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THANK YOU,

[CALL TO ORDER]

KRUGER RESI.

IF YOU WOULDN'T MIND TURNING ON YOUR CAMERA PLEASE, SIR.

THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT.

IT IS MARCH 6TH, SIX OH TWO.

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

WE'RE HERE AT 63 10 WILHELMINA DELCO DRIVE.

WE'LL DO ROLL CALL REAL QUICK.

WE'LL START REMOTE.

IF YOU WOULDN'T MIND STARTING RESI, THAT'D BE GREAT.

RESI HERE.

BRUGER HERE.

BEDFORD? HERE.

RANDBERG HERE.

CRYSTAL.

HERE.

SULLIVAN.

HERE.

BRIER HERE.

ALRIGHT.

UM, LOOKS LIKE WE'VE GOT A QUORUM.

AND WE'RE ROLLING.

DO WE HAVE ANY PUBLIC COMMUNICATIONS? OH, YOU GET, YOU GET CREDIT FOR BEING HERE.

ARE THERE ANY OTHER COMMISSIONERS THAT ARE PRESENT NOW THAT WE'RE ROLLING? CALL NICHOLS.

SAY NICHOLS HERE REAL QUICK.

NICHOLS HERE.

PERFECT.

[PUBLIC COMMUNICATION: GENERAL]

AND WE, UH, AND WE DO HAVE A, A CITIZEN COMMUNICATION, UH, CHARLES MOSSBERG.

AND, UH, YOU, YOU WILL HAVE THREE MINUTES.

YOU'LL PROBABLY HAVE TO HIT THE BUTTON ON THE, UH, PODIUM FROM THE MIC.

HELLO EVERYONE.

THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.

UH, MY NAME IS CHARLIE MOSSBERG.

I'M HERE ON BEHALF OF ST.

EDWARDS UNIVERSITY'S CIVICS LAB.

I'M HERE TO JUST GIVE YOU A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF A PROJECT THAT WE'RE WORKING ON WITH THE CITY OF AUSTIN CALLED GET FERTILIZER WISER.

THIS PROJECT IS A PILOT PROGRAM INTENDED TO OFFER A VOUCHER THROUGH THE CITY OF AUSTIN THROUGH AUSTIN WATER THAT'LL PROVIDE UP TO A HUNDRED DOLLARS FOR AUSTIN HOMEOWNERS TO REPLACE NON-NATIVE WATER INTENSIVE AND FERTILIZER INTENSIVE PLANTS WITH NATIVE PLANTS THAT WILL ALLOW THEM TO REDUCE THEIR WATER AND FERTILIZER USE.

EXCESSIVE MINERALIZED FERTILIZER USE CONTRIBUTES, AS I'M SURE MANY OF YOU KNOW, TO A VARIETY OF ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES, INCLUDING WATER QUALITY DEGRADATION ON OUR LAKES AND RIVERS, E AND ECOLOGICAL DAMAGE IN THE BUILDUP OF TOXIC ALGAE.

UH, THESE PROBLEMS CAUSED BY MINERALIZED FERTILIZER ARE, ARE SOLVABLE.

MINERALIZED FERTILIZER IS NOT NECESSARY TO BE USED ON LAWNS AND PLANTS THAT ARE NATIVE TO AUSTIN.

SO OUR SORT OF CAMPAIGN IS IN A TWO PARTS.

ONE WITH THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

WE'RE WORKING WITH CITY COUNCIL TO IMPLEMENT THIS VOUCHER PROGRAM.

AND THEN ST.

EDWARDS UNIVERSITY'S CIVICS LAB IS GOING TO CONTINUE THROUGHOUT THE NEXT FEW YEARS TO OFFER A CLASS AT THE SCHOOL THAT WILL WORK WITH THE LOCAL COMMUNITY TO DO PUBLIC OUTREACH TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT NOT ONLY THIS VOUCHER PROGRAM, BUT ALSO THE OTHER VOUCHER AND REBATE PROGRAMS THAT AUSTIN WATER ALREADY OFFERS AND PROVIDE EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS TO HOMEOWNERS IN AUSTIN THAT WILL TEACH PEOPLE ABOUT THE DANGERS AND THE, THE CONSEQUENCES OF USING FERTILIZER IN THEIR YARDS SO THAT WE CAN HOPEFULLY REDUCE AUSTIN'S OVERALL FERTILIZER USE TO GET RID OF SOME OF THESE PROBLEMS. THANK YOU.

I'M HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS YOU MIGHT HAVE.

THANK YOU.

CHARLIE, IF YOU WOULDN'T MIND, UH, SEND SOME INFORMATION TO ELIZABETH SO SHE CAN SEND IT OUT TO THE COMMISSION.

YEAH, ABSOLUTELY.

THANK YOU.

THANKS FOR COMING DOWN.

UH, REAL QUICK, CAN I, CAN YOU, CAN YOU SAY THE NAME OF THE PROGRAM AGAIN? YEAH.

THE NAME OF THE PROGRAM IS GI FERTILIZER WISER.

THANK YOU, CHARLIE.

THANK YOU.

ANY OTHER PUBLIC COMMENTERS? ALL RIGHT.

UM,

[APPROVAL OF MINUTES]

FIRST ITEM UP TO THE AGENDA IS THE REVIEW OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING MINUTES FROM FEBRUARY 21ST.

ELIZABETH HAS SENT THOSE AROUND.

UH, DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY COMMENTS OR REVISIONS TO THE MINUTES? MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES.

SECOND PRIMER.

YOU WANT IT? YEAH.

PRIMER PRIMER SECONDS.

UH, MOTION BY PERRY.

UH, SECOND BY PRIMER.

ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF APPROVING THE MITTENS MINUTES AS WRITTEN.

LOOKS LIKE EVERYBODY.

ALRIGHT.

THANK YOU GUYS.

ALL RIGHT.

UM, DESPITE MY BETTER JUDGMENT, UM, WE'RE GONNA GO

[2. Recognition of Kevin Ramberg for his service on the Environmental Commission – Katie Coyne, Environmental Officer, Watershed Protection Department]

WITH NUMBER TWO, UH, ON THE AGENDA.

THANK YOU.

CHAIR BERG.

MY NAME IS KATIE COY.

I'M THE CITY OF AUSTIN ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICER.

UH, GOOD EVENING COMMISSIONERS.

UH, ITEM NUMBER TWO IS, UH, TO PAY, UH, WELL EARNED AND DUE RESPECT.

APPEARS THAT YOUR TIME IS UP, MA'AM.

.

THANK YOU.

YEP.

SEE IT.

WE'RE MOVING ON.

NEXT AGENDA ITEM.

AND YOU WOULD LOVE THAT, HUH? UM, ? WELL, AARON, IN DUE RESPECT TO CHAIR BERG, WHO IS STEPPING DOWN AND OFF OF ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION, UH, CHAIR BERG WAS APPOINTED TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION BY COUNCIL MEMBER ELLIS IN 2019.

HE'S DEDICATED HIS TIME TO PARTICIPATE IN SEVERAL COMMISSION COMMITTEES, INCLUDING THE URBAN GROWTH POLICY AND WATER QUALITY PROTECTION COMMITTEE, VALCON CANYONLANDS CONSERVATION PLAN, CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE, AND THE JOINT ENVIRONMENTAL PARKS BOARD.

BEFORE SERVING AS CHAIR, KEVIN CUT HIS TEETH AS SECRETARY,

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WHERE I CAN PERSONALLY ATTEST TO HIM EARNING HIS NICKNAME OF KEVIN EZ BERG.

UH, WE, UH, HE THEN TOOK ON THE ROLE OF VICE CHAIR BEFORE BEING ELECTED AS CHAIR IN 2022.

UH, AS CHAIR KEVIN MAKES A POINT OF ENSURING EVERYONE'S VOICE IS HEARD, AND THAT CASES ARE THOROUGHLY EXAMINED.

AND I CAN SPEAK FOR MYSELF, BUT ALSO MANY WHO KNOW YOU THAT ONE OF THE THINGS I'VE LOVED MOST ABOUT YOUR SERVICE ON THIS COMMISSION AND, AND AS CHAIR IS YOUR HEART.

UM, YOU COME TO EVERY MEETING WITH A POSITIVE ATTITUDE, A SENSE OF HUMOR.

YOU WANNA MAKE SURE EVERYONE IS HEARD, YOU DO THIS JOB WITH A GREAT DEAL OF EMPATHY.

UM, AND WE REALLY APPRECIATE ALL THE TIME AND EFFORT YOU'VE DEVOTED TO THIS COMMISSION.

THANK YOU, KATIE.

I APPRECIATE IT.

AND, UH, PROBABLY AGAINST WHAT HE WOULD LIKE.

IF ANY COMMISSIONERS WOULD LIKE TO OFFER ANY REMARKS, WE'RE HAPPY TO, UH, GIVE A CHANCE FOR THAT, UH, AS WELL.

AND WE'D ALSO LIKE YOU TO COME UP AND BE RECOGNIZED.

WE HAVE A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR YOU.

YOU, SO SORRY, .

I'M GONNA JUMP IN AS YOU'RE HEADING UP THERE.

YEAH, YEAH.

UM, SO KATIE RECOGNIZES YOUR HEART.

I'M GONNA RECOGNIZE YOUR HUMOR.

UM, YOU KNOW, YOU DON'T GET TO SEE IT THAT MUCH WHEN WE'RE HERE IN THESE MEETINGS, UM, BUT WHEN WE'RE ON OUR PLANNING MEETINGS, UM, THEY CAN BE VERY FUNNY AND I REALLY APPRECIATE THAT AS WE'RE, YOU KNOW, GIVING OUR TIME AND, AND THINKING THROUGH THINGS THAT ARE SOMETIMES DIFFICULT OR CHALLENGING OR COMPLICATED.

AND, UH, KEVIN ALWAYS KEEPS IT LIGHT AND SPIRITED TO SAY THE LEAST.

SO, THANK YOU, KEVIN.

AND I THINK, I THINK COMMISSIONER PERRY WAS GOING TO DO SOMETHING NEAT WITH THE STICK .

NO, NO, I'M NOT GONNA, WE WERE KIND OF JOKING THAT I SAID, WELL, I COULD TRY AN OLD COLOR GUARD ROUTINE FOR HIGH SCHOOL, BUT NO, NOT GONNA DO A 360 SPIN IN HERE.

IT'S KIND OF .

BUT I JUST WANTED TO SAY THANK YOU, KEVIN, AND FOR ALWAYS BEING LIKE OPEN-MINDED AND, UM, JUST OPEN AND JUST WILLING TO JUST BE A CONNECTOR OF PEOPLE.

LIKE, SINCE I FIRST STARTED, LIKE YOU WERE JUST WELCOMING.

LIKE, I REMEMBER LIKE SITTING IN A ROOM AND YOU WERE ONE OF THE FIRST PEOPLE TO ASK ME, OH, SOMETHING ABOUT YOURSELF.

AND THAT WAS JUST REALLY COOL.

AND YOU JUST HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A GREAT LISTENER TO, TO THE PUBLIC, TO US, GREAT FACILITATOR WITH COMING THE ROUGH RODS AND THE OCEANS THAT WE'VE HAD ON, ON THE COMMISSION.

AND, UM, YEAH, I'M JUST LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING WHAT ELSE YOU DO IN THE FUTURE.

KEEP IN TOUCH , I'D LIKE TO THROW IN, I'LL BE BRIEF, WHICH IS KINDA LIKE A CONTRADICTION IN TERMS, BUT, UH, NEVERTHELESS, UH, I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND ADVICE ON MANY THINGS OVER THE, THE TIME YOU'VE BEEN CHAIR AND EVERYTHING HAS REALLY BEEN VALUABLE.

AND IT HELPED, IT'S HELPED ME NAVIGATE SOME THINGS VERY MUCH, YOU KNOW, VERY EFFECTIVELY THAN MORE SO THAN IT WOULD'VE BEEN OTHERWISE.

SO, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE.

I GOTTA SAY ONE THING, AND THAT'S JUST HE, UH, THE CHAIR AND I BOTH SAVE A TON, TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF ENERGY BY NOT SHAVING .

IT'S GREAT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT TO NOT SHAVE .

JUST THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING.

YOU'VE BEEN A FANTASTIC CHAIR.

YOU, I THINK EVERYONE SAID SOME VERSION OF THIS.

YOU'RE ALWAYS REALLY, REALLY OPEN AND MAKE SURE EVERYONE'S HEARD AND KEEP THE MEETINGS ON TRACK AS MUCH AS YOU POSSIBLY CAN.

SO THANK YOU.

I'D LOVE TO JUMP IN.

IS HE GONNA GET A CD OF THIS, UH, WHOLE THING? YOU KNOW, YOUR HONOR, WANTED SAY SOMETHING THERE? UM, YEAH, I'D LOVE TO JUMP IN ECHO EVERYTHING THAT'S ALREADY BEEN SAID.

UH, INTERESTING NOTE ABOUT THE SHAVING AND THE ENVIRONMENT.

DIDN'T KNOW THAT PART, BUT, UM, CHAIR BERG, I JUST WANT TO THANK YOU SO MUCH.

YOU HAVE BEEN SUCH A CAPABLE LEADER, UM, VERY INTELLIGENT AND CURIOUS, AND YOU REALLY LEAD WITH HUMILITY, WHICH IS EXACTLY THE KIND OF LEADER THAT I LIKE TO SEE.

YOU KNOW, YOU'RE NOT AT ALL EGO DRIVEN.

YOU MAKE SURE THAT EVERYONE ELSE HAS A CHANCE, YOU KNOW, TO TALK BEFORE YOU DO.

UM, AND I'M SAD FOR US THAT YOU'RE GOING, BECAUSE I THINK YOUR LEADERSHIP HAS BEEN SUCH A, YOU KNOW, CALMING PRESENCE.

I BELIEVE PERRY SAID, YOU'RE A GOOD FACILITATOR.

YOU REALLY HAVE JUST HANDLED THE POSITION SO WELL, AND I THINK MADE EVERYONE FEEL HEARD AND SUPPORTED.

SO I'M JUST SO GRATEFUL, UM, FOR YOUR TIME ON THIS COMMISSION FOR THE TIME THAT WE OVERLAPPED.

WHAT A GREAT APPOINTMENT BY COUNCIL MEMBER ELLIS.

I REALLY APPLAUD HER FOR, FOR SEEING THESE QUALITIES IN YOU AS WELL.

UM, AND I WISH YOU LUCK IN WHATEVER YOU'RE DOING, AND I DO HOPE YOU'LL KEEP IN TOUCH.

SO THANK YOU SO MUCH.

THANK YOU.

I APPRECIATE IT, CRUSH.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO SAY ANYTHING.

IT'S PERFECTLY FINE.

.

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IT IS PERFECTLY FINE.

I'M GONNA SAY ALL NEGATIVE THINGS, UH, AND TRY TO CHANGE IT UP A LITTLE BIT.

NO, I'M KIDDING.

UH, YEAH, I MEAN, YOU KNOW, IT'S BEEN GREAT.

UH, YOU KNOW, LIKE JENNIFER MENTIONED, UH, IT'S ALWAYS GOOD TO HAVE A, UH, SOMEBODY LEADING THE WAY THAT'S GOT A SENSE OF HUMOR AND CAN KEEP THINGS LIGHT, BECAUSE TALKING ABOUT CUT AND FILL AND HERITAGE TREES FOR FOUR HOURS CAN BE A BIT, UH, A BIT MONOTONOUS AT TIMES.

SO, UH, YEAH, BIG SHOES FILL FOR ANYBODY ELSE.

YEAH.

THANK YOU.

YEAH, I MEAN, I, I I WOULD LIKE TO, UM, I'LL BE BRIEF AS WELL, BUT, UM, I'D LIKE TO THANK STAFF, UH, YOU GUYS HAVE DONE A GREAT JOB.

CONTINUE TO DO A GREAT JOB.

UM, AND THIS COMMISSION IS A LOT EASIER FOR US TO DO, MAKE THE DECISIONS THAT WE MAKE UP HERE BECAUSE YOU GUYS COME PREPARED AND, AND PRESUMABLY DO A LOT OF WORK BEFORE IT'S EVEN HERE.

AND A LOT OF PROJECTS DON'T EVEN MAKE IT TO US BECAUSE OF THE HARD WORK THAT YOU DO.

UM, SO THANK YOU FOR ALL OF THAT.

OF COURSE.

THANK YOU PERRY AND JENNIFER FOR, UH, HELPING KIND OF HEARD, HEARD THIS PROCESS FORWARD.

UH, I DO APPRECIATE ALL THAT YOU GUYS HAVE BEEN DOING.

UM, IT'S A LOT.

UM, AND, UH, WHOEVER TAKES THE HELM, I'M SURE THEY'LL DO A GREAT JOB.

UM, AND, UH, YEAH, THANK YOU COMMISSIONERS FOR ALL THE KIND WORDS.

I APPRECIATE IT.

UM, AND I'M REALLY HOPING AND PLANNING TO NOT, UH, EINHORN'S NOT HERE TO VOTE AGAINST, BUT TO NOT GO PAST 10 O'CLOCK TONIGHT ON MY LAST MEETING.

SO, UM, WE'LL KEEP THINGS ROLLING.

SLOW PLATE.

YEAH, DON'T SLOW IT DOWN ON PURPOSE, PLEASE.

UM, ALL RIGHT, NUMBER THREE.

[3. Make a recommendation regarding the request for 311-315 South Congress Planned Unit Development (PUD) (C814-2023-0027) located at 311, 313, 315 South Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas 78704 (District 9). Presenter: Leslie Lilly, Environmental Program Coordinator, Watershed Protection Department.]

UM, THANKS KATIE.

UH, LET'S, UH, MAKE A, UH, THE MOTION OR THE ITEM IS MAKE A RECOMMENDATION REGARDING THE REQUEST FOR 33 11 TO THREE 15 SOUTH CONGRESS PLANNED UNIT DEVELOPMENT, PUD C EIGHT 14 DASH 2023 DASH 0 0 2 7, LOCATED AT 3 11, 3 13, AND THREE 15 SOUTH CONGRESS AVENUE.

AND I THINK, UH, LESLIE'S GONNA GIVE US A BRIEF PRESENTATION.

YEAH.

SO, UH, LESLIE LILY WATERSHED PROTECTION.

AND WHILE MY PRESENTATION LOADS, I'LL JUST SAY I'M GLAD I GET TO GIVE YOU A PRESENTATION ON THE LAST NIGHT THAT YOU ARE CHAIR COMMISSIONER BERG.

SO GLAD TO SEE YOU OFF WITH YET ANOTHER PRESENTATION THROUGH SEASONS OF PRESENTATIONS DURING YOUR TERM AS CHAIR.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SERVICE.

OKAY.

GETTING INTO THE ITEM I WILL BE SPEAKING ON TONIGHT.

THIS IS A NEW POD AT THREE 11 AT 3 11 3 15 SOUTH CONGRESS POD, LOCATED AT THREE 11 SOUTH CONGRESS.

UH, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO, THIS SITE IS LOCATED IN CENTRAL AUSTIN, UH, JUST SOUTH OF LADY BIRD LAKE ON CONGRESS AVENUE.

AND AS YOU CAN SEE, IT IS LOCATED IN THE FULL PURPOSE JURISDICTION.

IT IS NOT IN THE EDWARDS AQUIFER RECHARGE ZONE OR IN THE CONTRIBUTING ZONE.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

AS MENTIONED, THIS PROPOSED PROJECT IS A NEW POD ZONING.

UM, IT HAS A COMMERCIAL EXISTING COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT ON IT AND IS, UH, HAS EXISTING ZONING FOR COMMERCIAL USE.

THE CURRENT SITE IS A LITTLE LESS THAN AN ACRE AT 0.81 ACRES.

IT'S IN COUNCIL DISTRICT NINE, AND IT IS A PART OF THE GREATER SOUTH RIVER CITY COMBINED NEIGHBORHOOD PLAN.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

UM, SO THIS PARTICULAR PROJECT HAS A LOT OF IMPERVIOUS COVER.

IT'S GOT A, A, A LITTLE OVER 96% IMPERVIOUS COVER.

IT WAS PLOTTED IN THE LATE SEVENTIES, DEVELOPED IN THE EARLY EIGHTIES, AND IT HAS EXISTING DEVELOPMENT THAT OCCURRED PRIOR TO THE CURRENT ENVIRONMENTAL REQUIREMENTS THAT EXIST TODAY.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

ALSO, AS IT RELATES TO THE IMAGINE AUSTIN PLAN, IT IS IN AN IMAGINE AUSTIN CORRIDOR, AND IT IS ALSO LOCATED WITHIN THE SOUTH CENTRAL WATERFRONT, IMAGINE AUSTIN TOWN CENTER.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

SO, THERE ARE NOT A LOT OF ENVIRONMENTAL FEATURES ON THE SITE.

THERE'S NO CRITICAL WATER QUALITY ZONE, THERE'S NO CRITICAL ENVIRONMENTAL FEATURES.

THERE ARE NO NATURALLY OCCURRING SLOPES.

IT IS IN AN URBAN WATERSHED, WHICH IS, UH, THE LADY BIRD LAKE WATERSHED.

IT'S OUTSIDE OF THE EDWARDS AQUIFER RECHARGE AND CONTRIBUTING ZONE.

AS I MENTIONED, THERE'S NO A HUNDRED YEAR FLOODPLAIN, AND THERE IS 96.7% IMPERVIOUS COVER ON THE SITE CURRENTLY.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

UM, THIS IS THE LAND USE PLAN SUBMITTED WITH THE, UH, APPLICATION FOR THE PROPOSED PUD ZONING.

UH, THE BASE, UH, ZONING IS PROPOSED TO BE COMMERCIAL.

IT IS BEING, UH, ZONED FROM EXISTING COMMERCIAL NEIGHBORHOOD PLAN TO A PUD ZONING.

UH, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

AND DOES IT HAVE ANY ENVIRONMENTAL CODE MODIFICATIONS PROPOSED? THERE ARE NONE, HOWEVER, THERE IS A LONG LIST.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE, OF PROPOSED ENVIRONMENTAL SUPERIORITY ITEMS.

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AND I WILL START AT THE TOP.

THERE'S TWO PAGES OF THESE.

I HOPE, UH, COMMISSIONER BRISTOL HAS FUN READING THESE OUT IN THE MOTION.

UM, SO WE'LL START WITH, THE POD IS COMPLYING WITH THE AUSTIN ENERGY'S GREEN BUILDING PROGRAM AT A THREE STAR LEVEL.

THE PROJECT IS ALSO PROPOSING TO COMPLY WITH LEEDS PI PILOT BIRD COLLISION DETERRENCE CREDIT, UH, WITH A GLASS REFLECTIVITY OF LESS THAN 15% IN THE, UH, ZONE ONE FACADE, WHICH IS THE, UH, LOWER HALF OF THE BUILDING.

THE PROJECT DOES NOT REQUEST ANY EXEMPTIONS OR MODIFICATIONS TO ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS AND WILL DEVELOP UNDER CURRENT CODE.

A HUNDRED PERCENT OF WATER QUALITY CONTROLS WILL BE REQUIRED FOR THE SITE AS OPPOSED TO FEE IN LIEU OF ONSITE TREATMENT.

A THOUSAND CUBIC FEET OF WATER QUALITY VOLUME WILL BE PROVIDED FOR AN OFFSITE AREA, INCLUDING A PORTION OF CONGRESS AVENUE THAT DOES NOT CURRENTLY TREAT THE IMPERVIOUS COVER RUNNING OFF OF CONGRESS AVENUE.

THE PROJECT WILL INCORPORATE APPROXIMATELY 25 LINEAR FEET OF OFF STORM OFFSITE STORM IMPROVEMENT IN THE FORM OF GSI.

THE ALL, ALL REQUIRED TREE PLANTINGS WILL BE NATIVE TREES FROM APPENDIX FF OF THE ECM AND WILL UTILIZE CENTRAL TEXAS NATIVE SEED STOCK.

ALL NEW STREET TREES WILL BE A MINIMUM OF 5.5 CALIBER INCHES AND A MINIMUM OF 14 FEET IN HEIGHT AND CONTRIBUTE TO THE BIODIVERSITY OF TREE SPECIES BY, UM, BEING COMPATIBLE AND THRIVING IN THE PROPOSED RAIN GARDENS THAT WILL TREAT THE OFFSITE DRAINAGE.

THE P WILL ALSO COMPLY WITH DARK SKIES REGULATION AND CONFORMANCE WITH THE AUSTIN ENERGY GREEN BUILDING STANDARD FOR LIGHT POLLUTION REDUCTION.

ALL IRRIGATION ONSITE WILL BE OFF GRID OF POTENTIAL WATER UTILIZING EITHER THE RECLAIMED WATER FROM PURPLE PIPES CAPTURED RAINWATER OR, UH, CAPTURED CONDENSATE.

UH, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

THIS IS THE CONTINUING LIST OF SUPERIORITY ITEMS RELATED TO ENVIRONMENTAL ELEMENTS.

THE PROJECT WILL INCLUDE SEVERAL LANDSCAPE SOLUTIONS MEETING THE INTENT OF THE PENDING FUNCTIONAL GREEN REQUIREMENTS, WHICH WILL INCLUDE, UH, A RAISED GARDEN TERRACE PLANTERS, UM, AND ZEROSCAPE PLANTINGS WITH POLLINATOR FRIENDLY SPECIES.

THERE WILL ALSO BE, UH, BIODIVERSITY ACHIEVED THROUGH INNOVATIVE NATIVE PLANT LANDSCAPING ON THE ROOFTOP.

THERE WILL ALSO BE SOLAR POWER GENERATION THAT WILL BE INCORPORATED INTO THE BUILDING DESIGN WITH A MINIMUM OF 2000 GROSS SQUARE FEET OF AREA DEDICATED TO ROOFTOP MOUNTED SOLAR PANEL ARRAY.

THE PROJECT WILL ALSO CONTRIBUTE TO BIODIVERSITY BY PARTICIPATING IN AN URBAN BEEKEEPING IN THE URBAN BEEKEEPING INITIATIVE.

THE PROJECT WILL PROVIDE, UH, A DIVERSE MIXTURE OF LANDSCAPING AND UTILIZING DROUGHT RESISTANT NON-TOXIC PLANTS.

A HUNDRED PERCENT OF ALL NON TURF PLANT MATERIAL WILL COME FROM THE ECM APPENDIX IN OF THE GROW GREEN, NATIVE AND ADAPTIVE LANDSCAPE PLANT GUIDE.

THERE WILL BE AN INTEGRATIVE PEST MANAGEMENT PLAN, AND AS PART OF THE POD, THE PROJECT WILL PROHIBIT USES THAT WILL CONTRIBUTE TO AIR OR WATER QUALITY POLLUTANTS.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

SO WITH ALL OF THOSE, UH, ELEMENTS OF ENVIRONMENTAL SUPERIORITY, STAFF RECOMMENDS APPROVAL OF THE POD WITH THE PREVIOUSLY LISTED ELEMENTS AS CONDITIONS OF APPROVAL.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

AND WITH THAT, IF THE COMMISSIONERS HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, I AM AVAILABLE TO ANSWER THEM.

THE APPLICANT IS ALSO HERE AND HAVE HAS A PRESENTATION, AND THE ZONING CASE MANAGER IS ALSO ON THE LINE TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS.

THANK YOU, LESLIE.

APPRECIATE IT.

UM, YEAH, LET'S GO AHEAD AND HEAR FROM THE APPLICANT AND IF YOU GUYS HAVE A PRESENTATION, GO THROUGH THAT AND THEN WE'LL KIND OF HAVE A OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENTS AFTER THAT.

GOOD EVENING.

I'M AMANDA SWER WITH RENER GROUP.

UH, WE ALSO HAVE HERE TONIGHT, UM, LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT, ARCHITECT, AND CIVIL ENGINEER.

IF THERE'S QUESTIONS THAT I CAN'T ANSWER, THEY'LL BE HAPPY TO.

I WILL TRY AND BE BRIEF.

LESLIE DID A, A FANTASTIC PRESENTATION.

UM, THIS IS THE 3 15, 3 11 TO THREE 15 SOUTH CONGRESS, BUT MANY OF YOU SAW THIS WHEN WE WERE IN FRONT OF YOU 18 MONTHS AGO FOR THE DEVELOPMENT ASSESSMENT.

I COULDN'T, WHEN I WENT BACK, I COULDN'T BELIEVE IT HAD BEEN THAT LONG, BUT, UH, WAS REALLY EXCITED TO BRING THIS PROJECT BACK TO YOU.

THE ONE THING THAT I WILL STRESS AND REITERATE IS THAT EVERYTHING THAT WE AGREED TO WHEN WE CAME TO YOU THE FIRST TIME, UM, IS STILL IN THIS BUD.

SO WE DIDN'T TAKE OUT ANYTHING ENVIRONMENTALLY RELATED.

SO IT IS ALL STILL THERE.

THERE ARE SOME PIECES THAT I'LL, UM, JUST HIGHLIGHT A LITTLE BIT THAT WE DIDN'T KNOW WITH THE TIME.

RIGHT.

UM, FOR INSTANCE, HOW MUCH, UH, SOLAR SQUARE FOOTAGE THAT'S BEEN DEFINED AS 2000 FEET.

SO THE THINGS THAT WE TALKED ABOUT INITIALLY THAT LESLIE READ OFF THAT WERE, WE'RE GONNA DO THIS, BUT WE DON'T REALLY KNOW.

THOSE HAVE ALL BEEN FINALIZED.

EVERYTHING THAT, UH, STAFF READ IS IN THE PUT NOTES OF THE, UH, LAND, LAND DEVELOP, LAND USE PLAN.

THAT'S THE WORDS I WAS LOOKING FOR.

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UH, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

I'M GONNA SKIP THROUGH A LOT OF THIS, UH, 'CAUSE I PUT THIS PRESENTATION TOGETHER BEFORE LESLIE SHARED HERS .

UH, SO THIS IS THE LOCATION OF THE SITE.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

HAS LESLIE MENTIONED A LITTLE UNDER, UH, A LITTLE UNDER AN ACRE.

THE PROPERTY IS CS TODAY GOING TO PUD WITH A CS UH, BASE DISTRICT.

BUT RESIDENTIAL USES ARE ALLOWED AND IS THE PRE PREDOMINANT USE OF THE PROJECT.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THE FUTURE LAND USE MAP DOES INDICATE MIXED USE.

SO THERE ARE NO PROPOSED CHANGES TO THAT.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

OKAY, I'LL, I'LL JUST DO A QUICK BRIEF FOR THOSE THAT WEREN'T HERE.

SO THIS IS PROPOSED TO BE A PREDOMINANTLY RESIDENTIAL PROJECT WITH 485 RESIDENTIAL UNITS.

UH, GROUND FLOOR WILL BE COMMERCIAL SPACES WITH APPROXIMATELY 7,000 SQUARE FEET.

WE DO DID PRESERVE THE OPTION IF WE WANTED TO DO A FLOOR OF OFFICE IN THE BUILDING TO DO SO.

BUT THIS CANNOT BE A PREDOMINANTLY OFFICE BUILDING.

UH, ALL OF THE PARKING IN THIS PROJECT IS STRUCTURED PARKING, NO, UH, SURFACE PARKING.

AND WE ARE FAR EXCEEDING, GIVEN THE LOCATION, BICYCLE PARKING OVER 230% OF CODE.

UH, THE, WE CAN KINDA SKIP THROUGH THE OTHER PIECES 'CAUSE I'LL TOUCH ON IT LATER.

SO, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

A PICTURES WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS.

SO THERE ARE A COUPLE OF CHANGES FROM WHEN YOU ALL SAW THIS PROJECT PREVIOUSLY THAT I WANTED TO MENTION.

UH, WHEN YOU SAW THIS PROJECT ORIGINALLY, THERE WAS A LOBBY THAT WAS ALONG SOUTH CONGRESS.

WE DID MOVE THAT.

SO THE ENTIRE FRONTAGE OF SOUTH CONGRESS IS NOW PEDESTRIAN ORIENTED USES REALLY TO CREATE THAT, UM, THAT FLOW ALONG THE PROJECT, WHICH YOU SEE IN THE TOP LEFT OF THIS PICTURE IS WHERE THERE'S, UH, A LITTLE PLAZA HAS BEEN CREATED.

THERE'S WHERE THE ADDITIONAL STREET TREES ARE GOING TO BE INCORPORATED.

AND THEN THERE'S ALSO A PUBLIC SEATING AREA THAT PULLS UNDER THE BUILDING.

SO THERE'S BOTH, UH, OUTDOOR SPACE AND STRUCTURALLY SHADED SPACE.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

AND LESLIE HIT ALL OF THESE.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

UM, THIS IS THE ONE THAT I WANTED TO STOP ON FOR A SECOND.

UH, THIS IS, AGAIN, NOT ASKING FOR ANY ENVIRONMENTAL BEN BENEFITS, BUT I WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT THESE WERE STILL ON THE RECORD.

UH, AS I WENT THROUGH STAFF'S PRESENTATION, THERE WERE A FEW ENVIRONMENTAL THINGS THAT WE TALKED ABOUT LAST TIME THAT DIDN'T END UP IN THE PRESENTATION.

'CAUSE THERE'S SO MUCH ENVIRONMENTAL AWESOMENESS TO THIS PROJECT.

SO JUST HITTING THOSE PRETTY HIGH LEVEL.

WE ARE STILL, UH, AIMING TO BE A NET CARBON ZERO BUILDING.

WE ARE CONNECTING TO PURPLE PIPE.

WE WILL BUILD THAT CONNECTION WHEN IT'S AVAILABLE, WE WILL CONNECT.

SO THE PROJECT WILL BE PLUMBED FOR PURPLE PIPE WHEN IT IS AVAILABLE FOR THE PROJECT.

AGAIN, FULLY STRUCTURED.

ONE OF THE THINGS THAT Y'ALL ASKED US WHEN WE WERE HERE THAT WAS A DIRECT RESULT OF BEING AN ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION IS WE ARE, THE PARKING GARAGE IS GOING TO BE WIRED FOR 50 10.

SO WE MADE THAT CHANGE.

THE PUT AS IT IS SITS TODAY, IT REQUIRES THAT 10% OF THE PARKING BE AUTOMATICALLY, UH, WIRED FOR ELEC OR HAVE THE CHARGING STATION'S NOT JUST WIRED THE, I TALKED ABOUT THE BO THE BICYCLE PARKING.

WE ARE STILL COMMITTED TO THE WATER BOTTLE FILLING STATION.

THAT'S BEEN A REALLY IMPORTANT THING TO SOME PEOPLE.

SO I WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT THAT WAS STILL THERE.

FIT WELL CERTIFIED AND THE TREES.

I TALKED A LOT.

THERE'S A LOT OF INFORMATION.

UM, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE OPPORTUNITY.

WE ARE SO EXCITED TO BRING THIS PROJECT AND WE ARE HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE.

THANK YOU.

UM, VERY, VERY EFFICIENT.

UM, MAYBE IF YOU WOULDN'T MIND, EMAIL THAT I'LL TO ELIZABETH SO WE HAVE IT, UH, ON OUR COMPUTERS, UH, JUST IN CASE.

HAPPY TO.

UM, ALRIGHT.

UM, LET'S GO AROUND THE HORN.

YES, ELIZABETH? WHAT'S THAT? WE HAVE ONE COMMENTER.

YES, WE DO.

THANK YOU.

UM, MARA POWERS, AND I BELIEVE SHE'S CALLING IN, RIGHT? YES, SHE'S ONLINE.

UH, MS. POWERS, IF YOU COULD PLEASE PRESS STAR SIX TO UNMUTE YOURSELF AGAIN.

MS. POWERS, PLEASE PRESS STAR SIX ON YOUR PHONE THAT WILL ALLOW YOU TO UNMUTE YOURSELF.

THANK YOU.

WE STILL CAN'T HEAR YOU IF YOU'RE TALKING MS. POWERS.

OKAY.

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? YES.

I'M SORRY.

WE CAN, WE CAN NOW.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

I'M MAURA POWERS, CHAIR OF THE ADVOCACY COMMITTEE FOR THE TRAVIS DERONE SOCIETY.

UH, I LIVE IN DISTRICT 10 AND OUR MEMBERS LIVE THROUGHOUT THE CITY.

I SPEAK TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE STAFF CONDITION THAT THIS PROJECT COMPLY WITH THE PILOT LEAD BIRD COLLISION DETERRENCE CREDIT THAT REQUIRES GLASS REEF LEFTHAND OF MORE THAN 15%.

HOWEVER, WE WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO ASK THE COMMISSION TO NOT LIMIT ITS RECOMMENDATION ON THE CONDITION TO THE GLASS COMPONENT.

THE LEAD CREDIT INCLUDES OTHER DESIGN STRATEGIES TO ARRIVE AT MAKING BIRD SAFE

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BUILDINGS, EXCUSE ME, THAT, UH, INCLUDE MORE STRATEGIES THAN, UH, SIMPLY, UH, GLASS REFLECTIVITY.

SO AUSTIN RECENTLY QUALIFIED AS A BIRD CITY BY TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE AND TRAVIS AUDUBON.

AND AS PART OF THAT CERTIFICATION, THE CITY COUNCIL PASSED THE RESOLUTION FOR THE CITY TO PARTICIPATE IN THE LIGHT SOUTH TEXAS INITIATIVE BY TURNING OFF UNNECESSARY LIGHTING DURING THE MIGRATORY SEASON.

SO AS NOT TO INTERFERE WITH, UH, THE BIRDS NAVIGATION SYSTEM.

BUT LIGHT POLLUTION IS JUST ONE OF THE OBSTACLES FACED BY MIGRATING BIRDS.

UH, POORLY DESIGNED BUILDINGS ARE AN EVEN GREATER THREAT, AND IT'S AN EXAMPLE OF POOR DESIGN.

WE COULD CITE THE MCCORMICK PLACE IN DOWNTOWN CHICAGO, WHICH, UH, WAS THE SITE OF A MASS MORTALITY EVENT IN, IN OCTOBER.

OVER 1000 BIRDS DIED IN A SINGLE NIGHT AS THEY WERE BEGINNING THEIR FALL MIGRATION TO CENTRAL TEXAS.

AND THEN IN 2017, AN OFFICE BUILDING IN GALVESTON CAUSED THE DEATHS OF OVER 400 BIRDS IN ONE NIGHT THAT WERE RETURNING TO TEXAS AS PART OF SPRING MIGRATION.

SO THIS PARTICULAR BUILDING HAS UNDERGONE REMEDIATION AND HAS VASTLY REDUCED THE NUMBER OF BIRD STRIKES.

AND IN BOTH THESE CASES, THERE WAS UNUSUALLY HIGH WINDS THAT PLAYED A PART.

BUT THESE SAME BUILDINGS, AS WELL AS MOST OTHERS, EXPERIENCE BIRD STRIKES AS A MATTER OF DAILY ROUTINE.

AND THE TOLL ADDS UP SINCE WE'RE UNDERNEATH THE CENTRAL FLYWAY, WHICH IS THE FLIGHT PATH FOR MILLIONS OF BIRDS BETWEEN NORTH AMERICA AND SOUTH AMERICA DURING THE MIGRATORY SEASONS.

UM, WE GET A LOT OF, FROM SOUTH TEXAS AND SOUTH AMERICA DURING THIS SPRING MIGRATION, WHICH WE ARE JUST STARTING NOW, WE'LL LAND ON THE SHORES OF LADY BIRD LAKE TO LOOK FOR FOOD DURING THE DAY AND REST BEFORE RESUMING THEIR FLIGHT AT NIGHT.

AND THEN OTHER BIRDS LIVE HERE YEAR ROUND AND ARE OF COURSE, DOWN BY THE RIVER BECAUSE THEY ALSO NEED WATER AND FOOD.

SO DOWNTOWN AUSTIN ALREADY HAS A BUILDING IN SUBSTANTIAL COMPLIANCE WITH THE LEAD BIRD DETERRENT STANDARD IN ITS TOTALITY, IT'S A BEAUTIFUL BUILDING IN A LANDMARK, AND YOU WILL PROBABLY RECOGNIZE IT AS THE GOOGLE BUILDING.

HOWEVER, IT'S IMPORTANT TO KNOW THAT A BUILDING CAN BE BIRD SAFE WITHOUT BEING EXPENSIVE TO BUILD.

IT'S SIMPLY A MATTER OF GOOD DESIGN, AND IT'S NOT LIMITED TO THE LEVEL OF REFLECTIVITY IN THE GLASS USED.

SO, AS A BIRD CITY, WE FEEL THAT AUSTIN SHOULD BE AT THE FOREFRONT OF BIRD SAFE DESIGN IN ORDER TO REVERSE THE IMPACT OF POOR DESIGN ON BIRD SURVIVAL.

TRAVIS COUNTY AUDUBON APPLAUDS THE CITY'S EFFORTS TO INCORPORATE LEAD BIRD SAFETY STANDARDS AND HOPES THAT YOU WILL INCENTIVIZE BUILDERS TO RAISE THEIR STANDARDS ON DESIGN TO WHERE THEY ACTUALLY QUALIFY FOR THAT CREDIT INSTEAD OF JUST MEETING ONE OF THE CRITERION.

SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR GIVING ME THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK ON THIS MATTER.

THANK YOU, MA'AM.

APPRECIATE YOUR COMMENTS.

OKAY.

BYE-BYE.

YOU'RE WELCOME TO STICK ON THE PHONE IF YOU'D LIKE TO, MA'AM.

UM, ALL RIGHT, LET'S GO, LET'S GO AROUND AND, UH, COMMENT.

I'M, I'M NOT GONNA GO FIRST, BUT I DO REMEMBER FROM THE, THE DEVELOPMENT ASSESSMENT YOU GET THAT ONE OF THE ARCHITECTS POSSIBLY SPOKE TO SOME OF THE WAY THAT THE BUILDING WAS DESIGNED FROM A BIRD FRIENDLY, BAT FRIENDLY PERSPECTIVE.

SO MAYBE WHOEVER'S AN ARCHITECT OVER THERE BE THINKING ABOUT THAT.

IF NOT, I TURNED MY MICROPHONE OFF.

OKAY.

UM, THIS IS THOMAS SMITH WITH PAGE, BUT WE ARE INTENDING TO MEET THE ENTIRE PROGRAM.

THE REFLECTIVITY IS JUST THE PIECE THAT GOT HIGHLIGHTED.

OUR INTENT IS TO MEET THE ENTIRE LEAD BIRD DETERRENT PROGRAM.

DID I GET THE WORDS RIGHT? YEAH, YOU NAILED IT.

IF YOU WOULDN'T MIND, STATE YOUR NAME WHEN YOU COME UP WITH THAT.

THANK YOU.

HI, MY NAME IS TALMAGE SMITH.

I WORK WITH PAGE ARCHITECTS AND ENGINEERS.

UH, PROUD TO BE A PART OF THIS PROJECT.

UH, YES.

THE INTENT IS TO MEET THE ENTIRE, UH, LEAD CREDIT HERE.

WE'RE NOT FAR OFF ALONG AND DESIGNED TO SAY, YEAH, WE HAVE ACCOMPLISHED THAT.

OBVIOUSLY IT'S IN OUR LEAD CHECKLIST.

UH, WHAT ARE THE, WHAT DOES THAT COM YOU KNOW, WHAT DOES COMPLIANCE MEAN? IT MEANS HAVING YOUR GLASS LESS THAN 15%, UH, REFLECTIVE ON THE FIRST, I THINK IT'S THE FIRST 60 FEET IS YOUR ZONE ONE IN THE LEAD BIRD CREDIT.

BUT WE'RE INTENDING TO TAKE THIS ALL THE WAY UP TO 90 FEET.

SO, UM, WE WON'T HAVE REFLECTIVE GLASS ABOUT 15% FOR THE FIRST 90 FEET.

AND MOST OF OUR GLASS IN THAT, THAT LOWER LEVEL

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IS RETAIL FUNCTIONING, WHERE YOU WANT TO HAVE REALLY LOW REFLECTANCE.

SO I DON'T THINK WE'LL GET ANYWHERE CLOSE TO 15%.

SO THAT'S GLASS.

AND THEN THE SECOND ELEMENT IS LIGHTING.

UH, AVOIDING, YOU KNOW, UNNECESSARILY UPLIGHTING OF THAT PODIUM, YOU KNOW, PORTION THAT FIRST 60, 90 FEET OF YOUR BUILDING.

WE'RE NOT DOING THAT.

UM, GOOD PRACTICE TELLS YOU DON'T PUT A BUNCH OF GLASS ON A GARAGE IF YOU DON'T NEED IT.

UH, THE GARAGE IS FOR CARS.

IT'S NOT FOR PEOPLE.

WE DON'T HAVE GLASS ON THE GARAGE ABOVE THE SECOND LEVEL.

SO, UM, WE'RE NOT PROVIDING HIGHLY REFLECTIVE SURFACES ON THE CLADDING OF THE GARAGE.

UH, AND THEN THE THIRD THING IS, UM, YOU KNOW, YOU, YOU, YOU'RE TRYING TO MAKE, UH, A VARIEGATED SURFACE.

SO WE HAVE AN OPAQUE VARI GATED GARAGE SCREEN.

WE SHOULD BE EXTREMELY BIRD FRIENDLY.

UH, FOURTH, AND THIS IS JUST THE BONUS PIECE, BUT, UH, THE INTENT IS TO INCORPORATE SOME EDUCATIONAL COMPONENTS WITHIN OUR BUILDING.

SO, UH, RESIDENTS OF THE BUILDING WILL BE GIVEN INFORMATION ABOUT, UM, AVOIDING, YOU KNOW, LEAVING THEIR LIGHTS ON WHEN THEY'RE NOT HOME AND NOT, UM, NOT TRIGGERING UNNECESSARILY UNNECESSARY LIGHT, WHICH IS JUST THE THING THAT ATTRACTS BIRDS.

SO WE THINK WE'RE PRETTY GOOD.

THANK YOU.

IT APPLIES TO BATS TOO.

PERFECT.

IF YOU'RE CURIOUS.

THANK YOU.

UM, LESLIE LILY WATERSHED PROTECTION.

AND I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE WILL WORK WITH THE APPLICANT TO UPDATE THE NOTE IN THE PUD SO THAT IT REFLECTS ALL OF THE, UM, ELEMENTS OF THE LEAD CERTIFICATION THAT THEY ARE GOING TO ACHIEVE.

PERFECT.

THANK YOU, LESLIE.

ALRIGHT.

ALRIGHT.

RE REMOTE COMMISSIONERS.

YOU GUYS ARE UP.

UM, WHO WANTS TO GO FIRST? IF YOU HAVE ANY COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS.

OH, GO AHEAD.

YEAH, I APPRECIATE THE PRESENTATION.

UM, I WAS JUST CURIOUS, UM, HOW MANY FLOORS THIS BUILDING GOING TO BE? AND, UH, I GUESS YOU SAID GROUND FLOOR RETAIL AND THE REST WILL BE RESIDENTIAL OR OFFICE, OR, I WAS JUST CURIOUS.

I DON'T THINK THAT WAS ANYWHERE IN THE PRESENTATION.

APPRECIATE IT.

THANKS.

THE BUILDING IS ANTICIPATED TO BE, UH, A MAX OF ABOUT 45 STORIES.

IT WOULD BE GROUND FLOOR RETAIL PARKING.

IF THERE WAS OFFICE, IT WOULD BE RIGHT ABOVE THAT PARKING LEVEL, AND THEN THE REST WOULD BE RESIDENTIAL.

GOTCHA.

APPRECIATE IT.

KRUGER, DO YOU HAVE ANY COMMENTS, QUESTIONS? YES.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRESENTATION.

UM, I'M WONDERING IF LESLIE OR THE APPLICANT COULD TELL ME A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT THE URBAN BEEKEEPING PROGRAM.

I CAN DO MY BEST, BUT TALMAGE MIGHT HAVE TO, MIGHT HAVE TO HELP WITH THIS TOO.

THIS WAS A PIECE THAT WAS BROUGHT TO US AS WE WERE ORIGINALLY LOOKING AT THIS PROJECT.

SO WE WILL HAVE A BEE CONSULTANT THAT COMES IN AND HELPS US WITH THIS.

UM, THE BEES ARE GENERALLY LOCATED ON THE, UH, ON THE PODIUM LEVEL IS WHERE THAT HAPPENS.

AND IT'S REALLY, IT'S REALLY COOL, YOU KNOW, WE'VE TALKED ABOUT AS WE HAVE THIS CONSULTANT WORK US THROUGH THE PROJECT AS IT'S IMPLEMENTED, YOU KNOW, IT'S, IT'S EDUCATION, IT'S EXPERIENCE, UM, AND THEN THERE'S PRODUCT THAT IS INVOLVED WITH IT.

GREAT.

THANK YOU.

I'M CURIOUS, ARE THEY, UM, YOU KNOW, EUROPEAN HONEYBEES OR NATIVE BEES, OR IS THAT KIND OF BEYOND THE SCOPE OF WHAT YOU'RE AWARE OF? AT THIS POINT? WE ANTICIPATE THAT THEY'RE NATIVE, BUT WE WILL DEFER TO OUR CONSULTANT AS WE GET TO THAT POINT OF CREATING THE HIVE.

OKAY.

GREAT.

THANK YOU.

WELL, I JUST WANNA THANK YOU FOR YOUR THOUGHTFULNESS, UM, ON, ON EVERYTHING THAT YOU'VE PRESENTED.

I THINK THIS SEEMS LIKE A REALLY GOOD, UM, ADDITION TO OUR DOWNTOWN.

UM, THAT BEING SAID, ENVIRONMENTALISM IS INTERSECTIONAL.

SO I WILL ALWAYS BE ASKING ABOUT LOW INCOME AND MIDDLE INCOME HOUSING IN THIS BUILDING, WHICH I DIDN'T HEAR YOU MENTION.

OH, I ONLY FOCUSED ON THE ENVIRONMENTAL PIECES OF IT.

, UH, THE PUD WILL REQUIRE AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

AND SO AS WE CONTINUE TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THIS PROJECT, WE WILL WORK WITH STAFF.

SO AT A MINIMUM, IT WILL MEET THE PUD REQUIREMENTS FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

THANK YOU.

AND DO YOU KNOW WHAT THOSE ARE OFFHAND? EVERYTHING KEEPS MOVING , BUT RIGHT NOW IT'S 10% OF THE BONUS AREA AT 60% OF THE MEDIAN FAMILY INCOME, AND THAT'S AT A MINIMUM OF WHAT'S REQUIRED ON SITE.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

SO YOU'RE LOOKING TO JUST ADHERE TO THE, THE MINIMUM LEVEL REQUIRED? WE'RE, WE'RE STILL LOOKING THROUGH THAT.

UH, RIGHT NOW THAT'S, WE HAVE MADE THE COMMITMENT IN THE PUD THAT THAT'S THE MINIMUM LEVEL THAT WE WILL MEET.

SO WE ARE DOING OUR BEST TO EXCEED THAT.

THERE'S A LOT OF DIFFERENT MO MOVING PIECES THAT GO ALONG WITH THAT ON WHERE THAT, UH, SUPERIORITY LEVEL LANDS.

BUT WE KNOW WE'RE NOT ASKING FOR ANY DEVIATIONS TO WHAT'S REQUIRED BY CODE.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU.

YEAH, I WANNA ACKNOWLEDGE THAT IT SOUND, I WASN'T HERE 18 MONTHS AGO, BUT IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU INCORPORATED A LOT OF THE COMMENTS THAT THE ENVIRONMENTAL, UH, COMMISSION REQUESTED, WHICH I REALLY APPRECIATE.

AND I DO, UM, URGE YOU AS A RENTER, AS AN ADVOCATE FOR FOLKS WHO ARE LOW AND MIDDLE INCOME TO PLEASE, UM, CONSIDER, YOU KNOW, DOING YOUR DIL DUE DILIGENCE IN THAT

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REGARD AS WELL AS YOU HAVE GONE, UM, ON THESE OTHER MATTERS.

SO THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

NICK, YOU GOT ANYTHING? UM, YEAH.

THANK YOU.

UM, I'M CURIOUS, UH, AS TO WHY YOU'RE GOING THE PUD ROUTE AS OPPOSED TO KICKING IN WITH THE SOUTH SHORE CENTRAL WATERFRONT COMBINING DISTRICT AND DENSITY BONUS AREA.

WE STARTED THIS PUD PROCESS OVER TWO YEARS AGO.

UM, AT THAT POINT IN TIME, THERE WAS NO DEFINITIVE TIMELINE ON WHEN THE SOUTH CENTRAL WATERFRONT BONUS AREA WOULD HAPPEN.

MM-HMM.

.

UM, WE KNOW THAT THE DRAFTS CAME OUT, BUT YOU KNOW, IT'S JUST IN COMMENTS.

SO WE STARTED THIS WAY BEFORE THERE WAS ANY LIGHT AT THE END OF A TUNNEL ON WHEN THAT WOULD HAPPEN.

RIGHT.

AND SO THAT'S WHERE WE'RE GONNA CONTINUE.

WE'VE, WE ARE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS INTO THE, THIS PROCESS, WHICH IS WHY WE'RE CONTINUING WITH THE, WITH THE REZONING EFFORTS.

SURE.

ONE THING THAT WE'VE TALKED, I'M ON THE SOUTH CENTRAL WATERFRONT ADVISORY BOARD REPRESENTING THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION.

AND ONE THING WE'VE TALKED ABOUT IS HOW TO BRING EVERYBODY TOGETHER, EVEN THOUGH THERE ARE INDIVIDUAL PUDS THAT IT WILL HAVE BEEN APPROVED ALONG THE WAY, BUT STILL HAVING A, UH, A DISTRICT THAT WE CAN REFER TO.

UM, ONE OF, ONE OF MY COLLEAGUES HERE REFERRED TO IT AS DOWNTOWN .

UM, THAT'S ONE THING THAT I KEEP THINKING ABOUT IS WHY CAN'T WE LITERALLY EXPAND DOWNTOWN TO INCLUDE THIS AREA? BUT PEOPLE IN SOUTH AUSTIN WOULD SHOOT ME FOR THAT .

UM, SO, BUT STILL, UM, YOU KNOW, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THIS DISTRICT HAS SOME CHARACTER THAT IS, UM, CARRIED OUT THROUGHOUT, THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE SOUTH SHORE WATERFRONT.

ABSOLUTELY.

WE'VE, WE'VE BEEN LOOKING AT IT, REVIEWING IT, RIGHT.

MAKING SURE THAT I WAS ACTUALLY SURPRISED, NOT REALLY.

RIGHT.

THIS IS A GREAT PROJECT.

HOW MANY OF THE THEMES THAT ARE IN THIS AND THE REQUIREMENTS ARE ACTUALLY ALREADY IN OUR PUT OR THAT WE EXCEED KNOWING THAT THIS IS DRAFT.

RIGHT.

AND STILL VERY SUBJECT TO CHANGE, BUT THAT'S, THAT'S THE GOAL OF THE CITY, IS TO MAKE THIS A, A VIBRANT AREA AND RIGHT.

WELL, AND I CAN TELL THAT YOU'RE, YOU'RE MOVING ALONG THOSE LINES, SO I'M, I'M, I'M VERY SUPPORTIVE OF WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT HERE.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

ONE LAST THING.

UM, I DID TALK TO, UM, ANOTHER DEVELOPER IN THIS AREA ABOUT THE AFFORDABILITY.

AND IT IS AN IMPORTANT POINT THAT SOMEBODY WHO LIVES HERE CAN LIVE HERE WITHOUT OWNING AN AUTOMOBILE BECAUSE YOU'RE ADJACENT TO DOWNTOWN AND ALL THE JOBS THAT ARE NEAR THERE.

AND THAT'S ABOUT, UM, THAT'S THE SECOND HIGHEST COST FOR PEOPLE IS TRANSPORTATION AFTER RENT OR MORTGAGE.

AND SO THERE'S AN OPPORTUNITY HERE FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING, EVEN IF IT'S NOT IN THE 80% OR 60% MEDIAN FAMILY INCOME CATEGORY.

THAT'S, 'CAUSE THAT'S SOMETHING I, I PAY ATTENTION TO ALSO.

THANKS.

OKAY.

THANK YOU FOR THE, UH, PRESENTATION.

APPRECIATE IT.

UM, WHAT LEAD CERTIFICATION LEVEL ARE YOU GOING FOR? WE'RE A GB THREE STAR RIGHT NOW.

RIGHT.

THANK YOU.

UH, RIGHT NOW WE ARE A EGB THREE STAR IS OUR COMMITMENT IN THE PED.

UH, OKAY.

OKAY.

UH, AND I, I, I HAVE SEVERAL RANDOM QUESTIONS HERE THAT HAVE COME UP.

SO THERE'S, THERE'S METHOD TO MY MADNESS.

WE'LL POP AROUND OR MAYBE THERE'S NOT A METHOD TO MY MADNESS, BUT REGARDLESS, UH, AS I, OH, UH, YOU HAVE A TYPOGRAPHICAL ERROR ON PAGE FIVE.

YOU HAVE, UH, 6 0 5.

I THINK THAT SHOULD BE SIX ZERO 0%.

I'LL TAKE A LOOK.

LOOK AT THAT.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

ENJOY YOURSELF.

NO .

UM, WHO'S RESPONSIBLE FOR MAINTENANCE OF THE STREET TREES? IS THAT THE CITY'S, UH, RESPONSIBILITY? WHO'S RESPONSIBLE FOR THE MAINTENANCE OF THE STREET TREES? THE DEVELOPER? THE DEVELOPER? YEAH.

THAT WAS OKAY.

UM, AND HOW MUCH, UH, POWER ARE YOU GONNA BE GENERATING FROM THE SOLAR PANELS? I KNEW YOU WERE GONNA ASK ME THAT QUESTION AND TALMAGE BEGAN TO DO A, A HIGH LEVEL LOOK INTO IT.

SO I'M GONNA LET HIM ANSWER THAT QUESTION.

I CAN JUST SIT UP HERE.

YOU CAN HANG UP HERE WITH ME, PLEASE.

UH, I THINK YOU ASKED THIS LAST TIME, SO I MAY HAVE, IF WE DID SOME MATH.

UH, SO SOMEONE BETTER VERSED IN BUILDING SCIENCE THAN I AM, TOLD ME ONE TIME PHOTOVOLTAICS, A GOOD WAY TO THINK ABOUT PHOTOVOLTAICS IS IF YOU HAD A TWO STORY OFFICE BUILDING AND YOU COVERED THE ENTIRE ROOF IN PHOTOVOLTAICS, IT COULD BE NET ZERO.

THAT'S KIND OF THE RATIO OF PHOTOVOLTAIC ARRAY TO OCCUPIED SPACE AND, AND LOAD DRIVE DRIVEN BY THE SPACE.

OFFICE LOAD IS OF COURSE VERY DIFFERENT THAN THE LOAD NEEDED FOR A RESIDENTIAL BUILDING.

UH, BUT RESIDENTIAL BUILDING DEMAND IS HIGHER.

SO WE HAVE, I MEAN, I'M USING ROUND FIGURES HERE, ABOUT 500,000 GROSS SQUARE FEET OF ENCLOSED SPACE AND 2000 SQUARE FEET OF PHOTOVOLTAIC.

SO WE'RE PROVIDING SOMEWHERE AROUND 1% OF THE TOTAL ENERGY DEMAND ON THE BASIS OF THAT ARRAY THAT'S USING TODAY'S TECHNOLOGY.

SO IF PVS GET BETTER,

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UH, WE'LL HAVE GREATER OUTPUT, OF COURSE.

UH, IF WE CAN SQUEEZE SOME MORE IN ON THE ROOF, WE'LL HAVE GREATER OUTPUT.

BUT THAT'S, THAT'S THE RELATIVE PERFORMANCE.

AND I SHARE THE ANECDOTE BEFORE THIS, BECAUSE I GET IT.

1% DOESN'T SOUND LIKE VERY MUCH RIGHT.

BUT, UM, YOU HAVE TO THINK ABOUT IT RELATIVE TO THE PERFORMANCE OF THE PVS.

UH, THAT'S, THAT'S WHAT WE HAVE IN THE PROJECT.

NOW.

THESE GOING TO BE, UH, FIXED, UH, PHOTOVOLTAICS.

YEAH.

THEY'LL BE, THERE'LL BE A FIXED ARRAY.

SO THEY'RE NOT GOING TO ROTATE TO FOLLOW THE SUN.

THEY WON'T NEED TO.

WE CAN GET REALLY EXCELLENT ORIENTATION, UH, ON OUR BUILDING.

RIGHT NOW.

WE HAVE GOOD, GOOD SOUTH LIGHT.

UM, AND NOTHING BLOCKING US TO THE SOUTH.

OKAY.

AND WITH REGARD TO THE URBAN BEEKEEPING, WHO'S RESPONSIBLE FOR MAINTAINING THE, THE BEES? DEVELOPER? DEVELOPER? OKAY.

UH, YOU HAVE A, UH, A STATEMENT THAT SAYS, UH, EXPLORE PATHWAYS TO DELIVER EFFICIENT NET ZERO CARBON BUILDING.

THAT'S KIND OF VAGUE.

WHAT, WHAT, WHAT DOES THAT REALLY MEAN IN, IN ENGLISH? RIGHT.

THAT'S ON THE OPERATIONS SIDE.

SO WHEN WE TALK ABOUT, UH, A NET ZERO CARBON BUILDING, I THINK THAT'S ON AN OPERATIONS SIDE.

SO THERE'LL BE, UH, GREEN OFFSETS.

OKAY.

NOW, ARE YOU CONSIDERING USING, UH, THERE'S A NEW, UH, NEW FORM OF CONCRETE THAT USES, UH, LESS, YOU KNOW, THAT EMITS AND MM-HMM.

CONSUMES DURING THE MANUFACTURING PROCESS, RIGHT.

A LOWER AMOUNT OF CO2.

ARE YOU GONNA BE USING THAT? ABSOLUTELY.

GONNA, GOING TO EXPLORE THAT ONCE WE GET FURTHER DOWN THE LINE, BUT YEAH, FOR SURE.

UH, I MEAN, I HEARD THE OTHER DAY ABOUT A NEW ALGAE, UH, ADMIXTURE TOO.

SO, YOU KNOW, WHEN, WHEN, WHEN POSSIBLE WE'LL EXPLORE THOSE THINGS.

BUT, UM, STILL, STILL EARLY IN THE PROCESS.

OKAY.

UM, NOW THERE'S BEEN SOME DISCUSSION ABOUT, UH, YOU KNOW, UH, AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

NOW I READ IN THERE THAT SOMEWHERE YOU'RE GONNA BILL BUY A, A, A PROPERTY OR SOMETHING DOWN ON SOUTH FIRST AND YOU'RE GONNA TURN IT OVER TO, UH, NOMINALLY, UH, FOUNDATION COMMUNITIES.

THAT WAS ORIGINALLY, UM, ONE OF THE PROPOSALS IN THIS, THAT CONTRACT TO PURCHASE THAT PIECE OF PROPERTY, UM, FELL THROUGH AND IS NO LONGER ON THE TABLE.

SO WE ARE STILL IN VERY DEEP CONVERSATIONS WITH FOUNDATION COMMUNITIES, UM, FIGURING OUT WHAT A PATH FORWARD FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING ON THIS PROJECT IS.

WE WERE ALSO, FRANKLY, WAITING TO SEE WHAT CAME OUT WITH SOUTH CENTRAL WATERFRONT.

THAT'S WHY I SAID THERE'S A LOT OF DIFFERENT COMPONENTS TO AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

WE WILL HAVE THAT NAILED DOWN BY THE TIME WE GET TO THE PLANNING COMMISSION, BUT RIGHT NOW THERE'S, THERE'S JUST A LOT OF INFORMATION.

SO WE KNOW THAT WE WILL MEET THE CODE REQUIREMENTS.

WE JUST DON'T KNOW WHERE IT WILL GO FROM THERE.

WELL, YOU SAID THAT YOU'RE GONNA HAVE 10% IN, IN THIS BUILDING WAS WHAT YOU PRESENTED THIS EVENING.

IF YOU, IF THE CONTRACT GOES THROUGH OR HAD GONE THROUGH WITH THIS OTHER FACILITY, WHAT PERCENTAGE WOULD IT HAVE BEEN RELATIVE TO THE 450 UNITS YOU'RE PROPOSING? IT'S NOT REALLY AN APPLES TO APPLES COMPARISON.

SO WHEN AND AGAIN THAT, THAT CONTRACT HAS FALL FALLEN THROUGH, SO THAT PUTTING AFFORDABLE HOUSING AT THE EL MEDO SITE IS NOT, IS NO LONGER ON THE TABLE.

BUT WHAT, WHAT WE'VE BEEN LOOKING AT THE, I THINK THE EXACT PUD NOTE, AND I CAN GET THE LANGUAGE FOR YOU, SAYS THAT WE WILL MEET THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING REQUIREMENTS IN THE PUD OR AN AFFORDABLE HOUSING ALTERNATIVE AGREED TO, UM, WITH THE CITY'S HOUSING AND PLANNING DEPARTMENT, I THINK IS WHAT IT SAID.

WHEN, WHEN THAT'S WHAT THEY WERE .

UH, AND SO WHAT, YOU KNOW, WHEN WE TALK ABOUT WORKING WITH FOUNDATION COMMUNITIES OR AN ORGANIZATION LIKE THAT, THE NUMBER OF UNITS THAT YOU PROVIDE ENDS UP BEING DIFFERENT FROM WHAT YOU PROVIDED AT, YOU KNOW, 30, 40, 50% MEDIAN FAMILY INCOME VERSUS AN 80% MEDIAN FAMILY INCOME.

SO I DON'T HAVE EXACT NUMBERS 'CAUSE WE DON'T HAVE A PROJECT THAT WE CAN SHIFT TO, BUT WE TALK ABOUT, THAT'S KIND OF WHAT WE'VE BEEN TALKING THROUGH.

SO ONE ALTERNATIVE YOU'RE LOOKING AT IS TO, UM, AND THIS MAY NOT BE THE EXACT CORRECT LEGAL TERM, BUT MITIGATE THE, NOT NOT PUTTING AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN THAT UNIT BY BUILDING OR HAVING BUILT OR SOMETHING, UH, LOW-INCOME HOUSING SOMEWHERE ELSE.

THAT IS AN OPTION THAT WE'RE LOOKING AT.

YES, SIR.

OKAY.

AND, BUT YOU'RE WORKING WITH FOUNDATION COMMUNITIES IN ORDER TO SEE IF YOU CAN MAKE THAT HAPPEN AS A ALTERNATIVE TO HAVING 10% OF THE UNITS IN THE BUILDING YOU'RE BUILDING, YOU'RE CONSTRUCTING TO HAVE.

THAT'S RIGHT.

WE'RE, WE ARE STILL VERY LOOKING, LOOKING AT ALL OF THE OPTIONS AT THIS POINT.

OKAY.

OKAY.

UH, YOU MENTIONED SHOWER FACILITIES IN THERE.

YES.

UH, WHAT ARE THEY, ? SO THE , WELL, I MEAN I KNOW WHAT A SHOWER FACILITY IS, BUT YOU KNOW, IT TALKED ABOUT FOR, YOU KNOW, EMPLOYEES AND, AND THINGS LIKE THAT.

BUT IT WAS, THAT'S RIGHT.

SUITABLY VAGUE.

WHAT, WHAT THAT REALLY MEANS.

I MEAN, WHO'S GONNA BE, HAVE ACCESS TO THEM? AND IT WOULD BE ANYBODY THAT'S IN EMPLOYEE OF THE RETAIL AREAS.

SO THE, THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE THEIR OWN RESIDENTIAL UNIT WILL HAVE THEIR OWN SHOWER.

BUT IF THERE IS AN OFFICE COMPONENT, THEY WOULD HAVE THE ABILITY TO USE THOSE SHOWERS.

AND THEN ANY OF THE EMPLOYEES

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THAT ARE IN THE PEDESTRIAN ORIENTED USES, IT'S ESSENTIALLY, UH, YOU KNOW, THIS IS A VERY BIKEABLE AREA.

THAT WAY YOU CAN RIDE, YOU CAN BIKE AND STILL HAVE ACCESS TO A SHOWER TO BE ABLE TO GO INTO YOUR PLACE OF EMPLOYMENT.

SO THEY'LL BE OPEN TO ANYBODY THAT WORKS IN THE BUILDING.

NOW YOU MENTIONED BIKES AND, AND SO DID, UH, COMMISSIONER SULLIVAN, UM, HOW, HOW FAR AWAY FROM THE NEAREST BUS STOP ARE YOU, IS THIS FACILITY ABOUT 15 FEET? ABOUT 15 FEET, YEAH.

OKAY.

IT'S, IT'S RIGHT THERE.

.

YEAH.

OKAY.

ALRIGHT.

UM, THIS IS SOMETHING THAT'S COME UP IN PERIODICALLY IN DISCUSSIONS WITH THINGS.

AND IT JUST OCCURRED TO ME WHEN YOU MENTIONED TRASH REMOVAL AND THINGS LIKE THAT, AND IT JUST POPPED IN MY MIND.

UM, THERE'S SOMETIMES THERE'S A PROBLEM WITH, UH, YOU KNOW, WHEN, WHEN YOU HAVE LARGE DUMPSTERS THAT TRASH ESCAPES THE DUMPSTERS AND THEN THE NEXT THING YOU KNOW, IT'S FINE ALL OVER THE PLACE AND THAT SORT OF THING.

ARE YOU DOING ANYTHING TO, UH, YOU KNOW, MINIMIZE THE, YOU KNOW, JAILBREAK OF TRASH FROM THE, UH, ALL OF OUR TRASH WILL BE WITHIN THE BUILDING.

IT WILL BE STORED IN THE BUILDING.

IT WILL BE PICKED UP IN THE BUILDING.

IT WILL NEVER LEAVE THE BUILDING.

SO THE TRASH TRUCKS WILL COME IN, GET THE TRASH AND LEAVE IT WILL, THE DUMPSTERS WILL NEVER BE OUTSIDE OF THE ENCLOSURE OF THE STRUCTURE.

OKAY.

UM, SO I GUESS THIS QUESTION WAS ANSWERED BY DATE.

SO YOU'RE NOT COORDINATING RIGHT NOW WITH THE SOUTH CENTRAL WATERFRONT THING? 'CAUSE IT DIDN'T EXIST WHEN YOU ALL WE'RE VERY MUCH MONITORING IT, BUT IT DID NOT EXIST AND IT STILL ISN'T ADOPTABLE TO UTILIZE.

OKAY.

UH, YOU MENTIONED COMMUNITY AMENITIES IN THERE AND YOU MENTIONED FOUR TREES AND A HYDRATION STATION.

YOU LAUGH, BUT IT'S SOMETHING THAT HAS COME UP ON SEVERAL PROJECTS.

SO IF I'M, IF I'M WALKING WELL, I UNDERSTAND WHAT FOUR TREES AND THE HYDRATION STATION IS.

I WAS, WHAT I WAS REALLY KIND OF GETTING TO IS WE BE A LITTLE BIT MORE AGGRESSIVE ON, ON THE AMENITIES.

AND I DON'T HAVE ANYTHING IN MIND.

IT'S JUST LIKE FOUR TREES AND A HYDRATION STATION.

SOUNDS A BIT, THESE HAVE BEEN SPECIFIC QUANTITATIVE THINGS THAT WE CAN ACTUALLY ADD INTO THE PROJECT.

MM-HMM.

, WE PLAN ON BEING, THIS IS GONNA BE A VERY ROBUST AREA THAT'S GONNA HAVE, YOU KNOW, THERE'S A VERY HIGH LIKELIHOOD THAT THIS IS WHERE THE ART GOES, ET CETERA.

WE HAVE, UM, SPECIFICALLY BEEN ASKED ON THE NUMBER OF TREES THAT WE COULD COMMIT TO IN THAT AREA, WHICH IS WHERE THE NUMBER OF THE FOUR TREES COMES FROM.

AND THEN THE HYDRATION STATION, IE THIS IS A HIGHLY, UH, BIKEABLE AND WALKABLE AREA THAT IF YOU'RE WALKING DOWN THE STREET, YOU CAN FILL UP.

SO THEY'RE JUST SPECIFIC MATRIXES THAT WE WERE ASKED ABOUT THAT ARE INCORPORATED IN THE P NOTES.

SO I MENTIONED THAT.

RIGHT.

AND CERTAINLY WE NEED MORE HYDRATION STATIONS NOWADAYS IN THE CITY.

SO I AGREE WITH THAT AND I WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU TO ADD MORE AMENITIES, WHATEVER THOSE MIGHT BE.

BUT I DON'T HAVE ANYTHING IN PARTICULAR IN MIND.

UM, NOW THE OTHER THING AND, AND THIS PERHAPS I SHOULD HAVE BROUGHT THIS UP WHEN YOU ALL CAME BEFORE, BEFORE US BEFORE, BUT THIS WAS BROUGHT UP TO ME BY, UM, SOMEONE WHO, WHO EMAILED, WHO HAD, YOU KNOW, REVIEWED THIS AND SENT ME AN EMAIL ABOUT IT.

PUDS SUPPOSED TO BE 10 ACRES.

THIS ISN'T QUITE 10 ACRES.

THAT'S RIGHT.

AND, UH, SO I'M, MY, MY QUESTION IS, WHY ARE WE GIVING THIS PUD STATUS WHEN IT ISN'T 10 ACRES? NOW, I THINK I UNDERSTAND WHEN I SAW YOUR, YOUR DOCUMENTATION, WHEN YOU LISTED THE THING, IT SAID, WELL, THIS IS A SPECIAL DESIGNATION AND I REVIEWED SEVERAL ITEMS IN THE CITY CODE AND THAT SORT OF THING.

AND THERE WAS SOME AREAS, AND I'M NOT AN EXPERT IN THIS, SO SOMEONE POINT ME IF I'M INCORRECT.

THE, UH, THERE'S SEVERAL AREAS THAT THE CITY HAS DESIGNATES SPECIFICALLY TO BE SPECIAL AREAS, YOU KNOW, THAT, THAT ARE DEEMED TO HAVE SPECIAL CONSIDERATION, BUT THIS DIDN'T SEEM TO BE ONE OF THEM.

SO KIND OF WALK ME THROUGH WHY THIS ONE SHOULD BE AN EXCEPTION TO THE 10 ACRE RULE.

WHEREAS, YOU KNOW, THE COUNCIL HAS SPECIFICALLY DESIGNATED OTHER PLACES AS BEING EXCEPTIONS, BUT THEY DIDN'T SEE FIT.

TO MENTION THIS ONE IN THE, UH, EXCEPTION AREA, THE CITY HAS FOR MANY YEARS ENVISIONED THIS AREA WITH THE PLANNING EFFORTS TO BE AN AREA THAT IS NOT A 60 FEET AND HEIGHT, UH, PART OF TOWN.

AND SO ALONG THE SOUTH SHORE, YOU SEE MANY, MANY PUDS BECAUSE THERE'S, WE HAVE A BROKEN CODE.

WE HAVE A CODE FROM 1984 THAT DOESN'T HAVE OTHER OPTIONS OR ABILITIES TO ACHIEVE THE VISIONS THAT THE CITY HAD.

AND SO WHAT WE HAVE IS, YOU KNOW, ADOPTED PRINCIPLES AND ADOPTED VISIONS AND ADOPTED FRAMEWORKS THAT TALK ABOUT ADDITIONAL DENSITY, ADDITIONAL COMMUNITY BENEFITS.

UM, AND THAT'S WHY YOU HAVE THE PUD ROUTE.

NOT ONLY DOES IT ENCOURAGE YOU AND REQUIRE YOU TO PROVIDE EXCEPTIONAL SUPERIORITY TO BE ABLE TO GET FORWARD, IT ALSO HAS ADDITIONAL SCRUTINY THAT GOES

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INTO, UH, THE ABILITY TO EXCEED THE BASELINE STANDARDS.

OKAY.

NOW YOU HAD A RATHER EXTENSIVE LIST OF EXCEPTIONS THAT YOU'RE GONNA TAKE OUT OF, IT'S BASICALLY YOU RETAINING CS ZONING FOR THE PROPERTY.

ALL PUDS HAVE A BASE DISTRICT, RIGHT? CS IS OUR BASE DISTRICT.

YEAH.

AND YOU HAD A LIST OF ITEMS THAT YOU'RE GONNA PULL OUT OF IT SO YOU CAN'T, YOU KNOW, HAVE FUNERAL HOME AND USE WISE PROHIBITED USES.

YEAH.

YES, SIR.

RIGHT.

SO YOU, YOU FUNERAL HOMES AND YES SIR, YOU BLOODLETTING AND A BUNCH OF OTHER STUFF.

BUT I WENT THROUGH THE CS ZONING THING AND THERE'S A NUMBER OF THINGS THAT ARE ON THERE THAT HAD MY, UH, THAT THAT KIND OF INTERESTING.

UH, FOR EXAMPLE, TRANSITIONAL HOUSING, YOU DIDN'T EXCLUDE THAT.

AND RESIDENTIAL HOUSING, UH, TRADE SCHOOLS, ELECTRONIC PROTOTYPE ASSEMBLY, UM, URBAN FARMS, , THE, THE USE .

NOW, IF THERE'S A, A LIST OF USES THAT WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE PROHIBITED, WE'RE HAPPY TO CONSIDER 'EM.

THE USES THAT ARE PROHIBITED ARE USES THAT WERE, UH, ARE CUSTOMARILY PROHIBITED IN ALL IN THE CS PODS THAT ARE ON THE SOUTH OF THE RIVER.

THEY'RE THE ENVIRONMENTALLY SENSITIVE USES.

UM, AND THEY'RE THE USES THAT THE NEIGHBORHOODS TEND TO WANT TO SEE.

UM, WE WENT WITH WHAT HAS CUSTOMARILY BEEN INCLUDED IN THE PROHIBITED USES LIST, IF THERE'S OTHER SPECIFIC, AND THAT WAS SUGGESTED TO US BY STAFF, FRANKLY, BUT IF THERE'S OTHERS THAT ARE DESIRED, WE ARE HAPPY TO, I DON'T THINK WE'RE EVER GONNA HAVE AN URBAN FARM HERE, BUT, UM, BIG , BIG PICTURE.

WELL, AND I DON'T SEE CUSTOM MANUFACTURING OR WAREHOUSING THERE NECESSARILY, BUT THE THING WITH A PUTT IS THAT IT, YOU KNOW, YOU GUYS ARE BUILDING THIS YEAR, BUT 10 YEARS FROM NOW, SOMEONE TEARS IT DOWN AND DECIDES THEY WANT TO BUILD A, UH, YOU KNOW, A WAREHOUSE THERE.

AND THAT NIGHT, I THINK THAT'S ACTUALLY THE, THE BEAUTY AND THE INTENT OF THE POD IS THAT ALTHOUGH THE USES ARE THERE, BECAUSE WE HAVE A BASE DISTRICT, THE OTHER LIMITATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS THAT GO INTO THIS ARE SO SPECIFIC THAT YOU'RE REALLY, THIS IS THE BUILDING OR THE PROJECT THAT YOU'RE GONNA GET WITHOUT US HAVING TO COME IN AND DO A PUT AMENDMENT.

SO ALL OF THESE THINGS THAT WE TALKED ABOUT ARE IN THE NOTES ALONG WITH PROBABLY JUST AS MANY THAT TALK ABOUT THINGS THAT AREN'T ENVIRONMENTALLY RELATED.

SO THERE'S, IT, IT'S NOT A BLANK CANVAS WHEN YOU APPROVE A PUT, IT'S A VERY STUDY.

YOU GO FAR DEEPER INTO A PROJECT THAT YOU WOULD HAVE WITH THE PUD THAN YOU DO UNDER ANY TRADITIONAL ZONING BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO GET SO SPECIFIC.

I'M JUST THE TYPE OF PERSON THAT SAYS IF IT'S NOT SPECIFICALLY EXCLUDED, THAT IT'S IMPLICITLY ALLOWED.

SO THAT'S KIND OF THE WAY I LOOK AT THINGS.

WE ARE HAPPY TO LOOK AT ADDITIONAL USES.

THAT'S WHY I ASKED THE QUESTION.

SURE.

UM, YOU KNOW, SO ANYWAY.

OKAY.

WELL THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

APPRECIATE IT.

YEAH.

YOU GOT ANYTHING? YEAH.

UM, IS IT, IS JONATHAN TOMKO THE STAFF CITY STAFF PERSON? YES.

YES.

HE MIGHT BE ABLE TO ANSWER THE QUESTION ABOUT THE SIZE OF THE PUT AND WHY IT'S ALLOWED UNDER 10, 10 ACRES.

YEAH.

I WOULD SAY IN THE STAFF REPORT WE HIGHLIGHTED THAT THERE'S BEEN A NUMBER OF OTHER PUDS THAT HAVE BEEN APPROVED THAT ARE LESS THAN 10 ACRES WITHIN THAT IMMEDIATE AREA.

OH, EXCUSE ME, JONATHAN, COULD YOU TURN ON YOUR, UM, CAMERA PLEASE? ONE SECOND.

I'M HAVING, UH, MY CHILD IS MASON CHALLENGES RIGHT NOW.

UM, GIMME ONE SECOND.

I GOT A SICK KID.

I'M TRYING TO WITH MY WIFE.

YOU'RE NOT ABLE TO TO HELP ME.

UM, UH, ONE SECOND.

I'M HAVING ALSO SOME TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES.

JUST, JUST, JUST GO FOR IT.

UH, JOHN, IF IF SOMEBODY GETS IN TROUBLE, IT'LL BE ME.

THAT'S FINE.

ALL RIGHT.

I APOLOGIZE.

UM, BUT THE, THE, UM, THERE ARE OTHER EXAMPLES WHERE THE, THE PUT ZONING HAS BEEN GRANTED WHEN IT'S BEEN LESS THAN 10 ACRES.

AND SINCE THE, UH, THE APPLICANT HAS, UH, DONE THE DEVELOPMENT ASSESSMENT, UH, OFFERED THE SUPERIORITY THAT WAS HIGHLIGHTED IN THE STAFF REPORT, WHETHER IT BE THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING OR, UH, THEIR COMMITMENT TO WORKING ON THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND THE ENVIRONMENTAL, UH, SUPERIORITY AS WELL.

UM, IT DID MEET THE, THE GOALS OF IMAGINE AUSTIN IN TERMS OF BEING ON THAT CORRIDOR AND IN THAT, UH, IMAGINE AUSTIN CENTER.

UM, SO WITH ALL OF THAT IN CONSIDERATION, I THINK THAT THE PUD ROUTE SEEMED LIKE IT WOULD PROVIDE SUPERIORITY.

THE APPLICANT ALSO MENTIONED THAT WHEN THEY BEGAN THIS PROCESS, THE IMAGINE, UH, THE, UM, SOUTH CENTRAL WATERFRONT DENSITY BONUS WAS NOT THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL.

AND I THINK THAT WAS A, A FAIR STATEMENT AND THAT WE DIDN'T KNOW WHEN THAT WOULD BE IMPLEMENTED.

AND SO TO DEVELOP THIS PARCEL, BRING SOME MUCH MORE NEEDED, UH, HOUSING IN A CENTRAL LOCATION WHERE WE HAVE TRANSPORTATION ASSETS.

UH, IT'S BEEN MENTIONED A WIDE ARRAY OF WAYS TO GET AROUND IN TOWN, UM, WHETHER THAT BE BY BUS OR BIKE OR THE TRAIL THERE.

UM, IT HELPS US LEVERAGE OUR INFRASTRUCTURE IN INVESTMENTS IN THE AREA BY HAVING THIS LEVEL OF DENSITY THAT SUPPORTS BOTH THE SOUTH CENTRAL WATERFRONT VISION