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EVENING EVERYONE.

UH, WELCOME TO

[CALL TO ORDER ]

THE, LET'S SEE, FEBRUARY 7TH MEETING OF THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION.

AND WE'RE VERY PLEASED TO BE BACK AT OUR REGULAR HUNTS AND CITY HALL, UH, WHICH BY THE WAY, WILL BE OUR REGULAR MEETING SPACE FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR.

SO WE THANK THE FOLKS OVER AT THE PERMITTING CENTER WHO ACCOMMODATED US FOR A COUPLE OF, UH, MEETINGS THERE.

BUT, UH, THIS IS OUR PERMANENT LOCATION AND WE WANNA MAKE SURE THE PUBLIC IS AWARE.

UH, THIS IS WHERE WE'LL BE MEETING IN THE FUTURE.

WE'LL START THIS EVENING WITH A ROLL CALL.

AND LET ME GO AHEAD, SAM, IF YOU GO AHEAD AND TAKE ROLL.

NO PROBLEM.

START WITH COMMISSIONER HEIM PRESENT.

COMMISSIONER WHIT FEATHERSTON PRESENT.

COMMISSIONER KEVIN COOK, PRESENT COMMISSIONER CARL LAROCHE.

HE IS SUPPOSED TO BE ONLINE, BUT HE IS ABSENT RIGHT NOW.

COMMISSIONER TRANE, QUARTER COMMISSIONER, HARMONY GROGAN PRESENT, COMMISSIONER JAIME ALVAREZ.

PRESENT.

COMMISSIONER ROXANNE EVANS IS ALSO SUPPOSED TO BE ONLINE, BUT NOT CURRENTLY PRESENT.

COMMISSIONER RAYMOND CASTILLO, COMMISSIONER JUAN RAYMOND RUBIO.

PRESENT.

COMMISSIONER TARA DUDLEY PRESENT.

ALL RIGHT.

AND, UH, COMMISSIONERS, YOU HAVE YOUR, UM, WE, WE GOT A MEMO FROM THE CITY CLERK'S OFFICE.

UH, PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU SIGNED THE NO CONFLICT, UH, DOCUMENT THAT GOES AROUND HERE ON THE DAIS.

AND FOR THE COMMISSIONERS WHO ARE DIALING IN REMOTELY, I BELIEVE, SAM, YOU'LL BE SENDING THEM IF THEY HAVEN'T ALREADY, UH, AN EMAIL.

UH, WE DO NEED YOUR AUTHORIZATION, UH, IN ORDER TO ALLOW YOU TO PROCEED, UH, WITH ANY FEW COMING UP VOTES ACCORDING TO THE CITY CLERK.

SO JUST A LITTLE BIT OF HOUSEKEEPING THERE.

THANK YOU.

ALRIGHT, I WILL, UH, GO AHEAD AND GO THROUGH THE AGENDA.

OH, I GUESS BEFORE WE DO THAT, DO WE HAVE ANYONE

[PUBLIC COMMUNICATION: GENERAL ]

SIGNED UP FOR A CITIZEN'S COMMUNICATION? UH, THESE ARE ITEMS THAT WOULD NOT BE SPECIFIC TO THE AGENDA, BUT, UH, SOMEBODY MIGHT BE SIGNED UP TO SPEAK.

WE DO.

WE HAVE SANTIAGO WHO DOES NOT SEEM TO BE HERE TODAY.

LET ME GO GRAB THE BINDER REAL QUICK.

NO, LOOKS LIKE HE'S HERE.

OKAY.

AND JUST PLEASE IDENTIFY YOURSELF IN THE MICROPHONE.

UH, GREETINGS.

UM, YOU CAN CALL ME SANTIAGO.

UH, IT'S GOOD TO SEE YOU, COMMISSIONERS.

I APPRECIATE YOUR SERVICE HERE.

UM, I'M ARRIVING HERE TODAY WITH A, A DEEP LEVEL OF GRATITUDE FOR, UH, CIVIL SERVANTS AND A LOT THAT I'VE HAD DISCUSSIONS OVER THE PAST, UH, SIX MONTHS OR SO.

UM, I THINK THE, THE MAIN TOPIC OF ISSUE I'D LIKE TO BRING UP IS WITH REGARD TO BOUNDARIES.

AND, UH, IN PARTICULAR, UH, I'VE BEEN DOING A LOT OF HISTORICAL RESEARCH, UH, AT THE AUSTIN HISTORY CENTER, REALLY ENJOYING THE STAFF THERE AND, UM, WHAT'S AVAILABLE THERE FOR THE PUBLIC TO, TO REVIEW.

AND, AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT'S EMERGED FOR ME IS, UH, THIS NOTION OF INTERPRETATIONS.

UM, AND, UH, TO, I GUESS LIKE CHANGE LANES A LITTLE BIT.

UM, TEXTILE HAS, HAS PROPOSED A NEW, UH, EXPANSION TO I 35.

THEY WANT TO DECONSTRUCT THE BRIDGE.

IT'S GOING THROUGH, UH, A PARK THAT HAS NRHB ELIGIBILITY, NEARLY 700 ACRES IF YOU INCLUDE THE TOWN LAKE SAN DIEGO.

EXCUSE ME.

YEAH, I'M GONNA HAVE TO CUT YOU OFF BECAUSE, UH, AS YOU MAY BE AWARE, WE HAVE AN ITEM POSTED ON OUR AGENDA.

CORRECT.

THAT IS SPECIFIC TO THE ISSUE.

YOU ARE, YOU HAVE, UH, BROUGHT UP.

SO THE POINT OF CITIZEN'S COMMUNICATION IS IF THERE'S SOMETHING YOU'D LIKE TO TALK ABOUT THAT'S NOT SPECIFIC TO THAT ITEM.

I DON'T KNOW.

I, THERE'S NO BACKUP ON ONLINE, SO I'M NOT EXACTLY SURE WHAT, WHAT THE DISCUSSION HAS TO DO.

SO IF I CAN COMMUNICATE, I'M NOT SURE WHAT THE PROTOCOL IS FOR THAT.

CAN YOU INFORM ME? WE HAVE, UH, SEVERAL COMMISSIONERS WHO HAVE, UH, EXPRESSED AN INTEREST IN THE POSSIBILITY OF A RESOLUTION.

AND, UH, AT THAT POINT ON THE AGENDA, WE WILL BE ABLE TO, UH, GO THROUGH IN MORE DETAIL WHAT THAT MIGHT BE AND SOME OF THE PARAMETERS AND CERTAINLY, UH, IN ANSWERING ANY QUESTIONS OR HAVING ANY CONVERSATION ABOUT THAT, IT WOULD BE IN ORDER FOR YOU.

NOW, AGAIN, IF YOU WANT TO SPEAK MORE GENERALLY IN CITIZENS' COMMUNICATION, YOU'RE CERTAINLY WELCOME TO DO THAT FOR THE REST OF YOUR TIME.

OKAY.

MY TIME IS PAUSED AND SO I CAN CONTINUE, PLEASE.

CERTAINLY.

OKAY.

SO, UM, LITTLE HISTORY ON TOWN LAKE.

UH, UM, BACK IN THE FIFTIES, THERE WAS A COMPANY CALLED AUSTIN SAND GRAVEL COMPANY.

THEY MADE A CONTRACT WITH, UM, CITY OF AUSTIN TO DREDGE, UH, THE COLORADO RIVER TO 18 FEET.

UM, CREATED A SOMETHING CALLED SNAKE ISLAND.

THEY HAVE NOW BEEN RE OVER THE NEXT 12 YEARS.

UM, THEY DECIMATED THE ECOLOGY OF

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THE RIVER, UM, AND ARE NOW CALLED CAPITAL AGGREGATE STILL EXISTS, UM, IN THE DOG HEAD.

UM, NOT SURE THAT WAS MY TIME, BUT THAT IS YOUR TIME.

BUT I'LL TELL YOU WHAT, LET'S GIVE YOU ANOTHER MINUTE 'CAUSE I DID INTERRUPT YOU.

COOL.

YEAH.

UM, SO IN 1952, UH, UM, SOME MAJOR CHANGES OCCURRED.

UM, THE RESERVE, UM, ROBERTA CRENSHAW WAS INSTRUMENTAL WITH THE PARKS BOARD IN SHAPING, UH, THE TOWN LAKE TRAIL, UM, AND PRESERVING THE NATURAL BEAUTY.

UM, AND, UH, YEAH, I GUESS I'M, I'M HERE IN SUPPORT OF THAT AND WOULD LIKE TO SEE THAT, UM, SOME GOOD RECOMMENDATIONS ARE MADE TO, UH, STAFF AND TO CITY COUNCIL TO, UH, MAINTAIN THAT LEGACY, UM, OF WHAT'S BEEN BROUGHT FORTH.

ALRIGHT.

WELL, WE THANK YOU VERY MUCH, UH, SAM, IS THERE ANY, ANYONE ELSE SIGNED UP? THERE IS, BUT BEFORE I DO, SO I'D LIKE TO REQUEST THAT EVERY COMMISSIONER THAT IS CURRENTLY ONLINE TO PLEASE TURN ON THEIR CAMERAS.

UH, SO WE HAVE YOU PRESENT AND ACCOUNTED FOR.

OKAY.

AND ALSO SPEAKERS, IF YOU COULD PLEASE SIT HERE AT THIS TABLE THAT I'M POINTING AT, UM, AND SPEAKING TO THAT MICROPHONE, UH, THAT WOULD BE FANTASTIC.

SO YOU'RE, YOU'RE ASKING THEM TO SEE, UH, AT THE MICROPHONE AT THE TABLE NOW, IS THAT CORRECT? THAT IS CORRECT.

AH, WE'VE GOT OUR CAMERAS ALL LINED UP A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENTLY THAN THE PAST.

OKAY.

.

SO BE AWARE.

AND AGAIN, COMMISSIONERS AT HOME, UM, THE CITY CLERK HAS INFORMED US THAT IN ORDER FOR YOU TO PARTICIPATE IN ANY PARTICULAR ITEM, UH, DURING THE PERIOD OF TIME THERE'S A PUBLIC HEARING OR THAT ITEM IS UNDER CONSIDERATION, WE WILL NEED TO HAVE YOUR CAMERAS ON.

UH, IF YOU ARE FOR A PERIOD OF TIME, FOR WHATEVER REASON, NEEDING TO MUTE YOUR CAMERA WHEN YOU'RE AT HOME, THAT WILL BE CONSIDERED BEING OFF THE DAIS FOR THAT PERIOD.

IT'S OKAY, YOU CAN COME BACK ON.

BUT FOR THE ITEM THAT YOU'VE BEEN OFF THE DAIS, WE WILL ASK YOU NOT TO PARTICIPATE IN A VOTE.

SO THAT, THAT'S SORT OF THE CLARIFICATION OF THE PROTOCOL THERE.

UH, AND WE, I SEE WE HAVE, UH, UH, ALREADY COMMISSIONER EVANS HAS MADE IT, SO THANK YOU.

WELCOME COMMISSIONER EVANS.

AND, UH, LET'S GO AHEAD AND PROCEED WITH THE NEXT CITIZEN'S COMMUNICATION.

OKAY.

NEXT SPEAKER IS MR. STEVE WALTHALL.

ALRIGHT, WELCOME.

MAYBE Y'ALL CAN HEAR ME.

OKAY.

I'M HERE TO ADVOCATE FOR A HISTORICAL MARKER TO BE PLACED AT THE INTERSECTION OF 360 AND 2222.

AS IT BECOMES DEVELOPED, THE, WHERE I LIVE IS THE OLD PLEASANT VALLEY SCHOOLHOUSE THAT WAS BUILT IN 1932.

NOW I RENT THERE, I RENT FROM RENTED FROM THE CHAMPIONS, JOSIE CHAMPION, AND SHE'S GONE NOW.

ABOUT FOUR YEARS AGO, HER NEPHEW TOOK IT OVER AND LET ALL THE PROPERTIES GO.

HE DIDN'T WANT TO DO IT.

I UNDERSTAND THAT.

AND WHO NOW HAS IT? UH, THE CORPORATION WHERE I'M SENDING MY RENT NOW, UM, THIS WILL BE COMING UP LATER WITH THE CITY COUNCIL FOR ZONING, BUT I'M HERE TO ADVOCATE FOR A HISTORICAL MARKER TO BE PLACED WHERE FOR THE, UM, FOR POSTERITY FOR THE PLEASANT VALLEY SCHOOLHOUSE.

IT'S AT 56 17 FM 2222.

IT'S CLOSE TO WHERE THE COUNTY LINE RESTAURANT IS.

IT'S JUST WEST OF THERE.

THE LAND WAS ALLOWED BY MR. CHAMPION, UH, 1932 TO, TO HAVE THE SCHOOL BUILDING BUILT FOR THE CHILDREN AROUND THAT AREA.

UM, THERE'S SOME WONDERFUL PICTURES, UH, AT THE HISTORICAL COMMISSION DOWNTOWN WHERE WE'VE FOUND, UH, OF STUDENTS IN THE, THE SCHOOLHOUSE AND OUTSIDE THE SCHOOLHOUSE AND THE TEACHERS, AND JUST, I THINK OF IT OFTEN AS I LIE IN BED AT NIGHT, THIS SPACE WAS OCCUPIED BY, BY STUDENTS AND TEACHERS.

AND, UH, OF COURSE, IT, LIKE I SAY, IT'S AT, AT A DIFFERENT LOCATION NOW.

IT'S MOVED DOWN ABOUT 20 FEET AWAY FROM THE 15 FOOT BANK OF, UM, BULL CREEK, WHERE BULL CREEK AND LAKE AUSTIN, UH, UNITE.

UM, GIVE ME A SECOND.

TECOM, TOM WOOTEN USED IT FOR A WHILE TOO, I THINK, FOR STORAGE.

SO WHEN IT WAS A SCHOOL IN THIRTIES, FORTIES, UH, FIFTIES, I, I, I'M, AS I UNDERSTAND, AS I ASSUME, I DON'T HAVE ALL THE DATES ON THERE, BUT, UM, AFTER WORKING WITH JOSIE CHAMPION FOR YEARS, 30 YEARS AND, AND FOR THE LAST, UH,

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FOUR OR FIVE YEARS, UH, STILL RENTING THERE.

AND I WAS TOLD WHEN WE WERE, UH, THINKING ABOUT THE BUILDING THAT, WELL, STEVE, YOU CAN JUST HAVE THAT BUILDING, BUT NOTHING WAS EVER PUT IN WRITING.

BUT THE BUILDING IS IN A FLOODPLAIN THERE, IT GOES UP ABOUT, I THINK, 600 FEET.

JOSIE TOLD ME THAT I MIGHT HAVE TO MOVE AT SOME POINT AND THEN LATER SAID, NO, YOU FLOODPLAIN.

YOU'RE, YOU'RE OKAY.

YOU CAN'T BUILD ANYTHING THERE.

BUT THAT LAND IS, UH, IS FLOODPLAIN.

SO, UM, I WAS TOLD I COULD HAVE IT, BUT NOTHING IN WRITING.

AND, UH, I DON'T HAVE A PLACE TO MOVE IT AND CERTAINLY CAN'T AFFORD IT.

SO, , THERE'S THAT.

UM, LET'S SEE, THE OWNERSHIP CHANGED A YEAR AGO, FEBRUARY.

UM, BUT WHILE THAT WAS GOING ON, I-A-I-S-D CAME OUT SO WELL, WE KINDA LIKE THE WINDOWS AND THE FLOOR, BUT NOTHING ELSE.

AND THEN THEY HAD IT INSPECTED SOME MORE AND, AND THEY DIDN'T E EVEN EVEN WANT THAT.

AND MR. EVANS, THAT'S, THAT'S TIME.

THANK YOU.

YEAH.

WE THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR CALLING THAT TO OUR ATTENTION.

IT IS QUITE THE STORY, AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING MORE.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

DO I TURN THIS OFF NOW? ANY, ANY ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS? YES, WE HAVE MR. DEWEY PETITE.

OKAY.

PLEASE COME TO THE MICROPHONE, IDENTIFY YOURSELF.

HI, MY NAME'S DEWEY PETITE.

UH, I'M HERE TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT THE SAME PROPERTY THAT MR. WALT IS, UH, UH, TALKING ABOUT.

I LIVE RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET.

UM, I, I JUST WANNA BRING IT TO Y'ALL'S ATTENTION THAT, UH, THE SONY CHANGE THAT IS BEFORE THE CITY COUNCIL.

AND I, I THINK PRETTY MUCH A DONE DEAL, BUT, UH, UH, IT WILL, I BELIEVE INEVITABLY MEAN THE DESTRUCTION OF THIS PROPERTY UNLESS IT'S SAVED.

NOW, STEVE SAYS, SAYS, YOU KNOW, A HISTORICAL MARKER, AND THAT'D BE GREAT AND THAT'D BE MINIMAL, BUT, YOU KNOW, I THINK Y'ALL MIGHT WANT TO LOOK AND SEE, IS THIS PLACE WORTHY OF SAVING THE TWO ROOM SCHOOLHOUSE SYSTEM? YOU KNOW, THE ONE ROOM, A TWO ROOM SCHOOLHOUSE SYSTEM IS CERTAINLY HISTORICAL.

AND, UH, THIS PARTICULAR ONE WAS BUILT IN 1932.

IT REPLACED THE BULL CREEK SCHOOLHOUSE, WHICH ORIGINAL BULL CREEK SCHOOLHOUSE WAS IN THE SAME LOCATION, OR RIGHT CLOSE BY THERE, UH, BUILT IN THE 1850S.

IT BURNED DOWN, GOT REPLACED, THAT ONE BURNED DOWN, GOT REPLACED.

THIS IS THE FOURTH ONE.

IT GOT, THE NAME GOT CHANGED FROM BULL CREEK SCHOOL TO PLEASANT VALLEY SCHOOLHOUSE.

AND IT'S, UM, MY DAD TAUGHT IN A TWO ROOM SCHOOLHOUSE.

HE WAS THE PRINCIPAL AND ONE OF THE TEACHERS OUT IN WEST TEXAS.

SO, UH, MY COUSIN, MY COUSIN WHO, UH, WAS A EDUCATION PROFESSOR AT TCU, WROTE A BOOK CALLED THE EMPTY SCHOOLHOUSE ABOUT THE ONE ROOM SCHOOLHOUSE SYSTEM.

IT'S TRULY HISTORY WORTH PRESERVING.

AND THIS PARTICULAR BUILDING, AS STEVE SAID, IT SITS IN A SUB FLOODPLAIN.

UM, BUT IF IT'S NOT MOVED, IT WILL BE GONE WITHIN A COUPLE OF YEARS IF THE ZONING CHANGE GOES FORWARD.

WHICH, UH, THE ZONING CHANGES BEFORE THE CITY COUNCIL ON FEBRUARY 15TH.

UM, I UNDERSTAND THAT MIGHT GET DELAYED BECAUSE THEY'RE DRAFTING UP THE PAPERS TO MAKE IT HAPPEN.

BUT, UM, UH, IF IT GOES FORWARD, A BIT OF HISTORY WILL BE GONE.

UH, IF I HAVE ANY MORE TIME, I'D CERTAINLY TURN IT UP BACK OVER TO STEVE.

WE DON'T, THAT'S, THAT'S NOT HOW IT WORKS.

BUT, UH, WE APPRECIATE YOUR TIME AND THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR BRINGING, THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

BRING THIS TO OUR ATTENTION.

YES, THANK YOU.

YES.

UH, CERTAINLY, UH, SOME OF THE COMMISSIONERS MAY HAVE QUESTIONS FOR YOU OR, UH, MR. EVANS.

SO, UH, GO AHEAD, MR. IS THAT PROPERTY 56 17 RANCH ROAD? 2222, YOU SAID? UH, I BELIEVE THAT'S CORRECT.

THAT'S STEVE'S MAILING ADDRESS THERE.

AND HE LIVES IN THE LITTLE, IN THE, IN THE SCHOOLHOUSE.

AS FOR 30 SOMETHING YEARS, UM, THE, THE, IT'LL BE BECOME A PART WITH THIS ZONING CHANGE.

IT WILL BECOME A PART OF, UH, I BELIEVE AN EIGHT EIGHT ACRE TRACT.

AND THERE WILL BE A THREE STORY HOTEL AND RESTAURANT BUILT THERE.

UH, AND THE SWIMMING POOL WILL BE A KIND OF NEAR WHERE THIS SCHOOL HOUSE WAS.

WOULD YOU ALL MIND SENDING ANY INFORMATION OR PHOTOS OR PACKET TO THE CITY OFFICE SO THAT WE COULD GET THAT SENT TO US? UM, I KNOW I'M HAVING A HARD TIME LOOKING FOR PHOTOS ONLINE, SO IF YOU CERTAINLY CAN SEND WHAT YOU HAVE TO THE CITY, CERTAINLY, THAT'D BE GREAT.

YEAH.

ONE, ONE BIT OF HISTORY, I, I WOULD RECOMMEND TO YOU, IF YOU GOOGLE UP PLEASANT VALLEY SCHOOLHOUSE TRAVIS COUNTY, AND THERE'LL BE A, I THINK IT SAYS BLOGGER OR SOMETHING, BUT IF YOU CLICK ON IT, IT'S, IT'S SOMEBODY'S BLOG POST ABOUT THIS THING.

AND IT HAS WONDERFUL PICTURES, BOTH OF, AS IT WAS IN 1932 AND AS IT IS TODAY.

AND, UH, SO, UH, BUT IF YOU'D LET ME KNOW WHERE, WHERE SHOULD WE SEND INFORMATION TO? PROBABLY TO SAM'S

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EMAIL.

YES.

OKAY, GREAT.

THANK YOU.

AND THANK YOU BOTH FOR BRINGING THIS TO OUR ATTENTION.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONERS.

ANY MORE QUESTIONS? ALRIGHT, APPRECIATE IT.

ALRIGHT, ANY FURTHER? UH, CITIZENS COMMUNICATION? YES, WE HAVE MEGAN KING, IT'S KING, COME ON DOWN.

IS THIS ON? OKAY, I LOVE THE NEW SETUP.

HI, MEGAN KING, UH, POLICY AND OUTREACH PLANNER FOR PRESERVATION.

AUSTIN, UH, WE JUST ANNOUNCED THIS WEEK THAT TICKETS ARE ON SALE FOR OUR 2024 HOMES TOUR, WHICH WE'RE REALLY EXCITED ABOUT.

UM, WE'RE ALSO REALLY GRATEFUL TO THE CITY OF AUSTIN'S HERITAGE GRANT PROGRAM FOR SOME FUNDS TO HELP US MARKET THE PROGRAM THIS YEAR.

UM, WE'RE REPEATING OUR, UH, TWO DAY ALL WEEKEND LONG TOUR ON APRIL 20TH AND 21ST.

UM, THERE'LL BE 10 HOUSES TOTAL, AND WE HAVE A FEW OTHER FUN ELEMENTS.

WE'LL HAVE A VIP PARTY AGAIN AT, UM, SOUTH WIND, WHICH IS, UH, THE PHONE, THE HOME OF ARTISTS, SEYMOUR FOGLE.

UM, THAT HOUSE IS NOT GONNA BE ON THE TOUR, SO IT'S VERY EXCLUSIVE.

AND WE'LL BE HAVING A BIG BLOCK PARTY IN THE ROGERS, WASHINGTON HOLY CROSS LOCAL HISTORIC DISTRICT TO CELEBRATE ALL THE GREAT WORK AND PRESERVATION THAT THEY'RE DOING THERE AND THEIR GREAT HISTORY.

SO IF ANYONE'S INTERESTED, UM, IN BUYING EARLY BIRD TICKETS, THEY'RE DISCOUNTED NOW UNTIL THE END OF THE MONTH.

YOU CAN DO SO@PRESERVATIONAUSTIN.ORG.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

AND AGAIN, COMPLIMENTS TO, UH, PRESERVATION AUSTIN FOR ALL THE ACTIVITIES.

THANK YOU.

ALRIGHT, SAM, ANY FURTHER SIGNUPS FOR CITIZEN COMMUNICATION? ALRIGHT, MY APOLOGIES.

UH, NOBODY ELSE HAS SIGNED UP FOR GENERAL COMMUNICATION, SO WE CAN MOVE FORWARD.

ALRIGHT, TERRIFIC.

COMMISSIONERS, UH, MEMBERS OF THE AUDIENCE.

WHAT I WILL BE DOING NOW IS REVIEWING

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THE, UH, AGENDA.

I WILL, UH, CALL OUT THOSE ITEMS THAT HAVE BEEN PROPOSED FOR CONSENT, DISCUSSION, OR POSTPONEMENT.

UH, AND THEN, UH, WE'LL REVIEW FOR THE CONSENT AGENDA, UH, AFTERWARDS.

SO, UH, LET ME START WITH THE ITEM NUMBER ONE, WHICH IS OUR DECEMBER 13TH MINUTES.

THOSE ARE OFFERED FOR CONSENT APPROVAL.

ITEM NUMBER TWO IS OUR JANUARY 10TH MINUTES.

THOSE ARE OFFERED FOR CONSENT APPROVAL.

WE HAVE A PRESENTATION ITEM NUMBER THREE, A BRIEFING, UH, ON THE EQUITY BASED PRESERVATION PLAN, UH, THAT REQUIRES NO ACTION.

THESE NEXT ITEMS ARE, UH, HISTORIC ZONING APPLICATIONS.

UH, ITEM NUMBER FOUR, UH, 1201 EAST SEVENTH STREET.

THAT'S THE GREEN AND WHITE GROCERY.

AND WE WILL HAVE THAT AS A DISCUSSION ITEM.

WE HAVE, UH, TWO ITEMS REGARDING OUR HERITAGE GRANT APPLICATION PROGRAM.

UH, ITEM NUMBER FIVE, THAT'S 4 21 EAST SIXTH STREET THAT'S OFFERED FOR CONSENT.

AND ITEM NUMBER 6 4 12 CONGRESS AVENUE.

THAT'S THE CHRYSLER BUILDING THAT'S ALSO OFFERED FOR CONSENT.

THE NEXT ITEMS ARE ITEMS, UH, FOR CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESS, UH, FOR A HISTORIC LANDMARK BUILDING, OR ONE, UH, THAT IS LOCATED IN A LOCAL HISTORIC DISTRICT.

AND AT ITEM NUMBER SEVEN AT 1211 ST.

BERNARD STREET, UH, THE GI STARK STORE, UH, THAT IS POSTED FOR A DISCUSSION ITEM NUMBER EIGHT.

THAT IS 1209 ROSEWOOD AVENUE.

THE HAYNES DEL AWA HOUSE, UH, THAT IS OFFERED FOR CONSENT.

UH, THAT'S REGARDING LANDSCAPE WORK.

UH, ITEM NUMBER 9 5 0 9 EAST SIXTH STREET.

THAT'S THE REISER ROCHE BUILDING.

A, UH, THIS IS, UH, PROPOSAL TO REBUILD THE BUILDING AND, UH, REPAINT THE PAINTED BRICK, UH, THAT IS OFFERED FOR CONSENT.

ITEM NUMBER TEN FIVE ELEVEN EAST SIXTH STREET.

UH, AGAIN, THE ER ROCHE BUILDING.

THIS IS BUILDING B UH, AGAIN, THE SAME THING.

REHABILITATE THE BUILDING THAT IS OFFERED FOR CONSENT.

ITEM NUMBER 11 25 0 6 GIVENS AVENUE.

UH, THIS IS A PROPERTY IN THE ROGERS, WASHINGTON HOLY CROSS LOCAL HISTORIC DISTRICT.

UH, AND THAT IS OFFERED FOR DISCUSSION.

UH, THERE'S AN ADDITION REMODEL PROPOSAL.

THESE NEXT ITEMS ARE REQUESTS IN THE NATIONAL REGISTER DISTRICT.

AND THE FIRST ONE, ITEM NUMBER 12, IS THE TRAVIS HEIGHTS FAIRVIEW PARK NATIONAL REGISTER HISTORIC DISTRICT.

THE PROPERTY IS AT 10 10 HARWOOD PLACE.

THIS IS A PROPOSAL FOR A DEMOLITION OF THE BUILDING AND NEW CONSTRUCTION.

AND THIS WAS POSTPONED FROM OUR JANUARY 10TH MEETING.

ITEM NUMBER 13 4 0 2

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LOCKHART DRIVE, UH, AGAIN, IN THE TRAVIS HEIGHTS FAIRVIEW PARK NATIONAL REGISTER DISTRICT.

UH, THIS IS A PROPOSAL FOR DEMOLITION OF BUILDING WITH NEW CONSTRUCTION.

AND THIS IS PROPOSED FOR DISCUSSION ITEM NUMBER 14 14 0 9.

BY THE WAY, THAT WAS ALSO POSTPONED FROM OUR JANUARY MEETING.

UH, ITEM NUMBER 14 14 0 9 ALTA VISTA AVENUE.

AGAIN, TRAVIS HEIGHTS, FAIRVIEW PARK NATIONAL REGISTER DISTRICT.

UH, THIS IS A REQUEST FOR ADDITION AND REMODEL AGAIN, POSTPONED FROM JANUARY 10TH.

THE APPLICANT HAS REQUESTED A POSTPONEMENT ON THIS ITEM.

ITEM NUMBER 15 16 0 4 NILES ROAD, IN THE OLD WEST AUSTIN NATIONAL REGISTER.

HISTORIC DISTRICT.

THIS IS THE CONSTRUCTION OF ADDITIONS, A POOL AND AN A DU.

THIS IS OFFERED FOR CONSENT.

ITEM NUMBER 16.

THIS IS 500 EAST SIXTH STREET, THE SIXTH STREET NATIONAL REGISTER, HISTORIC DISTRICT.

THIS IS A PROPOSED REMODEL AND REPAIR FOR, UH, AN EXISTING BUILDING OFFERED FOR CONSENT.

ITEM NUMBER 17, 5 13 EAST SIXTH STREET, AND THE SIXTH STREET NATIONAL REGISTER.

HISTORIC DISTRICT, UH, THIS IS A REMODEL AND REPAIR AND IS OFFERED FOR CONSENT.

ITEM NUMBER 18, 5 14 EAST SIXTH STREET IN THE SIXTH STREET NATIONAL REGISTER.

HISTORIC DISTRICT.

UH, THIS IS OFFERED, UH, A REMODEL OF THE BUILDING, UH, AND ALSO REPAINTED BRICK.

UH, THIS IS OFFERED FOR CONSENT CHAIR.

I'D LIKE TO PULL ITEM NUMBER 18 AND 19.

OKAY, ITEM 18.

WE WILL NOT HAVE ON THE CONSENT.

WE'LL HAVE THAT FOR DISCUSSION.

ITEM NUMBER 19, ALSO FOR DISCUSSION IS AT 6 0 3 RED RIVER.

THIS IS THE SIXTH STREET NATIONAL RISE HISTORIC DISTRICT.

AND THIS IS A PROPOSED REMODEL.

UM, ITEM, UH, IN THE NEXT SECTION ARE DEMOLITION AND RELOCATION PERMIT APPLICATIONS THAT ARE NOT SPECIFIC TO HISTORIC DISTRICTS.

ITEM NUMBER 20 AT 28 0 2 PIERCE ROAD.

UH, THIS IS A DEMOLITION REQUEST AND THAT IS POSTED FOR DISCUSSION.

ITEM NUMBER 21, UH, AT 1206 EAST 13TH STREET.

THIS IS A PARTIAL DEMOLITION AND IT IS OFFERED FOR CONSENT.

ITEM NUMBER 22 14 0 3 ELTON LANE.

UH, AGAIN, A REQUEST FOR DEMOLITION.

THIS IS OFFERED FOR CONSENT.

ITEM NUMBER 23 5 0 8 EL PASO STREET.

THIS IS A DEMOLITION REQUEST POSTED FOR CONSENT.

ITEM NUMBER 24 7 11 WEST MONROE STREET.

THIS IS A REQUEST FOR TOTAL DEMOLITION.

THIS IS A DISCUSSION ITEM.

ITEM NUMBER 25, UH, WE TALKED ABOUT EARLIER.

THIS IS A DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION, UH, REGARDING THE, UH, PLANNED EXPANSION OF I 35.

UH, THIS IS OFFERED FOR DISCUSSION AND THIS ITEM, UH, I KNOW COMMISSIONER FEATHERSTON IS, UH, WITH US REMOTELY, BUT HE DOES HAVE SOME FAMILY OBLIGATIONS LATER THAT MIGHT TAKE HIM AWAY.

SO, UH, HAS ASKED, UH, COMMISSIONERS, WE CAN DEAL WITH THIS IN A SECOND, UH, THAT WE TAKE THAT OUT OF ORDER, UH, JUST JUST IN CASE HE HAS TO, UH, ATTEND TO FAMILY.

UH, ITEM NUMBER 26, UH, THE GRANTS COMMITTEE AND 27, 28 AND 29.

OUR OTHER COMMITTEE'S, UH, REPORTS DO NOT REQUIRE ANY ACTION.

SO WHILE I'LL DO IT AGAIN, IS READ THROUGH THE CONSENT ITEMS. AND, UH, THIS IS, IF, IF THE ITEM IS PASSED ON CONSENT, JUST TO BE CLEAR, IT HAS BEEN APPROVED AND WHAT IS RECOMMENDED IN THE AGENDA FROM THE STAFF HAS BEEN, UH, WILL, WILL, WILL BE PART OF THE, UH, ACTION THEN THAT WE'LL HAVE TAKEN WITH THE APPROVAL OF THE CONSENT AGENDA.

IF YOUR ITEM IS ON THAT AGENDA, IF THERE ARE ANY QUESTIONS OR IF YOU HAVE SOME REASON THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO PULL FROM THAT AGENDA, THIS IS THE LAST CHANCE.

PLEASE GET MY ATTENTION AS I GO THROUGH.

ONE MORE TIME.

THE CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS, UH, CONSENT AGENDA, ITEM NUMBER ONE AND NUMBER TWO, THE DRAFT MINUTES.

ITEM NUMBER FIVE AT 4 21 E SIXTH STREET.

ITEM NUMBER 6 4 12 CONGRESS AVENUE.

ITEM NUMBER 8 12 0 9 ROSEWOOD AVENUE.

ITEM NUMBER 9 5 0 9 E SIXTH STREET.

ITEM TEN FIVE ELEVEN EAST SIXTH STREET.

ITEM 12, 10 10 HARWOOD PLACE.

I'M SORRY, WOULD THAT ONE YOU'D LIKE THAT TO BE POLLED? DID WE SIGN UP FOR? OKAY, WE WILL HAVE THAT FOR DISCUSSION.

ITEM NUMBER 13, UH, SORRY.

NO, 13 IS A DISCUSSION AS WELL.

ITEM NUMBER 15 16 0 4 NILES ROAD.

ITEM NUMBER 16, 500 EAST SIXTH STREET.

ITEM NUMBER 17, 5 13 EAST SIXTH

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STREET.

ITEM NUMBER 18 AND 19 HAVE BEEN PULLED FOR DISCUSSION.

ITEM NUMBER 21, 12 0 6 EAST 13TH STREET.

ITEM 22 14 0 3 ELTON LANE, ITEM NUMBER 23 5 0 8 EL PASO STREET.

AND THOSE ARE THE ITEMS OFFERED FOR CONSENT.

COMMISSIONERS.

I WILL ENTERTAIN A MOTION.

I MOVE TO PASS THE CONSENT AGENDA AS NOTED.

OKAY, SECOND.

ALRIGHT.

UH, MOTION BY COMMISSIONER COOK.

UH, SECONDED BY COMMISSIONER MCWHORTER.

ALL THOSE IN FAVOR, PLEASE INDICATE BY RAISING YOUR HAND.

OKAY.

AND ANY OPPOSED? OKAY.

UH, I SEE ALL HANDS AT A UNANIMOUS.

SO THE CONSENT AGENDA HAS PASSED.

UH, COMMISSIONERS.

WE HAVE ONE CONSENT POSTPONEMENT.

UH, AND THAT IS ITEM, I'LL GET TO IT IN A SECOND.

ITEM NUMBER 14, 14 0 9 ALTA VISTA AVENUE.

THIS IS, AGAIN, A REQUEST FROM THE APPLICANT.

AND, UH, I'LL ENTERTAIN A MOTION TO POSTPONE THAT TO OUR, UH, NEXT MEETING.

SO MOVED.

IS THERE A SECOND? AGAIN? UH, COMMISSIONER COOK AND COMMISSIONER HORTER.

UH, ALL THOSE IN FAVOR, PLEASE RAISE YOUR HAND.

A AGAIN, THAT IS UNANIMOUS.

UH, UH, THAT HAS BEEN, UH, POSTPONED THEN TO OUR, UH, MARCH MEETING.

OKAY.

COMMISSIONERS, WE ARE NOW AT

[3. Presentation on the Equity-Based Preservation Plan ]

THE, UH, POINT WHERE WE ARE READY FOR ITEM NUMBER THREE, WHICH IS THE, UM, BRIEFING ON OUR, UM, EQUITY BASED PRESERVATION PLAN.

AND FIRST OFF, UH, CONGRATULATIONS TO, UH, OUR STAFF MEMBER HERE.

UH, CAROL, YOU, UH, HAVE BEEN RECOGNIZED AND WE, UH, WE THINK IT'S LONG OVERDUE THAT YOUR GOOD WORK WOULD BE, UH, GIVEN YOU A PAT ON THE BACK.

SO CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU FOR THAT.

AND, UH, ALSO THANK YOU TO THE COMMISSIONERS, UH, OVER A LONG PERIOD OF TIME WHO'VE WEIGHED IN ON THIS AND HAVE HAD, UH, SUCH AN IMPACT.

SO THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT MILESTONE, AND WE THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR COMING TO MAKE THIS BRIEFING.

THANK YOU, CHAIR.

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONERS.

MY NAME IS KARA BERTRAN.

I'M WITH THE CITY'S PLANNING DEPARTMENT AND THE HISTORIC PRESERVATION OFFICE.

AND I'M SO PLEASED TO BE HERE TO GIVE YOU THIS BRIEFING.

AS, AS COMMISSIONER SSAS SAID, IT IS SUCH A MILESTONE.

AND I WANTED TO START BY THANKING THE COMMISSION FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP IN INITIATING THIS PLANNING PROCESS.

A FEW OF YOU ARE HERE, UM, AND THE REST OF YOU, THANK YOU FOR YOUR, UH, YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS ALONG THE WAY.

MS. PERRAN.

JUST A SECOND.

WE'RE HAVING JUST A LITTLE BIT OF HARD TIME WITH THE VOLUME.

UH, FOR SOME REASON IT'S A LITTLE BIT FURTHER AWAY AND IT'S, WE'RE JUST NOT HEARING IT CLEARLY.

I DUNNO IF THERE'S AN ADJUSTMENT THAT COULD BE MADE.

WE DON'T WANNA MISS YOUR PRESENTATION.

I CAN, I CAN LEAN FORWARD.

IT'S LESS DIGNIFIED, BUT WE MAY, WE MAY NEED YOU TO DO THAT HERE.

OKAY.

THANKS.

YEAH.

WE MAY HAVE TO ASK THE SPEAKERS TO, TO SPEAK AS DIRECTLY INTO THE MIC AS YOU CAN.

WE'RE JUST NOT GETTING THE FULL VOLUME HERE AS, AS WE MIGHT LIKE.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

SURE.

IS THIS BETTER? IS THIS BETTER? THAT WORK? YEAH, ISH.

OKAY.

UM, WELL THANK YOU FOR, THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME AT YOUR MEETING THIS EVENING.

NEXT SLIDE.

OH, I HAVE, THERE'S A QUICK, AND I CAN, I CAN DRIVE THIS THING MYSELF.

ALRIGHT, SO I WANNA START WITH THE PLAN VISION.

THE HISTORIC PRESERVATION IN AUSTIN ACTIVELY ENGAGES COMMUNITIES IN PROTECTING AND SHARING IMPORTANT PLACES AND STORIES.

PRESERVATION USES THE PAST TO CREATE A SHARED SENSE OF BELONGING AND TO SHAPE AN EQUITABLE, INCLUSIVE, SUSTAINABLE, AND ECONOMICALLY VITAL FUTURE FOR ALL.

MM-HMM.

OKAY, GREAT.

THANK YOU.

ALRIGHT.

SO, AS YOU KNOW, UM, THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WAS PRESENTED TO THE COMMISSION AT YOUR RETREAT LAST JULY.

AND THIS IS A QUICK REFRESHER.

UM, AND ALSO LETTING, LETTING COMMUNITY MEMBERS KNOW THE HISTORIC LANDMARK COMMISSION AND INITIATED THIS PLANNING PROCESS IN 2021.

UM, TO REPLACE AUSTIN'S 1981 HISTORIC PRESERVATION PLAN, THE COMMISSION IN 2021 APPOINTED A 26 MEMBER COMMUNITY WORKING GROUP, THE PRESERVATION PLAN WORKING GROUP IN CHARGED IT WITH DEVELOPING A DRAFT DRAFT EQUITY BASED PRESERVATION PLAN.

A NUMBER OF PEOPLE CONTRIBUTED TO THAT PROCESS.

SO THE 26 PEOPLE WERE KIND OF AT THE HEART OF THE PROCESS.

BUT, UM, THERE WAS A COMMUNITY HERITAGE SURVEY VERY EARLY ON TO SHAPE THE PLAN'S VISION.

THERE WAS A TECHNICAL ADVISOR GROUP OF CITY STAFF FROM 12 DEPARTMENTS.

THERE WERE THREE FOCUS GROUPS

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REPRESENTING CULTURAL AND HERITAGE ORGANIZATIONS, LEGACY BUSINESSES AND NEIGHBORHOOD ORGANIZATIONS.

THE HISTORIC LANDMARK COMMISSION'S PRESERVATION PLAN COMMITTEE.

UM, RIGHT NOW, MEMBERS OF THE PRESERVATION PLAN COMMITTEE ARE COMMISSIONER CASTILLO, COMMISSIONER HY AND COMMISSIONER DUDLEY.

PAST MEMBERS WHO ARE STILL IN THE COMMISSION, UH, INCLUDE COMMISSIONER GROGAN AND COMMISSIONER LAROCHE.

MANY PEOPLE HAVE CONTRIBUTED FROM THE COMMISSION, UM, AND ALSO PARTICIPATED IN THE WORKING GROUP, UH, RIGHT NOW, INCLUDING COMMISSIONER COOK AND COMMISSIONER RUBIO.

UH, THERE WAS AN URBAN LAND.

THERE WAS ALSO AN URBAN LAND INSTITUTE, THE ULIA TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PANEL IN SUMMER OF 2022 THAT LOOKED AT OLDER BUILDINGS AND AFFORDABILITY.

AND THAT WAS JOINTLY SPONSORED WITH PRESERVATION AUSTIN AND THE CITY'S DISPLACEMENT PREVENTION DIVISION.

IT WAS A HUGE PROCESS, I THINK IN SHORT, THAT'S THE NUTSHELL VISION.

IT WAS A HUGE PROCESS.

MANY PEOPLE WERE INVOLVED A TON OF TIME TO CREATE THE DRAFT PLAN THAT IS AVAILABLE TODAY.

THESE ARE THE MEMBERS OF THE WORKING GROUP, PHASE ONE.

AND PHASE ONE IS THE, THE GROUP THAT DEVELOPED THE DRAFT PLAN.

I ALWAYS WANT TO INCLUDE SOME, UH, FOLKS NAMES AT THE BEGINNING.

I KNOW THEY'RE, THEY'RE PRETTY SMALL.

UM, BECAUSE THIS GROUP WAS REALLY AT THE CENTER OF DEVELOPING THE PLAN.

THEY DID, THEY DID THE MOST IN THE HARDEST WORK HERE.

THERE ARE, UM, SOME OF THE MEMBERS FROM PHASE ONE STEP BACK WHEN THE DRAFT WAS COMPLETED.

UH, AND SO NEW MEMBERS WERE APPOINTED TO REPRESENT, UH, TO MAKE SURE THAT A VARIETY OF STAKEHOLDER VIEWPOINTS WERE REPRESENTED.

UM, THE GROUP IS, UH, RACIALLY AND ETHNICALLY DIVERSE, ROUGHLY MIRRORING THE DEMOGRAPHIC DEMOGRAPHICS OF AUSTIN.

MEMBERS OF PHASE ONE LIVED LIVE IN 19 ZIP CODES ACROSS THE CITY.

SO VERY GEOGRAPHICALLY DIVERSE AS WELL.

AND WE HAD ABOUT A THIRD RENTERS IN THAT GROUP.

I NEED TO RUN THE NUMBERS FOR THE SECOND PHASE.

UM, BUT ALTOGETHER, THIS IS A REALLY REPRESENTATIVE GROUP OF AUSTINITES WHO DEVELOPED THE, THE DRAFT PLAN THAT IS AVAILABLE TODAY.

UM, NEXT SLIDE.

SO, SOME OF THE FOLKS IN THE WORKING GROUP HAD PARTICIPATED IN MANY CITY PROCESSES BEFORE.

SOME, THIS WAS THEIR FIRST TIME.

SOME OF THE, OF THE MEMBERS OF THE WORKING GROUP, UH, HAVE DEEP, DEEP EXPERTISE IN HISTORIC PRESERVATION.

FOR OTHERS.

THIS WAS THEIR, THEIR FIRST TIME COMING TO THE TABLE AND ENGAGING IN ANYTHING PRESERVATION RELATED IN A FORMAL WAY.

SO WE DEVELOPED THESE BRIEFS TO PROVIDE BACKGROUND TO THE WORKING GROUP MEMBERS AND ENSURE THAT EVERYONE FELT EQUIPPED TO PARTICIPATE IN DISCUSSIONS AND DECISION MAKING.

THERE WAS, I THINK, 11 BRIEFS, 10 OR 11 BRIEFS DEVELOPED OVER THE COURSE OF THE YEAR.

UM, THESE ARE SCREENSHOTS FROM SOME OF THEM.

THEY EXPLAIN THE ESSENTIAL CONCEPTS.

THEY TALK ABOUT HOW WE DO THINGS IN AUSTIN NOW, AND THEY, THEY PULL IN BEST PRACTICES FROM CITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

NEXT SLIDE.

SO THAT WAS A BIG PART OF THE INPUT FOR THE PRESERVATION PLAN WORKING GROUP, AS I MENTIONED, THERE WERE ALSO, THEY ALSO HEARD FROM MANY, MANY OTHER COMMUNITY MEMBERS.

UM, IN TOTAL, ABOUT 300 PEOPLE PARTICIPATED IN DRAFTING THIS PLAN IN SOME WAY.

NEXT SLIDE.

THESE ARE THE CRITERIA FOR SUCCESS.

I KNOW THEY'RE VERY SMALL.

UM, I WON'T SPEND A LOT OF TIME READING THROUGH THEM, BUT I WANTED TO MENTION AT THE VERY BEGINNING OF THE PLANNING PROCESS, THE WORKING GROUP DEVELOPED THESE CRITERIA AND WE CAN USE THEM TO EVALUATE THE DRAFT PLAN AND TO SHAPE REVISIONS TO THE DRAFT PLAN IN THE FINAL FORM.

SO THEY'RE VISION, PROCESS, EDUCATION, EXPANSION, EFFECTIVENESS, PRACTICALITY, ACCESSIBILITY, EQUITY, CONNECTION, AND SUPPORT.

THOSE CRITERIA FOR SUCCESS WERE PUT THROUGH AN EQUITY LENS TO CREATE AN EQUITY FRAMEWORK.

NEXT SLIDE.

AND THIS EQUITY FRAMEWORK WAS USED TO EVALUATE THE DRAFT RECOMMENDATIONS THROUGHOUT THE PLANNING PROCESS.

SO MAKING SURE THAT, UM, BOTH THE CRITERIA AND THIS EQUITY LENS WERE APPLIED THROUGHOUT, NOT, NOT JUST TO KIND OF A SEPARATE CHAPTER OR SOMETHING THAT WAS CONSIDERED A PART.

UM, AND THEY, THEY REALLY LOOK AT IF DRAFT RECOMMENDATIONS.

WELL, THEY AIM TO, UM, TO IDENTIFY DRAFT RECOMMENDATIONS THAT MIGHT HARM COMMUNITIES THAT HAVE HISTORICALLY BEEN HARMED BY PUBLIC POLICIES IN THE PAST.

SO THE GOAL HERE WAS TO HAVE A PLAN FULL OF RECOMMENDATIONS THAT EITHER HAD NEUTRAL IMPACTS ON HISTORICALLY MARGINALIZED COMMUNITIES.

UM, CERTAINLY COMMUNITIES OF COLOR ARE, ARE FOREMOST AMONG THE, THE GROUP.

THOSE GROUPS.

ALSO PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, LGBTQIA PLUS COMMUNITY, UM, LOW INCOME FAMILIES AND RENTERS.

UM, SO TO MAKE SURE THAT ALL THOSE DRAFT RECOMMENDATIONS EITHER HAD NEUTRAL IMPACTS OR POSITIVE IMPACTS.

THANK YOU.

I'M NOT GONNA GO THROUGH THIS WHOLE CHART.

YOU CAN SEE THE EQUITY EVALUATION FRAMEWORK IS, UH, EARLY ON IN THE PROCESS OF CREATING THE DRAFT RECOMMENDATIONS.

IT'S THE SECOND KIND OF ITEM DOWN.

THE OTHER THING THAT I WANNA EMPHASIZE HERE

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IS THAT IS HOW MANY PEOPLE REVIEWED DRAFT RECOMMENDATIONS DURING THIS PROCESS? MEMBERS OF THE WORKING GROUP TECHNICAL ADVISORY GROUP, MEMBERS OF THAT CITY STAFF, MEMBERS OF FOCUS GROUPS, THE PRESERVATION PLAN COMMITTEE.

UM, A LOT OF PEOPLE WERE LOOKING AT THIS PLAN AS IT WAS BEING SHAPED.

ALRIGHT, SO DIVING INTO THE DRAFT PLAN.

I'M NOT GONNA DIVE TOO DEEP INTO THE DRAFT PLAN BECAUSE WE HAVE 108 DRAFT RECOMMENDATIONS.

AND, UM, Y'ALL PROBABLY DO NOT WANT TO TALK ABOUT EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM HERE, BUT I DO WANT TO GIVE A BIRD'S EYE VIEW.

NEXT SLIDE.

SO THE PLAN INCLUDES A NUMBER OF SECTIONS.

THERE'S AN EXECUTIVE SUMMARY, THERE'S A SECTION ON WHY PRESERVATION MATTERS THAT I THINK IS REALLY IMPORTANT.

UM, IT IS SOMETHING I THINK Y'ALL AND HISTORIC PRESERVATION OFFICE STAFF AND THE STEWARDS OF OUR HISTORIC PROPERTIES SPEND A LOT OF TIME MAINTAINING THOSE HISTORIC PROPERTIES AND STEWARDING THEM.

UM, BUT NOT ALWAYS TALKING ABOUT WHY THAT MATTERS AND KIND OF THE BROADER BENEFITS THAT THAT WORK HAS, UM, IN, IN OUR COMMUNITY.

SO THERE ARE, UH, THIS IS A SECTION, IT'S A SHORT SECTION, BUT IT INCLUDES A LOT OF FIGURE FACTS AND FIGURES THAT I THINK WILL BE INTERESTING FOR YOU TO REVIEW.

NEXT SLIDE.

THERE'S ALSO AN EQUITY TIMELINE.

THIS IS, THESE ARE TWO PAGES, UH, OF A 10 PAGE SECTION THAT LOOKS AT PUBLIC POLICIES AT THE LOCAL AND FEDERAL LEVEL.

AND ALSO SOME PRIVATE PRACTICES THAT HAVE HISTORICALLY, UH, HARMED PEOPLE, UH, THOSE HISTORIC, HISTORICALLY MARGINALIZED COMMUNITIES THAT I MENTIONED BEFORE.

AND I THINK THIS WAS IMPORTANT TO PUT TOGETHER, UH, AND TO HAVE EARLY ON IN THE PLAN BECAUSE IT CREATES ACCOUNTABILITY.

IT SAYS WE WANT TO DO BETTER MOVING FORWARD.

UM, AND I THINK IT, IT ALLOWS US TO GO INTO A COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND ENGAGEMENT WINDOW SHOWING THAT WE ARE AWARE OF, OF WHAT'S HAPPENED IN THE PAST.

AND, AND, UM, YEAH, IN OUTREACH THAT WE'VE DONE, IN TRAININGS THAT WE'VE DONE THAT MY COLLEAGUE GREG FERRA FERRA AND I HAVE DONE WITH COMMUNITY AMBASSADORS AND MANY GRANT ORGANIZATIONS, MORE THAN A COUPLE PEOPLE HAVE SAID HOW GREAT IT IS TO SEE THIS TIMELINE IN THE PLAN AND UPFRONT, UH, FOR THAT ACCOUNTABILITY PIECE.

AND SO THIS IS GONNA BE VERY HELPFUL GOING INTO THE COMMUNITY, UH, WHERE COMMUNITY MEMBERS HAVE LONG MEMORIES AND SOMETIMES THEY DON'T EVEN NEED TO BE LONG MEMORIES TO REMEMBER HOW, HOW, UM, CITY POLICIES HAVE HAVE IMPACTED THEM NEGATIVELY.

NEXT SLIDE.

OKAY, SO I MENTIONED DRAFT PLAN GOALS.

SO WE HAVE 14 GOALS.

THEY ARE VERY BROAD.

THEY ARE, UH, I HOPE YOU WILL READ THE PLAN AND COMMENT ON ALL OF THEM.

NEXT SLIDE.

WHAT I WANNA TALK ABOUT TONIGHT IS, IS SOME OF SORT OF OVERVIEWS OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS IN THESE THREE BUCKETS THAT WE'VE ORGANIZED THE PLAN INTO WHAT WE PRESERVE, WHO PRESERVES AND HOW WE PRESERVE.

SO UNDER WHAT WE PRESERVE, THERE ARE FIVE RECOMMENDATIONS.

AND I THINK THE SUMMARY REALLY, UH, OF THOSE RECOMMENDATIONS IS TO THINK BROADLY, TO THINK BIG ABOUT, ABOUT PRESERVATION'S IMPACTS AND WHO IT CAN BENEFIT.

SO TO, UM, AND ALSO TO, TO RECOGNIZE JUST THE COMPLICATED HISTORY OF OUR CITY.

AND IN A WAY, UH, WHERE EVERYONE IS INVITED TO SHARE THEIR STORY.

SO, RECOGNIZE AUSTIN'S RICH AND COMPLEX HISTORY THROUGH ACTIVE LISTENING, INCLUSIVE RESEARCH AND INTERPRETATION.

BETTER RECOGNIZE AND PROTECT CULTURAL HERITAGE, LIKE LEGACY BUSINESSES, MURALS, UM, AND ALSO PROVIDE MORE RESOURCES FOR ARCHEOLOGICAL, UH, STEWARDSHIP.

AND TO USE PRESERVATION TOOLS TO SUPPORT COMMUNITY STABILIZATION SUCH AS ANTI DISPLACEMENT WORK AND ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY.

THESE ARE KIND OF, SOME OF THE GOALS ARE GLOM TOGETHER HERE, YOU'LL NOTICE, BUT AGAIN, TRYING TO BE EFFICIENT.

SO FROM Y'ALL'S RETREAT IN ONE BACK, Y'ALL'S RETREAT IN JULY, UM, ONE OF THE, ONE OF THE PRIORITIES THAT YOU HAD NAMED WAS, UM, PROTECTING AND RECOGNIZING LEGACY BUSINESSES.

SO I JUST WANTED TO HIGHLIGHT THAT FOR YOU.

NEXT SLIDE.

IN THE WHO PRESERVE SECTION, THE, UH, SO I THINK THE SUMMARY WOULD BE TO INVITE MORE PEOPLE TO PARTICIPATE AND SUPPORT THEM IN, SUPPORT THEM IN THAT PARTICIPATION.

AND ALSO TO SUPPORT PEOPLE WHO ARE DOING THE WORK.

SO HELP PEOPLE ACCESS KNOWLEDGE, RESOURCES, AND DECISION MAKING POWER TO STREAMLINE AND EXPLAIN HISTORIC REVIEW PROCESSES AND HISTORIC DESIGNATION PROCESSES TO SUPPORT THE PEOPLE WHO ARE, WHO ARE DOING THE WORK ON THE GROUND, WHETHER THAT'S CRAFTSPEOPLE, WHO ARE REHABILITATING HISTORIC BUILDINGS AND OR OLDER BUILDINGS.

UM, YOU AS COMMISSIONERS AND, UH, HISTORIC PRESERVATION OFFICE STAFF AND OTHER CITY STAFF WHO DO PRESERVATION WORK OUTSIDE THE PRESERVATION OFFICE.

AND FINALLY, TO ENGAGE NEW PARTNERS AND AUDIENCES IN OUTREACH AND IN, IN, UM, CULTURAL PRESERVATION AND IN THE PHYSICAL PRESERVATION AS WELL.

NEXT SLIDE.

UM, THE ONE OF WENT BACK ONE.

UM, THE ITEM THAT OVERLAPS WITH YOUR STRATEGIC PRIORITIES FROM LAST SUMMER IS TO ENGAGE NEW PARTNERS AND AUDIENCES, I THINK, IN EXPLAINING

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WHY PRESERVATION MATTERS AND INCLUDING MORE PEOPLE IN, IN THE WORK OF COLLECTING, SHARING STORIES AND, AND, UH, PRESERVING BUILDINGS.

NEXT SLIDE.

THE FINAL KIND OF BUCKET, HOW WE PRESERVE, I WOULD SAY THE SUMMARY IS TO BE STRATEGIC AND TO BE EFFECTIVE.

THE, UH, THERE'S A NUMBER OF RECOMMENDATIONS ON UPDATING DESIGNATION CRITERIA TO REFLECT MORE MODERN STANDARDS AND MORE EQUITABLE STANDARDS.

WHAT, WHILE ALSO, UM, MAKING SURE THAT WE, NOT TRYING TO DESIGNATE THE WHOLE CITY, BUT MAKING SURE THAT WE ARE, WE ARE, UM, DESIGNATING PROPERTIES THAT ARE IMPORTANT AND THAT REFLECT OUR, THE CITY'S FULL HISTORY TO, UH, TO SUPPORT THE STEWARDS OF AUSTIN'S HISTORIC PROPERTIES TO BE STRATEGIC WITH THE REVIEW THAT WE DO TO IMPROVE ENFORCEMENT PROPER PROCESSES AND TO IMPLEMENT THE PLAN IN A COLLABORATIVE WAY.

I WANNA MENTION ON THE UPDATING DESIGNATION CRITERIA, I THINK ONE FIGURE THAT WILL BE HELPFUL AS WE TALK TO THE COMMUNITY ABOUT THIS PLAN IS THAT ABOUT 0.7% OF THE CITY'S PROPERTIES ARE DESIGNATED HISTORIC.

THAT INCLUDES BOTH LANDMARKS AND HISTORIC DISTRICTS.

SO IT'S A VERY, VERY SMALL NUMBER RIGHT NOW.

I THINK EVEN IF IT WERE DOUBLED, THEN IT WOULD BE 1.4%, WHICH IS STILL, UH, STILL VERY SMALL.

AND I THINK THAT'S HELPFUL AND HAVING CONVERSATIONS ABOUT HOW PRESERVATION BALANCES WITH OTHER COMMUNITY PRIORITIES.

UM, AND ALSO A, A PARTICULAR INTEREST TO THE AUDIENCE, I THINK WILL BE THE RECOMMENDATIONS AROUND SUPPORTING THE STEWARDS OF HISTORIC PROPERTIES.

THAT'S THE SECTION, UH, WHERE WE TALK ABOUT INCENTIVES.

UM, AND THAT THAT INCLUDES FINANCIAL INCENTIVES AND AN EXPANDED SUITE OF FINANCIAL INCENTIVES.

UH, MORE INFORMATION, UH, FOR FOLKS AND MORE RESOURCES FOR, FOR HISTORIC PROPERTY OWNERS.

AND ALSO LOWERED FEES AND, UH, EXPEDITED REVIEW PROCESSES.

NEXT SLIDE.

SO THESE, WHERE THESE OVERLAP WITH YOUR STRATEGIC PRIORITIES FROM LAST SUMMER ARE TO SUPPORT, SUPPORT THE STEWARDS OF AUSTIN'S HISTORIC PROPERTIES.

I THINK Y'ALL WERE THINKING ABOUT, UM, LOWER FEES AND FASTER PROCESSES THERE AND TO IMPROVE ENFORCEMENT PROCESSES.

AND THAT WAS, UH, I THINK A BIG, A BIG THING THAT WAS DISCUSSED LAST SUMMER.

AND THERE'S SOME REALLY GOOD RECOMMENDATIONS, UM, IN THE PLAN ABOUT THAT.

NEXT SLIDE.

OKAY.

SO THAT'S, THAT'S OUR RUN THROUGH THE PLAN.

LAST SECTION, I WANNA TALK, SPEND A LITTLE BIT OF TIME TALKING ABOUT COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT.

SO COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT REALLY HAS HAPPENED IN THREE PHASES HERE.

SO THE FIRST PHASE WAS THE CREATION OF THE PLAN AND ALL THE FOLKS, THOSE 300 PEOPLE WHO PARTICIPATED IN SOME WAY IN SHAPING THE DRAFT PLAN THAT WE HAVE.

NOW.

THIS, WE HAD A SECOND PHASE OF, OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT STARTING IN FALL OF 2022.

THAT WAS A VERY, UM, KIND OF CREATIVE RESOURCE, LIGHT LEANING ON PARTNERS TO SAY, UM, TO LET PEOPLE KNOW THAT THE PLAN WAS COMING.

AND ALSO, UH, TO INVITE THEM TO SIGN UP FOR UPDATES, TO RAISE AWARENESS GENERALLY OF HISTORIC PRESERVATION.

SO I TALK ABOUT THAT AS HOW CAN WE MAKE THE TENT BIGGER SO THAT WHEN WE START THE RODEO OR THE CIRCUS, THEN WE HAVE MORE PEOPLE WHO ARE PAYING ATTENTION.

SO THAT WAS, UH, A, UH, A LENGTHY TIME.

AND NOW WE ARE IN THE, I THINK THE MORE, MOST OFFICIAL PHASE OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, WHICH IS TO SAY, HERE IS THE DRAFT EQUITY BASED PRESERVATION PLAN.

WHAT DID, WHAT DO YOU THINK? WHAT DID WE GET RIGHT? WHAT'S MISSING? WHERE SHOULD WE START? ALRIGHT, NEXT SLIDE.

SO THE BIG GOALS OF THIS FINAL PHASE OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT ARE TO INFORM THE PUBLIC ABOUT THE PLAN AND ALSO TO RAISE AWARENESS OF HISTORIC PRESERVATION, TO GET COMMUNITY FEEDBACK THAT WILL BE USED TO REVISE THE PLAN INTO A FINAL FORM.

AND FINALLY, TO MOVE THE PLAN FORWARD BY BUILDING SUPPORT, NOT ONLY FOR ADOPTION BY CITY COUNCIL, BUT ALSO FOR IMPLEMENTATION, WHICH WILL REQUIRE, UM, POLITICAL SUPPORT AND COMMUNITY SUPPORT AND, AND PROBABLY SOME RESOURCES.

SO WE HAVE A FOUR MONTH ENGAGEMENT WINDOW THAT STARTED YESTERDAY.

THE PLAN WAS RELEASED YESTERDAY.

IT WILL RUN THROUGH MAY 31ST.

UM, WE'LL HAVE MONTHLY EVENTS THAT ARE FOCUSED ON PRIORITY STAKEHOLDER GROUPS.

UM, THOSE PRIORITY STAKEHOLDER GROUPS ARE HISTORICALLY MARGINALIZED COMMUNITIES, PEOPLE WHO WILL BE AFFECTED BY THE PLAN, LIKE HISTORIC PROPERTY OWNERS AND, AND, UH, ARCHITECTS, DEVELOPMENT PROFESSIONALS, AND, UH, DECISION MAKERS.

ALTHOUGH WE, WE ARE REACHING OUT TO EVERYONE WE WANT, WE WANT TO HEAR FROM EVERYONE.

SO WE'LL HAVE THESE FOUR MONTHLY EVENTS.

WE'RE HAVING A COMMUNITY KICKOFF EVENT NEXT TUESDAY.

UM, I'M GONNA, I'M GONNA ASK FOR A SHOW OF HANDS WHO'S PLANNING TO ATTEND? SO CHECK YOUR CALENDARS WHILE I'M TALKING.

UM, IN MARCH, WE'LL HAVE A, A SORT OF NUTS AND BOLTS OPEN HOUSE FOR PROPERTY OWNERS AND HISTORIC PROFESSIONALS.

ANYONE WILL BE WELCOME, BUT I THINK THIS WILL BE OF SPECIAL INTEREST TO HISTORIC PROPERTY OWNERS WHO SAY, IF THIS PLAN IS ADOPTED, IF IT'S IMPLEMENTED, WHAT MIGHT CHANGE FOR ME IN APRIL.

UM, WE, UH, WILL BE, WE ARE CO-SPONSORING THE

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PRESERVATION AUSTIN HOMESTORE BLOCK PARTY THAT MEGAN MENTIONED ON APRIL, UH, 20TH.

SO I THINK THAT WILL BE A REALLY EXCITING AND FUN TIME.

THERE WILL BE PRESERVATION RELATED GAINS, WHICH WILL BE EXTREMELY FUN.

UH, AND THEN IN MAY WE'LL HAVE AN EVENT THAT'S FOCUSED ON PRESERVATION, AFFORDABILITY, AND DENSITY.

UH, WE ARE FINALIZING RIGHT NOW A PRESERVATION EQUITY ANALYSIS TO INFORM THAT CONVERSATION.

I THINK IT'LL BE, WE ALSO VERY INTERESTING.

WE'LL ALSO BE DOING PRESENTATIONS AT EXISTING MEETINGS.

YOU KNOW, VERY SHORT STAND UP AND SAY, THIS IS THE PLAN.

HERE'S HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED.

PLEASE, PLEASE PROVIDE FEEDBACK.

UM, WE'LL BE DOING, UH, ALSO DEEP DIVES WITH SOME STAKEHOLDER ORGANIZATIONS AND SAYING, OKAY, WHAT RECOMMENDATIONS AFFECT YOU? AND WHAT'S YOUR, WHAT IS YOUR FEEDBACK ON THOSE? I HAVE, RIGHT NOW, I THINK BOOKED A LITTLE BIT OF A ROAD SHOW WITH 11 CITY BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS.

I'M WAITING ON CONFIRMATION FROM THREE MORE IN THE NEXT, UH, COUPLE OF MONTHS.

UM, WE ARE PRESENT, WE WILL BE PRESENTING TO COMMUNITY GROUPS.

I I MENTIONED THE DEEP DIVES WITH STAKEHOLDER ORGANIZATIONS.

AND WE ARE DOING A TRAINING WITH A ISD PARENT SUPPORT SPECIALISTS TO, UM, TO INFORM DISTRICT-WIDE OUTREACH THROUGH TO PARENTS AND FAMILIES IN A ISD.

FINALLY, WE'LL BE DOING POP-UP EVENTS AT COMMUNITY, UH, POP-UP OUTREACH AT COMMUNITY EVENTS.

SO, UH, PEOPLE WHO AREN'T PLUGGED INTO ANOTHER COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION OR GROUP AND WHO AREN'T INCLINED TO COME TO A PRESERVATION PLAN BRANDED EVENT.

HOPEFULLY WE'LL BE ABLE TO REACH LOTS OF PEOPLE THROUGH THAT.

OUR FIRST ONE IS THIS SATURDAY.

WE'RE GOING TO A LUNAR NEW YEAR EVENT, WHICH SHOULD BE FUN.

UH, AND WE'RE ALSO DOING, UM, WE'RE, UH, THIS MONTH WE'RE GOING TO ANOTHER TWO LUNAR NEW YEAR EVENTS AND TWO BLACK HISTORY, UH, MONTH EVENTS.

OKAY.

SO OUR OUTREACH, WE'RE VERY, VERY EXCITED THAT WE ARE WORKING WITH COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS TO SPREAD THE WORD THROUGH THEIR NETWORKS WITH THE GOAL OF ADDING RESOURCES TO REACH HISTORICALLY MARGINALIZED COMMUNITIES.

WE HAVE 10 COMMUNITY AMBASSADORS THAT, UH, MY COLLEAGUE GREG IS WORKING WITH PRIMARILY.

THEY'LL BE DOING SMALL SCALE OUTREACH, ONE-ON-ONE CONVERSATIONS, SMALL GROUP CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THE PLAN.

AND WE ARE WORKING ALSO WITH FIVE PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS THROUGH MANY GRANTS.

THE, THAT'S, UH, CREATIVE ACTION, THE ANDERSON COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, EAST AUSTIN CONSERVANCY, TAIWANESE AMERICAN PROFESSIONALS, AUSTIN CHAPTER AND TOMORROW'S PROMISE FOUNDATION.

AND THESE ARE THE MINI GRANT ORGANIZATION REPRESENTATIVES THAT YOU SEE IN THE PHOTO.

THEY'LL BE DOING, UH, I THINK SOME DIRECT MAILING MEETING, UH, SHARING INFORMATION AT EXISTING EVENTS, HOLDING FOCUS GROUPS AND LARGER MEETINGS, DOING SOME ART BASED PROJECTS.

UH, THAT'S CREATIVE ACTION AND HAVING A BOBA TEA THEMED, UH, SERIES OF EVENTS.

THAT'S THE TAIWANESE AMERICAN PROFESSIONAL.

SO VERY EXCITED TO WORK WITH THE PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS AND THE COMMUNITY AMBASSADORS TO, UM, SPREAD THEIR WORD THROUGH TRUSTED PARTNERS.

SO THERE ARE LOTS OF WAYS, WELL, WELL, THERE ARE MORE THAN ONE WAY.

THERE ARE MULTIPLE WAYS TO GIVE INPUT AND FEEDBACK ON THE DRAFT PLAN.

IT IS ONLINE.

THERE'S, THE WEBSITE IS COMING UP.

UM, IT'S ALSO AVAILABLE IN PRINT.

THIS IS IT.

WE HAVE IT IN PRINT AND ONLINE IN, UM, ENGLISH AND SPANISH ONLINE.

IT IS ALSO AVAILABLE, UH, IN MANY, MANY OTHER LANGUAGES THROUGH MACHINE TRANSLATION.

SO IF SOMEONE FEELS MOST COMFORTABLE IN A DIFFERENT LANGUAGE, THEN THEY SHOULD BE ABLE TO ACCESS THE PLAN THROUGH THE LANGUAGE THAT THEY'RE MOST COMFORTABLE IN.

THE, UM, SOMETHING THAT'S PRETTY EXCITING ABOUT THE PLATFORM THAT WE'RE USING.

IT'S CALLED PUBLIC INPUT.

AND YOU CAN SEE A SCREEN, A SORT OF FUZZY SCREENSHOT TO THE RIGHT, AND PEOPLE WILL BE ABLE TO GO ONLINE AND DOWNLOAD THE PLAN AS A PDF AND EMAIL US AND LET US KNOW WHAT THEY THINK.

BUT THEY CAN ALSO GO THROUGH THE PLAN RECOMMENDATION BY RECOMMENDATION AND SAY, I SUPPORT THIS RECOMMENDATION.

I REALLY DON'T LIKE THIS RECOMMENDATION.

HERE'S WHAT I THINK COULD BE BETTER.

REALLY RECOMMENDATION BY RECOMMENDATION.

UM, AND THEY CAN JUMP TO THROUGH THE PLAN, UH, ACCORDING TO GOALS THAT THEY'RE INTERESTED IN.

SO I THINK THAT'S HOPEFULLY WILL MAKE IT MUCH MORE ACCESSIBLE FOR FOLKS WHO AREN'T MOVED TO SIT DOWN AND READ THROUGH THE WHOLE THING, BUT REALLY WANT TO WEIGH IN ON, SAY, ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY.

THERE'S ALSO A COMMUNITY SURVEY THAT HAS BEEN UP SINCE FALL OF 2022.

SO WE'LL CONTINUE TO HAVE THAT ONLINE THAT ASKS PEOPLE ABOUT WHAT THEY THINK IS IMPORTANT, UH, IN THEIR KIND OF SEVEN OVERARCHING THEMES THAT PEOPLE ARE INVITED TO, TO SAY, YOU KNOW, THIS IS A PRIORITY FOR ME.

THIS IS LESS OF A PRIORITY FOR ME.

AND SO THAT'S KIND OF, UH, I THINK A MORE ACCESSIBLE GATEWAY.

AND, UH, AND A REALLY, IT WILL, WE WILL USE THAT FEEDBACK AS WELL IN REVISING THE PLAN.

UM, SO THAT'S ONLINE AND WE'LL ALSO HAVE PAPER COPIES AT COMMUNITY EVENTS AND FOR THE AMBASSADORS IN THE MINI-GRANT ORGANIZATIONS.

AND FINALLY, PEOPLE CAN COME TO EVENTS AND TELL US WHAT THEY THINK.

OKAY.

OKAY.

SO THANK YOU SO MUCH, UH, COMMISSIONERS.

DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS, UH, FOR MS. BERTRAN? UH, HIT YOUR MICROPHONE.

UH, THIS IS ROXANNE.

I HAVE A QUESTION.

OH, PLEASE

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GO AHEAD.

LET'S GO AHEAD.

UH, COMMISSIONER EVANS, GO AHEAD.

UH, I'M, IT'S, UH, STARTED A LITTLE BIT BEFORE I CAME ON BOARD, BUT I WAS WONDERING IF YOU COULD TELL ME WHAT THE APPLICATION PROCESS OR SELECTION PROCESS WAS FOR FORMING THAT, UH, 26 MEMBER WORKING GROUP, AND ALSO HOW ARE PEOPLE BEING REPLACED? YOU MENTIONED THAT SOME OF THEM WERE FALLING OFF.

YES.

SO THE WORKING GROUP WAS APPOINTED BY THE, UH, WELL, IT WAS, MEMBERS WERE FORMALLY APPOINTED BY THE HISTORIC LANDMARK COMMISSION, BUT THE PRESERVATION PLAN COMMITTEE EVALUATED APPLICATIONS AND RECOMMENDED THE SLATE WE RECEIVED.

IT WAS, IT WAS VERY WIDELY PUBLICIZED WHEN APPLICATIONS WERE OPEN IN SPRING OF 2021.

IT WAS VERY EXCITING.

WE GOT A LOT OF NEWS COVERAGE.

I THINK THE FACT THAT WE WERE OFFERING COMMUNITY COMPENSATION OF $25 PER HOUR REALLY CAUGHT PEOPLE'S ATTENTION AND HELPED, UH, MADE MEDIA MEDIA MORE INTERESTED IN BROADCASTING IT.

UM, THE, WE HAD A COUPLE OF STORIES IN THE CHRONICLE, I THINK.

UM, UH, A COLLEAGUE, A FORMER COLLEAGUE HAD A, UH, A TV INTERVIEW AND I WENT ON KZI, WE GOT 150 APPLICATIONS, WHICH IS REALLY REMARKABLE FOR ANY CITY PROCESS.

AND I THINK ESPECIALLY REMARKABLE FOR A PRESERVATION PROCESS, WHICH CAN BE THOUGHT OF AS MORE NICHE.

SO THERE WERE FOLKS FROM ACROSS THE CITY, MANY, THERE WAS A REALLY, REALLY STRONG DEGREE OF INTEREST, LOTS OF STRONG APPLICATIONS, UM, THAT RESULTED IN, IN THE PRESERVATION PLAN COMMITTEES, AND THEN THE LANDMARK COMMISSION'S APPOINTMENT OF THOSE 26 WORKING GROUP MEMBERS FOR THE PHASE TWO MEMBERS, UH, THEY WERE, THEY STARTED THEIR SERVICE, I GUESS, IN EARLY 2023.

UH, THAT, THAT PROCESS, UH, THAT APPLICATION PROCESS HAPPENED IN FALL OF 2022.

UM, WE GOT A GOOD NUMBER, NOT 150, BUT A GOOD NUMBER.

AND AGAIN, THE PRESERVATION PLAN COMMITTEE EVALUATED THEM AND THEY WERE APPOINTED BY THE LANDMARK COMMISSION.

GREAT.

THANK YOU.

COMMISSIONER CASTILLO? YES.

CAN YOU HEAR ME? OKAY.

UM, FIRST OF ALL, UH, BEING ON THE, THE PRESERVATION, UH, COMMITTEE, UM, I'D LIKE TO THANK KARA, YOU AND SAM AND YOUR TEAM FOR ALL THE HARD WORK THAT YOU'VE DONE TO DATE.

UM, AND JUST, JUST TO, JUST TO COMMENT, IT'S NICE TO KNOW THAT, UM, THE CITY OF AUSTIN IS CONTINUING TO PUSH, UM, EQUITY BASED PROGRAMS, UM, WHEN OUR STATE LEADERSHIP DOES NOT.

AND SO I'D JUST LIKE TO THANK ALL OF YOU FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK AND, UM, UM, YEAH, IT'S JUST BEEN, IT'S BEEN AN, UH, A NICE WAY TO, TO LOOK THROUGH THE PROCESS AND, AND SEE ALL THE, ALL THE WORK THAT WE'VE BEEN DOING TO GET THIS THING DONE.

SO, JUST A COMMENT, NOT A, NOT A QUESTION.

AND COMMISSIONER CASTILLO, THANK YOU FOR ASSUMING THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE NOW.

SO, UH, WE THANK YOU FOR THE WORK AS WELL.

UM, I'M JUST GONNA MAKE ANY, ANY OTHER COMMENTS, COMMISSIONERS? I, I, I DID WANNA MAKE ONE COMMENT, SORT OF PUT THIS IN CONTEXT, BECAUSE OFTENTIMES I THINK PRESERVATION HAS SOMETIMES BEEN THOUGHT OF AS A LITTLE BIT, UH, YOU KNOW, PRECIOUS OR, OR MAYBE NOT AS EFFECTIVE AS IT COULD BE.

AND OF COURSE, ANY OF YOU WHO FOLLOWED OUR MEETINGS, YOU KNOW, WE'VE AT TIMES CHAFED AT SOME OF THE LIMITATIONS THAT WE HAVE ON US BECAUSE OF THE WAY OUR CODES AND ORDINANCES WERE ENACTED.

AND I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO PUT IT IN CONTEXT.

UH, THIS IS A MOVABLE, CHANGING AND DYNAMIC MOVEMENT.

UH, IT WAS ONLY A COUPLE OF GENERATIONS BACK, IN FACT, AND WE THINK PRESERVATION'S ALWAYS BEEN HERE, AND WE'VE ALWAYS BEEN HONORING OUR PAST THIS WAY.

BUT, UM, ONLY A COUPLE OF GENERATIONS BACK, UH, CLARA DRISCOLL WAS TRYING TO SAVE THE ALAMO FORM OTHERWISE WOULD'VE BEEN DESTROYED.

UH, SO, YOU KNOW, LET'S PUT IT IN THAT CONTEXT.

UH, I'M OLD ENOUGH TO HAVE BEEN IN THE AUDIENCE, UH, WHEN MY PREDECESSOR AT THE CHAIR OF THE LANDMARKS COMMISSION TOLD ME THAT BUNGALOWS WEREN'T WORTH SAVING, UH, OR DESIGNATING HIS LANDMARKS BECAUSE HE WAS OLDER THAN MOST OF THEM.

UH, SO, YOU KNOW, THIS IS, THIS IS MOVING, IT'S TAKING TIME.

AND I THINK WE HAVE IN FACT A NUMBER OF TOOLS THAT ARE EXTREMELY EFFECTIVE, BUT THEY ARE LIMITED.

THEY DON'T EXPAND TO THE FULLEST EXTENT TO HELP US WITH WHAT REALLY DOES IN THIS GENERATION NEED TO BE UNDERSTOOD AS VALUED.

THE PEOPLE WHO, UH, HAVE PERHAPS ON THEIR OWN MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR MANY OF THESE TRADITIONS, MANY OF THESE BUILDINGS, MANY OF THESE CULTURAL ITEMS, AND EVEN ARCHEOLOGY, ARCHEOLOGICAL ITEMS TO STILL BE HERE.

UH, WE ARE HEARING YOU.

THIS IS DEFINITELY A, A VERY IMPORTANT INFLECTION POINT WHERE PRESERVATION, UH, CAN DO SO MUCH MORE AND BE MUCH MORE EFFECTIVE.

AND SO, UH, THE WORK THAT THIS COMMITTEE HAS DONE, ALL OF THE VOLUNTEER TIME, THE WORK OF THE, THE PLANNING GROUP, UH, JUST ABSOLUTELY IT'S EXCITING TO SEE WE'RE AT THIS POINT.

WE HAVE

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A LOT OF WORK AHEAD OF US, UH, BECAUSE ULTIMATELY THE PAYOFF IS A MORE EFFECTIVE, UH, SET OF CODES AND A MORE EFFECTIVE, UH, USE OF ALL OF OUR TIME.

UH, THOSE OF US WHO'VE BEEN INVOLVED IN PRESERVATION AND THOSE WHO ARE INTERESTED IN PRESERVATION AND WANT TO SPEND AND KNOW HOW TO GET INVOLVED.

SO, UM, MS. BERTRAN, UH, THAT, THAT MEETING YOU MENTIONED ON TUESDAY, LET'S REALLY PLUG THAT ONE THAT'S GONNA BE AT HOUSTON TILLISON, COULD YOU GO THROUGH AND JUST MAKE SURE EVERYONE KNOWS THEY'RE INVITED? YES.

SO OUR, THE COMMUNITY KICKOFF EVENT FOR THE PLAN IS GOING TO BE TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13TH AT HOUSTON TILLS TILLSON KING SEABROOK CHAPEL.

IT'S A BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL SPACE.

IT WILL BEGIN AT SIX 30.

WE'LL BE DONE BY EIGHT.

AND IT WILL FEATURE A LINEUP OF COMMUNITY LEADERS TALKING ABOUT HOW THEIR WORK INTERSECTS WITH HISTORIC PRESERVATION AND THE PLAN SCHOOLS.

I THINK IT'S GONNA BE QUITE WONDERFUL, AND I HOPE YOU WILL.

YOU WILL ALL COME.

THERE WILL BE SNACKS AND THERE WILL BE PEOPLE AND IDEAS AND, UM, COMRADERY.

I'M GET ENERGIZED.

THANK YOU.

DO WE NEED TO HAVE A, A COMMUNITY NOTICE? IF THERE'S MULTIPLE MEMBERS FROM THE COMMISSION, THAT'LL BE THERE.

I WILL BE FILING A COMMUNITY NOTICE.

YES.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

HAS HAS BEEN POSTED? OH, IT HAS.

THERE'S, THEY'RE ASSUMING THAT ENOUGH OF US TOGETHER.

I THINK THEY'RE POSTING IT ALREADY.

WE ALL BETTER GO .

YOU BETTER GO .

MAKE IT WORTH THE EFFORT.

ALRIGHT.

AGAIN, THANK YOU FOR THE BRIEFING, UH, COUNCIL MEMBERS, OF COURSE, COURSE THAT BRIEFING DOESN'T REQUIRE ANY ACTION.

UH, WE CAN MOVE NOW TO OUR

[25. Discussion and possible recommendation to City Council regarding the Texas Department of Transportation’s planned expansion of IH-35. ]

REGULAR AGENDA.

AND WE DID HAVE A REQUEST FROM, UH, COMMISSIONER FEATHERSTON THAT, UH, THE ITEM THAT HE AND COMMISSIONER EVANS HAVE, UH, PUT ON THE AGENDA.

THE ITEM NUMBER 25, UH, BE TAKEN OUT OF ORDER.

I'LL NEED A MOTION TO TAKE IT OUT OF ORDER FIRST BEFORE WE CAN ACTUALLY PICK UP, UH, THAT ITEM.

SO MOVED.

OKAY.

IS THERE A SECOND? SECOND.

OKAY.

IT'S BEEN MOVED BY COMMISSIONER COOK, SECONDED BY COMMISSIONER CASTILLO.

UH, ALL THOSE IN FAVOR, PLEASE RAISE YOUR HAND.

ALL THOSE OPPOSED.

OKAY.

UH, EXCUSE ME, COMMISSIONER RUBIO , UH, IT HAS PASSED AND WE WILL NOW TAKE UP ITEM NUMBER 25.

YEAH, THANK, THANK YOU FELLOW COMMISSIONERS.

UM, SO I'LL, I'LL JUMP RIGHT IN.

UM, AND, AND SANTIAGO ALMOST TOUCHED ON IT EARLIER IN THE, UH, PART OF THE PROGRAM THAT WAS DEDICATED TO ITEMS NOT ON THE AGENDA, BUT, UH, YOU KNOW, HE'S MADE US AWARE OF THIS GROVE OF TREES THAT, UH, LOOKS LIKE IT WILL BE LOST DUE TO THE EXPANSION OF I 35.

AND THERE IS A GRANITE MARKER THERE, UM, DEDICATING THAT GROVE OF TREES DATING TO 1964 BY THE CITY.

UM, SO HE HAS PROVIDED A LOT OF INFORMATION AND, UM, DONE A LOT OF RESEARCH INTO DIFFERENT AVENUES THAT, UM, WE COULD PURSUE OR NOT PURSUE BECAUSE OF OUR LIMITED JURISDICTION, UH, TO PROTECT THIS GROVE OF TREES.

UH, SO WORKING WITH STAFF AND WITH, UH, STAFF'S, UM, LEGAL SUPPORT WITHIN THE CITY TO GET THIS, UH, LETTER DRAFTED CORRECTLY.

UM, I'D LIKE TO, YOU KNOW, READ IT INTO THE RECORD AND THEN WE CAN DISCUSS IT, MAYBE ACKNOWLEDGE THE, THE THINGS THAT, UM, SAN DIEGO SANGO RESEARCHED AND, UH, BUT WE COULD NOT PUT IN THE LETTER 'CAUSE IT IS BEYOND OUR JURISDICTION.

UM, BUT HERE IT GOES.

I'M GONNA, I'M GONNA READ THIS INTO THE RECORD, UH, TO THE PLANNING COMMISSION MAYOR AND COUNCIL MEMBERS FROM THE HISTORIC LANDMARK COMMISSION, UM, WITH TODAY'S DATE, UH, SUBJECT TO HISTORIC PECAN GROVE THREATENED AT EDWARD RENDON SENIOR PARK.

UH,