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MARCH 1ST,

[CALL TO ORDER]

I'LL CALL TO ORDER THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION.

WE ARE UP HERE AT 63 10 WILHELMINA DELCO DRIVE, AUSTIN, TEXAS 78 7 52.

UM, AND WE'VE GOT MOST OF THE COMMISSIONERS HERE AND A COUPLE REMOTE.

THANK YOU FOR CALLING IN REMOTE COMMISSIONERS.

WE'LL START WITH YOU GUYS.

UH, UH, COMMISSIONER SHEERA HERE.

THANK YOU.

HEY, COMMISSIONER THOMPSON? HERE.

COMMISSIONER KREI.

HERE.

HERE.

THANKS.

COMMISSIONER SCOTT HERE.

GOT IT.

UM, COMMISSIONER NICHOLS HERE.

COMMISSIONER AGUIAR.

HERE.

COMMISSIONER BRIER.

HELLO? HELLO.

UH, SECRETARY HERE.

VICE CHAIR HERE.

THIS IS RANDBERG.

I AM HERE AS WELL.

UM, ALRIGHT.

UH, FIRST ITEM UP ON THE AGENDA

[1. Approve the minutes of the Environmental Commission Regular Meeting on February 15, 2023 (5 minutes) (Part 1 of 2)]

IS TO REVIEW PREVIOUS MEETINGS MINUTES, UM, THAT WERE DISSEMINATED VIA EMAIL.

DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS ON THE PREVIOUS MEETINGS THAT ELIZABETH SENT AROUND? YES, ELIZABETH, UH, ELIZABETH FUNK WATERSHED.

WE DO HAVE SOMEBODY WHO SIGNED UP FOR PUBLIC COMMENTS.

OH, GREAT.

THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT.

MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES? NOT QUITE YET DO WE? WE

[PUBLIC COMMUNICATION: GENERAL]

NEED TO LISTEN TO PUBLIC COMMENT, GENERAL PUBLIC COMMENTS BEFORE THE MINUTES, BEFORE THE AGENDA, BEFORE THE STANDING AGENDA.

ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU, MA'AM.

ALL RIGHT, WELL, LET'S, HERE WE'VE GOT ONE GENERAL COMMENTER, UM, UH, SCOTT JOHNSON.

THANK YOU.

AND SCOTT, YOU'VE GOT THREE MINUTES AND IF YOU HAVE ANY SLIDES OR ANYTHING, WHICH YOU PLEASE PROVIDE THEM.

THANK YOU, SCOTT.

GOOD EVENING.

MY NAME IS SCOTT JOHNSON AND I CAME TO MY FIRST ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION MEETING IN 1994, AND I'M BACK AGAIN, BUT I'VE BEEN HERE SINCE.

AND I'M COMING TODAY TO YOU TO TALK ABOUT AN EVENT THAT I'M HOSTING, A COMMUNITY FUNDRAISER AND FILM SCREENING OF THE MOVIE CHASING CORAL THAT CAME OUT IN 2017.

I HAVE FLYERS I CAN GIVE TO Y'ALL, AND THOSE FLYERS HAVE A QR CODE.

SO WE KNOW CLIMATE CHANGE IS CHANGING OUR WORLD AND OUR LIFE.

THIS MOVIE IS CONDENSING 500 HOURS OF VIDEO FOOTAGE UNDERWATER TO A SECOND AT 6:00 PM AND THERE'S GONNA BE SOME ENTERTAINMENT, AND THEN THERE'S GONNA BE, UH, ONE OF THE LEADING FOLKS.

AND SHE LIVES IN AUSTIN ON CORALS, IN CORAL REEFS.

SHE'S WRITTEN A BOOK AND SHE'S GONNA BE THERE TO LEAD THE SHORT PRESENTATION AND THEN THE QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION AFTERWARDS.

SO I'M VERY EXCITED TO HAVE HER AND ANOTHER WOMAN WHO'S A DOCTORAL STUDENT FROM THE UT GENETICS LAB FOR CORAL.

SO ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I'M DOING AFTER, UH, HAVE PAY SOME FIXED COSTS WITH THE ALAMO DRAFT HOUSE, I'M GONNA WORK TO FUND ON A ONE-TIME BASIS FOR CAUSES.

ONE OF THE CAUSES IS A GOFUNDME SITE FOR THE LATE JACK GOODMAN, HER, HIS HU HIS WIFE JACKIE GOODMAN IS A FORMER COUNCIL MEMBER AND THEY HAVE SOME COSTS RELATED TO HIS CARE OVER THE LAST THREE OR FOUR YEARS AS, AS HE WAS THE PRIMARY CAREGIVER.

ANOTHER OF THE CAUSES IS CALLED THE HOMELESS STUDENT FUND, AND THAT FUND IS ON THE UTILITY BILL.

NOW, I UNFORTUNATELY WAS ABLE TO TAKE THAT FROM START TO FINISH FROM 2020 UNTIL NOW.

CITY COUNCIL APPROVED IT LAST YEAR.

THE PARKS AND LIBRARIES FUND'S BEEN ON THE UTILITY BILL SINCE 2013, AND THAT'S SOMETHING THAT IT'S NEAR AND DEAR TO ME.

I TOOK THAT START TO FINISH.

THE PARKS PART OF THAT FUNDS HALF THE SCHOLARSHIP AMOUNT FOR FAMILIES THAT CAN'T AFFORD TO PAY FOR THOSE PARK PROGRAMS SUCH AS CAMPS OR LEAGUES.

AND THE FOURTH ONE IS ENVIRONMENTAL SIGNAGE FOR THE BULL CREEK WATERSHED, WHICH IS A VERY ENVIRONMENTALLY SENSITIVE AREA THAT WOULD BE ON RM 2222 THAT GOT KNOCKED DOWN.

THERE'S A LOT OF REASONS TO CARE ABOUT THESE, AND I HOPE YOU'LL CONSIDER COMING ON THIS SHEET AGAIN THAT I CAN HAND OUT THROUGH, THROUGH STAFF.

THERE'S A QR CODE THAT HAS THE WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, AND WHY ON IT.

AND THE THE TICKETS ARE NOT SOLD THROUGH THE ALAMO DRAFT HOUSE.

SO AS THE HOST AND THE ORGANIZER, I DO THAT PART AND ALL THE PROMOTIONS.

SO THAT'S WHY I'M HERE NOW.

IF I HAVE MORE TIME, I AM A RESOURCE FOR, FOR AIR QUALITY, WHICH IS HOW I CAME TO KNOW THE ENVIRONMENTAL BOARD AT THAT TIME AND TALKED TO THEM MANY TIMES OVER THE YEARS, ALMOST ONCE PER YEAR SINCE THAT TIME.

NOW, PEOPLE TALK ABOUT CLIMATE, BUT THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT AIR QUALITY AS WELL.

AND THIS BOARD OR COMMISSION NOW DOES HAVE PURVIEW IN RELATION TO AIR QUALITY.

IT'S JUST THAT IT HASN'T BEEN UTILIZED.

IT'S A LOT ABOUT CUT AND FILL AND OTHER THINGS LIKE THAT.

BUT I WOULD WELCOME YOU TO CONTACT THE OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY.

ZACH BOMBER IS THE NEW INTERIM DIRECTOR REPLACING LUCIA ATHENS.

AND YOU COULD HAVE A STAFF PRESENTATION

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PRIOR TO THE BUDGET PROCESS TO LEARN ABOUT WHAT THEY'RE BUDGETING FOR FOR AIR QUALITY PROGRAM.

THANK YOU, SCOTT.

YEAH, IF YOU WOULDN'T MIND, PLEASE EMAIL AND GET ELECTRONIC COPIES TO ELIZABETH SO ALL THE COMMISSIONERS CAN GET IT, NOT NOT ONLY US THAT ARE HERE, UH, IN PERSON.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

YOU'RE VERY WELCOME.

YES, APPRECIATE IT.

ALL

[1. Approve the minutes of the Environmental Commission Regular Meeting on February 15, 2023 (5 minutes) (Part 2 of 2)]

RIGHT.

UM, WE'RE NOW MOVING, UH, BACK, BACK TO THE MINUTES FROM BEFORE.

UH, SO ANY COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS ABOUT THE DRAFT MINUTES THAT WERE DISSEMINATED? MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES.

A SECOND.

SECOND.

ALL RIGHT.

CARESI GETS IT.

UM, I WAS GONNA GIVE IT TO YOU.

NO, YOU'RE GOOD.

UH, ALRIGHT.

GOT A MOTION AND A SECOND.

ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF APPROVING THE PREVIOUS MEETING'S MINUTES? RAISE YOUR HAND, THOMPSON.

YOU ABSTAINING? OKAY.

ALL ALL THOSE AGAINST ALL THOSE ABSTAINING.

ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU.

SO, UH, ALL VOTE FOR EXCEPT FOR THOMPSON WHO ABSTAINED.

UM, ALRIGHT, WE'RE MOVING FORWARD.

UM, WE'RE GONNA JUGGLE

[3. Request from the City of Manor to release approximately 48 acres of Austin Extraterritorial Jurisdiction located near 15416 Littig Rd, to be transferred to Manor Extraterritorial Jurisdiction and subsequently annexed into Manor’s Full Purpose Jurisdiction. – Andrei Lubomudrov, Senior Planner, Housing and Planning Department (30 minutes)]

HERE A LITTLE BIT, UM, AND PULL UP, UH, AGENDA ITEM NUMBER THREE BECAUSE OF SOME TIME CONSTRAINTS FOR THE APPLICANT.

UM, AND, UH, SO WE'RE GONNA PULL UP, UH, NUMBER THREE AND THEN COME BACK AND CIRCLE BACK TO NUMBER TWO.

SO THE NEXT ITEM ON THE AGENDA IS A REQUEST FROM THE CITY OF MANOR TO RELEASE APPROXIMATELY 48 ACRES OF AUSTIN EXTRA TERRITORY, EXTRA TERRITORIAL JURISDICTION LOCATED AT 15,416 LITIG ROAD, UM, TO BE TRANSFERRED TO MAYER E T J AND SUBSEQUENT ANNEXED INTO MAYER'S FULL PURPOSE JURISDICTION.

I THINK WE'RE GONNA HAVE A STAFF PRESENTATION FOR DISCUSSION TO START.

THANK YOU.

IS THIS MIC WORKING? YES.

GOOD EVENING.

UH, COMMISSIONERS, THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO PRESENT ON THIS, UH, REQUEST FOR A RELEASE OF OUR EXTRA TERRITORIAL JURISDICTION FROM THE CITY OF MAYNARD.

UH, THE REQUEST IS FOR 48 HOUR, UH, 48 ACRES, AND I WILL GO OVER THE DETAILS THROUGH THIS, UM, PRESENTATION.

AND I WOULD ALSO, I WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE FOR QUESTIONS FOLLOWING THE PRESENTATION IF ANYONE WOULD LIKE TO DISCUSS FURTHER.

NEXT SLIDE.

SO A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE SUBJECT TRACK.

THERE IS, THERE ARE A COUPLE, UM, UH, LOCATION SLIDES LATER IN THE PRESENTATION, BUT JUST TO PROVIDE A LITTLE BIT OF AN OVERVIEW, UH, THE PROPOSED RELEASE IS PART OF A LARGER DEVELOPMENT, THE MAYER SPRINGS DEVELOPMENT.

THAT WHOLE PROPERTY IS, UM, PLANNED TO BE ABOUT 388 ACRES, SO ABOUT, UH, 348 AC.

340 ACRES WILL BE, UM, ARE CURRENTLY IN MAIN OR E T J.

THE REQUEST IS FOR THE BALANCE OF THAT TRACK TRACKED.

IT'S ABOUT 12% OR SO OF THE TOTAL TRACK 48 ACRES.

THE ACCESS TO THE SITE, UH, IS THROUGH TRAVIS COUNTY, UH, ROAD, LITIG ROAD.

UM, IT'S, AND THE TRACK THAT'S PROPOSED FOR A RELEASE IS NORTH OF THAT ROAD.

YOU'LL SEE THAT WHEN WE GET TO THE LOCATIONS, UH, SLIDES.

AND ALSO OF NOTE, A PORTION OF THE SITE IS, UH, DOES INCLUDE FLOODPLAIN AND THAT, THAT YOU'LL SEE THAT AS WELL.

AND WE'VE BUILT SOME, UH, STIPULATIONS AROUND THAT ASSOCIATED WITH THE RELEASE.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

JUST TO PROVIDE A BIT OF AN OVERVIEW.

THERE'S A, A CITY COUNCIL POLICY THAT GOVERNS PROPOSED, PROPOSED EJ RELEASES.

AND WE, WE REVIEW THOSE IN TERMS OF THE, THEIR POTENTIAL IMPACT ON ANNEXATION.

SO OUR BIGGER JURISDICTIONAL BOUNDARIES, WE LOOK AT THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS OF RELEASING THAT ETJ, THEN WE LOOK AT PLANNED INFRASTRUCTURE IN THE AREA.

UH, WE LOOK AT JUST SORT OF, UH, IF THERE'S BEEN A SERIES OF REQUESTS AND HOW THAT ACCUMULATES OVER TIME.

AND THEN WE LOOK AT THE PARTICULAR PROPERTY TO SEE IF THERE ARE EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCES THAT APPLY THAT WOULD AFFECT OUR CONSIDERATION OF THE RELEASE.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO, AS ALLUDED TO, WE LOOK AT ENVIRONMENTAL STANDARDS THAT WOULD APPLY IF THE RELEASE WERE GRANTED.

AND GENERALLY THIS CITY COUNCIL POLICY CALLS FOR EQUIVALENT ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION TO BE PROVIDED ON LAND THAT'S RELEASED FROM THE JURIS, THE CITY'S JURISDICTION.

UM, AND, AND WE'VE WORKED

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COLLABORATIVELY AS, AS STAFF TO, TO ASSESS THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS OF THE PROPOSED RELEASE.

AND WE'VE BUILT SOME CONDITIONS AROUND THAT RELEASE THAT I WILL DISCUSS A LITTLE BIT LATER IN THE PRESENTATION.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

OKAY.

SO A LITTLE LOCATION MAP OF A LA A LARGER SCALE LOCATION MAP OF THE SITE.

UM, THE, THE SITE YOU CAN SEE IS HIGHLIGHTED AND OUTLINED IN BLACK IN, IN THAT PICTURE, AND IT IS NORTH OF LITIG ROAD.

LITIG ROAD IS THE ROAD THAT RUNS KIND OF EAST, EAST WEST THAT GENERALLY DEMARCATES OUR E T J BOUNDARY WITH, UH, TO THE NORTH.

UM, AND THIS IS NORTHEAST TRAVIS COUNTY.

SO YOU CAN SEE THE CITY OF MAYER IS ACTUALLY TO THE, UH, WEST OF THIS PROPOSED RELEASE.

AND IT'S ABOUT, IT'S A LITTLE OVER FOUR MILES FROM OUR EXISTING FULL PURPOSE CITY LIMITS.

UH, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

HERE'S A LITTLE BIT, UM, CLOSER IN VIEW OF THE PROPOSED RELEASE AREA.

AND SO YOU CAN SEE IT'S, UH, THE CURRENT USE IS AGRICULTURAL OPEN SPACE TYPE USES.

UM, AND THE NORTHERN SECTION OF THE SITE DOES HAVE, UM, FLOOD PLAIN ON IT.

UH, THAT IS ABOUT, I'D SAY, I DUNNO, THIRD OR SO TO OF THE TOTAL SITE AREA.

AND, UM, AND THAT FLOODPLAIN RUNS UP ALSO INTO THE MAINER EJ AREA THERE.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO, SO STAFF WORKED WITH THE APPLICANT TO, I END THE CITY OF MAYNARD TO IDENTIFY CONDITIONS FOR THE RELEASE OF THIS AREA.

AND WE'VE, UM, BUILT CONSENSUS AROUND RELEASING IT.

UH, GIVEN THAT CITY OF AUSTIN SUBURBAN WATERSHED, UH, IN PERUS COVER RESTRICTIONS ARE MAINTAINED FOR THAT AREA, THAT GREEN STORM WATER QUALITY CONTROLS ARE AVAILABLE TO TREAT THE WATER QUALITY VOLUME.

UH, THAT THERE'S A 300 FOOT CREEK SETBACK FOR THE COTTONWOOD CREEK THAT, UM, THAT YOU CAN SEE IN THE, IN THE PHOTOS THAT ARE, IT'S ALSO FLOODPLAIN AND TO PROTECT THE CRITICAL ENVIRONMENTAL FEATURES THAT ARE WITHIN, UM, 150 FEET OF THE SETBACK.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO JUST AN OVERVIEW.

UH, THIS IS A REQUEST OF FROM THE CITY OF MAYER, UH, FOUR, IT'S ABOUT FOUR MILES FROM OUR CITY LIMITS.

UM, AND SO THAT, THAT WE'VE FOUND TO NOT HAVE A POTENTIAL IMPACT ON ANNEXATION IN THE, AND PART OF THE, THE PUT AGREEMENT AND A DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT WITH THE CITY OF MAYER.

THE LAND THAT WOULD BE RELEASED WOULD BE EVENTUALLY ANNEXED BY THE CITY OF MAYER AND THEREFORE GOVERNED BY CITY OF MAYER FULL PURPOSE REGULATIONS INSTEAD OF JUST MAYER ET J REGULATIONS.

UH, THE RELEASE WOULD ACCOMMODATE, UH, STREAMLINED DEVELOPMENT.

AS I UH MENTIONED, THE, THE RELEASE TRACT IS PART OF A LARGER DEVELOPMENT.

AND SO WE LOOK AT THAT IN TERMS OF THE KIND OF ASSESSING A HARDSHIP OR EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCE THAT IT'S DIFFICULT TO COMPLY WITH TWO JURISDICTIONAL REGULATORY FRAMEWORKS FOR ONE DEVELOPMENT, UH, ONE SITE THAT'S BEING DEVELOPED.

SO, SO THIS WOULD ALLOW THE, THE APPLICANT TO HAVE THAT STREAMLINED REVIEW.

AND WE'VE LOOKED ALSO AT THE, THE ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS THAT THAT WOULD BE APPLICABLE UNDER MAYER FULL PURPOSE.

AND WE BELIEVE THAT THOSE COULD BE, THAT THOSE ARE AMENABLE WITH THE CONDITIONS THAT WE'VE ESTABLISHED, UM, AS PART OF THE RELEASE.

AND SO OUR, THE STAFF RECOMMENDATION IS FOR SUPPORTING THIS, UM, EJ RELEASE FROM THE CITY OF MAYER, AND WE ASK YOU TO CONSIDER OUR RECOMMENDATION TONIGHT.

THANK YOU.

UM, IS ANYONE FROM THE CITY OF MAYER OR I GUESS THE, THE PUT UH, APPLICANT HERE TO, TO PRESENT OR YEAH, PLEASE COME FORWARD.

IF YOU WOULDN'T MIND, STATE YOUR NAME AND, UH, BEFORE YOU START.

THANK YOU.

SORRY, I'M A LITTLE BIT SHORT.

GOOD EVENING.

OKAY.

GOOD EVENING, COMMISSIONERS.

UM, AND STAFF.

THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME TODAY.

MY NAME IS CATHERINE NICELY, I'M WITH MEDCALF WOLF, STEWART AND WILLIAMS, AND WE ALSO HAVE SCOTT DUNLAP, THE CITY PLANNER FROM THE CITY OF MAYNARD ON THE PHONE LINE.

SO IF YOU GUYS HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO, TO ANSWER.

I HAD A SMALL PRESENTATION.

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I THINK ANDRE DID A GREAT JOB, BY THE WAY, SO I JUST HAVE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION THAT YOU MAY, UH, FIND INTERESTING.

YEAH, I THINK IT WAS UP A SECOND AGO.

YOU'RE DOING GREAT.

SO I'M HERE FOR ITEM THREE.

UM, THE 47.6 ACRES IN THE CITY OF MAYER, WE'RE REQUESTING FOR THE E T J RELEASE FROM THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

THIS IS THE PROPERTY THAT COVERS MAYER AND THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

AND THE TRACT, WHICH HAS SMALL LETTERS, I SHOULD HAVE MADE THAT BIGGER, IS ACTUALLY HALF IN THE CITY OF AUSTIN AND HALF IN THE CITY OF MAYER.

NEXT SLIDE.

YOU CAN SHOW IT THERE, THERE YOU GO.

THAT TRACT HAS, FOR SOME REASON, IT'S HALF AND HALF.

AND SO WE'RE ONLY REQUESTING FOR THE RELEASE ON THE BLUE SIDE IN ORDER TO BE ABLE TO, UH, CREATE THE WHOLE DEVELOPMENT.

AND THE OWNER, I REPRESENT THE OWNER URBANIST AND THEY WERE, THEY'RE GONNA DEVELOP A PUT, SO WE'RE GONNA GET ANNEXED AND DO A PUT WITH THE CITY OF MAINER.

WE'RE WORKING ON THEM, UH, WITH THEM ON SEVERAL ITEMS, BUT WE CAN'T MOVE FORWARD UNLESS THIS GETS RELEASED.

LIKE, UM, ANDRE MENTIONED NEXT SLIDE.

AND THIS IS JUST, UH, WHAT ANDRE HADN'T MENTIONED.

I DID WANNA ADD THAT THERE'S SOME CRITICAL WATER QUALITY, UH, ZONE THAT IS ADDED THERE, SO WE WON'T BE DEVELOPING THERE EITHER.

AND THERE'S A CRITICAL ENVIRONMENTAL FEATURE THAT HAS BEEN IDENTIFI, SORRY, A WET, A WETLAND THAT HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED.

AND SO WE'LL CREATE THE BUFFERS THAT ARE NEEDED BASED ON THE CITY OF AUSTIN CODE.

NEXT SLIDE.

THAT'S JUST A SURVEY OF THE 47.6 ACRES.

NEXT SLIDE.

SO, UM, THEY ACTUALLY ACQUIRED MORE LAND AND SO WE'RE AT 549 ACRES OF LAND AT THIS POINT.

AND 167, MORE OR LESS OF THE WHOLE PROPERTY ARE IN THE FLOODPLAIN.

THE PLAN IS TO, UM, BECOME A PUT THAT HAS OVER 30 ACRES OF PARK AMENITIES.

IT HAS OVER 200 ACRES OF HEAVILY AMENITIZED PARKLAND AREAS, AND THE DETENTION AREAS WILL BE ALSO AMENITIZED.

THE IDEA THAT URBANIST HAS IS FOR THIS TO BECOME A HEALTH AND WELLNESS CENTER WHERE EVERYBODY CAN WALK TO A CENTRALIZED PARK, A CREEK, OR ANY TYPE OF ACCESS TO, UH, NATURE.

SO IT'S ACTUALLY A VERY EXCITING PROJECT.

NEXT SLIDE.

THIS IS WHAT, I KNOW IT'S SMALL, BUT THIS IS OUR PRELIMINARY DRAFT AND THERE'S GONNA BE JOGGING PATHS, EDUCATION CENTER AREAS WITH THE ENVIRONMENT, APHY THEATERS, BIKE PATHS, FOREST PLAYGROUND, THERE'S A LAGOON THERE, THERE'S A HUGE PARK AREA.

UM, AND THE IDEA IS TO CREATE THIS WHOLE AMENITY THAT, UH, PEOPLE CAN WALK HALF A MILE AND JUST GET THERE.

NEXT SLIDE.

AGAIN, I JUST WANNA EMPHASIZE THE FEATURES BECAUSE I KNOW THE CITY OF MADE IS VERY EXCITED ABOUT THIS PROJECT.

WE HAVE, UM, ITEMS FOR FAMILIES TO BE ENTERTAINED, BUT ALSO FOR TEENS THAT WAS HUGE FOR THE CITY OF MAYNOR.

SO WE HAVE TENNIS AREAS, PICKLEBALL, COMMUNITY GARDENS, PLAYGROUNDS, THE SWIMMING LAGOON THAT I MENTIONED, THE AMEN IN POND AREAS AND THE LAKES, UH, THAT WOULD BE FOR BOATING, FISHING IN ROWING.

NEXT SLIDE.

AND, UM, I JUST DID A, A SNAPSHOT OF THE AREA THAT IS BEING RELEASED, AND SO IT'S THAT BOTTOM SOUTHERN PORTION AND WE'RE STILL WORKING ON THE MASTER PLAN, BUT I JUST WANTED TO SHOW YOU ALL THAT THOSE CRITICAL WATER QUALITY ZONES ARE GONNA BE GREEN AREAS WE'RE SETTING BACK FROM THE FLOODPLAINS, UM, SETTING BACK FROM THE WATER POND, ALL THE STUFF THAT, AND ANDREA SAID, WE'RE AGREEING ON THAT AND THAT WOULD BE ADDED IN THE PUT NEXT SLIDE.

AND JUST TO SUMMARIZE, WE'RE ASKING THE CITY MAINERS ASKING FOR THE RELEASE OF 47.6 ACRES OF LAND FROM THE AUSTIN E DK AND WE ARE AGREED ON THE PROVISIONS I JUST MENTIONED.

WE'RE ALSO, UH, IN AGREEMENT WITH THE CITY OF AUSTIN ON THE, UM, THE TREE ORDINANCE BECAUSE CITY OF MAYNOR APPARENTLY HAS A, A MORE STRICT STREET OR TRUE ORDINANCE.

SO WE'LL BE ABLE TO DO THAT AS WELL.

THE NEXT STEPS AFTER YOU GUYS APPROVE THIS AND RECOMMEND THIS, WE'LL GO TO, UH, PLANNING COMMISSION AND THEN COUNCIL, BUT WE'LL CONTINUE WORKING WITH THE CITY OF MANOR AND THEIR PUD.

UM, WE ARE, WE'LL ADD THE RECOMMENDATIONS, LIKE I SAID, THAT THE CITY OF AUSTIN HAS, UM, MOVED FORWARD WITH, AND THEN WE WOULD DO ANNEXATION AND BE PART OF THE CITY OF MAYER.

AND I'M HERE FOR ANY QUESTIONS.

AND LIKE I SAID, SCOTT IS IN THE PHONE IF YOU GUYS HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PROCESS OR REASSURANCE OF WHAT'S GOING ON THERE.

THANK YOU.

PERFECT.

THANK YOU.

UM, ALRIGHT, COMMISSIONERS, UH, ANY QUESTIONS FOR THE APPLICANT OR THE CITY OF MAYNARD OR CITY OF AUSTIN STAFF? UH, WE'LL START REMOTE WITH YOU GUYS.

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YEAH, COMMISSIONER THOMPSON PLEASE.

OKAY.

UM, SO IF WE ENTER INTO AN AGREEMENT BEFORE THEY'RE ANNEXED, IS THE AGREEMENT WITH THE DEVELOPER OR WITH THE CITY OF MAYNOR AND IF THE PROPERTY IS SOLD, DO OUR RECOMMENDATIONS STILL HOLD? IF THIS IS BROKEN UP INTO, I MEAN, I DON'T KNOW, I JUST HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT WHO WE ARE MAKING THE AGREEMENT WITH.

OH, I, I WOULD, BUT, UM, SORRY.

THANK YOU .

I WOULD CHARACTERIZE IT AS A KIND OF A THREE-WAY AGREEMENT BETWEEN US, THE CITY OF MAYER AND THE APPLICANT.

AND, UH, THE REASON WHY IT HAS TO BE THAT WAY IS BECAUSE THIS WOULD BE CODIFIED IN THE MAYER PUD AND IT IS A BIT OF A CHICKEN AND EGG PROBLEM BECAUSE THE PU CAN'T BE ADOPTED UNTIL THIS AREA IS RELEASED.

IT CAN'T BE, IT CAN'T BE, WE CAN'T SORT OF HANG ONTO THE AREA AND THEN THEY GO FORWARD WITH THE PUT FOR AN AREA THAT'S NOT IN THEIR JURISDICTIONS.

TAKE A BIT OF A LEAP OF FAITH THERE IN THE, IN BEGINNINGS.

BUT, UM, MAYNARD HAS BEEN WORKING CLOSELY WITH THE APPLICANT AND I THINK YOU KNOW THAT THEY WOULD BE WILLING TO SPEAK TO THAT AS WELL.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ASK THEM HOW THEY WILL STRUCTURE THOSE REQUIREMENTS INTO THE POD.

THEY HAVE A DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT AND A POD THAT ARE BOTH CURRENTLY, UM, IN THE, IN THE IN PROGRESS, UH, WAS SUBMITTED LAST JULY.

AND SO THAT WILL BE MOVING THROUGH THEIR BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS AND COUNCIL PROCESS AND THEY, THEY MAY BE BE ABLE TO SPEAK TO THAT IF THAT WOULD BE HELPFUL TO YOU.

YEAH, I WOULD SAY YES, I WOULD SAY, SCOTT, IF YOU'RE ON THE PHONE, YEAH, PLEASE, UM, KIND OF SPEAK TO THAT IF YOU'RE AVAILABLE.

UH, YES, UM, UM, Y'ALL CAN HEAR ME RIGHT? YES.

OKAY.

UM, ALRIGHT, UM, EVENING COMMISSIONER.

UM, THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.

AND I ALSO THANK YOU FOR REARRANGING YOUR, YOUR AGENDA.

UH, WE HAVE CITY COUNCIL HERE AT SEVEN, SO I APPRECIATE THAT.

UM, AND YEAH, CATHERINE AND ANDRE HAVE MENTIONED, UM, THIS IS A PUT FOR US IN THE DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT AND SO THE, THE CONSIDERATIONS YOU'RE LOOKING TO ADD WOULD BE INCLUDED IN THE PUT AND THE DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT.

UM, AND YOU KNOW, THERE MAY, THERE MAY BE OPPORTUNITY, I'M NOT SURE, I MIGHT HAVE TO GO THROUGH OUR LEGAL ABOUT, UM, YOU KNOW, AGREEMENTS BEFOREHAND TO MAKE SURE THAT THOSE ARE KEPT.

BUT, UM, YOU KNOW, WE, WE VALUE OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE CITY OF AUSTIN, SO WE'RE NOT GONNA, UM, YOU KNOW, SAY WELL INCLUDE THESE AND THEN NOT, UM, WE, YOU'RE, YOUR, YOUR REQUEST FOR THESE ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROLS AND REGULATIONS IS PERFECTLY ACCEPTABLE TO US.

UM, AND WE WILL CARRY THOSE THROUGH.

OH, OKAY.

I HAVE, UM, I BELIEVE THAT EVERYBODY HAS GOOD FAITH INTENTIONS, BUT SAY FINANCING OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT HAPPENS, UM, ARE, WOULD IT REVERT IF THE PEG DID NOT GO THROUGH TO LIKE TRAVIS COUNTY? I MEAN, WHAT WOULD THE RULES BE IF WE RELEASE IT AND IT'S NOT ANNEXED? WHERE WOULD IT BE? IF, IF THE LAND WERE RELEASED AND, AND NOT ANNEXED, THEN IT WOULD BE IN, IN MAIN OR E T J.

SO WE'LL BE RELEASING IT TO MAYER E T J AND THE CONDITIONS COME IN WITH FURTHER ANNEXATION AFTER THAT RELEASE, BUT IT WOULD, IT WOULD BE IN THEIR JURISDICTION.

SO WE WOULD BE LIMITED IN TERMS OF OUR PURVIEW OVER THAT LAND ONCE IT'S RELEASED.

OKAY.

SO MY, MY QUESTION IS THEN COULD WE ENTER INTO THIS AGREEMENT WITH THE CITY OF MAYER ON THE PRINCIPLES OF ANNEXATION INSTEAD OF THE PUT? BECAUSE I FEEL LIKE, UM, A LOT OF TIMES WE SEEM TO BE ABLE TO TRADE THINGS WHEN WE, YOU KNOW, LIKE THERE ARE SWAPS THAT GO ON.

SO IN THIS INSTANCE THERE ISN'T.

I WAS JUST WONDERING IF THAT COULD, UM, BE PART OF THE AGREEMENT BECAUSE I'M REALLY INTERESTED IN THE ENVIRONMENTAL ASPECTS THAT ARE MENTIONED HERE.

UM, BEING ATTACHED TO THE LAND IS MY REASON FOR QUESTIONING THIS.

THANK YOU.

SORRY, IF I MAY FOR, FOR MAYER, UM, I MEAN I WOULD HAVE TO CHECK WITH OUR LEGAL AND OUR COUNCIL LOOK DO IT AS WELL.

UM, BUT I, AT THE STAFF LEVEL, YOU KNOW, I'M AGREEABLE TO, UM, AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF MANOR AND THE CITY OF AUSTIN THAT WHILE THIS PROPERTY IS STILL IN EJ, UM, AND OBVIOUSLY AFTERWARDS, BUT IN THAT INTERIM, IN THAT INSTANCE, LIKE WHEN IT TRANSFERS FROM YOUR EJ TO MANOR'S

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EJ, THERE'S AN AGREEMENT FOR THESE ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS ON THAT PORTION OF PROPERTY.

SO IF IN THE INSTANCE THIS, THIS PROJECT DOESN'T GO THROUGH AND THE ANNEXATION DOESN'T OCCUR, THAT AGREEMENT WOULD STILL STAND FOR ANY FUTURE PROJECT AND ANNEXATION.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

I WOULD APPRECIATE THAT.

COMMISSIONER SHERA, DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS? OKAY, THANK YOU KREI.

HEY Y'ALL, UH, APPRECIATE THE PRESENTATION.

UM, YOU KNOW, I JUST HAD A QUESTION.

UM, AS FAR AS LIKE THE LAND USE FOR THIS, I KNOW Y'ALL MENTIONED LIKE, UH, A HEALTH AND AND WELLNESS SORT OF FOCUS AREA.

ARE WE TALKING LIKE PURELY RESIDENTIAL HERE? BECAUSE MY SORT OF QUESTION WAS LIKE, YOU KNOW, THE PARKS LOOK COOL, THE TRAILS LOOK COOL, BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY, IF YOU STILL GOTTA DRIVE 10 MINUTES TO THE MAINER WALMART OR YOU KNOW, 15 MINUTES TO THE HEB OR WHATEVER, UM, YOU KNOW, STILL PERHAPS NOT AS GREEN AS IT COULD BE IF LIKE, YOU KNOW, THERE WAS SOME COMMERCIAL SPACE ON THAT AREA AS WELL THAT, YOU KNOW, RESIDENTS COULD ACCESS, LIKE WHATEVER GROCERY STORE, YOU KNOW, LET YOUR IMAGINATION RUN WILD.

UH, THAT WAS PRETTY MUCH MY ONLY QUESTION.

THANK YOU COMMISSIONER FOR THE QUESTION.

WE'RE STILL WORKING ON THE BUD, BUT THERE IS A COMMERCIAL MIXED USE COMPONENT, UM, BUSINESS CENTER AND, UM, OTHER COMPONENTS ON IT, AND WE'RE WORKING WITH, UH, THE CITY OF MAINER AND THOSE ELEMENTS, UH, WE HAVE HEARD LOUD AND CLEAR THAT THERE IS A LACK OF DESTINATIONS ALSO TO CREATE WALKABLE COMMUNITIES.

SO THAT'S THE IDEA.

AND THE HEALTH AND WELLNESS WELLNESS IS REALLY GEARED TOWARDS THAT TO MAKE IT A WALKABLE COMMUNITY.

IT IS, UM, NOT TO GET INTO MUCH DETAIL BECAUSE WE HAVE A WHOLE LOT OF OTHER PRESENTATIONS FOR THAT, BUT IT IS A, UH, URBANIST, UM, DESIGN AND SO THAT IS THE IDEA AS WELL TO HAVE DIVERSE, UM, HOUSING AND HAVE, UH, THE ADVANTAGE OF HAVE THAT BEAUTIFUL FLOOD PLANE BE HIGHLIGHTED IN THE PROCESS.

YEAH, FOR SURE.

I GREW UP IN THE COUNTRY BURBS AROUND HERE, SO, YOU KNOW, I REMEMBER GROWING UP IN CAT HOLLOW WHEN THEY PUT AN H E B THERE, IT WAS BASICALLY LIKE OUR LIVES CHANGED OVERNIGHT AND A BLOCKBUSTER, BUT BLOCKBUSTER IS IRRELEVANT NOWADAYS, SO APPRECIATE IT.

THANK YOU.

UH, YEAH, SCOTT, THANKS FOR YOUR PRESENTATION.

I, UH, WOULD LIKE TO SEE SOME LANGUAGE, UM, UH, IN OUR, UM, WHEN WE FINALIZE THIS, UH, IF WE, IF WE, UH, DO APPROVE IT TO, UH, THAT IT WOULD INCLUDE, UH, WHAT, UH, COMMISSIONER, UH, THOMPSON WAS, UH, SUGGESTING THAT THAT, UH, AS A CONDITION OF THE, UH, UM, OF THE TRANSFER OF THE, OF THE, UH, PROPERTY THAT, UH, THE WOULD BE, UH, CONDITIONED ON, UM, THE, UM, SUGGESTIONS THAT WERE BROUGHT UP.

AND, UH, UH, OTHER THAN THAT, UM, SOUNDS LIKE A EXCITING, UH, PROJECT.

I, I GET THE FEELING WE DIDN'T GET THE FULL SCOPE OF IT.

I ASSUME THAT THIS IS A, UH, LARGELY RESIDENTIAL, UH, DEVELOPMENT, BUT YOU ARE YOUR YOUR'RE ADDING, UM, A PARK AREA AND YOU'RE ADDING SOME, UH, COMMERCIAL AREAS TO HELP MAKE IT MORE, UM, ATTRACTIVE TO PEOPLE WHO WOULD BE LIVING IN THE AREA.

IS THAT CORRECT? I GUESS THAT WOULD BE MY, OH, ANOTHER, YES, COMMISSIONER IN, IN ORDER TO CREATE A WALKABLE COMMUNITY, WE'RE ADDING DESTINATIONS FOR COMMERCIAL MIX USE AND, UH, THE PARK AREAS.

MM-HMM.

.

SO WHY AREN'T SHE DOING IT IN AUSTIN? ? NO, I'M JUST KIDDING.

IT'S OKAY.

I'LL, I'LL LET MY CLIENT KNOW AND GET BACK TO YOU.

THANK YOU.

ANY OTHER COMMISSIONERS GUI? YES.

I JUST HAVE A REAL QUICK QUESTION.

IS ANY PART OF A FLOODPLAIN IN THE TRA ON IN THE AUSTIN ATJ OR IS IT ALL IN THE MAINER? I I CAN ANSWER THAT.

UH, YEAH, IF YOU, IF YOU COULD MAYBE FIND THE SLIDE WITH THE FLOODPLAIN MAP UP, BUT YEAH, PORTION OF THE FLOODPLAIN IS IN AUSTIN, E T J.

OKAY.

SO IS THAT FLOODPLAIN DEFINED BASED ON THE ATLAS 14 OR IS IT THE OLD FORMULA? IS IT USING ATLAS 14? YES.

YEAH, IT'S, IT'S ATLAS 14, THAT'S CORRECT.

OKAY.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

QUESTION, GO FOR IT.

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UM, I SEE THAT, AND FIRST OFF, THANK YOU BOTH FOR YOUR PRESENTATIONS.

UM, YOU KNOW, I SEE THAT YOU'VE, YOU'RE PROTECTING A LOT OF THE FLOODPLAIN.

THAT'S GREAT.

YOU'VE GOT A LITTLE BIT OF A, UM, AREA ON ONE SIDE THAT'S, UM, KIND OF OUT OF THE FLOODPLAIN, I GUESS.

I, I CAN'T SEE ANY CREEK OVER HERE, BUT, UM, AND IT'S, IT'S PART OF YOUR OPEN SPACE THERE.

THIS IS BLACK LAMP PRAIRIE.

AND IS THERE ANY SPACE IN HERE THAT WILL FEATURE OR HIGHLIGHT THE BLACK LAMP PRAIRIE OR PROTECT IT? WE HAVEN'T LOOKED INTO THAT, BUT I CAN, I CAN ASK THE, THE LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT AND MY CLIENT ABOUT THAT.

OKAY.

MM-HMM.

, THAT'S JUST ONE OF THE AREAS, YOU KNOW, THAT IS REALLY, UM, BEING, UH, WELL LAID WAYS TO VERY QUICKLY.

UM, AND SO LOOKING AT THE BLACKLAND PRAIRIE, HOW A WAY TO MAKE SURE THAT WE PRESERVE A PIECE OF THAT.

AND THEN YOU MENTIONED THE LAKE.

CAN YOU DESCRIBE WHERE THE LAKE WILL BE AND HOW BIG THAT'LL BE? IT'S, UH, THEY'RE TWO AND, AND, AND YOU HAVE PROBABLY WHAT WE SUBMITTED TO THE CITY OF MAYER, WHICH THAT HAS CHANGED TOO OVER THE, WHICH STILL WORKING ON THE PUT AND THE DESIGN.

BUT IF YOU, UH, I DON'T KNOW IF YOU CAN GET MY SLIDE UP.

THERE IS A LAKE ON THE EAST AND THEN THERE'S A LAGOON ON THE WEST SIDE OF THAT ROAD.

SO THEY'RE ACTUALLY DIFFERENT FEATURES.

UM, LET ME SEE HERE.

UM, THAT'S THE ONE BEFORE, SORRY, THE ONE BEFORE BEFORE ONE MORE ONE.

THERE YOU GO.

THAT'S KIND OF SMALL, BUT THERE IS A LAGOON, UM, THAT GOES WHERE THE PURPLE AREA IS.

ABOVE THAT, THERE'S GREEN AREA.

ALL THAT IS GREEN BECAUSE WE HAD TO SUBMIT IT AS PART OF THE OPEN SPACE.

AND THEN THERE'S LAKES ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE ROAD.

UM, THEY'RE NONE IN THE E T J THAT IS CURRENTLY IN THE AUSTIN.

IT'S ALL IN THE CITY OF MAINOR ET J AND THEN THERE'S DIFFERENT, UM, DIFFERENT, UH, LAKES AND PONDS THROUGHOUT THE DEVELOPMENT.

OUR LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT IS SWA AND THEY'RE GONNA PUT TOGETHER, UM, A WHOLE SET OF, OF, UH, RULES FOR THOSE THAT WILL BE SUBMITTED WITH THE POD.

OKAY.

AND ARE THOSE WITHIN THE FLOODPLAIN OR ARE THEY OUTSIDE OF THE FLOOD PLAIN? THEY ARE OUTSIDE THE FLOODPLAIN.

UM, THE LAGON IS, AND THE LAKES ARE, AND THEN THEY ARE TRYING TO, I THINK THERE'S A PICTURE, I DON'T KNOW IF IT MADE IT IN THERE, THERE IS A PICTURE OF THE FLOODPLAIN AREA WHERE THEY'RE TRYING TO MITIGATE AND CREATE MORE OF A, A NICER SLOPE AND MITIGATE A LOT OF THE BRUSH THAT'S THERE.

AND SO THEY ARE RESTORING SOME OF IT, SOME OF THE FLOODPLAIN.

AND, AND SO WILL THESE LAKES ALSO BE PART OF LIKE A, UH, WATER, UH, DETENTION SYSTEM OR RUNOFF SYSTEM, OR HOW DOES THAT WORK? YEAH, , WELL, WE ACTUALLY HAD THIS CONVERSATION WITH SCOTT WHO'S IN THE PHONE.

SO , HE DOES NOT WANT THE TENSION PONDS TO BE COUNTED AS FLOODPLAIN AREAS, SO WE ACTUALLY ARE PULLING THOSE OUT AND GRADING FEATURES.

AND SO THE DETENTION PONDS WON'T BE SENT SUNK IN GRASS AREAS.

THEY EITHER HAVE TO HAVE A PROGRAM AND IT'S ONLY A CERTAIN PERCENTAGE.

AND SO WE'RE WRITING THAT INTO THE POD.

OKAY.

MM-HMM.

.

OKAY.

GREAT.

UM, AND THEN, UM, SO IN THE, IN THE MAINER CODE, IS THERE, UM, Y'ALL HAVE A WETLAND PROTECTION, UH, WITHIN THE MAINER CODE? IS THAT, I KNOW WE TURNED IN THE COMPARISON CODES, BUT I DON'T REMEMBER IF, UM, THAT WAS THE CASE.

UM, SO LESLIE LILLY WATERSHED PROTECTION, UM, THERE'S NOT CURRENTLY, UH, CRITICAL ENVIRONMENTAL FEATURE PROTECTIONS IN THE MAINER LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE, BUT WE WILL BE APPLYING THE, UH, CRITICAL ENVIRONMENTAL FEATURE PROTECTIONS ON THE TRACT THAT IS PROPOSED FOR RELEASE FOR THE CFS THAT ARE FOUND ON THAT SITE, SIMILAR TO, UH, THOSE THAT ARE CURRENTLY IMPOSED, UM, AND PROVIDE PROTECTIONS IN THE CITY OF AUSTIN JURISDICTION.

OKAY, SO JUST WITH THE, JUST WITH THE TRACK THAT'S BEING CONVEYED? YES, THAT'S CORRECT.

OKAY.

MM-HMM.

.

OKAY, GREAT.

UM, MAKE SURE I DIDN'T WRITE DOWN ANYTHING ELSE ON THE OTHER LITTLE SHEET HERE.

I THINK THAT'S IT.

THANK YOU.

UM, I, EXCUSE ME, I JUST HAD ONE QUESTION.

I WAS KIND OF WONDERING, UM, IF YOU COULD TELL, TALK MORE ABOUT THE EDUCATION AREAS THAT YOU ARE PLANNING.

YEAH, YEAH.

WELL, THE CITY OF MAYARD, WE'VE WORKED ON SEVERAL PROJECTS WITH THE CITY OF MAYARD.

THAT'S HUGE FOR THEM IN ORDER TO HAVE ENTERTAINMENT AND EDUCATION AREAS FOR TEENS AND, AND FAMILIES.

SO WE'LL HAVE, UM, COMMUNITY GARDENS, BUT ALSO TRAILS THAT ARE EDUCATIONAL.

AND WE'RE LOOKING AT AMPH THEATERS

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IN THE COMMUNITY CENTER THAT'S THERE.

THERE'S GONNA BE TENANTS AND PICKLEBALL, AND THOSE WILL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

SO THAT'S A HUGE PLUS FOR THE CITY OF MAINER.

THEY'RE REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THAT.

WE'RE ACTUALLY PUTTING TOGETHER A MENU OF ITEMS THAT COULD BE ADDED IN THE PUT, UH, I HAVE TWO COUNCIL MEMBERS THAT ARE REALLY, REALLY A FOND OF THAT, AND SO WE'RE PUSHING FOR THAT.

MM-HMM.

, THANK YOU.

THANKS.

I ONLY HAVE ONE QUESTION.

I THINK IT'S FOR CITY STAFF, BUT THE STAFF CONDITION THAT WAS 300 FOOT SETBACK, I BELIEVE, ALONG THE CREEK.

IS THAT TOTAL 300 OR 300 ON EITHER SIDE OF THE CENTER LINE? IT'S THE 300 FEET ON EITHER SIDE OF THE CENTER LINE.

OKAY.

SO LIKE A, A MAJOR CRITICAL WATER QUALITY ZONE, UH, IN THE AUSTIN JURISDICTION.

OKAY.

PERFECT.

THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT.

LAST CALL FOR ANY QUESTIONS.

ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU.

UM, STAFF MAYER, UH, CITY STAFF AND APPLICANT.

I THINK WE HAVE A DRAFT MOTION.

MOTION TO CLOSE THE PUBLIC HEARING.

YEAH.

SECOND SHOOT.

BOOM.

THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT.

I'M GONNA AT YOUR, AT YOUR LEISURE.

LEISURE.

GOT A LOT TO READ HERE, SO HOLD ON.

ALL RIGHT.

MARCH 1ST, 2023.

SUBJECT, PROPOSED RELEASE OF APPROXIMATELY 48 ACRES, THE AUSTIN EXTRA TERRITORIAL JURISDICTION ET J TO THE CITY OF MAYER, WHEREAS THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION RECOGNIZES THAT THE TRANSFER OF THE 48 ACRES IS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CITY COUNCIL ADOPTED POLICY REGARDING EJ ADJUSTMENTS, AND WHEREAS THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION RECOGNIZES THE ANNEX ANNEXATION OF THIS TRACT BY THE CITY OF AUSTIN IS NOT FEASIBLE IN THE LONG TERM, GIVEN ITS LOCATION OF APPROXIMATELY 4.25 MILES FROM THE FULL PURPOSE JURISDICTION.

WHEREAS THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION RECOGNIZES RELEASING THIS AREA WOULD NOT NEGATIVELY IMPACT ANY EXISTING OR PLANNED CITY INVESTMENT IN UTILITY OR ROADWAY INFRASTRUCTURE.

WHEREAS THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION RECOGNIZES THAT STAFF FROM WATERSHED PROTECTION HAVE REVIEWED THE PUR PROPOSED RELEASE AND FIND IT AGREEABLE WITH THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS.

NUMBER ONE, MAINTAIN CITY OF AUSTIN SUBURBAN WATERSHED AND PERVIOUS COVER RESTRICTIONS.

TWO, PROVIDE GREEN STORM WATER QUALITY CONTROLS TO TREAT 100% OF THE WATER QUALITY VOLUME.

THREE, ESTABLISHED 300 FOOT CREEK SETBACKS FROM COTTONWOOD CREEK.

FOUR, PROTECT EXISTING CRITICAL ENVIRONMENTAL FEATURES WITHIN A HUNDRED AND, UH, FOOT 150 FOOT SETBACK.

THEREFORE, THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION RECOMMENDS THE APPROXIMATE 48 ACRES OF AUSTIN'S EXTRA EJ TO THE CITY OF MAYER WITH THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS THAT THE CITY OF MAYNOR AND THOSE COMMISSIONS, THOSE CONDITIONS ARE THAT THE CITY OF MAYER INCORPORATE THE CITY OF AUSTIN STAFF CONDITIONS IN THE PARCEL AS IT IS CONVEYED TO THE CITY OF MAYER E T J, IN CASE THE ANNEXATION AND PUD DEVELOPMENT IS NOT FINALIZED BY THE LANDOWNER AND APPLICANT.

TWO, THE PUD DEVELOPMENT LOOK INTO A WAY TO INCORPORATE BLACK LINE PRAIRIE HABITAT INTO THE PUD DEVELOPMENT OPEN SPACE.

THIS IS RANDBERG.

ALL SECOND.

ANY DISCUSSION OF THE MOTION? ALL RIGHT.

ALL THOSE IN FAVOR, RAISE YOUR HAND.

I SEE YOU'RE UNANIMOUS.

UM, SO IT PASSES.

ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

UH, STAFF.

STAFF AND APPLICANT.

UM, ALL RIGHT, AND THANK YOU FOR,

[2. Staff briefing regarding the Congress Avenue Urban Design Initiative – Laura Dierenfield, Division Manager, Austin Transportation Department, Jana McCann, McCann Adams Studio, Benedick Patrick, HDR Inc (30 minutes)]

UH, ITEM NUMBER TWO, UH, PARTICIPANTS FOR, FOR STICKING AROUND FOR THAT.

UM, SO WE'RE JUMPED BACK UP TO A STAFF BRIEFING, UM, REGARDING THE CONGRESS AVENUE URBAN DESIGN INITIATIVE.

UM, AND, UM, YEAH, IF YOU WOULDN'T MIND, JUST INTRODUCE YOURSELF AND PULL UP THE SLIDES AND WE'LL GO FROM THERE.

GOOD EVENING.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR HAVING US AND FOR YOUR SERVICE TO THE CITY.

UH, MY NAME'S LAURA DEERFIELD AND I'M A DIVISION MANAGER WITH THE AUSTIN TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT, AND WE'RE VERY, UH, PLEASED TO BE HERE TONIGHT TO OFFER YOU AN UPDATE AND INFORMATIONAL BRIEFING ON THE CONGRESS AVENUE URBAN DESIGN INITIATIVE.

AND,

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UM, SHE SHARE A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHAT THE, UM, WHERE WE'RE AT, MAYBE SINCE THE LAST TIME Y'ALL HEARD ABOUT THIS, WHICH WOULD'VE BEEN PRIOR TO THE PANDEMIC.

SO, UM, THOUGHT IT WAS ABOUT TIME TO CHECK IN AND, UH, SHARE WITH YOU WHERE WE ARE.

UM, I'M PLEASED TO, UH, BE JOINED BY A REALLY ALL-STAR TEAM THAT YOU SEE HERE, UH, HEADLINED BY H HDR WITH, UH, MANY VERY, VERY TALENTED CONSULTANTS.

YOU MAY BE FAMILIAR WITH THEIR WORK AROUND THE CITY.

UM, AND, UH, MYSELF AND JANET MCCANN WILL OFFER YOU A BRIEFING, AND THEN WE'LL BE HERE TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS YOU MIGHT HAVE.

UH, TONIGHT WE'LL TALK ABOUT THE VISION PLAN.

THIS WAS, UH, INITIATED IN 2017.

I HOPE SOME OF YOU MIGHT HAVE PARTICIPATED IN THE, IN THE OUTREACH AND, UH, ENGAGEMENT PROCESS.

IT WAS ON THE STREET AND IN VARIOUS OTHER FORMS, UM, TO HELP, UH, CREATE A VISION FOR CONGRESS AVENUE, UM, ONE THAT WAS, THAT IS ROOTED IN, IN MANY OF OUR CITY'S KEY VALUES, INCLUDING, UM, UNDERSTANDING AND CELEBRATING AND PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT OF THE DOWNTOWN .

UM, WE'RE GONNA TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE KEY CONCEPTS OF THAT VISION PLAN, AND THEN WHAT WE'RE CURRENTLY SCOPED TO DO AND WHAT THE NEXT STEPS ARE.

UH, THE PROJECT TEAM, WE GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

UM, AS I MENTIONED MYSELF, UH, FROM THE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT, ALONG WITH MY COLLEAGUES IN THE URBAN DESIGN DIVISION ARE, UH, SPONSORING THIS PROJECT.

AND THEN WE HAVE AN PARTNERSHIP, UH, AMALIA KIMONA HERE WITH THE DOWNTOWN AUSTIN ALLIANCE.

THEY WERE REALLY THE INITIATOR WITH THE CITY OF THIS PROJECT BACK IN 2017.

UH, ALSO TONIGHT WE HAVE BENEDICT PATRICK, WHO'S LEADING THE HDR TEAM ALONG WITH LEE, UH, FRIEDBERG.

AND THEY'RE, THEY'RE A VERY TALENTED TEAM, UH, ALONG WITH, UH, JENNIFER LUKE MYER, UM, OUR ENVIRONMENTAL LEAD, AND JENNA MCCANN WITH KEN ADAMS STUDIO.

GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

AND IT LOOKS TO, UM, RE REIMAGINE CONGRESS AVENUE FROM 11TH STREET TO RIVERSIDE DRIVE, ABOUT THAT 1.2 MILE, UM, PART OF CONGRESS AVENUE, REALLY IN THE HEART OF THE DOWNTOWN.

UH, THE VISION PLAN IS REALLY THE GUIDING DOCUMENT.

SO TONIGHT WHAT YOU'RE GONNA HEAR IS A LOT OF WHAT THE VISION PLAN, UH, IS OFFERING AS GUIDANCE.

AND WHAT HAS HAPPENED SINCE THEN IS WE'VE SUCCESSFULLY BEEN ABLE TO GET SOME FUNDING, UH, FOR THIS PROJECT.

IT'S ONE OF, UH, FOUR NAMED LARGE CAPITAL PROJECTS OUT OF THE 2020 BOND.

AND, UH, SO THIS IS ENABLING US TO BRING ON A TEAM LIKE HTR TO START LOOKING AT HOW WOULD WE MAKE THAT VISION PLAN REAL, UM, WHAT WE ARE FUNDED TO DO AS AN INITIAL PHASE TO GET TO ABOUT A 30% DESIGN UNDERSTANDING, WHICH DOES ALLOW FOR DEEPER ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYSIS AND UNDERSTANDING OF HOW TO PULL OFF THE PROJECT.

AND THEN, UH, FROM THERE WE WOULD HAVE ONE INITIAL INITIAL PHASE OF CONSTRUCTION DEPENDING ON, UM, WHAT THAT FUNDING AVAILABLE AND, AND, UM, WHAT THOSE COSTS WOULD BE.

SO WE'RE ABOUT SEVEN MONTHS INTO THAT PROCESS.

WITH THAT, I'M GONNA TURN IT OVER TO JANNA MCCANN TO TAKE YOU A LITTLE BIT THROUGH THE VISION PLAN AND KINDA REMIND YOU OF THE KEY ELEMENTS THAT THE COMMUNITY WAS, UM, THINKING ABOUT WRESTLING WITH AND ULTIMATELY, UM, ENVISION FOR, FOR THE AVENUE.

HI, MY NAME'S JANNA AND I'M WITH MCCANN ADAMS STUDIO AND AN ARCHITECT BY PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND AND WORKING AS A SUB-CONSULTANT, UM, LEADING THE URBAN DESIGN ELEMENTS OF THE PROJECT.

AND WE LIKE TO THINK THAT URBAN DESIGN IS THAT PLACE WHERE WE BRING ALL OF THESE VALUES THAT YOU SEE TOGETHER IN A KIND OF A HARMONIOUS WHOLE.

AND SO WE'RE VERY CONCERNED WITH THIS PROJECT ABOUT AS MUCH AS THIS PROJECT CAN DO, YOU KNOW, PROVIDING THE OPPORTUNITIES FOR SOCIAL EQUITY, UM, MOBILITY AND CONNECTIVITY IN LARGE.

PART OF THIS IS ABOUT TRANSPORTATION AND REBALANCING AND MAKING A MO MULTIMODAL AVENUE OUT OF WHAT TODAY IS NOT QUITE THERE YET.

UM, THERE'S ALSO A REALLY STRONG EMPHASIS ON CELEBRATING HISTORY AND CULTURE OF THE AVENUE, MAYBE EX AS EXPRESSED THROUGH ART IN PUBLIC PLACES, THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SIDE OF IT.

AND OF COURSE, FOR YOU ALL YOUR FOCUS BEING ENVIRONMENT, THAT IS DEFINITELY SOMETHING THAT WE WANNA BRING INTO BALANCE WITH THIS PROJECT.

YOU GOT A NEXT SLIDE? SO BALANCE SEEMS TO BE KIND OF THE MANTRA, AND THIS IS A, A LOT OF WHAT YOU'LL SEE TONIGHT ARE IMAGES FROM THE VISION PLAN.

AND OUR JOB IS REALLY TO TEST THE, THAT VISION AFFIRM CONFIRM, AND MAYBE SOMETIMES DISAGREE WITH THAT.

AND SO THAT'S KIND OF THE STAGE THAT WE'RE AT RIGHT NOW ARE VERY EARLY INTO THE SCHEMATIC DESIGN OF THE, THE AVENUE.

AND THIS IS AN IMAGE JUST SHOWING THE NARROWING OF THE WIDTH OF THE

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VEHICULAR PART OF THE CONGRESS AVENUE RIGHT OF WAY FROM 60 FEET TO 52 FEET, WHICH WOULD ALLOW FOR A NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

UM, A FIVE LANE CROSS SECTION.

WE HAVE THE NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

OKAY.

AND SO THIS IS JUST A KIND OF A REVIEW ON THE TOP RIGHT IS KIND OF WHAT THE EXISTING CROSS SECTION OF THE STREET WAS BEFORE, UM, WE STARTED INTERVENING ON IT, AND THAT'S SHOWING IT USED TO BE SIX LANES AND NOW WE'RE NARROWING IT TO FIVE, AS SHOWN ON THE BOTTOM OF FIVE VEHICLE LANES BELOW, UM, WITH FLEX LANES, THE POTENTIAL FOR FLEX LANES ON THE FAR OUTSIDE LANES, UM, NORTH OF SEVENTH STREET.

BUT AGAIN, THE WHOLE IDEA IS TO, CAN WE CREATE A SPACE WHERE BICYCLES ARE MUCH MORE PROTECTED, THEY'RE LIFTED UP TO THE SIDEWALK LEVEL WITH A, A VERY SUBSTANTIAL TWO FOOT WIDE BUFFER THAN THE BIKE LANE BIKE AND SCOOTER LANE, AND THEN WHAT WE'RE CALLING THE AMENITY ZONE, WHICH IS WHERE WE'D BE PLANTING, UH, A ROW ROWS OF STREET TREES IN THERE AND HAVE PROBABLY A PERVIOUS PAVER AT THAT ZONE TO ALLOW FOR WATER TO FILTER THROUGH TO THE ROOT ZONES OF THE TREES.

AND WE HAVE, WE'RE PAYING A LOT OF ATTENTION TO HOW, HOW THE TREES WILL BE WORKED WORKING ON THAT.

SO NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO THIS IS AGAIN, FROM THE VISION PLAN, KIND OF GIVING YOU THE OVERALL CROSS SECTION THAT'S BEEN RECOMMENDED, AND WE HAVE AGREED ON THIS CROSS SECTION AND, AND SORT OF APPORTIONED THE RIGHT OF WAY TO REALLY CREATE THIS MULTIMODAL STREET.

SO YOU CAN SEE THAT RIGHT NOW THE PEDESTRIAN ZONE, WHICH IS ON THE, THE GOLD UP NEAR UP AGAINST THE, THE BUILDINGS, IT'S ACTUALLY A STOREFRONT PLUS A PEDESTRIAN THROUGH ZONE IS REALLY THE LARGEST PART OF THAT.

THEN THE AMENITY ZONE, THEN, THEN THE BICYCLES, AND THEN THE ROADWAY.

SO IT'S REBALANCED PRETTY SUBSTANTIALLY.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

NOW THIS IS AN IMAGE THAT WE PRODUCED THAT STARTS TO SHOW SOME OF THE, YOU KNOW, WHAT COULD THIS REALLY LOOK LIKE BASED ON THE CROSS SECTIONS THAT, THAT WE'VE AFFIRMED SEEM TO WORK AND HAVE THROUGH OUR TRAFFIC ANALYSIS ON OUR TEAM HAVE, UM, CONFIRMED.

AND SO THIS IS SHOWING THE 100 BLOCK OF CONGRESS AVENUE.

AND IN THIS CASE, THIS, THIS IS KIND OF AN UNUSUAL BLOCK BECAUSE WE HAVE TO ALSO ACCOMMODATE A RIGHT TURN LANE IN IT SO WE DON'T HAVE THE FULL WIDTH OF, OF THE SIDEWALK AREA.

SO THIS IS ONE EXCEPTION, BUT WE STILL HAVE A VERY WIDE SIDEWALK AREA AND YOU SEE A TWO FOOT BUFFER STRIP OF SORT OF TACTILE WHAT WE, WE THINK WE'LL DO SOME COTTON COBBLED PAVERS THERE.

AND THEN THE VERY SMOOTH BICYCLE LANE COM BICYCLE SCOOTER LANE COMING.

AND WHAT YOU SEE HERE, WHICH IS ALSO CHARACTERISTIC OF THE FIRST COUPLE OF BLOCKS NORTH OF CESAR CHAVEZ, AS WELL AS SOUTH OF THE RIVER, IS, UH, AN EXPRESSION OF A AREA THAT'S WE'RE CALLED THE GREEN GATEWAY, OR WHAT THE VISION PLANE CALLED THE GREEN GATEWAY, WHERE THERE'S A REAL EMPHASIS ON, UM, YOU KNOW, STORM WATER INFILTRATION AND GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE.

AND THIS IS, SO HOW WE'RE PRODUCING THAT WOULD TAKE THE, THE, UM, THE FORM OF A, OF A RAIN GARDEN.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

AND SO THIS IS AGAIN, A PERSPECTIVE FROM THE VISION PLAN, PROBABLY KIND OF IN THE MIDDLE OF CONGRESS AVENUE, UH, THE PART OF CONGRESS AVENUE THAT IS, THERE'S ACTUALLY A NATIONAL REGISTER HISTORIC DISTRICT FROM CESAR CHAVEZ TO 11TH STREET.

AND SO THERE WE HAVE SOME OTHER REGULATIONS THAT WE NEED TO ABIDE BY, BUT UM, SO YOU'LL SEE SOME OF THE INFLUENCE OF THAT IN A MOMENT.

BUT THIS IS THE KIND OF HEART OF AUSTIN CHARACTER ZONE.

UH, SO NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO THIS IS, THIS IS SORT OF HOW THE VISION PLAN PARSED OUT THE DIFFERENT CHARACTER ZONES OF, UM, THE NORTH CONGRESS AVENUE.

AND SO AS YOU CAN SEE, THERE'S SOMETHING CALLED THE GREEN GATEWAY, WHICH AGAIN IS THAT SORT OF INTRODUCTION OR GATEWAY INTO LADY BIRD LAKE.

AND THE, THE HIGH ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCE VALUE THERE'RE IN AND THE CENTRAL SPACE IS CALLED THE HEART OF AUSTIN.

AND THEN TO THE NORTH, A COUPLE OF BLOCKS FROM THE CAPITOL UP TO THE CAPITOL IS REALLY THE SORT OF CIVIC STAGE WHERE A LOT OF CELEBRATIONS AND EVENTS OCCUR.

NEXT SLIDE.

SO THERE'S, WHAT WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO SORT OF WORK ON IS REALLY DETERMINING WHAT OF THOSE ELEMENTS IN THE AVENUES SHOULD BE CONSISTENT WHILE AND WHICH OTHERS COULD VARY THROUGHOUT THE, THROUGHOUT THE DISTANCE OF, OF THE PROJECT.

AND SO A COUPLE OF THE KEY ONES ARE STREET

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TREES.

WE ABSOLUTELY FEEL LIKE THAT IS ONE OF THE MOST FUNDAMENTAL IN ESTABLISHING THE SPACE AND THE GRANDNESS AND THE CIVICNESS THAT YOU SEE A PICTURE OF THE CAPITOL WASHINGTON DC ARE CAPITAL IS IN A KIND OF A SIMILAR DISPOSITION WITH, YOU KNOW, TREES, THE TREE LINE SPACE OF THIS AVENUE.

SO THAT'S A VERY, VERY IMPORTANT ONE FOR US TO MAINTAIN THAT AND TO PROBABLY REPLACE MANY OF THE TREES THAT ARE NOT IN GREAT HEALTH AT THIS POINT.

AND IN THAT WE'LL ALSO HAVE WITH THAT IN THE SAME ALIGNMENT WILL BE THE STREET LIGHTING.

AND THEN WE WILL ALSO HAVE, UM, YOU KNOW, PAVERS THAT WILL BE PROBABLY CONSISTENT THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE OF THE AVENUE, THE WAY THAT WE'RE TREATING THE WALKING ZONES AND THE, THE DIFFERENT ZONES ALONG THE SIDEWALK AND THE BICYCLE, UM, SCOOTER ZONE.

SO NEXT SLIDE.

AND SO THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE ARE STILL IS VERY MUCH A WORK IN PROGRESS WITH THE CITY'S ARBORIST AND WATERSHED PROTECTION TO REALLY DEVELOP WHAT WE'RE CALLING AN AVENUE SPECIFIC TREE PLAN.

IT'S SORT OF LIKE A MASTER PLAN TO REALLY SAY, YOU KNOW, TO DETERMINE EXACTLY WHAT TREES ARE WE MOVING, REPLACING, RELOCATING, MITIGATING FOR ET CETERA.

AND MAYBE SOME OF YOU KNOW THAT A LOT OF THE TREES ARE NOT IN GREAT HEALTH OR THAT THEY'RE UNDER THEIR LIFE, OR THEY'RE NOT A SPECIES THAT PROBABLY BELONGS ON THE AVENUE.

SO IT'S BEEN SORT OF LOOSELY AGREED BY, BY THE CITY ARBORISTS THAT WE WOULD ULTIMATELY REPLACE ALL THE TREES IN A PHASED MANNER.

SO, UM, WE WANNA PLANT THOSE TREES IN WHAT'S CALLED SOIL CELLS, AND YOU MIGHT BE FAMILIAR WITH THAT, BUT THEY'RE UNDERGROUND STRUCTURES THAT ALLOW FOR THE ROOTS TO BE ABLE, ABLE TO EXPAND WITHOUT, UM, BUCKLING THE SIDEWALK AND THEY WILL SUPPORT PAVING OVER THEM.

SO IN THE AMENITY ZONE WHERE YOU SEE THIS GENTLEMAN SITTING ON THE BENCH, THEY'RE UNDERNEATH THAT COULD HAVE BEEN THESE SOIL CELL STRUCTURES THAT ALLOW FOR THE EXPANSION OF THE ROOTS.

SO THE STREET TREES WOULD BE PLANTED LIKE IN A CONTINUOUS TRENCH THAT AGAIN PROMOTE THE BEST AND MOST VITAL SORT OF HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE TREE.

SO NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO THIS IS A VIEW OF THE OLD BAKERY, WHICH IS ONE OF THE HISTORIC PROPERTIES, ONE OF THE, QUITE A FEW HISTORIC PROPERTIES ON THE AVENUE.

AND IT'S RIGHT AT 10TH, BETWEEN 10TH AND 11TH STREET.

AND THIS IS JUST, YOU KNOW, SHOWING HOW THIS PART OF THE AVENUE, WHICH WE'RE CALLING THE, UM, CIVIC, UH, STAGE COULD BE TREATED.

AND YOU'LL NOTICE THERE ISN'T A LOT OF GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE LIKE YOU SAW ON THE FIRST SLIDE, BUT THIS IS BECAUSE THIS IS, THE AREA GETS LAID OUT FOR EVENTS AND PARADES AND THOSE WOULD ACTUALLY GET TRAMPLED.

SO THOSE LAST TWO BLOCKS ARE REALLY THE PLACE WHERE A LOT OF THINGS HAPPEN THROUGHOUT THE YEAR ON CONGRESS AVENUE AND A LOT OF CROWDS CONGREGATE.

SO WE ARE VERY CONSCIOUSLY NOT PUTTING A LOT OF FIXED FURNISHINGS OR A LOT OF PLANTINGS OTHER THAN THE STREET TREES THEMSELVES IN THE ZONE.

NEXT SLIDE.

LIGHTING IS, UH, STILL A, A BIT OF A WORK IN PROGRESS, BUT WE ARE WORKING WITH CITY'S HISTORIC PRESERVATION OFFICE BECAUSE THEY HAVE A CERTAIN INTEREST IN PERHAPS MAINTAINING SOME KIND OF HISTORIC LIGHT FIXTURE THERE.

ALTHOUGH THE ONES THAT YOU SEE, THE FLUTED GREEN COLUMNS, UM, POLES, STREET LIGHTING POLES ARE NOT ACTUALLY AUTHENTICALLY HISTORIC TO THE PERIOD OF SIGNIFICANCE OF THIS, OF THE AVENUE.

SO WHAT WE HAVE BEEN RECOMMENDING IS DOING A MORE CONTEMPORARY BUT KIND OF A MINIMALIST POLE TO PROVIDE BOTH ROADWAY HIGH LUMINAIRES AS WELL AS A LOWER LEVEL LUMINAIRE.

AND OF COURSE THESE WOULD CONFORM TO DARK SKY STANDARDS AND HOPEFULLY HAVE A LOT OF TECHNOLOGY RELATED TO THEM THAT WOULD ALLOW FOR D DIMABILITY, IF THAT'S A WORD.

AND SO FOR THE MORE SORT OF CONSERVATION OF ENERGY IN THEIR USE.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO CAN KEEP GOING TO THE NEXT PLEASE.

SO, UM, AGAIN, THIS MAY NOT BE THAT PERTINENT TO YOUR INTEREST, BUT WE'RE WE, BECAUSE OF THIS BEING IN THIS LOCAL OR IN THIS NATIONAL REGISTERED DISTRICT, WE NEED TO, WE'VE GOT OURSELVES A SORT OF SET OF FURNISHINGS THAT ARE ALL PAINTED THIS DARK GREEN AND HAVE THIS SORT SORT OF, THEY GO TOGETHER AND THEY'RE SORT OF A SUITE OF OR A FAMILY OF FURNISHINGS.

AND THE, THE LIKELIHOOD THAT WE'LL STAY WITH SOMETHING THAT'S DARK GREEN AND VERY SORT OF PROMOTES THAT SAME CIVIC IDEA IS PROBABLY PRETTY GOOD.

SO NEXT SLIDE.

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AND IN TERMS OF AMENITIES, UM, I THINK THIS IS, THIS IS SOMETHING STILL WE'RE WORKING ON PROBABLY WITH THE DAA AND WHAT CAN INDIVIDUAL PROPERTY OWNERS OR OR BUSINESSES DO OUT ON THE AVENUE? HOW CAN THEY OUTFIT THEIR STOREFRONT ZONES OR EVEN AMENITY ZONES AND SHOULD THERE BE DESIGN GUIDELINES FOR THAT? SO THERE THOSE TWO SPACES, THE STOREFRONT ZONE AND THE AMENITY ZONE ARE CERTAINLY AREAS WHERE AMENITIES OR PUBLIC ART COULD BE LOCATED.

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SO THIS IS JUST A, AN IMAGE THAT WE DID TO SORT OF SHOW WHAT THE EFFECT OF THE VISION PLAN COULD LOOK LIKE IN, IN A, IN AN AREA THAT Y'ALL ARE PROBABLY FAMILIAR WITH, WHERE ROYAL BLUE GROCERY IS.

AND THIS IS KIND OF THE HEART OF, UH, AUSTIN OR THE HEART OF AUSTIN'S ZONE.

I THINK YOU'LL RECOGNIZE IT'S NEAR SIXTH STREET, UM, SHOWING SORT OF THAT APPORTIONMENT OF THE DIFFERENT, UH, ZONES OF THE STREET.

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SO THIS IS AN IMAGE FROM THE VISION PLAN SHOWING HOW THE BRIDGE COULD BE TREATED AND THE BRIDGE IS REALLY AN IDEA.

THE IDEA THAT WAS TO CREATE A, A MORE ICONIC OR SI SIGNATURE EXPRESSION OF THIS BRIDGE, UM, WHICH HAS GONE, WAS HISTORIC AND IT IS CONSIDERED ELIGIBLE FOR THE NATIONAL REGISTER.

SO, UM, IT'S BEEN WIDENED ALREADY ONCE, IT WAS BUILT IN 1910.

AND THIS IS AN IMAGE SHOWING HOW IT CAN BE AGAIN, REBALANCED SO THAT THE BICYCLE HAS A VERY CLEAR SPACE TO BE IN AND IT'S DIVIDED BY THE, A BARRIER IN THIS CASE OF BOTH SEATING AND PLANTERS AND THEN THE PEDESTRIAN ZONE TOWARD THE GUARDRAIL.

NEXT SLIDE.

AND YOU SEE THE PRESENCE OF CANOPIES AS WELL FOR SHADE CUZ IT'S A QUITE A LONG BRIDGE.

AND SO THIS IS AN IMAGE THAT YOU'RE SEEING FROM THE VISION PLAN THAT'S TALKS ABOUT THE IDEA OF CREATING SUCH SHADING ELEMENTS ALONG THE BRIDGE AS WELL AS AN IDEA OF THIS, HOW DO YOU EXPRESS GATEWAY? NEXT SLIDE.

UH, WHATEVER WE DO WITH THE BRIDGE, WE MUST RESPECT THE MOST POWERFUL AND STILL REMAINING FEATURE OF IT, WHICH ARE THESE BEAUTIFUL ARCHES THAT MARCH ACROSS, UH, LADY BIRD LAKE.

AND SO WHAT IF WE ARE CREATING SOME SORT OF A CANOPY OR EVEN A, AN OUTLOOK SAY TO WATCH BATS, WE'RE GONNA BE DOING SO IN CONJUNCTION OR IN RE HIGH RESPECT FOR THE GEOMETRY THAT, THAT WE'VE BEEN LEFT WITH WITH THAT, UM, THOSE ORIGINAL BRIDGE BANDS.

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THIS IS AGAIN, A PRELIMINARY DESIGN RENDERING, LOOKING AT WHAT YOU KNOW, KINDS OF MATERIALS COULD WE PUT ON THE BRIDGE.

THIS IS SHOWING THE NOTION OF DOING A VERY LIGHTWEIGHT DECK MATERIAL LIKE A WOOD, WOOD OR EPAY OR SOME SUSTAINABLE HARDWOOD, UM, AND A VERY OPEN RAIL MAXIMIZING VIEWS TO THE LAKE AND BEYOND.

AND THEN YOU SEE THE ZONE IN BETWEEN THE BIKE SCOOTER LANE AND THE PEDESTRIAN AREA THAT WOULD HAVE, THAT WOULD BE THE PLACE WHERE LIGHT POLES AND POSSIBLY SEATING COULD OCCUR, AND CERTAINLY THE POLES OF ANY KIND OF CANOPY STRUCTURE WOULD BE THERE.

AND YOU SEE THE, THE BICYCLE SCOOTER LANE IN A SMOOTH TERRACOTTA CONCRETE, AND NEXT TO IT IS A VEHICLE BARRIER THAT IS ABOUT 42 INCHES HIGH THAT PROTECTS THE CYCLIST AND THE PEDESTRIANS FROM THE ROADWAY.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

THIS IS KIND OF, I THINK, UM, WHAT A VERY POWERFUL CONCEPT THAT CAME FROM THE VISION PLAN, WHICH IS THIS IS DEPICTING THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF THE INTERSECTION OF CESAR CHAVEZ, UM, AT THE TOP OF THE SCREEN AND CONGRESS AVENUE.

AND THIS IDEA IS TO CREATE REALLY OPEN UP VIEWS FROM THIS POINT TO THE LAKE AND IN, SO CREATING A CASCADING TERRACE WATER, UM, RAIN GARDEN SERIES OF RAIN GARDENS.

SO THIS IS STILL A VERY MUCH A CONCEPT RIGHT NOW.

IT'S SOMETHING THAT WE ARE GOING TO EXPLORE ONLY AT A CONCEPTUAL LEVEL AND SORT OF TEST AND SEE IF, IF WE COULD DO SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

AND THAT'S KIND OF WHERE, SO WE'RE IN A VERY MUCH AN EXPLORATION STAGE WITH IT.

NEXT SLIDE.

AND THE IMPORTANT THING ABOUT THAT PARTICULAR CORNER, AS WELL AS THE THREE OTHER CORNERS OF THE BRIDGE IS THAT THOSE ARE THE POINTS AT WHICH WE CAN MAKE MUCH MORE EXPLICIT, CLEAR, MORE COMFORTABLE, A WAY TO GET DOWN TO THE TRAIL, WHICH IS VERY MUCH MISSING.

UH, YOU CAN ALMOST MISS THE IDEA THAT YOU HAVE A BEAUTIFUL TRAIL 30 FEET BELOW STREET LEVEL.

AND SO THIS IS AN IDEA OF REALLY MAKING SURE THAT WE LINK THOSE TWO LEVELS MUCH MORE

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POWERFULLY THAN THEY ARE TODAY.

NEXT SLIDE.

SO THIS IS, UM, I'LL BE CONCLUDING SOON.

IT'S, THIS IS JUST THE EXPRESSING NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THE, THE, UM, OPPORTUNITY TO DO INTERPRETIVE AND PUBLIC ART ELEMENTS.

NEXT SLIDE, AND YOU CAN KEEP GOING.

ONE MORE SLIDE PLEASE.

UM, THESE WERE JUST SOME OF THE IDEAS THAT CAME OUT OF THE, THE VISION PLAN TO REALLY CELEBRATE THE HISTORY OF THESE PARTICULAR STREETS, UH, THROUGH CREATING INTERESTING PEDESTRIAN CROSSINGS, MAYBE THROUGH ASPHALT ART OR OTHER ELEMENTS.

BUT FOR EXAMPLE, FIFTH STREET IS THE MEXICAN AMERICAN CULTURAL HERITAGE CORRIDOR.

THAT'S JUST ONE EXAMPLE OF THE WAY ONE COULD, YOU KNOW, TAKE THAT STORY AND KIND OF ILLUMINATE IT THROUGH, THROUGH PUBLIC ART AND THROUGH INTERPRETIVE WAYFINDING.

NEXT SLIDE.

AND SO I'M GONNA HAND IT BACK OVER TO LAURA ABOUT THANK YOU JANNA.

UH, TO JUST QUICKLY SUM UP AND MAYBE OPEN IT UP FOR ANY DISCUSSION AND QUESTIONS.

UM, SO AS I MENTIONED, WE HAVE A CONSULTANT TEAM MADE POSSIBLE BY THE INITIAL FUNDING FROM THE 2020 BOND THAT IS ALLOWING US TO DO THAT DEEPER ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYSIS, TRAFFIC ANALYSIS, UH, STREET AND AND BRIDGE DESIGN, AS WELL AS UTILITY ANALYSIS, LIGHTING, HARDSCAPE, LANDSCAPE, ALL OF THE IMPORTANT THINGS WE NEED TO REALLY UNDERSTAND BEFORE WE CAN BRING A CONCEPT TO THE COMMUNITY THAT REALLY HOPES TO, UM, EXPRESS THE VISION PLAN, UH, IN A INITIAL DRAFT DESIGN.

UH, THAT IS THE NEXT STEP IN THIS PROCESS, THAT ENGAGEMENT.

UM, WE WERE ACTUALLY PLANNING FOR IT TO BE FAIRLY SOON, HOWEVER, UM, THERE'S MANY OTHER EXCITING THINGS HAPPENING IN TOWN AROUND THAT TIME.

NOT TO MENTION THE DA'S, UH, STRATEGIC PLAN THAT'S READY TO BE DEBUTED.

SO WE'RE THINKING ABOUT THAT EARLY SUMMER TIMEFRAME PERHAPS TO, UH, SHARE, UH, INITIAL THAT INITIAL DESIGN AS I MENTIONED.

UM, OUR GOAL WOULD BE TO GET TO AN UNDERSTANDING OF HOW THE ENTIRE AVENUE WOULD, UM, BE EXPRESSED IN, UH, AN INITIAL DESIGN IN THAT KIND OF 30% PHASE WHERE WE CAN REALLY INVESTIGATE A LOT OF THESE QUESTIONS AND THEN TAKE A PIECE OF THAT INTO CONSTRUCTION.

UM, SOMETHING LIKE, AS YOU SEE HERE FROM THE VISION PLAN, UH, PHASED APPROACH TO MAYBE FOCUSING ON THE BRIDGE.

AND AS WE GET UP A, A FEW BLOCKS NORTH, UH, FROM THERE, UH, AND REALLY UNDERSTAND ALL OF THE OTHER WORK AROUND, UM, AROUND US, THE SOUTH CENTRAL WATERFRONT FOR EXAMPLE, AND HOW CAN WE REALLY WORK WITH, UH, THOSE, UH, PROXIMAL PARTNERS TO REALLY MANIFEST, UH, THIS, UM, VISION FOR THE COMMUNITY AND MAKE IT AN INCLUSIVE AND INVITING PLACE TO BE.

UM, WITH THAT, WE'LL GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE TO JUST OFFER OUR GRATITUDE TO THE HDR CONSULTANT TEAM FOR, UM, JUST ALL THAT THEY'RE DOING TO, TO MOVE THIS FORWARD.

AND WITH THAT WE'LL GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE AND JUST OPEN IT UP FOR DISCUSSION OR QUESTIONS.

PERFECT.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE PRESENTATION.

UM, COMMISSIONERS, DO WE HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS, UH, FOR THE PRESENTERS? YEAH, COMMISSIONER THOMPSON, GO FOR IT.

WE CAN'T HEAR YOU QUITE YET.

OKAY.

SORRY.

UM, I WAS WONDERING WHAT YOU MEANT BY INTERVENTION ON THE BRIDGE.

ARE THOSE JUST THE THINGS THAT WERE