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SO THIS

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IS THE MEETING OF A SPECIAL

[Parks and Recreation Board on September 14, 2021.]

MEETING OF THE PARKS AND RECREATION BOARD ON SEPTEMBER 14TH, 6:09 PM.

WE'RE AT THE ZILKER BOTANICAL GARDEN.

WELCOME.

THIS IS OUR FIRST MEETING SINCE GOSH, HAS IT BEEN, I CAN'T EVEN REMEMBER HOW MANY MONTHS IT'S BEEN SINCE WE'VE BEEN IN PERSON FOR A MEETING, BUT IT'S BEEN A HECK OF A LONG TIME.

SO WELCOME EVERYBODY IS REALLY KIND OF, OH GREAT.

YOU GUYS NOT ON A LITTLE SQUARE ON THE SCREEN.

IT REALLY IS NICE.

SO I'M GOING TO GO AHEAD AND CALL ROLL.

SO WE HAVE, UM, VICE CHAIR.

DIPLOMA IS NOT HERE OR, UH, BOARD MEMBER RINALDI OR MEMBER DECARLO HERE.

WE'RE A MEMBER FAUST, UH, BOARD MEMBER.

HAGMAN IS NOT HERE.

BOARD MEMBER BERNARD OR MEMBER TAYLOR AND BOARD MEMBER COTTON CYBIL SO WE DO HAVE A QUORUM.

SO FIRST OF ALL, WE HAVE, UM, CITIZENS COMMUNICATION.

WE HAVE ANY, WE HAVE NO CITIZEN COMMUNICATION.

OKAY.

AND THEN WE'RE GOING TO MOVE ON TO APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF THE AND RECREATION BOARD, REGULAR MEETING FROM AUGUST 24TH.

DOES ANYBODY HAVE ANY MODIFICATIONS OR, UM, AMENDMENTS OR DOES SOMEBODY WANT TO MOVE TO APPROVE THE BOARD MEMBER FELL SMOOTH? DO I HAVE A SECOND THAT CAN ADVISE BOARD MEMBER COTTON SEIBEL ALL IN FAVOR.

IT'S UNANIMOUS.

THANK YOU.

SO NOW WE'RE GOING TO MOVE ON TO THE FIRST ITEM, WHICH IS A STAFF BRIEFING, THE PRESENTATION ON THE PARKLAND DEDICATION AND OVERVIEW OF RECENT ACHIEVEMENTS AND ACQUIRING NEW PARKLAND.

AND, UM, I THINK WE HAVE, UM, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, LEANNA, ELLA BOOKA AND BERGEN MANAGER, RANDY SCOTT, UM, ROB ROWLANDSON AND ROBIN HAYMAN'S.

I DON'T KNOW WHO'S GOING TO PRESENT THAT IT.

OKAY, FANTASTIC.

THANK YOU CHAIR, UH, BOARD MEMBERS.

IT'S A HONOR TO BE SPEAKING FOR YOU THIS EVENING AND GIVE YOU THIS BRIEFING ON PARKLAND DEDICATION.

MY NAME IS THOMAS ROLL INCIDENT.

I'M A PRINCIPAL PLANNER WITH THE DEPARTMENT AND HELLO, I AM ROBIN HAYMANS.

I'M A SENIOR PLANNER WITH THE PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT.

AND TONIGHT WE WANT TO BRIEF YOU ON THIS PARKLAND DEDICATION STORY MAP.

THIS BRIEFING IS ABOUT 14 MINUTES, AND THEN WE HAVE ANOTHER VIDEO TO SHOW OFF KIND OF RIGHT.

THE, WHERE ARE WE? I BELIEVE WE'RE GOING TO PRESENT THAT WITH THE, I APOLOGIZE.

I DID WANNA, I DID WELL, I'M SORRY.

THAT'S MY BAD.

I WANTED TO REARRANGE THE AGENDA AND HAVE US TO THE BOND PROGRAM AFTER WE, UM, WE VOTE ON THE APPEAL, BUT WE CAN JUST GO PARKLAND DEDICATION AND THEN, UH, MOVE ON TO BOND.

OKAY, GREAT.

SO WE'LL DIVE RIGHT IN.

SO THIS IS A STORY MAP THAT OUR TEAM DEVELOPED.

IT'S A ESRI PRODUCT THAT HELPS US PUT TOGETHER A LOT OF RICH FORMAT, UH, WEB MAP DATA INTO A NICE WEBSITE FOR EVERYONE TO BE ABLE TO SEE YOU CAN NAVIGATE IT THROUGH THESE BUTTONS ON THE TOP.

AND THE AUDIENCE WAS REALLY TO BE ABLE TO EDUCATE THE PUBLIC ABOUT PARKLAND DEDICATION, AS WELL AS BOARD MEMBERS, SUCH AS YOURSELVES, UM, COUNCIL MEMBERS, THE GENERAL PUBLIC, AS WELL AS THE DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY.

SO IT'S GOT A BROAD AUDIENCE, UM, TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERYONE KIND OF UNDERSTANDS THIS ORDINANCE.

SO AS WE ALL KNOW, AUSTIN IS GROWING.

UM, WE CAN SEE IN THIS, UH, CUTE DOG FROM 2013 ON A SKYLINE, THAT LOOKS ALMOST UNRECOGNIZABLE, ESPECIALLY IF WE LOOK BEHIND US AND NOW, YOU KNOW, HERE'S 2019 AND OUR SKYLINE'S GROWN PRETTY SIGNIFICANTLY.

SO WE ALL KNOW AUSTIN'S GROWING REALLY RAPIDLY.

AND WHAT'S WONDERFUL IS THAT THE PARKLAND DEDICATION ORDINANCE ALLOWS US TO GROW OUR PARK SYSTEM AS OUR CITY GROWS, TO KEEP UP WITH DEMAND.

SO WE TRY AND PROVIDE 9.4 ACRES OF PARKLAND FOR EVERY 1000 PEOPLE.

UH, THIS STORY OF MATT PRESENTS SORT OF AN OVERVIEW OF PARKLAND DEDICATION.

THERE'S A LOT MORE HISTORY THAT CAN BE FOUND ON OUR WEBSITE BY CLICKING THIS BUTTON.

AND THIS IS INTERACTIVE AND IS PUBLIC AND YOU CAN ACCESS IT ANYTIME.

SO WHAT IS PARKLAND DEDICATION? PARKLAND DEDICATION IS A LOCAL GOVERNMENT REQUIREMENT FOR NEW RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT TO PROVIDE NEW PARKLAND IN ORDER TO PROVIDE PARKLAND WITH A FIVE OR 10 MINUTE WALK OF ALL AUSTINITES.

UM, AND THAT'S A CITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION.

UM, WE WANT TO DISTRIBUTE HIGH QUALITY PARKLAND EQUITABLY ACROSS THE CITY, INTEGRATE OPEN SPACE INTO A COMPACT AND CONNECTED CITY.

AND WE WANT TO CREATE A HEALTHY COMMUNITY WITH AMPLE RECREATIONAL ACTIVE OPPORTUNITIES.

JUST LIKE OUR IMAGINE AUSTIN COMPREHENSIVE PLAN SORT OF DIRECTS US TO, SO THE WAY IT WORKS IS A NEW DEVELOPMENT.

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A SUBDIVISION SITE PLAN OR PLANNED UNIT DEVELOPMENT WILL COME INTO THE DEVELOPMENT SERVICES CENTER.

AND IF THEY HAVE RESIDENTIAL OR HOTEL MOTEL UNITS, THE PARKS DEPARTMENT WILL REVIEW THAT, UM, THE NEW PARKLAND NEED GENERATED BY THOSE UNITS.

SO PER UNIT, THERE'S A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF ACRES THAT'S GENERATED BY BY UNIT, UM, UH, PARKLAND THAT WE NEED TO MAINTAIN OUR SERVICE LEVEL.

THE PARKLAND DEDICATION CRITERIA IS SOMETHING THAT THE PARKS AND RECREATION ADMINISTERS IT'S IT'S FOUND IN THE CODE AND THE PARKLAND DEDICATION OPERATING PROCEDURES AND THE PARD STAFF REVIEWS, ALL THAT DEDICATION CRITERIA, WHICH TOM WILL GO INTO MORE IN MORE DETAIL A LITTLE BIT LATER TO DECIDE HOW, UM, THESE PARKLAND DEDICATION REQUIREMENTS ARE GOING TO BE MET SO THEY CAN BE MET IN THREE WAYS.

ONE WAY IS BY LAND DEDICATION.

SO IF A DEVELOPMENT OH SEVEN ACRES, THEY CAN DEDICATE ALL SEVEN ACRES AND, UM, PROVIDE PARKLAND FOR THEIR RESIDENTS.

THEY CAN PAY FEES IN LIEU OF PARKLAND DEDICATION, UM, AND THAT WOULD, UM, SORT OF ENABLE THE CITY TO GO OUT AND BUY PARKLAND, OR THEY CAN DO A COMBINATION SO THEY CAN DEDICATE ONE ACRE OF PARKLAND AND PAY THE REMAINING SIX ACRES IN FEES.

AND LU THE WAY THIS GETS DETERMINED IS AGAIN THROUGH THESE DEDICATION CRITERIA.

UM, AND WE, YOU KNOW, HAVE THIS CRITERIA, SO THEY WERE ADMINISTERING THIS EVENLY AND CONSISTENTLY ACROSS THE CITY.

WHEN WE LOOK FOR LAND DEDICATION, WHERE SORT OF ASSESSING, DO WE NEED ACCESS AND CONNECTIVITY IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD? IS THERE AN EXISTING PARK THAT WE WANT TO SORT OF CREATE, EXPAND, EXPANDED ACCESS TO, OR DO WE REALLY NEED A NEW COMMUNITY PARK HERE? IS THERE, ARE THERE NO PARKS AROUND THIS NEIGHBORHOOD? DO WE NEED TO PROVIDE A NEW ONE? AND WHEN WE LOOK AT THE FEES IN LIEU OF PARKLAND DEDICATION, THEY GET SPLIT INTO TWO FEES.

ONE IS THE LAND FEE AND THAT, UM, IS USED TO BUY NEW PARKLAND AND WE'LL GO MORE INTO DETAIL.

AND THEN THE OTHER ONE IS THAT DEVELOPMENT FEE, WHICH IS USED TO BUILD NEW, DEVELOP NEW DEVELOPED PARKS.

UM, BUT THEY ALL END IN A NEW OR IMPROVED PARK.

SO EVERY RESIDENTIAL UNIT OR HOTEL MOTEL UNIT THAT COMES THROUGH THE DEVELOPMENT SERVICES CENTER RESULTS IN SOME FORM IN A NEW OR IMPROVED PARK.

AND SO WE ALSO THIS VIDEO IN THE INTEREST OF TIME, WE'RE GOING TO LET YOU EXPLORE THIS ON YOUR OWN.

YOU JUST SHOW SOME NEW PARKS THAT WE'VE ACQUIRED OVER THE LAST YEAR.

OKAY.

SO WE'RE GOING TO WALK YOU A LITTLE MORE IN DEPTH THROUGH, UH, THE DEVELOPMENT JOURNEY WHEN IT COMES TO PARKLAND DEDICATION.

SO WE'LL WALK THROUGH SOME OF THE STEPS THAT ROBIN JUST DISCUSSED AND REALLY AT THE BEGINNING OF A NEW DEVELOPMENT JOURNEY, UH, PARK STAFF IS GOING TO LOOK AT THE DEDICATION CRITERIA FOR THAT NEW DEVELOPMENT.

AND WE HAVE A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT CRITERIA THAT WE'RE GOING TO USE TO SORT OF ASSESS, UH, WHAT EXACTLY THOSE PARKLAND DEDICATION REQUIREMENTS ARE GOING TO BE.

AND REALLY THE BIG QUESTION FOR US IS WHETHER LAND IS GOING TO BE REQUIRED WITH DEDICATION ONSITE OR WHETHER A FEE WOULD BE REQUIRED, UH, INSTEAD, SO THE WHAT'S THE CRITERIA HERE IS ON THE LEFT.

A REALLY CRITICAL ONE THAT WE LOOK AT IS WHETHER THE NEW DEVELOPMENT IS IN A PARK DEFICIENT AREA, WHICH I'LL GET INTO, UH, BUT SOME OF THE OTHER ONES INCLUDE WHETHER THE NEW DEVELOPMENT IS ADJACENT TO EXISTING PARKLAND THAT COULD GIVE US AN OPPORTUNITY TO EXPAND AN EXISTING FACILITY, WHETHER THERE'S SUFFICIENT ACREAGE TO MEET THE STANDARDS FOR OUR PARKS, UM, ONE OF THEIR, UH, IT, THE PARKLAND WOULD BE NEEDED TO ADDRESS A CRITICAL NEED OR A CRITICAL SHORTAGE IN PARKLAND FOR AN AREA OR A NEIGHBORHOOD.

AND WHETHER IT WOULD PROVIDE INCREASED CONNECTIVITY WITH IT EXISTING OR PLANNED PARK OR OPERATIONAL FACILITY, BUT A BIG ONE THAT WE DO LOOK AT IS PARKED DEFICIENCIES.

SO PARK DEFICIENCY REALLY REFERS TO AREAS THAT ARE OUTSIDE OF WALKING DISTANCE OF OUR EXISTING PARKS.

AND WE HAVE A MAP THAT ALLOWS YOU TO EXPLORE WHERE THOSE AREAS ARE.

SO WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO MAP OUT ALL THROUGHOUT AUSTIN WHERE THERE, WHERE WE HAVE A FIVE AND 10 MINUTE WALK OF OUR EXISTING PARK FACILITIES.

SO THAT'S IN THE YELLOW TONE AND IN THE PINK TONE OR THE AREAS THAT ARE OUTSIDE OF THOSE WALKING DISTANCES.

SO THAT'S FIVE MINUTES WITHIN THE URBAN CORE, 10 MINUTES OUTSIDE OF THE URBAN CORE.

AND THOSE WERE ESTABLISHED BY CITY COUNCIL IN 2009, AS PART OF A RESOLUTION TO REALLY ENSURE THAT ALL RESIDENTS WITHIN AUSTIN ARE WITHIN A FIVE TO 10 MINUTE WALK OF A PARK.

SO WE USE THIS MAP REALLY AS AN INDICATOR THAT IF A NEW DEVELOPMENT IS WITHIN THAT PINK TONE, THAT'S IN THAT PARK DEFICIENT AREA, THEN THE RESIDENTS FUTURE AND EXISTING DON'T HAVE A PARK AND WOULD POTENTIALLY BE SUITABLE FOR ONSITE DEDICATION.

UH, IN INSTANCES WHERE ONSITE DEDICATION IS MAYBE NOT SUITABLE AND FEES

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IN LIEU OF PARKLAND WOULD BE A BETTER FIT AND THEY DON'T NECESSARILY MEET OUR CRITERIA.

THEN WE'LL ACCEPT THESE FEES IN LIEU OF PARKLAND, DEDICATION OF WHICH THERE ARE REALLY TWO THERE'S THE LAND FEES THAT WE USE TO PURCHASE NEW PARKLAND, AS WELL AS THE DEVELOPMENT FEES FOR NEW AMENITIES.

SO THESE LAND FEES ARE WHAT WE USE TO PURCHASE NEW PARKLAND IN AN AREA WHERE A NEW DEVELOPMENT HAS OCCURRED.

SO, UH, IF THERE'S A PARK OR A POTENTIAL PARK WITHIN A HALF MILE OF THAT NEW DEVELOPMENT, WE WOULD USE THOSE FEES TO GO OUT AND PURCHASE THEM.

AND, UH, IF YOU WANT TO EXPLORE THE STORY MAP ON YOUR OWN, THERE'S A REALLY GREAT GALLERY OF SOME OF THE PARKS THAT WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO PURCHASE OVER THE YEARS.

AND ONE EXAMPLE IS A SECTION OF SLAUGHTER CREEK GREENBELT THAT WE PURCHASED A FEW YEARS AGO.

THE DEVELOPMENT FEE IS WHAT WE USE TO PURCHASE NEW PARK AMENITIES.

SO THAT COULD INCLUDE PLAYSCAPES.

IT COULD INCLUDE NEW TRAILS, AND THEN IT COULD ALSO INCLUDE, UH, COMMUNITY GROUPS AND COMMUNITY PROGRAMS LIKE TEXAS CONSERVATION CORPS TO, UH, CLEAR OUT SOME OF OUR UNDEVELOPED GREENBELT AND UNDEVELOPED PARKS AND TURN THEM INTO USABLE PARK SPACES.

AND AGAIN, BOTH OF THOSE, YOU CAN KIND OF EXPLORE, UH, IN FURTHER DETAIL BY EXPLORING THE STORY MAP.

AND JUST ONE EXAMPLE OF, UH, ONE OF THE AMENITIES WE WERE ABLE TO PURCHASE WITH THESE FEES IS THE NEW PLAYSCAPE AT BATTLEBORN NEIGHBORHOOD PARK.

UH, LOOKING AT OUR FEE, THE FEES THAT WE'VE APPROPRIATED OVER THE LAST 10 YEARS, YOU CAN SEE THAT PARDON ME, UH, W OUR FEES HAVE INCREASED EXPONENTIALLY, OR THE, OR THE APPROPRIATIONS HAVE INCREASED EXPONENTIALLY OVER THE LAST 10 YEARS, UH, UP TO 14 AND A HALF MILLION DOLLARS IN THE LAST FISCAL YEAR.

AND THAT'S REALLY A RESULT OF TWO TRENDS.

ONE IS THE EXPONENTIAL GROWTH THAT WE ARE EXPERIENCING IN AUSTIN, UH, AT THE MOMENT, BUT THE OTHER IS ALSO THE PASSAGE OF THE 2016 PARKLAND DEDICATION ORDINANCE.

AND THOSE UPDATED THE REQUIREMENTS FOR PARKLAND DEDICATION TO BETTER REFLECT THE REAL COST FOR THE CITY TO GO AND PURCHASE NEW PARKLAND AND TO PURCHASE NEW AMENITIES FOR OUR EXISTING AND FUTURE RESIDENTS.

AS FAR AS THE EXPENDITURES OF THOSE FEES, WE LOOK AT A NUMBER OF FACTORS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE ADDRESSING OUR PARK DEFICIENCY AND THAT WE'RE SERVING THE GREATEST NUMBER OF RESIDENTS, AND ALSO THAT WE ARE SERVING THOSE WITH THE HIGHEST NEED OF PARKLAND.

SO WE LOOK AT A NUMBER OF DEMOGRAPHICS, UH, AS SUCH AS RACE, INCOME, ETHNICITY CHILDREN, UH, ON TOP OF PARK DEFICIENCY ALTOGETHER, REALLY TO TAKE A HOLISTIC LOOK AT WHERE WE CAN MAKE OUR BEST, UM, INVESTMENTS IN OUR PARK SYSTEM WITH THOSE PARKLAND DEDICATION FEES.

SO WE DO HAVE A MAP OF SOME OF THOSE DEMOGRAPHICS OVERLAID FROM THE AMERICAN COMMUNITY SURVEY THAT WE UPDATE REGULARLY.

AND AGAIN, THIS IS A MAP THAT YOU'RE WELCOME TO EXPLORE.

IF YOU HAVE TIME ON YOUR OWN OUTSIDE OF THIS PRESENTATION, AS FAR AS EXPENDITURES AND HOW WE TRACK THOSE, WE HAVE ANOTHER MAP WHERE YOU CAN SEE WHERE THE CITY HAS APPROPRIATED FEES FROM ALL THE DIFFERENT DEVELOPMENTS OVER TIME.

AND THOSE ALL APPEAR AS DIFFERENT ICONS OR STARS ON, ON THIS MAP, THAT'S JUST TAKING A SECOND TO LOAD, BUT THIS IS ANOTHER TOOL THAT YOU CAN EXPLORE TO SEE, UH, WHERE FEES HAVE BEEN COLLECTED ALL THROUGHOUT THE CITY, WHERE A CONCENTRATION OF THEM ARE OCCURRING.

AND YOU CAN EXPLORE WHETHER THOSE FEES HAVE BEEN APPROPRIATED TOWARDS SPECIFIC PROJECTS, OR WHETHER THEY'RE AVAILABLE, OR THEY'RE FOR, UH, PROJECTS THAT WE'VE SINCE COMPLETED.

AND YOU CAN CLICK ON EACH ONE OF THESE TO FIND OUT MORE DETAIL ABOUT EACH OF THESE PROJECTS, EACH OF THE, UH, NEW DEVELOPMENTS THAT PAID INTO OUR PARK SYSTEM.

AND THIS ALLOWS US TO KEEP TRACK OF WHERE WE'RE EXPANDING OUR FEES, AND ALSO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE EXTENDING THOSE FEES CLOSE TO WHERE THEY WERE COLLECTED, WHICH IS A REQUIREMENT OF THE PARKLAND DEDICATION ORDINANCE.

LOOKING OVER TIME AT THE EXPANSION OF OUR PARK SYSTEM, THROUGH PARKLAND, DEDICATION AND ACQUISITIONS, YOU CAN SEE SINCE GOING BACK TO 1998, THE GROWTH OF OUR PARK SYSTEM AND THESE KINDS OF YELLOW TONES AND THE RED INDICATES SORT OF THE INTENSITY OF EXPENDITURES IN NEW ACQUISITIONS.

SO REALLY OVER 80% OF THE PARKS THAT WE'VE ACQUIRED, UH, USING PARKLAND DEDICATION FEES, AS WELL AS BOND HAVE BEEN IN THE EASTERN CRESCENT.

WELL, WE'VE TALKED ABOUT LAND DEDICATION.

THAT'S WHEN A DEVELOPER WILL ACTUALLY GIVE A PORTION OF THEIR OTHER LAND TO THE PUBLIC AS PARKLAND, AND THAT CAN COME IN A LOT OF FORMS. SOMETIMES IT, IT COMES IN THE FORM OF AN ENTIRE PARK SYSTEM.

WHEN WE EVALUATE A PLANNED UNIT DEVELOPMENT OR A NEW SUBDIVISION WAY

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OUT IN SOUTHEAST AUSTIN, THEY'LL PROVIDE A SYSTEM OF PARKS.

SOMETIMES IT'S JUST A SMALL CONNECTION.

AND SOMETIMES IT'S A LITTLE POCKET PARK THAT PROVIDES, UM, REALLY FROM URBAN LIFE AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR RECREATION IN NEIGHBORHOODS THAT WOULDN'T OTHERWISE HAVE ACCESS TO THAT.

SO WE LOOK FOR KIND OF TWO, UH, MAIN THEMES IN WHEN WE LOOK AT LAND DEDICATION, UH, ONE IS, UH, CRITICAL CONNECTIONS.

SO, WELL, I CAN SHOW YOU AN EXAMPLE HERE, A CASE STUDY OF A PARK.

SO WE ALREADY OWN THIS PARK IT'S ALREADY DEVELOPED AND IT'S, UM, READY TO USE, BUT A LOT OF THE NEIGHBORS ARE CUT OFF FROM IT.

THE PEOPLE IN BLUE CAN WALK THERE, BUT THE PEOPLE OVER HERE DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO IT BECAUSE, UM, THERE'S BIG SUPERBLOCKS AND THE ROAD SYSTEM DOESN'T WORK.

SO WE CAN WORK WITH NEW DEVELOPMENTS SHOWN IN ORANGE TO ACTUALLY PROVIDE NEW, UM, ACCESS POINTS ALONG THE SIDE OF THEIR, UH, THEIR PROPERTY LINES.

SO THEY CAN BUILD A TRAIL.

THE DEVELOPMENT OF THAT TRAIL GETS CREDITED AGAINST THEIR PARKLAND DEVELOPMENT FEES.

THE DEDICATION OF THE LAND GETS CREDITED AGAINST THEIR LAND FEES.

AND AGAIN, THIS IS A SITUATION WHERE IT'S A COMBINATION OF LANDON FEES AND THE REST OF THEIR FEES OF LAND, UM, GO INTO PURCHASING NEW PARKLAND AROUND THE CITY.

SO NOW WHAT WE'VE DONE IS DOUBLED OR TRIPLED OUR ACCESS TO THIS PARK WITH ZERO INVESTMENT FROM THE CITY.

CAUSE WE ALREADY HAD THIS GREAT PARK HERE.

WE JUST MADE SURE EVERYONE COULD GET TO IT.

AND THAT'S ONE OF THE REALLY, UM, VALUABLE TOOLS THAT THE PARKLAND DEDICATION ORDINANCE OFFERS US.

UM, THERE'S ANOTHER VIDEO HERE YOU CAN EXPLORE.

IT'S A, ANOTHER TRAIL CONNECTION AND IT'S SORT OF LIKE AN OFF, OFF, UM, STREET CONNECTION JUST TO PROVIDE SOME RELIEF, UM, AND EXPANDED AN EXISTING GREENBELT.

WHAT WE ALSO LOOK FOR IS A NEW COMMUNITY PARK.

SO THIS IS A PARK THAT'S GOING TO ACTUALLY PROVIDE RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES.

THIS COULD BE PASSIVE, LIKE SITTING AT A PICNIC TABLE OR ACTIVE THROWING A BALL, A BASKETBALL COURT, A PLAYGROUND, A DOG PARK.

THERE'S A LOT OF THINGS THAT, YOU KNOW, CITY DWELLERS NEED, PARTICULARLY PEOPLE THAT LIVE IN MULTI-FAMILY UNITS.

THEY DON'T HAVE YARDS.

THEY MAY HAVE A SMALL BALCONIES, IT'S A PLACE FOR EVERYONE TO STRETCH THEIR LEGS.

AND WE WANT TO EMPHASIZE THAT IT'S IMPORTANT THAT ALL PEOPLE, YOU KNOW, HAVE ACCESS TO THESE AMENITIES, TO THIS PARKLAND, INCLUDING PEOPLE THAT ARE IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

SO THERE MAY COME UP, UM, A LOT IN THE CONVERSATION SURROUNDING PARKLAND DEDICATION, BUT WE JUST WANT TO EMPHASIZE THAT PARKLAND SHOULD BE ACCESSIBLE TO ALL PEOPLE.

SO WHEN WE, UM, WHEN THESE PARKS ARE DEDICATED AGAIN, UM, ANY DEVELOPMENT IN THE PARK CAN BE CREDITED AGAINST THE FEES FOR DEVELOPMENT AND THE LAND ITSELF CAN BE CREDITED AGAINST WHAT THE LAND THEY OWE.

AND THESE PARKS ARE HELD TO CERTAIN STANDARDS, WHICH ARE OUTLINED CLEARLY IN THE CODE TO MAKE SURE THAT THE PARK IS SAFE, OPEN, WELCOMING TO EVERYBODY, BUT IT ALSO DOESN'T OVERLAP TOO MUCH WITH OTHER, UM, OTHERWISE REQUIRED THINGS LIKE, UM, I DON'T KNOW, JUST OTHER, UH, PARTS OF THE CODE THAT WOULD OTHERWISE BE REQUIRED.

SO, UM, THAT, SO WE, YOU KNOW, WE REALLY THINK IT'S A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO PROVIDE PARKLAND AND RELIEF FOR PEOPLE, UM, THAT ARE LIVING IN VASILY RAPIDLY DENSIFYING AREAS.

SO IN SUM ALL OF THESE DIFFERENT PATHS ON A NEW DEVELOPMENTS JOURNEY ULTIMATELY RESULT IN A NEW PARK FACILITY, UH, PARKLAND DEDICATION IS REALLY A DYNAMIC IN CONCEPT CONTEXT, SENSITIVE TOOL TO GROW OUR PARK SYSTEM.

AS WE CONTINUE TO GROW UPWARDS OF 35,000 NEW RESIDENTS ANNUALLY BY SOME ESTIMATES.

SO PARKLAND DEDICATION ULTIMATELY PROVIDES FOR NEW PARK ACQUISITIONS, NEW PARK DEVELOPMENT FACILITIES, AS WELL AS COMMUNITY PROGRAMS, AND REALLY AFFORDS THE STATE AFFORDS MEANINGFUL PARTNERSHIPS WITH THE DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY, AS WELL AS OUR NEIGHBORHOODS, UH, TO CREATE THE HEALTHY, COMPACT AND CONNECTED COMMUNITY THAT'S CONTEMPLATED IT IMAGINAL LIST.

AND SO ON A FINAL NOTE, WE'LL JUST SORT OF LOOK AT THE MAP OF AUSTIN.

UM, HERE WE HAVE OUR EXISTING PARKS IN GREEN, AND THEN THE PARKS THAT HAVE BEEN IMPACTED BY PARKLAND DEVELOPMENT IN ORANGE.

THESE PARTS HAVE EITHER BEEN PURCHASED WITH FUNDS FROM PARKLAND, UM, DEVELOPMENT DEVELOPED WITH THOSE DEVELOPMENT FEES OR DEDICATED BY, UM, UH, DEVELOPMENT.

UM, AND AS WE ZOOM OUT, WE CAN REALLY SEE THE IMPACT TO OUR ENTIRE PARK SYSTEM THAT THIS ORDINANCE HAS.

SO I KNOW IT'S A LITTLE HARD TO SEE IN THE SCREEN FAR AWAY, BUT THE ORANGE REALLY STANDS OUT AS YOU KNOW, CONSISTING OF A VAST PORTION OF OUR PARK SYSTEM.

AND I, I JUST DON'T THINK OUR CITY PARK SYSTEM WOULD LOOK THE SAME WITHOUT THIS ORDINANCE.

SO WE REALLY FEEL AS A GREAT TOOL.

IT, IT SORT OF THIS AUSTIN CITY CODE SORT OF STATES BY HAVING THIS ORDINANCE IN HERE THAT, HEY, PARKS IS OUR CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE,

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JUST LIKE WASTEWATER, JUST LIKE ELECTRIC, JUST LIKE RIGHT AWAY.

IT'S A CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE FOR THIS.

UM, AND WE'VE ACTUALLY ACQUIRED 125 ACRES SINCE 2018.

SO IT'S A PRETTY ROBUST PROGRAM.

UM, AND THEN IF YOU WANTED TO EXPLORE FURTHER, WE HAVE, UH, UH, 20, 20 YEAR IN REVIEW, UM, WHICH WILL PREPARE ONE FOR 20, 21 AS WELL.

AND THEN WE ALSO THE DEDICATION GALLERIES.

YOU'RE WELCOME TO AGAIN, COME BACK AT ANY TIME AND EXPLORE THIS.

AND WE ALSO HAVE A SERIES OF YOUTUBE VIDEOS SHOWING ALL THE NEW PARKS.

SO IT'S A, IT'S A GREAT PROGRAM, A LOT OF FUN CHECK IN AND SEE THE NEW PARK.

SO THAT CONCLUDES OUR PRESENTATION.

GREAT.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE PRESENTATION.

I'LL GO AROUND AND SEE IF ANYBODY HAS ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS.

I'LL START WITH THE PEOPLE.

REMEMBER, BECAUSE I THINK ANYTHING YOU WANT TO ADD.

NO, THANK YOU FOR THE PRESENTATION.

AND IT'S NICE TO SEE SOME OF THE CLARIFICATION.

I APPRECIATE THAT.

THANK YOU.

YEAH.

WELL, REMEMBER, TAYLOR, DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ON IT? NO, I DOUBT.

BUT THANK YOU FOR THE PRESENTATION OR MEMBER BERNARD.

NO, THANK YOU.

AND BOARD MEMBER.

UM, CHARLOTTE, UM, THANK YOU FOR THE PRESENTATION.

I JUST HAD ONE KIND OF RANDOM QUESTION.

UM, IF WE'RE OUT AND ABOUT AND SEE SOME PROPERTY THAT'S FOR SALE IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT, UM, AND WANT TO FIND OUT IF THE PARKS DEPARTMENT HAS KNOWS ABOUT THAT OR HAS EVALUATED THAT FOR POTENTIAL PURCHASE, WHAT, WHAT WOULD BE THE BEST PROCESS FOR FIGURING THAT OUT? I GUESS, UM, WE, WE DO HAVE AN EMAIL ADDRESS.

THAT'S A PARKLAND PERIOD, DEDICATION AT AUSTIN, TEXAS.GOV.

SO THAT'S, YOU KNOW, YOU'LL REACH ANY OF THE PLANNERS, UH, THAT WORK ON PARKLAND, DEDICATION THERE.

AND WE DO OCCASIONALLY, UH, TAKE REQUESTS.

WE OFTEN GET THEM FROM NEIGHBORHOOD GROUPS WHO HAVE SUGGESTIONS AND WE'RE ALWAYS, UH, WE ALWAYS APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO LOOK AT THOSE AND TAKE SUGGESTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS.

SO YEAH, I WOULD SAY JUST, UH, EMAIL US AT THAT INBOX, OR I ASSUME 3, 1, 1 CALLS TWO WOULD BE EVENTUALLY ROUTED TO US TO, OR NUMBERS.

WE CAN SEND THAT KIMBERLY MCNEALY SERVING AS THE DIRECTOR FOR THE DEPARTMENT.

WE CAN SEND THAT, THAT EMAIL ADDRESS TO YOU IN AN, IN AN EMAIL SO THAT YOU HAVE IT, YOU DIDN'T JUST IN CASE, YOU KNOW HOW SOMETIMES WE WRITE STUFF DOWN AND IT JUST DOESN'T COME OUT.

WE'LL SEND IT.

OKAY, GREAT.

THANK YOU.

THAT'S ALL I HAD.

AND I, I JUST HAVE ONE QUICK QUESTION ALSO.

I JUST GOT A LITTLE NOTE IF EVERYBODY COULD PLEASE REMEMBER TOO, THAT WE ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR MASKS, AND IF YOU COULD JUST BE SURE TO WEAR THEM PROPERLY OVER YOUR NOSE.

SO EVERYBODY FEELS SAFE.

THAT WOULD BE, UM, WE'D APPRECIATE IT.

UM, MY QUESTION ABOUT THAT IS, DO YOU HAVE ANY, ANY KIND OF METRICS OR DATA THAT SAYS WHAT THE DIFFERENCE WOULD BE? IF WE DIDN'T HAVE PARKLAND DEDICATION OWNERS, LIKE YOU COULD SAY, THIS IS WHAT, HOW MUCH WE'D HAVE BEEN ABLE TO ACQUIRE AND WHAT WE COULD HAVE DONE AS FAR AS AMENITIES WITHOUT THE PARKLAND DEDICATION, OR WE COULD LIKELY PROVIDE THAT INFORMATION.

SO BASICALLY WE WOULD HAVE RELIED EXCLUSIVELY ON BOND FUNDING IN ORDER TO MAKE OUR PARKLAND ACQUISITION.

SO, UH, MAYBE THE PRESENTATION THAT'S COMING UP COULD ACTUALLY HELP WITH THAT BECAUSE IT DOES BREAK DOWN HOW MANY ACRES WOULD ACQUIRE.

THEY WOULD JUST, YOU KNOW, THE IMPACT OF, UM, ORDINANCE AND WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE.

THAT WOULD REALLY GOOD TO SEE, TO SAY THIS, IF WE DIDN'T HAVE THIS, THIS IS WHAT IT WOULD LOOK LIKE.

AND WE CAN SEE WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE.

NOW.

I WAS TRYING TO SEE IF I COULD TURN THAT LAYER OFF, BUT I CAN'T, BUT OKAY, WELL, THANK YOU, OBVIOUSLY IT WAS A GOOD PRESENTATION AND EVERYBODY LEARNED A LOT AND THEY DIDN'T SEEM TO HAVE ANY QUESTIONS.

SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU FOR THE TIME.

SO NOW I'D LIKE TO JUST GO AHEAD AND MOVE ON TO, UM, THE FIRST ITEM ON OUR NEW BUSINESS, WHICH IS THE PRESENTATION DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION REGARDING RECOMMENDATION TO THE PLANNING COMMISSION REGARDING THE APPLICANT'S APPEAL OF THE PARKLAND DEDICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR 4 0 3 EAST AND LANG.

AND I THINK WE HAVE THAT AND ROBIN, OH, DO WE HAVE SPEAKERS FOR THAT? DO WE HAVE, UM, SO SAMMY CARLESS, I'M A LITTLE RUSTY WITH THESE, BUT I THINK WE GO STAFF PRESENTATIONS, UM, PUBLIC COMMENT.

SO WE HAVE, UH, ORGANIZED, UH, SYSTEM FOR THIS, UM, VIA THE PLANNING COMMISSION.

AND SO ANY OF THE PUBLIC SPEAKERS WILL BE INCLUDED AS PART OF THAT.

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IT'LL GO STAFF PRESENTATION AND THEN IT WILL GO, UM, THE APPELLANT'S PRESENTATION THEY'LL HAVE FIVE MINUTES FOR THAT SPEAKERS, FOUR SPEAKERS AGAINST, AND THEN THE REBUTTAL.

OKAY, GREAT.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU FOR KEEPING US ORGANIZED.

OKAY, SO STAFF GOES FIRST.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

GOOD EVENING.

BOARD MEMBERS.

MY NAME AGAIN IS ROBIN HAYMANS.

I'M A SENIOR PLANNER WITH THE PARKS AND PARK PLANNING DEPARTMENT.

I AM THE SITE PLAN REVIEWER FOR THIS CASE, AND I'VE BEEN INVOLVED IN THE CASE SINCE THE VERY FIRST MEETING WITH THE APPLICANT IN AUGUST, 2020.

UM, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO WE ARE HERE TONIGHT TO DISCUSS THE APPLICANT'S APPEAL OF THE DETERMINATION, WHICH REQUIRES THE DEVELOPER TO DEDICATE LAND, TO SATISFY PARKLAND DEDICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS SITE.

UH, PART OF REQUESTS, THE PARKS BOARD SUPPORT STAFF'S RECOMMENDATION FOR LAND DEDICATION, AND DENY THE APPLICANT'S REQUEST TO PAY FEE IN LIEU OF LAND DEDICATION.

I WILL WALK THROUGH THE CODE CONTEXT, THE SITE PLAN CONTEXT, THE APPLICATION OF THE CODE CRITERIA, SOME ADDITIONAL CONSIDERATIONS, UM, SOME PARK ALIGNMENTS THAT HAVE BEEN DISCUSSED IN A RECOMMENDATION TO THE PLANNING COMMISSION.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO THE CODE MANDATES PART REQUIRE LAND DEDICATION FOR A SITE DEVELOPMENT PERMIT.

IF CERTAIN CRITERIA ARE MET BASED ON THE CODE CRITERIA IN THIS CASE PART DOES NOT HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO ACCEPT FEE IN LIEU EXCLUSIVELY FOR THIS, FOR THIS SITE, THE APPLICANT IS UTILIZING A CODE PROVISION TO APPEAL, PARTS DECISION.

THEY ARE REQUESTING TO SATISFY THEIR PARKLAND DETERMINED DEDICATION REQUIREMENTS ENTIRELY WITH A FEE IN LIEU PAYMENT.

UH, AS A REMINDER, THIS P APPEAL IS NOT A DISCUSSION ON THE CONFIGURATION OR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE PARKLAND.

IT IS SIMPLY A DETERMINATION OF WHETHER THE APPLICANT IS REQUIRED TO DEDICATE PARKLAND OR SATISFY THEIR PARKLAND DEDICATION REQUIREMENT ENTIRELY WITH A FEE IN LIEU PAYMENTS.

SO THOSE ARE THE TWO OPTIONS ON THE TABLE.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO THIS PROJECT IS LOCATED ALONG CANIN LANE ON NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF AIRPORT BOULEVARD.

UH, THE AREA IS CRITICALLY PARKLAND DEFICIENT, MEANING THERE ARE NO PARKS WITHIN A QUARTER MILE WALK OF THIS SITE, AND IT'S SHOWN IN THAT PINK TONE.

AS A REMINDER, THE PARK DEFICIENCY IS DETERMINED BY MEASURING THE QUARTER MILE ALONG ACCESSIBLE ROADS.

IT'S NOT MEASURED AS THE CROW FLIES.

THIS ENSURES A PARK GOER DOES NOT HAVE TO CROSS A RAILROAD OR A MAJOR HIGHWAY TO ACCESS A PARK WITHIN IN THIS CASE.

A FIVE MINUTE WALK.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO HERE'S THE PROJECT SITE YOU CAN SEE ON THIS SLIDE.

THE SITE IS SHOWN IN YELLOW.

IT IS THE ONLY REMAINING LARGE UNDEVELOPED LOT IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD.

THE NEIGHBORHOOD IS SHOWN IN RED DO DUE TO THE PARKLAND DEFICIENCY AREA HERE.

THE SITE IS BORDERED ON THE EAST BY THE PLANNED URBAN TRAIL, THE RED LINE TRAIL ON THE WEST BY ANOTHER LARGE MULTI-FAMILY DEVELOPMENT AND ON THE NORTH AND SOUTH BY SINGLE FAMILY HOMES.

AN IMPORTANT TAKEAWAY FROM THIS MAP IS A LACK OF AVAILABLE LAND TO ACQUIRE FOR PARKLAND THROUGH ANY OTHER KIND OF BOND FUNDING.

SO YOU CAN SEE THEY'RE ALL SINGLE FAMILY HOMES.

IT WOULD TAKE THE, UM, SORT OF COLLECTION OF MANY SINGLE FAMILY HOMES.

YOU'D HAVE TO TAKE THOSE HOMES DOWN IN ORDER TO GET, UM, THE KIND OF PARKLAND THAT WE WOULD GET OUT OF PARKLAND DEDICATION AT THIS SITE.

NEXT UNIT.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO THE SITE PLAN IS DEVELOPING 434 UNITS.

THAT'S THE PROPOSAL, APPROXIMATELY 10% OF THOSE SERVE AS AFFORDABLE UNITS UNDER THE VMU VERTICAL MIXED UNIT, UM, PROGRAM THAT AFFORDS THE DEVELOPERS, CERTAIN DENSITY BONUSES, THE PARKLAND DEMAND GENERATED BY THESE UNITS.

IT REPRESENTS ABOUT 700 NEW RESIDENTS IS 6.93 ACRES.

ALMOST SEVEN ACRES OF PARKLAND IS NEEDED TO SERVE ALL THE RESIDENTS ON THIS NEW DEVELOPMENT.

THE SITE IS 6.5 ACRES, LARGE IT'S LARGELY FLAT WITH NO FLOODPLAIN OR OTHER ENCUMBRANCES, WHICH IMPEDE THE AREA OF THE SITE THAT MAY BE DEVELOPED.

THE ONLY EASEMENT ON THE SITE, WHICH WAS STICKS, RESTRICTS DEVELOPMENT IS A 20 FOOT ELECTRIC EASEMENT ALONG THE RAIL LINE.

AND I MENTIONED THIS JUST TO POINT OUT THAT THIS IS NOT A PARTICULARLY TIGHT OR RESTRICTED SITE.

THERE'S A LOT OF DEVELOPABLE AREA HERE.

UM, SO THE PARKLAND, OH, IT'S STILL THE IDEA.

THE PARKLAND DEDICATION REQUIREMENTS MUST BE SATISFIED FOR ALL 6.93 ACRES.

UM, BUT PART, PART OF IT WILL BE SATISFIED BY THE LAND DEDICATION.

AND THIS IS DUE TO A 15% CAP PUT IN THE URBAN CORE.

SO DUE TO THAT 15% URBAN CAP WHERE WE WILL REQUIRE 0.9, EIGHT ACRES TO BE SATISFIED

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WITH LAND AT THIS SITE.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO BASED ON THE CODE CRITERIA AND THE FACTS OF THE SITE, PAR DOES NOT HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO ACCEPT FEE IN LIEU TO SATISFY PARKLAND DEDICATION.

NOW I'LL GO THROUGH THAT.

SO 21, 6 0 5 HAS TWO PARTS THERE'S PART A AND PART B UM, UH, IT SETS OUT THE ONLY CRITERIA THAT PARKING CONSIDER IT AN ACCEPTING IN LIEU OF LAND DEDICATION.

SO THESE ARE THE ONLY CRITERIA THAT WE HAVE TO UTILIZE IN DETERMINING WHETHER IT'S LAND OR FEE, BOTH PARTS OF 6 0 5, A MUST BE MET TO ALLOW FOR A PAYMENT AND FEE IN LIEU.

THE PART DIRECTOR HAS EVALUATED THE CRITERIA IF 605 B ON THE RIGHT AND DETERMINED THAT FAMILY IS NOT APPROPRIATE FOR THIS SITE.

THE AREA IS CRITICALLY PARKLAND DEFICIENT.

IT DOES HAVE SUFFICIENT ACREAGE TO MEET THE STANDARDS FOR DEDICATED PARKLAND.

IT IS NEEDED TO ADDRESS A CRITICAL NEED FOR PARKLAND AND PARKLAND AT THIS SITE WOULD INCREASE CONNECTIVITY WITH THE PLANNED URBAN TRAIL ALONG THE RED LINE THOUGH, THIS SITE OWES MORE THAN SIX ACRES, AS YOU CAN SEE, MAYBE IN A 25, 6 0 5, A TWO, UM, THE URBAN CORE CAP ONLY REQUIRES 0.9, EIGHT ACRES TO BE DEDICATED HERE.

TWENTY-FIVE 6 0 8 STILL OBLIGATES PART TO REQUIRE THE DEDICATION OF LAND AT THIS SITE BECAUSE THE CRITERIA IN 605 B DO NOT JUSTIFY A FEE IN LIEU PAYMENT HERE.

UM, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO THERE ARE SEVERAL CRITERIA THAT PROVIDE GUIDANCE ON THE STANDARDS OF DEDICATED PARKLAND.

THIS IS TO ENSURE THAT PARKLAND IS SUITABLE FOR ACTIVE AND PASSIVE RECREATION AND, UM, AND IS SORT OF ADMINISTERED EVENLY ACROSS ALL DEVELOPMENTS.

WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE A CONSISTENT ADMINISTRATION OF THIS CODE.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO THIS PLAN SHOWS THE APPLICANT'S PROPOSED PARK ALIGNMENT.

THIS HAS STAYED CONSISTENT THROUGHOUT THE PROCESS SINCE LAST AUGUST.

UM, WE MET WITH THE APPLICANTS OVER A YEAR AGO IN A PRE EARLY DETERMINATION MEETING TO LEARN ABOUT THEIR ALIGNMENT AND THEIR PROPOSAL.

THE APPLICANT AT THAT TIME REFUSED AN EARLY DETERMINATION LETTER.

AND IN DOING SO REFUSE FEEDBACK FROM PART ON THE PARK CONFIGURATION AT UPDATE ZERO, THE VERY FIRST UPDATE OF THEIR FORMAL SUBMITTAL, THE APPLICANT RECEIVED FORMAL COMMENTS THAT THE PARKLAND CONFIGURATION DID NOT MEET PARKLAND DEDICATION STANDARDS, AND TO REVISE THEIR DRAWING.

THERE ARE SEVERAL PARKLAND DEDICATION STANDARDS THAT ARE NOT MET WITH THIS ALIGNMENT, WHICH I'LL GO THROUGH HERE.

UM, IT'S HARD TO SEE, SORRY.

SO ON THE FAR LEFT, WE HAVE A SMALL PARK.

IT IS 0.17 ACRES.

IT'S WHERE THOSE TREES ARE.

UM, AND OUR, OUR SMALLEST PART WHERE WE CAN ACCEPT IS 0.2, FIVE ACRES.

THE BULK OF THEIR DEDICATION AREA, UM, 0.4 OR FIVE ACRES IS, UM, SHOWN IN THIS TRANSIT PARK.

THE TRANSIT PARK CONSISTS OF A SIDEWALK, A BIKE LANE, SOME BENCHES AND SOME LANDSCAPING.

IT'S ALL DONE VERY NICELY.

I'M SURE THAT YOU'LL SEE SOME VERY NICE RENDERINGS LATER, BUT IT DOESN'T CONSTITUTE PARKLAND BECAUSE FIRST OF ALL, IT'S REQUIRED BY THE TIA, THE TRAFFIC IMPACT ANALYSIS.

IF THOSE ITEMS WERE REMOVED FROM THE TIA, THEY WOULD NO LONGER BE IN COMPLIANCE WITH THEIR TRANSPORTATION REQUIREMENTS.

UM, AND THEN ON THE RIGHT, YOU SEE A, UM, A RED LINE, THAT'S AN AUSTIN ENERGY EASEMENT DUE TO AUSTIN ENERGY'S CODE REQUIREMENTS WERE NOT ABLE TO ACCEPT PARKLAND WITHIN THE AWESOME ENERGY EASEMENT.

SO THAT'S JUST ONE LITTLE PORTION THAT WE'RE NOT ABLE TO ADMINISTER, UM, THE PARKLAND DEDICATION WITHIN.

UM, YOU CAN ALSO SEE KIND OF ON THE RIGHT, THE PARK ON THE RIGHT WOULD BE REALLY THE ONLY AREA THAT COULD MEET THE STANDARDS.

WE WOULD STILL WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU COULD SEE ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE PARK AND THAT THE PARK FELT OPEN AND INVITING.

SO FROM THE NORTH PART, YOU MAY BE OBSTRUCTED BY THE, THE BUILDING ITSELF AND NOT BE ABLE TO SEE ALL THE WAY THROUGH.

YOU MAY THINK IT'S PRIVATE.

YOU MAY NOT FEEL WELCOME THERE, OR YOU MAY NOT FEEL SAFE.

UM, SO WE WOULD WANT TO OPEN IT UP NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO THERE ARE LOTS OF CONSIDERATIONS FOR THE SITE AND I'M SURE, UM, IT'S SORT OF A LOT OF INFORMATION, UM, BUT I'LL JUST GO THROUGH A FEW OF THE IMPORTANT ONES.

FIRST OF ALL, UM, THIS, AGAIN, THIS APPLICANT IS SATISFYING PARKLET DEDICATION WITH A COMBINATION OF LAND, DEDICATION AND FEES AND LOU.

UM, AND SO THE MAJORITY OF THEIR, THEIR DEDICATION IS ACTUALLY BEING SATISFIED BY FEES.

THAT'S 86%.

UM, AS A REMINDER OF THERE'S NO AVAILABLE LAND TO PURCHASE FOR PARKLAND WITHIN A QUARTER MILE OF THE SITE.

SO A HUNDRED PERCENT FEES AND LOU IN THIS CASE, WOULDN'T ACTUALLY EVEN BE HELPFUL IN PROVIDING PARKLAND FOR THIS AREA.

UM, THE, UM, IT MAY COME UP THAT THERE'S AN IMPACT TO

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AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

WE CAN GO INTO THAT MORE, BUT THE IMPACT TO NON-SMART AFFORDABLE UNITS IS NOT A CODE CRITERIA AROUND RELATED TO PARKLAND DEDICATION REQUIREMENTS.

SO THAT, UM, SO NOT ABLE TO CONSIDER THAT WHEN WE CONSIDER LANDER FEE.

UM, AND THEN FINALLY, UM, YOU MAY HEAR THE APPLICANT PROPOSED TO DEDICATE PARKLAND IN THEIR CHOSEN CONFIGURATION, WHICH DOES NOT MEET PARK STANDARDS AND TO PAY A HUNDRED PERCENT OF THEIR FEES.

IN ADDITION TO MAYBE OTHER DONATIONS, THE AUSTIN PARKS FOUNDATION PART IS NOT AUTHORIZED TO CONSIDER IN KIND DONATION OF LAND IN EXCHANGE FOR WAIVING PARKLAND, DEDICATION REQUIREMENTS AS MANDATED BY THIS CODE.

SO IF THE APPEAL GOES IN THE APPLICANT'S FAVOR, THE CITY WILL NOT HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO ENFORCE THE LANDO SITE, THE LAND DONATION, AND THERE WILL BE NO PARKLAND DEDICATED AT THIS SITE.

THERE WOULD ONLY BE FEES PAID.

IT WOULD BE ENTIRELY UP TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD TO HOLD THE DEVELOPER ACCOUNTABLE FOR THAT IN KIND DONATION.

ADDITIONALLY, THE CODE ALREADY ENTITLED THIS NEIGHBORHOOD TO 0.9, EIGHT ACRES OF USABLE PARKLAND THAT MEETS THE PARKLAND DEDICATION, STANDARDS, PARK DEVELOPMENT, OR FEES AND LU AND THE REMAINING 86% OF THE LAND FEES.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

SO PART AS THE APPLICANT TO PREPARE THE STEADY DEDICATING 0.9 ACRE NINE EIGHT ACRES OF CREDITED PARKLAND ON THE SITE THOUGH PART PREFERS A SINGLE CONSOLIDATED PARK.

THIS ALIGNMENT SPLITS THE PARK INTO ROUGHLY TWO EQUAL AREAS AND IT ACTUALLY WOULD MEET THE STANDARDS OF LAID OUT IN THE CODE.

AND EACH PARK IS ABOUT HALF AN ACRE AND PROVIDES OPPORTUNITIES FOR RECREATION.

AND IT ACTUALLY HAS THE ADDITIONAL BENEFIT OF PROVIDING DISCREET AREAS FOR PARK USERS.

SO FOR EXAMPLE, THE PARK CLOSER TO THE ROAD, IT WOULD BE A FENCE DOG PARK, CLOSER TO THE RAILROAD.

IT COULD BE, UH, A PLAY AREA FOR CHILDREN SEPARATE THOSE TWO KIND OF CONFLICTING PARK USES AND EXPAND IT KIND OF FOR EVERYBODY.

I BRING THIS UP TO SHOW YOU THE, TO SHOW YOU, UM, TO EMPHASIZE THE PARDES, WILLINGNESS TO WORK WITH THE DEVELOPER, TO FIND A PARK CONFIGURATION THAT MEETS CODE AND ALLOWS FOR MAXIMUM DEVELOPMENT.

BUT AS A REMINDER, THE APPEAL IS SINGULARLY.

A DECISION BETWEEN WHETHER LAND OR FEES WILL SATISFY PARKLAND DEDICATION AT THE SITE, NOT ABOUT THE DESIGN OF THE PARK.

THE APPLICANT MAY REMARK THAT THIS ALIGNMENT IMPACTS A NUMBER OF MARKET RATE OR AFFORDABLE UNITS THAT ARE POSSIBLE ON THE SITE.

HOWEVER PART IS NOT AUTHORIZED BY CODE TO CONSIDER IMPACT TO DEVELOPABLE UNITS.

WHEN DETERMINING IF LANDER FEES MAY SATISFY PARKLAND, SEVERAL OTHER CODE REQUIREMENTS ALSO IMPACT THE NUMBER OF BUILDABLE UNITS, INCLUDING PARKING AND COMPATIBILITY SETBACK REQUIREMENTS.

UM, OUR CURRENT PARKLAND DEDICATION ORDINANCE IS A ROBUST TOOL.

IT HAS A LOT OF TEETH TO ENSURE CRITICAL PARKLAND INFRASTRUCTURE IS PROVIDED AS PART OF NEW DEVELOPMENT.

IT IS DESIGNED TO PROVIDE HIGH QUALITY PARKLAND WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE OF ALL.

AUSTINITES JUST AS OTHER CODE REQUIREMENTS ARE DESIGNED TO PROVIDE CRITICAL ELECTRIC WATER, QUALITY FIRE, AND NEIGHBORHOOD SETBACK, UM, COMPATIBILITY INFRASTRUCTURE, THE LIMITATIONS ON THE NUMBER OF UNITS PER SITE DUE TO THESE CODE REQUIREMENTS IS ACTUALLY JUST PART OF DEVELOPING A BALANCED AND HEALTHY CITY, SORRY, AND PROBABLY NEED WATER.

SO PART STAFF, UM, AS A CONCLUSION X AND Y IS HERE ONE MOMENT.

OKAY.

NEXT TYPE PLEASE.

UM, SO IN CONCLUSION, PART STAFF REQUESTS THAT PARKS AND THE PARKS AND RECREATION BOARD MEMBERS MAKE A RECOMMENDATION TO THE PLANNING COMMISSION TO DENY THE APPLICANT'S REQUEST TO PAY FEE IN LIEU OF LAND, TO SATISFY THE PARKLAND DEDICATION REQUIREMENTS HERE AT CANUCK, MOSTLY MULTI-FAMILY THIS DEVELOPMENT ADDS AS A REMINDER 434 UNITS.

THAT'S ABOUT 740 NEW RESIDENTS TO THIS ALREADY PARKED DEFICIENT NEIGHBORHOOD.

THERE IS LIMITED AVAILABLE LAND FOR PARKLAND ACQUISITION WITHIN THE SERVICE AREA OF THE SITE.

AND THE APPLICANT IS ONLY MEETING A SEVENTH OF THEIR LAND DEDICATION REQUIREMENT AT THIS SITE AND IS ALLOWED TO PAY THE REMAINDER IN FEE AND LOO AGAIN, THE DISCUSSION AND THE VOTE TONIGHT IS NOT ABOUT THE PARK CONFIGURATION OR THE DEVELOPERS OFFER TO DONATE LAND AND PAY A FULL FEE IN LIEU.

THE DECISION IS VERY SIMPLY SHOULD THE DEVELOPER BE REQUIRED TO DEDICATE PARKLAND IN THIS CRITICALLY PARKLAND DEFICIENT AREA, OR BE ALLOWED TO PAY THESE AND LU AS SUCH ACCEPTING THE APPLICANT'S APPEAL REQUEST WOULD RESULT IN NO PARKLAND DEDICATED AT THE SITE BECAUSE THE CITY WOULD CANNOT ENFORCE AN IN-KIND

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DONATION.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, ROBIN, FOR THAT, UM, PRESENTATION.

SO LET ME JUST MAKE SURE I'M DOING THIS CORRECTLY.

SO WE, ARE WE SUPPOSED TO HAVE SOMEBODY TALK FIRST OR CAN WE HAVE QUESTIONS OR WHAT IS OUR STRATEGY HERE? OKAY.

DOES THAT HAVE BEEN HERE OR THERE IT'S WHEREVER YOU FEEL? THAT'S FINE.

I CAN GET UP TO, I DON'T THINK I'LL TAKE 14 MINUTES, BUT I'LL, UH, RUN THROUGH THIS AND MY PRESENTATIONS, UH, THERE.

SO YOU'LL HAVE TO LOOK THAT WAY RATHER THAN ME.

AND I APOLOGIZE FOR THAT.

UM, MICHAEL WHALEN ON BEHALF OF THE APPELLANT, I'M HERE TODAY TO DISCUSS, WE CAN GO TO, LET ME SEE IF I CAN DO IT.

OH, IT'S NOT WORKING.

YOU WERE RIGHT.

UH, SAMMY, SORRY ABOUT THAT NEXT SLIDE.

WELL, MAYBE, UM, OKAY, THANKS.

I'M HERE TODAY TO DISCUSS A DEVELOPMENT ON CANUCK LANE, YOUR AIRPORT BOULEVARD, WE ARE DEVELOPING A MIXED USE PROJECT AND WE'LL BE PROVIDING PUBLICLY ACCESSIBLE ONSITE PARKLAND, CONTRARY TO WHAT YOU HEARD.

THE REASON I'M HERE TODAY IS BECAUSE OF A DISAGREEMENT OVER THE CONFIGURATION OF A PORTION OF THIS PARKLAND.

WE NEED A CONFIGURATION THAT WORKS FOR THE PROJECT AND MAXIMIZES AFFORDABLE UNITS.

WHILE PART HAS TO DATE INSISTED UPON CONFIGURATIONS, THAT WILL THREATEN THE PROJECT'S VIABILITY AND REDUCE AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

AS A COMPROMISE, WE ARE COMMITTED TO PROVIDE THE FULL ON-SITE PARKLAND AS OUTLINED IN THIS PRESENTATION.

AND ALSO IN ADDITION TO THAT PAY PART, THE FULL FEE IN LIEU AMOUNT, PROVIDING BOTH PARKS, ACCESS AND FUNDING, AND YOU DO THE PARKLAND DEDICATION THROUGH A DONATION AGREEMENT, WHICH IS ALLOWED, AND WE'VE ALREADY CONFIRMED WITH REAL ESTATE SERVICES AT THE DIRECTION OF THE DIRECTOR.

I'M ASKING THAT YOU RECOMMEND PLANNING COMMISSION UPHOLD THIS APPEAL, STRICTLY CONTENT CONTINGENT ON THE COMMITMENTS.

I WILL OUTLINE IN THIS PRESENTATION, WE DO NOT NEED TO PIT OUR AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND PARKLAND NEEDS AGAINST EACH OTHER.

I BELIEVE WE CAN MEET BOTH OF THESE NEEDS IN A WAY THAT PROVIDES BETTER OUTCOMES FOR THE CITY AND AUSTIN RESIDENTS.

WE ARE DEVELOPING, WE ARE REDEVELOPING, A VERTICAL MIXED USE PROJECT WITH 434 TOTAL UNITS, INCLUDING 44 AFFORDABLE UNITS THAT WILL BE INCOME RESTRICTED FOR 40 YEARS.

BY THE WAY, THE OWNER HAS OWNED THIS LAND FOR 20 YEARS, IT WAS, AND THE TEXAS GAS WAS THERE FOR THE LAST 20 YEARS.

AND IT COULD BE RELEASED AS COMMERCIAL OR REDEVELOPED AS COMMERCIAL IN WHICH THERE'D BE NO PARKLAND.

OBVIOUSLY THAT'S NOT THE GOAL.

THIS IS OUR SITE YOU'VE ALREADY SEEN WHERE IT IS WITH CANUCK LAYTON TO THE NORTH AND THE RAILROAD TRACKS TO THE EAST.

AND THESE ARE SOME OF THE MAJOR REGULATORY CONSTRAINTS IMPACTING THE SITE, INCLUDING EASEMENT AREAS, COMPATIBILITY SUB CHAPTER II, AND MORE AS A RESULT OF THE CONSTRAINTS, WE HAVE DEVELOPED A PROPOSAL THAT MEETS BOTH OUR PARKS AND HOUSING NEEDS WITH MORE THAN AN ACRE OF FULLY AMENITIZED PARK SPACE, INCLUDING A BUTTON PARK TO THE WEST AND A POCKET PARK TO THE EAST, AS WELL AS AN ADJACENT EASEMENT AREA.

AUSTIN ENERGY HAS AGREED TO ALLOW FOR USE TO EXPAND THE PARK SPACE.

WE ARE NOT INCLUDING THAT AS PART OF ANY CREDITABLE PARKLAND, SIMPLY MAKING YOU AWARE THAT IT'S AVAILABLE.

THESE WILL BE CONNECTED ACROSS THE FRONT BY A WIDE 20 FOOT FIVE, 20 FOOT, 25 FOOT WIDE AMENITIZE TRANSIT PARK CONNECTOR WITH TREES, BENCHES, BICYCLE PARKING, AND FULL LANDSCAPING TO PROTECT THE USERS IN CONTRAST TO WHAT MANY OF YOU ARE GOING TO HEAR FROM TODAY.

THE WEST CANAAN FLAX DIRECTLY NEXT TO US, WAS NOT REQUIRED TO DO ALL TOLD THE VALUE OF THIS DEVELOPMENT WILL BE MORE THAN DOUBLE WHAT WE ARE OTHERWISE REQUIRED TO BUILD.

AND AS NOTED, WE HAVE ALSO TO PAY THE FULL FEE IN LIEU ON TOP OF PROVIDING THE AMENITIES, THE FULL AMENITIZED PARK AREA.

AS YOU CAN SEE HERE, OUR COMPROMISES, A MEANINGFUL IMPROVEMENT OVER THE INITIAL CONVERSATION WE HAD BACK IN AUGUST OF 2020.

AT THAT TIME, IT WAS 270.

MY EYESIGHT'S BAD, $278,000 LESS THAN WHAT OUR COMPROMISE PROPOSAL NOW OFFERS IN RESPONSE PART IS PUT

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FORWARD THREE OF THEIR OWN ALTERNATIVES.

THIS IS THEIR TOP PREFERENCE, WHICH CAN TALK SOLID DATES, ALL THE LAND TO THE WEST AND IGNORES THE FACT THAT THERE'S GOING TO BE A PARKWAY RED LINE PARKWAY TO THE EAST OF THE SITE.

AND THEIR PROPOSAL WOULD ELIMINATE 92 UNITS AND 10 AFFORDABLE UNITS.

BY THE WAY, THE AFFORDABILITY IS CONTROLLED BY THE VERTICAL MIXED USE PROGRAM.

AND IS A CITY SPONSORED IN CITY ENFORCED PROGRAM.

THE COST WOULD BE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS.

IT WOULD NOT ONLY THREATEN THE PROJECT'S VIABILITY BY CAUSING CUTBACKS, BUT IT WOULD ALSO CAUSE CUTBACKS TO THE PARKS DEVELOPMENT PLAN, THE LOSS OF UNITS AND, AND OF OUR COMPROMISED FEE PROPOSAL ALSO YIELDS, AS YOU CAN SEE SIGNIFICANTLY LOWER FUNDING FOR PART AND A LOWER ON-SITE PARKS AREA.

THE OTHER VERSION IS, UH, WHAT DO WE CALL THE EASTERN PREFERENCE OF PARDES? AND AGAIN, THIS CAUSES LOSS TO AFFORDABILITY UNITS AND MEANINGFULLY LOSSES TO PART FUNDING IN ONSITE PARK SPACE.

AND HERE IS THE THIRD OPTION, WHICH EXPANDS BOTH AREAS, BUT IT TOO MEANINGFULLY REDUCES AFFORDABILITY UNITS, PART FUNDING AND ONSITE PARK SPACE.

AGAIN, HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS LOSS TO PARKS.

SO AT THE CORE OF THIS DISPUTE IS THE CONFIGURATION OF THE PARK SPACE SPECIFICALLY OVER WHETHER TO ALLOW THE TRANSIT PARK CONNECTOR SHOWN HERE TO BE INCLUDED IN THE PARKLAND DETERMINATION.

AS A RESULT OF THIS DISPUTE, I BROUGHT FORWARD A COMPROMISE.

WE WOULD DONATE THROUGH A DONATION AGREEMENT WITH THE REAL ESTATE SERVICES.

IS THAT, UH, FIVE MINUTES OR FOUR.

OKAY.

I HAVE A LITTLE BIT MORE TIME CHAIR SINCE APPLE, SINCE THE STAFF TOOK 14 MINUTES, JUST LIKE THREE OR FOUR MORE MINUTES, FINISH UP.

THANKS.

SO AT THE CORE OF THIS DISPUTE IS A CONFIGURATION.

SO THE COMPROMISE PROPOSAL WAS WE WILL GIVE THE LAND THROUGH A DONATION AGREEMENT WITH REAL ESTATE SERVICES.

IT'S 15.2, 7% OF THE SITE, AND WE WOULD PAY A HUNDRED PERCENT FEE IN LIEU.

BUT THE ONLY WAY TO IMPLEMENT THAT IS TO COME BEFORE YOU WITH AN APPEAL TO ALLOW US TO PAY FEE IN LIEU WITH THE CONDITION THAT YOU ACCEPT, THE DONATION AGREEMENT, THERE'S NOTHING.

AND I'LL SHOW YOU THE LANGUAGE IN MY REBUTTAL.

THAT LANGUAGE ALLOWS YOU AS A BODY, THE PLANNING COMMISSION AND YOU WITH YOUR RECOMMENDATION TO MODIFY OUR PROPOSAL, TO ACCEPT THE DONATION AGREEMENT.

SO IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE AGAIN, THAT THIS SPACE, THIS 25 FOOT CONNECTOR IS 25 FEET WIDE, FULLY AMENITIZED, AND SERVES A CRITICAL FUNCTION OF CONNECTING THE BUTTON AND POCKET PARKS.

SO AGAIN, OUR REQUEST WOULD BE TO RECOMMEND PC UPHOLD OUR APPEAL CONTINGENT ON US, DELIVERING ON THE PLAN OUTLINED HERE, WE'VE ALREADY FILED THE SITE PLAN WITH IT, INCLUDING THE PARK SPACE THAT WE'VE OFFERED AND THE FULL FEE AS NOTED HERE, PC HAS THE AUTHORITY TO UPHOLD, REVERSE OR MODIFY THE DECISION.

THAT'S 25 1 DASH NINE TWO.

SO AGAIN, TO RECAP BOTH PARK, WE, WE AGREE THAT ONSITE PARK SPACES NEEDED.

WE DISAGREE ABOUT THE CONFIGURATION PARTS, CONFIGURATIONS, ALL OF THEM THREATEN THE PROJECT AND REDUCE AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

IT ALSO REDUCES BY HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS, THE AMOUNT OF MONEY PAY WE HAVE INSTEAD PROPOSED A WIN-WIN THAT ACCOMPLISHES GOALS FOR BOTH PARKS AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

WE WOULD CLEARLY APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT.

FINALLY, WHAT YOU'RE GOING TO HEAR IN A MOMENT YOU'RE GOING TO HEAR FROM OTHER SPEAKERS IN SUPPORT WILL SPEAK TO HOW PARDES RECENT PRACTICE SUPPORTS OUR CASE AND HOW OUR CASE ALSO SUPPORTS THE GOALS OF IMPROVING THE WAY WE APPROACH PARKLAND, SUSTAINABILITY AND EQUITY.

ULTIMATELY, WE DO NOT SEE THIS AS A BINARY DECISION AS STAFF HAS, UH, HAS PROPOSED IT.

ISN'T ALL OR NOTHING.

WE DO NOT NEED TO PUT PARKLAND.

WE DO NOT NEED TO PIT PARKLAND AGAINST AFFORDABILITY.

WE CAN MEET BOTH, AND THAT'S WHAT WE ARE PROPOSING.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

SO I'D LIKE TO CALL FORWARD THE SPEAKERS THAT ARE FOR, UM, MICHAEL.

OH, WAIT, HANG ON.

OKAY, JOSHUA, GO AHEAD.

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I THINK IT MIGHT BE THE OTHER ONE.

CAN YOU JUST PASS ONE SLIDE JUST TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE THE RIGHT PRESENTATION? YEAH.

OKAY, GREAT.

THANK YOU.

UM, CHAIR, VICE CHAIR, COMMISSIONERS.

MY NAME IS JOSHUA NEEDHAM AND I'M AN AUSTIN NATIVE BORN AND RAISED AND A 20 YEAR PROPERTY OWNER.

I'D LIKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO CORRECT A FEW MISCONCEPTIONS THAT HAVE BEEN RAISED THROUGHOUT THIS CASE RELATED TO FEE AND THROUGH FIELD LEW AUTHORITY AFFORDABILITY UNLOCKED THE SIZE OF THE BUTTON PARK, THE TRANSIT PARK CONNECTOR, SETBACKS AND EASEMENT AREAS.

NEXT SLIDE FIRST, UM, THE QUESTION HAS BEEN RAISED KEN PART EXCEPT FEE IN LIEU FOR PROJECTS OWING MORE THAN SIX ACRES OF PARKLAND.

WE THINK THE ANSWER'S YES, CODE EXPLICITLY AUTHORIZED THE PARKS DIRECTOR TO ALLOW FEE AND LOO FOR THESE CASES.

WE ALSO KNOW THAT IMPARTS PRACTICE, INCLUDING THESE 10 RECENT CASES THAT WERE ALL IMPLEMENTED AFTER THE CHANGE IN THE PARKLAND DEDICATION ORDINANCE HAVE ALLOWED FOR, UM, DEDICATION WITH A MIX OF FINLAND AND OR IN SOME CASES, A HUNDRED PERCENT OF FIELD.

LOU, NEXT SLIDE.

THERE'S ANOTHER QUESTION ABOUT WHY WE'RE NOT PURSUING AFFORDABILITY UNLOCKED.

AS YOU CAN SEE IN THE QUOTE, THE SPONSOR FOR THE AFFORDABILITY UNLOCKED SPECIFICALLY NOTED THAT THIS IS A SPECIAL EXCEPTION IN THE CODE TO PROMOTE SUBSIDIZED PROJECTS.

AND THE PROJECT THAT WE'RE PROPOSING IS NON-SUBSIDIZED NEXT SLIDE.

SO WE TALK ABOUT THE BUTTON BARK.

SO IS THE BUTTON PARK AREA IN THE WESTERN PORTION OF OUR SITE, TOO SMALL TO BE ACCEPTABLE FOR PARKLAND? THE ANSWER IS NO.

AND THERE'S TWO POINTS I'D LIKE TO MAKE ABOUT THIS FIRST.

WE BELIEVE THAT THE ACREAGE IS FULLY COMPLIANT WITH CODE, BUT IN, BUT EVEN UNDER PARTS, UH, STATED IN INTERPRETATION, IT IS COMPLIANT WITH THE INCLUSION OF THE TRANSPORT TRANSIT PARK CORRIDOR, BECAUSE THOSE PIECES CONNECT SECOND, EVEN WITHOUT THE PRINTED TRANSIT PARK COURT CORRIDOR.

AND NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE, OUR BUTTON PARK SIZE IS ENTIRELY CONSISTENT WITH OTHER HARD, UH, BUTTON PARKS, AS YOU CAN SEE IN THE LIST ATTACHED.

NEXT SLIDE.

ANOTHER QUESTION THAT'S COME UP IS ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT WE ARE SUBJECT TO SETBACK AREAS AND THE ANSWER IS NO, THE AMUSE SPECIFICALLY WAIVES ALL SETBACKS.

NEXT SLIDE.

THIS IS ONE THING THAT'S REALLY IMPORTANT TO ME.

I PERSONALLY WENT AND ADVOCATED TO TXDOT AND INTO AUSTIN ENERGY TO ENSURE THAT WE COULD PROVIDE BIKE LANES, SIDEWALKS THAT I COULD AMENITIZE, UH, AN AUSTIN, UH, AUSTIN ENERGY EASEMENT, UH, WITH DOG PARKS AND OTHER SUCH ITEMS IN ORDER TO ENSURE THAT WE PROVIDED THE BEST AND THE MOST ROBUST PARKLAND WE COULD POSSIBLY DO.

EXCELLENT.

NEXT SLIDE.

WHAT I REALLY WANT TO GET ACROSS IS I FEEL LIKE IN SOME SENSES THERE'S A BIT OF FORM OVER SUBSTANCE.

UM, BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY, WE REALLY ARE FOCUSED ON PROJECT OUTCOMES AND WE WANT A WIN-WIN FOR EVERYBODY.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

IT'S MICHAEL IS A GOOD AND I'LL BE YES.

THANK YOU.

OKAY, COOL.

UH, CHAIR, VICE CHAIR, COMMISSIONERS, MICHAEL GALVIN.

ON BEHALF OF THE APPELLANT, I'D LIKE TO DISCUSS THIS CASE FROM A POLICY PERSPECTIVE AND WHY WE BELIEVE OUR PROPOSAL OFFERS THE BEST OUTCOMES FOR PART'S LONG-TERM FINANCIAL SUSTAINABILITY EQUITY AND PARKS ACCESS.

FINANCIAL SUSTAINABILITY SPEAKS TO HOW WELL PART IS ABLE TO MEET ITS RESPONSIBILITIES TOWARD CURRENT AND FUTURE AUSTIN RESIDENTS.

TO PUT THIS INTO PERSPECTIVE PARK, CURRENTLY REPORTS 137 NEIGHBORHOOD POCKET AND BUTTONED PARKS.

THE 23% OF THOSE ARE UNDEVELOPED AND ESTIMATED NEED OF OVER $33 MILLION.

BASED OFF THE AVERAGE PROJECT COSTS, AS YOU KNOW, PARKLAND DEDICATION DEVELOPMENT FEES ARE THE MAIN CONSISTENT SOURCE OF FUNDING FOR THESE TYPES OF PROJECTS.

WITH OTHER SOURCES LIKE GRANTS

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AND BONDS REQUIRING OTHER APPROVALS PART DATA INDICATES THAT ROUGHLY 25 TO 30% OF PARKLAND DEDICATION AND DEVELOPMENT FEES ARE GENERALLY SPENT ON NEIGHBORHOOD POCKET AND BUTTONED PARKS.

NOW OVER THE LONG RUN, ALL THESE PARKS WILL NEED IMPROVEMENT AND REDEVELOPMENT.

SO IF WE COMPARE OUR FUNDING TO OUR LONGTERM RESPONSIBILITIES, WE CAN SEE THAT PART'S ESTIMATED LONGTERM FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IS ROUGHLY 3590% OF ITS ANNUAL FEE REVENUES FOR THESE PARKS.

AT THE SAME TIME PART IS ADDING AN AVERAGE OF MORE THAN $4 MILLION IN NEIGHBORHOOD POCKET AND BUTTONED PARK RESPONSIBILITIES ANNUALLY.

SO IT'S CRITICAL THAT PART LOOKED TO CREATIVE SOLUTIONS TO ENSURE A HIGH LEVEL OF SERVICE AS OUR PARKS GROW IN AGE, OUR PROPOSAL DOES SO BY DEVELOPING AND MAINTAINING ONSITE PARKLAND AT NO COST DEPART WHILE ALSO PAYING THE FULL FEE AMOUNT.

THE NEXT POLICY AREA EQUITY SPEAKS TO AIRPORT IS ACQUIRING LAND DEDICATION.

THE MAIN INSTITUTIONALIZED CRITERIA IS A QUARTER MILE, HALF MILE MEASUREMENT, WHICH DOES NOT CONSIDER EQUITY.

SO WE ANALYZE PARKLAND DEDICATION BASED OFF OF INDICATORS THAT THE UPROOTED STUDY DEVELOPED TO IDENTIFY MARGINALIZED COMMUNITIES.

AS YOU CAN SEE HERE AND FOUND THAT WHEN WE COMPARE THAT THE PARTS DATA, ROUGHLY TWO THIRDS OF SITE PLAN DEDICATION WAS NOT IN THESE HIGH NEED MARGINALIZED AREAS.

OUR SITE IS ALSO NOT IN ONE OF THESE HIGH-NEED MARGINALIZED AREAS.

AS YOU CAN SEE HERE, OUR CENSUS TRACK IS WIDER AND MORE EDUCATED THAN AUSTIN AS A WHOLE WITH LOWER CHILD POVERTY.

IN CONTRAST, THERE ARE A NUMBER OF PARKS NEAR THE SITE THAT PART ITSELF IDENTIFIES AS QUOTE HIGH EQUITY IMPACT.

OUR PROPOSAL WOULD PROVIDE MORE FUNDING THAN THE PARK SYSTEM AND THUS MORE REVENUES THAT CAN GO TO HIGH EQUITY IMPACT PARKS.

FINALLY, AFFORDABLE HOUSING IS KEY TO ANY EQUITY CONVERSATION.

AND ON THIS FRONT PART ITSELF HAS IDENTIFIED AN INSTITUTIONALIZED PROBLEM WITH THE WAY THE CITY'S POLICIES APPROACH, AFFORDABLE HOUSING, NOTING THAT OUR POLICIES ONLY CONSIDER THE IMPACT OF SMART UNITS, WHICH OFFER THE LOWEST LEVEL OF AFFORDABILITY AND NOT TO OTHER PROGRAMS LIKE OUR VMU PROJECT, WHICH OFFER GREATER AFFORDABILITY.

AND SO TO CONCLUDE, I WOULD JUST NOTE THAT THERE, THIS IS JUST ONE SITE PLAN.

OUR CITY POLICIES ARE IMPLEMENTED ON A SITE PLAN BY SITE PLAN BASIS, MAKING THESE QUESTIONS INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT FOR OUR FEATURE AS A COMMUNITY AND AS A CITY, I BELIEVE THAT OUR PROJECT OFFERS BETTER OUTCOMES ON THESE KEY POLICY QUESTIONS.

AND I HOPE YOU WILL CONSIDER THAT DURING THE DISCUSSIONS.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

OKAY.

JUST TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR PARKS BOARD MEMBERS ARE CLEAR, THOSE WERE TWO INDIVIDUALS WHO WERE SPEAKING FOR.

AND SO WE HAVE ANOTHER SET OF INDIVIDUALS, NOT MANY MORE THAN HAVE SPOKEN FOR THAT, UM, WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK, UM, AGAINST.

SO IF, UH, SUSAN POST IS WILLING TO COME UP TO THE POST TO THE PODIUM, CHAIRWOMAN VICE CHAIR, COMMISSIONERS, I'M SUSAN POST.

I LIVE ON AT 55 0 9 AVENUE G HERE IN AUSTIN.

I'M HALF A BLOCK FROM THIS, UH, DEVELOPMENT.

AND, UM, WE, MY PARTNER AND I BOTH FEEL THAT WE ARE AGAINST, UM, GRANTING THE VARIANCE IN.

WE LIVE IN ONE OF THE DENSEST AREAS IN AUSTIN WHEN WE CONSIDERED BUYING OUR PROPERTY.

THAT WAS ONE OF THE THINGS WE CAME FROM CENTRAL AUSTIN, WHERE THERE'S MANY MORE GREEN SPOTS.

WE WERE RIGHT NEXT TO WEST ENFIELD PARK, BUT WE HAD TO WALK 30 MINUTES TO GET TO THE PARK FROM OUR PROPERTY.

AND IT'S ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE NOTICE EVERY SINGLE DAY THAT THERE'S NO GREEN SPACE.

AND, UM, THERE'S A FEW TREES AT THE EDGE OF THE PROPERTY WHERE PEOPLE WALK THEIR DOGS.

AND, UM, IT'S SO IRONIC.

THE DENSEST PLACES HAVE THE FEWEST GREEN SPACES.

AND MY TAKEAWAY IS THAT YOU CAN'T REALLY TRADE ONE KIND OF GREEN FOR ANOTHER.

AND I FEEL THAT'S WHAT THE DEVELOPERS ARE TRYING TO DO.

UM, AND IT FEELS LIKE THE DOGS WILL GET MORE GREEN SPACE IN THIS PLAN.

THEY PLAN TO FENCE A DOG PARK AND THAT REALLY FENCES OUT THE NEIGHBORHOOD AND THE, THE WHAT'S IT CALLED THE TRANCES TRANSIT CORRIDOR.

IT FACES AWAY FROM THE NEIGHBORHOOD.

DID YOU REALIZE THAT? AND IT WILL MAKE THE SHOPS THAT ARE PROPOSED IN THE DEVELOPMENT LOOK REALLY NICE.

IT'LL BE NICE.

IT'S IT'S CURB APPEAL, BASICALLY.

IT'S NOT USABLE PARK SPACE.

AND, UM, I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY AFFORDABLE HOUSING WOULD BE REDUCED.

IS IT A PROPORTION? IS THAT HOW IT WORKS? SO THANK YOU FOR THAT CLARITY.

SO IT, IT JUST FEELS LIKE THIS IS GOING TO CLOSE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD.

IT'S GOING TO CLOSE US OUT OF THE DEDICATED PARK ON ONE SIDE, AND IT WON'T

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INCREASE THE QUALITY OF LIFE.

IT WILL FOR THE RESIDENTS POSSIBLY, UH, OF THE, THE DEVELOPMENT.

BUT I THINK THE NEIGHBORS ARE VERY UPSET ABOUT IT.

THANK YOU.

DANA MARCUS, DANA MARCUS WOLF.

I'M SORRY.

GOOD EVENING EVERYONE.

UM, I HAVE LIVED IN AUSTIN FOR ABOUT 40 YEARS SINCE COLLEGE AND, UM, I NOW LIVE WITHIN 500 FEET OF THIS PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT AND I AM AGAINST THE VARIANCE.

UM, I AM A CYCLIST.

I THINK THAT THE BIKE LANE ON THE SIDE OF KANICK LANE IS NOT A GOOD ANSWER.

UM, I FEEL LIKE THE, THE IDEA OF THE PARK OVER BY THE RAILROAD TRACKS IS NOT A GOOD ANSWER BECAUSE, UM, FOR SEVERAL REASONS, WHEN BEING THAT IT'S AT THE END OF THE STREET, THERE IS AN ADEQUATE LIGHTING.

THERE WAS AN ADEQUATE PATHWAY TO, TO WHERE THAT LITTLE PARK WOULD BE.

UM, I'M AGAINST THE LOCATION OF THE PARK, WHERE THE INTERSECTION OF CANUCK LANE AND FIFTH AND, UH, AND, UH, AVENUE APP IS, UM, BECAUSE THAT'S A SUPER BUSY AREA, TRAFFIC, HIGHLY TRAFFICKED AREA, AND NOBODY IS GONNA WANT TO GO SIT, SIT OUT WITH THEIR GRANDPARENTS OR THEIR CHILDREN NEXT TO THE NEXT TO THE BUSY ROAD.

NOBODY'S GOING TO WANT TO PLAY WITH THEIR FRISBEE OUT THERE AND HAVE THAT FRISBEE TURN INTO, UH, INTO, UH, A HAZARD IN THE STREET.

UM, WE'RE ABOUT TO HAVE A, UH, A LARGE BUILDING, FIVE HOUSES AWAY FROM US.

AND WE HAVE THE OPTION HERE TO HAVE A PARK AS A PART THAT, AND TO TAKE THAT AWAY FROM US IS NOT TRUE.

AUSTIN SPIRIT.

I DIDN'T HEAR 40 YEARS.

I KNOW WHAT TRUE AUSTIN SPIRIT IS.

I ACTUALLY WORKED FOR THE PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT WHEN I WAS IN MY EARLY TWENTIES AS A TEMPORARY WORKER, WHEN THEY WERE DEVELOPING THE MASTER PLAN FOR THE PARKS AT THAT TIME, I KNOW I KNOW WHAT THE AUSTIN SPIRIT IS, AND IT IS ALL ABOUT HAVING PARKLAND AND GREEN SPACE AND COMMUNITY SPACE FOR PEOPLE, FOR THEIR PARENTS, FOR THE GRANDPARENTS, FOR THEIR CHILDREN.

AND THIS IS NOT WHAT I'M SEEING, WHAT I'M SEEING YOUR MINUTE AMENITIES FOR A BUILDING COMPLEX.

THAT'S ALL.

IS IT TOM CARLSON, CARSON? SORRY.

I WAS CLOSED.

I SO APOLOGIZE.

WILL YOU PLEASE REPEAT YOUR NAME AGAIN SO I CAN GET IT CORRECT? TONY LARSON.

I'M A GEOLOGIST.

MY DAD WAS A DOCTOR, BUT MAYBE I INHERITED HIS WRITING.

NO, IT'S COMPLETELY MY FAULT.

I NEED TO ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY.

I APPRECIATE ALL THE TIME.

UM, I'M AGAINST THE, UH, WHAT THE DEVELOPER HERE IS TRYING TO DO.

UH, MY FAMILY AND I HAVE RAISED HER CHILDREN WITHIN 500 FEET OF THIS UNIT.

UM, OVERALL, LIKE WHAT I SEE IN THE DEVELOPMENT, BUT I WOULD LIKE TO SEE SEACO OR PSYCHO WORK WITH PARD AND WORK WITH THE NEIGHBORHOOD COMMUNITY TO ACTUALLY BUILD THE PARK.

YOU KNOW, ROBIN MENTIONED THERE'S, THERE'S NO VIABLE PARK WITHIN A QUARTER MILE OF THIS LAND.

IT'S ACTUALLY 1.2 MILES.

SO YOU HAVE TO WALK TO SHAI PARK, WHICH IS A GREAT PARK TO GET ANYTHING THAT LOOKS LIKE A PARK, SMELLS LIKE A PARK, OR FEELS LIKE A PARK.

THERE'S AN OPPORTUNITY HERE TO BUILD AN ACTUAL ONE ACRE PARK IN A UNDERSERVED PORTION OF AUSTIN.

UH, YOU'RE NOT GOING TO HAVE A LOT MORE OPPORTUNITY TO DO THAT.

I THINK THE SIDEWALK, YOUR BUILDING DOES LOOK NICE.

IT'S 25 FOOT WIDE SIDEWALK.

IT'S NOT A PARK.

IT'S A SIDEWALK BIKE LANE.

IT'S VEGETATED.

I DON'T THINK IT'S GOING TO SERVE ANY PURPOSE MORE THAN THE 15 FOOT SIDEWALK THAT'S IN FRONT OF CANINE FLATS RIGHT NOW.

IT'S NOT THE KIND OF PLACE YOU'RE GOING TO GO AND SIT ON THE GRASS, THROW A