRING, UH, A PERSONALIZED WALKING STICK WITH THE WATERSHED PROTECTION DEPARTMENT LOGO AND A PERSONAL MESSAGE TO HER AND RECOGNITION OF HER SERVICE TO AUSTIN AND OUR ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES.

AND AUSTIN'S URBAN FORESTRY, SO THAT AS SHE GOES TO BLAZE A TRAIL FOR US AND THIS NEXT ADVENTURE IN HER, UH, VOLUNTEERISM, SHE CAN HAVE THAT STAFF FOR GUIDANCE AND AS A MEMORY FOR US.

SO KEITH, I WILL, UM, PASS THE MIC TO YOU.

THANK YOU, CHRIS.

GOOD EVENING CHAIR COMMISSIONERS MAR IS THE DEVELOPMENT SERVICES DEPARTMENT, UH, FROM THE COMMUNITY TREE PRESERVATION DIVISION MANAGER.

AND I'VE HAD THE WONDERFUL FORTUNE OF WORKING ALONGSIDE, UH, COMMISSIONER MACIO FOR GOSH, UH, MORE THAN A DECADE, SOMEWHERE BETWEEN 10 AND 15 YEARS NOW AND, UH, ECHOING SOME OF CHRIS'S, UH, THOUGHTS AND A MEMORIAL TO HER.

UH, SHE HAS BEEN A, A, A, A STEADFAST, UH, PROPONENT ADVOCATE OF, OF ALL THINGS, TREES IN THIS COMMUNITY, EVERYTHING FROM INDIVIDUAL TREES AND GETTING TREES IN THE GROUND TO OUR, UH, OUR NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED TREE PRESERVATION REGULATIONS.

UH, SHE HAS SPENT LONG HOURS WITH ME AT THE STATE LEGISLATURE.

SHE HAS BEEN THERE FOR EARLY MEETINGS, UH, FOR THE HERITAGE TREE ORDINANCE AND THE ADOPTION OF OUR CITY'S URBAN FOREST PLAN IN 2014.

SO SHE HAS, UM, SHE HAS SEEN IT ALL.

UM, SHE HAS, UH, BEEN, UH, THE FORCE, UH, ENTRIES.

AND FOR THOSE THAT KNOW OF MARGARET HOFFMAN, OR KNOW THE LEGACY OF MARGARET HOFFMAN, UH, OUR, UH, OR THE ORIGINAL PROPONENTS OF A TREE REGULATIONS IN THE CITY, UH, PEGGY DEFINITELY CARRIED ON THAT TORCH.

UH, SHE WILL BE, UH, SHE WILL BE MISSED.

I CAN ONLY HOPE THAT SHE STAYS ACTIVE IN SOME CAPACITY AND REPRESENTING THESE VALUES OF OUR, UH, OF OUR COMMUNITY.

UH, AND IT'S VERY MUCH DEPENDENT ON PEOPLE THAT OCCURRED, PICK UP THE TORCH AND, AND TO GO FROM HERE.

SO, UM, MY, UM, BY OUR MOST THANKS AND, AND GRATITUDE TO PEGGY AND EVERYTHING THAT SHE HAS DONE FOR OUR CITY'S URBAN FOREST.

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONERS.

AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE.

THANK YOU.

UM, WE HAVE BOBBY WITH VINCI AS A SPEAKER FOR THIS ITEM.

WAS, IS BOBBY ON THE LINE? YES.

UM, I'M HERE.

THIS IS BOBBY LEVINSKY.

AM I ONLY SPEAKING ON THE SIDE OF MARK? CAN I, DO I SPEAK ON ALL THREE AT ONCE? NO, NO, YOU, OH, YOU WANT TO DO ALL THREE AT ONCE? WHY DIDN'T IT? I'M NOT CLEAR ON WHAT THE PROCEDURES ARE ANYMORE.

BOBBY, YOU CAN SPEAK WHEN THEY COME UP.

OKAY, GREAT.

SO, UM, I'LL JUST ECHO THOSE WORDS AND JUST THANK COMMISSIONER MACIO FOR HER YEARS OF SERVICE, YOU HAVE TAKEN SO MANY MO MY CALLS, UM, ESPECIALLY OVER THE WEEKEND.

UM, YOU'VE ALWAYS BEEN A GREAT RESOURCE TO ME.

YOU ARE OFTEN CLOROX.

YOU SPEAK FOR THE TREES BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE, AND YOU HAVE BEEN A GREAT PRINT SOS AND THE CHAMPION OF BARTON SPRINGS AND THE EDWARDS AQUIFER.

WE THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEARTS.

THANK YOU, RIGHT.

AND, UM, I JUST WANTED TO SAY A FEW WORDS.

UM, COMMISSIONER MACIO WILL BE NOTED AS A FIERCE ADVOCATE FOR PROTECTING HERITAGE TREES AND SENSITIVE ENVIRONMENTAL AREAS.

SHE WAS COMMITTED TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS AND ISSUES THAT WERE PARKED BROUGHT FORWARD BY DEVELOPMENT, MUT, DEVELOPERS, AND CITIZEN OUTCRY.

SHE WAS A STELLAR COMMISSIONER.

SHE ALWAYS WAS WILLING TO PARTICIPATE IN WORKING GROUPS, COMMITTEES, AND FIELD WORK.

COMMISSIONER MACIO WOULD GO TO ANY LOCATION NECESSARY TO OBSERVE A TREE THAT WAS IN THE THREAT OF POTENTIAL REMOVAL AND SCOPE OUT A FIELD THAT NEEDED TREE MITIGATION, COMMISSIONER MAYFIELD'S EFFORTS AND DETERMINATION LED TO BRINGING THE URBAN FORESTRY ISSUES TO BE DIRECTLY UNDER THE WATERSHED PROTECTION DEPARTMENT, TREES AUSTIN'S TREES, TREE CANOPIES, AND GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE BENEFITED FROM COMMISSIONERS UNRELENTING ENDEAVORS TO ENHANCE AND PROTECT OUR URBAN RESOURCES.

SHE GAVE A VOICE TO MANY RESIDENTS, DESPERATE TO PROTECT THE NEIGHBORHOOD TREES, COMMISSIONER MASON WAS IMPACT AND HER CONTRIBUTIONS TO OUR LOCAL ECOSYSTEM OR IN MEASURABLE.

SO JUST HIP HIP, HOORAY TO YOU.

UM, COMMISSIONER MACIO I THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SERVICE.

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ANYONE ELSE? I DON'T, I CAN'T SEE ANYTHING.

SO DOES ANYONE ELSE WANT TO SAY A WORD BEFORE WE MOVE ON LINDA? I'D LIKE TO SAY SOMETHING IT'S PAN RIGHT.

GO AHEAD.

COMMISSIONER THOMPSON.

UM, I'D LIKE TO ECHO EVERYBODY THESE WORDS SO FAR, PEGGY IS JUST BEYOND BELIEF.

SHE'S ALWAYS THERE FOR EVERYONE.

AND IF YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND SOMETHING, SHE WILL FIND THE ANSWER IF SHE DOES NEITHER, WHICH IS RARE, BUT I'D LIKE TO POINT OUT TO SOME OF YOU THAT MAY NOT KNOW THAT PEGGY FOR YEARS BEFORE.

UM, IT, IT WAS PART OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION WAS ON, UH, AN URBAN FORESTRY THAT OVERSAW THE TREE AND THE CEMETERIES FOR MANY YEARS, MANY, MANY YEARS BEFORE SHE SERVED ON THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION.

SO PEGGY IS JUST PART OF OUR INFRASTRUCTURE, AND I HOPE THAT WE'LL BE ABLE TO DEPEND ON HER FOR SOME SUGGESTIONS AND ANSWERS IN THE FUTURE.

AND THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR SERVICE PEPE.

EXCELLENT.

ALL RIGHT.

UM, LET'S MOVE

[3b. Presentation of Development Assessment Report for the Brodie Oaks Planned Unit Development, located at 4021 S Capital of Texas Highway, CD-2020-0002 (District 5). Applicant: Rebecca Leonard, Lionheart Places. Staff: Kate Clark, Housing and Planning Department and Atha Phillips, Environmental Program Coordinator, Watershed Protection Department]

ON TO ITEM THREE, B PRESENTATION OF DEVELOPMENT ASSESSMENT REPORT FOR THE BRODY OAKS PLAN UNIT DEVELOPMENT LOCATED AT FOUR OH TWO, ONE SOUTH CAPITAL OF TEXAS HIGHWAY C D DASH 2020 DASH OH OH OH TWO.

THIS IS IN DISTRICT FIVE.

UH, WE HAVE, UH, APPLICANT THAT IS GOING TO SPEAK LATER AND BOBBY AND LET'S MOVE FORWARD WITH OUR PRESENTATION PLEASE.

EVENING COMMISSIONERS.

UH, I'M KATE CLARK AND I'M WITH THE HOUSING AND PLANNING DEPARTMENT, AND I'M PROVIDING THE ZONING STAFF BRIEFING FOR THE BRODY OAKS REDEVELOPMENT DEVELOPMENT ASSESSMENT.

THIS PROJECT IS APPROXIMATELY 37.6 ACRES IN SIZE AND IS LOCATED AT THE INTERSECTION OF SOUTH LAMAR BOULEVARD AND SOUTH CAPITOL OF TEXAS HIGHWAY.

IT INCLUDES AREAS THAT ARE ZONE C S C S G R AND, AND ZONED WITHIN THE PROJECT BOUNDARY.

AND IT'S CURRENTLY DEVELOPED WITH THE SHOPPING CENTER AND ASSOCIATED SURFACE PARKING ADJACENT TO THE PROJECT SITE IS THE BARTON CREEK GREENBELT TO THE NORTH AND EXISTING FAMILY.

RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENTS TO THE EAST, TO THE EASTERN NORTH.

THE PROJECT SITE IS LOCATED WITHIN THE IMAGINE AUSTIN GROWTH CONCEPT MAP BOUNDARIES, BUT THE LAMAR AND BEN WHITE ACTIVITY CENTER FOR REDEVELOPMENT AND SENSITIVE ENVIRONMENTAL AREAS.

AND ALONG THE SOUTH LAMAR ACTIVITY CORRIDOR, NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE FROM THEIR APPLICATION, THE APPLICANT IS PROPOSING A MIXED USE DEVELOPMENT CONSISTING OF RESIDENTIAL OFFICE HOTEL, RETAIL AND RESTAURANT USES WITHIN THE, WITHIN BUILDINGS UP TO A PROPOSED HEIGHT OF 275 FEET, THE PROPOSED PROJECT, AND TENDS TO CLUSTER ITS DEVELOPMENT AWAY FROM THE GREENBELT AND TOWARDS THE HIGHWAY TO ALLOW FOR APPROXIMATELY 13.7 ACRES OF LAND TO BE RESTORED AND RESERVED AS OPEN SPACE.

AND THE APPLICANT IS ALSO PROPOSING GREATER ACCESS TO THE GREENBELT THROUGH ADDITIONAL TRAILS AND SIDEWALKS WITHIN THE PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT, AS WELL AS WORKING WITH ATD ON IMPROVING ACCESS TO THE SITE THROUGH THEIR TRAFFIC IMPACT ANALYSIS.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THE PURPOSE OF A DEVELOPMENT ASSESSMENT IS FOR STAFF AND THE APPLICANT TO BEGIN THE INITIAL DISCUSSIONS ABOUT THEIR PROJECT PRIOR TO THE FORMAL PUD APPLICATION SUBMITTAL.

THESE DISCUSSIONS TYPICALLY INCLUDE THE PRELIMINARY PROJECT INFORMATION, THE POTENTIAL CODE MODIFICATIONS AND SUPERIORITY ELEMENTS.

THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING OF THE PUD PROCESS.

AND BECAUSE ITEMS AT THIS, UM, WITH THIS MIDDLE CAN CHANGE WITH THE FORMAL PUD APPLICATION, WE ARE NOT CURRENTLY ASKING YOU FOR YOUR RECOMMENDATION AT THIS TIME, BUT WE'LL COME BACK TO YOUR COMMISSION ONCE THE APPLICANT HAS SUBMITTED THEIR PUD FOR REVIEW.

UM, THIS CASE IS SCHEDULED NOW FOR A STAFF BRIEFING AT THE CITY COUNCIL'S WORK SESSION ON MARCH 23RD.

UM, THANK YOU.

AND THEN NEXT SLIDE FOR MS. PHILLIPS GOOD AFTERNOON COMMISSIONERS.

MY NAME IS AVA PHILLIPS I'M WITH THE WATERSHED PROTECTION DEPARTMENT.

AND I JUST WANT TO BRIEFLY GIVE YOU A VIEW OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL, UM, SORT OF ASPECTS OF THIS PROJECT.

SO IN THE RED, YOU WILL SEE THE SITE AND, UH, IN THE YELLOW, YOU'LL SEE THE ADJACENT PARKLAND AND, UM, THERE'S BARTON CREEK, WHICH IS CALLED OUT AND THERE'S THE CRITICAL WATER QUALITY AND THE WATER QUALITY TRANSITIONS.

UM, THE SITE IS GARDEN CREEK WATERSHED, WHICH IS ALSO OVER THE EDWARDS AQUIFER RECHARGE, AND IT'S CONSIDERED THE BARTON SPRINGS, UM, ZONE.

AND SO SOME OF THE SUPERIORITY IS THAT THEY ARE CALLING OUT CURRENTLY TO MY LIST.

THEY'RE GOING TO REDUCE

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IMPERVIOUS COVER FROM 84% TO 54%.

UM, THEY'RE OFFERING TO COMPLY WITH THAT.

SO AS WATER QUALITY STANDARDS, UM, THEY'RE GOING TO PROVIDE 13.7 ACRES OF PARKLAND AND OPEN SPACE, WHICH IS 36% OF THE SITE.

UM, THEY WILL PRESERVE OR TRANSPLANT ALL HERITAGE TREES ON SITE.

THEY'LL RESTORE OPEN SPACE THAT IS ADJACENT TO THE BARTON CREEK GREENBELT.

UM, CURRENTLY IT'S A PERVIOUS COVER AND YOU MAY KNOW IT AS THE CHOICE ARREST SITE.

IT WILL BE A PART OF THE PARKING LOT AND THE EXISTING BUILDING AND LOADING DOCK.

UM, THEY'LL REMOVE IMPERVIOUS COVER FROM THE AREA, UH, DISPREAD THAT SORRY.

THEY WILL PROVIDE RAINWATER CAPTURE, UH, TO WATER 50% OF THE PROPOSED LANDSCAPE.

UH, SOME OF THE ADDITIONAL, UH, ENVIRONMENTAL SUPERIORITIES WE'LL BE LOOKING FOR IN THE FUTURE ARE, YOU KNOW, THEY COULD, UH, USE DUAL PIPE PLUMBING WITHIN THE BUILDINGS, UH, TO CAPTURE CONDENSATE AND THEY COULD UTILIZE GLASS THAT HAS A REFLECTIVITY OF LESS THAN 15% TO PREVENT BIRD STRIKES.

UM, THEY COULD ENHANCE THEIR DARK SKY ORDINANCE, UH, REQUIREMENTS, UH, TO, UM, REFLECT LIGHT COLOR AND, UM, THE BRIGHTNESS OF THE LIGHT.

AND SO, UH, THAT'S ALL I HAVE FOR YOU.

AND I'M ALSO AVAILABLE FOR QUESTIONS.

CAN YOU, THIS IS COMMISSIONER RAMBO.

I DON'T, I KIND OF DIDN'T QUITE HEAR ALL OF THAT, BUT MAYBE, I GUESS IF ANYBODY HAS ANY QUESTIONS FOR STAFF, UM, RAISE YOUR ANDREW SPEAK, SPEAK, SPEAK.

OKAY.

UM, I'M SORRY IF YOU SAID THIS AND I MISSED IT BECAUSE YOU WENT THROUGH A NUMBER OF THINGS THAT KIND OF THE, THE WISHLIST.

DID YOU SAY ANYTHING ABOUT, I THOUGHT HE WAS JUST TALKING ABOUT CLASS AND REFLECTIVITY AND BIRD STRIKES.

IS THAT RIGHT? I DID.

SO REMEMBER WHEN WE HAD THE OTTERBEIN COME GIVE A PRESENTATION ABOUT RIGHT.

SO, UM, IF THEY CHOOSE TO USE A GLASS THAT HAS A REFLECTIVITY OF 15% OR LESS, THERE ARE DIFFERENT WAYS YOU CAN OBSCURE THE GLASS.

SO THE BIRDS DON'T GET CONFUSED.

UM, BUT THAT'S WHAT WE'RE SUGGESTING.

COMMISSIONER GORDON, I BELIEVE YOU'RE MUTED AGAIN.

SORRY, SORRY.

SORRY.

OKAY.

THERE YOU GO.

OKAY.

YOU MENTIONED, YOU MENTIONED CONDENSATE.

I CAN'T KEEP TRACK OF WHERE WE ARE NOW WITH VARIOUS RULES.

SO IS THERE THE PROCESS FOR THEM TO INSTALL PURPLE PIPES AS WELL FOR SOME SORT OF GRAY WATER REUSE? YES.

ANY PIPE THAT IS NOT POTABLE WILL BE REQUIRED BY CITY ORDINANCE TO HAVE PURPLE PIPE.

YEAH.

ALL RIGHT.

YOU'RE GOOD.

GO AHEAD.

IF YOU GOT QUESTIONS, JUST GO FOR IT.

OKAY.

I HAVE SEVERAL QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS ABOUT THE PROJECT.

SO IS THIS THE TIME, ARE THERE ANY MORE PRESENTATIONS ON IT OR SHOULD I GO AHEAD AND SWISHERS? THIS IS CHRIS HARRINGTON.

WE HAVE THE APPLICANT AND WE ALSO HAVE A, UM, RESIDENT SPEAKER SIGNED UP SO WE CAN TAKE THE APPLICANT IF YOU'D LIKE.

OKAY.

COMMISSIONER FOR YOUR QUESTIONS FOR, FOR STAFF, OR DO YOU THINK THEY'RE BETTER SUITED FOR THE APPLICANT? PROBABLY BETTER SUITED FOR THE APPLICANT.

SO I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE SURE I GET THOSE IN AFTER.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS? I WOULD PREFER TO HEAR THE APPLICANT.

UM, I HAVE SOME QUESTIONS AND I'M NOT REALLY SURE IF STAFF WANTS TO ANSWER THEM AFTER THE APPLICANT MAKES THEIR PRESENTATION.

OKAY, LET'S GO HERE.

CHRIS, CAN WE GO AHEAD AND HEAR FROM THE APPLICANT THEN? AND, UM, AND THEN ANY QUESTIONS, IF THEY'RE BETTER FOR STAFF, JUST WHEN WE'RE ASKING THEM, JUST ASK STAFF, REBECCA, PLEASE GO AHEAD AND UNMUTE YOURSELF AND THEN WE'LL GET YOUR PRESENTATION UP.

WE'LL LET YOU KNOW WHEN WE'RE READY TO GO AND THEN JUST TELL US TO ADVANCE THE SLIDES AS YOU WISH.

ALL RIGHT.

THAT SOUNDS GREAT, CHRIS.

THANK YOU.

AND YOUR TITLE SLIDE IS UP.

SO PLEASE BEGIN.

OKAY, PERFECT.

UH, I'M REBECCA LEONARD.

I'M WITH LIONHEART.

WE ARE AT LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE, URBAN DESIGN AND PLANNING FIRM IN,

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UH, EAST AUSTIN.

UH, YOU COULD, UH, GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE THAT HAS THE PROJECT TEAM ON IT.

UH, JUST BRIEFLY WE'RE HERE REPRESENTING A BARBERSHOP IN OLES AND LIMESTONE INVESTMENTS.

UH, THE OWNERS OF THE PROPERTY.

UH, WE HAVE A VERY ROBUST TEAM, AS YOU CAN SEE FROM, UH, THE SCREEN, UH, THAT INCLUDES A LOT OF LOCAL, UH, CONSULTANTS, UM, UH, ARNE BURSTON BROWN LJA ENGINEERING, BOE CONSULTANTS, UH, AS WELL AS, UH, MANY, UH, NATIONAL, UH, EXPERTS IN VARIOUS THINGS, UH, LIKE URBAN DESIGN AND PARKING MANAGEMENT AND TRAVEL DEMAND.

UH, NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THE SITE, AS YOU, AS, AS KATE AND EISA MENTIONED IS ABOUT 30.6 ACRES.

IT'S, UH, IT'S THREE AND A HALF MILES FROM DOWNTOWN AT THE CORNER OF LOOP THREE 60 HIGHWAY TWO 90 AND SOUTH LAMAR ON THE HIGH CAP HIGH-CAPACITY TRANSIT ROUTES AND, UH, BACKS UP TO THE BARTON CREEK GREENBELT.

UH, THE NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

UH, THIS IS A IMAGE FROM THE ORIGINAL APPROVAL FROM, FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE BARTON CREEK PLAZA.

UH, THIS WAS APPROVED IN 1981 AND, UH, WHAT WE ARE THIS PARTICULAR DEVELOPMENT ASSESSMENT OF IS FOR IS THE ORANGE OUTLINE.

IT'S THE RETAIL PORTION OF THAT ORIGINAL DEVELOPMENT.

UH, ALSO OF NOTE IN, IN THAT ORIGINAL DEVELOPMENT, 84 ACRES, UH, OF GUST GROUP PARK WAS DEDICATED AT THAT TIME.

THIS WAS ALL APPROVED FOUR YEARS BEFORE THE HILL COUNTRY OVERLAY AND 11 YEARS BEFORE SOS.

AND ABOUT 31 YEARS BEFORE WE HAD IMAGINE AUSTIN, WHICH LAYS OUT A DIFFERENT VISION FOR THE SITE THAN WHAT IS THERE TODAY.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THERE ARE, UH, MANY BEAUTIFUL, UH, ENVIRONMENTAL ASSETS TO THE SITE, UH, INCLUDING OF COURSE THE GREENBELT AND A BEAUTIFUL VIEW, UH, OVER THE GREEN BELT.

UM, BUT ALSO SOME GROVES OF TREES AND, UH, SOME VERY LARGE HERITAGE TREES ON SITE.

UM, NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THERE ARE ALSO SOME, UH, ENVIRONMENTAL CONSTRAINTS.

THERE'S A HIGH PERCENTAGE OF IMPERVIOUS COVER RIGHT NOW.

IT'S 84%.

UH, IF YOU TAKE OUT THAT LITTLE GREEN PATCH AT THE FRONT THAT, UH, THAT BRUSHED UP MARSH UP AND OLS WAS ABLE TO OBTAIN FROM TEXTILES, IT'S ACTUALLY MORE LIKE 90%, UH, OF THE ORIGINAL SITE.

UH, THE OTHER THING IS IT'S GOT A VERY TALL WALL, A RETAINING WALL THAT DIVIDES IT FROM THE BARTON CREEK GREENBELT, UH, PRETTY MUCH ALL ALONG THE BACKSIDE OF IT.

AND SO IT'S VERY DISCONNECTED FROM THE GREENBELT, UH, AND THERE IS A BARRIER TO ACTUALLY GETTING DOWN TO THE GREENBELT.

UH, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE IS A SLIDE OF OUR PROJECT GOALS.

UH, WE STARTED PLANNING FOR THIS SIDE ABOUT A YEAR AGO AND, UH, AS A TEAM AND AFTER TALKING WITH, UH, SOME OF THE STAKEHOLDERS AND COUNCIL MEMBERS AND WHATNOT CAME UP WITH THIS LIST OF GOALS, AND WE KNEW THAT ENVIRONMENTAL STANDARDS WAS GOING TO BE OUR, OUR, UH, HIGHEST, UM, NEED HERE THAT WE REALLY NEEDED TO MEET THE HIGHEST ENVIRONMENTAL STANDARDS FOR THE SITE.

BUT WE ALSO WANTED TO REPOSITION THE SITE TO BE A WALKABLE MIXED USE ACTIVITY CENTER AND BUILD ON THAT TRANSIT STOCK THAT IS ON SOUTH LAMAR AND WITH PROJECT CONNECT, IT'S IDENTIFIED AS A TRANSFER STATION.

SO EVEN MORE IMPORTANT IN THE FUTURE, WE WANTED TO CONNECT IT TO ITS SURROUNDINGS.

AS I MENTIONED, THERE'S THIS WALL, A RETAINING WALL ALONG THE, THERE ARE FENCES BETWEEN THIS SITE AND THE MULTI-FAMILY, THERE'S TWO BUSY HIGHWAYS, DIVIDING IT FROM THE COMMUNITY AROUND IT.

UH, AND SO THERE'S, THERE'S BASICALLY EVERY SIDE OF IT IS DISCONNECTED FROM ITS SURROUNDING.

UH, WE ARE LOOKING CLOSELY AT THE ARCHITECTURAL CHARACTER AND THE CHARACTER OF THE PUBLIC SPACES TO MAKE SURE THAT IT, THAT WE ARE EXPRESSING THE SOUTH AUSTIN CHARACTER.

WE DON'T WANT THIS TO LOOK LIKE IT COULD LIVE IN ANY OTHER CORNER OF OUR CITY, UH, LET ALONE ANY OTHER CITY IN OUR COUNTRY.

AND SO WE REALLY WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT IT'S OF THIS PLACE, UH, BUT REPOSITIONING THE SITE FOR THE FUTURE IS, IS ALSO VERY IMPORTANT TO THIS PROJECT, MAKING SURE, UH, THAT WE TRANSFER THIS FROM THE SINGLE FORMAT OR SINGLE USE FORMAT AT RETAIL, UH, TO, UM, MORE MIXED USE PRODUCTS THAT WILL BE MORE SUSTAINABLE, UH, FOR THE FUTURE.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

UH, AS WE STARTED TO GET INTO THE ANALYSIS OF THIS, WE REALLY TRIED TO FOCUS ON WHERE ALL THE OPPORTUNITIES, UH, CONNECTING INTO THE SURROUNDINGS, UH, WERE INCLUDED.

AND I'VE GONE OVER SEVERAL OF THESE, UH, YOU KNOW, WE ARE IN THIS, UH, UH, ACTIVITY CENTER FOR REDEVELOPMENT, UH, INSENSITIVE AREAS, UH, THIS GREEN DOT

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THAT SHOWS UP IN, UH, ON IMAGINE AUSTIN.

AND SO FAR, WE ARE, UH, THE FIRST ONE TO REALLY MAKE A, UH, AN ATTEMPT TO DO THAT, TO REDEVELOP IN THIS SENSITIVE AREA.

UH, I THINK THE IDEA IN IMAGINE AUSTIN WAS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE, UH, THAT WHAT EXISTS THERE TODAY IS NOT WHAT WE WANTED TODAY.

AND SO THE DIAL BACK IMPERVIOUS COVER AND, AND MAKE THIS MORE SUITABLE MATCH, UH, OF LAND USE FOR THAT SITE, PLEASE.

SO WE HAVE, WE'RE GOING TO SCREEN A CONCEPTUAL MASTER PLAN THAT THE TEAM CAME UP WITH.

AND AS YOU CAN SEE, IT'S A BUILDING ON THE GREEN SPACE OF THE BARTON CREEK GREENBELT AND GRA GUTHRIE PARK.

UH, WE ALSO HAVE GREEN FINGERS THAT REACH INTO THE DEVELOPMENT, UH, UP FROM THE GREEN BELT, WE HAVE A CENTRAL GREEN SPACE, UH, THAT WILL HAVE A DIRECT CONNECTION DOWN TO THE GREEN BELT.

UH, ALSO AN OPPORTUNITY TO, UH, YOU KNOW, INTERPRET, UH, THE ENVIRONMENTAL ASSETS IN THE AREA AND, UH, CONNECT DIRECTLY TO IT.

WE ARE COMPLIANT WITH THE SOS ORDINANCE.

UH, WE ARE CREATING DESTINATION QUALITY PUBLIC SPACES RIGHT NOW, THE BEST VIEWS OF THE DOWNTOWN SKYLINE OVER THE GREENBELT ARE ON THE TOYSRUS LOADING DOCK.

AND SO WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERYBODY HAS ACCESS TO THOSE VIEWS IN THE, IN THE PARKS SPACES THAT WE'RE CREATING.

UH, WE WANT TO DEVELOP TRANSIT, SUPPORTIVE DENSITIES, SO THAT AS A COMMUNITY, WE CAN, UH, SHIFT MODES AND SEE LESS VEHICLE MILES TRAVELED.

WE WANT TO INCLUDE A MIX OF USES, UH, SO THAT PEOPLE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO DO MANY THINGS ON THE SITE.

WE ARE OFFERING HOUSING, UH, 10% OF THE BONUS AREA, AND WE'RE PROPOSING TO CREATE AN INTENTIONAL TRAILHEAD FOR THE FIRST TIME TO BARTON CREEK GREENBELT INSTEAD OF PARKING UP IN THE NEIGHBORHOODS OR PARKING, UH, UNDER, UH, MOPAC AND THREE 60, UH, WE LOOK TO CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT THAT'S, UH, ABLE TO, UH, ABSORB THAT KIND OF ACCESS.

UH, AND WE WANT, WE HAVE, WE THINK THIS DEVELOPMENT ALSO ALLEVIATES THE PAIN SURE.

FOR DENSITY IN THE NE NEIGHBORHOODS AROUND IT.

SO, UH, NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THE NEXT SEVERAL SLIDES ARE JUST, UH, SOME RENDERINGS OF THE QUALITY, THE SPACE THAT WE'RE PROPOSING THIS FIRST ONE IS, UH, OF THIS INTERNAL CIRCULATOR.

THE STREETS ARE KIND OF THE MAIN STREET THROUGH THE DEVELOPMENT.

UH, THERE'S A PICTURE OF THIS EXISTING CONDITION TODAY UP ON THE TOP LEFT, UH, WE ENVISIONED, UH, HIGHLY LANDSCAPED, UH, DEDICATED FACILITIES FOR PEDESTRIANS OR BICYCLES, AND OF COURSE, UH, NARROW AND WALKABLE, UH, CROSSINGS, UH, ACROSS THE STREET.

UM, WE ALSO ENVISION A VARIETY OF USES.

DO YOU SEE A GROCERY STORE IN THE FOREGROUND ON THE LEFT? MULTI-FAMILY ON THE RIGHT, YOU SEE IN THE, IN THE BACKGROUND, UH, SOME OFFICE AND THE HOTEL, UH, THAT'S ENVISIONED FOR THE CORNER OF THE SITE.

UM, THAT IS WHERE THE TALLEST BUILDINGS ARE PROPOSED ARE IN THAT CORNER DOWN BY THE TWO, UH, HIGHWAYS WHERE THEY COME TOGETHER, UH, AND IT GETS LOWER AS YOU MOVE TOWARDS THE GREENBELT.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THIS IS A VIEW OF THE CENTRAL GREEN SPACE, UH, THAT WILL BE ACTIVATED WITH RETAIL AND RESTAURANTS AROUND THE EDGES OF THE GROUND FLOOR OF ALL THE BUILDINGS, UH, AND HIGHLY ACTIVATED INTERNALLY WITH PLAYGROUNDS AND SPLASH PADS AND, AND, UH, PERHAPS A PERFORMANCE VENUE.

UH, WE WOULD BE PRESERVING, UH, THE BEST GROVE OF TREES ON THE SITE.

UH, YOU CAN SEE IN, IN THE DRAWING THERE, UH, AND CREATING A VERY SHADED AND, UH, COMFORTABLE WALKING ENVIRONMENT.

UH, THE NEXT SLIDE IS A VIEW AS IF YOU'RE ABOVE THE GREENBELT, LOOKING BACK AT THE SITE AND THE SECTION OF SOUTH LAMAR AND THREE 60.

AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT THIS, UH, ILLUSTRATES IS THAT WE WILL BE TAKING DOWN THAT WALL IN THE BACK AND RESTORING SOME OF THE GRADES TO MORE NATURAL GRADES AND RESTORING THE LANDSCAPE SO THAT THERE WE'LL, WE'LL REMOVE THAT BARRIER BETWEEN THE GREEN BELT AND THE DEVELOPMENT AND PEEL BACK THAT IMPERVIOUS COVER, UH, ABOUT A THIRD OF THE IMPERVIOUS COVER ON SITE TO BE GONE.

SO NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THIS IS JUST A ZOOM IN OF THAT AREA, UH, THAT WE CALL FOR NOW OVERLOOK PARK AND, AND THE TRAILHEAD PARK.

UH, WE ENVISION AND SOS POND AT, IN THAT TRAIL HEAD PARK.

UH, WE ALSO, UH, ENVISION, UH, SOME, UH, VERY FLEXIBLE IN THE OVERLOOK PARK.

IT'LL BE A GREAT, UM, OPPORTUNITY FOR PEOPLE TO GO AND WATCH SUNSETS AND THE CITY SKYLINE AT NIGHT.

UH, THIS IS WHERE WE'RE MOST OF THE IMPERVIOUS COVER IS KIND OF PEELED BACK AND WE ENVISIONED LOTS OF TRAILS AND INTERPRETIVE MATERIAL THROUGHOUT THE SITE.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THIS

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SECTION HERE, UH, REFLECTS THE CURRENT CONDITIONS AND THE PROPOSED CONDITIONS.

UH, THIS, THE IDEA AGAIN, IS TO GIVE EVERYBODY THESE GREAT VIEWS OF THE DOWNTOWN AND THE HILL COUNTRY AND THE GREENBELT.

AND SO WE CAN CREATE PARK SPACES WHERE CURRENTLY THERE ARE BUILDINGS AND PARKING LOTS.

WE CAN CONNECT SOME OF THE BEAUTIFUL HERITAGE TREES ON SITE WITH, UH, WITH THE GREEN BELT.

UH, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE, SOS ORDINANCE.

UH, AS I MENTIONED, AN AICPA AND KATE ALL MENTIONED, UH, IMPERVIOUS COVER WE'RE, UH, COMMITTING TO 54%, NO MORE THAN 54%.

THAT'S DOWN FROM 84%.

UH, WE WILL HAVE PROBABLY TWO SOS CON, UH, THAT WILL, UH, UH, HANDLE OUR ONSITE STORAGE AND BE USED FOR IRRIGATION.

AND WE'RE, WE'RE LOOKING AT ABOUT 10 ACRES FOR REAR IRRIGATION.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

UH, WE HAVE TRIED TO LAY OUT THE DEVELOPMENT IN A MANNER IN WHICH, UH, WE PRESERVE THE GREATEST NUMBER OF HERITAGE TREES AND PROTECTED TREES.

UH, THE, UM, TH BECAUSE THE FORMAT'S CHANGING, WE'RE REMOVING LOTS OF PARKING LOTS WHERE SOME OF THESE, UH, TREES EXIST TODAY, UH, AND, AND REALLY TRYING TO MOVE SHIFT THE DEVELOPMENT, UH, EASTWARD AND TOWARDS THE TRANSIT STATION TO STOP.

UH, WE ARE COMMITTING TO PRESERVING IN PLACE 21 OF THE HERITAGE TREES AND MOVING OTHERS AS NEEDED.

AND, UH, WE ARE ALSO LOOKING AT PRESERVING THE PROTECTED TREES OR MITIGATING FOR THEM IF, UH, IF NECESSARY.

AND THEN FINALLY WITH THE RESTORED LANDSCAPE, UH, ADJACENT TO THE GREENBELT, WE ANTICIPATE A SIGNIFICANT, UH, TREE PLANTING IN THAT AREA.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO, JUST IN SUMMARY, THESE ARE SOME OF THE METRICS I'VE REVIEWED MOST OF THEM WITH YOU.

UH, WE'VE TRIED TO BE VERY COMPREHENSIVE ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS OF OUR DEVELOPMENT.

UH, ALL OF THIS IS, UH, IS MOVING, UH, TOWARDS MANY OF THE CITY'S GOALS FOR, UH, REDEVELOPMENT IN SENSITIVE AREAS, BUT ALSO, UH, FOR TRANSIT, UH, SUPPORTIVE DENSITIES.

AND, UH, WITH THAT, I'LL JUST END ON THIS LAST SLIDE, UH, WITH CONTACT INFORMATION FOR OUR TEAM AND BE HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS.

YOU ALL HAVE QUESTIONS.

I CAN'T SEE ANYONE.

UM, I HAVE SOME QUESTIONS.

GO AHEAD, PLEASE.

UM, I'M WONDERING IF, UM, STAFF'S AT THE END OF OUR INFORMATION WERE ANSWERED, UM, A LOT OF THE QUESTIONS THAT I MAY GOING THROUGH AND READING ALL OF THOSE WERE ADDRESSED BY STAFF.

SO I WONDER IF STAFF COULD GIVE ME, UM, AN ANSWER TO THAT, PLEASE.

COMMISSIONER THOMPSON.

THIS IS CHRIS PARENTED, ENVIRONMENTAL, SORRY.

I'M SORRY.

I'M NOT SURE I UNDERSTAND THE QUESTION.

WHAT WAS YOUR, IS THERE A QUESTION, UM, IN HER PACKET? OKAY, GO AHEAD.

IN OUR PACKET, IT HAD A LIST OF QUESTIONS THAT WERE GIVEN THAT WERE NOT ANSWERED IN THEIR PRESENTATION.

AND I WONDERED IF THOSE QUESTIONS HAVE BEEN ANSWERED.

HI COMMISSIONER.

I AM.

I'M NOT AWARE OF ANY QUESTIONS IN THE PACKET.

THEY WEREN'T QUESTIONS.

IT WAS JUST CONDITIONS THAT NEEDED TO BE ADDRESSED BY EACH ONE OF THE DEPARTMENT HEADS.

SO, UM, I GUESS I'LL JUST GO TO QUESTIONS.

UM, I'M, I'M CONCERNED THAT YOUR PRIVATE PARKLAND OVERLAPS WITH THE OTHER, AND THAT MAY NOT BE AN ISSUE THAT WE ADDRESS BECAUSE WE ARE NOT PARKS, BUT IT IS A CONCERN IF THEY ARE GOING TO GET THE STATUS OF PUD.

SO I'M CURIOUS ABOUT THAT.

AND THEN THE DRAINAGE, IF RIGHT NOW, ALL OF THAT, I I'M JUST REALLY CONCERNED ABOUT TWO THINGS, ALL OF THE WATER GOING DOWN THE HILL, UM, IF THEY, HOW IT WILL, UM, AFFECT THE CREEK IN FLOODS AND HOW WILL THAT BE STOPPED? UM, I THINK THERE'S SORT OF DOUBLE DIPPING INTO AND I'D LIKE THAT TO BE ADDRESSED.

AND THEN SOME OTHER SPECIFIC THINGS, UM, THE TRAIL ON THE PARKLAND SIDE OF BARTON CREEK PLAZA AND BRODY OAKS DEVELOPMENT IS SUPPOSED TO BE

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A SHARED USE PATH, BUT WHO BUILDS THAT AND WHO MAINTAINS IT AND DOES IT HAVE PARKS APPROVAL? AND IS IT PART OF A ROADWAY THAT WE HAVE A STRUCTURE FOR AND IS THIS PART OF THEIR SUPERIORITY, AND THEN THE LAND USE THE SHORT-TERM RENTALS? DO THEY HAVE PROPERTY MANAGERS? UM, I'M KIND OF CONCERNED ABOUT THAT BECAUSE WE'VE HAD A LOT OF, UM, UH, THERE ARE PROBLEMS, ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS WITH WASTE SUCH LIKE THAT WITH SOME OF THE SHORT-TERM RENTALS.

SO I JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT THE CITY WASN'T BITING OFF A PROBLEM THERE WITH THE SHORT-TERM RENTALS.

AND THEN, UM, THE AMP, THE AMPHITHEATER IS SUPPOSED TO BE APPROVED ADMINISTRATIVELY BY THEM IF THEY ACQUIRE PUD STATUS.

AND THAT'S, THAT'S UPSETTING TO ME BECAUSE I THINK THAT NEEDS TO BE REVIEWED, UM, BY STAFF.

AND THEN, UM, THE OTHER THING THAT UPSET ME WAS THAT, UH, THE CODE MODIFICATIONS TO CHANGE, UH, FROM EIGHT FEET TO SIX FEET FOR, TO THE CURB FOR TREE PLANTINGS.

AND I WONDERED IF THE CITY ARBORIST HAD REVIEWED THAT WITH THEM, AND IF HE WAS AGREEABLE TO THAT, THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER THOMPSON.

UM, THIS IS CHRIS HARRINGTON.

SO AS IS OUR STANDARD PROCESS FOR A DEVELOPMENT ASSESSMENT, THIS IS OUR OPPORTUNITY TO DAYLIGHT, ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS THAT THE COMMISSION MAY HAVE, THAT WE CAN THEN TAKE BACK WHEN THEY COME IN WITH THE FULL, WHEN THE APPLICANT COMES IN WITH THE FULL POD APPLICATION TO WORK THROUGH THOSE.

SO, UM, AVA AND MYSELF AND OUR COLLEAGUES IN ZONING STAFF, MS. CLARK HAVE WE'VE CERTAINLY NOW WE UNDERSTAND YOU'RE LOOKING AT THE COMMENT REPORT.

THANK YOU.

WE CERTAINLY WILL TRACK THOSE THROUGH THE PROCESS AND TO THE DEGREE THAT THOSE ARE WITHIN THE PURVIEW OF ENVIRONMENTAL STAFF AND THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION.

UM, WE'LL CERTAINLY DISCUSS THOSE WITH THE APPLICANTS.

SO WE WON'T, UH, WE DON'T HAVE AN ANSWER TO ALL OF THOSE QUESTIONS, BUT PLEASE DO KNOW THAT WE RECEIVED THOSE QUESTIONS AND THAT WILL KEEP THOSE, UH, IN OUR CONVERSATIONS AS WE MOVE THROUGH THE FORMAL PUD REVIEW PROCESS.

OKAY.

THANKS A LOT COMMISSIONER FIXLER I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR IT.

UM, MR. BOBBY LAVINSKY WOULD HELP TO SAY, HAS TO SAY, UM, AND THEN I THINK AFTER THAT WOULD BE READY TO PROVIDE MY COMMENTS AS WELL.

OKAY.

WE CAN GO OUT BOBBY LUBINSKI.

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER, UH, BOBBY LEVINSKY, I'M AN ATTORNEY WITH THE SAVE OUR SPRINGS ALLIANCE.

I APPRECIATE Y'ALL GIVING YOU AN OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK ON THIS.

UM, SO AT THIS POINT IN TIME, SOS HAS NOT TAKEN A POSITION.

UM, INSTEAD I THINK I SENT YOU GUYS AT 11 TO 13 PAGES OF COMMENTS, SO THERE'S NO WAY I COULD ADDRESS, UM, ALL OF THE COMMENTS THAT WE MIGHT HAVE IN HERE IN THAT, IN THIS THREE MINUTES, BUT I JUST WANT TO EMPHASIZE, INSTEAD OF OPPOSITION, WE ARE LOOKING TO ANOTHER AWARD ON THIS PROPERTY AND THAT'S OPPORTUNITY.

THIS IS A SITE WITH OVER 30 ACRES OF UNTREATED COVER IMMEDIATELY ON THE EDGE OF BARTON CREEK.

SO FOR ANYONE WHO CARES ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY OF BARTON CREEK AND BARTON SPRINGS, THIS IS AN IMPORTANT REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT.

AND WE RECOGNIZE THAT REDUCING THE IMPERVIOUS COVER ON THIS SITE, RESTORING NATURAL CREEK AREA, UM, UH, CREEK BUFFERS AND, UH, INSTALLING SOS, UH, WATER QUALITY PAWNS NEEDS TO BE A PRIORITY AS THIS PROJECT CONTINUES.

THAT SAID WE'VE BEEN HEARING A LOT FROM THE COMMUNITY, AND WE UNDERSTAND THAT THIS APPLICANT HAS ASKED FOR A LOT.

SO, UM, I THINK REALLY WHAT, UH, THE QUESTION THAT YOU HAVE BEFORE YOU IS TRYING TO FIND THAT RIGHT BALANCE.

UM, AND I THINK FINDING THAT RIGHT BALANCE IS GOING TO REQUIRE A COMMUNITY SCALED CONVERSATION THAT INCORPORATES THE FEEDBACK FROM THE NEIGHBORHOOD, THE MOST IMPACTED AS WELL AS AFFORDABLE HOUSING, TRANSPORTATION AND ENVIRONMENTAL STAKEHOLDERS.

UM, SOME OF JUST A HIGHER LEVEL CONCERNS THAT I'VE RAISED IN THE, IN THE LETTER AND COMMENTS THAT WE SUBMITTED.

UM, WE'RE CONCERNED ABOUT, UM, IMPROVING THE CONSTRUCTION STANDARDS TO PROTECT, UM, AIRMAN'S CAVE, BARTON CREEK AND ANY OTHER RECHARGE FEATURES THAT MIGHT, UH, BE UNCOVERED DURING DEMOLITION AND CONSTRUCTION ON THE PROPERTY.

UM, WE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE AMOUNT OF EXCAVATION THAT MIGHT BE PROPOSED WITH THE UNDERGROUND STRUCTURES AND ALL THE PIER AND BEAMS. SO WE WANT TO TAKE A LOOK CLOSER, LOOK AT THAT.

AND, UM, I THINK EIGHTH HAS COMMENTS KIND OF HINTS TO THIS, BUT, UM, TRYING TO MAKE SURE

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THAT WE ARE IMPLEMENTING WATER FOR POLLUTION.

SO LET'S DO A PLUMBING, FOR EXAMPLE, UM, WE CAN USE RE BETTER REUSE WATER ON THE SITE, UM, WITH REGARD TO, UM, THE TECHNICALITIES OF THE POD.

THERE'S A FEW OTHER COMMENTS THAT WE'VE HAD, UH, SUCH AS WE DON'T WANT THEM TO REDEFINE THE DEFINITION OF IMPERVIOUS COVER.

WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE'RE COMPARING APPLES TO APPLES.

UM, AND, UM, YOU KNOW, BE COULD GIVEN THE LOCATION ON THIS SITE AND HIS ACCESS TO THE TRAIL, MAKING SURE THAT THEY'RE GOOD STEWARDS TO THE TRAIL.

HOPEFULLY THEY WILL COME FORWARD WITH SOMETHING THAT CAN ESTABLISH SOME LONGTERM BATEMANS FOR THE TRAIL AND SOME REGULATIONS ON HOW, UM, HOW THE, THAT, THAT PART OF THE TRAIL WILL BE USED, THAT TRAIL POINT ACCESS.

UM, WE WOULD LOVE TO SEE A RESTRICTION ON DOG PARKS ANYWHERE CLOSE TO THE CREEK ON THE SITE, ESPECIALLY IN ANY OF THE COMMON AREAS THAT THEY, THEY PLAN ON USING.

UM, BUT OVERALL, I THINK THIS IS JUST REALLY THE BEGINNING OF A CONVERSATION.

THAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN OVER THE COURSE OF SEVERAL MONTHS.

SO WE'RE HERE TO HAVE THIS CONVERSATION WITH THEM.

WE APPRECIATE THEIR EMPHASIS ON ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING TO WORK WITH THEM.

UM, YOU KNOW, THIS IS, AGAIN, WE'RE NOT OPPOSING THE SITE, UH, ROSING THE PROJECT, WE'RE NOT SUPPORTING THE PROJECT AT THIS POINT.

WE'RE JUST REALLY TRYING TO ENGAGE IN A PRODUCTIVE DIALOGUE BECAUSE WE RECOGNIZE THAT AS THE FIRST MAJOR REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT, UM, THIS COULD BE AN EXAMPLE FOR OTHER SITES IN THE FUTURE, SUCH AS BARTON CREEK MALL AND THE TARGET SHOPPING CENTER ACROSS THE STREET.

SO WITH THAT, I'LL STOP, BUT, UM, I'M SURE WE'RE GOING TO HAVE MORE COMMUNICATION ON THIS IN THE FUTURE.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER.

HI.

YES.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

HI, THIS IS COMMISSIONER BARRETT BIXLER, AND THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO'S ALREADY SPOKEN AND ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS PROJECT.

I HAVE A FEW MORE ITEMS THAT I WOULD LIKE TO NOTE, UM, THAT HAS SPECIFICALLY JUST AREAS WHERE I WOULD LIKE TO, TO MAKE SURE THAT THE COMMISSION, UM, RECEIVES A DIFF ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON, UM, AS A PROCESS CONTINUES.

UM, ONE ITEM THAT HASN'T REALLY BEEN BROUGHT UP YET IS THE HEIGHT OF THE BUILDINGS.

UM, IN THIS PROJECT, I BELIEVE 275 FEET IS THE, UM, I GUESS THE TALLEST PROPOSED ONE IN THAT, SOMETHING THAT HAS NOT BEEN SEEN BEFORE, UM, IN THAT PART OF AUSTIN.

AND, UM, I BELIEVE REBECCA HAD MENTIONED, UM, UH, COMMITMENT TO, UM, AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

AND SO I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR MORE ABOUT THAT.

UM, PROJECT CONTINUES, UM, SORT OF THE MIX OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

UM, IS IT, EXCUSE ME, IS IT, YOU KNOW, DEEPLY AFFORDABLE, FOR EXAMPLE, YOU KNOW, FOUNDATION, UM, COMMUNITIES, UM, TYPE, YOU KNOW, 30% MFI, UM, OR, I MEAN, I WOULD RECOMMEND A RANGE AS WELL.

UM, YOU KNOW, POTENTIALLY 30 TO 60% MFI.

UM, I JUST THINK HAVING THAT, YOU KNOW, FLESHING OUT THAT CONVERSATION FURTHER, UM, WOULD BE BENEFICIAL.

AND, UM, I, I ALSO, JUST TO MY UNDERSTANDING SPECIFIC TO, TO THE ENVIRONMENT IS THAT THE HIGHER YOU BUILD THE BUILDING THE FURTHER DOWN THAT THE PEER AND BEINGS NEED TO BE.

SO, UM, AGAIN, THAT'S, I THINK THERE'S JUST STILL SOME, SOME QUESTIONS AROUND THE HEIGHT OF THE BUILDINGS AND JUST HAVING THAT THE COMMUNITY, UM, MORE, MORE AWARE OF THAT, UM, GOING FORWARD.

SO, UM, SO IT'S ONE NOTE, UM, AND SHOULD I KEEP GOING? I'LL KEEP GOING NOW.

UM, AND THEN ANOTHER ITEM IS THE, UM, THE INNER STARBOARD TO MY UNDERSTANDING.

UM, IT'S FOR PUDS THAT IT'S A MINIMUM OF ACHIEVING TWO STAR.

AND I WAS CONSIDERING THAT THIS PROJECT IS, YOU KNOW, AN IMAGINE AUSTIN CENTER LOCATED IN ENVIRONMENTALLY SENSITIVE AREA, AS WE'VE TALKED ABOUT, I WOULD LIKE TO SEE, UM, AT LEAST THE CONVERSATION OF, OF HOW TO ACHIEVE TIER THREE OR HIGHER, UM, WITH RESPECT TO THE AUSTIN ENERGY GREEN BUILDING RATINGS.

UM, I, I DID SEE THAT OR HEARD THAT, YOU KNOW, DISTRICT KEATING, FOR EXAMPLE, IT WAS BEING CONSIDERED.

SO I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A REQUEST FOR A, OF, UM, COMBINED HEAT AND POWER.

UM, AND ALSO I WOULD BE CURIOUS, UM, IF THE APPLICANT HAS CONSIDERED RENEWABLE ENERGY SUCH AS SOLAR ONSITE AS WELL.

UM, I THINK MY QUESTION ABOUT WATER HAS ALREADY BEEN STATED, BUT I WAS INTERESTED ALSO IN LEARNING TO SEE WHAT KIND OF INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES THERE ARE CONSIDERING WITH RESPECT TO WATER REUSE ON SITE, UM, BOTH GRAY, WATER AND STORMWATER,

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AND, UM, A COUPLE MORE, A COUPLE MORE ITEMS TO NOTE, UM, TRAFFIC.

OKAY.

SO, UM, I, THE APPLICANT TALKED ABOUT REDUCING VEHICLE MILES TRAVELED.

I SPECIFICALLY WOULD LIKE TO PUT THE QUESTION OUT ABOUT, UM, HAVING A REDUCTION IN PARKING REQUIREMENTS TO BE CONSIDERED AS A, AS A PART OF THE PROJECT, UM, TO ACTUALLY TRY TO, I GUESS, INCENTIVIZE ARE, UM, REALLY KIND OF, I GUESS, TAG ONTO THE FACT THAT IT IS THIS PROJECT IS BEING BUILT IN A TRANSPORTATION CORRIDOR OR THAT THE CITY ISN'T INVESTING IN HEAVILY.

UM, SO AGAIN, KIND OF QUESTIONS ABOUT HOW MUCH PARKING IS AVAILABLE, AND WE KNOW THAT TRAFFIC IS, IS A CONCERN ALREADY IN THAT INTERSECTION, IN THAT AREA.

UM, SO LAST TWO COMMENTS, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT.

I, I'M NOT ENTIRELY SURE.

I UNDERSTAND THAT THE APPLICANT HAS BEEN ENGAGING WITH THE COMMUNITY.

I HAVE NOT AS JUST AS A CITIZEN, I HAVE NOT SEEN OR COME ACROSS IT YET.

SO I HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT, UM, JUST WANTING TO, YOU KNOW, JUST HOW THE, HOW THE COMMUNITY IS, IS AWARE OF THOSE OPPORTUNITIES.

I JUST, I JUST WOULD LIKE TO MAKE SURE THAT I CAN COMMUNICATE THAT TO OTHERS WHEN THEY'RE, WHEN THE TIME COMES TO HAVE, UM, FOR OTHER MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY TO, TO BE ABLE TO ENGAGE IN THE DIALOGUE ABOUT THE PROJECT.

AND THEN, UM, THE LAST ITEM IS, IS I HEARD, UM, TALK ABOUT, YOU KNOW, POTENTIALLY DEDICATED SPACE FOR PERFORMANCE OR, UM, AREAS OF RETAIL SPACE TO SHOWCASE ART, UM, OR FARM, YOU KNOW, FARMER'S MARKET, SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

I'M, I'M INTERESTED, UM, IN THAT KIND OF HOW THAT'S GOING TO FLUSH OUT FURTHER THOSE DEDICATED SPACES FOR THOSE TYPES OF ISSUES.

AND THAT IS MY, THOSE ARE, THOSE ARE ALL MY QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS.

SO THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER BARRETT, BIXLER.

THIS IS CHRIS HARRINGTON.

WE CERTAINLY HAVE RECEIVED THOSE, UM, NOTED THEM AS WELL.

AND I THINK, UH, I'M SURE THE APPLICANT IS ONLINE AND PAYING ATTENTION, AND THIS PART DOES SEEM LIKE IT WOULD MERIT A RETURN TO A WORKING GROUP DISCUSSION.

AND SO ONCE THE APPLICATION COMES BACK, UH, WE'LL IDENTIFY THOSE COMMISSIONERS UP TO OUR LIMIT THAT WE'LL WOULD BE INTERESTED IN HAVING FURTHER CONVERSATION AND THEN DIVE DEEPER INTO SOME OF THESE ISSUES.

SO THANK YOU FOR THOSE.

UM, WE'RE, WE'RE GLAD YOU'RE INTERESTED.

YOU'RE WELCOME.

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER GORDON, JUST A COUPLE OF FOLLOW-UP COMMENTS.

UM, ONE I'LL JUST AIR, PROBABLY THE SOMEWHAT UNPOPULAR VIEW.

I MEAN, I'M, I'M A LITTLE TORMENTED BY THIS, BUT, YOU KNOW, WITH RESPECT TO PARKING, YOU KNOW, I DID PICK UP ON THE, UM, YOU KNOW, THE PART OF THE PRESENTATION THAT, YOU KNOW, WE'RE TRYING TO POTENTIALLY, WE'RE TRYING TO PROVIDE MORE ACCESS TO THE TRIALS THERE, WHICH I THINK ARE POSITIVE.

AND ALSO OF COURSE, WE KNOW THAT THERE HAVE BEEN A LOT OF, A LOT OF CHALLENGES ASSOCIATED WITH PEOPLE ACCESSING THE TRAIL AND PARKING AND OVERFLOW AND ALL SORTS OF PLACES.

UM, SOME QUESTIONS JUST, YOU KNOW, PLAYING UNSAFE.

AND SO THERE'S, YOU KNOW, THERE'S A BALANCE TO BE STRUCK HERE.

I MEAN, FOR EXAMPLE, I LIVE IN A PART OF AUSTIN THAT IS NOT GOING TO BE SERVICED BY THESE VERY, YOU KNOW, UM, AMBITIOUS, UH, TRANSPORTATION PLANS.

AND SO, YOU KNOW, THERE, THERE IS STILL THIS BALANCE AND I THINK WE DO WANT TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO ENJOY THE OUTDOORS AND GET OUTSIDE.

SO WE HAVE TO BE MINDFUL OF THE FACT THAT, YOU KNOW, NOT EVERYBODY'S GOING TO BE ABLE TO EASILY ACCESS PUBLIC TRANSIT TO GET DOWN THERE.

SO I SAY THAT'S JUST, THAT'S A BALANCING ISSUE.

LONG-TERM UH, AND THEN, UH, SECONDLY, I'M GOING TO FEEL LIKE I'M ON A SOAP BOX HERE.

I'M GOING TO BE PROBABLY TALKING ABOUT THIS AD INFINITUM AND PASS THE TIME I'M ON THE COMMISSION.

THERE WAS THIS PROJECT.

WE, WE PUBLISHED A REPORT LAST YEAR.

UH, THIS WAS, UM, US DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE CAME IN SOME OF THE CLIMATE HUBS AND WORKED WITH THE CITY OF AUSTIN TO DO A VULNERABILITY ASSESSMENT ON OUR URBAN FOREST.

AND THERE'S A REPORT THAT WAS PUT OUT AT THE END OF THE YEAR AND IN, I CAN PROVIDE LINKS.

YOU CAN GOOGLE IT.

IT'S BASICALLY AUSTIN CLIMATE VULNERABILITY, URBAN FOREST YOU'LL, YOU'LL FIND THE THING.

I'M ALSO MAKING A PRESENTATION TO THE JOINT SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE AT THE END OF THE MONTH.

I THINK IT'S WEDNESDAY, THE 24TH, THERE'LL BE A BRIEF PRESENTATION, BUT I BRING THIS UP BECAUSE AS YOU KNOW, START THINKING ABOUT LARGE SCALE LANDSCAPING AND RELANDSCAPING, YOU KNOW, THE, THE CRUX OF OUR PROJECT WAS LOOKING AT A LOT OF TREE SPECIES GOING FORWARD AND WHICH ONES ARE MORE VULNERABLE TO CLIMATE CHANGE AND WHICH ONES MAY BE LESS VULNERABLE.

AND, YOU KNOW, WE, WE, WE DON'T HAVE A CRYSTAL BALL ON THIS, BUT BEST AVAILABLE INFORMATION AND PROFESSIONAL JUDGMENT AT THE MOMENT.

AND SO I HIGHLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO BE LOOKING AT DOCUMENTS LIKE THAT.

SO YOU'RE

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NOT LANDSCAPING A SITE OF THIS MAGNITUDE ONLY TO FIND IN 10 OR 20 YEARS, THAT THOSE ARE THE VERY SPECIES THAT ARE MORE LIKELY TO DIE OFF OR OTHERWISE SUFFER COMPARED TO OTHER SPECIES THAT MAY PROVE TO BE MORE ROBUST INTO THE FUTURE.

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER GORDON, WE APPRECIATE THAT INPUT.

THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT, IS THAT EVERYONE? I HAVE A COUPLE OF BRIEF COMMENTS, ONE, UM, TO ECHO EVERYTHING, ALL THE OTHER COMMISSIONERS SAID, ALL SUPER VALUABLE FEEDBACK AT THIS STAGE BEING, YOU KNOW, KIND OF AT THE BRIEFING STAGE TO GET, YOU KNOW, SOME OF THESE, THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET SOME OF THESE QUESTIONS ANSWERED BEFORE WE ACTUALLY, YOU KNOW, GET THE FULL POD PRESENTATION IN FRONT OF US.

UM, I'M GLAD WE STARTED DOING THESE POD BRIEFINGS, UH, FOR THAT PURPOSE, UM, TO, YOU KNOW, I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO THANK, UH, BOBBY LEVINSKY FOR WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE A VERY PRACTICAL APPROACH TO THIS DEVELOPMENT.

I AGREE THIS IS VERY MUCH AN OPPORTUNITY.

UM, I, I CARE DEEPLY ABOUT THESE, WHAT I KIND OF CALL POCKMARKS ON THE CITY OF AUSTIN, UM, LANDSCAPE, WE ALL KNOW WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT AND, AND THE, THE NUMBER OF DEVELOPMENTS THAT WERE DONE BEFORE SOME OF THESE REGULATIONS CAME IN PLACE THAT WE ALL WISH WOULD BE DIFFERENT THAN THEY ARE TODAY.

UM, AND SO I DO AGREE THAT IT IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO, UH, TO, TO RESOLVE, UH, WHAT HAS BEEN SOMETHING THAT NEEDS TO BE RESOLVED FOR THE PAST 40 YEARS.

UM, SO, YOU KNOW, I, I'M EXCITED ABOUT THE PROJECT.

I LIKE WHAT WAS SHERIFFS SO FAR? I THINK DIRECTIONALLY IT'S VERY, UM, VERY GOOD.

UM, I AGREE WITH ALL THE QUESTIONS THE COMMISSIONERS HAD, UH, I'M EXCITED TO HAVE THE PUB PRESENTATION.

MY, MY ONLY CAUTION WOULD BE THAT WE BE VERY CAREFUL NOT TO, UM, YOU KNOW, NOT TO GET GREEDY ON THIS.

I THINK WE MAINTAIN, UH, A PARTNERSHIP APPROACH WITH THE DEVELOPER TO GET AS MUCH AS WE REASONABLY CAN WITHOUT, YOU KNOW, PUSHING THAT OVER THE LINE.

AGAIN, ANYTHING WE ACHIEVE IN THIS DIRECTION IS GOING TO BENEFIT THE AUSTIN ENVIRONMENT.

I MEAN, THAT'S THE KEY POINT HERE IS THAT THE AUSTIN ENVIRONMENT WILL BENEFIT IF WE REDEVELOP THIS SITE, YOU KNOW, AND OF COURSE WE'RE TRYING TO MAXIMIZE THAT, BUT, UH, AT THE SAME TIME, I THINK WE SHOULD RECOGNIZE THE INITIAL, THE INITIAL FACT AS WELL.

THAT'S IT.

ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER KRILL FOR YOUR COMMENTS.

THANK YOU, MR. CROW, CHRIS HARRINGTON, JUST TO NOTE, UH, YOUR COMMENTS ON PROPORTIONALITY ARE RECEIVED AND UNDERSTOOD.

SO WE APPRECIATE THAT INPUT.

THANK YOU, SIR.

ALL RIGHT.

ANYTHING ELSE ON? I WOULD LIKE TO SAY ONE OTHER COMMENT, LINDA, I JUST, I JUST WANTED THEM TO RECONSIDER ON THE GREEN BUILDING IF THEY CAN'T.

I MEAN, IF THAT'S ONE OF THE NEGOTIATING POINTS, I REALLY HOPE THAT THAT'S TALKED ABOUT.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT.

LOOKS LIKE WE'RE GOING TO MOVE ON

[3c. Discussion and possible action regarding a recommendation to City Council on the preferred design scenario for the Dougherty Arts Center Replacement Project—Kevin Johnson, Acting Project Management Supervisor, Parks and Recreation Department ]

TO ITEM THREE, SEE IF EVERYONE'S READY, DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION REGARDING RECOMMENDATION TO THE CITY COUNCIL ON THE PREFERRED DESIGN SCENARIO FOR THE DAUGHTERY ART CENTER, ART CENTER REPLACEMENT PROJECT.

UH, WE HAVE STAFF HERE TO PRESENT.

WE HAVE SOME PEOPLE THAT WANT TO ALSO SPEAK TO THIS ITEM.

SO LET'S BEGIN WITH OUR PRESENTATION FROM STAFF.

GOOD EVENING, EVERYONE.

THIS IS KEVIN JOHNSON.

I'M A PROJECT MANAGER WITH THE PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT, AND I DID JUST A LOT OF THE PRESENTATIONS LOADING.

WE SHOULD HAVE ROBERT BURNS JOINING US.

HE'S A PRINCIPAL ARCHITECT WITH STUDIO EIGHT.

I'LL GO AHEAD AND GET STARTED.

WE'LL ALSO HAVE OUR CIVIL ENGINEER ON THE LINE TO HELP ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS THAT COME UP.

SO, UM, LIKE I SAID, WE APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HERE.

WE ARE CALLING THIS A PRELIMINARY DESIGN PHASE UPDATE FOR THE DOOR YARD CENTER REPLACEMENT.

UM, FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE NOT FAMILIAR WITH THE HISTORY OF THIS SITE AND FACILITY, UH, THE PARKS DEPARTMENT HAS LONG BEEN SEEKING AN ALTERNATIVE LOCATION FOR THE DOOR OF THE ARTS CENTER.

IT SITS WITHIN THE TWENTY-FIVE YEAR FLOOD PLAIN, UM, AT ITS CURRENT SITE.

AND AFTER MANY YEARS OF SEEKING, UH, PARTNERSHIPS AND ALTERNATIVE SITES FOR THIS CENTER, UM, ART MOVED FORWARD WITH A FEASIBILITY STUDY AND THEN A PLANNING AND PRELIMINARY DESIGN PHASE, UM, LOOKING AT BUTLER SHORES PARKLAND, JUST ON THE OTHER SIDE OF LAMAR TO RELOCATE THIS FACILITY, UM, COUNCIL ULTIMATELY ENDED UP APPROVING THAT AND MAY OF 2019 AND IN THEIR APPROVAL, THEY ASKED THAT THE DESIGN TEAM LOOK AT A FEW ALTERNATIVE SCHEMES BEFORE MOVING PULLEY FORWARD

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INTO DESIGNING CONSTRUCTION.

SO THAT'S WHAT WE'RE GOING TO SHARE THIS EVENING.

UM, THEY JUST WANT TO REITERATE, WE WERE IN A PRELIMINARY DESIGN PHASE.

SO THERE IS, THERE IS MUCH YET TO COME.

WE'VE NOT BEGUN ARCHITECTURAL OR CIVIL SITE DESIGN YET.

UM, BUT THIS PROJECT WILL BE MOVING ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE SITE DEVELOPMENT PERMIT PROCESS.

SO WE WILL GET INTO THIS MORE DETAILED ISSUES, UM, ONCE WE SEEK COUNCIL APPROVAL TO MOVE FORWARD.

UH, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO A QUICK MAP TO SHOW SOME CONTEXT, THE CURRENT DOHERTY ART SITE SITS AT THE PURPLE ASTERISK AT THE CORNER OF DAWSON AND BARTON SPRINGS ROAD.

UH, THE NEW SITE, THE OTHER SHORES IS ABOUT A HALF MILE AWAY ON THE OTHER SIDE OF SOUTH LAMAR.

UM, THERE ARE THREE LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL FIELDS ON THE WEST SIDE OF THAT PARKLAND, AND THOSE WILL ALL CONTINUE TO OPERATE AS A SOUTH AUSTIN LITTLE LEAGUE PROGRAM FIELDS.

THE TWO FIELDS RIGHT IN THE CENTER OF THE SITE ARE ESSENTIALLY THE LIMITS OF CONSTRUCTION FOR THE DOOR TO PROJECT, UM, YOU KNOW, BOUND ON THE SOUTH SIDE BY TUMI ROAD AND THE HIKE AND BIKE TRAIL ON THE NORTH SIDE.

AS YOU MOVE A LITTLE BIT EAST ACROSS THIS SITE, YOU GET TO THE PART OF MAIN OFFICE, WHICH IS RIGHT BELOW THE PROPOSED SITE WORD, AND THEN THE ZACK THEATER COMPLEX, WHICH KIND OF SITS ON THE EASTERN EDGE OF THE SITE.

UM, REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY TO DEVELOP THE ARTS CENTER WITHIN PARKLAND SETTING AND JUST THE CONVERGENCE OF ALL THE CULTURAL ARTS PROGRAMMING THAT WILL BE TAKING PLACE AT THIS SITE WITH ZACH AS AN IMMEDIATE NEIGHBOR CYCLISTS.

SO AS I MENTIONED, COUNCIL APPROVED THIS LOCATION AND MAY OF 2019.

UM, THE RENDERING ON THIS SLIDE IS, IS THE CONCEPTUAL DEVELOPMENT SCENARIO THAT ACCOMPANIED THAT PLANNING AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PROCESS, UH, THAT WAS DONE AT A HIGH LEVEL REALLY TO MAKE SURE THAT THE SITE WAS FEASIBLE JUST FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF THE BUILDING FOOTPRINT, UM, MEANS OF ACCESSING THE SITE BY VEHICLE AND, AND OTHER MEANS OF MULTIMODAL ACCESS.

UM, BUT ROBERT WILL SHARE WITH YOU SOME UPDATED SCHEMES THAT ADDRESS THESE ALTERNATIVE DIRECTIONS THAT COUNCIL ASKED US TO LOOK AT TODAY.

AND THEY'RE ENUMERATED HERE ONE THROUGH THREE.

I DID JUST WANT TO MENTION THAT, UM, THE NUMBERING CONVENTION THAT YOU'LL SEE LATER KIND OF FOLLOWS THE TERMS THAT WERE LAID OUT, UM, AND LISTED HERE BY COUNCIL.

SO OPTION ONE, WHICH HAS TWO DIFFERENT SCENARIOS, IS THAT BOTH THE NEW DOOR YARD CENTER AND THE EXISTING PART MAIN OFFICE WOULD REMAIN ON SITE CURRENTLY.

UM, THE SECOND OPTION WAS THAT THE NEW DOOR YARD CENTER AND A NEW PART MAIN OFFICE WOULD BE REBUILT TOGETHER AS A PART OF THIS PROJECT.

NOW THE PARKS DEPARTMENT IS NOT FUNDED TO CONSTRUCT A NEW PART MAIN OFFICE.

UM, BUT IT'S SOMETHING THAT WE'VE LOOKED INTO AT COUNCIL DIRECTION.

AND THE THIRD OPTION IS THAT THE DOHERTY ART CENTER WOULD BE REBUILT ON THE SITE, BUT THAT THE EXISTING PART MAIN WOULD BE MOVED ELSEWHERE TO ANOTHER SITE.

AND THAT IS ALSO AN UNFUNDED ALTERNATIVE THAT WE WERE ASKED TO LOOK INTO.

UM, AND SPEAKING OF THOSE ISSUES, WE WERE ALSO ASKED TO LOOK AT A CONSOLIDATED PARKING SOLUTION FOR THIS SITE, WHICH WOULD BE UNDERGROUND TO MAXIMIZE THE OPEN SPACE, UM, ON BUTLER CHORES PARK.

SO WE'RE CONSIDERING THAT A PARTIALLY UNFUNDED REQUESTS, UM, BECAUSE THE, THE GARAGE WOULD MEET THE NEEDS OF THE LARGER DISTRICT AND NOT JUST THAT OF MINORITY ARTS CENTER, WHICH IS DEFINITELY THE, THE RIGHT URBAN DESIGN SOLUTION.

BUT, UM, THE 2018 BOND DID NOT FULLY FUND THE PROJECT TO MEET THE NEEDS OF A DISTRICT.

UM, BUT WE'LL SHARE SOME SCHEMES THAT, THAT, UH, ADDRESS THAT CONCEPT WITH YOU.

AND WE WERE ASKED TO SEEK ALTERNATIVE FINANCING MECHANISMS TO MAKE UP THOSE GAPS BY COORDINATING WITH THE BUDGET OFFICE AND ALSO SEEKING AN INTEREST IN PHILANTHROPY FROM THE, UM, COMMUNITY HERE IN AUSTIN, WHICH ARE CONVERSATIONS THAT OUR PROJECT TEAM HAS STARTED ON MULTIPLE FRONTS.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE AND QUICKLY WANTED TO JUST TOUCH ON THE EXISTING PART MAIN OFFICE BECAUSE THE DIRECTIVE TO CONSIDER REMOVING IT FROM THE SITE AND JUST WARRANTED A BIT OF STUDY ABOUT ITS HISTORICAL CONTEXT.

IT DATES TO 1959 AND SERVED AS THE FIRST PERMANENT HOME FOR THE CITY OF BOSTON PARKS DEPARTMENT.

UM, AS SUCH, IT'S GOT A CULTURAL AND ARCHITECTURAL INTEGRITY THAT MAKE IT ELIGIBLE FOR LISTING ON THE NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES IT'S NOT CURRENTLY LISTED, BUT IT IS ELIGIBLE TO DO SO.

AND SO THAT'S A CONSTRAINT THAT WE WANTED TO BE COGNIZANT OF AS WE MOVE FORWARD WITH OUR PROJECT.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE, A QUICK SUMMARY OF OUR STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT, UM, WITH JUST THIS MOST RECENT PHASE OF THE PROJECT, WE HAVE MANY FORUMS FOR PEOPLE TO PARTICIPATE, AND I DID WANT TO DRAW SOME SPECIAL ATTENTION TO THE SMALL GROUP MEETINGS, UM, THAT WERE REALLY ORIENTED TOWARD THE SPECIFIC USER GROUPS OF THE DOOR YARD CENTER.

IT'S GOT A VERY, UM, BROAD ARTS COMMUNITY

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THAT FOCUSES ON BOTH FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS.

AND IT WAS IMPORTANT TO THE TEAM TO UNDERSTAND WHAT MAKES ALL OF THOSE SPECIFIC SPACES WITHIN THE BUILDING, UM, TICK TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR SITE DESIGNS REALLY ACCOUNTED FOR MEANS OF ACCESS AND, UM, YOU KNOW, THE COMPONENTS OF THE ARCHITECTURE THAT COULD, WOULD REALLY BENEFIT THE USERS OF THIS SPACE.

WE'VE ALSO BEEN, UM, COORDINATING WITH OUR PARTNERS WITHIN THE CITY, UM, AND ZACH SCOTT THEATER IN THE TRAIL FOUNDATION AS WELL.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

AND QUICKLY THE MISSION STATEMENT OF THE PROJECT, WHICH CAME OUT OF THE ENGAGEMENT PROCESS, SORT OF MARRIAGES, THE, UM, MISSIONS OF BOTH THE DOHERTY ARTS CENTER AND THE PARTS DEPARTMENT, WHICH IS TO SUPPORT ACCESS FOR ALL.

UM, BUT ALSO BY CREATING COMMUNITY THROUGH THE ARTS.

UM, WE DO HAVE FIVE CORE TENANTS OF THE, OF THE PROJECT THAT ARE LISTED ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE SCREEN HERE.

AND I DID WANT TO NOTE THAT THE PROJECT HAS SOME PRETTY AMBITIOUS SUSTAINABILITY GOALS.

WE ARE SEEKING A LEGAL CERTIFICATION AND ALSO A WELL CERTIFICATION, WHICH IS MORE ORIENTED TOWARDS, UM, OCCUPANTS OF THE BUILDING, THEIR HEALTH AND WELLBEING.

UH, THIS WOULD BE THE FIRST WELL CERTIFIED PROJECT WITHIN THE PARTS DEPARTMENT, AND WE DO REALLY WANT THIS FACILITY TO SERVE AS A MODEL OF SUSTAINABILITY WITHIN AUSTIN'S PARK NETWORK.

UM, AND WITH THAT, THERE WILL BE OPPORTUNITIES TO DEVELOP GREEN STORMWATER INFRASTRUCTURE ON THE SITE.

UM, SOME DEMONSTRATION GARDENS THAT CAN REALLY BE, UM, SOME COMPLIMENTARY ASPECTS TO THE PARK DESIGN FOR THE ART CENTER.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

AND I'M GOING TO TURN IT OVER NOW TO ROBERT BURNS PRINCIPAL OF STUDIO EIGHT, TO WALK US THROUGH THE CONSTRAINTS AND THEN THE FOUR OPTIONS.

THANK YOU, KEVIN AND GOOD EVENING COMMISSIONERS.

UH, BEFORE I JUMP INTO, UH, ALL OF THE METH PLANTS SCENARIOS, I WANTED TO TAKE A MINUTE AND TALK ABOUT SOME OF THE CONSTRAINTS ON THIS SITE THAT ARE INFLUENCING THE MASTER PLANS.

UH, SO WHAT WE'RE SEEING HERE IS, UH, OUR SITE AREA, UH, YOU CAN SEE THE GRAY BUILDINGS, UM, ON THE RIGHT SIDE, YOU'VE GOT THE ZACH SCOTT THEATER COMPLEX AND THEN THE, UH, EXISTING PART MAIN OFFICE BUILDING UP NEAR RIVERSIDE DRIVE.

UM, YOU CAN SEE THAT THERE ARE A NUMBER OF UTILITY EASEMENTS THAT TRAVERSE THIS SITE, UH, PREDOMINANTLY ALONG TUMI ROAD, AND THEN, UH, CUTTING MORE CONSOLES, UH, STRAIGHT ACROSS THE MIDDLE OF THE SITE.

UM, THE