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I'M GONNA

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CALL TO ORDER.

IT IS SIX OH TWO ON IT IS STILL MONDAY THE 24TH OF OCTOBER.

YES IT IS.

ALL RIGHT.

SO I'M GONNA BEGIN BY CALLING ROLL.

UM, I AM BOARD MEMBER LAURA KATAM SCHEIBEL BOARD MEMBER SARAH FAUST IS NOT HERE TONIGHT.

NINA RINALDI NOT HERE TONIGHT.

ANNA DECARLO HERE.

UH, PATRICK MOORE HERE.

YEAH.

CATHERINE FLOWERS IS NOT HERE TONIGHT.

LISA HOODMAN HERE.

NANCY BERNARD.

DO WE HAVE HER ONLINE? OKAY.

NOT HERE TONIGHT.

KIM TAYLOR? NOT HERE TONIGHT.

DON LEWIS HERE.

AND RICHARD ULMA HERE.

THANK YOU EVERYBODY.

ALL RIGHT.

SO WE'RE GOING

[PUBLIC COMMUNICATION: GENERAL]

TO BEGIN THE EVENING WITH PUBLIC COMMUNICATION.

I'M GONNA TURN IT OVER TO, UH, CHAIR EMERITUS DON LEWIS .

OKAY.

UM, GOOD EVENING.

SO WE HAVE, UM, SOME GENERAL COMMUNICATION CHAIR COTTONY, AND WE CAN BEGIN WITH, UH, KAYLA REESE.

IS SHE HERE? HI KAYLA.

YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

HI, I'M KAYLA REESE.

I'M THE NEW ADVOCACY MANAGER WITH AUSTIN PARKS FOUNDATION.

I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH Y'ALL, UM, IN THE COMING MONTHS.

AND I WANTED TO TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PROVIDE A FEW UPDATES.

UM, THE FIRST ONE IS UNFORTUNATE.

IT'S ABOUT THE ZILKER EAGLE TRAIN.

UM, SAFETY TESTING REVEALED BREAKING PROBLEMS THAT NEEDED TO BE ADDRESSED SO IT WILL NOT BE ABLE TO RUN THIS YEAR.

A COMMITTEE AT APF OF STAFF AND BOARD MEMBERS HAVE BEEN ACTIVELY ASSESSING THE SITUATION AS CHALLENGES HAVE ARISEN AND WILL CONTINUE TO MEET TO EVALUATE THE CURRENT STATUS, WHAT OUR OPTIONS ARE, AND HOW WE'LL MOVE FORWARD TO MAKE THE NEEDED REPAIRS.

GIVEN THE CURRENT STATUS, WE ANTICIPATE THE, THE EARLIEST THE TRAIN WILL BE READY WILL BE FALL 2023.

WE REMAIN COMMITTED TO ENSURING THE ZILKER EAGLE IS PART OF AUSTIN'S FUTURE, AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK DILIGENTLY AND TIRELESSLY TO BRING THE TRAIN BACK.

UM, IN MORE POSITIVE NEWS ON NOVEMBER 5TH.

IT'S, UM, IT'S MY PARK DAY, WHICH IS, UM, OUR ANNUAL, UM, EVENT WHERE WE HAVE LOTS OF PEOPLE COME OUT TO WORK ON THEIR LOCAL PARKS.

UM, THIS FALL WE HAVE 99 PROJECTS WAITING ACROSS ALL OF AUSTIN.

UM, AND WE'LL MOBILIZE THOUSANDS OF VOLUNTEERS AND YOU'RE ALL WELCOME TO PARTICIPATE.

UM, NOVEMBER 7TH AT 11:00 AM ALONG WITH PAR, WE ARE HOSTING A RIBBON CUTTING FOR THE IMPROVEMENTS AT GO PARK.

UM, THROUGH COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, WE WERE ABLE TO IDENTIFY WHAT AREAS OF THE PARK TO IMPROVE.

THESE INCLUDE A NEW PLAYGROUND, EQUIPMENT FIELD, AND BASKETBALL COURT UPGRADES.

ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AND DEDICATION TO AUSTIN SPARKS.

THANK YOU.

LET'S SEE.

NEXT UP, UH, KEVIN RAINS.

HELLO, KEVIN RAINIS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF AUSTIN ROWING.

UH, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE.

I ALSO WANTED TO THANK YOU IN PERSON CUZ I'VE BEEN OUTTA TOWN THE LAST COUPLE OF MEETINGS FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF THE RESOLUTION THAT WENT TO CITY COUNCIL, THAT THEN WAS UNANIMOUSLY PASSED BY CITY COUNCIL TO ENSURE THAT THE AUSTIN ROWING ORGANIZATION HAS A FUTURE HOME UPON DESTRUCTION OF THE WALNUT CREEK BOATHOUSE.

WE'D LOOK FORWARD TO BEING A PART OF THE EAST RIVERSIDE COMMUNITY, WORKING WITH PAR, WORKING WITH COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS WITH OUR NEW NEIGHBORS AS WE MOVE INTO THAT AREA.

SO I WANTED TO THANK YOU REALLY LIKE A LOT , SO I DON'T HAVE THE, ANYWAY, IT WAS JUST, UH, IT WAS AMAZING.

SO, AND I KNOW THERE'S BEEN DISCUSSION ABOUT, YOU KNOW, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND SUPPORT IN THAT AREA.

AND I THINK AS MANY AS YOU KNOW, THAT SOME OF YOU ARE NEW, YOU KNOW, FOR 40 YEARS, AUSTIN HAS BEEN VERY, IT'S IN OUR DNA, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, COMMUNITY SUPPORT.

I'LL, I'LL LEAVE IT.

THIS FLYER THAT I'VE MADE, I THINK, UH, PREVIOUSLY THAT MANY OF YOU HAVE SEEN, WE WORK WITH OVER 40 DIVERSE COMMUNITY PARTNERS TODAY ACROSS A WIDE RANGE OF PUBLIC BENEFIT AND SERVICES.

AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING TO DO THAT IN A NEW LOCATION AND WORKING WITH NEW PARTNERS THAT ARE IN THAT SPECIFIC COMMUNITY DIRECTLY AROUND THE YOUTH HOST.

ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE'VE FOCUSED ON IS GOOD STEWARDSHIP OF THE BEAUTIFUL ASSET THAT WE HAVE WITH THE WALL CREEK BOATHOUSE FOR AS LONG AS IT EXISTS ANYWAY.

AND NOT TO SAY THAT LIGHTLY.

AND SO I'M, I'M PROUD TO SAY FOR THE CITY'S FISCAL YEAR WE CROSSED 3 MILLION IN TOTAL REVENUE FOR THE BOATHOUSE.

ONE OF THE CHARTERS OF THE ORIGINAL CONTRACT WAS MAXIMIZE USE OF THE PUBLIC ASSET FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE PUBLIC.

ONE WAY OF MEASURING THAT IS HOW MANY PEOPLE COME

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AND PARTICIPATE AND ENJOY THE SERVICES AND AMENITIES THAT ARE OFFERED.

SO THE 3 MILLION IS A PRETTY BIG MILESTONE, UH, FOR THE WALLOW CREEK BOATHOUSE.

AND WITH THAT, BECAUSE OF THE REVENUE SHARING, AND I HEAR FROM PAT, YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT SOME OF THAT LATER, IS, UH, WE, UH, WROTE A CHECK TO THE CITY OF AUSTIN, UH, FOR OVER $400,000 THIS FISCAL YEAR.

SO WE JUST, AND THAT DOESN'T INCLUDE THE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS, THE PAYING, THE UTILITIES, THE REPAIR, THE REMAIN MAINTENANCE, ALL OF THAT IS HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS MORE.

SO HAVING A SUCCESSFUL OPERATION THAT ALLOWS FOR BROAD ENGAGEMENT WITH THE COMMUNITY VERSUS JUST A BUILDING IS SOMETHING THAT, UH, WE'RE VERY FOCUSED ON AS AN ORGANIZATION AND HAVE BEEN FOR THE LAST 40 YEARS.

SO, UM, AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO DOING THAT IN EAST RIVERSIDE COMMUNITY.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

IF I MAY, CAN I APPROACH AND THIS HAS BEEN CIRCULATED BEFORE.

I CAN PDF.

GREAT.

THANK YOU.

SO, UM, VAL PROSAD, ARE YOU HERE? I AM.

RIGHT.

SO YOU'RE DONATING YOUR TIME MR. PRAD, TO, TO CL THOSE TWO.

OKAY.

AND YOU JUST WANNA SPLIT IT IN HALF EQUALLY.

IS THAT YOUR THOUGHT? OKAY.

OKAY, GREAT.

SO IN THAT CASE, UM, VICTORIA SALOV, DO YOU WANNA COME OR DO YOU HAVE A PREFERENCE? WHO GOES FIRST? OKAY, CLAIRE, SO YOU'LL HAVE, UM, FOUR AND A HALF MINUTES.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

UM, SO GOOD EVENING.

YEAH.

MY NAME IS CLAIRE KREBS.

I'M HERE AGAIN ON BEHALF OF FESTIVAL BEACH GARDEN AND PASOS THE FOX.

UM, FIRST I WANNA SAY I'M HEARTENED TO KNOW THAT THE WHOLE BOARD CARES ABOUT, UH, WILDLIFE LIKE THE FOX.

AND I HOPE THAT YOUR COMPASSION CAN DRIVE ACTION AT PARKS ALL ACROSS THE CITY.

UM, THANK YOU ALSO FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF US GARDENERS.

UH, WHEN YOU ASK PAR TO ACT, IT SENDS A STRONGER MESSAGE THAN WHEN WE AS GARDENERS AND CITIZENS ASK, ACT, ASK ALONE.

AND I'VE SEEN, UH, MORE GET DONE AND MORE TRANSPARENCY BECAUSE OF WHAT YOU ALL HAVE BEEN DOING.

UM, AND I UNDERSTAND THAT BECAUSE WE'RE NOT ON THE AGENDA, WE DON'T GET INTO, DON'T GET TO WEIGH IN DURING THE DIRECTOR'S REPORT ABOUT HATCHERY PARK, BUT THERE ARE SOME ERRORS IN WHAT'S BEEN SHARED WITH YOU THUS FAR.

AND I WANNA SUGGEST SOME QUESTIONS THAT YOU MIGHT ASK OF PAR DURING THAT TIME.

SO, UM, FIRST, THE MAP YOU RECEIVED FROM THE PART INVESTIGATION OMITS THE FACT THAT OUR THICKE IS STILL VEGETATED, SO THERE'S STILL FOX HABITAT ON HATCHERY PARK.

UM, SECOND, THE EMAIL REFERENCES CONVERSATIONS WITH THE GARDENERS ABOUT BUILDING HABITAT ON THE GARDEN SIDE.

I'M THE HABITAT LEAD, UH, WITH THE GARDEN.

SO THOSE CONVERSATIONS ARE WITH ME AND OUR SITE MANAGER, JULIO.

SO LET ME GIVE YOU A FIRSTHAND ACCOUNT.

BASED ON TALKS WITH EXPERTS, WE WORRY THAT WITHOUT THE HATCHERY PORK PARK PORTION BEING PROTECTED, THE HABITAT WON'T BE BIG ENOUGH FOR A NEW DEN BECAUSE IT'S A THIRD OF THE SIZE OF THE LI OF THE LITTLE THICKE ON HATCHERY PARK.

WE'VE BEEN TOLD BY OUR EXPERTS THAT THE GARDEN SIDE HABITAT SHOULD STILL ENCOURAGE THESE FOXES TO VISIT US, BUT THE ODDS OF IT SUPPORTING A FAMILY DEN DECREASE BECAUSE IT'S JUST SMALLER.

WE'RE THRILLED AND HONORED TO PROVIDE WHAT HABITAT WE CAN, BUT NO ONE SHOULD ASSUME OR ARREST EASY.

THAT WHAT THE GARDENERS ARE BUILDING WILL SUBSTITUTE FOR PAST'S DEN.

UH, THIRD, THE EMAIL Y'ALL RECEIVE SAYS THE PROPERTY TO THE EAST OF THE GARDEN HAS A NEW OWNER WHO'S, AND THAT'S THE ONE WHO'S DISPUTING OUR PROPERTY LINE.

BUT WE'VE HEARD FROM A REPRESENTATIVE OF SOUTHWEST STRATEGIES GROUP, UH, WHO SAYS THAT THEY ACTUALLY STILL OWN THAT LAND AND WE DON'T SEE ANY PUBLIC RECORDS TO THE CONTRARY.

SO THIS CONTRADICTS PARS REPORT AND THUS I ASK YOU TO ASK PAR WHY WERE THEY TOLD THAT THERE THERE WAS A NEW OWNER WHO PLACED THIS ROGUE PROPERTY STAKE.

WHO IS THAT OWNER? UM, PROVIDE SOME MORE INFORMATION THERE.

FOURTH, I URGE YOU TO ASK PAR WHAT THE SURVEY, UM, THAT ON OCTOBER 31ST WILL BE BASED ON WHERE THEY'RE SURVEYING THE PROPERTY LINE, WHAT EQUIPMENT WILL BE USED AND TO SHARE ANY PLOT, MAPS AND OTHER INFORMATION WITH Y'ALL TO ENSURE THAT NO PUBLIC PROPERTY IS BEING GIVEN AWAY ON YOUR WATCH.

UH, FIFTH, UM, YOU SHOULD ASK PART HOW FAR THE SURVEY WILL EXTEND.

IT SHOULD EXTEND THE ENTIRE EASTERN BOUNDARY IN OUR OPINION, ESPECIALLY BECAUSE THE BOUNDARY WITH HATCHERY PARK WILL DETERMINE HOW MUCH SPACE THERE IS LEFT IN THE GARDEN.

FOR HABITAT, WE'VE NOT STARTED ADDING HABITAT BUSHES IN THAT AREA THAT WE'VE RESERVED BECAUSE WE DON'T WANT THEM TO BE ACCIDENTALLY DESTROYED CUZ THE PROPERTY BOUNDARIES OFF.

UM, SIXTH ON THURSDAY, UH, WITH PARS BLESSING, WE INSTALLED A TEMPORARY FENCE ACTUALLY ACROSS THE GAP, UH, TO SECURE THE GARDEN UNTIL THE PROPERTY DISPUTE IS OVER.

AND WHEN WE DID THAT, IT MADE IT CLEAR THAT THERE'S A WIDE STRIP OF LAND ABOUT 10 FEET LONG AND 300 FEET WIDE.

THAT'S THE AREA IN DISPUTE, AND IT GOES STRAIGHT INTO

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THE PLANT SUBSTITUTE HABITAT AREA.

AND THEN SEVENTH, UH, YOU SHOULD ASK ABOUT PARS FOLLOW UP PLAN WITH A FENCE.

AT A MINIMUM, WE THINK THE DEVELOPER SHOULD COMPENSATE THE CITY IF IT WAS WRONG ABOUT THE BOUNDARY WHEN THEY TORE DOWN OUR ORIGINAL FENCE.

UM, AND SO NOW, UH, VICTORIA, I THINK IS GONNA CONTINUE GIVING SOME REMARKS, BUT I WANNA THANK YOU GUYS FOR THE TIME AND THE EFFORT AND THAT YOU GUYS HAVE PUT IN THERE AS VOLUNTEERS TO HELP US WITH THESE ISSUES.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

HI, GOOD EVENING.

UM, MY NAME IS VICTORIA, SO LOVE AND I'M A FRIEND OF THE FOX AND OF THE GARDEN.

I'LL KEEP GIVING THE REMARKS THAT CLAIRE WAS READING.

SO EIGHTH ASK PART HOW THE GARDENERS CAN PARTICIPATE IN PUBLIC INPUT AND NOTICE PROCESSES IN THE FUTURE.

WE DON'T WANNA BE LEFT OUT OF CONSULTATIONS AGAIN.

ALSO, WE WANNA TALK ABOUT THE EMAIL RESPONSES OR EMAIL RESPONSE OUR SUPPORTERS RECEIVED LAST WEEK THAT SUGGESTS HARD BOARD MEMBERS LACK JURISDICTION OVER THE DEVELOPER IN HATCHERY PARK HABITAT.

THAT'S A DANGEROUS STANCE TO TAKE.

DON'T SAY LACK OF JURISDICTION PREVENTS YOU FROM ACTING.

THE FOX HABITAT IS ON HATCHERY PARK, WHICH REQUIRES A PART APPROVED SITE PLAN.

SO YOU DO HAVE JURISDICTION OVER WHAT DEVELOPERS IN PART DOES WITH EASEMENT PARKS.

AND EVEN IF THE DEN WEREN'T THERE, YOU HAVE JURISDICTION OVER HATCHERY PARK.

A DEVELOPER MUST GET ITS PARK PLANS APPROVED BY PAR, BY PAR PLANNING.

AND PART PLANNING TAKES FEEDBACK FROM FROM CARD BOARD.

YOU EXERCISE THIS JURISDICTION JUST LAST MONTH WHEN YOU WAIT IN ON THE BRODI OAKS PLAN.

NOW, YOU MAY BE LIMITED IN THE TOOLS AND EFFECT YOU HAVE BECAUSE OF THE SPECIFIC FACTS OF THE CASE, BUT IT DOESN'T MEAN YOU LACK JURISDICTION ENTIRELY.

AND IF YOU CARE ABOUT MAKING SPACE FOR WILDLIFE AND IN OTHER PARKS, UH, YOU SHOULDN'T COUCH IT THAT WAY.

WHAT WE HEAR YOU SAY TO US IS PERHAPS THAT YOU ARE HAMSTRUNG HERE FROM HELPING US PRESERVE THE LITTLE THICKET.

MAYBE WE HAVE BAD FACTS.

MAYBE IT'S NOT WORTH THE POLITICAL CAPITAL.

IT'S TOO LATE IN THE GAME.

THE DEVELOPER'S INTRACTABLE THERE AREN'T PART RESOURCES, WHATEVER, BUT BLAME IT ON THE FACTS.

SO IN YOUR DISCUSSION THIS EVENING, PLEASE CLARIFY THAT YOU DO INDEED HAVE JURISDICTION TO WEIGH IN ON WHAT HAPPENS ON EASEMENT PARKS LIKE HATCHERY.

AND DON'T LET ANYONE CONVINCE YOU TO SAY OTHERWISE.

UH, OTHER FOXES WILL THANK YOU TOO.

UH, FINALLY, WE WANNA TAKE THIS PLATFORM TO EXPRESS PRIDE IN ALL THE GARDENERS STRUGGLE ON TOP OF ADVOCATE FOR HABITAT AND DOING NORMAL GARDEN TASKS.

LAST MONTH GARDENS, UH, GARDENERS INSTALLED THE FENCE TO PROTECT THE GARDEN.

GARDENERS DIAGNOSED AND PATCHED THE IRRIGATION SYSTEM, WHICH SPRUNG A LEAK AGAIN FOR THE SIXTH TIME THIS YEAR, UH, GARDENERS BEGAN FUNDRAISING FOR THE THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS NEEDED FOR ADDITIONAL FIXES TO OUR WATER SYSTEM, GARDENERS HELD ELECTIONS AND A THANKSGIVING CELEBRATION WELCOMING NEW GARDENERS LEADERS AND COMMUNITY.

AND NEXT MONTH, UH, GARDENERS WILL BE HOSTING 75.

IT'S MY PARK DAY VOLUNTEERS.

UM, ALL CITY GARDENERS GIVE THIS SORT OF UNPAID LOVE DAILY.

YOU HAVE A GREAT POTEN, YOU HAVE GREAT POTENTIAL PARTNERS IN GARDENERS ALL ACROSS THE CITY TO HELP PEOPLE IN WILDLIFE.

LIKE I HOPE YOU CONTINUE TO ADVOCATE FOR GARDEN GARDENS, THEIR WILDLIFE AND THE POD STAFF THAT SUPPORTS THEM.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

OKAY, SO FINALLY WE HAVE ONE ON, UM, ON WEBEX.

ERIC POLLS.

UH, CAN YOU HEAR ME? YES, WE CAN HEAR YOU.

PLEASE CALL RIGHT.

I'M THE DIRECTOR OF ECOLOGY ACTION.

UH, WE OPERATE THE CIRCLE LAKE ACRES NATURE PRESERVE IN MONS.

OUR PRESERVE SHARES THE BORDER WITH ROY G GUERRERA PARK.

WE MANAGE, OUR PRESERVE IS A COMMUNITY ASSET THAT IT'S FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

WE ALSO DO EXTENSIVE WORK HELPING TO STEWARD EAST END OF GUERRERA PARK, INCLUDING CREATING A TWO MILE HIKING TRAIL, PLANTING MANY HUNDREDS OF NATIVE TREES AND GRASSES CONDUCTING ECOA RESEARCH AND LEADING VOLUNTEERS TO CLEAN UP OVER 2,600 BAGS OF TRASH FROM THE PARK.

IN ADDITION, WE HAVE SECURED ANOTHER QUARTER MILLION DOLLARS IN GRANTS FROM THE TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE FOR FUTURE PARK IMPROVEMENTS.

I HERE TODAY TO ASK FOR YOUR HELP.

FOR SEVERAL YEARS, WE HAVE BEEN THE VICTIMS OF REPEATED THEFT AT SEVERAL ACRES.

SINCE 2018, WE HAVE HAD ROUGHLY TWO DOZEN BREAK-INS AND LOST CLOSE TO $20,000 WORTH OF TOOLS, MATERIALS, AND EQUIPMENT.

I'M ASKING FOR YOUR HELP BECAUSE THE MAIN CULPRITS OF THIS HABITUAL SEPT HAVE BEEN LIVING IN THE PARK IMMEDIATELY BEHIND THE PLAYGROUND USING THIS ENCAMPMENT AS A BASE FOR THEIR THEFT RING.

I'VE HEARD EVERY EXCUSE FROM APD AS TO WHY THEY CAN'T HELP FROM CITY COUNCIL, WON'T LET THEM DO THEIR JOBS.

THEY'VE BEEN DEFUNDED, THEY AREN'T ALLOWED TO POLICE THE PARK.

ALL OF IT IS RIDICULOUS FALSE INFORMATION.

THE MOST RECENT ONE FROM A DETECTIVE IS THAT, QUOTE, MY SITUATION IS THEFT AND I ONLY INVESTIGATE BURGLARIES.

THAT'S AFTER TAKING WEEKS TO RETURN MY REQUEST TO EVEN FILE A CASE.

HE SAID I SHOULD RESUBMIT ANOTHER REPORT.

I'VE REACHED OUT TO PARK RANGERS BUT DON'T HEAR BACK.

SAME FOR THE APD HENRY DISTRICT REP, WHO HAS ROUTINELY, ROUTINELY FAILED TO RETURN CALLS FOR HELP FOR YEARS.

NOW, THE REASON I'M HERE TODAY IS BECAUSE WE RECENTLY HAD AN EXPENSIVE BRIDGE THAT WE COMMISSIONED THE TEXAS CONSERVATION CORPS TO INSTALL IN THE PARK ALONG OUR TRAIL LAST YEAR, DISMANTLED AND MOVED A HALF MILE TO THIS ENCAMPMENT TO

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BUILD A HUT, AN ENTIRE BRIDGE STOLEN WITH COMPLETE IMPUNITY.

THEY'VE ALSO STARTED STEALING METAL CAGES THAT PROTECT OUR NEWLY PLANTED TREES IN THE PARK.

THESE ARE PARK ASSETS THAT ARE BEING DISMANTLED AND RUINED TO MAKE AN UNLAWFUL FORTRESS ON PARK PROPERTY RIGHT BEHIND THE PLAYGROUND.

THESE MEN SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO STAY AN ENCAMPMENT BEHIND THE PLAYGROUND.

SEVERAL MONTHS AGO, I WAS WALKING AROUND THE BAMBOO AREA DIRECTLY BEHIND THE PLAYGROUND AFTER A HIKER HIT ME OFF TO OUR STOLEN PROPERTY.

BEING BACK THERE, I FOUND SPENT AK 47 SHELLS.

ANOTHER TIME I FOUND 20 GAUGE SHOTGUN SHELLS.

I NOTIFIED THE CITY AND AGAIN, NOTHING EVER HAPPENED.

NO FOLLOW UPS, NO CALLBACKS, NO CONCERN, NOTHING AGAIN, RIGHT BEHIND THE PLAYGROUND.

IMAGINE THIS SITUATION IN ONE OF THE PLAYGROUNDS YOUR CHILD USES.

IMAGINE SEEING $8,000 WORTH OF YOUR STOLEN POWER TOOLS AND ENCAMPMENT AND NOT GETTING A RESPONSE FROM AD FOR SIX WEEKS LONG AFTER THEY'VE BEEN SOLD OFF.

I HOPE Y'ALL WILL TAKE THIS SITUATION SERIOUSLY AND HELP FACILITATE THE RELOCATION OF THIS ENCAMPMENT AND REQUEST PART WORK WITH ME TO POTENTIALLY RECLAIM WHATEVER PROPERTIES OURS THAT IS STILL SALVAGEABLE.

WE ARE SMALL ORGANIZATION AND THESE THEFT ARE DEBILITATING, BUT THE INDIFFERENCE FROM A P D IS BEYOND INSULTING AT THIS POINT.

I'M ASKING FOR YOUR HELP TO FACILITATE ACTION AND PUSHBACK AGAINST THE ENDLESS EXCUSES FROM CITY AUTHORITIES AND HELP MAKE THE PLAYGROUND AND PARK SAFE.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

OKAY, UH, CHAIR THAT IS IT FOR CITIZEN COMMUNICATION.

CAN I GET THE, WHAT WAS THE LAST NAME ON THAT? WAS THAT SPOKE? IT WAS ERIC PAULS, P A U L O S WITH ECOLOGY ACTION.

WHAT? I DIDN'T CATCH THIS UP.

GUERRERO GUERRERO.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

THANKS TO EVERYBODY WHO'S COME TO SPEAK AND, UM, UH, ON AND CALLED IN ONLINE.

WE APPRECIATE YOUR ATTENTIONS AND YOUR HELP WITH THE PARK SYSTEM.

UM,

[APPROVAL OF MINUTES]

WE'RE GOING TO MOVE ON TO APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES RIGHT NOW.

AND, UM, IS THERE, ARE THERE ANY COMMENTS ON THE MINUTES? DOES EVERYBODY COPY THE MINUTES? YES.

AT THE, EXCUSE ME, AT THE VERY END OF THE MINUTES.

IT LOOKS LIKE THERE'S JUST SOME NOTES THERE THAT MAY NOT NEED TO BE IN THE MINUTES UNDER PAGE AFTER THE MINUTES ARE APPROVED.

THAT NOTE AND CHAIR NAME, DO YOU SEE WHAT I'M THIS DOWN HERE.

OKAY.

I ASSUME THIS WILL BE REMOVED, TIM.

OKAY.

THIS WILL GO AWAY.

OKAY.

OKAY.

OKAY.

ARE THERE ANY OTHER COMMENTS OR CORRECTIONS ON THE MINUTES? IS THERE A MOVE TO APPROVE THE MINUTES? MOVE TO APPROVE THE MINUTES.

SECOND.

ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU.

ALL IN FAVOR.

NOW IT'S UNANIMOUS ON THE, THE DIAS AND NOBODY ONLINE, SO I THINK THAT WE APPROVE THE MINUTES.

THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT, SO WE'RE GOING TO MOVE ON TO, OH, I'M LOOKING AT THAT ONE NOW.

SORRY.

, UH,

[2. Staff briefing on the Palm District Plan. Stevie Greathouse, Capital Programming Consultant, Housing and Planning Department.]

STAFF BRIEFINGS.

OKAY.

SO IF WE HAVE FIRST, UM, THE STAFF BRIEFING ON THE PALM DISTRICT PLAN WITH MR. GREATHOUSE, CAPITAL PROGRAMMING CONSULTANT HOUSING AND PLANNING, OR STEVIE, I'M SORRY, MS. MS. GREATHOUSE, I APOLOGIZE.

IT'S ALL RIGHT.

I GET THAT QUITE FREQUENTLY.

I'M MISS GREATHOUSE, UM, DIVISION MANAGER WITH THE HOUSING AND PLANNING DEPARTMENT.

GOOD EVENING COMMISSIONERS.

UM, OUR BOARD MEMBER IS GLAD TO BE HERE WITH YOU.

I'M GONNA GIVE A BRIEF PRESENTATION OVERVIEW OF WHERE WE'RE AT ON THIS INITIATIVE AND THEN OPEN IT UP TO QUESTIONS.

UM, HOPEFULLY HONORING YOUR TIME.

I'M A DIVISION MANAGER WITHIN THE HOUSING AND PLANNING DEPARTMENT.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

UM, DURING THIS PRESENTATION, I'M GONNA BRIEFLY PROVIDE AN OVERVIEW OF OUR PLANNING PROCESS, SHARED WITH YOU WHAT WE HEARD FROM THE COMMUNITY, UM, PRESENT A VERY HIGH LEVEL OVERVIEW OF THE DRAFT PLAN, AND THEN HAPPY TO ANSWER QUESTIONS.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

AND NEXT, THE GOAL OF THE PALM DISTRICT PLANNING INITIATIVE IS TO ENGAGE STAKEHOLDERS AND THE PUBLIC TO DEVELOP A SHARED VISION FOR AN AREA OF DOWNTOWN THAT HAS A RICH HISTORY AND THAT WE KNOW IS EVOLVING QUICKLY.

THE STUDY AREA FOR THIS PLANNING PROCESS EXTENDS ROUGHLY FROM 15TH STREET TO LADYBIRD LAKE AND TRINITY STREET TO IH 35.

NEXT SLIDE.

THIS AREA OF DOWNTOWN IS GROUND ZERO FOR A NUMBER OF SIGNIFICANT PUBLIC INVESTMENTS ANTICIPATED OVER THE YEARS AHEAD, UM, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE RECONSTRUCTION OF IH 35, IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PROJECT CONNECT TRANSIT SYSTEM, COMPLETION OF WATERLOO GREENWAY, UM, INCLUDING IMPROVEMENTS TO PALM PARK.

NEXT SLIDE.

IN ADDITION TO INITIATING A PLANNING PROCESS, THE RESOLUTION THAT WAS ADOPTED BY CITY COUNCIL IN 2019 PROVIDED DIRECTION ON SEVERAL ADDITIONAL ITEMS THAT ARE MOVING FORWARD INDEPENDENTLY.

AND THE PLANNING PROCESS IS INFORMED BY AND WILL INFORM THE OTHER WORK REFERENCED IN THE RESOLUTION.

NEXT SLIDE.

SINCE THE BEGINNING OF 2021, WE HAVE WORKED TO ENGAGE STAKEHOLDERS, UNDERSTAND EXISTING CONDITIONS, SUPPORT, COORDINATION OF RELATED INITIATIVES, AND TO DEVELOP A SHARED VISION FOR THE DISTRICT THAT BUILDS ON WORK ALREADY UNDERWAY.

UM, WE RELEASED THE PUBLIC REVIEW DRAFT OF

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THE PALM DISTRICT PLAN, UM, EARLIER THIS MONTH, UM, AND ARE, UM, HOPING TO BE ABLE TO GO TO PLANNING COMMISSION THIS MONTH.

AND THEN, UM, CITY COUNCIL FOR ADOPTION CONSIDERATION IN DECEMBER.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THROUGHOUT THIS, THIS PROCESS, WE'VE APPROACHED THE WORK THROUGH AN EQUITY LENS AND WE'LL CONTINUE TO BE GUIDED BY EQUITY GOALS AS WE MOVE THROUGH IMPLEMENTATION.

NEXT SLIDE.

AND NEXT.

THROUGHOUT 2021 AND 2022, WE CONDUCTED A NUMBER OF SIGNIFICANT PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT ACTIVITIES THAT I'LL TALK ABOUT IN THE FOLLOWING SLIDES.

NEXT SLIDE.

UM, THANKS.

IN LARGE PART TO TARGETED OUTREACH SUPPORT THAT WE RECEIVED, UM, FROM OUR CONSULTANT, MARTHA CORA, PARTICIPATION IN THE SURVEYS HAS BEEN FAIRLY DIVERSE.

UM, PARTICULARLY, UM, WITH THE SORT OF EXTRA OUTREACH TO THE HISPANIC AND LATINX COMMUNITIES, UM, WE RECEIVED 55% OF INDIVIDUALS PARTICIPATING IN THE VISIONING SURVEY IDENTIFIED AS EITHER HISPANIC OR LATINX.

NEXT SLIDE.

IN JUNE OF 2021, WE HOSTED TWO WELL-ATTENDED VISIONING FORUMS. RECEIVED OVER 372 UNIQUE COMMENTS ABOUT HOW THOSE PARTICIPATING IN THOSE FORUMS WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE PALM DISTRICT EVOLVE OVER TIME.

UM, A LOT OF THE CONVERSATION REALLY FOCUSED AROUND, UM, THE SORT OF, UH, CULTURAL, UM, HISTORY OF THE PLACE AND SORT OF EMPHASIZING THAT AND THE WORK THAT WE DO ACROSS ALL ASPECTS.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THROUGH, THROUGH INDIVIDUAL INTERVIEWS AND FOCUS GROUP DISCUSSIONS, OUR CONSULTANT, MARTHA CERA AND HER TEAM, REACHED OUT TO A VARIETY OF KEY ORGANIZATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS, UM, REPRESENTING EAST AUSTIN, MEXICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY, AS WELL AS THOSE WITH CULTURAL TIES TO THE DISTRICT.

THE RESULTS OF THIS WORK WERE INCORPORATED INTO THE LISTENING REPORT, UM, WHICH IS AVAILABLE ON THE WEBPAGE THAT I'LL GIVE YOU HERE IN A MINUTE.

UM, AND WE'LL ALSO BE DOCUMENTED IN A FINAL REPORT, UM, PREPARED BY THE CONSULTANT THAT WILL BE SHARED VIA THE PROJECT WEBPAGE.

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UM, WE ALSO HAD A PARTNERSHIP WITH THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS, UM, WHO THROUGH THEIR COMMUNITIES BY DESIGN PROGRAM, UM, THEY PROVIDED RECOMMENDATIONS THAT ARE SUMMARIZED IN THE LISTENING REPORT AND PRESENTED IN A DETAILED RECOMMENDATIONS REPORT FROM THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS, ALSO AVAILABLE ON THE PROJECT WEBPAGE.

UM, KEY IDEAS FROM THAT AIA WORK INCLUDED BEING SUPER INTENTIONAL WITH CULTURE AND PLACE MAKING THROUGH PUBLIC ART AND LEVERAGING PUBLICLY CONTROLLED SITES TO ACHIEVE THE VISION.

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THE PUBLIC REVIEW DRAFT OF THE PALM DISTRICT PLAN INCLUDES A VISION AND DESIRED OUTCOMES FOR THE PALM DISTRICT.

IT IDENTIFIES A PREFERRED, UM, DEVELOPMENT SCENARIO AND MAKES RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ACTIONS THAT SHOULD BE TAKEN TO MOVE TOWARDS THE VISION AND THE PREFERRED SCENARIO.

THE VISION FOR THE DISTRICT IS REALLY THAT IT BECOME A VIBRANT, HISTORIC HUB OF DOWNTOWN, WHERE THE PASS IS HONORED, CULTURE IS CELEBRATED, AND THE FUTURE IS SHAPED.

AND THE VISION RELIES ON BALANCING INHERENT CONFLICTS WITHIN THE DISTRICT IN A WAY THAT ALLOWS THE CREATION, OR ALLOWS THE TENSION ACTUALLY TO SUPPORT THE ONGOING DYNAMISM OF THE PLACE WHERE DENSE TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT IS BALANCED WITH HISTORY AND NATURAL SPACES, UM, WHERE IT'S A DYNAMIC PLACE GROWING AND EVOLVING WHILE ACTIVELY SERVING FAMILIES AND INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE HISTORICALLY CALLED THE PLACE HOME AND CULTIVATING CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION THROUGHOUT.

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THE FIRST ELEMENT REALLY LOOKS AT ENSURING THAT GROWTH IN THE DISTRICT WILL PROVIDE A PROSPEROUS FUTURE FOR LONG TIME RESIDENTS, UM, LONG TIME AND RECENT RESIDENTS AND ESTABLISHED AND NEW BUSINESSES.

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THE SECOND ELEMENT OF THE VISION, UM, CALLS FOR ENSURING THAT THE DISTRICT BECOMES A CULTURAL DESTINATION THAT CELEBRATES ITS MULTICULTURAL HERITAGE.

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THE THIRD ELEMENT OF THE VISION CALLS FOR STRENGTHENING THE PHYSICAL, CULTURAL, AND SOCIAL CONNECTIONS WITHIN DOWNTOWN AND BETWEEN EAST AUSTIN AND DOWNTOWN.

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AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST, UM, THE FOURTH ELEMENT CALLS FOR PRESERVING AND ENHANCING THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT BY RESTORING EXISTING NATURAL AND OPEN SPACES AND PURSUING HIGH STANDARDS OF SUSTAINABLE DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT, UM, WITH A FOCUS ON GRAIN INFRASTRUCTURE THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT.

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THE DRAFT VISION FRAMEWORK IDENTIFIES APPROXIMATELY 50 DESIRED OUTCOMES.

ACROSS THESE FOUR THEMES, THE DESIRED OUTCOMES VARY AND LEVEL OF DETAIL, UM, AND IN SOME CASES, WORK IS ALREADY UNDERWAY THAT WILL MOVE TOWARDS A PARTICULAR OUTCOME.

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IN SUMMER OF 2022, WE PARTNERED WITH THE DOWNTOWN AUSTIN ALLIANCE WHO RETAINED SURA ROBINSON TO SUPPORT A SCENARIO PLANNING ACTIVITY THAT LED TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF THREE WHAT IF SCENARIOS FOR HOW THE DISTRICT MIGHT DEVELOP OVER TIME.

UM, AT THE CONCLU, THE TEAM HOSTED SIX WORKSHOPS WITH KEY STAKEHOLDERS IN AUGUST AND WORKED TO IDENTIFY FEASIBLE WAYS THAT THE DISTRICT COULD DEVELOP OVER TIME TO MOVE TOWARDS THE ASPIRATIONS THAT ARE EXPRESS EXPRESSED IN THE VISION FRAMEWORK.

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AT THE CONCLUSION OF THESE WORKSHOPS, THE TEAM DEVELOPED THREE USER EXPERIENCE FOCUSED, UM, SCENARIOS AROUND THE CONCEPTS OF LIVING IN THE DISTRICT, WORKING IN THE DISTRICT, AND PLAYING IN THE DISTRICT.

UM, NEXT SLIDE.

THE PREFERRED SCENARIO THAT'S INCLUDED IN THE DRAFT PLAN BUILDS ON THE LIVE, WORK AND PLAY SCENARIOS, AND IS GUIDED BY THE RESULTS OF A SURVEY WHERE RESPONDENTS WERE ASKED TO RANK SCENARIOS AND TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL FEEDBACK.

MOST RESPONDENTS FAVORED THE LIVE SCENARIO AND EMPHASIZED THE DESIRE FOR MORE HOUSING IN THE FUTURE GROWTH OF THE PALM DISTRICT, ALONG WITH SUPPORTIVE CULTURAL USES, UM, THAT WOULD SUPPORT FOLK, ADDITIONAL FOLKS LIVING IN THAT DISTRICT.

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THE PREFERRED SCENARIO, UM, WHICH IS PRESENTED IN THE DRAFT PLAN, ENVISIONS THE PALM DISTRICT AS A THRIVING 24 HOUR A DAY COMMUNITY PRIORITIZES STRATEGIC PLACEMENT OF GOODS AND SERVICES, PRIORITIZES MIXED USE BUILDINGS WITH GROUND FLOOR SPACE FOR RETAIL.

UM, CREATES NEW WORK OR PRACTICE SPACES FOR THE, FOR PALM DISTRICT'S, CREATIVE AND INVA CREATIVE AND INNOVATION INDUSTRIES, UM, AND SUPPORTS NEW TOURISTS AND ENTERTAINMENT INVESTMENTS.

UM, IT'S ALSO BUILT OBVIOUSLY ON THE SPINE OF THE WATERLOO GREENWAY, WHICH IS PROBABLY NEAR AND DEAR, UM, TO THIS BOARD'S HEART.

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AND THEN THE PLAN, UM, INCLUDES AN IMPLEMENTATION SECTION, WHICH SORT OF DIVES INTO THE DETAILS OF ACTIONS THAT WOULD BE TAKEN TO IMPLEMENT THE DESIRED OUTCOMES.

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UM, THE IMPLEMENTATION SECTION ALSO TEES UP A CONVERSATION AROUND IMPLEMENTATION GOVERNANCE.

UM, AT A MINIMUM THE HOUSING AND PLANNING DEPARTMENT WOULD BE MONITORING PLAN IMPLEMENTATION AS WE DO WITH OTHER SMALL AREA PLANS.

BUT THERE HAS BEEN, UM, QUITE A BIT OF CONVERSATION IN THE COMMUNITY WITH A DESIRE TO POTENTIALLY IDENTIFY A NEW ORGANIZATION, UM, THAT COULD SHEPHERD IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PLAN ACROSS ALL OF THE DIFFERENT ASPECTS, INCLUDING THE NATURAL, CULTURAL AND BUILT ENVIRONMENT ASPECTS OF THE PLAN.

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SO, CALENDAR WISE, PUBLIC REVIEW, DRAFT PLAN, UM, THAT WE DEFINITELY INVITE YOU ALL TO TAKE A LOOK AT, UM, IS AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW.

WE'RE ASKING FOR COMMENTS ON THAT PUBLIC REVIEW DRAFT PLAN BY THIS FRIDAY, BUT NEVER FEAR.

WE WILL BE PUBLISHING A RECOMMENDED DRAFT, UM, NEXT WEEK.

THAT WILL THEN BE THE DRAFT THAT KIND OF MOVES THROUGH THE, UM, PLANNING COMMISSION AND COUNCIL ADOPTION PROCESS.

SO FEEL FREE IF YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO REVIEW IT BY FRIDAY, GREAT.

PROVIDE, YOU KNOW, FEEL FREE TO PROVIDE COMMENTS TO STAFF OR I'M HAPPY TO ANSWER QUESTIONS AND TAKE COMMENTS TONIGHT.

UM, AND IF YOU DON'T GET THROUGH IT BY THIS FRIDAY, UM, FEEL FREE TO TAKE A LOOK AT IT AND PROVIDE COMMENTS THAT WE CAN PROVIDE ONTO PLANNING COMMISSION AND CITY COUNCIL AS PART OF THEIR ADOPTION CONSIDERATION.

UM, WE WILL BE ASKING CITY COUNCIL TO, UM, CITY COUNCIL WILL BE HOSTING A HEARING AND CONSIDERING ADOPTION OF THE PLAN AT THEIR DECEMBER 1ST MEETING.

UM, AND THEN WE'LL BE MOVING INTO IMPLEMENTATION ACTIVITIES, UM, IN 2023.

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AND FINAL, AND YOU CAN FIND ALL OF THE INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROJECT@SPEAKUPAUSTIN.ORG SLASH PALM DISTRICT.

UM, NEXT SLIDE.

OR YOU CAN ALSO PROVIDE EMAIL, PHONE, UM, FEEL FREE TO CALL ME MAILING OR VIA EMAIL TO ME AS WELL.

UM, AND WITH THAT, I'M HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS OR TAKE ANY FEEDBACK YOU'D FEEL LIKE PROVIDING THIS EVENING.

ANYBODY ON THE BOARD HAVE A COMMENT OR QUESTION? MAYBE SOME MORE DETAIL ON THE, THE GOVERNANCE OPTIONS SECTION WHERE YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT THE NEW ORGANIZATION THAT WOULD TRY AND SHEPHERD THROUGH THE DIFFERENT IMPLEMENTATION PHASES.

MAYBE JUST A BIT MORE BACKGROUND ON THAT AND WHAT KIND OF RISKS A NEW ORGANIZATION WE TRY AND ALLEVIATE.

SO THIS IS A DISTRICT THAT IS NOT WANTING FOR ORGANIZATIONS.

UM, SO PALM DISTRICT HAS THE WALLER CREEK LOCAL GOVERNMENT CORPORATION.

IT'S GOT WATERLOO GREENWAY, IT'S GOT DOWNTOWN AUSTIN ALLIANCE, YOU KNOW, COVERS A, UM, IT'S GOT A TOUR ZONE, SO THERE COULD BE SOME AUSTIN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION INVOLVEMENT.

SO IT'S NOT A, IT'S NOT A DISTRICT THAT'S LACKING ORGANIZATIONS, BUT WE, AND YOU KNOW, THE MAC AND UM, MEXICAN AMERICAN CULTURAL CENTER OBVIOUSLY HAS A BOARD OF ITS OWN, SO THERE'S A LOT OF CITY INTERESTS IN THE DISTRICT AS WELL, CONVENTION CENTER.

UM, BUT WE DID HEAR QUITE A BIT OF INPUT FROM COMMUNITY OF SORT OF A DESIRE TO KEEP US HONEST ON MOVING FORWARD WITH THE RECOMMENDATIONS THAT ARE BEING MADE IN THE PLAN AND TO COORDINATE ACROSS ALL OF THOSE MAJOR, UM, ASPECTS OF WORK THAT ARE MOVING FORWARD.

SO THERE WAS LOTS OF COMMUNITY DESIRE TO POTENTIALLY EVEN CREATE A NEW ORGANIZATION, UM, THAT WOULD BE ABLE TO SHEPHERD IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PLAN AND KIND OF COORDINATE ACROSS WATERLOO, GREENWAY AND CONVENTION CENTER AND IH 35 RECONSTRUCTION AND ALL OF THE SORT OF BIG THINGS THAT ARE MOVING IN THE DISTRICT TO MAKE

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SURE THAT THOSE DESIRES, UM, AROUND PRESERVATION AND DESIRES AROUND CULTURAL ACTIVATION, UM, REALLY KIND OF ROSE TO THE TOP OF, OF SOME OF THOSE OTHER EFFORTS AND TO COORDINATE ACROSS THEM.

UM, WHAT WE ARE RECOMMENDING IS REALLY TO HAVE SOME, POTENTIALLY HAVE SOME CONVERSATIONS WITH THE EXISTING GOVERNANCE STRUCTURES THAT ALREADY EXIST TO SEE IF THERE IS A POSSIBILITY OF BROADENING THE SCOPE OF THOSE, UM, YOU KNOW, OR SETTING ASIDE A, LIKE IF IT WAS DOWNTOWN AUSTIN ALLIANCE AS AN EXAMPLE, HAVING A COMMITTEE THAT WAS SPECIFICALLY FOCUSED ON THIS DISTRICT RATHER THAN NECESSARILY LIKE RECREATING THE WHEEL.

UM, SO WE WILL BE, UM, WORKING, UH, IN, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE OTHER DEPARTMENTS AND THE STAKEHOLDERS THAT ARE IN THE DISTRICT, UM, OVER THE MONTHS AHEAD TO, TO TRY TO IDENTIFY WHETHER THERE IS AN OPTION, UM, FOR, FOR REPURPOSING CHANGING THE SCOPE OF CREATING A COMMITTEE OF ONE OF THOSE EXISTING ENTITIES TO BE ABLE TO SHEPHERD THE PLAN FORWARD.

UM, I DON'T THINK STAFF'S RECOMMENDATION IS GONNA BE TO CREATE A NEW BODY BECAUSE IT FEELS LIKE THERE'S A LOT OF BODIES ALREADY WORKING IN THIS SPACE.

UM, BUT WE WANT TO HONOR THE, THE INPUT THAT WE'VE RECEIVED THAT THERE NEEDS TO BE SOMEBODY, UM, OTHER THAN JUST PLANNING STAFF WORKING TO COORDINATE ACROSS ALL OF THOSE MAJOR, UM, EFFORTS AND INITIATIVES THAT ARE HAPPENING IN THIS ONE VERY SMALL PART OF DOWNTOWN AUSTIN.

I HAVE A QUESTION, UM, ON YOUR CHART, PAGE 26, YOU MENTIONED THE CAP AND STITCH.

SO PALM DISTRICT BUTTS UP AGAINST I 35.

IT JUST MAKES SENSE THAT YOU WOULD INCORPORATE ANY PARKLAND THAT ARISES OUT OF THAT.

SO WHAT WOULD YOUR PLANS BE? BECAUSE THAT REALLY IS THE LINK BETWEEN THE, YOU KNOW, THE EAST SIDE.

YEAH, SO THE PLAN, THE PALM DISTRICT PLAN PRESENTS A FEW SCENARIOS JUST FOR SORT OF ILLUSTRATIVE PURPOSES THAT WOULD HAVE, UM, A BLEND OF, UH, PARKLAND BASED CAPS AND POTENTIALLY SMALL BUILDINGS THAT COULD PROVIDE SOME ADDITIONAL, UM, EITHER RETAIL SPACE OR CULTURAL SPACE IN ADDITION TO JUST STRAIGHT PARKLAND.

THAT'S A CONCEPT THAT CAME OUTTA THE PALM DISTRICT PLAN.

UM, BUT I DO WANT TO CAUTION THAT THE PALM DISTRICT PLAN KIND OF THE, THE VISION AND INFORMATION, ONCE COUNCIL ADOPTS THIS IN DECEMBER, WE'LL BE FLOWING INTO A MUCH MORE FOCUSED COMMUNITY CONVERSATION AROUND CAPPING AND STITCHING.

UM, THAT'S BEING LED OUT OF OUR, UM, QUARTER PROGRAM OFFICE WHO I THINK IS JUST ABOUT TO, IF THEY HAVEN'T ALREADY GONE OUT WITH INITIAL PUBLIC SURVEYING, TO REALLY START TO HAVE A LARGER PUBLIC CONVERSATION ABOUT WHAT, WHAT KIND, WHAT CAPS WEAR, HOW WE PROGRAM THEM, UM, HOW WE FUND THEM.

SO THE, THE PALM DISTRICT PLAN IS KIND OF THE BEGINNING OF A CONVERSATION, BUT OUR HOPE IS THAT WE'LL BE ABLE TO TURN THE DRAFT PLAN AND KIND OF THE GUIDANCE AROUND PARTICULARLY CULTURAL USES CONNECTIONS ACROSS I 35, UM, HOW THE GREEN SPACE MIGHT INTERACT WITH THE OTHER GREEN SPACES THAT ARE ALREADY IN THE DISTRICT LIKE WATERLOO GREENWAY AND PALM PARK, UM, AND BE ABLE TO HAVE THAT SORT OF BROADER DISTRICT SCALE CONVERSATION INFORM THE MORE SPECIFICS THAT ARE GONNA COME OUT OF THE QUARTER PROGRAM OFFICE LED COMMUNITY CONVERSATION.

SO STAY TUNED.

IT'S GONNA BE A LONG AND FASCINATING CONVERSATION, HOPEFULLY NOT TOO LONG, BUT THANKS.

ANY, ANY FURTHER QUESTIONS OVER HERE? UH, I DON'T HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, BUT, UH, THANKS FOR COMING TO PRESENT AND I HAVEN'T HAD A CHANCE TO REVIEW THE ENTIRE DRAFT PLAN, BUT LOOKING FORWARD TO THAT .

UM, AND I DID WANNA SAY, I JUST, I WROTE THIS DOWN CUZ I REALLY LIKE THAT VISION STATEMENT THAT Y'ALL HAD IN THE PLAN.

THE PAST'S HONORED CULTURE IS CELEBRATED AND FUTURE IS SHAPED.

SO, UM, YEAH, LOOKING FORWARD TO HEARING MORE ABOUT IT.

THANK YOU.

YEAH, THANK YOU GUYS.

AND I DIDN'T GET ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE PLAN.

I THINK IT WAS POSTED LATE, BUT IF I DIDN'T JUST SEE IT BEFORE, BUT I HAVE A COUPLE OF QUICK QUESTIONS.

UM, ONE OF THEM IS, IS ANYONE ALREADY WORKING ON SOME SORT OF A HISTORY WALK OR SIGNAGE OR AN, ANY KIND OF ILLUMINATION ALONG LOWER WALLER CREEK? SO THERE'S TWO THINGS.

ONE IS THE WATERLOO GREENWAY PROJECT PROCEEDS AND DESIGN.

I THINK THEY'RE ALMOST, I THINK THEY'RE OUT TO BID NOW FOR THE CONFLUENCE PORTION OF THE WATERLOO GREENWAY PROJECT, WHICH BASICALLY IS THE, UM, PORTION OF WATERLOO GREENWAY AND THE POTENTIAL FUTURE TRAIL SYSTEM THAT'S SOUTH OF PALM PARK TO THE TIE IN THE CONFLUENCE WITH LADYBIRD LAKE.

UM, AND DEFINITELY TRAILS AND SIGNAGE ARE ALL ENVISIONED TO BE SOMETHING THAT WILL BE PART OF THAT.

UM, IS, IS THAT ALREADY THAT PHASE OF WATERLOO GREENWAY? I BELIEVE THEY'RE OUT TO BID AND THAT CONSTRUCTION ACTUALLY IS BEGINNING.

UM, I'M WORRIED ABOUT THE SIGNAGE EARLY.

THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE PATH THOUGH IS MY QUESTION.

SO THE, SO SIGNAGE ALONG WATERLOO GREENWAY, THERE WILL BE SIGNAGE ALONG WITH IMPLEMENTATION OF THE GREENWAY PROJECT.

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UM, I MEAN THEY'LL BUILD THE TRAILS AND THEN PROVIDE SIGNAGE ON THE TRAILS.

IN ADDITION TO THAT, THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT, UM, HAS PROVIDED SOME PRELIMINARY SIGNAGE RELATED TO THE MEXICAN AMERICAN CULTURAL, UM, RESOURCES THAT ARE IN THE AREA.

THEY'VE ACTUALLY PROVIDED SORT OF INTERIM SIGNAGE THAT'S OUT THERE TODAY, UM, AND ARE WORKING ON A PROJECT TO DEVELOP A CULTURAL WAY FINDING PROGRAM THAT WOULD POTENTIALLY DEVELOP ADDITIONAL SIGNAGE MOVING FORWARD.

UM, AND I KNOW THAT THE GREENWAY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT HAVE BEEN, AND OUR FOLKS AT AT PAR AS WELL AS WATERSHED THAT WORK ON THE GREENWAY PROJECT HAVE ALL BEEN TRYING TO COORDINATE TO FIGURE OUT HOW ALL THOSE VARIOUS SIGNAGE, UM, REGIMES ARE GOING TO WORK TOGETHER.

BECAUSE OBVIOUSLY WE, YOU KNOW, WE'LL HAVE ONE SET OF SIGNAGE KIND OF FOLLOWING THE, THE WATER OF THE GREENWAY AND THEN IF THEY, WE BRING IN CULTURAL SIGNAGE THAT'S SORT OF INTERSECTING ACROSS IT FOR THE CULTURAL RESOURCES LIKE THAT.

THERE'S AN INTERESTING POTENTIAL THERE OF HAVING DIFFERENT FLAVORS OF LINEAGE FOR DIFFERENT THINGS.

UM, SO I KNOW COORDINATION IS HAPPENING BETWEEN BOTH OF THOSE EFFORTS AND SIGNAGE IS DEFINITELY A NEAR TERM, UM, THING THAT YOU'LL SEE ON THE GROUND FOR BOTH.

OKAY.

SO THAT'S ED D PART AND WATERLOO GREENWAY WORKING ON THAT? YEAH.

OKAY.

I'LL TALK TO THEM.

MY OTHER QUESTION IS, IS THIS GOING TO BE COMING BACK TO US FOR RECOMMENDATION BEFORE COUNSEL? IT WILL NOT BE.

IS THERE A REASON FOR THAT? UM, THE ONLY STATUTORY, ACTUALLY, THIS IS GONNA BE COMING AS AN AMENDMENT TO THE IMAGINE AUSTIN PLAN AND THE PLANNING COMMISSION IS REALLY THE, THE BODY THAT WE, UM, NEED TO GET A RECOMMENDATION FROM FOR THAT.

I DON'T KNOW THAT YOU'RE POSTED FOR, I DON'T THINK YOU'RE, I THINK YOU'RE JUST POSTED FOR A BRIEFING THIS EVENING, ALTHOUGH I DON'T KNOW THAT FOR CERTAIN.

YEAH, IT'S THE FIRST WE'VE SEEN IT.

THAT'S WHY I WAS CURIOUS IF IT WAS PLANNING TO COME BACK WITH THAT.

YEAH, AND I DON'T THINK WE, WE HAD NOT BEEN ABLE TO DO A BRIEFING WITH YOU ALL PREVIOUSLY, BUT WE HAVE PROVIDED SEMI-REGULAR UPDATES TO BOARD AND COMMISSIONS AND SHARED THE DOCUMENT OUT.

WE ACTUALLY KICKED OFF THE PLANNING PROCESS, BELIEVE IT OR NOT, BACK IN EARLY 2020, UM, AND THEN HAD COVID KIND OF STOP US IN OUR TRACKS AND THEN WE REBOOTED THE, THE KIND OF KICKOFF OF THE PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT PROCESS AT THE BEGINNING OF 2021.

UM, WE HAVE BEEN DOING OUR BEST TO SHARE INFORMATION, UM, WITH ALL OF THE RELEVANT BOARDS COMMISSIONS, UM, BUT HAVE NOT NECESSARILY BEEN INVITED FOR BRIEFINGS AT EVERY SINGLE STAGE OF THE PROCESS.

SO APOLOGIES FOR THIS BEING KIND OF THE FIRST TIME THAT WE ARE STANDING BEFORE YOU BRIEFING YOU, WOULD YOU BE WILLING TO COME BACK WITH THE FINAL THING? YEAH, I'D BE HAPPY TO COME BACK AND PROVIDE A BRIEFING FOR SURE.

I'D LIKE TO SEE IT AND, UM, I, I KNOW I WOULD YES.

AND I WOULD LIKE TO SEE WHAT COMES UP.

THE SIGNS .

YEAH.

YEAH, I HAVE A, I HAVE A, YEAH, I HAVE AN AX TO GRIND THERE, SO .

YEAH, AND I'M, I'M HAPPY TO, TO PROVIDE THAT PRESENTATION.

UM, PARTICULARLY IF WE, IF IT'S HAPPENING ON INTO NEXT YEAR, I'D BE HAPPY TO EVEN TRY TO DO A VERY FOCUSED, LASER FOCUSED AND TARGETED PRESENTATION ON THE PARKS RELATED ELEMENTS OF THE PLAN.

OKAY.

WHICH I APOLOGIZE FOR TONIGHT'S NOT HAVING BEEN THAT THAT'S OKAY.

THAT WOULD BE GREAT.

AND MAYBE WE CAN PUT THAT, SO WE'LL KEEP THAT ON THE, ON THE HORIZON.

OKAY.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRESENTATION TONIGHT.

ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU.

I STILL HAVE QUESTIONS.

OH, OH, SORRY.

I'M SORRY.

WHICH I THOUGHT THANK YOU.

UM, NO, IT'S JUST SO ONE, YEAH, I APPRECIATE THE PRESENTATION.

UNDERSTAND THIS IS ON THE DISTRICT PLAN AND THAT AT SOME POINT ANY OF THE PARK ITEMS THAT WILL COME THROUGH THAT WILL BE, THAT WILL INVOLVE SOME DECISION MAKING OR APPROVAL OF ANY SUBSEQUENT PLANS FOR SURE.

SO I, I APPRECIATE THAT INFORMATION.

UM, DO YOU HAVE A QUICK QUESTION ON, OR A COUPLE QUICK QUESTIONS? SO ON THE OVERALL PLAN, AND YOU, YOU DID ANSWER IT WITH IT UPDATING THE 2012 IMAGINE AUSTIN PLAN.

SO THAT WAS HELPFUL CAUSE I WAS LIKE, OKAY, HOW DO WE LOOK ABOUT, YOU KNOW, WHO'S GONNA BE IMPLEMENTING WHAT IT WAS, IS JUST GOING TO GO AHEAD AND DRIVE PUBLIC DECISIONS AND INVESTMENTS.

UM, AND SO THAT'S AN ANSWER YES.

GOING THROUGH THE ACTION PLAN.

BUT WHEN I LOOK AT VERTICAL MIXED USE THAT IS PROGRAMMED IN HERE, WILL THERE BE, UM, SOME RECOMMENDED CHANGES TO CODE THAT'S GONNA BE NEAT TO HAPPEN? YEAH, THAT'S A A GOOD QUESTION.

SO THE PREFERRED SCENARIO THAT'S PRESENTED SHOULD DEFINITELY BE SEEN AS KIND OF AN ASPIRATIONAL SCENARIO THAT WE WOULD NEED TO TAKE STEPS TO HAVE HAPPEN.

LIKE THE, THE MAP AND THE SCENARIO ALONE WON'T MAKE THOSE STEPS HAPPEN.

MOST OF THIS AREA IS ALREADY COVERED BY CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT ZONING.

YEAH.

UM, MUCH THE AREA IS ALREADY COVERED BY OUR EXISTING DOWNTOWN DENSITY BONUS PROGRAMS AND THAT, THAT'S KIND OF THE REGULATORY, THERE'S, THAT'S WHAT'S THERE.

UM, WE DO PLAN SOME OF THE IMPLEMENTATION ACTIONS THAT WILL BE COMING BACK WITH NEXT YEAR.

UM, WE ARE PLANNING TO INITIATE A CODE AMENDMENT THAT WOULD, UM, AT LEAST INCORPORATE SOME STANDARDS THAT CAME OUT OF THE WALLER CREEK DESIGN GUIDELINES RELATING TO BUSINESS, RELATING TO BUILDING SETBACKS ALONG THE CREEK, UM, THAT WERE STANDARDS THAT GOT AS FAR AS BEING INCLUDED IN DRAFT TWO OF THE LDC REWRITE PROJECT BEFORE THAT PROJECT GOT PAUSED.

SO THAT'S SORT OF THE, THE SPECIFIC KIND OF SHORT TERM,

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UM, IMPROVEMENT.

THE PLAN COULD GUIDE FUTURE CONVERSATIONS AROUND DOWNTOWN DENSITY BONUS.

UM, WE ARE NOT PLANNING UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE PALM DISTRICT PLAN TO INITIATE AN AMENDMENT TO DOWNTOWN DENSITY BONUS, BUT THE PLAN, IF WE'RE DOING AN AMENDMENT TO THE OVERALL THE PLAN COULD ACTU COULD ABSOLUTLY DRIVE THAT.

UM, AND THEN I ALSO WANTED TO JUST SORT OF MENTION AS PART OF THE ANSWER TO THE, THE KIND OF QUESTION COORDINATION WITH THE PARKS PIECE OF IT, UM, WE HAVE HAD STAFF, UM, SEVERAL STAFF FROM SEVERAL DIFFERENT PORTIONS OF PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT THAT HAVE BEEN SERVING ON THE PLANNING TEAM, UM, TECHNICAL ADVISORY GROUP FOR THIS EFFORT AND HAVE HAD A CHANCE TO SORT OF REVIEW AND PROVIDE FEEDBACK ON ALL OF THE LANGUAGE.

SO IF YOU SEE PARKS RELATED LANGUAGE IN THERE, UM, IT'S AT LEAST BEEN VETTED BY PARKS DEPARTMENT STAFF THAT'S NOT, UM, NOT, NOT MY LANGUAGE TO JUST PUT IN THERE.

SO I, I DEFINITELY WANNA KINDA LET Y'ALL KNOW THAT, THAT THAT CONVERSATION COORDINATION HAS BEEN HAPPENING.

APPRECIATE THAT.

AND I GUESS THE LAST THING YOU, WHEN WE THINK OF PALM DISTRICT, THE NUMBER ONE THING THAT I'VE HEARD OVER THE, THE, THE YEARS BEING ON THE BOARD HAS BEEN OF COURSE RELATING TO WHAT HAPPENS WITH PALM PALM SCHOOL AND YOU KNOW, AND SO I KNOW THERE'S THAT PUSH AND PULL BETWEEN THE COUNTY.

HAS THERE BEEN, AND I THINK I'VE LOST TRACK OF WHAT'S HAPPENED GOING THROUGH COVID.

UM, I KNOW I ATTENDED A LOT OF THOSE MEETINGS ORIGINALLY AND THERE'S SO MUCH PASSION AND SO MUCH HISTORY WITHIN, UH, AUSTIN'S LATINO COMMUNITY, PARTICULARLY EAST AUSTIN COM COMMUNITY WHO FELT BIFURCATED FROM THEIR SCHOOL AND THEIR COMMUNITY AND THEN, YOU KNOW, FURTHER, YOU KNOW, DISPLACE, UM, OR IF YOU'RE IN THE CASE OF RAINY STREET, YOU KNOW, REALLY SEPARATED, UM, BACK IN THE DAY.

SO HAS, IS THERE AN UPDATE THAT YOU CAN PROVIDE ON ANY DISCUSSIONS? YEAH, WE, I MEAN THE TRAVIS COUNTY, UM, AT THE STAFF LEVEL IS DEFINITELY A PARTNER OF THIS PLANNING PROCESS.

THEY'VE BEEN INVOLVED IN PROVIDING INPUT AND FEEDBACK AND INVOLVED IN THE STAKEHOLDER WORKSHOPS THAT WE HAD TO DEVELOP THE PREFERRED SCENARIO.

UM, THERE IS SORT OF LANGUAGE THAT RELATES TO THE TRAVIS COUNTY OWNERSHIP OF THE PALM SCHOOL SITE.

THEY OBVIOUSLY ARE STILL THE OWNERS OF THE SITE.

UM, AT THIS POINT THE TRAVIS COUNTY FUNCTIONS HAVE MOVED OUT OF THAT SITE AND ARE OCCUPYING THE, THEIR NEW BUILDINGS IN THE AIRPORT BOULEVARD CAMPUS.

UM, AND TRAVIS COUNTY ANTICIPATES, UM, GOING THROUGH A PROCESS TO DETERMINE SORT OF FUTURE DISPENSATION OF THE SITE AND HOW THEY'RE GONNA APPROACH IT.

UM, AND THE PALM DISTRICT PLANNING INITIATIVE WILL DEFINITELY GUIDE, PROVIDE INPUT TO THAT PROCESS, BUT THAT WILL BE AN ADDITIONAL, UM, PUBLIC PROCESS THAT THE COUNTY WILL BE HOSTING.

SO AS FAR AS THE DIRECTION UNDER THE PLAN WAS THERE, BECAUSE YOU HAD SO MANY OF THE, THE REAL COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS THAT ARE, ARE FOCUSED LIKE A LASER ON THAT PARCEL PART OF IT, WERE THEY SEEING THE OPPORTUNITY TO TIE INTO THE PARK LAND THAT'S RIGHT NEXT TO IT, RIGHT PALM MM-HMM.

, PALM PARK, BUT THEN DO IT IN A WAY WHERE IT TAKES THE HISTORICAL FACADE OR THEY WANT TO PROTECT THE WHOLE BUILDING? WHAT ARE SOME OF THE FEEDBACK YOU'RE GETTING? CAUSE I'M TRYING TO FIGURE OUT LIKE HOW OLD AND I'M TRYING TO BACK WHEN I TURN IT BACK TO PARKS, CUZ OF COURSE WANTING TO KNOW ON THE FACADE, DO THEY DO MULTIFAMILY? IS IT INCORPORATED INTO SOMETHING GREATER? AND THEN ARE THERE DISCUSSION? HOW DOES THAT FACE OUR, OUR PARK? SO A LOT OF THE COMMUNITY FEEDBACK WAS AROUND REALLY MAKING SURE THAT WHATEVER WE DO WITH PALM SCHOOL AND PALM PARK IS DONE IN COLLAB, IN COORDINATION AND COLLABORATION.

UM, PALM PARK IS OBVIOUSLY CITY OWNED ASSET.

UM, IT'S A PORTION OF THE WATERLOO GREENWAY.

WE ARE ACTUALLY EXPECTING THAT WATERLOO AND THE CITY WOULD PARTNER ON DESIGN OF THAT, UM, BEGINNING AS SOON AS FALL OR MOVING INTO JANUARY.

PALM SCHOOL SITE, TRAVIS COUNTY OWNED THAT TIMING MAY BE VERY SIMILAR ON THE COUNTY'S SIDE.

SO I THINK THAT WHAT WE HEARD LOUD AND CLEAR FROM THE PUBLIC IS MAKE SURE THAT YOU'RE DESIGNING THOSE TWO TOGETHER.

AND I THINK WE'RE CAPABLE OF DOING THAT, UM, WITH, EVEN WITH TWO DIFFERENT ORGANIZATIONS OWNING THE TWO PARCELS, UM, THE HOW YOU DO THAT TOGETHER PIECE WAS REALLY ALL OVER THE BOARD.

WE HAD COMMUNITY MEMBERS THAT WERE LIKE SQUEEZE HOUSING ON, ON EVERY, YOU KNOW, LIKE, YOU CAN DO THAT AND STILL PUT HOUSING ON THAT SITE.

UM, THEN WE HAD OTHER COMMUNITY MEMBERS FEELING LIKE THERE SHOULD BE NO ADDITIONAL DEVELOPMENT ADDED TO THE SITE OTHER THAN PROVIDING ADDITIONAL GREEN SPACE.

UM, AND THAT THE, THE PALM SCHOOL BUILDING SHOULD BE A HUNDRED PERCENT USED FOR CULTURAL USES.

SO YOU'LL SEE THAT IN THE, THAT IN THE DISTRICT PLAN THAT WE HOPE, HOPE WILL BE ABLE TO GUIDE THE CONVERSATIONS THAT BOTH THE COUNTY IS HOSTING AND THE CONVERSATION THAT THE GREENWAY IS HOSTING AROUND PALM PARK.

UM, BUT I THINK THE MAIN GOAL IS JUST THAT THOSE TWO CONVERSATIONS HAPPEN IN CONCERT WITH ONE ANOTHER AND NOT IN A VACUUM.

GREAT.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

ALL RIGHT.

THANKS FOR YOUR TIME AND WE'LL LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING IT MORE DEPTH.

OKAY,

[3. Staff briefing on trash in creeks. Andrew Clamann, Environmental Scientist Sr., Watershed Protection.]

WE'RE MOVING ON TO ITEM UH, THREE UNDER STAFF BRIEFINGS, WHICH IS STAFF BRIEFING ON TRASH AND CREEKS FROM ANDREW.

AND I'M SORRY, I'M NOT SURE HOW TO PRONOUNCE YOUR LAST NAME.

CLAMAN

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FROM THE ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTIST.

UH, HE IN THE WATERSHED PROTECTION.

SO I'M SORRY IF YOU COULD TELL US HOW TO PRONOUNCE YOUR NAME.

CERTAINLY IT'S COMMON.

COMMON.

OKAY.

IT'S GERMAN NAME.

UH, SO, UH, YES I AM FROM WATERSHED PROTECTION.

I'M IN A SMALL GROUP CALLED APPLIED WATERSHED RESEARCH.

UM, WE'RE THE TEAM, MY TEAM AT LEAST DOES A LOT OF THE WATER QUALITY MONITORING IN THE LAKES, IN THE CREEKS WE BRING YOU THINGS LIKE SIANO TOXINS, BLUE GREEN ALGAE AND UH, AND OTHER EMERGING CONTAMINANTS AND FUN STUFF LIKE THAT.

UH, BACK IN 2020, UH, CITY OF COUNCIL, UH, STARTED TO UH, GET MORE INTERESTED IN THE, WHAT IT WAS, THE PERCEIVED INCREASE IN TRASH AND CREEKS AND JUST TRASH AROUND TOWN IN GENERAL AND ALSO SCOOTERS.

AND SO THEY, UH, C I R 2 2 34 IF YOU COULD.

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UH, HAD A LOT A LAUNDRY LIST OF DELIVERABLES AND MOST OF THOSE WERE, UH, PROVIDED THEM EARLY ON.

BUT, UH, THE ONE THING THAT WE COULDN'T DO RIGHT AWAY WAS PROVIDE THEM WITH, UH, THIS CURRENT DATA AND TR AND MAPS AND LIKELY SOURCES.

UH, WE LOOKED THROUGH ALL OUR PREVIOUS DATA, WE COULDN'T, UH, PROVIDE THAT KIND OF THING AND THERE WAS NO BENCHMARK REFERENCE POINT TO KNOW WHETHER IT'S INCREASING OR NOT.

I'D BEEN LOOKING IN THESE CREEKS FOR 18 YEARS, THAT 160 SITES AROUND TOWN TAKING WATER QUALITY AND I HADN'T PERSONALLY SEEN ANY INCREASE IN TRASH OVER THOSE ALMOST TWO DECADES.

UH, BUT I DIDN'T WANNA SAY THAT WAS THE CASE CUZ I'D ONLY SEEN THESE, UH, SITES OVER AND OVER.

SO WE NEEDED TO EMBARK ON MORE SCIENTIFIC, UH, STUDY THAT COULD GIVE US, UH, STATISTICALLY RELEVANT AND, UH, CORRELATIONS.

UH, IN ADDITION, THEY WANTED A BENCHMARK REPORT.

LOOK AROUND AT ALL THE CITIES AND EVEN GLOBALLY AND SEE WHAT ARE OTHER CITIES DOING? HOW ARE THEY APPROACHING THIS PROBLEM BECAUSE WE'RE NOT ALONE IN THIS, IN THIS BATTLE AGAINST TRASH.

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UH, NORMALLY WHEN YOU HAVE A CONTAMINANT OR A POLLUTANT, IT'S PRETTY EASILY YOU IDENTIFY WHERE A SOURCE IS AND THEN YOU GO UPSTREAM AND YOU DOWNSTREAM AND YOU SEE WHAT IS THE DELTA INDIFFERENCE.

AND THEN YOU CAN DECIDE, WELL THAT IS THE PERCENT CONTRIBUTION FROM THAT SOURCE.

YOU CAN'T DO THAT WITH TRASH.

UH, TRASH DOESN'T MOVE THAT WAY IN THE CREEKS.

UH, THE VERY BUILDING OUR STORM INTENSITY, A SMALL, A SMALL RAIN LIKE WE GOT RECENTLY WOULD BRING TRASH TO A CREEK.

A LARGE RAIN LIKE WE MIGHT GET TONIGHT, WOULD WASH TRASH OUT OF THE CREEK AND ALL THE WAY TO LADY BIRD, UH, A HORSE.

THE VARIABILITY IN STREAM CHARACTER, IF YOU GOT A LITTLE WALNUT OR SOME OTHER AUSTIN CHALK, LIMESTONE BASED CREEK TRASH WOULD JUST MOVE THROUGH.

YOU NEVER SEE TRASH THERE AT ALL BECAUSE IT JUST MOVES.

AND OTHER CREEKS, BARTON CREEK AND OTHER NATURAL AREAS THAT HAVE A LOT MORE, UH, WHAT CALLED STREAM ROUGHNESS.

THE, THE WOODY VEGETATION TRASH ACCUMULATES AND IT GROWS THERE OVER TIME AND IT MAY JUST ACCUMULATE THERE OUTTA VIRTUE OF THAT'S WHERE THE TRASH STOMPS AND IT DOESN'T MOVE FROM THERE.

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UH, SO WE DID A COUPLE PILOT STUDIES AND TRIED TO ASSESS THIS BUT IT DIDN'T WORK.

AND SO WE REALIZED THE ONLY WAY TO GET A GOOD HANDLE ON THIS IS THROUGH BRUTE FORCE.

AND SO WE PICKED 20 CREEKS, 110 MILES AND WE MADE OBSERVATIONS EVERY 30 FEET CUZ A LOT CAN ACTUALLY CHANGE IN 30 FEET.

UH, WE DIDN'T LOOK JUST LIKE IN THE CREEK.

WE LOOKED OUT INTO THE, UH, WHAT ABOUT A ONE OR TWO YEAR FLOOD PLANE, NOT ALL THE WAY TO THE A HUNDRED YEAR FLOOD PLANE, BUT WHAT NORMALLY MOVES THROUGH IN A BIG STORM.

UM, IN THIS AREA, UH, YOU CAN SEE THE BLACK LINES.

THAT'S A, UH, AN ACCUMULATION OF ALL THE 19,000 4 67 DATA POINTS THAT WE TOOK IN THOSE AREAS REPRESENTING MOST OF THE LARGE STREAMS IN THE AUSTIN CITY LIMITS, UH, NORTH, SOUTH, EAST AND WEST.

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UH, ONE OF THE THINGS THEY WERE CONCERNED ABOUT WAS SCOOTERS IN CREEKS.

OF COURSE, THEY'VE GOT BATTERIES AND OTHER ELECTRONICS, UH, NOT UNLIKE A LOT OF DIFFERENT KINDS OF TRASH THOUGH, UM, AND WE DIDN'T FIND THAT MANY.

UH, WE DID FIND 21 IN THIS AREA.

THOSE HAVE BEEN REMOVED.

UH, AUSTIN, UH, THREE 11 HAS BEEN VERY A GOOD PARTNER WITH ATD, UH, TO CREATE A, UH, A POINT, UH, IN THEIR MOBILE APP THAT YOU CAN JUST REPORT THE LOCATION.

ATD THEN WORKS WITH A VENDOR, THE VENDOR COMES, HAS A VERY SHORT TIME PERIOD TO COME AND GET IT.

AND, UH, WE FOUND THAT, UH, THAT EXPERIENCE WAS VERY REWARDING FOR ME BECAUSE THAT PROCESS IS, UH, VERY EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE.

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UM, AND I'D LIKE SHOULD JUST PUT THAT IN, UH, CONTEXT.

THOSE 21 SCOOTERS IS IN, UH, PUT THAT IN CONTEXT OF OVER FIVE TO 700 SHOPPING CARTS THAT WE FOUND IN THE CREEK.

SO SHOPPING CARTS, ALTHOUGH MAYBE NOT A, AS MUCH OF A POLLUTANT SOURCE CUZ THEY'RE PRETTY STABLE.

UH, AN ORDER OF MAGNITUDE WORSE.

UH, THIS IS THE SCORECARD WE USE.

YOU CAN SEE THE SCORECARD IS BROKEN UP INTO THREE BINS BASED ON THAT AESTHETICS.

IT ALSO HAS A COMPONENT OF VOLUME, THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF TRASH IF YOU WERE TO ACTUALLY PUT IN A CONTAINER AND ALSO EFFORT.

HOW MANY MINUTES WOULD IT TAKE TO CLEAN UP? SO THERE'S MULTIPLE WAYS YOU CAN USE THIS, UH, SCORING ASSESSMENT AT THE SAME TIME OF JUST GIVING A SCORE, WHICH IS KIND OF A ONE DIMENSIONAL, UH, SCIENTIFIC APPROACH.

WE ALSO LOOKED AT THE DIFFERENT SOURCES AT THAT SITE.

IF THERE WAS ANY UNAMBIGUOUS SOURCE, YOU COULD SEE A DUMPSTER WAS OVERFLOWING WITH TRASH INTO THE CREEK.

WE CALLED THAT A SOURCE IF THERE WAS AN ENCAMPMENT WITHIN THAT 30 FOOT REACH THAT WAS A SOURCE.

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT, I'LL GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE.

UH, AN APARTMENT COMPLEX OR A COMMERCIAL FACILITY HAS A, A PARKING LOT AND THEY LOSE A LEAF BLOWER TO GET THE LEAVES OUT.

WELL, IN ADDITION TO LEAVES, THERE'S ALSO TRASH IN THE PARKING LOT.

AND YOU CAN SEE THAT MIXED IN WITH THE LEAVES ALL PILED UP AT THE EDGE.

IF IT'S ON A CREEK AND THERE'S NO BARRIER, THAT IS A, THAT IS A SOURCE.

SO OF ALL THESE SOURCES, UH, WE CHOSE TO LOOK AT, OBVIOUSLY THERE ARE MORE SOURCES THAN THAT, BUT OF THESE SOURCES, UH, WE COULD THEN PARSE OUT WHICH ONE WAS THE MOST, UH, FREQUENT OF OCCURRENCE, WHICH ONE HAS THE LARGEST CONTRIBUTION.

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SO, UH, THIS IS

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A, UH, A DISTILLATION OF THAT INFORMATION.

I DON'T WANT YOU TO TAKE THIS TOO FAR BECAUSE THERE'S UH, SOME, SOME ATTRIBUTES THAT DETRACT FROM THIS RESULT.

UH, ON THE RIGHT HAND SIDE, YOU SEE A PIE CHART OUT OF, UH, BY SHEER NUMBER OF OCCURRENCE, ENCAMPMENTS WAS ABOUT TWO THIRDS OF THE SOURCES.

NOW THAT'S, THAT'S A RESULT OF BIAS, THOUGH WE'RE IN A CREEK.

GREEN BELTS AND CREEKS ARE LARGELY WHERE YOU FIND ENCAMPMENTS IN, IN CULVERTS AND UNDER BRIDGES AND STUFF.

SO BY VIRTUE OF WHERE WE WERE, YOU WOULD EXPECT THAT TO BE THE LARGEST.

UM, OTHER, UH, THINGS LIKE OVERFLOWING DUMPSTERS AND, AND HISTORIC DUMP SITES THAT ARE BEING UNEARTHED BECAUSE OF EROSION WE'RE ALSO MAJOR PLAYERS.

AND IF YOU'LL NOTICE THE, UH, BOX AND WHISKER GRAPHS ON THE LEFT HAND SIDE, THOSE SHOW YOU THE MEDIUM VALUE AS A, AS A HORIZONTAL LINE.

THE RANGE AS A VERTICAL LINE, THE PERCENTILE AS, UH, AS THE COLORED BOXES.

YOU CAN SEE THAT BASICALLY ALL THOSE OTHER SOURCES, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE OUTFALL OR TRIBUTARY SOURCE, BASICALLY HAD ABOUT THE SAME MEDIAN VALUED ABOUT THE SAME RANGE AND, AND ABOUT THE SAME, UM, IMPACT.

AND WHAT THAT SAYS IS THAT, AS FAR AS WE CAN TELL BASED ON THIS, THE RESULTS OF THIS STUDY, IT DIDN'T MATTER WHETHER IT WAS AN ENCAMPMENT OR AN OVERFLOWING DUMPSTER OR PROPERTY MANAGEMENT AT THAT SITE, THE CONTRIBUTION AT THAT SITE WAS EFFECTIVELY THE SAME.

AND YOU CAN IMAGINE, UH, A, A PICKUP TRUCK DRIVES UP, OPENS HIS BACK, DUMPS A WHOLE BUNCH OF BAGS OF TRASH.

THAT'S A LOT OF TRASH AND ONE PARTICULAR INSTANCE.

AND, UH, OF COURSE WITH GROWING POPULATION, ALL OF THESE THINGS ARE HAPPENING AT AN INCREASING RATE.

SO IT, IT DOESN'T, UH, IT, IT, IT, I BELIEVE IT THAT THIS IS AN INCREASING PROBLEM OVER TIME BY SHEER VIRTUE OF GROWTH.

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SO TO WHAT THIS LOOKS LIKE IN GIS, NOW ON THE LEFT HAND SIDE, YOU CAN SEE IT'S KIND OF A HEAT MAP.

THE RED BEING THE WORST, THE YELLOW BEING THE BEST.

YOU CAN SEE THERE ARE MULTIPLE NODES IN THESE AREAS.

IF YOU COMPARE THAT TO THE ACTUAL SOURCE TYPES THAT ARE IDENTIFIED AT THOSE LOCATIONS AND NEARBY LOCATIONS ON THE RIGHT SIDE, THIS IS A UPPER SHOLL CREEK BY THE WAY.

UH, THE PINK LITTLE, UH, REC, UH, SQUARE IS AN ENCAMPMENT.

AND YOU CAN SEE THAT IN CAM IS ASSOCIATED WITH A HIGH INTENSITY SITE.

NO JOKE, I'M SURE YOU GUYS ARE NO, ARE VERY FAMILIAR WITH THIS PHENOMENON.

IT'S REAL.

BUT JUST AS REAL.

IF YOU LOOK DOWN THE REST OF SHOLL CREEK, THERE ARE OTHER NODES AND NONE OF THOSE OTHER NODES ARE ASSOCIATED WITH ENCAMPMENTS.

SO THERE ARE MULTIPLE SOURCES THAT ARE JUST AS SERIOUS A PROBLEM AS ENCAMPMENT.

UM, ON THE RIGHT HAND SIDE, YOU'LL SEE A MAP THAT CAN BE ACCESSIBLE, UM, FOR ANYBODY IN THE CITY.

UM, HOPEFULLY, UH, WE, WE'VE GIVEN THIS TO OUR PARTNERS AT ARR AND OUR PARTNERS AT K A AND THEIR OTHER ORGANIZATIONS.

THIS GIVES YOU THAT KIND OF POINT IN TIME.

THIS WAS JUST BETWEEN NOVEMBER AND APRIL OF THIS WINTER, A POINT IN TIME MAP OF WHERE THE HOTSPOTS ARE.

AND SOME PEOPLE SAY, WELL, THAT'S GREAT, BUT NEXT STORM, THAT ALL CHANGES.

AND I DON'T BELIEVE THAT'S TRUE BASED ON SOME OF THE THINGS WE FOUND OUT HERE.

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THIS IS THE MESSIEST, UM, DATA, UH, DATA GRAPHS THAT I'VE EVER