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IT IS, UH, TUESDAY, MARCH 5TH, 2024.

[CALL TO ORDER ]

IT'S 5:02 PM AND I'M GONNA CALL THE, UH, REGULAR MEETING OF THE URBAN TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION TO ORDER.

THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT.

[PUBLIC COMMUNICATION: GENERAL]

SO AS ALWAYS, OUR FIRST AGENDA ITEM IS GOING TO BE, UH, UH, PUBLIC COMMUNICATION.

SO THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR, UH, THE COMMUNITY TO SPEAK TO US ON ISSUES THAT ARE NOT PART OF OUR ORGANIZED AGENDA FOR THE EVENING.

I DO HAVE ONE SPEAKER, UM, UH, SIGNED UP.

UM, WE CAN TAKE UP TO THE FIRST 10 SPEAKERS.

SO WITH THAT, UM, I WILL CALL THE SPEAKER, UM, ADAM GREENFIELD IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO COME AND, UH, CHAT WITH US TODAY.

THANK YOU.

YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

UH, GOOD AFTERNOON COMMISSIONERS.

ADAM GREENFIELD HERE, UH, REPRESENTING SAFE STREETS.

AUSTIN, NICE TO BE WITH YOU.

UH, SOME OF YOU MAY HAVE HEARD ABOUT, UM, WHAT'S BEEN HAPPENING WITH REGARD TO A RECENT STAFF PROPOSAL FOR SHOAL CREEK BOULEVARD BETWEEN LAMAR AND 34TH STREET.

UM, SAFE STREETS.

AUSTIN WOULD LIKE TO, UH, ENCOURAGE YOU TO, UM, GET INVOLVED WITH THIS ISSUE.

UH, IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT AS YOU KNOW, THAT WE CONNECT, UH, LADYBIRD LAKE TO 180 3 WITH A CONTINUOUS, UM, PROTECTED ALL AGES AND ABILITY, BICYCLE, PEDESTRIAN FACILITY.

UM, IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT IN THIS CRITICAL CONNECTION ON SHOAL CREEK BOULEVARD THAT WE DON'T LOSE THAT CONNECTION.

SO THERE'S BEEN NUMEROUS PROPOSALS PUT FORWARD BY STAFF, UH, ABOUT WHAT TO DO WITH THAT SECTION.

UH, SAFE STREETS AUSTIN IS, IS ASKING THAT NO PROTECTED FACILITY ON SHOAL CREEK BE REMOVED UNTIL A, A LONG TERM, UM, UH, FACILITY HAS BEEN DECIDED UPON AND INSTALLED.

SO THAT COULD BE SOMETHING THAT LOOKS LIKE WHAT WE HAVE TODAY.

IT COULD BE SOMETHING DIFFERENT, BUT AT NO POINT SHOULD THERE BE THE LOSS OF A, UH, CONTINUOUS PROTECTED FACILITY ON SHOAL CREEK BOULEVARD.

AND REALLY WE CANNOT SET THE PRECEDENT OF REMOVING ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION FACILITIES IN THIS CITY.

WE JUST SHOULD NOT BE DOING THAT.

WE SHOULD BE PRIORITIZING SAFETY.

WE SHOULD BE, UM, COMMITTING TO WHAT THE CITY HAS IN ITS PLANS.

UM, SO LOOKING FORWARD TO ENGAGEMENT WITH YOU ON THIS.

I THINK WE CAN GET A GOOD RESULT.

AND, UH, JUST ALSO ON ANOTHER ITEM, YOU HAVE A LIVING STREETS PRESENTATION.

GO LIVING STREETS.

WONDERFUL PROGRAM.

THANK YOU.

AWESOME.

THANK YOU.

UM, DO ANY OF THE COMMISSIONERS HAVE QUESTIONS? WOULD YOU BE WILLING TO TAKE A QUESTION FROM ONE OF OUR COMMISSIONERS? , OF COURSE, COMMENT BACK.

UM, I NOT DISCUSSING THE ITEM, BUT THANK YOU FOR BRINGING IT TO OUR ATTENTION.

AND I WILL NOTE THAT, UM, SECTION 4.35 OF THE BIKE PLAN DIRECT STAFF TO NOTIFY THE URBAN TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION ON AN ANNUAL BASIS WHEN PROJECT PROPOSALS ARE INCONSISTENT WITH THE BIKE PLAN.

SO, UM, THAT IS SOMETHING, UH, WE HOPEFULLY SHOULD GET FAIRLY SOON.

EXCELLENT.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

GREAT.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

ARE THERE ANY OTHER SPEAKERS THAT WANTED TO SPEAK ON AN ITEM? NOT ON THE AGENDA.

JUST DOUBLE CHECKING THAT.

OKAY, GREAT.

THEN WE WILL

[1. Approve the minutes of the Urban Transportation Commission REGULAR MEETING on February 6, 2024. ]

MOVE INTO APPROVAL OF OUR MINUTES.

UH, COMMISSIONERS, YOU HAVE THE MINUTES FOR OUR, UH, REGULAR MEETING.

THAT WAS ON FEBRUARY 6TH, 2024 IN YOUR PACKET.

UM, THIS WAS ALSO PRECIATE YOU HAD A CHANCE TO REVIEW.

DO I HAVE A MOTION? I'LL MOVE TO, UH, APPROVE THE MEETING MINUTES.

THANK YOU.

COMMISSIONER SCHUMACHER.

UH, SECOND FROM COMMISSIONER BROOKS.

ALL RIGHT.

ANY DISCUSSION? ALL RIGHT.

I'LL CALL FOR A VOTE TO APPROVE THE MINUTES AS PER THE MOTION.

ALL THOSE IN FAVOR? COMMISSIONER WHEELER IS ONLINE, SO IF WE COULD HEAR FROM HER OR SEE HER HAND.

YEAH, I FREE, OH, YOU'RE BEHIND ME AND NOT IN FRONT OF ME.

, THAT'S UNIQUE.

OKAY.

THAT PASSES UNANIMOUSLY OF THOSE IN ATTENDANCE.

THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT.

WITH THAT

[2. Discussion on Living Streets program update ]

WE'RE GONNA MOVE INTO OUR DISCUSSION ITEMS AND THE FIRST ITEM, UM, ON OUR DISCUSSION LIST TODAY IS A PRESENTATION ON THE LIVING STREETS PROGRAM UPDATES.

ALRIGHT, GOOD AFTERNOON, CHAIR COMMISSIONERS.

MY NAME IS KIRK SCANLON.

I'M DIVISION MANAGER OF THE SMART MOBILITY OFFICE, AND I'M JOINED TODAY BY MY COLLEAGUE MATT MAGE, WHO IS THE, UM, PROGRAM MANAGER FOR LIVING STREETS.

AND I'D LIKE TO JUST START OFF BY SAYING, UH, THE SAFE STREETS PROGRAM IS PRETTY ROCKING TOO, SO THAT'S GIVE A LITTLE LOVE BACK.

UM, I'M JUST GONNA SET THE TABLE REAL QUICKLY AND THEN HAND IT OVER TO MATT WHO CAN REALLY DIVE INTO THE DETAILS OF THIS REALLY PRETTY AMAZING PROGRAM.

SO, BACK IN 2023, WE WERE IN A PLANNING PHASE FOR THIS, DEVELOPING THE DESIGN FOR THE PROGRAM, WORKING WITH A CONSULTANT, LOOKING AT OTHER CITIES AND HOW THEY DID THIS.

UM, LOOKING AT THE LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE ORIGINAL, UM, HEALTHY STREETS THAT HA WAS OUT THERE DURING THE PANDEMIC.

AND SO WE DID THAT THROUGH

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PRETTY MUCH MOST OF 2023.

AND THEN THE END OF 2023, WE DEVELOPED AN APPLICATION PROCESS IN A WAY OF BRINGING APPLICATIONS IN THROUGH THE NAC SYSTEM AND STARTED TO COLLECT APPLICATIONS.

NOW, WHAT WE DIDN'T KNOW DURING 2023 WAS HOW MANY APPLICATIONS WE'RE GONNA GET, HOW MUCH INTEREST WAS THERE GOING TO BE IN THIS PROGRAM? SO ONE OF THE TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS BRIEFING IS THAT THERE'S A LOT OF INTEREST.

UM, WE'VE RECEIVED ABOUT 60 OR MORE APPLICATIONS.

UM, SO THEN IT BECOMES A REALLY INTERESTING QUESTION, HOW DO WE VET THESE? HOW DO WE DETERMINE WHICH STREETS ARE, UM, VIABLE TO HAVE THIS TYPE OF, UH, UH, UH, APPLICATION OF THESE, YOU KNOW, JUST SLOW DOWN THE, SLOW DOWN THE CARS AND SUCH.

SO ALL THAT DETAIL MATT CAN GO INTO, UM, AS WE GO THROUGH OUR BRIEFING.

SO THAT'S IT.

COOL.

SO I'M GOING TO START BY SAYING MATT'S FINE.

MY LAST NAME IS PRONOUNCED MAJ.

IT LOOKS NOTHING LIKE THAT.

UM, AND I GET THAT QUESTION ALL THE TIME.

UM, WHAT WE'RE GONNA DO IS I'M GONNA GIVE YOU GUYS SOME BACKGROUND ON WHERE LIVING STREET STARTED, HOW WE GOT TO NOW, WHAT THE ACTIVATIONS ARE.

'CAUSE THERE'S THREE OF THEM.

NEIGHBORHOOD BLOCK PARTIES, HEALTHY STREETS AND PLACE STREETS, OUR METHODOLOGY AND SELECTION CRITERIA, BECAUSE THAT'S REALLY IMPORTANT TO THE PROGRAMMATIC ELEMENTS, OUR CURRENT PROGRAM, DEMAND AND PUBLIC RESPONSE TO THE PROGRAM.

AND THEN OUR FIRST ACTIVATIONS, OUR LESSONS LEARNED, IF YOU WOULD.

AND THEN WHAT WE'RE KIND OF PROJECTING IN TERMS OF THE NEXT PIECES OF THE PROJECT.

SO IN MAY, 2020, THE PANDEMIC HAPPENED.

UM, AND WHILE THAT WAS EXTREMELY UNFORTUNATE, ONE THING DID COME OUT OF IT THAT WAS ACTUALLY POSITIVE, AND IT'S THAT 72% OF OUR POPULATION OF 1200 PEOPLE THAT WERE SURVEYED AGREED THAT LIVING STREETS WAS SOMETHING THAT SHOULD BE A PROGRAM SUPPORTED BY THE CITY.

THEY DID COME BACK AND GIVE US FEEDBACK ON THE 16TH STREETS THAT WE HAD UP AND RUNNING.

AND THAT FEEDBACK WAS THEY NEEDED TO BE INCLUDED, NOT AS AN AFTERTHOUGHT, BUT AS A PRECURSOR TO MAKE PROPER SPACE AND PLACE FOR THEM.

THEY WERE THE PRIMARY INTERESTED PARTIES.

THE SECOND IS NOT ALL STREETS ARE EQUAL.

SO WHEN WE LIFTED IT ON CERTAIN STREETS, THEY HAD LESS RESPONSE THAN OTHER STREETS.

STREETS THAT ARE EXTREMELY HILLY OR HAVE TOO MUCH CROSS TRAFFIC, OR YOU HAVE TO GO TOO LONG OF A LAMP TO GET TO, OR ONES THAT DIDN'T HAVE CONNECTIVITY TO OTHER LOCATIONS WEREN'T AS SUCCESSFUL AS SOME OF OUR OTHER STREETS THAT WERE MORE RESIDENTIALLY DRIVEN, ALREADY FRIENDLY OR, AND SAFER IN NATURE.

AND THEY COULD PROVIDE THAT COMMUNITY ASPECT.

SO THE PRO THE RESOLUTION SET UP FOR A PROGRAM CALLED THE STREETS PROGRAM, AKA, THE LIVING STREETS.

SO THE STREETS PROGRAM IS SPECIFICALLY THE PIECE THAT I MANAGE, WHICH INCLUDES THE HEALTHY STREETS AND PLAY STREETS, NEIGHBORHOOD BLOCK PARTIES, UH, PART OF THE PROGRAM AS WELL AS AN UMBRELLA PIECE.

AND IT'S ALL THESE PIECES THAT HAVE TO BE RESIDENT LED AND REQUIRE 60% APPROVAL BY THE RESIDENTS, WHICH SEEMS ASTRONOMICALLY HIGH IN SOME SENSE AND ASTRONOMICALLY LOW IN OTHERS.

AND WHAT I MEAN BY THAT IS WHEN YOU'RE ASKING 60% OF A STREET TO APPROVE OF SOMETHING, THEY REALLY DO NEED TO BE INFORMED.

AND IT'S ALSO, WE WANT MORE THAN A MAJORITY.

WE WANT PEOPLE TO TRULY BELIEVE IN THE PROGRAM BEFORE THEY SIGN OFF ON IT.

ALL THE ACTIVATIONS THAT WE'RE DOING USE SOFT CLOSURES.

AND WHAT I MEAN BY THAT IS NOTHING IS FIXED IN PLACE.

NOTHING.

WE USE TEMPORARY TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICES LIKE CONES, BARRELS AND SIGNAGE TO CREATE THE STREETS.

THEY'RE DERIVED OUT OF ASMPS AUSTIN STRATEGIC MOBILITY PLANS, DESIGN CONCEPTS FOR CLASS ONE, UH, COMPLETE STREET.

BUT WE USE MODIFIED METHODS TO ACTUALLY EMPLOY THEM AND PUT THEM OUT THERE.

THEY'RE ALL THREE TO SIX MONTHS IN DURATION WITH EXCEPTION OF A NEIGHBORHOOD BLOCK PARTY.

AND I'LL GET TO THAT IN A SECOND.

AND WE WERE ALSO ASKED TO ADDRESS EQUITY AS AN ISSUE.

WHAT WE DO KNOW ABOUT LIVING STREETS PROGRAMS IS THAT THOSE WHO ARE INFORMED APPLY MOST TO CITY PROJECTS.

AND WITH AN UMBRELLA PROJECT LIKE LIVING STREETS PROGRAM AND ITS GOAL OF PROVIDING SAFETY AND ADEQUATE SPACE FOR PEOPLE TO COMMUNE AND MOVE ABOUT THEIR RIGHT OF WAY, WE KNEW THAT WE NEEDED TO REACH OUT TO THOSE IN MOST IN NEED AND FIND METHODOLOGIES TO DO THAT.

AND I'LL BE FRANK, WE ARE STILL IN THE PROCESS OF DOING THAT.

WE DID GET A GOOD RESULT, AND I'LL SHOW YOU THAT IN A LITTLE BIT FURTHER DOWN THE PRESENTATION, BUT WE KNOW THAT WE CAN DO BETTER.

AND I THINK THAT'S REALLY IMPORTANT TO NOTE

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OF THE LESSONS LEARNED.

SO THE THREE PROGRAMS FALL UNDER THE LIVING STREETS BANNER.

UM, IT'S PART OF COMMUNITY SERVICES OUTREACH ACTIVATIONS WITHIN TRANSPORTATION AND PUBLIC WORKS PORTFOLIO.

IT FALLS UNDER SMART MOBILITY BECAUSE WE ARE LOOKING AT INNOVATIVE WAYS TO CREATE PLACE.

WE'RE ALSO INCLUDING IN THIS PROJECT, WAYS TO ACTUALLY MEASURE THE OUTCOMES.

PEDESTRIAN VEHICULAR COUNTS, DEFERMENTS FROM THIS STREET TO OTHERS.

CRITICAL FEEDBACK FROM OUR RESIDENTS AND PROBLEMS THAT ARE CREATED.

SO THE PROGRAMS FALL OUT LIKE THIS.

A NEIGHBORHOOD BLOCK PARTY IS SIMPLY EXACTLY WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE.

YOU WANT TO THROW A PARTY ON YOUR STREET IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD.

THIS IS THE PROGRAM FOR YOU FOR A NOMINAL PERMIT FEE.

$50 PLUS A SURCHARGE, YOU CAN CLOSE UP TO ONE BLOCK OF YOUR STREET FOR 24 HOURS ONCE, ANYTIME, RIGHT? UM, IT REQUIRES LIGHT BARRICADES TYPE ONES WITH SOME SIGNAGE.

IT DOES REQUIRE MONITORS AT THOSE BARRICADES AND WILL CONTINUE TO REQUIRE MONITORS AT THOSE BARRICADES FOR THE TIME BEING AS WE TRY TO FIGURE OUT OTHER METHODOLOGIES TO DO THESE CLOSURES.

BUT THE IDEA IS THAT ALL THE RESIDENTS NEED A PLACE TO COMMUNE.

AND THE STREET USED TO BE THAT PLACE PRIOR TO THE ADVENT OF THE AUTOMOBILE TAKING OVER TRAFFIC CONTROL, RIGHT? SO THE STREET ACTUALLY WORKS GREAT FOR THIS AND PEOPLE START TO ACTIVATE IT.

THEIR LARGEST, UH, DEMAND DAY.

HALLOWEEN, NO BRAINER.

PUT OUT YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD BLOCK PARTY ADJACENT STREETS COME OVER AND EVERYONE SETS UP ON DIFFERENT SIDEWALK PIECES AND GIVE OUT CANDY ON ONE SAFE STREET WHERE ALL THE, THE NEIGHBORHOOD CAN COME AND COMMUNE.

IT'S AN AMAZINGLY POPULAR DAY, AND OUR STAFF HAS GONE OUT AND SUPPORTED THAT BY MAKING SURE THAT ALL THE BARRICADES WERE PUT OUT AND DELIVERED ON A TIMELY MANNER AND THEN RETURNED AS WELL.

SO WE DO PROVIDE THOSE CLOSURES TO THOSE INDIVIDUALS.

A HEALTHY STREET COMES OUT OF THE PANDEMIC.

AND THIS, THIS IS THE STREET THAT MOST PEOPLE THINK OF WHEN THEY THINK OF A LIVING STREET.

IT'S THE PANDEMIC HEALTHY STREET.

IT IS SEVERAL BLOCKS LONG.

IT IS SOFT CLOSURES.

AGAIN, IT CREATES PINCHES, CHICANES AT OTHER METHODOLOGIES TO DETER AND PREVENT AND LIMIT TRAFFIC, BUT ALSO TO SLOW IT.

SO ONE OF THE QUESTIONS WE GET ALL THE TIME IS, IS THIS ABOUT TRAFFIC MITIGATION, SPEED MITIGATION? AND THE ANSWER IS YES.

AND COMMUNITY RESILIENCY, NEIGHBORHOOD PLACEMAKING AND CREATING, UH, THE RIGHT ATMOSPHERE AND LEVEL VOLUME ON OUR STREETS THAT A RESIDENT WOULD DESERVE.

THAT'S REALLY WHERE THE CONVERSATION HAS TO START AT THAT SAFETY LEVEL.

BECAUSE WITHOUT SAFETY, WE CAN'T DO THE COMMUNITY, WE CAN'T DO THE RESILIENCY, AND YOU DON'T GET TO KNOW YOUR NEIGHBORS.

AND WE DID SEE THAT DURING THE PANDEMIC AND STREETS LIKE THIS CHANGED SOME OF THAT CURVE.

WHEN JONATHAN, MY COLLEAGUE IN THE BACK AND I ARE OUT TALKING WITH THE PUBLIC ON THESE STREETS, ONE THING THAT WE GET OFTEN IS, IS I DIDN'T ASK FOR THIS.

WHAT, WHAT, WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS? WELL, 60% OF YOUR STREET ASKED FOR IT OR MORE.

AND HONESTLY, WE'RE GETTING A LOT MORE THAN 60%.

UM, AND MY RESPONSE IS, I ENCOURAGE YOU GO OUT AND TALK TO PEOPLE, ASK THEM WHAT THEY FEEL LIKE THE STREET SHOULD BE.

AND WHEN WE DO THAT, WHEN WE ENCOURAGE THAT CONVERSATION, LO AND BEHOLD THEY SLIDE OVER TO THE YES SIDE ALMOST EVERY TIME.

NOT EVERY TIME, BUT ALMOST EVERY TIME.

SO AGAIN, THREE TO SIX MONTHS, THREE TO FOUR BLOCKS, THIS IS AN ALWAYS UP OPTION.

OUR NEXT OPTION TAKES THE NEIGHBORHOOD BLOCK PARTY CONCEPT OF ONE BLOCK, SOFT CLOSURES, TYPE ONES AND MONITORS AND MERGES IT WITH THE ACTIVITY OF A HEALTHY STREET.

SO IT'S A PLAY STREET.

IT'S MANAGED AND APPLIED FOR BY RESIDENTS, JUST LIKE ALL THE OTHER PIECES, WE PROVIDE THE EQUIPMENT AND IT'S THREE DAYS A WEEK FOR UP TO 12 HOURS A WEEK.

YOU AS THE RESIDENT AND APPLICANT CHOOSE YOUR DAY OF THE WEEK AND THE TIME OF DAYS THAT YOU WANT IT OUT THERE.

OUR ONLY REQUIREMENT IS YOU STILL HAVE TO GET YOUR 60% SIGNATURES.

SO THIS GOES UP FOR THREE TO SIX MONTHS, POTENTIALLY EVERY MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY, THREE TO SEVEN SEEMS TO BE LIKE OUR POPULAR TIMEFRAME RIGHT NOW.

BUT IT ALLOWS FOR PEOPLE TO ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE THE WAY THEY WOULD IN A NEIGHBORHOOD BLOCK PARTY VERSUS IN A HEALTHY STREET, WHICH IS ABOUT CONNECTIVITY, TRANSPORTATION, PEDESTRIAN ACTIVITY, BICYCLE ACTIVITY.

THIS

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IS ACTUALLY ABOUT RECREATING IN THE STREET AND TURNING IT INTO POTENTIALLY A BASKETBALL COURT OR OTHER PIECES.

SO WE GOT TO NOW BY GOING THROUGH MANY, MANY STEPS, AND I'LL BE HONEST, UM, NONE OF THIS IS NEW, BUT ALL OF IT IS MORE MODERN.

UM, AND REALLY THAT STARTED WITH A PANDEMIC.

MANY, MANY A CITY SAT DOWN AND STARTED TO RETHINK WHAT THE RIGHT OF WAY WAS WHEN PEOPLE WEREN'T OUT THERE USING IT.

IT WAS NOT ONLY NEEDED FOR THE TIME, BUT FOR THE CULTURE AS WELL.

PEOPLE WEREN'T ABLE TO COMMUNICATE WITH EACH OTHER EFFECTIVELY.

THEY HAD LOST TOUCH WITH NOT ONLY THEIR NEIGHBORS, BUT THE NEIGHBORHOOD IN IN ITS CULTURAL IDENTITY IN ITSELF, RIGHT? SO WHEN WE PUT THESE UP DURING 2020, UM, WE DID A SURVEY ALSO.

THAT SURVEY WENT OUT TO OVER 1200 PEOPLE.

THAT'S THE SURVEY THAT REALLY BECAME THE IMPETUS FOR THE RESOLUTION.

WE BEGAN WORKING ON IT AS STAFF AROUND, UH, OCTOBER, 2021, FORMING UP WHAT THE PROGRAM WOULD BE AND DEVELOPING THAT PROGRAM.

WITHIN THE LAST YEAR.

WE'VE BEGUN THE IMPLEMENTATION PROCEDURES OF THAT PROGRAM.

AND UH, OUR FIRST WINDOW OPENED NOVEMBER 2ND FOR APPLICATIONS CLOSED JANUARY 5TH.

BY THE TIME WE CLOSED, WE HAD 42 APPLICATIONS, WHICH WAS ASTOUNDING US.

UM, RIGHT NOW WE'RE SITTING ON 58 ACTIVE APPLICATIONS AND WE'VE RECEIVED MORE THAN THAT.

SOME OF THEM WEREN'T FOR SPOTS THAT WE COULD FIND A VIABLE SOLUTION FOR THEM, IIE ON UT'S CAMPUS, UH, DOWNTOWN ON 18TH AND LA VACA, MAYBE NOT THE BEST PLACES FOR SOME OF THIS.

AND THOSE WERE SOME OF THE LESSONS LEARNED.

SO WHILE WE'VE RECEIVED CLOSE TO 80 SOME APPLICATIONS, 58 ARE ABSOLUTELY VIABLE AND ACTIVE WITHIN OUR PROGRAM.

AND THAT'S KIND OF HOW WE GOT TO NOW AND WE CONTINUE TO DO THIS WORK.

SO OUR SOFT LAUNCH IS REALLY IMPORTANT TO NOTE IN THIS, THAT THE SOFT LAUNCH PIECE OF ALL THIS IS PART AND PARCEL OF THE PROGRAM.

WE NEEDED TO DO THE RESIDENT COMMUNICATIONS, WE NEEDED TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO REACH THEM AND WHAT THEIR NEEDS WERE ACTUALLY GOING TO BE.

SO WE CHOSE THREE VERY DISTINCT LOCATIONS.

37TH STREET, WHICH YOU MIGHT KNOW AS 37TH STREET LIGHTS OR CANDY CANE LANE, DEPENDING ON HOW LONG YOU'VE LIVED IN AUSTIN FISHER GARDEN, YOU MAY KNOW THAT AREA AS LIMON.

IT'S BETWEEN SPRINGDALE BALM AND AIRPORT AND THEN AVENUE G.

AVENUE G WAS THE LAST REMNANT OF THE PANDEMIC VERSION AND IS ONE THAT WE ARE CONTINUING TO WORK ON AND HAVE INSTALLED CURRENTLY.

SO THOSE SOFT LAUNCHES GAVE US A COMMUNITY RESPONSE THAT ALLOWED US TO ADAPT, FIGURE OUT HOW TO DO THE APPLICATION PROCESS, WHAT THE NEEDS WERE GONNA BE, HOW MUCH INFORMATION WE NEEDED TO COLLECT TO MAKE THIS FEASIBLE AND VIABLE.

THAT OPENED OUR APPLICATION WINDOW.

WE WENT THROUGH THAT PROCESS AND WE LAUNCHED OUR FIRST ONES WENT UP AT THE BEGINNING OF FEBRUARY AND THEY'LL BE ACTIVE FOR A FULL SIX MONTHS WITH THE OPTION FOR RENEWAL.

WE HAVE A MARKETING PLAN AND THE MARKETING PLAN IS VERY COMPREHENSIVE.

UM, I'LL BE HONEST, ADAM'S SITTING BEHIND ME, SO IT'S MY TURN TO GIVE HIM THE COMPLIMENT.

WHEN WE NEEDED TO DO MARKETING ORIGINALLY, ADAM HAD ALREADY REACHED OUT TO US AND SAID, KEEP ME INFORMED PLEASE.

SAFE STREETS IS VERY INTERESTED IN THIS.

WE HELP PETITION FOR THIS.

I HEAR YOU'RE INVOLVED BECAUSE YOU WERE, YOUR NAME WAS THROWN OUT THERE SEVERAL TIMES, MATT, UM, AND I'M GONNA CALL YOU REGULARLY.

UH, BUT IT WAS BECAUSE OF OUR COMMUNICATIONS AND THE EMAILS THAT HE PUT OUT TO HIS CONSTITUENTS THAT WE SAW A HUGE UPTICK IN APPLICATIONS.

AND LO AND BEHOLD, A LOT OF THOSE APPLICATIONS DID ACTUALLY COME CLOSE TO THE EQUITY ANALYSIS ZONES, RIGHT? THEY WERE SPOTS IN NEED.

AND WE'VE WORKED WITH THOSE RESIDENTS TO ACTUALLY APPLY AND GO FORWARD WITH THE PROCESS.

BUT THIS IS WHERE WE KNOW WE CAN DO MORE.

I STARTED THE CONVERSATION WITH THAT.

SO WE DO OUTREACH AND EVENTS AND MEETINGS.

WE DO MEETINGS LIKE THIS.

WE HAVE DONE, UH, BICYCLE ADVOCACY COMMITTEE AND PEDESTRIAN ADVOCACY COMMITTEE AS WELL AS MOB COM AND MEETING WITH OTHER PEOPLE IN THEIR AREAS.

UM, PARKS AND REC WHO'S SITTING BEHIND US HAS BEEN GRACIOUS AND HOSTED EVENTS FOR US AT RECREATION CENTERS.

AND THAT'S BEEN REALLY, REALLY HELPFUL.

BUT WE'VE SINCE DEVELOPED BILINGUAL TRIFOLDS THAT DESCRIBE THE PROGRAM.

WE HAVE A YARD SIGN CAMPAIGN.

WE HAVE A SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN THAT WILL COME UP AND A CAP METRO

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BUS CAMPAIGN THAT WE'RE WORKING ON CURRENTLY.

AND THE IDEA IS TO RUN THESE THROUGH JUNE, JULY AND AUGUST, WHICH IS A VERY LONG KIND OF MARKETING PLAN, BUT IT DOES TAKE THREE MONTHS FOR THE AVERAGE PERSON TO GET APPLICATIONS.

AND ONE OF THE REASONS WE HAD 40 EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST THAT BECAME APPLICATIONS WAS SPECIFICALLY BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO GET ALL 60% OF THE SIGNATURES.

SO THEY STILL REMAIN ACTIVE, BUT THEY DIDN'T MEET THE DEADLINE.

SO WE ARE TRYING TO MAKE SURE THAT WE PROVIDE THAT RIGHT AMOUNT OF TIME AND WE DO THE OUTREACH IN THOSE AREAS THAT ARE THE REDS AND PINKS THAT YOU SEE ON YOUR SCREEN.

THE PROCESS KIND OF GOES LIKE THIS.

YOU TELL US YOU'RE INTERESTED, WE COME BACK AND WE SAY, GREAT.

YOU'RE EITHER ON A VIABLE STREET OR YOU'RE NOT.

AND I'LL SHOW YOU WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE IN A SECOND.

UM, WE SUBMIT THAT TO OUR ENGINEERING TEAM.

THEY DO A QUICK REVIEW WITH US.

WE SELECT THE CLOSURE TYPES, THE LENGTH OF THE STREET, THE MOST APPROPRIATE APPLICATION.

IF YOU HAVEN'T SPECIFICALLY REQUESTED A PLACE, STREET OR HEALTHY STREET, WE CAN WORK WITH YOU ON THAT.

UM, AND THEN, UH, THE COMPLETION OF THE APPLICATION IS THE RESIDENT GOING OUT, GETTING THE 60% SIGNATURES AT WHAT THAT POINT, ALL THE APPLICATIONS THAT ARE IN WITH THE 60% SIGNATURES STAFFED AS A FULL REVIEW.

AND THAT INCLUDES EVERYTHING FROM OUR TEAM TO THE ENGINEERING TEAM SITTING AROUND AND MAKING SURE THAT ALL THESE SEQUENTIALLY HAVE MET THE BASIC GOALS OF THE NEEDS.

AND THEN WE DO OUR PROJECT INSTALLATION.

SO THAT'S KIND OF THE PROCESS THAT GOES THROUGH.

OVERALL, THAT'S ABOUT A FOUR MONTH PROCESS TO FROM START TO FINISH FROM RESIDENT EXPRESSION TO INSTALLATION.

AND THE WAY THIS PANS OUT IS WE DID LOOK AT RESIDENTIAL STREETS ONLY.

WE LOOKED AT SPECIFICALLY AUSTIN STRATEGIC MOBILITY PLANS.

CLASS ONE ROAD TYPOLOGIES, WHICH ARE RESIDENTIAL DRIVEN 25 MILES PER HOUR AT LAST, SOMEWHERE BETWEEN 25 AND 40 FEET AND WIDTH.

UH, THEY TYPICALLY HAVE PARKING ON BOTH SIDES.

THEY TYPICALLY DO NOT HAVE SIDEWALKS.

UM, SOME DO, SOME DON'T.

UH, SOME HAVE BEEN MET WITH COMPLETE STREETS.

THAT IS NOT A PREREQUISITE TO BE PART OF THE PROGRAM.

YOU CAN STILL APPLY IF YOU HAVE A COMPLETE STREET, ESPECIALLY IF YOU'RE INTO INTERESTED IN A PLAY STREET.

HAVING SIDEWALKS DOESN'T MEAN YOU HAVE A FRONT YARD OR A BACKYARD TO RECREATE IN, RIGHT? SO THERE'S DEFINITELY BENEFITS THERE.

UM, YOU HAVE TO HAVE 90% OF THE PARCELS BE RESIDENTIAL.

WHAT IT IS NOT ALLOWED TO BE IS ON A COLLECTOR OR A MAJOR ARTERIAL OR DIRECTLY OFF OF THOSE WITHOUT SPECIFIC ENGINEERING APPROVAL.

IT CANNOT AFFECT TRAFFIC SIGNALS AND IT WILL NOT EVER AFFECT A TRANSIT ROUTE.

THIS IS SPECIFICALLY HOW WE LOOK AT IT.

SO THE MAP YOU SAW WAS ALL THE VIABLE STREETS IN AUSTIN, AND THIS IS SPECIFICALLY PRESS IT ONE MORE TIME.

AVENUE G.

NO, THIS IS AVENUE G.

UM, AND THEY'RE STREET SO HIGHLIGHTED IN THE LIGHT BLUE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD.

UM, THE NEXT PIECE IS ONCE THEY GET THEIR SIGNATURES IN, WE TAKE ALL OF THAT INFORMATION AND THE PERCENTAGE OF SIGNATURES THAT THEY RECEIVE FROM THE PARCELS OF LAND TO DO THIS AND ALL THOSE VIABLE STREETS HAVE BEEN GIVEN A PRIORITY NUMBER.

WHEN WE KIND OF BREAK THOSE INTO TWO CATEGORIES, EQUITY AND INFRASTRUCTURE AND CONNECTIONS.

SO WITHIN EQUITY YOU HAVE OUR EQUITY ANALYSIS ZONES, OUR, UH, AGE GROUP CATEGORIES.

WE ARE DEFINITELY TARGETING AUDIENCES THAT ARE EITHER 65 OR OLDER.

UH, GENERALLY POPULATION OF THE STREETS OR CHILDREN ON THE POPULATION OF THE STREET.

NOT THAT WE ALL CAN'T USE ACTIVITY, BUT THE STREETS ARE REALLY DESIGNED AROUND THIS IDEA OF CONNECTIVITY THROUGHOUT OUR CITY AND PROVIDING THAT EXERCISE TO THOSE IN MOST NEED, THUS EQUITY.

RIGHT? AND PART DEFICIENT, AND THIS IS AN INTERESTING ONE BECAUSE THE NEXT ONE UNDER AMENITIES IS PARKS.

AND I NEED TO EXPLAIN WHY THOSE TWO THINGS ARE SEPARATED AND ALSO EQUAL IN POINT STRUCTURE.

AND IT'S BECAUSE HEALTHY STREETS AND PLAY STREETS ARE A FORM OF RECREATION.

SO IF THERE IS NO VIABLE PARK NEAR YOU AND YOU ARE IN A PARK DESERT, THIS MIGHT BE THE BEST OPTION FOR YOU TO GET OUT SAFELY AND ENJOY A HEALTHY ACTIVITY.

IF YOU ARE NEXT TO A PARK, WE WANT TO ENSURE OTHERS THAT THEY HAVE A SAFE ROUTE TO THAT PARK.

SO OUR PUBLIC AMENITIES INCLUDE THINGS LIKE LIBRARIES AND SCHOOLS AND REC CENTERS AND ALL THESE OTHER GREAT PLACES THAT YOU WOULD WANT TO GET TO AT A CIVIC LEVEL.

UM, AND THEN THOSE INCLUDE THINGS LIKE BANKS

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AND POST OFFICES AND HOSPITALS AND URGENT CARES AND MEDICAL CENTERS.

WE'VE LOOKED SO FAR DOWN INTO PHARMACIES, BUT THAT BECAME REALLY CONVOLUTED TO BE QUITE FRANK.

UM, FOOD AND ENTERTAINMENT IS KIND OF OUR CATCHALL CULTURAL ASPECT.

AND I THINK IF THERE'S ANY ONE CATEGORY THAT WE COULD BRUSH UP FURTHER ON, THIS IS ONE OF THOSE PIECES WHERE WE KNOW THAT THE STREET ITSELF HAS CULTURAL IDENTITY AND WE WEREN'T ABLE TO NECESSARILY CAPTURE THAT IN A PRIORITIZATION MAPPING TYPE BECAUSE THAT IS OFTEN QUALITATIVE IN ITS EXPRESSION AND SOCIALLY EXPRESSIVE AS OPPOSED TO A PLACE-BASED PIECE, RIGHT? SO WE THINK THAT THAT'S PROBABLY AN AREA THAT WE CAN BRUSH UP AND TOUCH UP A LITTLE BIT FURTHER.

MULTIMODAL CONNECTIVITY, URBAN TRAILS, BUS ROUTES, TRANSIT SYSTEMS, HIKING BIKE LANES, AND THEN THE INFRASTRUCTURE, WHETHER IT HAS A SIDEWALK OR NOT.

NOW THE LAST FIVE GROUPS THAT I JUST LISTED ALL ARE WORTH A COLLECTIVE TOTAL OF FIVE POINTS AND OUR EQUITY SECTION ALONE IS WORTH FIVE POINTS AND THIS HELPS BALANCE THAT.

BUT THERE IS ONE OTHER PIECE TO THIS.

WE TAKE YOUR POINT VALUE FROM THE STREETS THAT WERE ASSIGNED, RIGHT? AND WE RELY ON YOU TO GET MANY RESIDENTS TO SIGN OFF ON YOUR APPLICATION AS POSSIBLE.

IT'S THAT PERCENTAGE THAT IS MULTIPLIED BY YOUR PRIORITIZATION VALUE THAT GIVES YOU YOUR APPROVAL VALUE.

AND THAT'S HOW WE PRIORITIZE ALL OF OUR APPLICATIONS.

SO IF YOU HAVE A LOW PRIORITY STREET, JUST BECAUSE IT'S SO WELL FIT OUT, IF YOU GET A HUNDRED PERCENT OF YOUR STREETS SIGNED OFF ON IT, YOU HAVE A GOOD CHANCE OF GETTING INTO THE SYSTEM AS WELL.

AND THAT'S ONE OF THE WAYS WE CAN START TO BALANCE THIS EQUITY RELATIONSHIP AND CONNECTIVITY PLACE MAKING ISSUES.

SO THAT WAS REALLY IMPORTANT FOR US AND I THINK REALLY IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THAT PROCESS IS ACTUALLY HOW ALL THIS STARTED TO PAN OUT.

UM, THE CHART THAT YOU SEE IN FRONT OF YOU IS OUR POWER BI DASHBOARD OF THE 60% REQUIRED, WE ARE AVERAGING 73%, 66, 60 7% ON SPECIFICALLY A HEALTHY STREET AND 80% ON A PLAY STREET.

THAT MEANS 80% OF RESIDENTS WHO LIVE ON THAT ONE BLOCK HAVE SIGNED UP FOR THE PROGRAM AND ARE INTERESTED.

UM, ADDITIONALLY, THE CATEGORIES THAT YOU SEE LISTED HERE ON THIS ARE THE, UH, APPLICATIONS THAT WERE APPROVED, UH, IN THE DARK HIGHLIGHT TO THE LEFT MIDDLE, WHERE ABOVE THE 31.73 NUMBER.

AND THAT'S THE NUMBER OF AVERAGE RESIDENTS THAT HAD TO SIGN OFF ON IT.

UM, WHERE A PLACE STREET IS A MUCH SMALLER STREET, SO YOU DON'T HAVE AS MANY RESIDENTS LIVING ON IT.

AND THAT'S REALLY THIS DISTINCT DIFFERENCE.

AND AS YOU CAN KIND OF SEE, IT DOES FOLLOW LIKE THE 35 CORRIDOR.

THE ONES THAT WE APPROVED ARE EVEN CLOSER TO THE 35 180 3 CORRIDOR, BUT THEY DO BORDER BOTH SIDES OF THAT.

WHAT WE DIDN'T GET WAS A HUGE APPLICATION, UM, SUBMISSION FROM EAST AUSTIN LIKE WE WOULD'VE HOPED OR FROM THE DELVE AREA SOUTH AUSTIN LIKE WE WANTED.

AND WE KNOW THAT THOSE AREAS ARE IN DESPERATE NEED OF SIDEWALKS AND OTHER PIECES.

AND THAT'S WHY OUR COMMUNICATION PLAN COMES INTO PLAY.

HERE ARE THE QUICK LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE THREE SOFT LAUNCHES, AND WE'VE GOT A LOT OF OTHER LESSONS, BUT THESE DO COMPROMISE THEM IN A NICE SUMMARY FOR US.

UM, 37TH STREET SAW 3000 ATTENDEES A NIGHT ON AVERAGE, NOW WEEKENDS ABOUT 8,000.

TUESDAY NIGHTS ONLY 800 TO A THOUSAND.

BUT THAT MEANT THAT MANY PEOPLE WERE GOING OUT THERE AS A CULTURAL DESTINATION TO SEE SOMETHING THAT THE RESIDENTS HAD PUT ON THEIR OWN.

IT'S NOT A CITY SPONSORED EVENT, IT'S NOT A PERMITTED EVENT.

IT'S PEOPLE DECKING OUT THEIR STREET AND HAVE BEEN DOING IT FOR 35, 40 YEARS.

UM, WE KNOW THAT, UH, THE COMPLETE CLOSURE ACTUALLY DECREASED CRASH INCIDENTS BECAUSE EVERY YEAR THERE WERE FENDER BENDERS REPORTED THERE.

AND THIS YEAR WHERE THERE WERE NONE, ADDITIONALLY THE COMMENTS THAT CAME BACK WERE, CAN WE PROVIDE BETTER ADEQUATE A DA ACCESSIBILITY? AND THAT'S ACTUALLY SOMETHING THAT WE CURRENTLY WORK ON AS WELL AS THIS DID DRAW A MUCH LARGER CROWD BECAUSE WE COULD GET OUT AND COMMUNE WITH OUR NEIGHBORS AND MAYBE WE NEED TO THINK SLIGHTLY BEYOND THE BOUNDARIES OF IT ON HOW PEOPLE GET TO IT AND THINK THAT THROUGH AS WELL.

ON AVENUE G.

AVENUE G DOESN'T EVEN GO BY AVENUE G HEALTHY STREET, THEY GO BY HYDE PARK HEALTHY STREET.

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THAT'S BECAUSE AVENUES F AND AVENUE H HAVE SIGNED UP TO SUPPORT IT.

NOW THEIR SIGNATURES DON'T COUNT AS 60%, BUT THEY SIGN NONETHELESS SAYING THAT THIS IS PART OF THEIR COMMUNITY.

THEIR BIG CONCERN IS HYDE PARK IS GOING THROUGH A WATER MAIN CHANGE OUT.

THEY HAVE TERRACOTTA PIPES FROM 1950 SOMETHING IN THEIR STREETS AND EVERY STREET LOOKS LIKE YOU SEE THERE WHERE IT'S BEEN RUTTED AND GED.

UM, SO THE CLOSURE TYPES THAT WE ARE USING ARE CONES AND BARRELS, AND IT HAPPENS TO BE THE SAME CLOSURE TYPE THAT THE CONSTRUCTION IS USING.

SO THE REQUEST TO US IS CAN YOU MAKE IT LOOK DIFFERENT? AND PS REALLY IS ORANGE THE BEST WE CAN DO.

UM, SO THE STYLE AND EXPRESSION OF THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD, ESPECIALLY SINCE THEY ARE REPRESENTING A NEIGHBORHOOD HYDE PARK AS A HEALTHY STREET, IS REALLY IMPORTANT TO THEM.

THAT'S DEFINITELY A LESSON LEARNED AS WELL.

FISHER GARDEN, UM, HAS A GREAT CULTURAL AND COMMUNITY BACKGROUND.

THEIR BIGGEST ISSUE THOUGH IS YOU ARE LOOKING AT ONE OF THE HIGHEST CRASH ZONES, PEDESTRIAN INCIDENTS IN THE CITY BETWEEN BALM, SPRINGDALE AND AIRPORT.

YOU CAN SEE ALL THE LITTLE RED DOTS ON THE MAP.

THOSE ARE ALL INCIDENTS REPORTED THROUGH THE VISION ZERO PROGRAM THAT WE WORK VERY CLOSELY WITH.

AND EVEN THOUGH THEY HAVE THE CULTURAL IDENTITY, THE AREAS IN IN FLUX, IT'S SLOWLY GOING THROUGH GENTRIFICATION, ESPECIALLY ON LIONS.

THEY WEREN'T ABLE TO GET OUT AND MEET THEIR NEIGHBORS.

THERE'S CLOSE TO 92 SIGNATURES OR 92 RESIDENTS THAT THEY WOULD NEED TO GET SIGNATURES FROM.

SO THEY DIDN'T ACTUALLY MEET THE DEADLINE THAT WE WERE WORKING TOWARDS, AND THEY'RE STILL WORKING TOWARDS THAT.

WE, WE DO KNOW ABOUT THIS AREA AND WHAT THE PROGRAM'S PROVIDING IS THAT IT WILL DECREASE TRAFFIC IN THAT AREA.

IT'S EXTREMELY COST EFFECTIVE.

THEIR CLOSURES ARE LESS ABOUT A THIRD LESS THAN AVENUE GS HYDE PARKS BECAUSE WE'RE ABLE TO ISOLATE THE NEIGHBORHOOD AT MORE DISTINCT AREAS, WHICH MEANS LESS CLOSURE EQUIPMENT, WHICH MEANS MORE NEIGHBORHOOD COMMUNING.

AND THAT'S ULTIMATELY GOING TO PREVENT CUT THROUGH TRAFFIC, INCREASED SAFETY ON THE STREETS, AND PROVIDE AN ALTERNATIVE TO SIDEWALKS.

SO THE LAST PIECE IS WE CURRENTLY HAVE THREE STAFF MEMBERS.

WE DID A, WE WERE ASKED IN THE BUDGET PROCESS TO DO PROJECTIONS ON WHERE THE PROGRAM COULD GO.

AND ESSENTIALLY WITH THREE STAFF MEMBERS, WE COULD RUN THIS ONE OF TWO WAYS.

UM, AND IT, WHAT IT MEANS IS WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO DO WHAT WE HAVE, RIGHT? THE 18 INSTALLATIONS FOR THE BUDGET WE HAVE.

AND IF WE ACTUALLY PROJECT THAT OUT, THE MOST WE THINK THAT WE COULD DO IN ANY GIVEN YEAR RIGHT NOW IS 72 ACTIVATIONS.

AND WHAT THAT WOULD MEAN IS TWO CORRESPONDING ACTIVE TRACKS WHERE THEY'RE OFFSET SO THAT STAFF HAS TIME TO PROCESS OUR APPLICATIONS AND REVIEW THOSE AT THE SAME TIME AS RENEWING AND APPROVING THE OTHER APPLICATIONS.

SO IT'S THIS WHOLE PROCESS THAT REALLY IS THE EBB AND FLOW.

SO WITHOUT ASKING FOR ADDITIONAL STAFF, THIS IS WHAT WE COULD DO, RIGHT? AND WE'RE IN THE PROCESS OF EXAMINING WHERE WE'RE AT, HOW MANY ACTIVATIONS ACTUALLY RE WANT TO REAPPLY DOING THAT ASSESSMENT.

LITERALLY WE JUST PUT OUR FIRST APPLICATIONS OUT THERE.

SO YOU CAN SEE THE BLUE LINE IS ABOUT A MONTH INTO THE PROGRAM, UM, WHERE THINGS ARE GONNA FALL.

WE HAVE LOST ONE ACTIVATION ON THE STREET.

THEY ACTUALLY APPLIED FOR, THEY MEANT TO APPLY FOR ANOTHER PROGRAM.

THEY MEANT TO APPLY FOR A NEIGHBORHOOD BLOCK PARTY.

THEY FILLED OUT THE APPLICATION FOR HEALTHY STREET, WENT THROUGH THE ENTIRE VETTING PROCESS.

WE DIDN'T KNOW THAT THEY WERE LOOKING FOR A NEIGHBORHOOD BLOCK PARTY.

A ONE OF, WE INSTALLED THE SIX MONTH AND THEY WENT, WHAT IS THIS? SO IN CONVERSATION, WHAT WE HAVE LEARNED FROM THAT NEIGHBORHOOD IS ANOTHER GOOD LESSON LEARNED.

AND IT'S THAT SEVERAL PEOPLE ACTUALLY LIKED IT ONCE IT WAS INSTALLED AND SOME, SEVERAL OTHER PEOPLE DIDN'T LIKE IT BECAUSE IT'S NOT WHAT THEY ASKED FOR, RIGHT? SO THEY WEREN'T WILLING TO COME TO THE TABLE.

TRUE COMMUNITY OUTREACH, DEVELOPMENT AND PLANNING IS REALLY CRITICAL TO THE SUCCESS OF THESE PROGRAMS. SO THAT APPLICATION WINDOW PERIOD OF THAT SIX MONTHS IS SO CRITICAL TO THEM GETTING ALL THE SIGNATURES, THE RESIDENTS ACTUALLY UNDERSTANDING WHAT THEY'RE GETTING INTO AND WHAT THE PROCESS IS MOVING FORWARD.

SO WITH THAT, THAT'S MY PRESENTATION.

I'LL OPEN IT UP TO ANY QUESTIONS YOU GUYS HAVE.

YEAH.

UM, I IMAGINE WE'RE GONNA HAVE QUITE A FEW QUESTIONS.

I'LL, I'LL KICK US OFF HERE.

UM, SO, UM, I HAD TWO, TWO

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QUESTIONS, UM, THAT CAME UP FOR ME.

SO ONE IS ON THE RESIDENTS APPROVAL OF THE AREA, UM, THAT IS RESIDENCE, RIGHT? SO HAVE YOU HAD ANY INSTANCES WHERE LIKE A RESIDENT SIGN OFF AND THEN A LANDLORD TRIED TO DISPUTE THAT OR ANY, LIKE, ANYTHING OF THAT NATURE ON FISHER GARDEN? WE, THERE'S ONE RESIDENT WHO ACTUALLY OWNS PROPERTY ALSO AND HAS TENANTS.

THE TENANT THAT WAS GONNA SIGN OFF IS LIKE, CAN I TALK TO MY LANDLORD FIRST? THE LANDLORD CAME OUT AND WE HAD A GREAT CONVERSATION.

HE'S LIKE, YOU'RE GONNA SIGN .

UM, I HAD THE EXACT OPPOSITE OF WHAT YOU'RE IMPLYING.

YES.

WHICH WAS, WE ACTUALLY GOT SUPPORT BECAUSE THE LANDLORD HAD LIVED THERE FOR OVER 35 YEARS, WAS A, A MEMBER OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD, UNDERSTOOD WHAT THE COMMUNITY COULD DO.

UM, BUT WE DO ALSO HAVE STIPULATIONS THAT MULTIFAMILY IS ALLOWED, HOWEVER, IT'S WITH DISCRETION, RIGHT? SO WE DON'T WANT A UNIT OF 200 APARTMENT COMPLEXES EMPTYING ONTO A LIVING STREET THROUGH ONE OR TWO DRIVEWAYS IN AND OUT OF THAT APARTMENT COMPLEX THAT'S NOT GOING TO PRESENT A SAFE STREET.

RIGHT? ADDITIONALLY, THERE'S A BURDEN ON THE RESIDENT THEN TO ACTUALLY GO AFTER THOSE SIGNATORIES, RIGHT? SO IF IT'S A 200 PERSON COMPLEX, HOW WOULD THEY EVEN GET 60% OF THAT? IT'S NOT FEASIBLE TO ASK THAT OF A RESIDENT.

SO WE DO HAVE VERY STRICT GUIDELINES THAT WE EXPLAIN TO PEOPLE AND WE GO THROUGH AND REVIEW HOW MANY DOUBLE OCCUPANCY AND AUXILIARY UNITS THERE ARE.

UM, CURRENTLY WE'VE HAD 37TH STREET AND FISHER GARDEN THAT HAVE HAD UNITS OF 20 ISH MM-HMM.

APARTMENT COMPLEXES.

AND THEY'VE BEEN ABLE TO FACILITATE THE CONVERSATION.

THEY HAVEN'T GOTTEN EVERY RESIDENT IN THAT AREA, BUT THEY HAVE GOTTEN NOTIFICATION FROM THOSE PEOPLE THAT THEY ARE INTERESTED.

GREAT.

UM, SO ONE OF THE QUESTIONS, I MEAN THIS HAS BEEN COMING UP ON THIS, THIS BODY HAS HEARD A LOT ABOUT, YOU KNOW, AT, SINCE THE INITIATION OF HEALTHY STREETS IN 2020, WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THESE THINGS AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT KEEPS COMING UP FOR ME IN PARTICULAR, AN AREA LIKE AVENUE G THAT, YOU KNOW, WAS PUT IN AS A HEALTHY STREET WAS SORT OF THE MOST POPULAR AND SUCCESSFUL HEALTHY STREET AS NOW A LIVING STREET.

AND THAT'S A SIX MONTH ACTIVATION.

LIKE IT, YOUR PROGRAM USES TEMPORARY TREATMENTS.

LIKE AT WHAT POINT DO WE DECIDE, OR COULD WE TRANSITION FOLKS TO HAVING A MORE PERMANENT TREATMENT, PARTICULARLY, YOU KNOW, LIKE WHAT WOULD BE THE PROCESS FOR THAT? PARTICULARLY LIKE IF THEY DON'T LIKE ORANGE CONES, LIKE I, YOU KNOW, LIKE WHATEVER OR WHATEVER THE LOOK MAY BE THAT THEY'RE NOT LOVING.

LIKE HOW, HOW DO WE IMAGINE TRANSITIONING THOSE PROGRAMS SO THAT THEY CAN LIKE SORT OF FOREVER BE HEALTHY OR COMPLETE STREETS PERMANENTLY? I I'M WONDERING IF JOHN EASTMAN PAID YOU AN ADVERTISEMENT FEE TO ASK ME THAT QUESTION.

SPECIFICALLY, WHO'S OVER THE SIDEWALKS DIVISION IN OUR UH, DEPARTMENT, UM, WE ARE ACTUALLY WORKING VERY CLOSELY WITH SHARED STREETS.

AVENUE G IS ONE OF THOSE STREETS WE ARE SPECIFICALLY LOOKING AT BECAUSE OF THAT, RIGHT? SO WE KNOW IT WAS SO SUCCESSFUL.

WE KNOW THAT THERE'S CURRENT CONSTRUCTION GOING ON, WE KNOW THE ROAD NEEDS TO BE REPAVED BECAUSE OF ALL THE CONSTRUCTION WORK THAT NEEDS HAPPENED.

WHY AREN'T WE LOOKING AT HOW WE AUGMENT THAT? SO PART OF THE CONVERSATION WE'RE CURRENTLY HAVING WITH OUR SIDEWALK DIVISION AND THE NEXT STEP UP OR THE SEMI-PERMANENT, IT'S REALLY PERMANENT, UM, BUT IT'S NOT A FULL COMPLETE STREET.

IT'S A SHEARED STREET.

AND THE SHE STREET ALLOWS THINGS LIKE THE FLEXIBLE DELINEATORS, THE LOLLIPOP POSTS AND PAINT ON THE SIDEWALK TO ELIMINATE OR TO DEMARCATE THE BUMPOUTS, RIGHT? WE USE TRAFFIC CON, RIGHT? A COMPLETE STREET WOULD BE COMPLETE CURB AND GUTTER, A DA SIDEWALKS, CROSSWALKS PROTECTED PARKING.

ALL THREE PROGRAMS ACHIEVE THOSE GOALS IN SOME LEVEL OR WAY.

AND THAT'S ACTUALLY THE CONVERSATION WE'RE CURRENTLY HAVING IS HOW DO WE MAKE THOSE TRANSITIONS? THEY REACHED OUT TO US SPECIFICALLY BECAUSE WE GOT SO MUCH GOOD FEEDBACK AND WE'VE BEEN DOING THE COMMUNITY OUTREACH.

SO THE WAY WE'RE THINKING ABOUT THIS CONCEPTUALLY IS THAT OUR PROGRAM DOES START TO ALIGN WITH THEIR PROGRAM MORE CLOSELY THAT WHEN WE IDENTIFY A STREET THAT IS APPROPRIATE, THEIR PROGRAM USES OUR PROGRAM TO TEST METHODOLOGY OUT AND WE BECOME A TEST LAB.

AND AGAIN, THIS IS REALLY IN SMART MOBILITY OFFICES, BEWICK, WE ARE THE INNOVATION OFFICE OF TRANSPORTATION AND MOBILITY CHANGE IN AUSTIN, RIGHT? SO THINKING THROUGH HOW WE'RE GOING TO DO THAT AND WHAT ITS IMPACT IS THAT'S OUR FORTE.

SO WE'RE BRINGING THAT TO THE TABLE WITH OUR OTHER DIVISIONS AND DEPARTMENTS.

WE'RE ALSO WORKING VERY CLOSELY WITH, UM, SAFE ROUTE TO SCHOOL VISION ZERO AND FIGURING OUT HOW TO START

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TO ADAPT THOSE GOALS AS PART OF THIS AS WELL.

AND THINGS LIKE DAY LIGHTING, REMOVING THINGS FROM THE STREET CORNER SO THAT WE BROADEN THE VIEW AS YOU COME TO THE INTERSECTION.

THOSE ARE ALL CRITICAL PIECES.

IT'S ONE OF THE REASONS WE WANTED TO MOVE TO THE CONES AND BARRELS THAT OPEN UP YOUR LINE OF SIGHT A LITTLE BIT MORE.

KEEP IT AT THIS LEVEL, BUT GIVE YOU A VERTICALITY AS WELL.

UM, SO GREAT QUESTION.

UM, WE ARE COORDINATING WITH ALL OF OUR, UH, PARTNERS, DIVISIONS WITHIN TPW AND WORKING VERY CLOSELY ON HOW THOSE ACTUALLY PAN OUT, INCLUDING, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, TRANSPORTATION, ENGINEERING.

THE ROAD GEOMETRY OF THIS, THE WAY WE CURRENTLY THINK ABOUT WHAT A LIVING STREET IS, IS NO DIFFERENT THAN A SHARED STREET OR A COMPLETE STREET.

IT IS A STREET TYPOLOGY AND IT'S NOT A PERMITTED PIECE AT THAT POINT.

IT'S A CITY INSTALLED PROGRAM AT RESIDENT REQUEST.

YEAH, IT STRIKES ME THAT YOU COULD EVEN WORK, I MEAN EVENTUALLY LONG TERM, LIKE EVEN WORK BACKWARDS FROM THE WALK BIKE ROLE PLAN, YOU KNOW, LIKE TO, TO INVITE PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY IF YOU'RE LOOKING AT THOSE AREAS THAT, UM, YOU KNOW, MAY BE IN UNDERREPRESENTED AREAS, UM, THAT, THAT WE ARE LOOKING AT FOR EQUITY.

LIKE KIND OF WORK BACKWARDS IN TERMS OF CONTACTING, YOU KNOW, WHERE THE PRIOR HIGH PRIORITY AREAS WOULD BE THAT ARE IN NEED OF, OF PROGRAMS LIKE THIS.

OKAY.

I'LL SHUT UP AND TAKE FROM COMMERS.

MELISSA, UH, COMMISSIONER ORTIZ.

SO I THINK FOLLOWING UP ON COMMISSIONER SUMMERS, UM, ON THE EQUITY LENS, SO NORTHEAST, I'M LOOKING AT THE MAP AND THERE AREN'T ACTIVATIONS.

AND WITH YOUR NEW METHODS OF OUTREACH AND MARKETING CAMPAIGNS, DO Y'ALL, HAVE Y'ALL SET ANY GOALS FOR GETTING ACTIVATIONS IN THOSE AREAS THAT ARE UNDERREPRESENTED? YES.

THAT'S ACTUALLY WHERE OUR MARKETING CAMPAIGNS GEARED TOWARDS.

SO WE'RE WORKING REALLY CLOSELY WITH OUR PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE WITHIN TPW TO DO THAT OUTREACH.

THERE'S AN INDIVIDUAL NAMED MIKE HARGUS WHO WAS WITH OUR DIVISION, BUT HIS WHOLE TAKE ON HOW HE APPROACHES OUTREACH IS TO MEET PEOPLE IN THEIR PLACE.

AND IT'S THAT GOAL THAT TRAINED OUR TEAM TO DO THE OUTREACH AND THE FIRST STEP IS TO GET THE WORD OUT AND EDUCATE PEOPLE.

THIS NEXT STEP IS TO GO TO PLACES LIKE THIS AND ASK YOU TO REACH OUT TO YOUR COUNCIL MEMBER REPRESENTATIVES AND REQUEST SUPPORT AS WELL.

THEY CAN ADVOCATE, WE INFORM, RIGHT? THE THIRD PART IS ACTUALLY GOING ONCE WE GET THE REQUEST AND DOING NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION MEETINGS AND OTHER MEETINGS, AND THAT'S ACTUALLY OUR GAME PLAN LONG TERM IS THAT'S WHY ALL THOSE PARTS ACTUALLY PLAYED THE ROLE TOGETHER IN TERMS OF HOW WE'RE TARGETING THOSE AREAS.

SPECIFICALLY.

OUR SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN IS GOING TO BE TARGETED IN, WE CAN VERY SPECIFICALLY TARGETED TO ZIP CODES.

UH, I'LL GO WITH COMMISSIONER KAMAN.

UM, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

THIS IS REALLY, REALLY GREAT STUFF.

UM, I KIND OF WANTED TO, I HAVE A QUESTION SORT OF RELATED TO WHAT, UH, CHAIR SUMMERS WAS SAYING IS FROM THE WALK BIKE ROLE PLAN, UH, THE SHARED STREETS IS LIKE A SIDEWALK ALTERNATIVE AND IT'S ALREADY LIKE MAPPED OUT A LOT OF LIKE WHERE THE CERTAIN STREETS ARE DESIGNATED AND EVERYTHING.

HOW DO YOU, I'M NOT SURE WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE IN TERMS OF, UM, JOHN EASTMAN'S PLAN FOR, YOU KNOW, BUILDING OUT THAT SHARED STREET NETWORK, BUT WHEN YOU'RE HAVING OVERLAP OF, YOU KNOW, OF A COUNCIL PAST PLAN THAT SAYS THIS IS WHERE SHARED STREETS ARE GOING TO BE INSTALLED VERSUS LIKE, UH, YOURS, WHICH IS MORE RESIDENT DRIVEN.

LIKE HOW ARE YOU APPROACHING THAT WHERE LIKE AREAS THAT ARE ALREADY SLATED FOR GETTING PERMANENT SORT OF, UH, INFRASTRUCTURE ON THERE AND HOW DOES THAT WORK? SO THAT'S ACTUALLY SOMETHING THAT JONATHAN AND I ARE SPECIFICALLY STUDYING RIGHT NOW BECAUSE WE HAD THE REQUEST FROM JOHN EASTMAN'S TEAM, RIGHT? MM-HMM.

KIRK AND I MET WITH JOHN AND MING, THOSE THE CORRESPONDING INDIVIDUALS ASSOCIATED WITH THE PROGRAMS. WHAT WE KNOW FROM THAT MEETING AND THE OTHER SUBSEQUENT MEETINGS I'VE BEEN MEETING WITH ME FOR SIX MONTHS ON DEVELOPING THIS, IS THAT THERE IS A LOT OF OVERLAP.

AND JONATHAN, AND MY UNDERLYING RESEARCH QUESTION IS, SHOULD SHARED STREETS PRIORITIZATION BE A PRIORITIZATION NUMBER WITHIN THE PRIORITIZATION MAPPING, KNOWING THAT IT'S ALREADY BEEN IDENTIFIED? MAYBE THAT'S EVEN A BETTER WAY OF LOOKING AT SIDEWALK DEFICIENCIES, WHICH WAS OUR FIRST TAKE AT IT.

AND THAT'S TO BE REAL FRANK ABOUT IT, IS HOW WE STARTED TO APPROACH IT WAS SIDEWALK DEFICIENT AREAS, RIGHT? BUT WITH THE CONVERSATION WITH JOHN AND HIS TEAM AND HOW WE CAN ACTUALLY DEVELOP THAT OUT, REALLY LIVING STREETS WAS ALSO ENVISIONED AS A SIDEWALK ALTERNATIVE.

JUST A SHORTER TERM ONE, RIGHT? UM, SO ALL THESE THINGS DO PLAY PERFECTLY TOGETHER AND IT'S REALLY FORMING THOSE RELATIONSHIPS AND PARTNERSHIPS

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AND HOW THEY PROGRESS FROM ONE PIECE TO ANOTHER.

UH, JOHN'S BUDGET IS MUCH LARGER BECAUSE IT'S TAKES MORE WORK TO PUT IN A SHARED STREET AND IT TAKES THREE TIMES, EIGHT TIMES THAT TO PUT IN A COMPLETE STREET, RIGHT? SO OUR PROGRAM'S ABOUT AN EIGHTH OF WHAT A SHARED STREET'S COST IS.

SO SEQUENTIALLY THESE THINGS CAN RAMP UP IN TERMS OF THE, OUR FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY TO OUR CITIZENS AND IT PROVIDES ALTERNATIVES FOR US TO FLEX AND HAVE CONVERSATIONS WITH THE RESIDENTS OUT THERE.

THANK YOU.

UH, COMMISSIONER SCHUMACHER.

THANK YOU.

CHAIR S UM, SO ONE QUESTION I HAVE, UM, IS ABOUT NEIGHBORHOOD BLOCK PARTIES AND OBVIOUSLY THIS KIND OF PRE-EXIST, THE, UM, LIVING STREETS, UH, ORDINANCE, UM, AND RESOLUTION, I GUESS.

WELL I THINK IT WAS FULL ANYWAYS.

UM, THE BLOCK PARTY STILL REQUIRES A PERMIT.

UM, I THINK AS WE KNOW FROM THE PERSON WHO JUST APPLIED FOR A, A HEALTHY STREET INSTEAD, IT'S A VERY CUMBERSOME PROCESS.

THERE'S EVEN A POINT, I THINK WHERE A NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION CAN OBJECT AND YOU CAN COME TO A HEARING AT THE UTC, WHICH, YOU KNOW, JUST KIND OF SEEMS KIND OF UNNECESSARY WHEN WE LOOK AT WHAT'S REQUIRED FOR, UH, A HEALTHY STREET ACTIVATION.

I, I'M CURIOUS, UM, YOU KNOW, OBVIOUSLY IT'S A HOLDOVER FROM CITY CODE.

DO YOU FEEL THAT THERE'S A PURPOSE FOR THAT AND IT'S HELPFUL IN ANY WAY? OR DO YOU NOT? YES, THERE IS A PURPOSE.

UM, THERE IS ALSO EXPLORATION AND RESEARCH REQUIRED.

SO THE RESOLUTION IS VERY CLEAR, ELIMINATE ALL OBSTACLES.

PERMITTING IS ONE OF THE OBSTACLES THAT WE FOUND IN TERMS OF OUR PEER REVIEW CITIES.

SO THAT'S MY ANSWER TO WHY WE WOULD WANT TO LOOK AT IT FURTHER AND CHANGE IT.

HOWEVER, AT THE SAME TIME, THE DIFFERENCE IS CONDITIONAL AND SOCIAL TRAINING.

A HEALTHY STREET AND A LIVING STREET, I'M SORRY, A HEALTHY STREET AND A PLACE STREET ARE LONG TERM.

I CAN CREATE SOCIAL CHANGE AND ADAPTATION AND BEHAVIORAL CHANGE WHERE A NEIGHBORHOOD BLOCK PARTY, BECAUSE IT LITERALLY POPS UP AND GOES AWAY, IS SO EPHEMERAL THAT ITS PROCESS NEEDS TO BE A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT AND IT'S MORE CLOSELY ALIGNED WITH AN EVENT, BUT IT'S REALLY STILL FALLS UNDER THE LIVING STREET UMBRELLA.

THOSE ARE THE FINE LINES AND THE FINE TUNING THAT WE NEED TO LOOK AT, IT IS LITERALLY A NOMINAL FEE.

IT'S THE LOWEST FEE WE CAN POSSIBLY CHARGE AS A CITY AT $50.

AND I THINK A 4% SURCHARGE, THAT'S $52 AND 40 CENTS.

UM, APPLICANTS HAVEN'T SEEN THAT AS AN OBSTRUCTION.

HOWEVER, MY PEER REVIEW AND RESEARCH HAVE SAID THAT IN EQUITY AREAS, THAT IS ABSOLUTELY MM-HMM AN OBSTRUCTION.

MORE IMPORTANTLY, THE APPLICATION PROCESS, THE PROCEDURES, THE WAY WE STREAMLINED OUR SYSTEM OF YOU TELL US YOU WANT ONE, WE WILL FIND IT FOR YOU AND THEN YOU GO GET YOUR SIGNATURES.

THAT'S AS ABOUT AS CLEAN AS WE COULD GET IT.

AND REALLY NEIGHBORHOOD BLOCK PARTIES THAT CAME FROM NEIGHBORHOOD BLOCK PARTIES.

SO LIKE CONCEPTUALLY IT'S THERE PAPERWORK WISE THOUGH, MAYBE THERE'S MORE THINGS THAT WE CAN DO.

SO ALWAYS ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT.

IT WOULD BE MY COMMENT, COMMISSIONER SMAR.

BUT ULTIMATELY THERE IS A REASON RIGHT NOW THAT IT, IT STILL EXISTS IS OUR PROGRAM ALSO WASN'T SET UP.

WE DIDN'T HAVE THE LITMUS TESTS THAT WE HAVE NOW, SO WE DIDN'T HAVE THE METHODOLOGIES THAT WE HAVE AS WELL.

MAYBE THERE'S ROOM FOR GROWTH AND MOVEMENT AT THIS POINT.

THANK YOU.

THAT'S A HELPFUL PERSPECTIVE.

ALRIGHT, ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? YEAH, COMMISSIONER BROOKS? YES.

MY NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION OPERATES A VERY SUCCESSFUL NEIGHBORHOOD NIGHT OUT EVENT.

WHAT SHOULD I TELL THEM? THEY SHOULD APPLY ALWAYS FOR A NEIGHBORHOOD BLOCK PARTY FOR THAT, RIGHT? THAT'S REALLY WHAT NEIGHBORHOOD BLOCK PARTIES CAME FROM IS NATIONAL NIGHT OUT.

UM, THAT WAS ITS FOUNDING INSTITUTION.

HOWEVER, IF THEY LIKE THAT LOOK AND FEEL A HEALTHY STREET AS A CONNECTOR IS ACTUALLY A GREAT ALTERNATIVE.

AND IF THERE'S CHILDREN'S OR CHILDREN AT HEART THAT WANT TO RECREATE IN THE STREET, UM, THEY SHOULD GO AFTER A PLAY STREET.

THEY'RE REALLY, REALLY SUCCESSFUL PROGRAMS. THE MORE HONESTLY, THE MORE APPLICATIONS WE HAVE, THE MORE INFORMATION WE'RE COLLECTING, THE MORE DATA WE'RE ABLE TO CONSOLIDATE AND MAKE PROGRAM IMPROVEMENTS, THE BETTER THIS IS GONNA BE.

SO WHEN WE HEAR COMPLAINTS FROM RESIDENTS, OUR FIRST THING IS THANK YOU.

WE NEEDED TO HEAR THAT.

OKAY.

WELL, OUR NEIGHBORHOOD NIGHT OUT IS ALWAYS HELD IN A PARKING LOT, A SHOPPING CENTER, PARKING LOT RATHER THAN ON STREETS.

IT WORKS FOR OUR NEIGHBORHOOD, IT WORKS, BUT IS THAT SHOPPING CENTER REALLY YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD?

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RIGHT.

THAT WOULD BE MY COMMENT.

MEET PEOPLE WHERE THEY LIVE.

WELL QUOTE MIKE HARGUS.

RIGHT.

YOU KNOW, UH, PART OF THE EVENT IS THEY INVITE LOCAL EMERGENCY SERVICES TO BRING THEIR VEHICLES.

THAT'S RIGHT.

THAT'S HARD TO DO ON MOST OF THE STREETS THAT WOULD FIT THE OTHER CRITERIA.

SO, AND CERTAINLY A GROCERY STORE IN THE MIDDLE OF GROCERY STORE IS A COMMUNITY CENTER.

ABSOLUTELY.

ABSOLUTELY IS.

AND IT'S, IT'S WHY IT SHOWS UP ON OUR PRIORITY.

SO I DON'T DISCOURAGE YOU FROM DOING IT THERE.

I'M JUST SAYING YOU MIGHT SEE A LARGER TURNOUT DIRECTLY ON YOUR STREET BECAUSE IT'S LESS FOR PEOPLE TO WALK TO AND FROM AS, AS FAR AS EMERGENCY VEHICLES ENTERING AND EXITING ALL THESE, WE HAVE TO MAINTAIN THAT ACCESS.

WE MAINTAIN IT FOR ANY LOCAL RESIDENT.

WELL, NO, THE PROBLEM IS WE INVITE THE EMERGENCY VEHICLES YES.

AND THEY THEY COME, THEY DO A PRE KIDS LOVE IT.

THEY GET OUT TO CLIMB ON A FIRE TRUCK OR AN AMBULANCE YEAH.

AND SO ON.

AND THERE'S GOTTA BE SPACE WHERE THE EVENT IS HELD FOR THOSE VEHICLES TO PARK.

THAT'S RIGHT.

AND, AND MOST STREETS HAVE THAT SPACE ACCOMMODATION AT 25 FEET MINIMUM.

THEY CAN BRING IN ONE PIECE OF EQUIPMENT AND KIDS CAN GATHER AROUND THOSE, ESPECIALLY DURING A NEIGHBORHOOD BLOCK PARTY.

AGAIN, ALL SAID, YOU KNOW, WE'RE ALSO WORKING VERY CLOSELY WITH A PD AND A FD ON THOSE KINDS OF CONVERSATIONS.

LITERALLY, WE, WE DID TABLING AT NATIONAL NIGHT OUT THIS YEAR, AND I HAD CONVERSATIONS WITH CHIEF HERNANDEZ ABOUT THE PROGRAM AND HER RESPONSE WAS, I'M IN WHATEVER WE NEED TO DO, WE'RE IN.

UM, AND I THINK YOU'D SEE THAT CHIEF JOEL BREAKER IS OF THE SAME MINDSET IS THESE DO PROVIDE THAT COMMUNITY OUTREACH THAT THEIR TEAMS REALLY DO WANT AND NEED, RIGHT? BECAUSE THEY WANT TO BE ABLE TO MEET THE PEOPLE WHERE THEY LIVE AND WORK.

WE ALSO FORMED THE RELATIONSHIP WITH AUSTIN RESOURCE RECOVERY, ENSURING THAT CITY SERVICES WOULDN'T BE INTERRUPTED AND SEVERAL OTHER DIVISIONS, DEPARTMENTS, SORRY, BUT THAT WOULD BE MY COMMENT.

ALL RIGHT.

I DON'T KNOW IF ANYONE ELSE HAS QUESTIONS.

WE DO HAVE TWO COMMISSIONERS ONLINE.

I IF Y Y'ALL EVER NEED ANY AND I'M NOT SEEING YOU ONLINE PEOPLE, YOU CAN ALWAYS JUST YELL AT ME, UM, AND LET ME KNOW THAT.

BUT, UM, IF WE HAVE ANY MORE QUESTIONS, IF NOT, WELL THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR PRESENTATION.

THIS WAS GREAT.

UM, YEAH, APPRECIATE IT.

THANK YOU FOR HAVING US.

AWESOME.

ALL RIGHT FOLKS.

SO WE'RE

[3. Discussion and approval of a Right of Way vacation of 5600 Middle Fiskville Rd ]

NOW MOVING INTO DISCUSSION AND ACTION ITEMS. UM, ITEMS THREE AND FOUR ARE RIDE OF WAY VACATIONS.

UM, SO I'M GONNA CALL THOSE UP AT THIS TIME.

THE FIRST ONE BEING A RIDE OF WAKE GAVE VACATION AT 5,600 MID MIDDLE FISKVILLE ROAD.

GOOD AFTERNOON, CHAIR AND COMMISSIONERS.

MY NAME IS CHRIS, EXCUSE ME.

MY NAME IS CHRISTOPHER BUKERT.

I'M A PROPERTY AGENT SENIOR WITH THE TRANSPORTATION AND PUBLIC WORKS AT THE LAND MANAGEMENT DIVISION WITHIN THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

AND I'M HERE THIS AFTERNOON TO PRESENT A RIGHT OF WAY VACATION REQUEST, UH, STREET, UH, RIGHT OF WAY VACATION APPLICATION OF APPROXIMATELY 0.316 ACRE TRACK OF LAND, UH, ABUTTING 56, UH, I'M SORRY, 5,600 MIDDLE FISKVILLE ROAD.

THE ABIDING PROPERTY OWNERS ARE JOHNSON SPECIAL LAND LTD AND THE TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION.

AND THE DISPLAYED MAP IS OF 56 MINUTE, UH, 5,600 MINI ROAD.

UM, THE ABUT PROPERTY OF THE REQUESTED RIGHT OF WAY, UH, THAT IS A PAVED, DEVELOPED RIGHT OF WAY.

HERE'S OUR STREET VIEW AGAIN.

THE VACATION TRACK IS APPROXIMATELY, UH, 0.316 ACRE AND IT IS BUDDING 5,600 MIDDLEVILLE ROAD.

UH, ALL PROPERTY OWNERS WITHIN 300 FEET OF THE VACATION AREA WERE SENT PUBLIC NOTIFICATIONS ON FEBRUARY 6TH, 2024.

UH, NO OBJECTIONS HAVE BEEN RECEIVED AT THIS TIME.

ALL AFFECTED CITY DEPARTMENTS AND EXTERNAL STAKEHOLDERS.

STAKEHOLDERS, UH, HAVE REVIEWED AND RECOMMENDED APPROVAL OF THIS RIGHT OF WAY VACATION APPLICATION SUBJECT TO THE CONDITIONS LISTED ON THE MASTER COMMENT REPORT THAT WAS SUBMITTED WITH THIS PRESENTATION.

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AND THE CITY WILL RETAIN A PUBLIC UTILITY EASEMENT FOR AUSTIN WATER AND AUSTIN ENERGY FACILITIES.

HOW DO YOU PLAN TO DEVELOP THE VACATED, UH, THE AREA TO BE VACATED? EXCUSE ME.

UM, ON THE INITIAL APPLICATION BACK IN 2020, THE APPLICANTS INDICATED IT WAS GOING TO BE TO BE DETERMINED.

UM, SINCE THEN, UM, THEY HAVE FILED A NEW SITE PLAN.

UH, THE PREVIOUS SITE PLAN WAS SP 20 20 0 2 7 3D AS IN DAVID.

UM, THE NEW SITE PLAN FOR THE PROPERTY SITE PLAN WAS FILED JUNE THE FIRST OF 2023.

UH, SITE PLAN NUMBER 20 23 2 7 1 C AS IN CAT AND THEY HAVE RECEIVED ONE ROUND OF COMMENTS.

AT THIS TIME, I AM HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING THE RIGHT OF WAY PROCESS.

UM, THE APPLICANT CAN ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING THE BUDDY PROPERTY AND PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR TIME.

UM, YEAH, I THINK WE'RE GONNA HAVE PROBABLY A FAIR NUMBER OF QUESTIONS ON THIS ONE.

UM, SO I AM, SO THE CURRENT, I MEAN THE PRE YOUR POWERPOINT SHOWS THE 2020 SITE PLAN.

IS THE 2023 SITE PLAN IN THIS PACKET OR CAN WE GET SOME MORE EXPLANATION OF THE 2023 SITE PLAN? HELLO, I'M DANIEL MAHONEY WITH MAHONEY ENGINEERING.

I REPRESENT, UH, THE APPLICANT.

UM, THE 2023 SITE PLAN IS ACTUALLY FILED BY, UM, A PRIVATE PROPERTY.

IT'S CALLED THE 5 0 1.

UM, WE ARE NOT THE ONES SUBMITTING THAT SITE PLAN, BUT IT'S A SITE PLAN THAT'S KIND OF COME IN, IN CLOSE PROXIMITY AND OVERLAPPING THE RIGHT OF WAY AREA, UM, AT 56 AND AIRPORT BOULEVARD.

UM, THAT SITE PLAN IS LIKE A MULTIFAMILY, THE SITE PLAN FROM 2020 IS AN INFRASTRUCTURE SITE PLAN.

OBVIOUSLY WE HAD TO PERFORM THE INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS PRIOR TO VACATION THE RIGHT OF WAY IN ORDER TO MAKE A SA SAFE PEDESTRIAN, UM, BICYCLE AND KIND OF VEHICLE OR KIND OF TRANSITION THIS AREA, DO THE VERY KIND OF PIZZA WEDGE KINDA SHAPE OF THIS AREA.

SO THOSE ARE TWO KIND OF SEPARATE PROCESSES OF, UH, SITE PLANS.

YEAH, I GOTTA BE HONEST, I'M NOT, I GUESS I'M NOT, I UNDERSTANDING MAYBE YOU CAN BACK UP A LITTLE BIT.

I CAN SHARE WITH YOU A, UH, A COUPLE SLIDES OFF A POWERPOINT.

UM, AND, UH, LET ME CLICK THROUGH.

THIS IS THE SITE PLAN THAT WE FILED IN 2020, UM, TO PUNCH THROUGH 56TH STREET INTO AIRPORT.

UM, AS THE, THESE CONVERSATION STARTED, UH, WITH MOBILITY BOND PROGRAM KIND OF VISITING, UM, NEIGHBORS AND KIND OF COORDINATING HOW THIS MOBILITY BOND'S GONNA WORK.

AND IT WAS KIND OF A VERY WEIRD INTERSECTION WHERE MILL FIST, UH, INTERSECTED AIRPORT AND JUST SEEM VERY INEFFICIENT, KIND OF UNSAFE BEING AS CLOSE IT IS TO KANIG.

UM, SO ONE OF THE IDEAS WAS TO MAYBE POTENTIALLY VACATE THIS PORTION GOING NORTH AND HAVE A BETTER TRANSITION OF 56 STRAIGHT INTO, UM, AIRPORT.

SO WE FILED A SITE PLAN, HAD IT APPROVED, BUILT IT CONSTRUCTION, MOVED, YOU KNOW, POWER POLES, TELECOM, AND ALL THIS IS OPERATION RIGHT NOW AND PEOPLE ARE USING IT.

UM, EXACTLY WHAT YOU SEE ON THE SCREEN.

UM, LET ME JUST CLICK A COUPLE SLIDES AHEAD.

KEEP, UM, RIGHT, KEEP GOING A LITTLE BIT.

KEEP GOING A LITTLE MORE.

KEEP GOING.

UH, ONE MORE.

UM, THIS IS THE SITE PLAN THAT'S BEEN FILED THAT WE ARE NOT APPLICANT TO THAT WILL OVERLAY THE RIDE AWAY VACATION.

UM, SO YOU CAN SEE HERE IT'S A VERY LARGE MASTER PLAN COMMUNITY, KIND OF, OF A GROCERY STORE, MULTIFAMILY, UM, VERY URBANISTIC KIND OF ENVIRONMENT.

SO TRYING TO CARVE UP A OPPORTUNITY FOR ACTIVATING THIS INEFFICIENT RIGHT OF WAY SPACE, UM, THE RIGHT OF WAY SPACE YOU CAN SEE THERE ON THEIR SITE PLAN.

WE'RE ACTUALLY TRYING TO KEEP IT AS, UM, YOU KNOW, THERE'S GONNA BE, UH, THE RED BIKE LANE WILL GO THROUGH THERE TRAIL, AND THEN THERE WILL BE KIND OF PEDESTRIAN ACTIVITY KIND OF WHERE THOSE EASEMENTS ARE FOR THE RETAINING EASEMENTS FOR POWER AND WATER THAT'LL BE UNDERGROUND.

AND THAT'S GONNA REPLACE SORT OF LIKE THE CAR DEALERSHIP? CORRECT.

OKAY.

BUT YOU'RE NOT REPRESENTING THE CAR DEALERSHIP YOU REPRESENT.

I REPRESENT THE CAR DEALERSHIP.

I DON'T REPRESENT THE DEVELOPMENT THAT'S COMING IN TO REPLACE THE CAR DEALERSHIP.

GOT IT.

THANK YOU FOR SLICING THAT FOR US.

OKAY.

I THINK I'M UNDERSTANDING BETTER NOW.

UM, I, I'M DONE WITH MY

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QUESTIONS FOR NOW.

I THINK, UH, COMMISSIONER