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WE PUT THE SITE

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PLAN IN AND WE

[CALL TO ORDER]

ACTUALLY GOT IT APPROVED AND WE'RE WORKING ON IT.

WE DID NOT KNOW THIS OTHER SITE WAS NOT, UH, IT WAS UNPAVED, BUT THE INTENTIONS ARE, WE WERE NOT AWARE THIS WAS AVAILABLE.

THIS COULD BE THEIR KID, THE THOUGHT BEHIND IT BECAUSE THERE'S ANOTHER, UM, A PROPERTY THAT IS ALSO, UM, BEING SERVED BY HARVEY STREET.

IT'S 1100 RV STREET.

THAT IS ALMOST 2.39 ACRE MULTIFAMILY THAT ALSO WILL BE SERVED FROM THIS SOUTH SIDE.

UM, THEN THAT WILL BE DEVELOPED AND IT WILL BE, YOU KNOW, THE, THE TRAFFIC WILL BE GOING FROM HERE TO EVENTUALLY WHOEVER'S GOING TO DEVELOP IT, UH, YOU KNOW, AND, AND, AND GOING FORWARD, OBVIOUSLY THAT DEVELOPER HAS TO DEVELOP THAT NOT SIDE, UH, ENTRY THAT IS COMING FROM 12TH STREET, UH, TO SOLVE THOSE.

AND SO THAT'LL, THAT'LL MAKE THIS FEED COMPLETE AND IT'LL GO THROUGH, UM, THIS TRAFFIC, UH, THAT NEWLY DEVELOPED FROM THE, THAT IT'S SERVING THE CURRENT STREET CURRENTLY SERVING ALL THE 1184 HARVEY AND 1100 HARVEY AND ELLEN REED APARTMENTS.

THOSE ARE ALMOST LIKE 40 UNITS OR 30 UNITS, MORE OR LESS LIKE FOURPLEXES, THAT ALL TRAFFIC IS GOING TO BE SO MANY HUNDREDS OF CARS THAT, THAT CANNOT ALONE BE SUSTAINED FROM WILSON.

UM, AND THEN THAT, SO THAT, SO I, UM, YOU KNOW, IT'S VERY EASY TO DEVELOP AN, ANY DEVELOPER AND I DON'T KNOW, GOING TO THE HISTORY, AND OBVIOUSLY I'M NOT IN THE TRANSPORTATION, BUT MOST LIKELY THERE'S ALWAYS A BOND REQUIRED WHEN YOU'RE DOING A SITE PLAN OR SUBDIVISION.

AND THEN THAT THE DEVELOPER AT THE TIME DIDN'T FINISH THE STREET, YOU'LL TAKE THE BOND MONEY.

ARE YOU DO I SHOULD BOND SHORTY? AND THEN YOU CITY WILL DEVELOP THAT STREET.

HOWEVER, THIS IS FROM 1945 AND THERE'S NO RECORD.

UM, SO OBVIOUSLY THAT SITE PLAN THAT RIGHT AWAY WAS NOT DEVELOPED IN THERE, BUT WE ALSO RECENTLY GROWTH, BUT THIS PART OF TOWN WAS COMPLETELY NEGLIGENT, LIKE IN TERMS OF IT, WASN'T WHAT, UH, IT WASN'T ENOUGH MONEY TO, YOU KNOW, BUILD THE HOUSES AND BUILD THE STREET TOGETHER.

UM, MR. PARKASH THAT'S, UH, YOUR TIME, UH, WE CAN GIVE YOU ANOTHER MINUTE IF YOU, UH, DO YOU NEED JUST A LITTLE BIT MORE TO WRAP UP STILL ON YOU? DO YOU WANT TO UNMUTE HIM UNTIL YOU CAN RESPOND TO IT? YOU NEED JUST THROWING A LOT.

WE'RE TRYING TO UNMUTE YOU ONE SECOND.

SO WHEN YOU HAVE TO UNMUTE TO SPEAK FOR ONE MORE MINUTE, MS. PARK ASHLEY, IF YOU WANT TO FINISH YOUR THOUGHT DATA.

YEAH.

SO THE FIRST OF RIGHT TO IN TRANSPORTATION CODE IS TO THE PEOPLE, TO THE HARVEY STREET, TO, TO VACATE NOT THE BUDDING PROPERTY, WHICH IS ADDRESS 12 3 0 5 12 STREET.

THEY DON'T HAVE A FIRST RIGHT TO REFUSAL.

THIS, THIS HAS TO BE, UH, DISCUSSED FURTHER AND I'M OPPOSING, UH, THIS, UH, VACAY, UH, TO THIS PROPERTY, UH, TO, TO, TO THE PROPOSED RIGHT AWAY.

OKAY.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

AND JUST TO CLARIFY, YOU ARE OPPOSED, I'M SORRY.

YES, SIR.

OKAY.

AND THEN SUSAN, DID YOU HAVE A COMMENT? UM, SO I DON'T KNOW HOW MANY OF OUR SPEAKERS ARE ON ITEM TWO A, WHICH SHOULD COME UP REALLY QUICKLY.

CAUSE IT'S THE FIRST, IF, IF EVERY I'M STRUGGLING TO UNDERSTAND ALL THE CONTEXT, NOT HAVING SEEN, UM, MICHELLE SPIT SMITH'S PRESENTATION AND LIKE SEEING THE MAPS, LIKE I, I'M SORRY TO SAY THAT, LIKE I WAS LISTENING, BUT I'M NOT SURE HOW MUCH I FOLLOWED.

UM, SO IF, IF WE HAVE A LOT OF SPEAKERS ON THAT ITEM, I THINK IT MIGHT BE, UM, THAT ARE FEELING, YOU KNOW, UM, OPPOSING OR SUPPORTING OR OFFERING COMMENT.

IT MIGHT BE HELPFUL TO AT LEAST FOR, FOR, TO SEE THE STAFF PRESENTATION, TO SEE THE MAPS SO THAT I CAN UNDERSTAND A BIT MORE OF WHAT'S BEING SPOKEN ABOUT.

OKAY.

I THINK THAT'S A VERY GOOD IDEA.

UH, COMMISSIONER, SO IT LOOKS LIKE SCOTT COLLIER, CHRISTOPHER PAGE AND OWEN PARKASH ARE ALL SPEAKING ON ITEM TWO, A, UM, THE TWO REMAINING SPEAKERS.

DO YOU FEEL LIKE WAITING UNTIL AFTER THE PRESENTATION OR ARE YOU GOOD WITH GOING AHEAD OF TIME AND DO THE WAIT TILL AFTER IF I PROVIDE CONTEXT WITH THOSE WHO DON'T KNOW THE WHOLE, THE WHOLE CONTEXT, I'M NOT, I'M NOT FALLING.

SO I'M GONNA JUST SAY, YOU KNOW, I'M LIKE TO SEE THE STAFF PRESENTATION AND THE SPEAKER THAT ALREADY WENT.

I'M SORRY TO SAY.

I REALLY STRUGGLED TO FOLLOW YOU.

NOT BECAUSE YOU WERE BEING UNCLEAR, JUST CAUSE IT WAS HARD FOR ME

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TO PERSONALLY VISUALIZE WHAT I WOULD SUGGEST IS THAT, THAT YOU WOULD STAY ONLINE AS WELL.

AND THEN IF WE COULD ASK YOU QUESTIONS, THAT'S ALWAYS SOMETHING THAT WE CAN DO AS WELL IS, IS EVEN THOUGH YOU USE OF YOUR TIME SPEAKING, WE CAN, WE COULD ASK QUESTIONS OF THE COMMENTERS AT THAT POINT AS WELL, TO STAY ON AS A RESOURCE COME UP QUICKLY.

OKAY.

AND THERE'S A, THERE'S A PRESENTATION BY A STOCK COLLIER.

I SEE IT ON THE, UM, UH, I'M SORRY.

MY TIME IS OVER.

I'M NOT SPEAKING FOR THAT, BUT THAT WILL DEFINITELY BE HELPFUL ON THAT PRESENTATION IS OUT THERE THAT OUTLINE EVERY ITEM, BUT I JUST SPOKE.

OKAY.

A QUICK SHOW OF HANDS IS ANYONE OBJECTIVE IS JUMPING INTO THE AGENDA.

I'M NOT SEEING ANY INFECTIONS.

OKAY.

WELL, IN THAT CASE, UH, THE ASSISTANCE COMMUNICATIONS WILL GO WITH THE ITEMS THEY ARE ATTACHED TO.

AND, UH, THE FIRST ITEM YOU HAVE TO CALL THE ORDER.

NOW WE HAVE

[1. APPROVAL OF December 7th, 2021 MINUTES ]

TO DO THE APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES AND LET ME KNOW IF YOU CAN HEAR ME OKAY.

IF I NEED TO SPEAK LOUDER OR QUIET, MORE BRIGHTLY.

RIGHT.

IS THERE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES? I CAN'T SEE THE ANTIBODIES.

ALL RIGHT.

THAT WAS A COMMISSIONER DRISCOLL.

IS THERE A SECOND? I'LL SECOND.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

UH, ANY DISCUSSION? ALL IN FAVOR, SAY AYE, OR RAISE YOUR HAND.

HI.

HI CHRIS, CAN YOU MAKE THE WINDOW SO WE CAN SEE ALL THE PARTICIPANTS THERE.

YOU GOTTA LOOK DOWN.

UH, WAS THAT OR WAS THERE ANYBODY OPPOSED? ANY ABSTENTIONS? ALL RIGHT.

MINUTES ARE APPROVED.

ALL RIGHT, LET'S MOVE ON.

ALRIGHT.

NOW WE'RE MOVING INTO A NEW BUSINESS.

THE FIRST

[2.A. Right of Way Vacation Harvey St.]

ITEM IS THE RIGHT OF WAY.

THE OCCASION ON HARDY STREET, THERE WAS QUITE A LOT OF BACKUP.

UM, WELL I'LL JUST LET, UM, MICHELLE SMITH FROM, UH, THE DEPARTMENT OF DEVELOPMENT SERVICES EVER.

YOU ARE READY.

I'M READY.

YOU CAN PUT IT UP PLEASE.

AND PUT THE PRESENTATION AT PLEASE.

THANK YOU.

AND IF YOU'LL JUST START THE SLIDESHOW.

THERE YOU GO.

THANK YOU.

UM, HELLO COMMISSIONERS.

MY NAME IS MICHELLE SMITH.

I'M WITH THE DEVELOPMENT SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

I'M HERE THIS AFTERNOON TO PRESENT THE BIKE RIGHT BACK TO THE PAGE ONE, PLEASE.

PAGE ONE, PLEASE.

BACK.

I'M HERE TO DISCUSS THE VACATION APPLICATION OF UNPAVED HARVEY STREET.

SO RIGHT AWAY TRAVERSING SOUTH TO NORTH DIAGONALLY FROM SEOUL WILSON STREET TO EAST 12TH STREET.

THIS IS FILED 2 0 2 1 0 4 7 0 0 1.

IT'S YOUR ITEM NUMBER TWO.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

OKAY.

SO YOU CAN SEE EAST 12TH AND OAK GROVE AND THEN SOUL WILSON.

AND THE YELLOW DIAGONAL IS THE RIGHT OF WAY THAT'S BEING VACATED.

THIS WAS PLANTED, UM, RIGHT AWAY AND IT'S NEVER BEEN DEVELOPED.

UM, IT'S NEVER BEEN PAVED AS YOU CAN SEE IF HARVEY CONNECTED WITH, UH, GRAVITY'S 12TH, IT WOULD MAKE A KIND OF AN UNSAFE, UM, INTERSECTION.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THIS WAS THE MAP THAT WENT OUT WITH THE ORIGINAL APPLICATION.

AGAIN, JUST SHOWING THAT HARVEY STREET, UM, WAS PLANTED.

UM, AND IT IS THERE IT'S, YOU KNOW, AN UNPAVED AREA THAT IS SEEKING THAT VACATION.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THE APPLICANT, UM, AS PART OF THEIR TRANSMITTAL LETTER STATED THAT THE CITY TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT STATED IT DOES NOT INTEND TO CONSTRUCT A SECTION OF HARVEY IN THE FUTURE.

THERE IS NO ACTIVE SITE PLAN FOR ANY PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT, ALL EFFECTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND PRIVATE UTILITY FRANCHISE STAKEHOLDERS HAVE REVIEWED THE APPLICATION AND RECOMMEND FOR APPROVAL.

IT IS SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING REVIEWERS CONDITIONS, AUSTIN WATER UTILITY NEEDS A WATERLINE EASEMENT RETAINED TO COVER THE EXISTING WASTEWATER MANHOLE AND WASTEWATER LINE WITHIN THE REQUESTED AREA FOR VACATION.

THE APPLICANT HAS PROVIDED US A SURVEY, UM, OF JUST THE AREA THAT AUSTIN WATER YOU NEED, UTILITY NEEDS TO BE RETAINED.

AND THAT WILL BE PART OF THE DEED WITHOUT WARRANTY.

SHOULD THE ITEM BE APPROVED BY CITY COUNCIL? NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

UM, IT'S FOR A TOTAL OF 20 1092 SQUARE FEET, PUBLIC NOTICE PER CODE WAS GIVEN TO PROPERTY OWNERS WITHIN 300 FEET.

UM, ON OCTOBER 14TH, 2021, THERE WERE 52 PROPERTY OWNERS THAT RECEIVED A NOTIFICATION.

I HAD FOUR INQUIRIES, I HAD FIVE OBJECTIONS AND

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ONE, SOME, UM, ONE SUPPORT LETTER.

THERE ARE SIX OWNERS THAT ALL ABOUT THE RIGHT OF WAY, THE RIGHT AWAY AREA THAT'S BEING, UM, SEEKING VACATION.

UH, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO I CAN ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS REGARDING THE RIGHT OF WAY PROCESS AND THE APPLICANT IS ON, IS AVAILABLE TO ANSWER QUESTIONS REGARDING THE, UH, BUDDING PROPERTIES.

THANK YOU.

AND I HAVE LISTED MY NAME AND PHONE NUMBER AT THE END OF THAT SLIDE.

UM, IF Y'ALL HAD QUESTIONS, UH, AFTERWARDS AND YOU WANTED TO REACH OUT TO ME, WE DO ALSO HAVE THE APPLICANTS WILL BE LIKE FOR THE APPLICANTS WHO PRESENT THIS SLIDE.

UM, LUKE, WE HAVE HER WITH US.

UH, PAM.

THANK YOU.

CAN YOU HEAR ME? OKAY, GREAT.

DO YOU HAVE THE PRESENTATION? THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

MY NAME IS PAM MADEIRA.

I'M HERE AT JACKSON WALKER.

THANK YOU COMMISSION FOR TAKING THE TIME, UM, TO HEAR THIS THIS EVENING, UH, WE ARE REQUESTING, UM, BY THE WAY, HOW DO I TURN PAGES ON HERE AND I WILL MOVE IT FOR YOU.

OKAY, AWESOME.

THANK YOU.

UM, NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

WE ARE REQUESTING THE VACATION OF THE HARVEY RIGHT OF WAY.

UM, AS YOU HAVE SEEN FROM, UM, CITY STAFF'S PRESENTATION, UM, UH, THE CITY, THE VARIOUS CITY DEPARTMENTS, I THINK THERE WERE ROUGHLY 15 OR 17 HAVE REVIEWED THIS VACATION AND, UM, THEY ARE ALL IN SUPPORT OF THIS VACATION, UM, INCLUDING, UH, ATB, UM, IS IN SUPPORT OF THIS VACATION.

UM, THE, THIS PARTICULAR SECTION OF HARVEY HAS BEEN IN ITS CONFIGURATION SINCE LATE 18 HUNDREDS.

AND IT IS, IT HAS NEVER BEEN USED AS RIGHT AWAY.

UM, IT HAS NOT BEEN MAINTAINED BY THE CITY, THE, UM, THE, I THINK PREVIOUS PROPERTY OWNERS IN THE PAST, UM, YOU KNOW, MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE MAINTAINED IT AND THE EXISTING PROPERTY OWNERS ARE MAINTAINING IT NOW.

UM, AND IT HAS NEVER BEEN USED BY THE CITY OF AUSTIN AS MS. SMITH MENTIONED IN HER PRESENTATION.

UM, THE IT'S MY UNDERSTANDING THAT THE CITY DOES NOT FEEL THAT THE HANDLING PORTION OF HARVEY, UM, WOULD BE IN THE COMMUNITY'S BEST INTEREST FROM A TRANSPORTATION STANDPOINT, THE WAY THAT IT INTERSECTS WITH THE CURRENT ROAD WITH OAK GROVE AND WITH EAST 12TH STREET IN THAT LOCATION AND ALL OF THAT.

SO WE HAVE REQUESTED, UM, WE, UM, HAVE FILED APPLICATIONS, UM, ON BEHALF OF ALL OF THE SURROUNDING PROPERTY OWNERS, UM, THE FIVE OR SIX PROPERTY OWNERS, UM, THAT SURROUND THE HARVEY STREET, UM, RIGHT OF WAY AREA THAT WE'RE REQUESTING TO BE VACATED, UM, REQUESTING THAT THE CITY VACATE, UM, HARVEY.

SO, UM, THAT HARVEY CAN BE, UM, PURCHASED AT MARKET VALUE BY THE PROPERTY OWNERS.

UM, THE, AND I'LL LET YOU TURN THE SLIDE, IF YOU DON'T MIND, PLEASE.

THANK YOU.

UH, AND ONE MORE, UH, LET'S DO ONE MORE AFTER THAT.

THANK YOU.

SO, UM, RIGHT NOW, AS YOU CAN SEE IN THIS MAP RIGHT HERE, THIS PARCEL MAP, UM, HARVEY BISECTS, THOSE, THOSE VARIOUS PARCELS THERE, AND, UM, IT'S PREVENTING THIS AREA FROM BEING, UM, DEVELOPED IN ANY TYPE OF A COHESIVE MANNER, UM, THAT, YOU KNOW, MAYBE BENEFICIAL, YOU'VE GOT THAT LITTLE TRIANGLE SIDE OUTLINED IN RED ON EAST 12TH STREET, THERE IT'S A VERY SMALL AREA.

AND THEN YOU HAVE, UM, YOU HAVE THE, THE VARIOUS UNDEVELOPED IN THAT AREAS AND DEVELOPED, AND THEN YOU HAVE THE TWO PORTIONS DOWN THAT ARE OUTLINED IN RED THAT ARE UNDEVELOPED AS WELL, UM, BY VACATING HARVEY, UM, WHICH IS NOT BEING USED IN THE CITY, DOES NOT INTEND TO USE, UM, IT ALLOWS THIS, UH, ALL OF THIS PROPERTY TO BE, UM, TO BE DEVELOPED, UM, TO, UH, TO THE SIZE AND SCALE OF, UH, OF SOMETHING THAT MAKES SENSE, UM, AND THAT, YOU KNOW, THE COMMUNITY CAN REALLY USE IN NEED.

UM, WILL YOU PLEASE MOVE THE SLIDE FORWARD? UM, THIS IS A PHOTOGRAPH RIGHT HERE.

I'M LOOKING AT, I'M STANDING ON EAST 12TH STREET AND LOOKING DOWN OAK GROVE, THE SIDE STREET THAT, UH, SHOWS, UH, THE PROPERTY AND ALSO HARVEY KIND OF JUST WOULD, WOULD COME THROUGH AND INTERSECT KIND OF TOWARDS THAT TELEPHONE POLE RIGHT THERE.

WOULD YOU MIND MOVING IT FORWARD ONE MORE TIME? THAT'S ANOTHER, THAT'S ANOTHER SAME VIEW.

IT'S JUST LOOKING A LITTLE BIT FURTHER DOWN OAK GROVE JUST TO GIVE YOU, UM, AND THEN AGAIN, PLEASE, UM, THIS IS A VIEW LOOKING, UM, SO BASICALLY IF YOU CAN

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SEE TO YOUR LEFT THE HOUSE IN THE BACK THAT'S EAST 12TH STREET, SO YOU'RE LOOKING UP OUTGROWTH AND KIND OF AT THE CORNER OF OAK GROVE AND SOUL WILSON AVENUE RIGHT THERE.

IF YOU'LL PLEASE TURN IT ONE MORE TIME.

AND, UM, THIS IS ACTUALLY LOOKING AT THE PROPERTY, UM, FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF SEOUL WILSON.

AND SO THE PROPERTY PORTION TO THE LEFT IS, IS OWNED BY THE PRIVATE PROPERTY OWNERS.

AND THEN KIND OF TO THE RIGHT SIDE IS WHERE THE HARVEY RIGHTWAY COMES IN.

AND, UM, AND THEN I'LL SHOW YOU ONE MORE PHOTOGRAPH OR MORE PHOTOGRAPHS IF YOU CONTINUE ONE MORE OVER PLEASE.

SO THAT'S JUST LOOKING DOWN TOWARDS SOLE WILSON.

UM, THOSE ARE RESIDENCES THERE ON YOUR RIGHT, AND I BELIEVE, UM, UH, ONE OF THE OWNERS OF THOSE RESIDENCES IS, IS HERE TO SPEAK TODAY.

AND THEN ON THE LEFT, UH, AGAIN IS THE PROPERTY.

AND THEN ONE MORE SLIDE, PLEASE.

AND THEN THAT'S JUST ONE OF THE SAME LOOKING DOWN.

SO WILSON, SO I'M HERE TO, UM, THAT, THAT IS IT FOR MY SLIDESHOW PRESENTATION, BUT I'M HERE TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS YOU HAVE, UH, AS WE WORK THROUGH.

OKAY.

THANK YOU FOR THAT.

I THINK WE'LL GO DOWN TO THE CITIZEN TOUR, SIGNED UP TO SPEAK.

THERE IS SCOTT COLLIER WILL HAVE THREE MINUTES.

OKAY.

I'M MUTED.

HELLO COMMISSIONERS.

THANK YOU FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK WITH YOU.

UM, THE SUBJECT PROPERTY WE'RE DISCUSSING IS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED IN A FEW SLIDES.

I EMAILED TO CHRISTOPHER PARKS.

UM, SO I'M SCOTT COLLIER AND MY WIFE, CHELSEA AND I LIVE ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE SUBJECT PROPERTY ARE OUR NEIGHBORHOOD.

OVERALL IS HOMO TIGHTS, COMPRISING 120 PLUS SINGLE FAMILY HOMES AND ELMER.

DEPARTMENT'S A HUD SPONSORED COMPLEX OF 130 RESIDENCES IN 13 BUILDINGS.

WE LOVE OUR DIVERSE NEIGHBORHOOD WITH ITS MIX OF FAMILIES, LARGE AND SMALL, YOUNG, AND OLD OF ALL ECONOMIC NEEDS.

LIKE ALL AUSTIN NEIGHBORHOODS.

WE WANT A SAFE AND PLEASANT PLACE TO LIVE, WHERE NEIGHBORS TREAT EACH OTHER, AS THEY WISH TO BE TREATED.

WE SUPPORT RESPONSIBLE DEVELOPMENT THAT PRIORITIZES SAFETY AND A SENSE OF COMMUNITY.

THE CURRENT SITUATION, ENSEMBLES AND AVENUE IS NOT SAFE.

AND TO DATE EUREKA'S WORDS AND ACTIONS HAVE NOT CONVINCED US THAT THEY WILL DEVELOP THE SUBJECT PROPERTY WITH THE COMMUNITY IN MIND, THE STREETS THAT INTERSECT AT THE PROPERTY.

SO WILSON AND ELK GROVE ARE BUSY.

THERE'S FAST MOVING TRAFFIC IN AND OUT OF THE HOME RIDGE APARTMENTS, 24 7, THERE ARE NO SIDEWALKS.

SO PEDESTRIANS, INCLUDING CHILDREN AND FOLKS IN WHEELCHAIRS ARE FORCED INTO THE STREET TO GET TO.

AND FROM THE SCHOOL BUS STOP, OAK SPRINGS ELEMENTARY CAN ACADEMY HIGH SCHOOL AND FOOD STORES, OR THE WALGREENS VEHICLES ARE OFTEN PARKED ON BOTH SIDES OF SAUL WILSON, EFFECTIVELY CREATING A ONE LANE ROAD FROM OUR HOUSE.

WE'VE SEEN PEOPLE SCURRY OUT OF THE STREET.

AS CARS TURNED FROM OAK GROW WITHOUT SLOWING.

WE'VE SEEN SEVERAL PARKED CARS HIT, WHICH WE REPORT REPORTED 3, 1, 1.

WE'VE SEEN EMS POLICE AND FIRE TRUCKS SLOW.

AND EVEN BACK UP IN FRONT OF OUR HOUSE TO ALLOW FLOW OF TRAFFIC ALL WHILE PEDESTRIANS TRY TO AVOID BEING HIT.

SO OUR REQUEST IS THAT THE CITY REJECT THIS VACATION REQUEST UNLESS CERTAIN DEVELOPMENT OBLIGATIONS ARE PUT IN PLACE IN THE INTEREST OF RESIDENTS, SAFETY AND COMMUNITY INTEGRITY.

ONE UNTIL A SIDEWALK IS CONSTRUCTED ON THE NORTH SIDE OF SEOUL.

WILSON, NO DEVELOPMENT SHOULD BE PERMITTED, INCLUDING ANY FURTHER PROGRESS ON THE FENCE THAT IS GOING IN WHERE A SIDEWALK NEEDS TO GO TO THE SUBJECT PROPERTY, REGARDLESS OF WHO OWNS IT SHOULD NEVER BE PERMITTED TO CREATE A DRIVEWAY OR PEDESTRIAN ANCHOR.

YOU KNOW, THAT'S ALL THREE THAT TWO-WAY STOP AT OAK GROVE AND SAUL WILSON NEEDS TO BE A FOUR WAY STOP FOR DESIGNATE THE SOUTH SIDE OF SALT, WILSON AND NO PARKING ZONE BETWEEN ELMER DEPARTMENTS AND AT LEAST OAK GROVE, IDEALLY TO RIDGEWAY, TO ENSURE TWO LANES OF TRAFFIC CAN FLOW AT ALL TIMES.

FIVE INSTALL SPEED BUMPS ON SEOUL, WILSON FROM THE ELM RIDGE ENTRY TO RIDGEWAY SIX REQUIRE PARKING FOR ANY USE OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY TO BE A HUNDRED PERCENT ACCOMMODATED BY THE PROPERTY OWNER WITH NO ALLOWANCE FOR STREET PARKING ON SOULS SEVEN, WORK WITH ELM RIDGE TO ADD 10 TO 20 NO RESTRICTION PARKING SPACES TO THEIR LOT.

AS THERE APPEARS TO BE PLENTY OF CAPACITY FOR THAT EIGHT EUREKA IS TO COMMIT TO REGULAR SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE OF THEIR PROPERTY.

NINE PRIOR TO ANY SITE DEVELOPMENT, EUREKA WILL PRESENT TO THE HOMEWOOD HEIGHTS NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION, THEIR PROPOSED PLANS, AND WE'LL BE RESPONSIVE TO OUR FEEDBACK.

THANKS FOR YOUR ATTENTION AND YOUR INTEREST IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD.

OKAY.

THANK YOU FOR THAT.

DO ANY COMMISSIONERS HAVE FOLLOW UP QUESTIONS? YEAH, ONE MORE.

WE HAVE ONE MORE,

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UH, CITIZEN COMMUNICATION ON THIS ITEM.

UH, CHRISTOPHER PAGE, IF YOU ARE ON THE LINE, PLEASE SPEAK NOW CHRISTOPHER PAGE.

OKAY.

CHRISTOPHER PAGE IS IF YOU'RE WATCHING OUT THERE SOMEWHERE AND YOU'RE TRYING TO GET ONLINE, LET US KNOW IF YOU DO SHOW UP.

OKAY.

YOU KNOW, HE HAS TO HIT STAR SIX STAR SIX TO UNMUTE CHRISTOPHER PAGE.

YEP.

THANK YOU, SCOTT, FOR THE TIP.

ALL RIGHT.

WHENEVER YOU'RE READY.

OKAY.

UM, I THINK SCOTT VERY, UH, SUCCINCTLY, UH, STATED ALOUD.

WHAT ARE NEIGHBORHOODS, UH, POSITIONS BEFORE YOU TODAY? YOU RICO HOLDINGS IS ASKING THIS COMMISSION TO SUPPORT A VACATION OF A PUBLIC RIGHT OF WAY IN ORDER TO OBTAIN EXCLUSIVE BUYING RIGHTS TO CITY LAND THAT BISECTS MULTIPLE WIVES, BUT IT'S ALREADY PURCHASED OFFERS NO SITE PLAN THAT WOULD JUSTIFY A NEED TO ACTUALLY VACATE THAT RIGHT OF WAY.

IT FAILED TO ENGAGE IN GOOD FAITH COMMUNICATIONS WITH RESIDENTS.

UM, TODAY, UH, EUREKA IS ENGAGED IN VARIOUS FORMS OF WHAT MIGHT ACTUALLY BE DESCRIBED AS MISCONDUCT CELEBRATED ENVIRONMENTAL HARM BY NEGLECTING DUMPED BARRELS OF TOXIC WASTE DISCARDED MATTRESSES IN FURNITURE, TIRES, EVEN MEDICAL WASTE ACROSS THE PROPERTIES ATTEMPTS TO CLEAN UP IF ONLY PRECEDED PUBLIC HEARINGS, UH, NARROWLY AVOIDED CODE ENFORCEMENT, MONETARY PENALTIES.

UM, MOST RECENTLY THEY'VE STRIKED IT.

AUSTIN PUBLIX WORKS.

UH, AUSTIN PUBLIC WORKS INTENDED CONSTRUCTION OF HIGHEST PRIORITY SIDEWALKS.

THERE'S A DOCUMENT THAT I SENT OUT OUT PLEA.

UH, CHRISTOPHER PARKS ABLE TO DISTRIBUTE IT TO YOU, BUT IN THE HOMEWOOD HEIGHTS, UH, TRAFFIC PATTERN PDF, WE'LL BE ABLE TO SEE THAT THE SIDEWALKS THAT ARE ABSENT FROM OAK GROVE AND SOL WILSON ARE SOME OF THE HIGHEST PRIORITY WITH THE LOWEST ACTUAL INFRASTRUCTURE.

THAT'S ACCORDING TO NOS IN 2017 STUDY, AND THEN 2018 AUSTIN DEPLOYED THROUGH A MOBILITY BOND.

SOME ADA ACCESSIBLE SIDEWALKS ALL ARE IN 12TH STREET, BUT THEY ARE UTTERLY INACCESSIBLE FROM OUR NEIGHBORHOOD.

UM, AND, UH, IN THE CONTEXT OF THE DISCUSSION WITH NEIGHBORS, UH, BETWEEN YOUR REFUND NEIGHBORS, UM, WE MENTIONED THE NEED FOR THESE SIDEWALKS, WHICH FRANKLY SHOULD BE SUPPLIED BY THE CITY, WHETHER OR NOT THERE IS A DEVELOPMENT THAT HAPPENS TOMORROW OR 10 YEARS FROM NOW, BECAUSE THERE HAS BEEN A COMMUNITY-WIDE DEFICIT AND THIS KIND OF INFRASTRUCTURE ON THE EAST SIDE.

UM, SO HOMEWOOD HEIGHTS PRODUCED ITS OWN PRESENTATION FOR PUBLIC WORKS.

AND WE'VE BEEN ASSURED THAT THE SIDEWALKS ARE CURRENTLY IN THE STAGES OF EARLY PLANNING.

WOULD I WOULD, YOU KNOW, MOST LIKELY BE BUILT WITHIN THE NEXT TWO YEARS, POTENTIALLY STARTED THIS YEAR, DEPENDING ON DRAG YOUR FACTORS.

UM, ONE OF THE BIGGEST ISSUES AS IT RELATES GENERALLY TO, UH, URBAN TRANSPORTATION, THIS AREA IS THAT OUR NEIGHBORHOOD HAS INCREASED IN OVERALL DENSITY THROUGH ADDITIONAL 80 USE, UH, MORE, UH, YOU KNOW, I GUESS MORE, UH, OCCUPANTS PER STRUCTURE.

AND, UH, AND WE'VE ALWAYS HAD A HIGHER DENSITY.

HOUSING EXISTS AT THE ELM RIDGE APARTMENTS, BUT WE HAVE NEVER HAD SUFFICIENT ACCESS OUT OF OUR NEIGHBORHOOD AND TO 12TH STREET, BUT FOR PEDESTRIANS AND VEHICLES, OAK GROVE IS OUR ONLY, UH, OUTLET.

AND SO IT FORMS A BOTTLENECK OF TRAFFIC.

UM, AS SCOTT MENTIONED, THERE'S NO SIDEWALKS.

OKAY.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, I'LL, I'LL BE FREE.

OKAY.

THANK YOU FOR THE INPUT.

UM, I'M LOOKING AT THE SCREEN OF COMMISSIONERS.

DOES ANYBODY HAVE QUESTIONS FOR EITHER THE CITIZENS, THE STAFF, OR THE PROJECT OWNER? OKAY, WELL, I'LL START, I HAVE A QUESTION.

UM, AND THIS IS FOR, UM, A PAGE THAT I GUESS THE PROJECT OWNER, SO VACATIONS TO COME TO UTC FAIRLY OFTEN.

IT IS FRANKLY QUITE RARE WHERE WE HAVE MULTIPLE CITIZENS OPPOSE IT.

UM, SO THERE'S, THERE'S A LAUNDRY LIST OF THINGS.

MANY OF THOSE ARE WAY OUTSIDE THE PURVIEW OF UTC, BUT THERE'S A COUPLE THAT I WOULD LIKE TO ADDRESS, HEAR YOUR FEEDBACK ON IN PARTICULAR, THE FENCE AND SIDEWALK

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ISSUE.

UM, HOW DO YOU RESPOND TO THOSE CONCERNS? YEAH, ABSOLUTELY.

THANK YOU.

SO, UM, THE PROPERTY OWNER ABSOLUTELY UNDERSTANDS, UM, THAT, UM, AT THE TIME OF SITE PLAN, THAT SIDEWALKS WILL BE REQUIRED ON THE PROPERTY, UM, ON BOTH SIDES OF THE PROPERTY AND HAS NO OBJECTION TO SIDEWALKS WHATSOEVER.

UM, THEY'D BENEFIT, UM, NOT ONLY THE COMMUNITY, BUT THEY ALSO, UM, YOU KNOW, BENEFIT THE PROPERTY BY HAVING SIDEWALKS, UM, AND ACCESSIBLE SIDEWALKS.

SO, UM, THE PROPERTY OWNER HAS NO, UM, NO OBJECTIONS OR CONCERNS OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT ALONG THOSE LINES.

UM, I PERSONALLY REACHED OUT TO, UM, THE CITY TO FIND OUT IF THEY HAD PLANS, UM, MAYBE EVEN PRIOR TO DEVELOPMENT TO INSTALL SIDEWALKS ON THE PROPERTY AND, UM, SPOKE WITH, UM, THE HEAD OF THAT DEPARTMENT AND, UH, AND, UM, WITH, WITH SOMEONE FROM, FROM MY OFFICE.

AND, UM, THEY SAID THAT THEY DON'T HAVE ANY IMMEDIATE PLANS FOR SIDEWALKS, AT LEAST THROUGH THE NEXT YEAR AND THE BUDGETING CYCLE FOR THAT PROPERTY.

UM, BUT OBVIOUSLY IF THE CITY DETERMINES IT WANTS TO INSTALL SIDEWALKS AT ANY TIME, UM, THE PROPERTY OWNER CERTAINLY UNDERSTANDS THAT AND THE PROPERTY OWNER INTENDS TO INSTALL SIDEWALKS, UM, AS PART OF ITS DEVELOPMENT, WHEN IT DEVELOPS THE PROPERTY, UM, WITH RESPECT TO THE FENCE.

SO THE PROPERTY OWNER TOOK DOWN THE, UM, EXISTING FENCE AND IT WAS PUTTING UP A NEW FENCE AND THE FENCE POLES ARE IN THE GROUND AND THEY'RE SET A FEW FEET BACK FROM THE CURB.

THE REASON THEY DIDN'T SET THOSE FENCE POLES FARTHER BACK FROM THE CURB IS BECAUSE THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF DUMPING OF MATTRESSES, TIRES, COUCHES, CHAIRS IN THE STREET AND ALONG THE CURB AND ONTO THAT PROPERTY.

AND SO THE THOUGHT PROCESS WAS WITH PUTTING THOSE POOLS UP IS THAT IF THOSE POLES ARE A LITTLE BIT CLOSER TO THE FIRM, TO THE CURB, IT WILL PREVENT SOME OF THAT DUPING IN THE, IN THE LITTLE GAP.

UM, AND SO THAT WAS THE THOUGHT PROCESS, UM, ON THE POLLS, BUT, UM, THE PROPERTY OWNER, UM, ABSOLUTELY UNDERSTANDS AND KNOWS THAT AT THE TIME THE SIDEWALKS COME IN THE FENCE WILL BE MOVED BACK THE APPROPRIATE NUMBER OF FEET THAT THE CITY REQUIRES TO ACCOMMODATE THE SIDEWALK.

SO THERE'S NO INTENTION WHATSOEVER TO BLOCK ANY SIDEWALKS.

OKAY.

THANK YOU FOR THAT ANSWER.

UM, YOU KNOW, MS. MRES PAGE AND CALL, YOU'RE LOOKING AT YOUR LIST OF NINE ITEMS, YOU KNOW, I DON'T KNOW REALLY WHAT UTC CAN DO ABOUT A LOT OF THAT.

UM, THE QUESTION ABOUT THE FENCE, YOU KNOW, I THINK THERE'S ANY, THERE'S A REASONABLE ANSWER THERE.

YOU CAN TAKE IT, I GUESS, HOWEVER YOU WANT TO TAKE IT, BUT WHAT IS IT THAT YOU'RE HOPING WE COULD DO AROUND THIS VACATION? ARE YOU REQUESTING THAT WE OPPOSE IT UNTIL THESE SORT OF NINE ITEMS GET RESOLVED OR, OR WHAT IS YOUR HOPE EITHER MR. PEDRO TOLERANT? UH, SCOTT COLLIER, I GUESS I WOULD SAY, YOU KNOW, INSTALLING STOP SIGNS, IS THAT NOT SOMETHING THE CITY CAN DO? UH, NO PARKING AREAS.

I MEAN, I THINK SEVERAL OF THESE ITEMS ON THE LIST ARE ASKED OF THE CITY IF, IF THE CITY WANTS TO VACATE THE, THIS RIGHT AWAY, UM, WE JUST ARE LOOKING FOR ACCOMMODATIONS THAT TAKE CARE OF SOME OF THE SAFETY CONCERNS THAT WE HAVE, WHICH I THOUGHT WAS THE PURVIEW OF THE TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION.

BUT, UM, THAT MAY NOT BE CORRECT, BUT IF YOU DON'T MIND, IF, UH, CHECK, RESPOND TO THEIRS.

SO IN ADDITION TO THE LACK OF SIDEWALKS, EUREKA HAS ANOTHER PROPERTY IT'S, UH, UNDER THE NAME 2016 AARDVARK PARK LP, WHICH IS LOCATED AT 30, 21 EAST 12TH STREET.

AND THAT PROPERTY WOULD EQUALLY SERVE AS A FUNCTIONAL POTENTIAL OUTLET FROM THE HIGHER DENSITY HOUSING TO 12TH STREET.

BUT THAT, YOU KNOW, IT'S, IT'S HELD BY THE SAME PROPERTY OWNER AND THEREFORE CONTINUING TO FORCE THIS BOTTLENECK, I WOULD KIND OF ASK THIS COMMISSION TO, UH, NOT SUPPORT THE VACATION OF RIGHT OF WAY AND POTENTIALLY ALLOW FOR ADDITIONAL TIME TO DISCUSS HOW SOME OF THESE ISSUES MIGHT BE RESOLVED.

BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, TODAY WE FELT THAT THERE'S BEEN NO REAL GOOD FAITH EFFORTS ON BEHALF OF AT LEAST THE CLIENT.

UM, AND YOU KNOW, WE'RE ALWAYS OPEN-MINDED AND OPEN TO CONVERSATION, BUT LIKE I SAID, TODAY, THERE HASN'T REALLY BEEN ANY FAITH IN THERE IS, UM, YOU KNOW, ALTERNATE, UH, OPTIONS THAT THEY CAN FACILITATE WITH THEIR CURRENT HOLDINGS, WHICH WOULD ALLOW TO ALLEVIATE SOME OF THESE TRAFFIC PROBLEMS. OKAY.

I HAVE ONE THAT THANK YOU FOR THAT.

UM, YOU KNOW, THAT ASSESSMENT,

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UH, I DO HAVE A QUESTION FOR MICHELLE SMITH, IF YOU'RE STILL ON THE LINE, AS FAR AS THE CITY OF AUSTIN PROCESS GOES TO YOU FEEL THAT ATD OR OTHER PARTIES HAVE, UM, SEEN GOOD NEGOTIATION BETWEEN THE CLIENT AND THE NEIGHBORHOOD.

UM, NOT THAT THE NEIGHBORHOOD HAS CONTROL OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT, BUT THAT THERE ARE CONCERNS THAT THEY HAVE AROUND TRAFFIC AND AROUND, YOU KNOW, UM, SIDEWALKS, ET CETERA.

DO YOU, OR DOES ATD TAKE THAT INTO ACCOUNT WHEN THEY'RE, UH, SIGN OFF ON THAT VACATION? SO, UM, I JOKE AROUND ABOUT THIS ALL THE TIME.

THE TATTOO I WEAR ON MY FOREHEAD IS THAT MICHELLE SMITH IS THE CONDUIT, RIGHT? I'M THE ONE THAT BRINGS IN THE APPLICATION.

I'M THE ONE THAT PROCESSES, IT, I'M THE ONE THAT GETS IT TO BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS AND INTO, AND GETS IT APPRAISED AND GETS IT TO COUNCIL, ET CETERA.

BUT I'M NOT A REVIEWER.

I DON'T HAVE ANY SAY SO IN I'M JUST NOT ONE OF THE REVIEWERS.

UM, I DO SEE THAT ERIC HAS RAISED HIS HAND, SO I THINK THAT HE CAN TALK, HE CAN SPEAK MORE TO THAT.

UM, BUT I, I DON'T, I DON'T HAVE THE ABILITY TO ANSWER YOUR CALL QUESTIONS, BUT I THINK ERIC CAN, THANK YOU, MICHELLE.

SO THIS IS ERIC BOLLOCK AUSTIN TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT.

I'M, I'M SITTING IN FOR JIM DALE.

UM, EXECUTIVE IS USUALLY PART OF THESE MEETINGS.

UM, I'M NOT SURE OF THE DETAILS ABOUT THE, THE REVIEW PROCESS AND WHAT CAME TO THE, UM, DECISION OR THE RIGHT AWAY, UM, VACATION DECISION.

UM, TYPICALLY ATD LOOKS AT IT, I THINK FOR THE REASONS THAT WERE STATED EARLIER IN TERMS OF, UM, NOT HAVING IT EVER BE A VIABLE STREET, UM, AND THE DESIRE NOT TO CONNECT IT.

UM, SOME OF THE OTHER ISSUES THAT HAVE BEEN DISCUSSED IN TERMS OF STOP SIGNS AND NO PARKING SIGNS, THOSE ARE ISSUES THAT ATD CAN LOOK AT.

UM, APART FROM THIS APPLICATION NOW, WHETHER THOSE WERE CONSIDERED IN THE DECISIONS THAT BEN CAME THROUGH RIGHT AWAY, I'M NOT SURE, BUT, UM, I THINK THAT'S SOMETHING THAT, UM, WE CAN TAKE NOTES.

I CAN WORK WITH, UH, CHRISTOPHER PARKS TO, TO FIGURE OUT, UM, THIRD QUESTS AND, UH, THERE'S THE COMMISSION SO WISHES.

WE CAN THEN TAKE A LOOK AT THEM SEPARATE FROM THE APPLICATION PROCESS.

YOU SURE BRONCO, FRANK, I THINK I HAD YOUR HAND NEXT.

YEAH.

GIVE ME ONE SECOND.

I'M TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO LOWER MY HAND.

ALL RIGHT, LAURA, MY HAT.

THANK YOU.

UM, I HAVE A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS AND I WANT TO JUST MAKE SURE THAT WE DON'T, I DON'T GO INTO ANOTHER, HER VIEW OF SOMETHING OR, OR OUTSIDE OF THE PURVIEW OF THE DESIGN OF THE, UH, URBAN TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION.

BUT, UM, CAN YOU CLARIFY IT? SO THIS IS RIGHT AWAY VACATION.

UM, BUT I GUESS I'M HEARING THAT WE DON'T KNOW WHAT IS GOING TO BE BUILT THERE.

THE RESIDENTS DON'T KNOW WHAT'S GOING TO BE BUILT.

THERE IS OUT.

IT IS.

THERE'S NO CLEAR SITE PLAN.

THERE'S NOTHING PLANNED.

I CAN SPEAK TO THAT.

UM, IF YOU CAN HEAR ME OKAY.

SO, UM, WE HAVE NOT DECIDED THE PROPERTY OWNERS HAVE NOT DECIDED WHAT THEY ARE GOING TO BUILD THERE.

UM, THEY ARE IN THE PROCESS OF LOOKING AT THAT, BUT OBVIOUSLY THE RIGHT OF WAY VACATION WOULD BE, UM, A KEY COMPONENT OF THAT BECAUSE WITHOUT THE RIGHT OF WAY VACATION, IT'S, IT'S, IT'S SEPARATE LITTLE PARCELS THAT YOU ARE, THAT ARE SMALL.

AND SO I, THE THOUGHT PROCESS WOULD BE, UM, SOMETHING THAT, THAT WILL BE BUILT THERE WITH, THEY WOULD LIKE FOR IT TO BE LONG-TERM, UM, SOMETHING THAT WILL, UM, WILL, UM, BE USED BY, AND OBVIOUSLY SERVED BY THE COMMUNITY SO THAT IT'LL STAY IN BUSINESS FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME AND NOT JUST BE SOME SMALL, YOU KNOW, PLACE THAT OPENS UP FOR A FEW MONTHS AND GOES OUT OF BUSINESS.

UM, BUT NO, THE, UM, THERE IS NO DETERMINATION YET AS TO WHAT WOULD BE BUILT THERE.

GOTCHA.

WELL, SO, SO THE REASON I ASK THE QUESTIONS, BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, A LOT OF TIMES, I DON'T RECALL SEEING IT RIGHT AWAY, VACATION THIS LARGE WITHOUT KNOWING WHAT WAS GOING TO BE THERE.

AND THE REASON I BRING THAT UP IS THERE'S A LOT OF TIMES WE CAN ALMOST MAKE, UH, YOU KNOW, JUST A GENERAL ASSUMPTION OF WHAT THE, WHAT THE COMMUNITY BENEFITS OVERALL LIKE ARE GIVEN, YOU KNOW, WHAT THE CITY OF AUSTIN HAS POTENTIALLY GIVEN UP FROM THE RIGHT OF WAY AND WHAT WE'RE, WHAT WE, WHAT WE MIGHT GET, WHETHER IT'S MORE HOT, DENSER HOUSING, OR AFFORDABLE HOUSING OR SOMETHING ALONG THOSE LINES.

AND A LOT OF TIMES JUST A SLIVER OF LAND THAT WOULD NEVER BE USED FOR ANYTHING.

ANYWAY, JUST ONE SMALL LITTLE PORTION.

SO THIS IS, THIS IS KIND OF NEW TO ME IS WHAT I'M SAYING.

MY, I HAVE SOME RESERVATIONS WITH EVEN VOTING ON THIS TODAY ONLY BECAUSE I HAVEN'T, WHILE I UNDERSTAND THAT THIS HAS GONE THROUGH MULTIPLE DEPARTMENTS AND NO ONE'S OBJECTED.

AND WHILE ATD DOESN'T HAVE PLANS TO CONNECT THE STREET, WHICH, YOU KNOW, I THINK THAT'S, THAT'S FINE IF THAT'S NOT, THAT'S NOT IN THEIR PLAN.

HOWEVER, MY CONCERN IS THAT WE DON'T KNOW WHAT, FOR LACK OF A BETTER TERM, HIGHEST AND BEST USE OF EVEN THIS SLIVER OF LAND WOULD BE AND WHERE WE'RE AT.

WHAT I MEAN BY THAT IS COULD THIS BE USED AS A POCKET PARK? COULD THIS BE USED AS A SMALL, A SMALL COMMUNITY, SOLAR DEVELOPMENT PROJECT, SOMETHING ALONG THOSE LINES THAT STILL GIVES BENEFIT TO ALL OF THE RESIDENTS OF THE CITY OF AUSTIN AND NOT JUST THE ONE

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DEVELOPMENT.

SO THAT'S, THAT'S, THAT'S NOT REALLY A QUESTION.

AND LIKE I SAID, I'M TRYING TO STAY WITHIN THE PURVIEW OF THE URBAN TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION, BUT I DO HAVE SOME HEARTACHE, OR I DO HAVE SOME CONCERNS ABOUT TAKING A VOTE ON THIS WITHOUT DIVING DEEPER INTO WHAT THE OTHER POTENTIAL USES FOR THIS PROPERTY COULD BE.

SO I CANNOT SPEAK FOR THE INDIVIDUAL STAFF, BUT I, BUT I CAN TELL YOU, OR, OR MAYBE MS. SMITH CAN TELL YOU THAT, UM, THIS VACATION APPLICATION WAS REVIEWED BY ALL OF THE DEPARTMENTS AT THE CITY.

SO IT WAS REVIEWED BY NOT ONLY THE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT, UM, RELATED TO THIS, YOU, WHICH I KNOW THE TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION LOOKS AT, BUT BY THE OTHER DEPARTMENTS AS WELL, WHETHER IT WAS, UM, YOU KNOW, THE ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP, UM, PARKS AND ALL OF THOSE, AND THEY ALL, UM, RECOMMENDED THE VACATION OF, UH, THIS, THIS STRIP OF HARVEY, SPECIFICALLY AUSTIN ENERGY, AUSTIN, WATER, UTILITY PARD, I MEAN ALL THE ALL.

SO I THINK IF THERE WAS JUST TO, TO THAT POINT, IF THERE WAS A LENS THAT SOMEONE WAS LOOKING THROUGH AND THEY THOUGHT THAT IT COULD BE SOMETHING, THEN I THINK THAT THEY WOULD HAVE SPOKEN UP, BUT THERE'S NO, THERE'S NO RECORD THAT THEY HAVE AS MY, AS MY POINT.

AND SO SAY THAT AGAIN.

I DIDN'T UNDERSTAND THERE'S NO, THERE'S NO RECORD THAT THEY HAVE SPOKEN UP AND SAID, WHOA, WE DIDN'T THINK ABOUT IT FROM THIS PERSPECTIVE.

CAN WE USE IT FOR SOMETHING ELSE THAT IS, YOU KNOW, JUST KIND OF OUTSIDE OF THE BOX THINKING AND EACH, EACH DEPARTMENT LOOKS AT IT THROUGH THEIR LENS.

SO IF HARD THOUGHT THAT IT COULD OF BEEN A PA THAT IT COULD HAVE BEEN A POCKET PARK, THEY WOULD HAVE SAID, WE DON'T RECOMMEND NOT DOING THE RIGHT OF WAY VACATION.

WE RECOMMEND IT STAYING.

AND EVEN THAT, THAT TAKES, YOU KNOW, A PARK TECH, SOME PARKING AND A PARK TAKES, YOU KNOW, ALL THE THINGS THAT NEEDS TO BE SAFE, ET CETERA, ET CETERA.

UM, AND THE, UH, I GUESS MY OTHER OTHER POINT ON THAT IS I DON'T HAVE ANOTHER POINT EXCEPT THAT, THAT, AND I THINK THERE'S ACTUALLY CLOSER TO 28 REVIEWERS THAT LOOK AT THESE.

UM, AND I, AND THEY'RE ALL EVERYONE'S JOB IS TO LOOK AT IT THROUGH THEIR LENS SPECIFICALLY.

AND AGAIN, I GUESS IF BOSTON ENERGY HAD THOUGHT THAT IT COULD HAVE BEEN SOLAR PANELS, THEY WOULD HAVE ALSO SAID, DON'T DO THAT.

UM, I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE, I DON'T KNOW HOW EASILY IT IS TO TAKE RIGHT AWAY AND IT, IN AS TO SOMETHING ELSE.

I DON'T, I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE LEGALITY OF, I WOULD IMAGINE THAT GO TO THE SAME RUNAWAY VACATION PROCESSES WE'RE GOING THROUGH RIGHT NOW.

UM, I, YOU KNOW, MY, MY POINT BEING IS THAT THERE'S SO MANY OTHER THINGS I THINK WE GET, WE COULD POTENTIALLY DO HERE.

THERE'S, UM, THERE'S LOTS OF THE BOX THINKING OF POTENTIALLY EVEN A SMALL LITTLE STRIP OF LAND FOR POTENTIAL, UM, SMALL BUSINESSES, SMALL FOOD TRAILERS, ARTS, ART SPACES, WHATEVER THAT MAY LOOK LIKE THAT IS IN THE COMMUNITY'S BEST INTEREST AND NOT JUST IMMEDIATELY GIVEN TO, TO PRIVATE DEVELOPMENT BECAUSE IT DOESN'T WORK PER SE.

AND THAT'S MY POINT.

AND THAT'S WHY I HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF HEARTBURN, UH, DEFINITELY VOTING.

YES.

LET ME TRY TO ANSWER THAT AS WELL.

SO THE, THE CITY HAS, SO THE CITY OF AUSTIN IS THE STEWARD OF THE PUBLIC RIGHTS.

SO WE'RE, THAT'S HOW YOU GET PUBLIC RIGHT AWAY.

RIGHT? WE'RE THE STEWARD, THE ADJOINING PROPERTY OWNERS ACTUALLY OWN THE FEE SIMPLE RIGHTS.

SO THAT'S WHY THESE PARTICULAR PROPERTY OWNERS HAVE COME AND SAID BEYOND FEE SIMPLE TO THE CENTER LINE, THE CITY OF AUSTIN HAS STEWARDSHIP OF THE PUBLIC, RIGHT? SO AGAIN, I DON'T, I DON'T KNOW, IT ISN'T AS EASY AS THE CITY WOULD WANT TO CHANGE IT FROM A PUBLIC PUBLIC RIGHTS OF WAY TO A PARK OR INDIVIDUAL BUSINESSES, WHATEVER THAT, WHATEVER THAT LOOKS LIKE.

BECAUSE WE, AS A CITY, WE ONLY HAVE CERTAIN RIGHTS THAT THE PUBLIC RIGHTS OIL, IT GIVES US CERTAIN RIGHTS.

WE DON'T OWN THE UNDERLYING FEE.

SO IN ORDER FOR US TO VACATE THE RIGHTS AND OWN THE UNDERLYING FEE, WE WOULD HAVE TO GO TO THE INDIVIDUAL PROPERTY OWNERS THAT HAVE BOUGHT IT IN AND BY THE, THE, THE SIMPLE RIGHT, AND THEN VACATE THE PUBLIC RIGHTS OFF OF IT.

UH, AND, AND THE INTEREST OF, UM, JUST A LITTLE BIT MORE IN TERMS OF CLARITY.

UM, IF YOU LOOK IN THE CALENDAR INVITE AND COMMISSIONERS, YOU CAN LOOK INTO THE EMAILS I'VE SENT YOU AND THE ITEM TO A BACKUP EIGHT AS THE RESPONSES OF EACH DEPARTMENT.

SO THAT WAY YOU CAN SEE WHAT EACH DEPARTMENT HAS SAID OR THIS ITEM.

THAT'S THE ONLY THING I WANT TO SAY, ANYTHING MORE IN MY HOUSE, JUST GOING TO SAY FOR THE SAME THING, I SEE KOSHER SUMMERS, YOU HAVE YOUR HAND UP.

AND THEN AFTER THAT, I THINK WE SHOULD MOVE TO, UM, SOME RESOLUTION, UNLESS SOMEONE HAS A BURNING ISSUE.

SO, UH, SUSAN, UP TO YOU.

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YEAH.

SO I, I GUESS THIS QUESTION IS AGAIN FOR THE APPLICANT.

I, I MEAN, YOU, MY QUESTION WAS PARTLY ANSWERED BY MY SON WALLS QUESTIONING, WHICH WAS KIND OF LIKE, IS A SITE PLAN IS A SITE PLAN IMMINENT FOR THIS.

CAN YOU SPEAK TO THAT? YEAH.

YES.

IF THE CITY APPROVES THE RIGHT OF WAY VACATION, THEN, UM, THEN WE WILL IMMEDIATELY PROCEED WITH, UM, WITH THE PLANNING PROCESS, WORKING WITH LAND PLANNERS, ARCHITECTS, UM, AND PROCEEDING WITH MOVING FORWARD WITH A SITE PLAN ON THE PROPERTY.

DO YOU HAVE ANY INSIGHT AS TO WHAT THE OWNER WOULD DO IF, UM, APPLICANT WOULD DO, IF THEY DID NOT HAVE THE VACATION APPROVAL, THEY WOULD, HOW THEY WOULD PROCEED? YES.

WELL, I MEAN, ALL I CAN SAY IS THAT IT HAS BEEN, UM, IT HAS BEEN DIFFICULT TO TRY TO DETERMINE HOW TO DEVELOP THE PROPERTY WITHOUT THE RIGHT OF WAY.

AND SO, AND SO, UM, I KNOW THAT THE PROPERTY OWNER HAS WORKED WITH, UM, OTHERS TO TRY TO LOOK AT THE PROPERTY AND SEE WHAT CAN BE BUILT, BUT IT'S SO BROKEN UP.

IT DOESN'T, IT DOESN'T BRING ANY KIND OF MEANINGFUL USE.

AND SO, UM, OR I DON'T WANNA SAY ANY MEANINGFUL USE, BUT IT MAKES IT DIFFICULT, UM, TO DO, TO DO SOMETHING COHESIVE.

SO, UM, SO IF THE RIGHT OF WAY VACATION IS APPROVED, ULTIMATELY BY THE CITY COUNCIL AND THE RIGHT OF WAY IS, UM, PURCHASED AND THE ADJACENT PROPERTY OWNERS, UM, UM, GET TO KEEP THEIR, UM, UNDERLYING, YOU KNOW, OWNERSHIP INTEREST TO THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD, THEN THAT PROCESS WILL IMMEDIATELY START AND IT'LL BE LOOKING AT, YOU KNOW, WHAT ARE THE NEEDS, WHAT TYPE OF USES AND BUSINESSES WOULD THRIVE IN THIS PORTION OF THE COMMUNITY.

AND, UH, AND SO, AND ONE MORE QUESTION HERE AS WELL.

SO, UM, SO WHAT'S THE ZONING ON THE PROPERTY RIGHT NOW? UH, THERE'S A MIX OF ZONING, SO THE THAT'S BASICALLY ALL I NEED TO KNOW.

SO IT'S NOT ALL THE SAME ZONING ON ALL THE PARCELS.

UH, NO, MOST OF IT IS A CS AND THEN THERE IS A LITTLE SLIVER, IT LOOKS LIKE, OKAY.

SO, I MEAN, I GUESS WHAT I WANT TO SAY HERE IS THAT IF CITY STAFF, FOR ME, I HEAR THE CONCERNS OF THE COMMUNITY LOUD AND CLEAR, UM, PARTICULARLY THE SAFETY OF THE SIDEWALKS AND THE STREET, THE USERS, I WILL SAY WITH THE PARKING THING, I JUST MAKE A COMMENT HERE, LIKE ACTUALLY THE BEST WAY TO PARKED CARS THAT CAUSE CARS TO STOP AND SLOW DOWN TO PASS, ACTUALLY CREATE SOME LEVEL OF PEDESTRIAN SAFETY CAUSE IT SLOWS DOWN THE CARS.

SO ALTHOUGH YOU MAY CREATE SOME VISIBILITY ISSUES THAT ARE ALSO SERIOUS, I DO THINK THAT SLOWING, IF CARS PARKING ON THE STREET IS SLOWING DOWN THE CARS, THAT ACTUALLY COULD BE A HIDDEN BENEFIT.

BUT, UM, I DO HEAR A LOT OF THE SAFETY ISSUES.

I'M VERY CONCERNED IN PARTICULAR ABOUT WHEELCHAIR USERS AND PEOPLE IN THE CURRENT APARTMENTS WHO ARE WALKING IN THE STREET, ALONG WITH TRAFFIC.

THAT'S VERY CONCERNING AND THINGS WE NEED TO LOOK AT FOR SURE, THE SAME TIME FOR ME, JUST IF CITY STAFF HAS RECOMMENDED IT.

AND THERE'S NOT A COMPELLING REASON FOR US TO HOLD ONTO THIS.

UM, YOU KNOW, I'LL SAY IF THIS, THE ZONING OF THE SITE, THE LOCATION OF THE SITE, THE ENGAGED OWNERS, I DON'T THINK THE SITE PLAN AND DEVELOPMENT SITE DEVELOPMENT PROCESS.

AND ALSO IT IS PARTICULARLY EASY FOR APPLICANTS TO GO THROUGH.

UM, I THINK THAT THEY ARE HELD TO PRETTY HIGH STANDARD OF, OF THE AMENITIES THAT THEY PROVIDE AND PUT ON THE, THE LOT.

AND, UH, AS FAR AS WHAT TRANSPORTATION AMENITIES THEY'LL BUILD THE SIDEWALKS.

AND SO I THINK THE APPLICANT, IF WE APPROVE THIS TODAY WILL THEN ENTER A LONG PROCESS WHERE THEY WILL HAVE TO BE ACCOUNTABLE TO THE COMMUNITY FOR WHAT THEY BUILD.

SO I I'M, I'M, I'M MOST LIKELY VOTING YES.

ON THIS VACATION, BUT, UM, THAT DOESN'T MEAN THAT I DON'T THINK THE APPLICANTS SHOULDN'T BE HELD THROUGHOUT THE DEVELOPMENT PROCESS TO THE, UM, YOU KNOW, THEY'LL PROBABLY NEED REZONING.

IT CAN BE A COMPLEX PROCESS FOR THEM, BUT I THINK THEY WILL BE ULTIMATELY HELD TO THE COMMUNITY.

AND I WOULD ENCOURAGE, UM, THE, THE COMMUNITY MEMBERS THAT LIVE BY THERE TO STAY ENGAGED, UM, AND TO OFFER COMMENT.

I'D ALSO ENCOURAGE Y'ALL TO AS WELL.

UM, I THINK Y'ALL WERE SPEAKING TO SINGLE-FAMILY HOMEOWNERS.

IF YOU COULD ALSO TRY TO GET YOUR NEIGHBORS AND THE APARTMENTS ENGAGED IN THIS PROCESS, UH, HAVE SOME MEETINGS OVER THERE WITH THEM.

UM, THAT WOULD BE VERY BENEFICIAL TO THIS ENTIRE PROCESS AS WELL.

SO I SAY, I HEAR YOUR CONCERNS.

UM, UH, I JUST WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT BY VOTING.

YES.

I'M NOT NECESSARILY SAYING THAT YOU SHOULDN'T HAVE A VOICE IN HOW THIS DEVELOPS.

UM, I'M JUST SAYING THAT, LIKE, IT LOOKS LIKE THE PROCESS IS AT LEAST MOVING FORWARD, JUST BASED ON THE NATURE OF THE LOT AND THE CITY STAFF.

THAT'S, THAT'S MY OWN FEELING.

ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER SUMMERS.

UM, WE'RE GOING TO SELL YOUR HEAD YOUR HAND FOR A MINUTE.

DO YOU S DO YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY, I'M JUST GOING TO ASK THE TONING QUESTIONS.

WHO'S NOT READY YET.

ALRIGHTY, THANK YOU.

OKAY.

UM, IT LOOKS LIKE IT'S TIME TO, UH, UM, FIX DANCE ON THIS.

UH, SO, UM, ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF VACATING, THIS PORTION OF HARVEY STREET, UH, SAY, AYE, OR RAISE YOUR HAND.

AYE.

SO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, ALL THOSE OPPOSED

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SAY NAY, OR RAISE YOUR HAND, ALL THOSE ABSTAINING SAMWELL FRANCO.

OKAY.

THERE'S A PATH.

AND I WANT TO SAY THIS BEFORE, BEFORE WE WRAP THIS UP, UM, SUSAN, YOU DID A GREAT JOB EXPLAINING THE SAME THINGS.

I WAS GOING TO SAY.

I WAS GOING TO ADD THIS TO, UH, MR. PAGE AND COLLIER.

UM, YOU KNOW, I USED TO BE PRESIDENT OF A NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION AND WE OFTEN TRY TO USE NEW DEVELOPMENT TO GET THE CITY, TO DO THE THINGS THAT THE CITY SHOULD BE DOING.

AND EVEN THE CITY MIGHT WANT TO DO.

I WILL SAY AFTER YEARS OF THAT EFFORT, IT'S NOT NECESSARILY THE BEST WAY.

SO TO MIRROR A LITTLE BIT OF WHAT, UH, MR. ERIC BOLLOCK SAID, THOSE ISSUES ARE REAL.

UM, THIS IS NOT NECESSARILY THE MECHANISM BY WHICH, UM, YOU WILL BE BEST SERVED TO GET SIDEWALKS OR TO GET, UH, SOMETHING TO DO AROUND, UH, HOW CARS ARE PARKED OR AT A SAFE INTERSECTION.

SO LIKE, YOU KNOW, ECHOING COMMISSIONER SUMMERS AS WELL.

I ENCOURAGE YOU TO NOT GIVE UP ON THAT AND STAY ON TOP OF THE APPLICANT AS THEY MOVE THROUGH THE PROCESS AND STAY ON TOP OF THE CITY.

UM, THAT'S I FEEL SO STRONGLY URGED.

I HAVE TO RESPOND TO THIS THE 28 DEPARTMENTS THAT ALLOWED THERE ARE TECHNICALLY APPROVED, SIMPLY APPROVED BECAUSE IT WAS NOT INTERFERING WITH EXISTING PLANS WITHIN THEIR DEPARTMENT.

IT DOESN'T MEAN IT'S AN ENDORSEMENT.

WE ARE NOT MADE SAFER BY WALKING IN THE STREET WHEN WE CAN'T WALK NEXT TO THE STREET.

AND WE'RE PUSHED CLOSER TO THE CENTER LINE BY CARS THAT ARE PARKED AT THE EDGES OF IT.

AND TO ENDORSE A PLAN THAT HAS FUNDAMENTALLY BLOCKED THE CONSTRUCTION OF SIDEWALKS THAT WE INDEPENDENTLY SOUGHT AND HAVE GOTTEN INSURANCE ASSURANCES FROM PUBLIC WORKS.

IT'S OUTRAGEOUS TO ME.

OKAY.

I HEAR THAT.

UM, I WOULD STILL SAY THIS, THE, THE PROCESS OF A VACATION IS NOT INHERENTLY, AT LEAST AS I UNDERSTAND IT, INHERENTLY TIED TO YOUR DESIRES, YOUR DESIRES ARE NOT WRONG OR BAD DESIRES.

I JUST DON'T KNOW THAT THIS ISN'T THE VEHICLE HAVING SAT ON THIS BOARD AND HAVING SAT ON YOUR SIDE IS AS THE PRESIDENT OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION, THE VACATION AND THE PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT IS NOT NECESSARILY THAT VEHICLE.

SO I WOULD, UM, I WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU TO CONTACT ATD.

YOU HAVE A PUBLIC EMAIL ADDRESS.

YOU CAN FIND IT AND I CAN TALK YOU THROUGH THE THINGS I'VE JUST DONE IN MY PERSONAL LIFE AROUND THAT ISSUE.

UM, BECAUSE I, I HEAR YOU, I JUST, THIS IS MY OPINION.

THIS IS NOT THE VEHICLE BY WHICH YOU'RE GOING TO GET WHAT YOU WANT ACCOMPLISHED.

I UNDERSTAND THAT, BUT WALKING, I MEAN, WHEN IT COMES TO PEDESTRIAN MOBILITY, TRAFFIC PATTERNS AND SAFETY, AND, YOU KNOW, UH, PLANNING, TRAFFIC AND URBAN TRANSIT IN COORDINATION WITH LAND VIEWS, ALL OF THOSE THINGS ARE UNDER YOUR UMBRELLA.

YEAH.

I THINK WHAT I WOULD SAY IS SCOTT, SPEAKING OF JUST QUICKLY SUPPORTING WHAT ERIC WAS SAYING ABOUT, YOU KNOW, THINKING THROUGH OTHER OPTIONS HERE AND VACATING SUCH A LARGE PARCEL WHEN THERE IS NO PLAN THAT'S BEEN PRESENTED.

UM, YOU KNOW, WE ALL UNDERSTAND THAT WHAT'S GOING TO COME WITH DEVELOPMENT IS SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN TRAFFIC AND SIGNIFICANT POTENTIAL PRESSURE ON AN ALREADY UNSAFE AREA.

AND SO I THINK WE HAVE TO THINK A COUPLE OF STEPS AHEAD OF WHAT'S GOING ON HERE.

UH, I DON'T THINK IT'S CREDIBLE TO SAY THERE IS NO PLAN FOR THIS PROPERTY.

UM, IF THEY'RE SEEKING A RIGHT AWAY VACATION, IT MUST BE BECAUSE THEY WANT TO DEVELOP SOMETHING.

AND SO TO SAY THAT THERE IS NO PLAN.

AND SO THEY CAN'T REALLY TELL US ANYTHING ABOUT WHAT THEY'RE GOING TO DO WITH THE PROPERTY.

SO THE CITY NEEDS TO VACATE THE RIGHT AWAY SO THEY CAN GO FORWARD WITH THEIR PLAN.

I JUST THINK THAT THAT INVITES, UM, A PROCESS WHERE NOW THE CITY IS OUT OF CONTROL.

AND, AND SO YES, I DEFINITELY PLAN TO REMAIN INVOLVED, UM, AND TRY OUR BEST.

BUT IT'S, IT'S DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTAND VACATING A PROPERTY TO OPEN UP THE PROCESS WHEN THERE'S NO PLAN PRESENTED THAT THE COMMUNITY CAN REALLY SAY, YEAH, WE'RE OKAY WITH THAT.

OR NO, THAT WAS ABSOLUTELY GOING TO BE BAD FOR US AS A COMMUNITY.

SO THE PROCESS FEELS OPAQUE AND, UM, THAT, THAT WE, OUR CONCERNS ARE NOT BEING HEARD.

OKAY, WELL, WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO WRAP THIS ONE UP.

I DO THANK YOU FOR YOUR INVOLVEMENT.

I HOPE, UH, YOU KNOW, IT SERIOUSLY, MY EMAIL IS ON THE WEBSITE.

I AM HAPPY TO TALK TO YOU SOME MORE ABOUT THIS, UM, THAT THE PROCESS IS FAR FROM BEING OVER.

UH, SO PLEASE DO STAY INVOLVED AND, YOU KNOW, THANK YOU FOR YOUR INVOLVEMENT DEPARTMENT.

OKAY.

AND WITH THAT, WE NEED TO MOVE ON TO THE NEXT ITEM ON THE AGENDA, UM,

[2.B. Project Connect Blue Line Bridge]

TO BE THE PROJECT

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CONNECT, UH, BLUE LINE BRIDGE, UH, PETER MULLIN.

WE'RE ALSO, UM, I'M HERE WITH, UH, UH, THANKS FOR YOUR TIME COMMISSION AND, UH, CHAIR.

I'M ALSO JOINED BY, UH, DAVE COUCH.

WHO'S THE CHIEF PROGRAM OFFICER AT ATB AND AN ECO DAY, UH, FROM THE CITY OF AUSTIN OFFICER FROM THE CITY.

AND, UH, I THINK ANNA MARTIN MAY ALSO BE HERE FROM ATD.

UM, AND, UH, ALSO WE, WE WERE GOING TO BE JOINED BY DADDY WALKIN THROUGH THE DEPUTY CEO AT CAP METRO, BUT UNFORTUNATELY SHE HAD A PERSONAL ISSUE, SO SHE WASN'T ABLE TO ATTEND, BUT, UM, WANTED TO GIVE YOU AN UPDATE.

I DON'T KNOW, CHRISTOPHER, IS IT POSSIBLE TO ALLOW ME TO SHARE, OR DO YOU WANT TO DROP THE PRESENTATION IF I COULD, IF I COULD DRAW I'D APPRECIATE IT.

I ALSO WANTED TO MAKE NOTE THAT WE DO HAVE A CITIZEN SPEAKER ON THIS ITEM AS WELL.

UM, YEAH, SO I WAS GOING TO ASK MS. JACKSON, DO YOU WANT TO SPEAK BEFORE OR AFTER THE CITY PRESENTATION? I THINK IT WAS STAR SIX TO UNMUTE YOURSELF STAR SIX TO UNMUTE YOURSELF.

MR. WILSON.

I'M SORRY.

UM, OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

WELL, WE'LL JUST GO AFTER THE PRESENTATION THEN.

UM, CITY STAFF, THAT PRESENTATION IS YOURS, SO SUIT YOU.

GREAT.

IT'S NOT LONG.

SO, UM, GREAT.

THANK YOU.

SO NEXT SLIDE.

SO, UM, YOU KNOW, WE WERE HERE, I THINK IN DECEMBER AND, UH, WE RECEIVED THE QUESTION ABOUT, UM, THE POSSIBILITY OF, UH, INCLUDING, YOU KNOW, OUR BUSES INCLUDED IN THE PLAN FOR THE NEW BRIDGE ACROSS LADY BIRD LAKE.

SO, UM, THAT'S PART OF THE BLUE LINE PROJECT, AND YOU COULD SEE THE, THE AREA IN THE LAKE CROSSING, ANY QUESTION ON THE SYSTEM, PROJECT CONNECT SYSTEM MAP, UM, WHICH IS, UH, LOCATED IN THAT RED BOX, THE YELLOW GRID BOX.

UM, AND, UH, YOU CAN GO TO THE NEXT, UM, AND SO WE TALKED ABOUT, YOU KNOW, THE, THE CURRENT PLANS FOR THE, UH, THE BRIDGE WERE TO, FOR LIGHT RAIL, AS WELL AS PEDESTRIANS AND CYCLISTS.

UM, AND, BUT THE QUESTION WAS RAISED, YOU KNOW, WHAT ABOUT BUSES? ARE WE INCLUDING CAPACITY FOR BUSES? AND, YOU KNOW, I THINK IT'S, YOU KNOW, IT'S REALLY GOOD QUESTION AND WE'VE, UM, WANTED TO GET SERIOUSLY AND STUDY IT SERIOUSLY.

SO, UM, THAT'S WHAT WE'RE DOING.

WE'RE IN A PROCESS OF, UH, BASICALLY LOOKING AT, UH, WHAT IT WOULD MEAN TO, UH, INCLUDE BUSES ON THE BRIDGE FROM, YOU KNOW, EVERY ANGLE, UM, TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE REALLY, UM, STUDYING IT THOROUGHLY AND COMPREHENSIVELY.

UM, AND YOU ALL SHOULD HAVE RECEIVED IN YOUR BACKUP TODAY, UM, A MEMO THAT, UH, DESCRIBES, UM, WHAT WE'RE, HOW WE'RE STUDYING IT, HOW WE'RE GOING ABOUT THAT ANALYSIS, UM, IN THE, UH, IN YOUR BACKUP, I THINK TODAY IS JUST, WE'LL CIRCULATE IT TO THE CITY COUNCIL.

UM, THE 80 PEOPLE AREN'T IN THE CAP METRO BOARD TODAY.

SO, UM, AND YOU ALL WERE COPIED ON THAT.

UM, SO, UH, GO TO THE NEXT, SO, SO AS I SAID, SO WE'RE, YOU KNOW, WE'RE, WE'RE LOOKING AT WHAT IT WOULD MEAN TO INCLUDE, UH, BUS SERVICE AND CAPACITY TO, FOR BUS SERVICE, UM, ON THE BRIDGE, IN ADDITION TO THOSE OTHER MODES, UM, YOU KNOW, IT'S A COMPLEX ISSUE.

YOU GOTTA STUDY IT FROM A BUNCH OF DIFFERENT ANGLES.

UM, WE ARE, UH, WE DO BELIEVE THAT WE CAN COMPLETE THAT, UH, ANALYSIS, YOU KNOW, BY APRIL AND COME BACK.

AND WE WOULD PLAN TO HAVE A, A GENERAL PUBLIC MEETING ON THIS ISSUE SPECIFICALLY, UM, AT THAT TIME, UM, OUR GOAL IS TO, UH, TO BE COMPLETED, UH, WITH THIS ANALYSIS AND THE, YOU KNOW, MAKE A DECISION AT LEAST ABOUT HOW TO PROCEED, WHAT THE PROCESS IS BY THE END OF MAY, SO THAT WE CAN, UM, YOU KNOW, KEEP OUR TIMELINES FOR THE BLUE EYE PROJECT AND THE PROGRAM.

UM, AND, YOU KNOW, I KNOW ONE OF THE, THE, THE, THE QUESTIONS THAT WAS RAISED AT THE LAST MEETING WAS, YOU KNOW, CAN WE JUST PASS THIS ISSUE ONTO THE, UM, THE DESIGN COMPETITION ITSELF, ALLOW THE COMPETITORS KIND OF CBO SOLVE IT FOR US? UM, YOU KNOW, THE STAFF, THE THREE STAFFS OF THE VARIOUS AGENCIES.

I THINK WE DON'T, WE DON'T BELIEVE THAT THAT IS A GOOD, UH, THE BEST THE PROCESS FOR, TO GET THE BEST OUTCOME OUT OF THE COMPETITION.

COMPETITION IS NOT REALLY INTENDED AS AN IDEAS COMPETITION.

IT'S REALLY INTENDED AS A DESIGN COMPETITION.

AND SO MEANING IN TERMS OF ENGINEERING DESIGN, UH, FOR THE BRIDGE ITSELF.

SO WE FEEL LIKE IT'S IMPORTANT TO GIVE CLEAR DIRECTION ABOUT WHAT THE PROGRAMMATIC REQUIREMENTS ARE TO THE COMPETITORS, SO THAT WE CAN COMPARE

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THEIR SOLUTIONS SORT OF APPLES TO APPLES AND BE, YOU KNOW, FAIR AND EVEN ABOUT THE WHOLE PROCESS.

AND ALSO, I THINK WE NEED TO MAKE A POLICY DECISION AS A COMMUNITY ABOUT, YOU KNOW, WHAT, WHAT THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE SPRINT.

SO WE'RE GONNA KIND OF, UNTIL WE MAKE A DECISION ABOUT THOSE WHO ARE GOING TO HOLD OFF ON WATCHING THE COMPETITION, UM, GO TO THE NEXT.

SO, UM, JUST WANT TO LAY OUT SOME OF THE AREAS THAT WE ARE ANALYZING, JUST TO GIVE YOU A SENSE OF WHAT'S COMING NO CONCLUSIONS TONIGHT, BUT, UM, JUST TO GIVE YOU A SENSE OF THE WAYS IN WHICH WE'RE LOOKING AT IT, UM, OBVIOUSLY WE'VE GOT TO LOOK AT IT FROM ENGINEERING AND DESIGN STANDPOINT.

UM, WE ARE GOING TO LOOK AT OPTIONS WHERE, UM, US IN RAIL COULD, UM, SHARE THE GUIDEWAY AND WHERE THEY COULD, YOU KNOW, THE BUSES ON A SEPARATE DEDICATED GUIDEWAY SEPARATE FROM THE LIGHT RAIL VEHICLES.

UM, YOU KNOW, SO THERE ARE DIFFERENT IMPACTS WITH EACH OF THOSE.

WE NEED TO STUDY THOSE.

UM, SO WE'LL BE LOOKING AT THAT AND WE'LL BE LOOKING AT, UM, IMPACTS ON BOTH, BOTH SHORELINES, UM, OF WHAT THAT MEANS FOR THE SURROUNDING AREAS.

UM, WE'LL BE LOOKING AT, YOU KNOW, OPERATIONS AND HOW THIS WOULD WORK FROM AN OPERATIONAL STANDPOINT.

UM, CERTAINLY FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF THE SHARED GUIDEWAY, WHICH I THINK PRESENTS SOME CHALLENGES, UM, IT IS DONE, IT HAS BEEN DONE IN OTHER CITIES, BUT WE HAVE TO LOOK AT HOW THOSE LESSONS CAN BE, UM, EXTRACTED FROM THOSE OTHER LOCATIONS AND APPLIED TO THE SPECIFIC CONTEXT OF AUSTIN AND OUR, OUR TRANSIT NETWORK.

UM, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE TO LOOK AT WHAT THE BUS SERVICE PLANNING FRAMEWORK WOULD BE, MEANING WHAT THE PURPOSE OF MEAD FOR THE BRIDGE WOULD BE.

UM, WE DON'T HAVE THAT YET.

AND, YOU KNOW, BUS SERVICE PLANNING OBVIOUSLY IS GOING TO EVOLVE AS PROJECT CONNECT IS BUILT OUT, UM, SO THAT WE CAN SERVE THE COMMUNITY AS BROADLY AS POSSIBLE.

UM, AND WITH THE RESOURCES THAT ARE AVAILABLE TO US, THAT IS OUR GOAL AND OUR MISSION.

SO, I MEAN, COLLECTIVELY, SO, UM, YOU KNOW, I THINK, UH, WE WILL BE LOOKING AT WHAT THE, WHAT THE FRAMEWORK IS.

WE W WE WON'T HAVE A SERVICE PLAN FOR 10 YEARS FROM NOW, AND THAT THAT'S NOT POSSIBLE AT THIS TIME, BUT AT LEAST WE CAN LOOK AT WHAT THE OPPORTUNITIES ARE AND HOW THIS, UH, BRIDGE MIGHT FUNCTION FROM A BUS SERVICE PLANNING STANDPOINT.

UM, UH, WE ALSO HAVE TO LOOK AT WHAT, HOW THIS FITS INTO THE CURRENT BLUE LINE PROJECT FROM A FEDERAL PROCESS, RIGHT? SO THE BLUE LINE IS, UH, YOU KNOW, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND THE FTA, OR A SIGNIFICANT PARTNER OF OURS.

AND, YOU KNOW, WE'RE GOING THROUGH THE NEPA PROCESS AND WE'LL BE PARTICIPATING IN THE, THE FEDERAL CAPITAL INVESTMENT GRANT PROGRAM, YOU KNOW, WHERE, WHICH WE'LL PAY FOR HALF OF THE BLIND PROJECTS, PROBABLY WE HOPE.

UM, AND SO, YOU KNOW, WE GET RATED BY THE FTA.

AND SO WE HAVE TO AT LEAST UNDERSTAND WHAT, UM, HOW THAT, UH, NEW ELVIS ELEMENT WOULD CHANGE IF AT ALL WE DON'T KNOW YET.

UM, AND HOW WE COULD FIT THAT INTO BOTH THE EIS AND TO THE CIG PROCESS.

WE ALSO HAVE TO LOOK AT, YOU KNOW, OTHER INVESTMENTS OR CHANGES OR INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS THAT WOULD BE REQUIRED TO REALLY MAKE THIS, UH, THE BRIDGE WORK FROM A BUS, UM, MOVEMENT STANDPOINT.

UM, YOU KNOW, IF THERE ARE ANY OTHER CHANGES DOWNTOWN, FOR EXAMPLE, OR ON THE SOUTH CENTRAL WATERFRONT, UM, THAT WOULD BE REALLY NECESSARY TO MAKE THIS WORK.

SO LOOKING AT WHAT, WHAT WOULD HAVE TO HAPPEN BEYOND THE BRIDGE ITSELF.

UM, CAUSE OBVIOUSLY WE WOULDN'T WANT TO LOOK AT THAT IN ISOLATION, UM, AND THEN OBVIOUSLY LOOKING AT COST.

SO WE WILL LOOK AT ALL OF THESE IF, IF THERE ARE ANY IMPACTS AT ALL, WE DON'T.

SO WE HAVE TO LOOK AT ALL THIS STUFF, PUT IT ALL TOGETHER.

UM, AND THEN, YOU KNOW, COME BACK AND REALLY PRESENT SOME FINDINGS IN A COMPREHENSIVE AND COHESIVE WAY.

AND WE, WE LOOK FORWARD TO DOING THAT WITH THE PUBLIC, UM, DENTALLY AND IN APRIL.

UM, AND I THINK THAT IS THE UPDATE.

SO REALLY HAPPY TO TAKE ANY QUESTIONS.

AND AGAIN, I WANT TO MAKE SURE, YOU KNOW, UH, UH, AND HANNAH AND DAVE ARE HERE.

SO IF THERE ARE TECHNICAL QUESTIONS OR QUESTIONS THAT ARE MORE DIRECTED TO THEM, UM, THEY CAN ANSWER THEM AS WELL.

OKAY.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THAT PRESENTATION AND FOR THE MEMOS THAT WERE SENT EARLIER.

UM, ARE THERE ANY COMMISSIONERS WITH QUESTIONS, OUR RESPONSES THIS SAY, WELL, YEAH, I DO.

I DO.

THANK YOU.

UM, THANKS PETER FOR THAT.

SO THAT EXPLANATION, OH MAN, WHERE DO I START HAVE A FEW THOUGHTS? UM, I WOULD JUST LIKE TO SAY THAT, UH, UH, I'M VERY DISAPPOINTED OVERALL.

UM, I KNOW, I KNOW YOU GUYS ARE WORKING HARD, BUT YOU KNOW, I FIRST RAISED THIS ISSUE BACK IN OCTOBER WITH MY EMAIL TO, TO ATP