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GOOD AFTERNOON, EVERYBODY.

I AM AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL MEMBER NATASHA HARPER MADISON.

I'M THE CHAIR OF THE HOUSING AND PLANNING COMMITTEE.

WE ARE SITTING IN CITY HALL COUNCIL CHAMBERS IN AUSTIN, TEXAS ON IT IS NOT FEBRUARY 20TH, UH, ON MARCH 26TH.

UH, 2024.

IT IS NOW 2 0 5.

AND I'D LIKE TO CALL THE MEETING TO ORDER.

I BELIEVE

[Public Communication: General]

WE HAVE THREE SPEAKERS.

THANK YOU.

FIRST SPEAKER, GUS PENA? NO.

OKAY.

JEN WEAVER AND THEN ADAM GREENFIELD.

ALL RIGHT.

UM, GOOD AFTERNOON, HONORABLE CHAIR HARPER MADISON, VICE CHAIR ALTER, UM, COUNCIL MEMBER ELLIS, UM, AND DISTINGUISHED MEMBERS OF OUR HOUSING AND PLANNING COMMITTEE.

I'M JEN WEAVER, A REAL ESTATE DEVELOPER AND CITIZEN OF AUSTIN, UH, DISTRICT NINE.

LAST YEAR I WORKED WITH COUNCIL MEMBER HARPER MADISON TO INITIATE AN URBAN LAND INSTITUTE TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PANEL TO INCREASE NO AND LOW PARKING ADOPTION.

WE STARTED DISCUSSION IN JANUARY, QUICKLY FOUND COLLABORATORS, HELD INTERVIEWS IN SEPTEMBER, AND PRESENTED INITIAL FINDINGS IN OCTOBER.

THE STRATEGIES WERE WIDELY WELCOMED AS WE, A CITY WORKED TO REDUCE PARKING RATIOS FOR BETTER PARKING, FOR BETTER RATINGS FOR FEDERAL FINANCING ON PROJECT CONNECT.

UM, PLANNING COMMISSION MADE A RECOMMENDATION IN DECEMBER, UM, BASED ON THE FIRST DRAFT OF THE ULA TAP, UH, COUNCIL INITIATED STAFF WORK IN JANUARY.

AND THIS YEAR WE ARE NOW IN A BETTER POSITION TO MOVE FORWARD ON PROJECT CONNECT.

THANK YOU FOR HEARING THIS NEED AND MOVING QUICKLY.

HOWEVER, WE HAVE A SLIGHT PROBLEM.

BANKING CULTURE LOOKS AT THE PAST.

WHILE POLICY BUILDS FORWARD LEAVING THE DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY TO BRIDGE THE GAP, WE HAVE MANY YEARS BEFORE PROJECT CONNECT IS USABLE.

DEVELOPERS WILL CONTINUE TO BUILD WHAT THEY CAN GET APPROVED WITHIN THEIR COMPANIES AND WHAT FINANCING INSTITUTIONS WILL APPROVE.

IF THERE IS NO INVESTMENT.

COMMITTEES DO NOT CARE THAT POLICY IN AUSTIN HAS CHANGED.

IF THERE'S NO BENEFIT TO THE FINANCIERS FOR BUILDING LESS PARKING, WE CAN EXPECT TO SEE NO CHANGE IN PARKING RATIOS DELIVERED.

IT'S BEEN POSSIBLE TO DELIVER NO PARKING PROJECTS IN DOWNTOWN SINCE 2013, AND I WAS THE FIRST DEVELOPER TO DELIVER A NO PARKING APARTMENT IN 2022.

TRUST ME, WHEN I SAY WE CANNOT RELY ON THE CAPITALIST MODEL ALONE TO SHIFT PARKING CULTURE.

IF WE WANT TO STIMULATE A CHANGE, WE NEED TO CONSIDER ECONOMIC INCENTIVES.

HIGH PARKING RATIOS HURT.

VOTER APPROVED PROJECT CONNECT'S ANNUAL COMPETITIVE FINANCING AND PREP PERPETUITY.

THE PUBLIC ABSOLUTELY BENEFITS FROM OFFERING ECONOMIC INCENTIVES FOR NO AND LOW PARKING ADOPTION DURING THIS CULTURAL SHIFT.

THE MODAL SHIFT HAS BEEN STATED IN VARIOUS STRATEGIC PLANS FROM THE CITY, INCLUDING ASP'S GOAL OF 50 50, SINGLE OCCUPANCY VEHICLE USE, BUT WE HAVE NOT PARTNERED WITH THE BUILDERS OF OUR CITY IN ANY OF THESE PLANS.

WE NEED TO BUILD FORWARD TOGETHER.

I'M ASKING THAT THE, UM, ECONOMIC INCENTIVES FOR NO AND LOW PARKING RATIOS BE ADDED AS AN AGENDA ITEM AT THE NEXT HOUSING AND PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING.

I'M HAPPY TO COOPERATE IN BRINGING MORE DEVELOPERS TO TESTIFY.

I ALREADY HAVE COMMITMENTS FROM THREE, UM, CONNECT WITH RIKA AND DAA FOR ADVOCACY AND WORK WITH ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OFFICE ON PROCESSES AND LANGUAGE TO MOVE THIS ITEM FORWARD.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

I APPRECIATE YOUR CONTRIBUTION.

JUST A SECOND.

UM, ANYBODY HAVE A QUESTION? I DO HAVE A QUICK QUESTION.

SO IN ADDITION TO GETTING THAT ITEM ON THE AGENDA, IF YOU HAD TO SAY THE TOP THREE THINGS THAT HAVE PROVIDED THAT HAVE PROVED THEMSELVES TO BE BARRIERS, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY THAT IS? I THINK I HEARD YOU SAY THAT THE, LIKE, AS AND P AND OTHER PLANS AREN'T COLLABORATING WITH THE DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY.

WHAT WOULD BE THE OTHER TWO THINGS? UM, I WOULD SAY FROM A DEVELOPER PERSPECTIVE, IT'S THAT MOMENT WHEN A DEVELOPER IS GETTING FINANCING FROM A BANK OR INVESTORS OR EVEN INTERNALLY IN THEIR COMPANY, UM, AND THEY'RE PROPOSING A LOWER PARKING RATIO THAN A COMPANY OR BANK OR INVESTOR WILL APPROVE.

THEN IT GOES RIGHT BACK TO BEING THE PARKING RATIO THAT THE FINANCING INSTITUTION AND WANTS, BECAUSE THAT'S THE ONLY WAY THE PROJECT CAN MOVE FORWARD.

SORRY TO INTERRUPT.

SO ARE YOU ESSENTIALLY SAYING THAT IT'S MORE DIFFICULT TO FINANCE A PROJECT WITH LESS PARKING? AND YOU'RE SAYING THAT'S BECAUSE THE FINANCIAL INSTITUTION HAS NOT CAUGHT UP WITH THE CONCEPT OF NO PARKING BEING A PART OF THE CONSIDERATION FOR FINANCING A A PROJECT? YES, MA'AM.

OKAY.

UM, AND SO I THINK THE ONGOING LIABILITY IS A HIGH INTEREST RATE, HIGHER INTEREST RATE IF THE PROJECT CAN BE APPROVED.

UM, SO THE ONLY, ONLY THE ONLY ONGOING LIABILITY THAT COULD OFFSET THAT IS PROPERTY

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TAX.

UM, AND SO I'M NOT SAYING THAT IT SHOULD BE A FULL PROPERTY TAX OFFSET, BUT A POTENTIAL CALCULATION TO CARRY THE DEVELOPER AND INVESTMENT FIRST HOLDER OF THE PROJECT THROUGH THE FIRST TENURE YEAR CYCLE, I THINK WOULD BE IMMENSELY HELPFUL TOOL TO BRING TO AN INVESTMENT COMMITTEE.

THANK YOU.

THINGS LIKE THAT.

THANK YOU.

AND WE SHOULD DO STAKEHOLDER INPUT.

THAT'S, THAT'S A BIGGER CONVERSATION.

THAT'S THE POTENTIAL OFFSET THERE.

THANK YOU.

I REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR TESTIMONY.

THANK YOU.

ADAM GREENFIELD.

GOOD AFTERNOON.

UH, COUNCIL MEMBERS, ADAM GREENFIELD HERE WITH SAFE STREETS AUSTIN.

UH, JUST TO BACK UP JEN AND, AND FOLLOW HER WITH, UH, THIS PUSH FOR, UM, FURTHER PARKING REFORM DOWNTOWN, UH, AS YOU KNOW, IN, UH, IN 2023, AUSTIN LED THE WAY, LED THE NATION, IN FACT IN, UH, REMOVING PARKING MANDATES CITYWIDE IN, IN AUSTIN.

AND, UH, IT IS NOW TIME AGAIN, I THINK TO, TO RETURN TO PARKING REFORM AND SPECIFICALLY DOWNTOWN IF WE WANT PROJECT CONNECT, UH, TO WORK, UM, IF WE WANT WALKING AND BIKING TO BE SERIOUS, UH, FORMS OF TRANSPORTATION DOWNTOWN, WE REALLY NEED TO ADDRESS PARKING.

AND AS YOU CAN SEE WHAT'S GOING UP RIGHT NOW ALL OVER TOWN, UH, THIS IS SOMEWHAT OF AN URGENT, UH, SITUATION.

AND IT'LL BE, UH, FANTASTIC IF THIS COMMITTEE CAN, CAN REALLY LEAD THE WAY ON, UH, ON, ON THIS NEXT, UH, SLATE OF, UH, REFORM.

SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR TIME.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TESTIMONY.

DID WE HAVE, OH, MR. PENA WAS A, AND HE'S NOT HERE.

UH, I'LL TELL YOU A FUNNY STORY WHILE I TOGGLE BETWEEN THINGS.

I WAS WATCHING THIS ANIME SHOW WITH MY 15-YEAR-OLD THE OTHER DAY, AND, UM, ONE OF THE CHARACTERS WAS GETTING HER LICENSE AND SOMEBODY SAID, WHY WOULD YOU WANT YOUR LICENSE? DO YOU KNOW HOW EXPENSIVE IT'S TO PARK IN TOKYO? ? AND I JUST LAUGHED THINKING ABOUT REAL WORLD INFLUENCES ON ANIME.

OKAY, SO I DIGRESS.

, OUR

[1. Approve the minutes of the February 20, 2024, Housing and Planning Committee meeting. (Part 1 of 2)]

FIRST ITEM IS THE APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF THE HOUSING AND PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING, UM, FROM FEBRUARY 28TH AND, UH, YES, FROM FEBRUARY 28TH.

AND IS THERE A MOTION TO PASS THE MINUTES? MOTION BY VICE CHAIR ALTER? SECONDED BY COUNCIL MEMBER, UM, ELLIS, AND I'M GONNA THROW MY HAT IN THE RING TOO, AND IT LOOKS LIKE IT'S UNANIMOUS.

OKAY.

SINCE ITEM ONE PASSED UNANIMOUSLY, I THINK WE GET TO MOVE STRAIGHT TO ITEM NUMBER FOUR, URBAN RAIL ALIGNMENTS.

I'M NOW GONNA RECOMMEND THAT WE TAKE UP ITEM FOUR, WHICH IS A BRIEFING ON THE PROPOSED URBAN RAIL ALIGNMENTS.

NEXT SO THAT WE CAN ALLOW OUR INVITED GUEST FROM THE AUSTIN TRANSIT.

NOPE.

OKAY.

UH, SCRATCH THAT.

UH, AS STAFF APPROACHES, I'D LIKE TO PROVIDE SOME CONTEXT FOR THE COMMITTEE.

JOHN'S RUNNING.

HOLD UP YOU GUYS.

IF YOU'LL EXCUSE ME.

WE'RE GONNA TAKE A BRIEF PAUSE.

I'M LOOKING AT AGENDA MEETING MINUTES AND NOTES FROM 2023.

I APOLOGIZE.

[2. Discussion and possible action on the status and timeline of amendments to the Land Development Code.]

IF WE CAN MOVE ON TO ITEM TWO, I'M GONNA GET MY TECHNICAL SITUATION TOGETHER.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE CHAIR.

WE

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HAVE ANOTHER MEMBER THAT JOINED US WHO MAY WANNA, I'LL, I'LL MOTION TO RECONSIDER THE MINUTES.

I THINK WE'RE GONNA MOTION TO RECONSIDER THE MINUTES BECAUSE WHAT I JUST READ INTO THE RECORD, WE WERE APPROVING MINUTES FROM FEBRUARY 28TH.

OKAY.

AND I, I THINK WE'RE A LITTLE BIT OFF, SO I THINK WE'RE GONNA HAVE TO RECONSIDER THAT.

ANYWAY, I'M HAVING SOME TECH TROUBLE.

IN FACT, IF, UH, COLLEAGUES, IF YOU WOULDN'T MIND, WE'RE GONNA CALL UP ITEM NUMBER TWO WHILE I GET THIS FIXED.

THANK YOU.

SOUNDS GREAT.

GOOD AFTERNOON CHAIR AND MEMBERS OF THE HOUSING AND PLANNING COMMITTEE.

I'M STEVIE GREATHOUSE AND I'M A DIVISION MANAGER IN THE CITY OF AUSTIN PLANNING DEPARTMENT.

I AM HERE TODAY TO PROVIDE YOU WITH A BRIEF UPDATE ON THE STATUS AND TIMELINE OF AMENDMENTS TO THE LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE.

WHOOPS.

OKAY.

UM, SINCE LAST WE BRIEFED, THIS BODY COUNCIL HAS INITIATED AND ADOPTED THE DENSITY BONUS ZONING DISTRICT CALLED DB 90.

HAS INITIATED CREATION OF AN EQUITABLE TRANSIT-ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT OVERLAY ALONG THE PHASE ONE LIGHT RAIL AND PRIORITY EXTENSIONS HAS INITIATED AN AMENDMENT TO DOWNTOWN PARKING AND HAS INITIATED AN AMENDMENT TO THE EAST RIVERSIDE CORRIDOR PLAN.

IN ADDITION, PLANNING COMMISSION INITIATED AN AMENDMENT TO THE UNIVERSITY NEIGHBORHOOD OVERLAY AT A MEETING IN JANUARY.

AND IN ADDITION TO THE ITEMS SHOWN ON THIS SLIDE ON MARCH 22ND, COUNCIL ALSO INITIATED AMENDMENTS TO THE LAMAR BOULEVARD JUSTIN LANE TRANSIT ORIENTED DISTRICT, ALSO KNOWN AS THE CRESTVIEW AREA.

IN ADDITION TO ADOPTING THE DB 90 DENSITY BONING DENSITY BONUS ZONING DISTRICT.

SINCE LAST WE BRIEFED, THIS BODY COUNCIL HAS ADOPTED LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE AMENDMENTS RELATED TO MINIMUM BICYCLE PARKING, SMART HOUSING, ONSITE WATER REUSE, THE BUTLER TRAIL, AS WELL AS AN AMENDMENT TO THE NORTH BURNETT GATEWAY REGULATING PLAN.

AND AS STAFF PRESENTED TO THE COMMITTEE IN JANUARY, THE BULK OF STAFF WORK ON CODE AMENDMENTS.

THIS SPRING WILL BE FOCUSED ON ADVANCING A PACKAGE OF KEY TRANSIT SUPPORTIVE CODE AMENDMENTS, WHICH I WILL DIVE INTO BRIEFLY ON THE NEXT SEVERAL SLIDES.

IN ADDITION TO THE TRANSIT SUPPORTIVE PACKAGE, OTHER KEY CODE AMENDMENTS WILL BE COMING TO COUNCIL OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL MONTHS, INCLUDING AN AMENDMENT TO CREATE AND REGULATE ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING.

USE AN AMENDMENT TO CREATE AN INCENTIVE IN THE CODE FOR LIVE MUSIC AND CREATIVE SPACE.

AN AMENDMENT RELATED TO COLORADO RIVER PROTECTIONS AND AMENDMENTS THAT YOU'LL HEAR ABOUT LATER ON TODAY'S AGENDA FROM DEVELOPMENT SERVICES DEPARTMENT STAFF RELATED TO SITE PLAN LIGHT AND THE INFILL LOT PROCESS AS WAS PRESENTED IN JANUARY.

STAFF WILL BE FOCUSED ON BRINGING A NUMBER OF KEY TRANSIT, SUPPORTIVE LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE AMENDMENTS TO COUNCIL THIS SPRING, INCLUDING CREATION AND APPLICATION OF THE EQUITABLE TOD OVERLAY CHANGES TO CITYWIDE COMPATIBILITY STANDARDS AMENDMENTS RELATED TO PHASE TWO OF THE HOME INITIATIVE RELATED TO SMALL LOT SIZE FOR ONE UNIT AND REGULATIONS THAT APPLY TO FLAG LOTS DOWNTOWN PARKING REQUIREMENTS AND AMENDMENTS TO CREATE AND APPLY A DENSITY BONUS PROGRAM WITH REGULATIONS FOR THE SOUTH CENTRAL WATERFRONT DISTRICT COUNCIL AND PLANNING COMMISSION WILL HOST A JOINT PUBLIC HEARING THAT WILL BEGIN AT 9:00 AM ON APRIL THE 11TH.

THAT WILL FOCUS ON CHANGES TO CITYWIDE COMPATIBILITY REQUIREMENTS AMENDMENTS RELATED TO PHASE TWO OF THE HOME INITIATIVE, AS WELL AS ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING USE AND THE EQUITABLE TRANSIT-ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT OVERLAY.

AFTER THE JOINT MEETING ON APRIL 11TH, STAFF WILL HOST TWO INFORMATIONAL OPEN HOUSES.

PLANNING COMMISSION WILL HOLD HEARINGS ON APRIL 23RD AND APRIL 30TH TO CONSIDER PORTIONS OF THE JOINT MEETING PACKAGE OF AMENDMENTS.

AND CITY COUNCIL WILL HOLD A HEARING AND POSSIBLY CONSIDER ADOPTION OF THE JOINT MEETING PACKAGE OF AMENDMENTS ON MAY 16TH.

THIS SLIDE PROVIDES ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE PLANNED INFORMATIONAL OPEN HOUSES.

THE FIRST OPEN HOUSE WILL BE AN IN-PERSON EVENT ON APRIL 17TH AT FROM SIX TO 8:00 PM AT THE CENTRAL LIBRARY.

AND THE SECOND INFORMATIONAL OPEN HOUSE WILL BE A VIRTUAL EVENT, UM, IN ZOOM THE MORNING OF SATURDAY, APRIL 20TH FROM 10 TO 10:00 AM TO 12 NOON.

THIS SLIDE PROVIDES A TIMELINE OF ALL MAJOR SPRING CODE AMENDMENT MILESTONES, INCLUDING BOTH THE JOINT AMENDMENT PACKAGE AS WELL AS THE OTHER AMENDMENTS THAT I'VE REFERENCED IN THIS PRESENTATION.

UM, AND THEIR MAJOR MILESTONES RELATED PARTICULARLY TO THEIR COUNCIL HEARING DATES, NOTIFICATIONS WILL GO OUT AND WEB MATERIAL FOR ALL OF THE ITEMS COVERED BY THE JOINT MEETING.

WE'LL POST THIS FRIDAY, MARCH 29TH, A PURPLE POSTCARD WILL BE MAILED OUT CITYWIDE RELATED TO HOME PHASE TWO CHANGES TO CITYWIDE COMPATIBILITY AND THE ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING USE CHANGES.

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IN ADDITION, A LONGER MORE DETAILED NOTIFICATION WILL BE MAILED TO INDIVIDUAL PROPERTY OWNERS IN THE VICINITY OF THE EQUITABLE TOD OVERLAY THAT PROVIDES MORE INFORMATION ON THAT PROPOSAL.

UPDATED TIMELINES FOR ALL CODE AMENDMENTS IN PROGRESS WILL CONTINUE TO BE INCLUDED IN THE GANTT CHART THAT IS AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW AT THE SPEAK UP AUSTIN WEBSITE, WHICH I WILL POST HERE IN A SECOND.

UM, THAT PROVIDES SORT OF A VISUAL OF EVERYTHING THAT I'VE DISCUSSED IN THIS PRESENTATION.

UM, THERE ARE NUMEROUS, UM, AMENDMENTS THAT HAVE BEEN INITIATED THAT WE'LL BE WORKING OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL MONTHS TO SCHEDULE AND IDENTIFY TIMELINES AND THE PATHWAY FORWARD FOR WHEN THEY'LL BE BROUGHT BACK, UM, TO CITY COUNCIL OVER THE NEXT, UM, YEAR OR SO.

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO PROVIDE FEEDBACK, UM, FOLKS CAN, COULD VISIT THE SPEAK UP AUSTIN WEBSITE, WHICH IS SPEAKUP AUSTIN.ORG/LDC UPDATES, OR CAN PROVIDE AN EMAIL TO LDC UPDATES@AUSTINTEXAS.GOV OR LEAVE A VOICEMAIL AT THE PHONE NUMBER LISTED ON THE SCREEN.

AND STAFF WILL RESPOND TO QUESTIONS THAT WE RECEIVE THROUGH ANY OF THESE, UM, INFORMATION CHANNELS AS WELL.

BUT THAT'S WHERE FOLKS WILL GO TO PROVIDE, UM, COMMENTS ON ANY AND ALL OF THE AMENDMENTS THAT ARE MOVING FORWARD IN THE SPRING.

UM, AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO ENGAGING WITH THE PUBLIC OVER THE MONTHS.

BUSY, BUSY MONTHS.

BUSY, BUSY MONTHS.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRESENTATION.

I APPRECIATE IT.

IT LOOKS LIKE VICE CHAIR ALTER HAS A QUESTION.

I WAS JUST CURIOUS WHAT THE COLORADO RIVER PROTECTIONS AMENDMENT IS.

IT'S A WATERSHED PROTECTION RELATED AMENDMENT THAT IS, UM, A PORTION OF A LARGER BODY OF WORK THAT WAS INITIATED BY A COUNCIL, I BELIEVE IN 2019.

UM, THAT WILL BE MOVING FORWARD WITH WATERSHED PROTECTION STAFF, UM, LEADING IT, WHO I DON'T THINK THEY'RE IN THE ROOM TODAY OR I'D BRING THEM UP TO PROVIDE MORE INFORMATION THAN THAT ABOUT THAT AMENDMENT.

BUT WE CAN FOLLOW UP UP.

COUNCIL MEMBER KARI.

GREAT.

THANKS CHAIR.

UH, THANKS FOR THE PRESENTATION.

I JUST WANNA CLARIFY THE LIVE MUSIC AND CREATIVE SPACE, UH, BONUS CODE AMENDMENT.

WILL THAT BE COMING BACK IN MAY? UM, THE CURRENT PLAN WITH THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT, I THINK IS LOOKING AT SOME SCHEDULING OPTIONS THAT MAY END UP, UM, PUSHING THAT TO THE JULY DATE, BUT I DON'T KNOW THAT THEY'VE LANDED ON THE, THE FINAL DATE YET.

THAT IS MOVING FORWARD TO PLANNING COMMISSION CONSIDERATION IN THE FAIRLY NEAR TERM.

GREAT.

YEAH.

UH, YEAH, WE'D PREFER IT TO BE DELAYED A BIT JUST, UH, TO GET FURTHER STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT ON ALL THIS.

YEAH.

AND I KNOW THAT'S BEEN A, UM, CURRENTLY UNDER DISCUSSION, UM, WITH ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT AND THEY HAVE NOT SENT OUT THE NOTICE FOR THAT PROJECT YET, SO.

OKAY.

GREAT.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

I APPRECIATE IT.

UM, I ACTUALLY HAVE A QUESTION.

SO THE, UM, THE SPEAK UP AUSTIN WEBSITE, ARE WE TRACKING THOSE ANALYTICS? 'CAUSE MAYBE NOT EVERYBODY THAT VISITS THE WEBSITE IS GONNA COMPLETE THE FORM.

ARE WE TRACKING HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE LOOKING AT IT? YEAH, WE ABSOLUTELY, UM, CAN AND WILL CONTINUE TO DO THAT, THAT IN ADDITION TO, SIMILAR TO HOW WE TRACKED IN THE FALL, WE WILL BE TRACKING, UM, THE INDIVIDUAL QUESTIONS AND VOICEMAILS THAT WE WILL RECEIVE AND PROVIDING THE NUMBERS ON HOW MANY WE'VE RECEIVED AND HOW MANY HAVE BEEN RESPONDED TO, UM, AS WE MOVE THROUGH THE SPRING PACKAGE.

THANK YOU.

RELATIVELY, WOULD YOU SAY THAT IT'S BEEN INTERACTED WITH ROBUSTLY OR I THINK IF FALL WAS ANY INDICATION, IT WAS DEFINITELY INTERACTED WITH ROBUSTLY OVER THE FALL, AND I EXPECT, UM, ONCE THE PURPLE POSTCARD NOTIFICATIONS LAND IN MAILBOXES, THAT FOLKS WILL CONTINUE TO ROBUSTLY INTERACT WITH IT OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF MONTHS.

AWESOME.

THANK YOU.

NO FURTHER QUESTIONS.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRESENTATION.

UM, SO WE ARE GONNA ENTERTAIN A MOTION BY COUNCIL MEMBER ELLIS TO GO BACK TO APPROVING THE MEETING MINUTES FROM, OH, WELL, YOU KNOW WHAT, NO, NO, NO.

YEAH, TO GO BACK TO APPROVE THE, OH, BUT NOW VICE CHERYL'S NOT HERE, .

SO WE'LL GO BACK TO THAT WHEN WE HAVE A FULL DAIS AGAIN.

AND WHAT WE CAN DO IS, SO TODAY WE HAD FIVE THINGS IN FRONT OF US.

WE WERE GONNA APPROVE THE MINUTES, UM, A PRESENTATION FROM THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT, A PRESENTATION FROM, UH, DEVELOPMENT SERVICES DEPARTMENT, A PRESENTATION FROM THE AUSTIN INFIELD COALITION, AND THEN WE WERE GONNA FINISH WITH ITEM NUMBER FIVE, WHICH IS DISCUSSION OF FUTURE COMMITTEE ITEMS. AND I'D REALLY LIKE FOR US TO HAVE A FULL DI TO RETAKE THAT VOTE.

IN WHICH CASE CAN WE MOVE TO

[3. Discussion and possible action regarding proposed Land Development Code amendments that are related to infill lot plat process, Site Plan Light part 2, and the Home Options for Middle-Income Empowerment (HOME) tree amendment. (part 1 of 2)]

ITEM NUMBER THREE, THE PRESENTATION FROM, UH, DEPARTMENT OF DEVELOPMENT SERVICES.

GOOD AFTERNOON, AFTERNOON CHAIR COMMITTEE MEMBERS, UH, KEITH MARS, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF THE DEVELOPMENT SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

UH, HAPPY TO PRESENT TO YOU ON, UH, SEVERAL CODE AMENDMENTS THAT ARE INITIATED BY COUNCIL.

AND, UH, MANY OF THESE HAVE TO DO WITH THE DEVELOPMENT PROCESS.

MANY OF THESE HAVE TO DO WITH HOW WE'RE GOING TO LOOK INWARD AS WE DEVELOP WITHIN THE CITY AS OPPOSED TO MORE GREENFIELD DEVELOPMENT.

AND THESE ITEMS ARE THE INFILL PLATTING PROCESS, WHICH IS AN ACT OF SUBDIVIDING, LAND SITE PLAN, LIGHT PART TWO, WHICH IS REALLY TARGETING HOUSING, MISSING MIDDLE HOUSING.

THEN WE'RE GONNA ROUND IT OUT WITH, UH, AN UPDATE

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FROM THE HOME ORDINANCE ON ADDITIONAL DIRECTION ON TREE PRESERVATION AND TREE PLANTING.

SO STARTING OFF WITH INFILL PLAT PROCESS, PART OF IT IS FIRST TO DESCRIBE LIKE HOW, HOW DO WE GET HERE AND WHAT ARE THE MECHANICS OF SUBDIVIDING LAND? SO THE ORDER OF OPERATIONS WITH TYPICAL, I SAY TYPICAL, BUT GREENFIELD DEVELOPMENT, WHICH IS A LOT OF WHAT OUR LAND DEVELOPMENT CODES SUBDIVISION, UH, IS, IS GEARED TOWARDS.

AND THAT'S WHERE YOU HAVE UNDEVELOPED RAW PIECE OF PROPERTY, AND THEN YOU GO IN AND TITLE THE PIECE OF PROPERTY.

AND THEN WE HAVE THE BUILD OUT OF INFRASTRUCTURE, RIGHT? WE HAVE ROADS, WE HAVE UH, WE HAVE DRAINAGE FACILITIES, WE HAVE WATER QUALITY FACILITIES, THEN WE HAVE HOME CONSTRUCTION.

THE CHALLENGE WITH THAT IS, WELL, HOW DO WE SUBDIVIDE LAND? HOW DO WE CREATE AN ORDERLY BOTH PROCESS AND FULFILLING POLICY OUTCOMES WHEN MOST OF OUR FUTURE TODAY IS MORE LOOKING INWARDS OF HOW DO YOU REMEDY THESE ISSUES AND CREATE A PREDICTABLE, TRANSPARENT, UH, EASY TO FOLLOW PROCESS WHEN THE LOTS HAVE ALREADY BEEN SUBDIVIDED.

WHEN LAND USE REGULATIONS ARE GENERALLY AGNOSTIC TOWARDS THE, IS THIS GREENFIELD OR IS THIS INFILL? AND THEN SPACE AND CAPACITY FOR OUR UTILITIES.

IN 2023, COUNCIL PROVIDED DIRECTION TO THE CITY MANAGER AND THEN THROUGH CITY MANAGER TO STAFF OF THESE FOUR THINGS, CREATE AN EFFICIENT PROCESS FOR INFILL LOTS WITHIN RESIDENTIAL SUBDIVISIONS.

AND WHAT I MEAN BY THAT, GET VERY SPECIFIC WITH THAT.

THAT IS THE, THE DEVELOPMENT PROCESS.

HOW DOES ONE GO FROM SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION TO GETTING APPROVAL IN THIS CASE FOR YOUR, YOUR PLATTING OF PROPERTY.

AND THEN HOW DO WE RIGHT SIZE REGULATIONS FOR INFILL LOTS FOR ALL THE REASONS I JUST MENTIONED.

HOW DO WE EXPLORE MAKING WAIVERS AND VARIANCES MORE ADMINISTRATIVE? HOW DO WE PUT THOSE TOOLS IN THE TOOLBOX OF PROFESSIONAL STAFF TO MAKE THOSE DECISIONS? AND THEN FINALLY, HOW DO, HOW DO WE MAKE OTHER CHANGES TO THE SUBDIVISION, UH, ELEMENTS OF THE LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE THAT WILL RESULT IN MORE IN PHILIP LOTS? I'M HAPPY TO SAY THAT MANY, MANY ITEMS OF THIS DIRECTION HAVE ALREADY BEEN ACHIEVED, AND COUNCIL ACTUALLY ACTED ON THIS THIS PAST DECEMBER.

IN TERMS OF PROCESS, WE HAVE MADE DRAMATIC CHANGES TO THE SUBDIVISION PROCESS OF WHICH INFILL PLATS WILL BENEFIT FROM THAT KIND OF, THAT RISING TIDE LIFTS ALL BOATS APPROACH.

ONE IS THAT WE HAVE DRAMATICALLY STREAMLINED THE APPLICATION SUBMITTAL REQUIREMENTS.

WE HAVE MOVED MORE IN A POSITION OF WHERE SUBDIVIDING LAND IS REALLY ABOUT THE, THE, THE MECHANICS OF SUBDIVIDING LAND AND LESS ABOUT THE, THE PREDICTIONS OF WHAT MAY OR MAY NOT HAPPEN ON THAT PIECE OF PROPERTY.

WE'VE EXTENDED APPLICATION DEADLINES PREVIOUSLY, I THINK WE'RE 90 DAYS, AND NOW THEY'RE AT 180 DAYS TO ALLOW TIME IN THE PROCESS TO REMEDY THESE ISSUES RATHER THAN SOMEONE GETTING THROUGH THE PROCESS EXPIRING AND THEN HAVING TO COME BACK THROUGH AND START AT SQUARE ONE THREE.

AND IN PART THREE AND FIVE ARE SOME OF THE MOST MEANINGFUL CHANGES IN TERMS OF A, AN ORDERLY PROCESS AND A, AND A EFFICIENT PROCESS FOR INFILL PLATING IS THAT WE'VE EXPANDED ADMINISTRATIVE VARIANCES THAT ALSO RESULTED IN ADMINISTRATIVE VARIANCES FOR FLAG LOT REGULATIONS.

AND THEN FINALLY, ONE OF THE MAJOR CHANGES THAT THIS, THAT THE COUNCIL ACTED ON THIS PAST DECEMBER IS ADMINISTRATIVE APPROVAL FOR PRELIMINARY PLANS AND PLATS OF WHICH INFILL PLAT WOULD BE CONSIDERED A PLAT.

WHY THAT'S IMPORTANT IS PREVIOUSLY IF YOU WERE IN THE CITY, YOU WENT TO LAND USE COMMISSION TO HAVE A, HAD THE, THE POLITICAL BODY APPROVE THE SUBDIVISION.

IF YOU'RE IN THE COUNTY, YOU WENT TO THE COMMISSIONER'S COURT.

NOW THOSE PLANS ARE APPRO APPROVED OR ABLE TO BE APPROVED ADMINISTRATIVELY DRAMATICALLY INCREASING THE, THE TIME FROM APPLICATION TO PERMIT.

SO THAT REALLY LEAVES US AND, AND COMES BACK TO THE RESIDUAL ISSUE OF HOW DO WE RIGHT SIZE AND CALIBRATE LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE REGULATIONS THAT APPLY TO THE ACT OF SUBDIVISION.

AND THE REASON WHY, IN PART WHY WE'RE DOING THIS IS TO PROVIDE A MENU OF OPTIONS OF, AS OPPOSED TO A CONDO REGIME, THAT IS STILL A, A POSSIBILITY.

BUT THE PURPOSE OF THIS PROCESS IN PART IS TO HELP FACILITATE JUST FEE SIMPLE OWNERSHIP OF, OF A FINAL OR OF A, OF A PIECE OF PROPERTY.

THE STEPS THAT WE ARE UNDERTAKING RIGHT NOW ARE REALLY LOOKING AT CALIBRATING THOSE KEY REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS THAT APPLY IN THESE SMALL SCALE THE RE SUBDIVIDING OF LAND WHEN YOU ALREADY HAVE AN EXISTING PLAT, WHEN YOU HAVE EXISTING INFRASTRUCTURE, ONE OF THE KEY ELEMENTS THAT WE HAVE NOT LANDED ON A, ON A NUMBER TO RECOMMEND, BUT ON A PROCESS TO RECOMMEND IS THAT THERE ARE NO CHANGES IN THE IMPERVIOUS COVER.

AS I MENTIONED, THIS IS REALLY ABOUT PROCESS AND TAILORING REGULATIONS THAT ARE NOT ZONING REGULATIONS,

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BUT THIS WILL CHANGE WHAT THE ASSUMPTIONS ARE FOR HOW WE CALIBRATE DRAINAGE, WATER QUALITY REQUIREMENTS, DEVELOPMENT SERVICES AND WATERSHED PROTECTION ARE IN DIALOGUE DAILY ON THIS ISSUE.

UH, THERE IS MORE TO COME ON THAT, BUT WHY THIS IS KEY IS THIS GETS BACK TO THE POINT OF WITH THE ACT OF SUBDIVISION, YOU, YOU, UNLESS YOU'RE DOING A CONSTRUCTION PLAN OR YOU'RE ACTUALLY AT FINAL PERMITTING AND YOU'RE BUILDING A A NEW HOME, EVERYTHING ELSE IS BASED ON ASSUMPTIONS.

WE ARE ASSUMING A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF IMPERVIOUS COVER.

AND THAT'S WHERE WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO KIND OF DIAL THIS IN TO BETTER REFLECT URBAN INFILL DEVELOPMENT, NOT GREENFIELD DEVELOPMENT.

I'LL COME BACK TO YOU WITH KIND OF THE PROPOSED TIMELINES BECAUSE SITE PLAN LIGHT PART TWO AND URBAN OR AND INFILL PLAT REALLY COME TOGETHER, UH, AROUND A LOT OF THE KEY ISSUES.

THEY'RE BOTH TRYING TO SOLVE HOUSING AND THEY'RE BOTH TRYING TO SOLVE URBAN INFILL, UH, UH, CONUNDRUMS THAT WE FACE BOTH FROM A POLICY PERSPECTIVE AND FROM ADMINISTRATIVE PROCESS PERSPECTIVE.

SO THE CITY OF AUSTIN SITE PLAN RE IN GENERAL, THIS IS A VERY GENERAL STATEMENT, BUT ILLUSTRATES A POINT THAT A DEVELOPMENT PROJECT THAT COMES INTO THE CITY THAT PROPOSES MORE THAN FOUR RESIDENTIAL UNITS IS CONSIDERED A SITE PLAN THAT MEANS FIVE UNITS, THAT MEANS 500 UNITS, THAT MEANS A BOAT DOCK.

THAT MEANS INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS THAT THE, THE, THE, THE, THE SPECTRUM OF DEVELOPMENT PLANS FALL UNDER SITE PLAN ARE EXPANSIVE.

IT ALSO MEANS THAT THE, THE FULL ELEMENT OF THE LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE AND SUPPORTING CRITERIA MANUALS APPLY.

THERE'S ALSO MANY DEPARTMENTS INVOLVED IN THE PROCESS.

SO THE PROBLEM WE'RE TRYING TO SOLVE WITH THE DIRECTION FROM COUNCIL IS HOW DO WE TAILOR THE SITE PLAN PROCESS TOWARDS THIS MISSING MIDDLE HOUSING SITE PLAN LIGHT PART ONE AND TWO ADDRESSED THREE TO FOUR UNITS THAT'S ON THE BOOKS THAT IS IN OPERATION.

NOW THE NEXT PART IS, WELL, HOW DO WE TAILOR A SITE PLAN PROCESS TO THIS MISSING MIDDLE WHEN THE SITE PLAN REGULATIONS ARE REALLY AGNOSTIC? AGAIN, IF YOU'RE DOING FIVE UNITS, 15 OR 500, GENERALLY SPEAKING, THE SAME LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE, BOTH THE REGULATIONS AND THE PROCESS APPLY.

SO THIS IS PART TWO OF THE BASE RESOLUTION FROM 2022.

THIS WAS ABOUT CREATING SITE PLAN LIGHT PART ONE, AND THEN SITE PLAN LIGHT PART TWO.

PART ONE, AS I MENTIONED, ACCOMPLISH THIS FOR TRIPLEX AND FOURPLEX.

HOW DO WE CREATE AN EFFICIENT PROCESS AND HOW DO WE TREAT THREE AND FOUR UNIT AS WE WOULD ONE OR TWO UNIT H HOW DO WE, HOW DO WE TREAT THOSE BY PROCESS AND BY REGULATIONS AS RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT THAT WAS COMPLETED AND EXECUTED AND PROJECTS ARE IN REVIEW NOW THAT ARE UTILIZING THAT PROCESS.

THE NEXT STEP WAS HOW DO WE CREATE SITE PLAN LIKE PART TWO FOR RESIDENTIAL PROJECTS THAT ARE FIVE TO 16 UNITS? COUNSEL ALSO ASKED US TO HOW DO WE TAILOR NON ZONING REQUIREMENTS AND KIND OF A KEY POINT THERE.

THESE ARE ABOUT THE LAND USE REGULATIONS, NOT THE ZONING REGULATIONS.

AND THEN ALSO HOW DO WE STREAMLINE REVIEW PROCESS.

A A GENERAL THEME WITH THIS IS THERE'S GONNA BE POLICY DIALS AND THERE'S GOING TO BE ADMINISTRATIVE PROCESS DIALS.

A LOT OF THE CODE LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE ALSO SPEAKS TO PROCESS, BUT THERE'S ALSO FAIR AMOUNT OF DEFERENCE TO THE ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF TO RIGHT SIZE PROCESS TO THE POLICY.

SO I REALLY WANT TO HIT HIGHLIGHT SOME OF THE PROCESS IMPROVEMENTS.

'CAUSE ULTIMATELY IF WE'RE FOCUSED ON AN OUTCOME, HOW DO WE CREATE A PROCESS FOR MISSING MIDDLE HOUSING THAT IS MORE PREDICTABLE, REPEATABLE, EFFECTIVE, EFFICIENT, YOU KNOW, PLAIN LANGUAGE, HOW DO WE GET PEOPLE THROUGH THE SYSTEM AND ULTIMATELY COMPLIANT? THERE'S A LOT OF OPPORTUNITIES ON THE ADMINISTRATIVE SIDE TO DO THIS.

AND THINGS THAT WE HAVE DONE OR ARE IN THE PROCESS TO START DOING AND DOING IMMINENTLY IS SIMPLIFY AND CONSOLIDATE APPLICATIONS.

UH, SIMILAR, AS I MENTIONED, THE SITE PLAN COVERS EVERYTHING FROM FIVE UNITS TO 500 UNITS.

OUR APPLICATIONS KIND OF RUN THE GAMUT TO, THERE'S TREMENDOUS OPPORTUNITIES IN OUR APPLICATIONS.

THERE'S THE, HOW DOES ONE EVEN SUBMIT THEIR, THEIR DEVELOPMENT PLAN TO, TO SPEAK IN PLAIN LANGUAGE, TO BE CLEAR, TO FOCUS ON THE END USER OF THESE APPLICATIONS, AVOID ACRONYMS AT THE, THE, THE POPULATION THAT, THAT WE SERVE DON'T UNDERSTAND HOW DO WE, AND ULTIMATELY HOW DO WE DO THESE THINGS IN ORDER TO FACILITATE MORE TIMELY COMPLIANCE? AND I WOULD ARGUE EVEN BETTER COMPLIANCE IF WE CAN SAY WHAT WE MEAN AND MEAN WHAT WE SAY AND DO IT SUCCINCTLY AND IN PLAIN LANGUAGE.

THAT IS A MAJOR THING THAT WE'RE WORKING ON.

NOW IN THE SAME SPIRIT, STREAMLINING THE SITE PLAN, COMPLETENESS CHECK PROCESS,

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CURRENTLY THERE'S 13 OR 15 PAGE DOCUMENT THAT ONE HAS TO NAVIGATE JUST TO EVEN GET IN FOR THE SITE PLAN PROCESS.

CURRENTLY IT'S WRITTEN, UH, WITHOUT ONE CITY VOICE.

IT'S MULTIPLE DEPARTMENTS THAT HAVE PARTICIPATED TO COME UP WITH A COMPLETENESS CHECK PROCESS DEVELOPMENT SERVICES AND PARTNER DEPARTMENTS HAVE REALLY TAKEN THE CHALLENGE OF, OF SPEAKING AS ONE CITY VOICE.

THE CURRENT DRAFT OF THIS, WHICH WE'LL LAUNCH I BELIEVE IN MAY, IS NOW DOWN TO FIVE PAGES.

IT SPEAKS AS IF THERE'S ONE AUTHOR AND NOT 13 DEPARTMENTS WRITING THEIR OWN SEPARATE CONTENT.

IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE THAT THE COMMENT OR THAT THE REQUIREMENTS ARE CLEAR AND THAT THEY'RE EXECUTABLE.

THE OTHER ONE THAT WE ARE DOING ON PROCESS IMMINENTLY IS DEDICATED CASE MANAGEMENT TO HOUSING SITE PLANS.

AND THIS WILL, I'M, I'M VERY BULLISH ON THIS IN TERMS OF THAT FIVE TO 16 UNIT.

WE CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE HERE.

THE WAY I WOULD DESCRIBE THIS IS THERE, THERE IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE CASE MANAGER TO BE AN ADVOCATE FOR THE PROCESS.

AND WHAT I MEAN BY THAT IS, I MENTIONED THERE'S MULTIPLE DEPARTMENTS THAT ARE INVOLVED, BUT WE NEED A, THAT THAT ONE KEY PERSON OR KEY PROCESS THAT HELPS ASSIMILATE ALL OF THOSE COMMENTS THAT CONNECTS THE DOTS WITH THOSE THAT WE'RE SERVING THAT ARE GOING THROUGH THE PROCESS.

AGAIN, IS THERE AN ACRONYM YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND? IS THERE A PROCESS YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND? ARE THERE FORESEEABLE ISSUES THAT CAN BE SEEN AHEAD OF TIME AND REMEDIED AHEAD OF TIME? UH, THOSE TYPE OF ISSUES SO THAT THINGS DO NOT GET STUCK AND DON'T GET STUCK IN THE PROCESS OR GET STUCK WITH THIS.

THIS WHERE EVERYONE OWNS IT AND NO ONE OWNS IT.

SO THE CASE MANAGER I THINK WILL PLAY A CRITICAL ROLE IN KIND OF SERVING THAT, WHAT WE'RE CALLING HOW THE ENTERPRISE, THE ONE CITY APPROACH OF THAT IS THE INDIVIDUAL THAT WILL NAVIGATE AND SHEPHERD THAT SITE PLAN THROUGH THE PROCESS.

THIS INDIVIDUAL WILL ALSO HELP WITH IMPROVING THAT LAST MILE WORK OF GETTING FROM ALL COMMENTS APPROVED TO GETTING SITE PLAN AND PERMIT IN HAND.

THERE CAN BE DELAYS, THERE CAN BE A PROCESS STILL INVOLVED IN THAT.

OUR OPPORTUNITY IS TO TAKE THAT IN-HOUSE AND BE MORE OF AN ACTIVE PARTICIPANT IN GETTING THOSE SIGNATURES, GETTING EVERYTHING FINALIZED SO THAT WE CLOSE THAT GAP BETWEEN ALL COMMENTS BEING APPROVED AND THAT SITE PLAN IN HAND.

A LOT OF FINANCING, A LOT OF ON THE DEVELOPMENT SIDE, A LOT OF THINGS ARE CONTINGENT ON GETTING THAT PERMIT IN HAND AND THERE'S OPPORTUNITIES FOR US TO REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE WITH THAT, WITH MISSING MIDDLE HOUSING AND HOUSING AT LARGE SITE PLANS AT LARGE.

SO SITE PLAN LIKE PART TWO, THIS IS SIMILAR TO THE INFILL PLAT AMENDMENT IN THAT THIS IS HOW DO WE RIGHT SIZE REGULATIONS TO FIVE TO 16 UNITS.

AS I MENTIONED, WE'VE REALLY MAKING POSITIVE CHANGES ON THE PROCESS SIDE.

THIS IS NOW AN OPPORTUNITY TO TAILOR THE UNDERLYING LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS SIMILARLY THAT, THAT THE, THE, THE LIMITS ON IMPERVIOUS COVER AND SITE AREA REMAIN.

HOWEVER, THE OPPORTUNITIES TO CALIBRATE SOME REQUIREMENTS IN THE DRED WATER QUAD REQUIREMENTS TO FACILITATE MISSING MIDDLE IS WHERE WE ARE NOW.

VERY, VERY SIMILAR TYPE OF CONSIDERATIONS OF WHERE WE ARE WITH THE INFILL PLAT PROCESS.

ANOTHER CHANGE THAT WE'RE PROPOSING IN OR WITH THIS IS CLASSIFYING THESE PROJECTS THAT'S CALLED SMALL PROJECTS.

THERE'S EXISTING LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE LANGUAGE THAT THAT ALLOWS FOR PROJECTS TO BE CONSIDERED SMALL PROJECTS.

IT'S A MORE TAILORED PROCESS.

IT STREAMLINES SOME OF THE REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS.

AGAIN, IT ALLOWS US TO DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN A 12 UNIT INFILL PROJECT AND A 300 UNIT PROJECT, BOTH WITH PROCESS AND THE APPLICABLE REGULATIONS.

PART OF THIS IS, IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT, THAT THERE ARE NO PROPOSED CHANGES TO ZONING REGULATIONS.

COUNSEL WAS SPECIFIC OF A LOOK AT PROCESS, LOOK AT NON ZONING REGULATIONS AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE COMING BACK WITH.

THE PROPERTIES THAT MAY BE ABLE TO USE THIS WILL BE THOSE THAT ARE ALREADY ZONED MULTIFAMILY OR THOSE THAT ARE USING A DENSITY BONUS PROGRAM.

GOING BACK TO FINAL PLAT AND SITE PLAN LIGHT PART TWO, THIS IS OUR PROPOSED NEXT STEPS.

THERE'S A CODES AND ORDINANCES JOINT COMMITTEE ON APRIL 1ST, FOLLOWED BY ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION PLANNING COMMISSION IN MID-MAY.

AND THEN BRINGING THIS BACK, UH, AS A FULL BODY OF WORK TO CITY COUNCIL ON MAY 30TH.

ROUNDING OUT MY PRESENTATION.

THIS IS THE, THE UPDATE TO HOME, UH, THE HOME INITIATIVE ON ADDITIONAL DIRECTION IN THE ORDINANCE TO CITY MANAGER TO EXPLORE HOW DO WE BETTER PROTECT TREES AND HOW DO WE GET MORE TREES PLANTED.

AND KIND OF THE COMMON THEME

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FOR THE DAY IS HOW DO WE DO THIS INWARD? HOW DO WE DO THIS WITHIN THE CITY LIMITS? HOW DO WE DO THIS WITHIN DEVELOPED AREAS OR JUST THAT THE FUNDAMENTAL UNDERSTANDING OF THE CITY IS WE'VE, THE CITY HAS HAD TREE PRESERVATION REGULATIONS SINCE 1983.

WE'RE ONE OF THE FIRST CITIES IN THE COUNTRY THAT REALLY HAVE A TRUE TREE, WHAT WE CALL A TREE PRESERVATION ORDINANCE.

BUT IT'S REALLY GEARED TOWARDS OUR LARGEST AND OLDEST TREES IN THE CITY.

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT IS THE MAJORITY OF TREES IN THIS CITY ARE SMALLER THAN PROTECTED SIZE.

AND I SAY PROTECTED MEAN A CAPITAL P PROTECTED 19 INCH AND GREATER TREES.

IF YOU CAN JUST PUT YOUR ARMS AROUND THE TREE, THAT'S GOING TO BE A QUOTE UNQUOTE PROTECTED TREE.

EVERYTHING TO, I THINK TO YOUR RIGHT, AS THE, THE GRAPH GETS SMALLER, EVERYTHING TO YOUR RIGHT REPRESENTS THE NUMBER OF TREES THAT IN THIS CITY THAT EVER REPRESENT THAT SIZE.

SO LESS THAN 5% OF THE TREES IN THIS CITY RARELY EVER REACH OR REACH PROTECTED SIZE.

WHAT ON THE, THE, THE SOUTH COIN OF THAT IS EVERYTHING LESS THAN 19 INCHES IN DIAMETER IS NOT REGULATED ON RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY.

ONE CAN PROTECT THEM, ONE CAN REMOVE THEM.

THE CITY HAS NO, NO ROLE AND, AND NO, UM, NO BEARING ON THAT ON THAT OUTCOME.

PART OF WHAT WE'RE PROPOSING IS TO HELP INCENTIVIZE THE PRESERVATION OF THOSE SMALLER TREES.

SO COUNCIL GAVE US FURTHER DIRECTION WITH THE, WITH THE HOME ORDINANCE AS A FURTHER DIRECTION ON THIS MATTER.

AND THERE WERE FIVE ITEMS. ONE IS LOOK AND SEE IF THERE'S BETTER OPPORTUNITIES FOR ADMINISTRATIVE FLEXIBILITY TO PRESERVE TREES.

ARE THERE GAPS IN OUR TREE PLANTING REQUIREMENTS, WHICH I'LL, I'LL TOUCH ON IN A MINUTE 'CAUSE IT'S AN IMPORTANT PART OF, OF OUR LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE REALLY FOCUSED ON GREENFIELD DEVELOPMENT.

THIRD IS HOW DO WE PROMOTE SLASH INCENTIVIZE ADDITIONAL TREE PLANTING? AND THEN HOW DO WE INCENTIVIZE PROTECTION OF SOME OF THESE SMALLER TREES AND NOT REGULATED TREES, THE TREES THAT ARE IN, IN SETBACK.

SO PART OF, I'M GOING THROUGH THESE A LITTLE BIT ONE BY ONE.

PART OF THE CHALLENGE WITH OUR CITY'S TREE PLANTING REGULATIONS IS THAT THEY ARE NOT LOCATED IN THE LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE WITH ALL WITH THE OTHER TREE PROTECTION REQUIREMENTS.

THEY ARE BURIED IN ANOTHER SECTION OF CODE.

WHAT THAT HAS RESULTED IN IS CONFUSION.

AND AT BEST AND UNCLEAR OF WHEN THEY APPLY, THE WAY THAT THE CITY HAS APPLIED THIS OVER TIME IS THAT TREE PLANTING REQUIREMENTS HAVE REALLY ONLY BEEN APPLIED FOR GREENFIELD SUBDIVISION.

SO HISTORICALLY WHAT THAT MEANS IS THERE'S REAL GAPS IN, AND AS WE DEVELOP INWARD WITHIN THE CITY OF THE, THE, THE EQUITABLE DISTRIBUTION OF TREES REALLY DOESN'T HAPPEN.

AND THEN THERE'S MARKET REASONS, MANY MARKET REASONS WHY TREES ARE PLANTED, BUT THERE'S NO POLICY OBJECTIVE TO DO THAT FOR INFILL PROJECTS.

SO OUR SOLUTION TO THIS IS TO CLARIFY AND REORGANIZE THE LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE SO THAT TREE PLANTING REQUIREMENTS ARE CLEAR.

IT'LL BE IN THE SAME CONTENT IN THE SAME SECTION AS WITH THE TREE PLANTING, OR I'M SORRY, WITH THE TREE PRESERVATION REGULATIONS, WHICH OUR COMMUNITY IS VERY FAMILIAR WITH.

THIS WILL RESULT IN A MORE EQUITABLE AND CONSISTENT TREE PLANTING REQUIREMENTS RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT ACROSS THE CITY.

ANOTHER PART OF THIS RESOLUTION WAS TO HOW DO WE INCENTIVIZE THE PRESERVATION OF NON-REGULATED TREES? UH, GOING BACK TO THAT SLIDE OF THE MAJORITY OF TREES IN THE CITY NEVER REACH 19 INCHES GREATER.

95% OF THEM NEVER REACH THAT SIZE, BUT THEY, THEY PROVIDE TREMENDOUS VALUE TO OUR COMMUNITY.

SO ARE THERE WAYS FOR US TO, TO INCENTIVIZE THAT? AND THIS COULD BE IF THE TREE'S IN A SETBACK, IF IT'S IN THE FRONT YARD, IF IT'S IN AN UNBUILDABLE AREA, THERE'S REALLY NO, THERE'S NO LANGUAGE THAT SPEAKS TO, OKAY, WELL HOW DO, HOW DO WE RECOGNIZE THE VALUE OF THAT? SO ONE OF OUR PROPOSALS IS TO ACTUALLY INCREASE TREE MITIGATION CREDIT FOR PRESERVATION OF NON-REGULATED TREES.

LEMME TAKE A SECOND TO EXPLAIN WHAT MITIGATION MEANS.

SO WHEN, WHEN SOMEONE REMOVES A PROTECTED TREE, OFTENTIMES AND MANY TIMES YOU'RE ONE IS REQUIRED TO MITIGATE FOR THAT LOSS.

AND THE WAY CODE PRESCRIBES THAT IS WHEN YOU REMOVE TREES, YOU PLANT BACK TREES.

AND LOGICALLY THAT MAKES SENSE, RIGHT? AND A LOT OF TIMES THAT IS, THAT IS A GREAT OUTCOME, BUT THE MISSING, THE MISSING MIDDLE OF THIS, THE MISSING PART OF THIS.

WELL, WHAT ABOUT TREES THAT ARE THERE? WHAT ABOUT IF YOU REMOVE A TREE THAT YOU CAN JUST PUT YOUR ARMS AROUND, BUT THEN IN THE FRONT YARD THERE'S A TREE THAT YOU JUST CAN BARELY PUT YOUR ARMS AR OR NOT AROUND THAT IS JUST SLIGHTLY SMALLER BUT NOT REGULATED.

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HOW DO WE RECOGNIZE THOSE TREES? AND OUR PROPOSAL IS TO INCREASE THE MITIGATION CREDITS FOR PRESERVING THOSE SMALLER TREES.

SO RATHER THAN PLANTING BACK 10 SMALL TREES, AGAIN, THEY HAVE VALUE.

IF YOU'RE REMOVING A 20 INCH LIVE OAK BY WAY OF EXAMPLE THAT YOU CAN JUST BARELY PUT YOUR ARMS AROUND, BUT THERE IS AN 18 INCH LIVE OAK, UH, THAT IS NON-REGULATED, WE OUGHT TO BE ABLE TO, TO RECOGNIZE THE VALUE OF THAT TREE AND PROTECT THAT TREE.

AND BOTH THE, THE DEVELOPMENT DOES NOT HIT THE PLANT, NEW TREES OR AS MANY NEW TREES.

AND THERE'S A TREE IN PLACE THAT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE WATER, DOESN'T HAVE TO BE ESTABLISHED, PROVIDES SHADE IMMEDIATELY PART OF THE COMMUNITY, PART OF THE, THE, THE, THE FABRIC OF, OF THAT STREET.

SO REALLY BEING ABLE TO CHANGE THAT DIAL ON INCREASING MITIGATION CREDIT GETS US THERE.

SIMILAR THEME TO HOW DO WE INCENTIVIZE PLANTING DIFFERENT TREES IN OUR CITY.

RIGHT NOW, THE THE CODE AND THE, UH, CRITERIA MANUALS ARE REALLY KIND OF INDIFFERENT TOWARDS THIS AND KIND OF WHAT YOU WOULD EXPECT.

WE, WE TEND TO GET WHATEVER IS AVAILABLE AND THEN WHATEVER'S CHEAPEST IN THE MARKET TO, TO PLANT.

AND FOR MULTIPLE POLICY REASONS, UH, THERE'S TREMENDOUS VALUE IN THE CITY INCENTIVIZING THE PLANTING BACK, BOTH PRESERVING AND PLANTING BACK A DIVERSITY OF SPECIES SIMILAR, LIKE OUR PROPOSAL IS TO, IS TO MOVE THE DIAL ON PROVIDING HIGHER MITIGATION CREDIT WHEN YOU PLANT OR WHEN ONE PLANT'S LESS UNCOMMON BUT LESS DESIRABLE, I'M SORRY, MORE DESIRABLE, BUT UNCOMMON TREES.

AND HOPEFULLY THIS CAN DO A COUPLE OF THINGS.

ONE, IT'LL ACTUALLY REDUCE COST FOR ANY PROJECT OF, OF PLANTING LESS TREES BUT MORE DESIRABLE TREES.

IT'S ALSO HOPEFUL TO SIGNAL THE MARKETPLACE OF PROVIDING THAT REGULATORY FRAMEWORK OF, IN THE CITY OF AUSTIN, WE REALLY WANT GROWERS TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL TREES, A VARIETY OF TREES, ANY AND ALL TREE AT THIS POINT, THE CHALLENGES THAT OUR CITY ARE, IS FACING OF, OF THE MORE TREES AND THE DIFFERENT TREES, THE BETTER.

AND THEN HOW DO WE CREATE THAT? UH, HOW DO WE CREATE THAT CERTAINTY IN THE MARKET AND ON THE, THE, THE TREE GROWING SIDE TO INCENTIVIZE THAT PROPOSED STEPS FOR THIS WORK ARE SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT OR, UH, AGAIN, OUT, OUT OF, OF DIFFERENT CIRCUMSTANCES.

BUT THE PROPOSED TIMELINE IS SOLICITING COMMUNITY AND STAKEHOLDER FEEDBACK NEXT MONTH AND THEN GOING THROUGH THE PROCESS OF CODES AND ORDINANCES, PLANNING COMMISSION AND COUNCIL, AND ULTIMATELY BRINGING THIS BACK TO COUNCIL IN JULY OF, OF THIS YEAR.

AND WITH THAT, THAT ENDS PRESENTATION AND HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE PRESENTATION COLLEAGUES, COUNCIL MEMBER ELLIS, I WILL GO AHEAD AND KICK US OFF.

THANK YOU FOR THE PRESENTATION.

I HAVE JUST A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS.

DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY APPLICATIONS HAVE COME IN FOR THE THREE AND FOUR UNIT RESIDENTIAL REVIEW SINCE WE CHANGED THAT ORDINANCE? I DO NOT, BUT I KNOW THAT WE HAVE, I HAVE TALKED WITH PARTICULAR BUILDERS THAT ARE COMING WITH THIS PROJECT, BUT I WILL GET YOU, UH, A NUMBER ON THAT.

YEAH, WE CAN FOLLOW UP OFFLINE.

NO PROBLEM.

I'M JUST CURIOUS.

I KNOW AS WE ROLL THESE PROGRAMS OUT, WE LOVE TO SEE DO, ARE PEOPLE AWARE OF THEM? YOU KNOW, ARE THEY POPULAR? HOW, HOW IS IT FUNCTIONING IN REAL TIME? LIKEWISE.

YES, ABSOLUTELY.

I I APPRECIATE THAT.

AND THEN MY SECOND QUESTION IS GOING TO BE REGARDING THE SIMPLIFICATION PROCESS FOR SOME OF THE SITE PLAN LIGHT.

UM, THERE WERE A COUPLE BULLET POINTS.

LET ME, LET ME PULL UP THE SLIDE.

GOTTA GO BACK.

THERE WERE A, A NUMBER OF GOOD ISSUES IN HERE, UM, ON SLIDE 15 OF 27, AND IT WAS SPECIFICALLY ABOUT PROCESS IMPROVEMENTS.

UM, ARE THESE ALSO GOING TO BE APPLIED TO THE FOLKS THAT ARE LARGER THAN 17 UNITS AS WELL? IS THAT HAPPENING CONCURRENTLY OR IS THAT GONNA BE ANOTHER STEP THAT YOU LOOK AT? IT WILL HAPPEN CONCURRENTLY.

OH, OKAY.

WE DIDN'T EVEN HAVE TO BRING A RESOLUTION TO TELL YOU .

I'M SURE EVERYONE APPRECIATES THAT.

UM, LET'S SEE.

OKAY, I THINK THAT'S ALL I HAVE FOR NOW.

LET ME, LET ME LOOK THROUGH THIS AGAIN AND I'LL PASS THE BALL TO SOMEONE ELSE.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

VICE CHAIR AFTER.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

AND THANK Y'ALL FOR HUMORING ME, FOR HAVING MY VICE CHAIR HERE IN MY, IN MY LAP.

.

UM, I WANTED TO ASK YOU, AS IT RELATES TO THE TREE, UM, THAT, THAT THIRD ELEMENT OF THE DIRECTION THERE, THE, THE PROMOTING ADDITIONAL TREE PLANTING, DID Y'ALL LOOK AT ANY CONSIDERATIONS AROUND THOSE LOTS THAT MAYBE DON'T HAVE TREE CANOPY SAYING THAT, YOU KNOW, WE WANT A MINIMUM THREE TREES OR FOUR TREES ON A LOT.

UH, WELL FIRST OFF, DO WE HAVE THE AUTHORITY

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TO, TO DO THAT? AND SECONDLY, WAS THAT A CONSIDERATION Y'ALL MADE IT.

IT IS.

AND THOSE ARE THE TYPE OF NUMBERS THAT WE PLAN ON COMING, BRINGING BACK TO, TO THE FULL COUNCIL OF CALIBRATING.

UH, IS THAT BASED ON LOCK SQUARE FOOTAGE? IS THAT BASED ON THERE? THERE'S DIFFERENT CRITERIA OF HOW TO, TO LOOK AT THAT, BUT WE KNOW THAT THE STATUS QUO OF, OF REALLY BEING TETHERED TO SOMETHING ELSE IN THE LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE IS NOT ACHIEVING THOSE OUTCOMES.

SO WE INTEND TO BRING BACK THAT LEVEL OF SPECIFICITY.

OKAY.

UH, AND THEN ON THE INFILL PLAT PRESENTATION ON SLIDE 10, UH, AND FORGIVE ME IF YOU COVERED THIS, BUT YOU SAID NO CHANGES IN IMPERVIOUS COVER, BUT CHANGES TO ASSUMPTIONS TO CALIBRATE DRAINAGE AND WATER QUALITY.

CAN YOU ELABORATE ON THAT? YES.

SO THE, THE ACT OF SUBDIVISION IS, IS, IS A BIT OF A CHALLENGE FOR US BECAUSE IT, IT INTENDS TO FORECAST WHAT IS GOING TO BE THE SUBSEQUENT LAND DEVELOPMENT.

AND THAT MAY OR MAY NOT HAPPEN.

MANY OF OUR ASSUMPTIONS IN THE LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE IS REALLY GEARED TOWARDS GREENFIELD DEVELOPMENT, NOT EXISTING PLA PROPERTY, UH, WITH, WITHIN, WITHIN THE CITY.

SO BEING ABLE TO CALIBRATE THOSE ASSUMPTIONS BASED ON MORE OF WHAT INFIELD DEVELOPMENT IS LIKE AS OPPOSED TO NEW GREENFIELD IS LIKE, THAT'S HOW WE'RE NOT TOUCHING THE, THE SAY THE ZONING REQUIREMENT FOR IMPERVIOUS COVER, BUT THE ACTUAL ASSUMPTIONS THAT ARE MADE AHEAD OF TIME DURING THE ACT OF SUBDIVIDING IS WHERE WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE MORE RIGHT SIZED TOWARDS INFIELD DEVELOPMENT, NOT GREENFIELD DEVELOPMENT.

OKAY.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH, CHAIRMAN.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRESENTATION.

I HAVE A FEW MORE QUESTIONS, BUT I'LL, I'LL, I'LL GO LAST.

DID YOU HAVE MORE QUESTIONS? COUNCIL MEMBER ELLIS? I CAME UP WITH ONE MORE .

UM, ARE ALL THE DEPARTMENTS THAT HAVE PREVIOUSLY BEEN INVOLVED GONNA CONTINUE TO STAY INVOLVED? I KNOW THERE'S BEEN SOME CONVERSATION AROUND, UM, HOW THE DEPARTMENTS TALK TO EACH OTHER OR TRYING TO ELEVATE SOME FOLKS SO THAT MAYBE THERE'S SOME DAYS OF THE WEEK WHERE THEY'RE IN THE SAME ROOM AND CAN IRON OUT ISSUES IN REAL TIME.

SO IS, ARE ALL DEPARTMENTS STILL INVOLVED OR IS THERE ANY CHANGES TO THAT STRATEGY? ABSOLUTELY, AND I WOULD SAY MORE, MORE THAN EVER, WE, WE RECOGNIZE THAT THE SERVE OUR COMMUNITY AND SERVE IT EFFECTIVELY, THAT WE NEED TO SPEAK WITH ONE CITY VOICE.

WHEN, WHEN SOMEONE ASKS FOR OUR SERVICES, THEY SEE THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

AND SO BEING ABLE TO PROVIDE CONSISTENT, RELIABLE, TIMELY SERVICE, AT THE END OF THE DAY, WE NEED EVERYONE INVOLVED IN THIS PROCESS THAT THE FEEDBACK FROM OUR COMMUNITY OVERWHELMINGLY IS THAT THEY HAD, THEY UNDERSTAND THE PROCESS, THEY UNDERSTAND THE REQUIREMENTS, STAFF WERE TIMELY, STAFF MET WITH THEM, AND IT REALLY SHOULDN'T MATTER WHICH DEPARTMENT YOU'RE IN.

AND WE'RE MAKING SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS ON THAT.

THANK YOU.

SHE STOLE MY QUESTION.

UM, BUT I DO HAVE A STATEMENT.

I CANNOT TELL YOU HOW MANY ASTERISK, EXCLAMATION MARKS I'VE PUT AROUND DEDICATED CASE MANAGEMENT.

I, I THINK IT'S, THERE'S NO SILVER BULLET, BUT I THINK HAVING THAT AS A PART OF THE PROCESS AND TO COUNCIL MEMBER ELLIS' POINT REALLY STREAMLINING THE PROCESS, I'M REALLY EXCITED TO SEE WHERE WE GO FROM HERE.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRESENTATION.

THANK YOU CHAIR.

AND WITH THAT, SO, UM, VICE CHAIR ALTER, WHILE YOU WERE AWAY, COUNCIL MEMBER CADRE CAME

[1. Approve the minutes of the February 20, 2024, Housing and Planning Committee meeting. (Part 2 of 2)]

IN AND WE'D LIKE TO RECONSIDER THE VOTE ON, UM, ON THE MINUTES.

AND SO, UH, UH, COUNCIL MEMBER ELLIS MADE THE MOTION I MOVE TO RECONSIDER AND COUNCIL MEMBER CADRE SECONDED THAT.

SO WITH THAT, WE'RE GONNA RECONSIDER, UM, THE FIRST ITEM, WHICH IS THE APPROVAL OF OUR MINUTES OF THE HOUSING AND PLANNING COMMITTEE.

UM, THIS IS FROM THE MEETING ON FEBRUARY 20TH, 2024.

IS THERE A MOTION TO PASS MOTION BY COUNCIL MEMBER CADRE AND SECONDED BY COUNCIL MEMBER ELLIS? UM, ALL IN FAVOR, ITEM NUMBER ONE PASSES UNANIMOUSLY.

UM, AND SO AS I STATED BEFORE, WE ONLY HAVE FIVE THINGS TODAY.

AND THE FIFTH THING IS DISCUSSION OF FUTURE ITEMS. SO WE HAVE TWO MORE PRESENTATIONS.

UH OH, I'M SORRY.

THAT IS NOT TRUE.

WE HAVE ONE

[4. Discussion and possible action regarding a preservation bonus to be included in the Home Options for Middle-Income Empowerment (HOME) Phase II, following a presentation from Preservation Austin and the Austin Infill Coalition.]

MORE PRESENTATION FROM OUR AUSTIN INFILL COALITION AND PRESERVATION AUSTIN, REGARDING A PRESERVATION BONUS TO BE INCLUDED IN THE HOME INITIATIVE.

PHASE TWO.

I ASSUME SOME FOLKS ARE GONNA MAKE THEIR WAY DOWN.

PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF WHEN YOU GET TO THE PODIUM.

SURE.

OKAY.

UM, HI EVERYONE.

I WANNA THANK CHAIR HARPER MADISON AND THE COMMITTEE FOR GIVING PRESERVATION AUSTIN, THE AUSTIN INFO COALITION AND AI AUSTIN, THE CHANCE TO PRESENT ON THE PRESERVATION BONUS TODAY.

UH, THIS IS A REALLY IMPORTANT ISSUE FOR US AND FOR THE CITY, WE BELIEVE.

AND WE'LL TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE POLICIES, BACKGROUND ABOUT STRENGTHS THAT WE FEEL, UM, ABOUT ITS, ITS BEST STRENGTHS AS ADOPTED BY COUNCIL

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AND THEN SOME RECOMMENDATIONS THAT WE FEEL ARE VERY URGENT FOR COUNCIL TO ACT ON IN ORDER TO MAKE THIS POLICY AND THIS TOOL AS STRONG AS IT CAN BE.

UM, LET ME, OOPS, APOLOGIZE.

OKAY.

I'M LINDSAY DARRINGTON.

I'M EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF PRESERVATION AUSTIN.

UH, WE ARE THE CITYWIDE NONPROFIT DEDICATED TO HISTORIC PLACES.

WE EXIST TO EMPOWER AUSTINITES TO SHAPE A MORE INCLUSIVE, RESILIENT AND MEANINGFUL, UH, COMMUNITY CULTURE THROUGH PRESERVATION.

WE FEEL THAT HISTORIC BUILDINGS ARE WORTH SAVING BECAUSE THEY'RE INHERENTLY VALUABLE.

THEY HOLD A LOT OF, UM, CULTURAL AND ARCHITECTURAL WORTH FOR OUR CITY, BUT WE ALSO FEEL THAT THEY PRESENT SOLUTIONS TO REALLY PRESSING ISSUES THAT WE'RE FACING AS A CITY, LIKE AFFORDABILITY, EQUITY, AND SUSTAINABILITY.

AND WE'LL TALK ABOUT ALL OF THOSE IN A FEW MINUTES.

UM, ALSO CORE TO OUR WORK IS THE BELIEF THAT PRESERVATION AND GROWTH ARE BOTH REQUIRED FOR OUR CITY TO BECOME WORLD CLASS.

AND THAT THESE THINGS DON'T NEED TO BE IN CONFLICT.

THAT THE PRESERVATION BONUS REALLY EMBODIES WHAT CAN HAPPEN WHEN WE SET OUT BOTH PRESERVATION AND INCREASING HOUSING PRODUCTION, UM, AS MUTUAL GOALS.

A LITTLE BIT OF BACKGROUND IN WHY PRESERVATION AUSTIN ENGAGED IN THIS ISSUE.

UM, THERE ARE VERY LIMITED TOOLS THAT WE HAVE AS A COMMUNITY TO PRESERVE HISTORIC PLACES.

IT'S REALLY HISTORIC ZONING, BOTH OF INDIVIDUAL LANDMARKS AND FOR DISTRICTS.

UM, AUSTIN PASSED ITS PRESERVATION ORDINANCE IN 1975, BUT UNLIKE MOST CITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY, THEY ONLY ALLOWED, UH, FOR INDIVIDUAL LANDMARKS AT THE TIME.

AND WE DID NOT ENABLE, UM, CITY COUNCIL TO ESTABLISH HISTORIC DISTRICTS UNTIL 2004.

SO WE'VE ENDED UP WITH A LIST OF CITY LANDMARKS THAT'S OVER 600 BUILDINGS LONG AND ONLY EIGHT LOCAL HISTORIC DISTRICTS, WHICH MEANS THAT AS A COMMUNITY, WE'VE TRIED TO PRESERVE BUILDINGS KIND OF ONE BY ONE, AND THAT'S PRETTY INEFFICIENT.

UH, LESS THAN 1% OF THE ENTIRE CITY IS ZONED HISTORIC RIGHT NOW.

UM, AND FUNDAMENTALLY, OUR LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE AND CITY PROCESSES MAKE IT EASIER, EASIER TO DEMOLISH THAN TO PRESERVE.

UM, WHICH OF COURSE WE AS A PRESERVATION NONPROFIT WOULD LIKE TO SHIFT THAT DYNAMIC.

UM, INCLUDING THAT THE CITY SEES AN AVERAGE OF 600 RESIDENTIAL DEMOLITIONS PER YEAR, AND THESE ARE, UH, LARGELY SMALLER, OLDER AND MORE AFFORDABLE HOMES.

UH, THE PRESERVATION BONUS WAS FIRST FLOATED AS AS AN IDEA DURING CODE NEXT IN 2019.

UM, THE IDEA FOR A BONUS OR A PRESERVATION INCENTIVE INCLUDED A REQUIREMENT THAT SOMEONE WOULD HAVE TO PRESERVE 50% OF A BUILDING.

SO WE ADVOCATED AS AN ORGANIZATION A LOT AROUND THAT BECAUSE WHICH 50% OF THE BUILDING YOU'RE PRESERVING IS IMPORTANT WITHIN PRESERVATION.

UM, WE PARTNERED WITH THE AUSTIN INFO COALITION IN 2021 AFTER CODE NEXT.

UM, ULTIMATELY DIDN'T MOVE FORWARD TO COME UP WITH A BETTER INCENTIVE.

SO APPROACH THIS WITH THE IDEA LIKE IF WE, IF WE WERE TO BUILD AN INCENTIVE THAT ACHIEVES BOTH OF THESE GOALS, DENSITY AND AFFORDABILITY AND PRESERVATION, WHAT WOULD THAT LOOK LIKE IF WE WERE TO START FROM SCRATCH? UM, THAT BONUS EVOLVED, UM, AND A LOT OF WHAT WE HAD PRESENTED TO, UM, SOME COUNCIL OFFICES AND CITY STAFF AT THE TIME NOW NO LONGER APPLIES.

WE TALKED ABOUT WAIVING PARKING REQUIREMENTS.

OF COURSE NOW WE DON'T HAVE PARKING REQUIREMENTS IN AUSTIN.

UM, BUT WE'VE CONTINUED TO WORK ON THIS AND REALLY SAW THE PASSAGE OF THE HOME ORDINANCE AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO, UM, FOLD IN PRESERVATION.

UM, YOU KNOW, THERE WAS REAL CONCERN THAT ENABLING THREE UNITS PER LOT MIGHT INCREASE DEMOLITIONS, BUT WE'RE HOPEFUL THAT WITH THE PRESERVATION BONUS IN PLACE AND WITH THE CHANGES WE'LL RECOMMEND TODAY THAT, UM, WE CAN NOT ONLY TURN MORE DEMOLITIONS OR, OR KIND OF STEM THE TIDE OF DEMOLITIONS FROM INCREASING DENSITY, BUT TURN MORE DEMOLITIONS, UM, INTO PRESERVATION AND, UM, INTO PRESERVATION PROJECTS.

ESSENTIALLY, THE PRESERVATION BONUS APPLIES TO PRE 1960 HOUSING.

SO THESE ARE JUST A FEW IMAGES.

UM, ALL OF THESE ARE IN DISTRICT NINE 'CAUSE THAT IS WHERE I LIVE.

UM, BUT THESE HOUSES EXIST ALL OVER THE CITY, ESPECIALLY CENTRAL CITY.

UM, THESE ARE NOT HOMES THAT WILL EVER BE ZONED AS INDIVIDUAL LANDMARKS.

THEY'RE LIKELY NOT GOING TO BE ZONED AS PART OF, UM, LOCAL HISTORIC DISTRICTS BECAUSE THAT IS VERY HARD TO DO.

AND OUR LEGISLATURE AT THE STATE LEVEL HAS MADE THAT EVEN HARDER.

UM, BUT THESE BUILDINGS ARE REALLY VALUABLE BOTH FOR THE, THE QUALITIES, UM, AND MATERIALS THAT THEY EMBODY FOR THE FACT THAT THEY ARE MORE AFFORDABLE THAN A NEW HOME BUILT IN THEIR PLACE.

AND THIS IS THE KIND OF HOUSING THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT WITH THE PRESERVATION BONUS.

UM, I'M GOING TO TURN THINGS OVER TO MEGAN KING FROM OUR STAFF.

HI, UM, I'M MEGAN KING.

I'M THE POLICY AND OUTREACH PLANNER FOR PRESERVATION AUSTIN.

UM, SO I'LL GO AHEAD AND EXPLAIN A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE PRESERVATION BONUS.

UM, SO IT'S PRETTY SIMPLY STRUCTURED FOR A BONUS.

UM, FOR PROPERTIES WITH AN EXISTING HOME BUILT BEFORE 1960 OR EARLIER, THE AREA OF THE EXISTING BUILDING CAN BE EXCLUDED FROM THE FAR MAXIMUM IF 15, UM, 50% OF THE EXISTING DWELLING UNIT AND A HUNDRED PERCENT OF THE STREET FACING FACADE ARE PRESERVED.

SO THIS GIVES THE OWNER OR DEVELOPER, UM, AN ADDITIONAL A DEVELOPABLE FAR TO ADD, UM, NEW DWELLING UNITS, UH, WHICH WOULD, AS LINDSAY MENTIONED, CONTRIBUTE TO OUR SUSTAINABILITY AND AFFORDABILITY GOALS.

UM, THE PRESERVATION COMPONENTS OF THE PRESERVATION BONUS AS ADOPTED BY COUNCIL IN DECEMBER ARE QUITE STRONG AND WE'RE REALLY PROUD OF THEM.

UM, ESPECIALLY, UH, THE FACT THAT

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MOST OF THE, THE REQUIREMENTS THAT ARE LISTED HERE, IT'S KIND OF SPELLED OUT IN MORE DETAIL, ARE INFORMED BY, UM, THE CITY'S CITYWIDE HISTORIC DESIGN STANDARDS.

SO WE'RE REALLY PROUD OF THE FACT THAT THESE, UM, THAT THE, THAT THE BONUS INCLUDES THOSE.

UM, SO YOU CAN KIND OF SEE SOME EXAMPLES HERE FROM THE CITYWIDE DESIGN STANDARDS OF HOW TO CREATE, UM, COMPATIBLE AND INCOMPATIBLE ADDITIONS.

UM, SO AS I SAID, UM, YEAH, THESE ARE SOME EXAMPLES.

UH, WE'RE HERE TODAY, I GUESS TO TALK A BIT MORE ABOUT THE DEVELOPMENT INCENTIVES, UM, AS A PART OF THE PRESERVATION BONUS, WHICH WE FEEL NEED A LITTLE BIT MORE WORK.

UM, SO AS WE CAN SEE HERE IS AN EXAMPLE OF, UM, SOME INFILL DEVELOPMENT THAT ACTUALLY CURRENTLY EXISTS IN HYDE PARK.

AND SO WE INCLUDE THIS IMAGE TO SHOW THAT THIS KIND OF INFILL DEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING IS POSSIBLE AND WITH, UM, GREATER DEVELOPMENT INCENTIVES AS A PART OF THE PRESERVATION PRESERVATION BONUS.

AND BY STRENGTHENING THEM, WE CAN HAVE, UM, EVEN MORE OF THIS KIND OF DEVELOPMENT.

SO I WILL NOW PASS IT ON TO KAI GRAY OF, UM, AUSTIN INFIELD COALITION TO DESCRIBE THAT.

HEY, THANKS FOR HAVING US HERE TODAY.

MY NAME'S KAI AND I'M THE PRESIDENT OF THE AUSTIN INFO COALITION.

AND WE DO A LOT OF THIS IN OUR OWN PRIVATE PRACTICE WHERE WE KEEP THE EXISTING HOUSE AND THEN WE BUILD IN THE BACK.

AND SO A LOT OF PEOPLE ASK US WHY, BECAUSE WITHOUT A PRESERVATION BONUS, IT REALLY DOESN'T MAKE ANY SENSE.

SO PEOPLE ARE ALWAYS LIKE, WHY THE HELL DO YOU DO THIS? IT'S REALLY COMPLICATED.

IT SEEMS MESSY.

YOU SHOULD JUST STARE DOWN AND BUILD.

AND SO I'D LIKE TO TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHY WE DO THIS.

UM, I DO, I OBVIOUSLY BELIEVE IN DENSITY AND URBANISM AND I HAVE BEEN FOR A LONG TIME.

BUT ONE OF THE BENEFITS OF THE PRESERVATION BONUS IS WHEN YOU LOOK AT A HOUSE, THE PRICE IS A COMBINATION OF TWO FACTORS.

IT'S THE LAND AND IT'S THE HOUSE, RIGHT? SO YOU COMBINE THOSE TWO AND THAT'S WHAT YOU'RE GONNA SELL IT FOR.

SO WITH THE PRESERVATION BONUS, WHAT IT DOES IS YOU GET A SMALLER LOT BECAUSE YOU'RE SHARING A LOT AND YOU HAVE U USUALLY A SMALLER HOUSE THAT'S ALSO OLDER.

SO THOSE TEND TO BE THE MOST AFFORDABLE HOUSES IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD.

SO WHEN WE'VE LOOKED IN NEIGHBORHOODS, THESE KIND OF PROJECTS ARE USUALLY THE EXISTING HOUSES OR MAYBE WHERE, YOU KNOW, SOMEONE'S BUILT IN THE BACKEND, KIND OF KEPT THE HOUSE.

THEY'RE USUALLY 5% OF THE SALES.

BUT WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE MOST AFFORDABLE HOUSES, IT'S USUALLY 85% OF THOSE.

AND SO I HAVE A LOT OF FRIENDS WHO BUILD $3 MILLION HOUSES AND THEY'RE AMAZING.

I LOVE TO GO LOOK AT 'EM, THEY'RE AWESOME.

BUT THE THING THAT I REALLY ENJOY IN MY WORK IS THAT WHEN I CAN SELL TO SOMEONE WHO'S LIKE, I NEVER THOUGHT I COULD LIVE IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD, BUT BECAUSE OF THIS KIND OF PROJECT I CAN, THAT MAKES A MEANINGFUL DIFFERENCE IN THOSE PEOPLE'S LIVES.

YOU KNOW, I'M ALWAYS REALLY PROUD THAT, YOU KNOW, I WAS THE LAST PERSON TO BE ABLE TO SELL TO LIKE A SCHOOL TEACHER OR A MAIL CARRIER.

AND THAT MEANS THAT THEY CAN LIVE CLOSER TO WORK AND THAT MEANS THEY CAN SPEND MORE TIME WITH THEIR KIDS.

'CAUSE THEY'RE NOT JUST COMM, THEY'RE NOT COMMUTING AS MUCH.

SO IT REALLY, I THINK THERE'S A LOT OF ANALYSIS.

WHAT GETS LOST IS IT, IN MY MIND, BEING ABLE TO KEEP THESE HOUSES, THEY'RE GONNA BE THE MOST AFFORDABLE MARKET RATE HOUSING ON THE MARKET.

UM, AND SO THAT'S, THAT'S WHY I DO IT.

YOU KNOW, NOT, IT'S CERTAINLY NOT EASY AND IT DOESN'T REALLY MAKE SENSE WITHOUT THE PRESERVATION BONUS.

I'VE BEEN TOLD THAT LIKE A HUNDRED TIMES NOW, UM, FROM MY FRIENDS AND THEY'RE RIGHT.

IT, IT DOESN'T.

UM, SO I'M GOING, LET ME SEE.

SO