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IF YOU COULD JUST TURN YOUR CAMERAS ON SO WE CAN MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE QUORUM.

UM, ALL RIGHT.

GOOD EVENING

[CALL TO ORDER]

EVERYONE.

THANK YOU FOR COMING.

WE HAVE REACHED QUORUM, AND I WOULD LIKE TO START THE MEETING AT 5:33 PM UM, THE FIRST ITEM IS OUR ROLL CALL.

JONATHAN FRANKS.

ELIZABETH MEYER.

HERE.

LISA CHANG.

HERE.

MICKEY ANTE? HERE.

ADRIAN HOGAN.

HERE.

JENNIFER POWELL.

HERE.

LI AND MARI RAMIREZ.

HERE.

PETE SALAZAR.

HERE.

ELIZABETH VA.

THANK YOU.

UM, OUR NEXT ITEM ON OUR AGENDA IS THE PUBLIC COMMENTS.

DO WE HAVE ANYBODY SIGNED UP FOR PUBLIC COMMENT? NO.

NO.

DO WE HAVE NO PUBLIC COMMENT? UM, SO WE WILL MOVE ON TO THE

[1. Approve the minutes of the Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities special called meeting on March 22, 2024.]

APPROVAL OF THE MARCH 22ND, 2024 MEETING MINUTES.

DO YOU HAVE ANYBODY WHO WILL MOTION TO APPROVE? MOTION TO APPROVE? ANYBODY SECOND.

MR. ? COMMISSIONER RAMIREZ? I SECOND.

OKAY.

ALL IN FAVOR SAY AYE.

AYE.

ANY OPPOSED? NO.

OKAY.

WE WILL APPROVE THOSE MINUTES.

UM, FOR DISCUSSION ITEMS TONIGHT.

OUR FIRST DISCUSSION ITEM IS WE HAVE A PRESENTATION, UM, BY THE EQUITY BASED, UH, PRESERVATION PLAN, UM, BY KARA.

I'M SORRY, I HAVE A, I'M VISUALLY IMPAIRED.

I CAN'T SEE YOUR NAME WELL ENOUGH TO SAY IT.

SO SORRY.

GO AHEAD AND INTRODUCE YOURSELF.

WE APPRECIATE YOU BEING HERE TONIGHT.

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONERS.

MY NAME IS KARA BERTRAN.

I'M WITH THE CITY'S PLANNING DEPARTMENT, BUT I, I WAS ACTUALLY WONDERING IF IT WOULD BE POSSIBLE TO, TO SHIFT THIS, A LITTLE SLIDES A LITTLE BIT LATER IN THE, IN THE AGENDA.

I HAVE A, OH, SORRY.

I, I WAS, WAS WONDERING IF IT'D BE POSSIBLE TO, TO SHIFT THIS BACK SLIGHTLY IN THE, THE AGENDA.

I'M SORRY.

I HAVE A CO-PRESENTER WHO I THINK IS COMING FROM THE PRESERVATION PLAN WORKING GROUP THAT HELPED TO DEVELOP THE PLAN.

AND SHE'S NOT HERE YET, SO I'M, I'M GONNA TEXT HER.

I THINK, I IMAGINE SHE'S IN TRAFFIC SOMEWHERE CLOSE.

OKAY.

I'M OKAY WITH THAT.

IS THAT ALLOWED? CAN WE YES, YOU CAN.

YEAH, YOU CAN MOVE IT AROUND.

YEAH.

OKAY.

DO YOU HAVE ANY OTHER PRESENTATIONS? UM, YES.

UM, SO FLIP, FLIP FLOP THEM.

HOLD ON.

I'M LOOKING.

DO YOU, UM, DO YOU WANNA GO AHEAD AND DO YOURS? YEAH.

ALL RIGHT.

UM, WAIT, I'M NOT, IT'S ITEM THREE.

[3. Discussion regarding zoning changes that affect group homes.]

OH, ITEM THREE.

JUST, UM, WE HAVE A DISCUSSION REGARDING, UM, ZONING CHANGES THAT WILL AFFECT GROUP HOMES.

UM, GO AHEAD AND INTRODUCE YOURSELF.

THANK YOU.

THANKS.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

MY NAME IS BETSY GREENBERG.

UM, I LIVE IN DISTRICT NINE.

I'M ALSO ON THE ZONING AND PLANNING COMMISSION, BUT I'M NOT SPEAKING ON BEHALF OF THE COMMISSION.

UM, SO I WANNA TALK ABOUT CHANGES TO GROUP RESIDENTIAL.

UM, THAT OCCURRED WHEN, AT THE DECEMBER 7TH MEETING, WHEN THE CITY COUNCIL PASSED THE HOME INITIATIVE WITH KIND OF LESS ATTENTION, THEY ALSO REMOVED SINGLE FAMILY OCCUPANCY LIMITS.

THEY UPDATED THE DEFINITION OF GROUP RESIDENTIAL, AND THE DEFINITIONS FOR FAMILY AND GROUP HOMES WERE REMOVED FROM THE CODE.

I CAME TO, I'M COMING TO YOU BECAUSE I BELIEVE THESE CODE CHANGES HAVE HEALTH AND SAFETY IMPACTS FOR THE DISABLED AND OTHER VULNERABLE POPULATIONS.

OKAY.

SO THE OLD DEFINITION OF GROUP RESIDENTIAL SAID IT WAS THE USE OF A SITE FOR OCCUPANCY BY A GROUP OF MORE THAN SIX PERSONS WHO ARE NOT A FAMILY ON A WEEKLY OR LONGER BASIS.

THIS USE

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INCLUDES FRATERNITY, SORORITY, DORMITORIES, RESIDENCES, AND BOARDING HOUSES.

AND THAT GROUP RESIDENTIAL WAS ONLY ALLOWED IN MULTIFAMILY ZONING, AND IT'S NOT A USE ALLOWED IN SINGLE FAMILY ZONING.

SO THAT MEANT IN SINGLE FAMILY ZONING, YOU COULD HAVE SIX OR FEWER, UM, UNRELATED ADULTS.

BUT THEY CHANGED THE DEFINITION TO SAY, GROUP RESIDENTIAL USE IS THE USE OF A SITE FOR OCCUPANCY BY A GROUP OF 16 OR MORE ADULTS WITH THIS EXTRA REQUIREMENT THAT A THIRD PARTY PROVIDES, UH, PREPARES OR PROVIDES FOOD ON A WEEKLY OR LONGER BASIS.

SO IT'S THE SAME.

THIS USES FRATERNITY AND SORORITY ALSO BOARDING HOUSES.

BUT THE CONSEQUENCES OF THIS CHANGE ARE THAT IF THERE ARE 16 OR MORE ADULTS AND A THIRD PARTY PREPARES OR PROVIDES THE FOOD, THEN IT'S GROUP RESIDENTIAL AND ONLY ALLOWED IN MULTIFAMILY.

BUT 15 OR FEWER ADULTS WILL ALWAYS BE ALLOWED IN A SINGLE FAMILY ZONE.

AND IF THERE ISN'T A THIRD PARTY PREPARING OR PROVIDING FOOD, AN UNLIMITED NUMBER OF ADULTS ARE ALLOWED IN SINGLE FAMILY ZONES.

OKAY.

SO THE RATIONALE AND LEAST IN PART, WAS THAT THERE WERE OTHER OCCUPANCY REGULATIONS IN THE CODE, AND THIS WASN'T NECESSARY.

SO THE PROPERTY MAINTENANCE CODE IS A INTERNATIONAL CODE, WHICH SAYS A BELT A BEDROOM MUST CONTAIN AT LEAST 70 SQUARE FEET.

AND A BEDROOM OCCUPIED BY MORE THAN TWO ADULTS MUST CONTAIN AT LEAST 50 ADDITIONAL PER PERSON.

SO THREE PEOPLE WOULD NEED 120 SQUARE FEET.

UM, AND THEN THE TEXAS PROPERTY CODE ALSO HAS A REQUIREMENT THAT SAYS THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF ADULTS THAT A LANDLORD MAY ALLOW TO OCCUPY A DWELLING IS THREE TIMES THE NUMBER OF BEDROOMS. SO THIS PICTURE SHOWN ON THE SIDE IS WHAT'S ALLOWED IN A 2300 SQUARE FOOT HOUSE, WHICH EVERY SINGLE FAMILY LOT IN AUSTIN HAS ALLOWED 2300 SQUARE FEET.

UM, AND YOU COULD FIT 11 BEDROOMS AND 33 ADULTS.

YOU COULD BUILD THAT NOW, BUT RIGHT NOW, YOU WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO HAVE THAT KIND OF OCCUPANTS ANY IN A SINGLE FAMILY ZONE.

UM, SO THE, THE THING THAT HELPS KEEP PEOPLE SAFE IS THAT AUSTIN CODE CONDUCTS INDI INITIAL INSPECTIONS ON ROOMING AND BOARDING HOMES, FOLLOWED BY ANNUAL INSPECTIONS TO ENSURE PROPERTIES ARE CLEANED AND SAFE, AND THE INVESTIGATORS LOOK AT STRUCTURAL CONDITIONS, SAFE EXIT AND EGRESS.

AND, UM, BASICALLY ALL THE SAFETY THINGS, INCLUDING OVER OCCUPANCY.

THE AUSTIN FIRE DEPARTMENT ALSO INSPECTS ALL MULTIFAMILY RESIDENTIAL OCCUPANCIES IN THE CITY, UM, BECAUSE MULTIFAMILY IS MORE DANGEROUS THAN SINGLE FAMILY, PEOPLE AREN'T LOOKING OUT FOR THEIR FAMILY, UM, OTHER PEOPLE THERE.

THESE INSPECTIONS ARE DONE BY FIREFIGHTER CREWS DURING THEIR SHIFTS AND OFTEN REFERRED TO AS IN-SERVICE INSPECTIONS.

SO PREVIOUSLY, BOTH OF THESE TYPES OF INSPECTIONS WERE FOR ALL HOMES WITH SEVEN OR MORE UNRELATED ADULTS.

BUT WITH THE NEW GROUP RESIDENTIAL DEFINITIONS ONLY HOMES WITH 16 OR MORE ADULTS, UM, AND FOOD PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY ONLY THE ONES THAT QUALIFY AS MEETING THE GROUP RESIDENTIAL DEFINITION WILL HAVE FIRE AND LIFE SAFETY INSPECTIONS, WHICH I THINK IS A DANGER.

UM, THE, THE CHANGE TO THE CODE ALSO REMOVED THESE FOUR DIFFERENT CLASSES OF HOMES, FAMILY HOME GROUP, HOME CLASS ONE GROUP, HOME CLASS TWO, SO LIMITED AND GENERAL AND GROUP HOME CLASS TWO.

OKAY.

UM, AND AGAIN, WHEN THOSE DEFINITIONS ARE REMOVED, THE USES EITHER FIT THE GROUP RESIDENTIAL DEFINITION AND THEY'RE ALLOWED ONLY IN MULTIFAMILY ZONES, OR THEY'RE ALLOWED IN SINGLE FAMILY WITH NO LIMIT ON THE NUMBER OF RESIDENTS THE FAMILY HOME IS FOR, UM, PROVIDING 24 HOUR CARE IN A PROTECTED LIVING ENVIRONMENT.

THERE'S NO MORE THAN TWO SUPERVISORY PERSONNEL AND NO MORE THAN SIX RESIDENTS WHO HAVE A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT HEALTH OR, UM, HEALTH ISSUES INCLUDING, UM, VISUAL SPEECH, UM, DEMENTIA, EMOTIONAL AUTISM.

SO IT'S LOTS OF DIFFERENT HEALTH ISSUES.

UM, AND THEN THE GROUP HOME

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CLASS ONE IS ALMOST THE SAME EXCEPT IT'S INTENDED FOR DIFFERENT, UM, CONDITIONS, BUT IT'S STILL THE SIX RESIDENTS AND TWO SUPERVISORY PERSONNEL.

AND THAT ONE INCLUDES FOSTER HOMES, CONGREGATE LIVING FOR SENIORS, MATERNITY HOMES, HOMES FOR, AGAIN, PEOPLE WITH PHYSICAL OR MENTAL IMPAR IMPAIRMENTS NOT LISTED IN THE DESCRIPTION FOR THE FAMILY HOME.

UM, SO BOTH OF THOSE WERE ALLOWED IN SINGLE FAMILY, UM, AND STILL WOULD BE THE GROUP HOME.

CLASS TWO IS LARGER.

IT ALLOWS IT NOT MORE THAN SIX.

'CAUSE SIX WOULD BE, THAT'S NOT ACTUALLY CLASS TWO, IT'S CLASS ONE GENERAL, UM, AND NOT MORE THAN 15 RESIDENTS AND NOT MORE THAN THREE SUPERVISORY PERSONNEL.

AND THAT USE WAS CONDITIONAL IN SINGLE FAMILY.

SO IT COULD BE IN SINGLE FAMILY, BUT IT WOULD NEED TO GO TO A LAND USE COMMISSION FOR A CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT.

UM, ONCE THE DEFINITION'S ELIMINATED, THAT USE IS PERMITTED, PERIOD, PERIOD WITH, AGAIN, NO LIMIT ON THE NUMBER OF RESIDENTS UNLESS A THIRD PARTY PROVIDES FOOD.

AND THEN THE LAST ONE GROUP HOME IS THE CLASS TWO, WHICH IS FOR THE SAME SIZE WITH THE 15 RESIDENTS AND THREE ADDITIONAL.

UM, BUT THAT ONE IS SPECIFICALLY FOR JUVENILE DELINQUENTS HALFWAY HOUSES.

AND THAT WAS NOT CONDITIONAL IN SINGLE FAMILY.

IT WAS PROHIBITED IN SINGLE FAMILY, UM, FOR PEOPLE WHO NEED HALFWAY HOUSES OR RESIDENCES THAT NEED CORRECTIONAL OR, OR MENTAL INSTITUTION.

UM, AND THE, THE JUVENILE DELINQUENTS WILL NEVER SATISFY THE REC, UM, THE DEFINITION FOR GROUP HOME BECAUSE THEY'RE NOT ADULTS.

UM, SO THAT'S JUST TO SUMMARIZE, THERE'S THOSE FOUR DIFFERENT TYPES OF HOMES THAT WERE ELIMINATED FROM THE CODE, BUT THEY'LL ALL BE ALLOWED IN SINGLE FAMILY.

THEY'LL ALL HAVE THE SITUATION OF NO HEALTH AND SAFETY INSPECTIONS FROM CODE OR FIRE BECAUSE THEY DON'T MEET THE DEFINITION OF GROUP RESIDENTIAL, AND THEY'RE NOT IN MULTIFAMILY.

SO THEY'RE ALLOWED IN SINGLE FAMILY WITH NO LIMIT ON THE NUMBER OF RESIDENTS AND NO FIRE OR SAFETY INSPECTIONS.

UM, SO INITIALLY I THOUGHT THAT'S REALLY NOT WHAT THE COUNCIL INTENDED.

UM, YOU KNOW, THOSE CODES WERE WRITTEN PRETTY QUICKLY AND PASSED PRETTY QUICKLY.

UM, BUT THE CONCERN IS THAT FAMILY AND GROUP HOMES ARE OFTEN RUN BY FOR-PROFIT ENTITIES.

SO THE REGULATION AND THE INSPECTION IS REALLY IMPORTANT.

UM, THE LOCAL REQUIREMENTS FOR LICENSING AND INSPECTION, AGAIN, WILL ONLY BE REQUIRED FOR PROPERTIES THAT MEET THAT NEW DEFINITION OF GROUP RESIDENTIAL.

UM, AND I, I DEFINITELY DON'T UNDERSTAND THE FOOD THING, WHY THEY HAVE TO HAVE FOOD PROVIDED, BUT IN ORDER TO MEET THE DEFINITION.

SO THIS CODE CHANGE, I AM CONCERNED, CAN SUBJECT THE ELDERLY PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES, UM, TO ABUSE, NEGLECT, AND EXPLOITATION.

UM, THAT'S MY CONCERN.

I MEAN, EVEN, UM, LIKE HUMAN TRAFFICKING, UM, COULD BE MORE EASILY HAPPENING BECAUSE THERE'S NO CHECK ON THIS.

SO I AM HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, BUT I THINK THAT THIS COMMISSION SHOULD LET THE CITY COUNCIL KNOW, UM, ABOUT YOUR CONCERN.

IF THIS CONCERNS YOU, AND I WOULD SUGGEST THAT YOU PROPOSE THAT AUSTIN CODE AND AUSTIN FIRE DEPARTMENT INSPECTIONS BE REQUIRED ON PROPERTIES WITH SEVEN OR MORE ADULTS, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THEY'RE IN SINGLE FAMILY OR MULTIFAMILY ZONING.

IT SHOULDN'T REALLY MATTER.

THEY SHOULD HAVE THAT PROTECTION EITHER WAY.

AND I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE PHRASE, AND A THIRD PARTY PREPARES OR PROVIDES FOOD FOR THE OCCUPANTS REMOVED FROM THE DEFINITION GROUP RESIDENTIAL, BECAUSE IT REALLY, IN MY MIND, IS NOT RELEVANT TO WHETHER OR NOT THAT'S CONSIDERED GROUP RESIDENTIAL.

I HAVE A QUESTION.

DID YOUR COMMISSION MAKE A RECOMMENDATION PRIOR TO THE VOTE TO COUNCIL? OUR COMMISSION DID NOT MAKE A RECOMMENDATION ON THIS.

UM, THE PLANNING COMMISSION MAKES RECOMMENDATION ON CODE CHANGES, BUT I'M ON ZONING AND PLATTING, AND WE DO NOT MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS ON CODE CHANGES.

ALSO, THIS, I AM ON THE, UM, CODES AND ORDINANCES JOINT COMMITTEE, BUT THIS WAS SPECIFICALLY NOT BROUGHT TO THE JOINT COMMITTEE.

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OKAY.

WOULD YOU, WOULD YOU BE WILLING TO WRITE A, UH, KIND OF A, WHAT THAT WOULD LOOK LIKE, WHAT YOU JUST VERBALIZED FOR OUR REVIEW, SO THAT WAY IT'D BE EASIER FOR US TO KIND OF DIGEST AND MAKE THAT RECOMMENDATION AS NEEDED ON A FUTURE MEETING.

SO YOU WANT A, A ACTUAL RECOMMENDATION BEYOND JUST WHAT WAS ON THE FINAL SLIDE? I WOULD LIKE TO SEE IN WRITING WHAT YOU'RE SPEAKING ABOUT, WHAT YOU JUST VERBALIZED, SO THEN WE CAN DO THAT ON THE NEXT MEETING WITH ACTION TO SEE WHAT THAT WOULD LOOK LIKE.

YEAH.

I'M JUST ASKING IF YOU NEED SOMETHING BEYOND WHAT'S IN THE SLIDES, BECAUSE I BELIEVE THE SLIDES COULD, IT'S IN THE LAST SLIDE, ISN'T IT? YEAH.

BUT I DON'T THINK THE SLIDES WERE SHARED WITH THE COMMISSION, SO I NEVER RECEIVED THE SLIDES.

NO.

RIGHT.

SO IF YOU WANNA SHARE THEM WITH ME, I CAN SEND THEM OUT TO THE COMMISSIONERS.

OKAY.

OR IF YOU LIKE, LIKE SINCE, SINCE YOU HAVE A KIND OF A GREATER KNOWLEDGE AS FAR AS THE ZONING WAS PRIOR TO THAT, IF WE CAN DO A COMPARE AND CONTRAST, THAT WAY WE CAN MAKE THE PROPER, HAVE THE PROPER INFORMATION IN FRONT OF US FOR THE NEXT MEETINGS TO MAKE A RECOMMENDATION TO C.

OKAY.

FOR NOW, THEY SHOULD SHARE THE SLIDES.

AND BEFORE YOUR NEXT MEETING, I, YOU'D LIKE A DRAFT OF A RECOMMENDATION? YES.

I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THAT, AT LEAST TO SEE THAT, WHAT THAT WOULD LOOK LIKE.

OKAY.

I'D BE HAPPY TO DO THAT.

AND I, I APOLOGIZE.

IT'S MY, IT'S PROBABLY MY FAULT THAT WE DON'T HAVE THE SLIDES.

I, UM, I DID RECEIVE THE SLIDES SOME TIME AGO, BUT I WAS UNDER THE IMPRESSION THAT THEY WOULD ALSO SENT SEPARATELY TO, UM, CHRISTIE.

SO I WILL SEND THOSE SLIDES TO YOU TONIGHT.

GREAT.

SHE ALREADY HAS.

SHE HAS, I HAVE A QUESTION AND A COMMENT.

THE FOOD THING IS PROBABLY, HAS PROBABLY SOMETHING TO DO WITH FOOD CODE, HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH FOOD SAFETY REGULATIONS.

THAT'S PROBABLY THE REASON FOR THAT LANGUAGE.

UM, BUT I DID HAVE A QUESTION.

DO YOU THINK THIS HAD LIKE, SOMETHING TO DO WITH INCREASING DENSITY? OF COURSE, IT HAS TO DO WITH INCREASING DENSITY, ALLOWING MORE PEOPLE TO LIVE IN A, A SINGLE FAMILY HOME.

UM, THE QUESTION IS JUST DOES IT GO TOO FAR AND KIND OF ENDANGER VULNERABLE POPULATIONS, BUT DOING AWAY WITH THESE KINDS OF INSPECTIONS FOR LIKE POPULATIONS THAT ARE DISABLED OR POPULATIONS THAT, UM, UH, LIKE THE JUVENILE DELINQUENTS FOR INSTANCE, LIKE ANY POPULATION THAT CAN'T, UH, SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES FULLY, LIKE, UH, REALLY KIND OF MAKES ME UNCOMFORTABLE.

RIGHT? IT MAKES ME UNCOMFORTABLE FOR ANY KI ANY KIND OF GROUP HOME.

I MEAN, WHEN YOU'RE LIVING IN AN APARTMENT, IN A MULTIFAMILY UNIT, YOU HAVE MANDATORY FIRE INSPECTIONS, YOU HAVE LIKE ALL KINDS OF MANDATORY INSPECTIONS FOR SAFETY.

IT JUST SEEMS KIND OF COMMON SENSE.

AND I'M SORT OF SURPRISED THAT THE CITY OF AUSTIN WOULD DO AWAY WITH THAT.

MM-HMM.

.

I ALSO THOUGHT IT WAS MAYBE UNINTENTIONAL, BUT I DEFINITELY SPOKE TO MY COUNCIL MEMBER ABOUT IT AND WAS UNDER THE IMPRESSION THERE WOULD BE AMENDMENTS, BUT THERE WERE NO AMENDMENTS ABOUT THIS.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BRINGING THIS TO US.

MM-HMM.

, WHO WAS THE COUNCIL MEMBER THAT YOU SPOKE TO BY CHANCE, IF YOU DON'T MIND SHARING.

I LIVE IN DISTRICT NINE.

OKAY.

COUNCIL MEMBER CADRE.

OKAY.

CAN I ALSO ASK, YOU MENTIONED, UM, FOSTER CARE FACILITIES, AND I WONDER IF THOSE WOULD ALSO NEVER MEET SOME OF THE MINIMUM STANDARDS, BECAUSE THOSE ARE ALSO NOT ADULT POPULATIONS.

I CAN IMAGINE THAT IS ALSO TRUE.

OKAY.

AND WHAT CITY DEPARTMENT IS USUALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE INSPECTIONS? YOU MENTIONED FIRE AND THEN THERE WAS ANOTHER CODE.

CODE, OKAY.

MM-HMM.

, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THAT CLARIFICATION.

ALRIGHT.

ANYONE ELSE HAVE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? WELL, THANK YOU FOR LISTENING.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME, AND THANK YOU SO MUCH.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO RECEIVING THIS INFORMATION.

I DID HAVE A QUESTION.

SORRY.

UM, GO FOR IT.

I'M HAVING TO, I'M HAVING AUDIO ISSUES ON MY LAPTOP.

UM, CAN EVERYONE HEAR ME? YES.

YES.

OKAY.

UM, I DID HAVE QUESTIONS BECAUSE, UM, WHEN I HAVE DEALT WITH FOSTER, UM, YOUTH AND, UM, YOU KNOW, MY BROTHER HAS A DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY FOR WHICH WE'RE, UH, WE HAVE, UH, THE COUNTY SOCIAL WORKER VISIT US ON AN ANNUAL BASIS.

UM, DO THEY THINK THAT THOSE VISITS ARE SUFFICIENT TO MEETING, LIKE, I KNOW THAT THEY LOOK AT THE, THE CONDITIONS OF THE HOME, BUT DO THEY, WAS THAT AN OVERSIGHT BECAUSE THEY, THEY KNOW THAT THERE ARE, UM, YOU KNOW, VISITS HAPPENING ON AN ANNUAL BASIS? OR WHAT, WHAT WAS THE REASON FOR THIS BEING ELIMINATED? I'M GUESSING, AND I THINK BECAUSE

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THOSE GROUPS THAT, SORRY.

I THINK THAT IT JUST IS REALLY MY OPINION, UM, THAT THE CHANGES WERE MADE TO MAKE CO-OPS EASIER TO HAPPEN.

AND YOU CAN'T REALLY TREAT ANY OF THOSE OTHER CLASSES OF PEOPLE DIFFERENT THAN PEOPLE LIVING IN THE CO-OPS BECAUSE OF FAIR HOUSING.

MM-HMM.

.

SO THAT'S MY OPINION.

I DON'T THINK IT WAS ELIMINATED BECAUSE, OH, THERE WERE OTHER INSPECTIONS BY THE COUNTY OR THE STATE.

I THINK THAT'S ALL BECAUSE I'M NOT SURE NOBODY EVER JUSTIFIED IT BY SAYING THESE AREN'T NECESSARY BECAUSE THERE'S ALREADY THESE OTHER INSPECTIONS OR REGISTRATION.

UM, WHICH THERE COULD WELL BE, BUT MAYBE WE WANNA HAVE ADDITIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY INSPECTIONS THAT ARE RUN BY THE CITY.

'CAUSE WE USED TO MM-HMM.

.

MM-HMM.

.

ALL RIGHT.

IF THERE'S NO OTHER QUESTIONS, THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME, AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO RECEIVING THAT INFORMATION.

NO PROBLEM.

ALL RIGHT.

LET THE RECORDING RECOGNIZE THAT CHAIR FRANKS HAS MADE IT TO THE MEETING.

SORRY FOR BEING A LITTLE BIT LATE.

I DON'T HAVE MY LAPTOP, SO IF SOMEONE COULD TELL ME THE NEXT AGENDA ITEM, THAT'D BE GREAT.

REVIEW THE GOALS.

OKAY.

[4. Review of the goals for the Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities.]

REVIEW THE GOALS FOR THE MAYOR'S COMMITTEE FOR COMMITTEE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES.

FLOOR IS OPEN.

DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY NEW GOALS THAT WE HAVE NOT YET DISCUSSED? CAN WE HAVE A READING OF THE PRESENT GOALS LISTED? THAT WAY EVERYBODY'S, IT'S PART OF THE RECORD NUMBER ASSIGNMENT.

UM, AS FAR AS I KNOW, THE ONLY, WE HAVEN'T HAD ANY SPECIFIC GOALS LAID OUT.

I KNOW THAT WE HAVE CREATED TWO WORK GROUPS.

WE HAVE THE TRANSPORTATION WORK GROUP, AND THEN WE ALSO HAVE THE DEMOGRAPHIC WORK GROUP TO, WELL, I KNOW WE MADE A RECOMMENDATION TO DO A, A POINT IN TIME COUNT FOR THE PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES.

SO I THINK WE CAN TABLE IT UNTIL WE MOVE TO SEE HOW MANY ACTUALLY PEOPLE ARE THERE.

SO THEN WE CAN GET MORE INPUT IN THAT, IN THAT, YOU KNOW, PART OF THIS SITUATION.

CORRECT.

BECAUSE WE REALLY DON'T KNOW.

CORRECT.

BUT, UM, I THINK THIS IS A SEPARATE AGENDA, AGENDA ITEM.

WE MADE RECOMMENDATIONS, UM, FOR BUDGETING, AND THEY, THEY'RE RELATED, BUT THESE ARE JUST LIKE KIND OF THE GOALS OR THE PURPOSES OF THE COMMITTEE.

AND DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY ADDITIONAL INTERESTS OR ANYTHING THEY WANNA BRING UP? UM, I MEAN, I THINK THERE MAY BE A LOT TO BRING UP.

I REMEMBER THIS BEING TABLED UNTIL WE GOT PUBLIC INPUT.

I THINK THERE WERE SOME PUBLIC INPUT MEETINGS SCHEDULED.

WAS, WERE THERE ANY RESULTS ON THOSE? A QUESTIONNAIRE WAS SENT OUT, BUT I DON'T THINK WE HAD A, A VAST NUMBER OF PEOPLE TO FILL THOSE OUT INTO RETURN.

THAT'S WHY WE MADE THE RECOMMENDATION TO ACTUALLY DO APPOINTED TIME COUNT AND THE CITY TAKE, UH, YOU KNOW, A VESTED INTEREST IN DOING THAT IN THEIR CAPACITY.

UM, THAT'S TRUE.

WE ONLY, UM, RECEIVED THREE, UM, RESPONSES FOR THAT SURVEY.

AND AGAIN, THAT'S WHY WE WANTED THE POINT, POINT IN TIME COUNT, AND ALSO ASKED FOR A WAY FOR US TO HAVE INFORMATION AND TO SHARE INFORMATION WITH THE PUBLIC.

UM, AND THEN I ALSO HELD A VIRTUAL MEETING.

AND, UM, THE PERSON THAT YOU JUST, THAT WE JUST SPOKE WITH WAS THE ONLY PERSON THAT ATTENDED.

UH, UM, AGAIN, I THINK WE HAVE A PROBLEM WITH OUTREACH.

AND SO THAT'S ONE OF THE REASONS WHY WE MADE THE RECOMMENDATION FOR THE, UM, ADDITIONAL WEB SPACE.

DO WE HAVE ANY GUIDING DOCUMENTS, LIKE FOUNDING PRINCIPLES, ANYTHING LIKE THAT, THAT, LIKE, THAT CAME WITH LIKE THE FOUNDING OF THIS COMMITTEE? THE BYLAWS, STATE THE MISSION.

YEAH.

OKAY.

MM-HMM.

.

JUST THAT.

OKAY.

I MEAN, THE THING IS THE POPULATION OF BOSTON IS GROWING.

YES.

AND NOBODY TO MY KNOWLEDGE, SINCE I'VE BEEN A COMMISSIONER ON MULTIPLE COMMISSIONS, HAS EVER REACHED OUT TO SEE THE AMOUNT OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES.

I MEAN, I DID IT UP TO A VIEW WITH VETERANS WITH DISABILITIES, BUT BEFORE WE CAN MAKE OUR GOALS AND WHAT WE NEED TO, TO, TO FOCUS ON, WE NEED TO HAVE REAL INPUT WITH OUR POPULATION IN AUSTINITES.

AND THAT CAN'T HAPPEN UNTIL THE CITY OF AUSTIN PUTS, YOU KNOW, FOURTH THE GENERAL

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COUNT, YOU KNOW, OUR POPULATION WELL AS, UM, AS PART OF THE PROJECT CONNECT CAC COMMITTEE.

ANYTIME.

SO, FOR EXAMPLE, LAST WEEK I WAS AT THIS, UM, COMMITTEE WHERE WE WERE TALKING ABOUT, UM, THE NEW POLICE FORCE FOR CAPITOL METRO, AND THAT THEY'RE MAKING THEIR, UM, THEY'RE MAKING THEIR POLICIES RIGHT NOW.

AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT THEY BROUGHT UP WAS, UH, THE DEMOGRAPHICS THAT THEY'RE GONNA KEEP WHENEVER THEY HAVE TO GO TO A CALL.

AND, UM, I WAS VERY SPECIFIC THAT I WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT THERE WAS DEMOGRAPHIC DATA BEING COLLECTED ABOUT PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AND NOT JUST YOUR BASIC RACE AND, UM, GENDER KIND OF DEMOGRAPHICS.

UM, SO THAT DEFINITELY SEEMS TO BE A GOAL.

I KNOW WE HAVE THAT WORK GROUP.

DOES ANYBODY HAVE ANY, UM, UPDATES ON THE WORK GROUP, THE POINT IN TIME WORK GROUP, POINT IN TIME COUNT? UH, THE, THE DEMOGRAPHIC WORK GROUP? WAIT, I THINK IT'S, I THINK WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE SAME THING.

YEAH.

UH, NO, I SENT OUT, UH, AN EMAIL.

UM, SO I WAS HAVING COMMUNICATION PROBLEMS. I SENT OUT AN EMAIL TO EVERYBODY AND STEPPED ON A QUORUM, A WALKING QUORUM PROBLEM.

YES.

MM-HMM.

.

MM-HMM.

.

SO, UM, AND THEN I SENT OUT AN EMAIL TO JUST THE WORK GROUP, AND I BELIEVE IF I'M NOT PREEMPTING ANYONE, THAT, UM, ONE OF THE MEMBERS IS GONNA BE STEPPING DOWN.

SO, UM, IN THE PROCESS OF DISCUSSING THIS, I GUESS I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE TWO POINTS.

WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE, UH, ANYONE JOIN THE WORK GROUP.

I THINK WE CAN HAVE UP TO FIVE.

AND THEN, UM, SO I GUESS I'D LIKE TO PROPOSE THAT IF I NEED TO BRING THAT UP FOR NEXT MEETING, AND THEN, UH, MAYBE JUST A DISCUSSION.

I THINK THAT TO TAKE A POINT IN TIME COUNT, IT'S MY IMPRESSION WITH THE AMOUNT OF WORK THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE, THAT THIS COULD PROBABLY BE A FULL-TIME JOB FOR SOMEBODY.

SO, UM, YOU KNOW, I'M WONDERING IF THE CITY, I MEAN, THE CITY DOES IT ALL THE TIME.

WE DO POINT IN TIME COUNTS FOR THE HOMELESS POPULATION.

THEY ENCOMPASS VETERANS.

THIS IS NOT A NEW ACTION THAT THE CITY, THIS IS NOT NEW TO THE CITY, BUT IT'S VERY DIFFICULT TO GET ONE DONE.

AND LIKE WITH THE HOMELESS COUNT.

LIKE, IT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT THEY DO ALL THE TIME.

IT'S SOMETHING THAT THEY HAVE DONE IN THE PAST, BUT IT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT THEY DO ALL THE TIME.

THEY HAVEN'T, THEY HAVEN'T, RIGHT.

THEY HAVEN'T DONE, BUT I WAS ON, I WAS PART OF ECHO.

I REPRESENTED CARITAS.

IT WAS SOMETHING THAT WE USED TO DO ON A YEARLY BASIS YES.

PRIOR TO, PRIOR TO COVID.

RIGHT.

BUT I ALSO THINK WE ARE NOT A MONOLITHIC GROUP.

I MEAN, THERE ARE, IN TERMS OF COUNTING PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, UM, IT, I JUST THINK IT WOULD BE VERY, VERY DIFFICULT.

YES.

I THINK WE'RE ON THIS COMMISSION TO RECOMMEND GOALS THAT WE WANNA WORK ON.

WE'VE TALKED ABOUT TRANSPORTATION, WE'VE ALSO TALKED ABOUT THIS POINT IN TIME.

BUT I THINK WE DO NEED TO TALK ABOUT HOUSING AND WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT WORKFORCE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES.

I MEAN, I THINK WE CAN HAVE GOALS, UM, EVEN WITHOUT THAT BECAUSE WE'VE GOT, WE'RE REPRESENTING COMMUNITIES AND I THINK WE CAN RECOGNIZE WHAT PARTICULAR GOALS NEED TO BE FOR THIS COMMITTEE.

SO I WOULD RECOMMEND, AND THAT'S FINE.

BUT LIKE I SAID, PLEASE LET HER FINISH.

I WOULD SAY ALONG WITH TRANSPORTATION, I WOULD RECOMMEND WORKFORCE AND JOBS FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES.

AND I WOULD ALSO RECOMMEND AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

YES.

SAFE HOUSING FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES.

WELL, AND I CAN SAY THAT I HAVE HAD A LOT OF INFORMATION AND A LOT MORE INPUT AS A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THIS COMMITTEE ON THE PROJECT CONNECT, CAC COMMITTEE.

AND SO I REALLY THINK THAT IT WOULD BE BENEFICIAL IF WE, UM, HAD PEOPLE ON ALL THESE OTHER DIFFERENT COMMITTEES, HAVE SOMEBODY ON THE HOUSING COMMITTEE HAVE SOMEBODY MAYBE ON ZONING COMMITTEE, UM, THAT CAN BE AT THOSE MEETINGS, SEE WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE CITY, BRING IT BACK HERE, UM, AND THEN ALSO AT THE MEETINGS, MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS.

OKAY.

JUST A POINT OF CLARIFICATION FROM EARLIER, IF ANY COMMISSIONER WANTS SOMETHING CIRCULATED TO ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE COMMISSION, YOU CAN JUST SEND IT TO OUR LIAISON AND SHE HAS THE RIGHT TO SEND IT TO EVERYBODY.

SO IT'S NOT GONNA BE A WALKING QUORUM.

UNDERSTOOD.

THANK YOU.

MM-HMM.

.

AND THEN THE SECOND POINT, UH, PREVIOUSLY WHAT WE'VE DONE IS WE DID A QUALITY OF LIFE STUDY WITH, UM, THE CITY OF AUSTIN, THE CITY THE COUNCIL PROVIDED US, UH, MONEY TO CONDUCT THAT STUDY.

HOWEVER, IT IS

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EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO GET TO QUANTIFY THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES IN AUSTIN.

UM, YOU CAN GO TO DIFFERENT DISABILITY GROUPS, SO THAT'S ONLY A, A SUBSECTION OF THE POPULATION.

THERE'S ALSO THOSE WHO MAY NOT SELF-IDENTIFY AS A PRE PERSONAL DISABILITY, BUT DOES HAVE A, A DISABILITY.

SO IT IS UNFORTUNATELY UNREALISTIC TO TRY TO QUANTIFY EVERY SINGLE PERSON, BUT LOOKING PERHAPS AT CENSUS DATA AND OTHER DATA THAT HAS BEEN COLLECTED BEFORE, WE CAN AT LEAST GET A GENERAL BASIS.

AND, UM, I THINK TO GET OUR MESSAGE ACROSS IT, WE COULD FIRST TARGET THOSE GROUPS.

UH, FOR EXAMPLE, THE NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND ADAPT, ALL THESE OTHER DISABILITY ORGANIZATIONS, AUTISM SPEAKS, FOR EXAMPLE, THAT WE COULD CIRCULATE SO THEY CAN SPREAD IT AMONGST THEIR, UM, THEIR POPULATION.

WELL, I DID REACH OUT TO ONE OF THE PEOPLE OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES MM-HMM.

TO SEE IF THEY ENCAPSULATED THAT DATA.

AND THEY DID DO A, A SUBSECTION.

BUT DURING THAT POINT OF CONVERSATION, THEY LET ME KNOW THAT THE GOVERNOR'S COUNCIL FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES WAS GONNA MAKE AN EFFORT TO DO WHAT ACCOUNT FOR THE ENTIRE STATE OF TEXAS.

MM-HMM.

.

AND I ASKED THEM TO INCLUDE THE CITY OF AUSTIN, AS WELL AS LIKE, THEY'RE DOING ALL THE MAJOR CITIES.

RIGHT.

SO THEY'RE JUST DOING A JUMP OFF POINT.

AND THIS CONVERSATION WAS MAYBE ABOUT A MONTH AGO.

OKAY.

AND THEY GAVE ME A POINT OF CONTACT TO REACH OUT TO ONCE THIS WAS GONNA START.

SO I WAS GONNA WAIT TILL MAY OR JUNE TO SEE IF THEY, UH, HAD A JUMP OFF POINT FOR THAT.

OKAY.

AND THAT'S A GOOD STARTING POINT.

ALSO, IT, THEY MAY NOT QUANTIFY THE DIFFERENT SCHOOLS THAT ARE IN AUSTIN, SUCH AS THE TEXAS SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND, INDIVIDUALLY IMPAIRED, TEXAS SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF, CHRIS COLE REHABILITATION CENTER, WHERE THERE IS A CONSTANT NUMBER OF CHANGING OF, UM, NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE AT THIS LOCATION AT A TIME.

I MEAN, I'M WONDERING IN GENERAL, IF REVISITING THAT FUNDING ISSUE MIGHT BE A THOUGHT.

AND I DO HAVE A NOTE OUT TO THE CITY DEMOGRAPHER.

MM-HMM.

, UH, THERE'S A WEBSITE FOR THAT PERSON, AND APPARENTLY IT'S A DEAD LINK.

SO I'M TRYING TO CHASE SOME OF THOSE LEADS DOWN.

YEAH.

, HOPEFULLY YOU GET SOME YEAH.

RESULTS.

YEAH.

MM-HMM.

.

UM, SO I, IF ANYBODY HAS ANY IDEA OF, YOU KNOW, THE, KIND OF THE MORE INTERNAL WORKINGS OF THE CITY, LIKE I, I, I AM, I DON'T KNOW, I'M A LITTLE IDEALISTIC, BUT MAYBE A LITTLE BIT SURPRISED THAT, UM, THIS IDEA ISN'T ALREADY BEING WORKED ON, OR THAT SOMEBODY WOULDN'T ALREADY HAVE THE INFORMATION IN SOME WAY WITH, YOU KNOW, AND CERTAINLY ALL RESPECT GIVEN TO, TO YOUR, UM, JONATHAN, YOUR POINT ABOUT PEOPLE BEING HARD TO COUNT AND MAYBE A LITTLE BIT RELUCTANT TO, TO IDENTIFY TO SELF-IDENTIFY.

I THINK THE CLOSEST WE'LL GET WILL BE AN AMALGAMATION FROM A BUNCH OF DIFFERENT GROUPS, AND WE'LL EVENTUALLY GET SOME, SOME NUMBER.

I GUESS WHAT I'D LIKE TO KNOW AS FAR AS GOALS FOR OUR COMMITTEE IS I, I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR SOME FEEDBACK FROM THE COMMUNITY.

AND IT'S, IT'S A LITTLE DISHEARTENING TO HEAR THAT MM-HMM.

, YOU KNOW, SURVEY ONLY GETS THREE RESPONSES.

MM-HMM.

.

UM, BECAUSE I, I FEEL LIKE I WOULD LIKE SOME GUIDANCE FROM THE COMMUNITY.

UM, I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM THEM, UM, HOW WE CAN HELP THEM.

UM, AND I DON'T, I DON'T KNOW HOW TO, I DON'T KNOW HOW TO REACH OUT TO THEM.

AND SO I WISH WE COULD DO THAT BETTER.

HOW DO YOU GUYS FEEL ABOUT MAYBE GETTING CITY FUNDING TO CREATE A SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNEL WE'VE HAD, UH, IN REGARDS, LET ME ASK FOR CLARIFICATION FOR LIKE, LET'S SAY A FACEBOOK PAGE FOR THE MAYOR'S COMMITTEE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES.

IS THAT WHAT YOU'RE THINKING? OR, BECAUSE THERE, THERE, WE'VE TRIED THAT IN THE PAST AND IT'S VERY TEDIOUS AND THERE'S A LOT OF RESTRICTIONS ON WHAT CAN BE POSTED AND STUFF LIKE THAT.

AND I'M NOT SAYING THAT WE SHOULDN'T GO IN THAT REALM, JUST LETTING YOU KNOW WHAT WE'VE TRIED IN THE PAST.

WELL, OKAY.

SO YES.

UM, AND I THINK TRYING, HAVING THE ABILITY TO DISCUSS SOME OF THOSE ISSUES AS THEY COME UP.

UM, BUT MAYBE A, A, UM, SOMETHING LIKE A YOUTUBE SHORTS CHANNEL.

I REALIZED THAT TIKTOK IS GETTING A LOT OF FLACK RIGHT NOW AND A LOT OF POTENTIAL GOVERNMENT REGULATION.

RIGHT.

SO THAT I THINK IS BANNED IF I, IF I UNDERSTAND CORRECTLY, FOR TEXAS GOVERNMENT USE.

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MM-HMM.

.

SO THAT WOULD BE MM-HMM.

IT IS YES.

A NO GO, BUT, UM, YOU KNOW, MAYBE SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

POSTING SCHWARTZ ON SOMETHING ELSE, UM, THAT MIGHT TAKE THAT ENTITY'S PLACE.

THERE IS SOME PRECEDENT FOR THAT.

I BELIEVE THAT THE WE BELONG PROGRAM THAT THE CITY OF AUSTIN IS DOING, UM, I BELIEVE THAT EXISTS ON SOCIAL MEDIA.

OKAY.

WE BELONG.

OKAY.

AND ONE THING, OH, GO, GO AHEAD.

GO AHEAD.

OR THE, WE ALL BELONG.

AM I, I, DO I HAVE IT WRONG? I'M NOT SURE.

I HAVEN'T HEARD OF IT.

.

OKAY.

IT'S A, IT'S LIKE, IT'S AN EQUITY PROGRAM OF, IN THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

SO ONE THOUGHT THAT JUST CAME TO MIND IS MAYBE CREATING A TOWN HALL AND, UM, A WORKING GROUP REACH OUT TO THE VARIOUS DISABILITY GROUPS IN AUSTIN AND INVITE THEM TO HAVE REPRESENTATIVES TO COME.

AND WE HAVE THE MAIN TARGET PROBLEMS AND HAVE THEM TALK ABOUT THEIR POSITION ON, FOR EXAMPLE, EMPLOYMENT, AFFORDABLE HOUSING, TRANSPORTATION, SOME OF THE HIGH KEY ISSUES THAT AFFECT PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES ON A DAILY BASIS.

I LIKE THAT VERY MUCH.

JONATHAN.

MM-HMM.

.

YEAH.

I LIKE THAT TOO.

ANYBODY ELSE WITH ANY IDEAS? WELL, THE, THE, UM, THE NEXT

[5. Discussion to determine working groups based on the goals of the Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities.]

ITEM ON THE AGENDA, UH, KIND OF PLAYS INTO THIS 'CAUSE IT'S DISCUSSION TO DETERMINE WORK GROUPS BASED ON THE GOALS.

MM-HMM.

.

SO WOULD ANYBODY BE INTERESTED IN BEING ON A WORK GROUP TO GET THAT, UM, TOWN HALL TOGETHER AND ORGANIZED? I CAN WORK ON IT.

I'M ALSO THE PRESIDENT OF THE AUSTIN CHAPTER OF THE NATIONAL FEDER OF THE BLIND AND LIAISON BETWEEN THE MAYOR'S COMMITTEE AND THAT ORGANIZATION.

SO I'D BE HAPPY TO NOT ONLY HELP PLAN IT IF WITH OTHERS, BUT, UM, SPEAK ABOUT ISSUES THAT AFFECT THE BLIND POPULATION.

I WOULD BE INTERESTED IN JOINING UNLESS, UM, THERE WAS ONLY ONE VACANCY.

MM-HMM.

, I THINK IT CAN BE UP TO FIVE FOR A WORKING GROUP RIGHT UP TO FIVE MM-HMM.

.

AND I WONDER, YEAH.

CAN, CAN YOU SAY YOUR NAME PLEASE? I'M SORRY.

I CAN'T SAY THAT FAR.

WHO, WHO'S WHO SAID THEY'D BE INTERESTED ME.

LISA TRAIN.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

I WONDER IF THE DEMOGRAPHIC GROUP MIGHT SHIFT ITS ATTENTION OVER TO THIS WORKING GROUP.

I THINK THE GOALS ARE KIND OF SIMILAR.

THEY INTERSECT YEAH.

THERE'S AN INTERSECTION.

INTERSECTIONALITY BETWEEN BOTH.

YES.

YEAH.

SO I GUESS I WOULD SAY I WOULD BE WILLING TO WORK ON BOTH, BUT I DON'T NECESSARILY WANT TWO FUNCTIONING WORKING GROUPS KIND OF WORKING AT CROSS PURPOSES.

I THINK WE CAN COLLABORATE AND GENERAL, UH, CREATE AN ACTION PLAN WHERE THE DEMOGRAPHIC PORTION CAN BE INCORPORATED.

OKAY.

THAT'S WHAT I MEAN, THAT'S WHAT WE'RE TARGETING IS THE DEMOGRAPHIC OF THE PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES IN AUSTIN.

SO MAYBE WE COULD JUST ADD THIS, INSTEAD OF MAKING A SEPARATE WORK GROUP, WE CAN JUST ADD THIS AS A PART OF THE WORK OF THE DEMOGRAPHIC GROUP.

YEAH.

AN ACTION ITEM FOR THAT GROUP.

YEAH.

OKAY.

SO MAYBE SHOULD WE JUST MAYBE MAKE A MOTION FOR NEXT MEETING TO REFRAME THE GROUP NAME AS GOAL SETTING, DEMOGRAPHIC SLASH GOAL SETTING? I DON'T KNOW.

UM, I THINK WE CAN KEEP IT AS A DEMOGRAPHIC GROUP 'CAUSE THERE MIGHT BE DIFFERENT, THE GOAL SETTING WOULD, WE WOULD BE DOING LIKE HERE AS AN ENTIRE, UM, MAYOR'S COMMITTEE.

YEAH.

BUT WE HAVE THE DEMOGRAPHIC WORK GROUP.

UM, AND THEN RIGHT NOW WE CAN MAKE A MOTION THAT Y'ALL WILL BE FOCUSING ON GETTING TOGETHER, UM, THE TOWN HALL.

MM-HMM.

, UH, VICE CHAIR.

UNFORTUNATELY, THIS ITEM IS ONLY POSTED FOR DISCUSSION AND NOT DISCUSSION ACTION.

SO, UM, GOOD DISCUSSION, BUT WE'LL HAVE TO BRING IT UP FOR NEXT TIME FOR A VOTE.

OKAY.

FAIR.

YEAH.

WE'LL HAVE THAT UNDER FEATURE AGENDA ITEMS. MM-HMM.

.

BUT YEAH, THIS COULD, BUT IN REGARDS TO THAT, THIS CAN BE ONE OF THE GOAL IN REGARDS TO GOAL SETTING, ONE OF THE GOALS OF THE DEMOGRAPHIC GROUP.

OKAY.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

MM-HMM, .

JUST SO IT'S NOT ALL CONVOLUTED .

YEAH.

YEAH, DEFINITELY.

OKAY.

ANY OTHER THOUGHTS? UM, THE NEXT AGENDA ITEM KIND OF FEEDS INTO THAT AS WELL.

.

IT'S CALLED THE DISCUSSION OF THE FEEDBACK AND THE RESULTS FROM THE MAYOR'S COMMITTEE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES TOWN HALL MEETINGS.

VICE VICE CHAIR, IF I

[2. Presentation on the Equity-Based Preservation Plan by Cara Bertron, Program Manager II, Planning Department.]

MAY INTERRUPT.

I BELIEVE THAT WE CAN CIRCLE BACK TO ITEM TWO, UM, THE EQUITY BASED PRESERVATION PLAN.

I APOLOGIZE,

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I DON'T THINK THAT THE OTHER PRESENTER IS GOING TO MAKE IT.

I'VE JUST BEEN INFORMED, IF THAT'S OKAY WITH THE COMMITTEE TO GO BACK TO ITEM TWO.

YEAH.

IS THAT A, IS THAT RIGHT WITH EVERYBODY? MM-HMM.

.

YEAH, BECAUSE I, YES.

NO, THAT'S FINE.

YES.

OKAY.

YEAH.

'CAUSE I CAN, I CAN MAKE THAT, UM, MOTION AS EVERYONE, IF EVERYONE AGREES TO MOVE THAT AGENDA ITEM UP.

IF EVERYONE'S FINE WITH THAT, THEN WE CAN PROCEED FORWARD.

THANK YOU CHAIR AND VICE CHAIR AND MEMBERS OF THE, OF THE COMMITTEE.

MY NAME IS KARA BERTRAN AND I'M, UH, A PROGRAM MANAGER WITH THE CITY'S PLANNING DEPARTMENT.

AND I'M REALLY PLEASED TO BE HERE WITH Y'ALL THIS EVENING TO TALK ABOUT THIS NEW EQUITY-BASED PRESERVATION PLAN.

UM, THE PLAN, I'M GONNA TALK.

SO, AND, UH, THANKS FOR YOUR FLEXIBILITY AND SHIFTING THIS AGENDA ITEM.

I'D HOPE TO HAVE A MEMBER OF THE PRESERVATION PLAN WORKING GROUP CO-PRESENT.

BUT I THINK, UH, SOME ISSUES HAVE COME UP FOR HER, SO SHE WILL NOT, NOT BE JOINING.

UM, THIS EFFORT HAS BEEN A LONG TIME INCOMING, IF ADOPTED, THIS PLAN WILL REPLACE OUR EXISTING HISTORIC PRESERVATION PLAN, WHICH, UH, WAS ADOPTED IN 1981.

SO THERE'S BEEN A LOT THAT'S CHANGED IN AUSTIN SINCE THEN.

THERE'S BEEN A LOT THAT'S CHANGED IN THE HISTORIC PRESERVATION FIELD AROUND, UH, RECOGNIZING MORE STORIES AND, AND SORT OF BROADER, UM, SWEEP OF THINGS THAT ARE IMPORTANT AND SIGNIFICANT IN A COMMUNITY'S HISTORY.

UM, AND I WILL JUST JUMP RIGHT IN AFTER.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

OH, I ALSO HAVE A CLICKER.

OKAY.

SO, THE VISION OF THE EQUITY BASED PRESERVATION PLAN IS THAT HISTORIC PRESERVATION IN AUSTIN ACTIVELY ENGAGES COMMUNITIES IN PROTECTING AND SHARING IMPORTANT PLACES AND STORIES.

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

AND WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THIS IS THAT PLACES RIGHT THERE, ALMOST IN, IN THE EXACT GEOGRAPHIC CENTER OF THIS STATEMENT, BUT IT IS NOT ALL ABOUT BUILDINGS, RIGHT? IT'S ABOUT WHO IS DOING THE WORK OF PRESERVING BUILDINGS AND PLACES AND THINGS, STORIES THAT MATTER, AND ALSO WHAT BENEFITS THAT HAS FOR THE COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE.

THE PROCESS OF DEVELOPING THIS PLAN IS DIFFERENT THAN A TYPICAL CITY PLAN.

AND I APOLOGIZE, I KNOW SOME OF THE TEXT ON THIS SLIDE IS SMALLER THAN, UH, PROBABLY IS EASILY READABLE.

UM, THE PRESENTATION IS POSTED ON THE AS BACKUP ON THE, UM, ON THE WEBSITE.

SO USUALLY FOR CITY PLANS, THE CITY SELECTS A CONSULTANT.

THE CONSULTANT HEARS FROM COMMUNITY MEMBERS KIND OF EARLY ON WHAT'S IMPORTANT, AND THEN COMES BACK WITH A DRAFT AND THEN INCORPORATES COMMUNITY FEEDBACK, WHICH IS, YOU KNOW, A RESPECTABLE PROCESS.

BUT THE WAY THIS PLAN WAS DEVELOPED WAS THAT THE HISTORIC LANDMARK COMMISSION APPOINTED A COMMUNITY WORKING GROUP AND A APPOINT, UH, NAMED 26 COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO THAT WORKING GROUP AND SAID, ALL RIGHT, NOW Y'ALL DEVELOP THE DRAFT PLAN.

YOU KNOW, THAT REALLY PUT THE POWER IN THAT WORKING GROUP'S HANDS.

WE WERE ABLE TO OFFER COMMUNITY COMPENSATION TO WORKING GROUP MEMBERS, BOTH FOR MEETING TIME AND PREPARATION TIME, AND WE PROVIDED A LOT OF STAFF SUPPORT.

BUT IT WAS REALLY THOSE 26 COMMUNITY MEMBERS WHO DEVELOPED THE DRAFT THAT WE HAVE NOW.

UH, THOSE, UH, FOLKS BROUGHT THEIR OWN LIVED EXPERIENCE, OF COURSE, THEY ALSO HEARD FROM PEOPLE AS PART OF A COMMUNITY SURVEY.

THEY HEARD FROM, UH, PEOPLE IN THREE FOCUS GROUPS.

THEY HEARD FROM A TECHNICAL ADVISORY GROUP OF CITY STAFF, THE HISTORIC LANDMARK COMMISSION, AND AN, UH, TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PANEL OF THE URBAN LAND INSTITUTE.

SO ALTOGETHER ABOUT 300 PEOPLE CONTRIBUTED TO THE DRAFT PLAN THAT WE HAVE TODAY.

UM, OKAY, THESE ARE THE MEMBERS OF THE WORKING GROUP.

UM, IT WAS, IT WAS SUCH A COOL EXPERIENCE BECAUSE THEY DID BRING THIS REALLY RICH LIVED EXPERIENCE.

SOME PEOPLE CAME IN, UH, WITH YEARS OF EXPERIENCE AND HISTORIC PRESERVATION, AND PROBABLY A VERY DETAILED LIST OF THINGS THAT THEY THOUGHT SHOULD CHANGE IN THE PROGRAM.

OTHER PEOPLE BROUGHT EXPERTISE IN ARCHEOLOGY, PLANNING, ARCHITECTURE, UM, DEEP COMMUNITY TIES, YOU KNOW, FOLKS HAD WHOSE FAMILIES HAD BEEN IN AUSTIN FOR GENERATIONS.

UM, SOME PEOPLE HADN'T HAD ANY FORMAL EXPERIENCE WITH HISTORIC PRESERVATION AT ALL.

SO WE PROVIDED A LOT OF BACKGROUND SO THAT PEOPLE COULD ENGAGE ON THESE SUBJECTS.

UM, BUT IT WAS A, I THINK A, A PO I DON'T KNOW IF IT WAS A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE, BUT IT WAS, I THINK IT WAS A REALLY SUCCESSFUL ONE OF BRINGING FOLKS TOGETHER AROUND A COMMON PURPOSE.

THE DEMOGRAPHICS OF THE WORKING GROUP RA, UM, ROUGHLY REFLECT THE CITY'S RACIAL AND ETHNIC, UH, PROPORTIONS.

UM, WE HAD A THIRD RENTERS, WHICH IS PRETTY UNUSUAL FOR A HISTORIC PRESERVATION PROCESS WHERE, UM, OFTEN THE FOLKS WHO SHOW UP TO PARTICIPATE ARE, ARE HOMEOWNERS.

UM, WE DID NOT ASK ABOUT, UM, WHETHER FOLKS CONSIDER THEMSELVES DISABLED IN THE FIRST PHASE OF THE WORKING GROUP, ALTHOUGH WE DID, UM, ADD SOME FOLKS IN A PHASE TWO TO ADVISE ON OUTREACH AND ENGAGEMENT.

AND WE DID ASK IF PEOPLE CAN, IF, UH, FOLKS WERE PART OF THE DISABILITY COMMUNITY FOR THAT SECOND PHASE.

SO THAT WAS A LESSON LEARNED FOR US.

AND

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IN THAT SECOND PHASE, WE DO HAVE A FEW MEMBERS OF, OF THE DISABILITY COMMUNITY.

OKAY.

SO I'M GONNA TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE DRAFT PLAN ITSELF.

I ALWAYS WANNA START WITH HOW THE PLAN WAS DEVELOPED.

'CAUSE I THINK IT, IT, IT IS JUST, UM, I THINK IT HELPS TO BUILD CONFIDENCE, YOU KNOW, THAT, THAT, THAT THAT DRAFT PLAN, UH, THAT FOLKS KNEW WHAT THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT, AND THAT IT COMES FROM THE COMMUNITY.

SO THE DRAFT PLAN INCLUDES 108 DRAFT RECOMMENDATIONS, AND THEIR ARRAY UNDER 14 GOALS, WHICH ARE THEMSELVES KIND OF SORTED INTO THREE THEMES.

THE 14 GOALS, I'LL, I'LL READ HERE, UM, BUT I WON'T, I'M NOT GONNA TALK ABOUT ALL OF THEM.

AND THEN I'LL GO INTO A BIRD'S EYE VIEW OF THE THREE THEMES.

THOSE GOALS ARE TO TELL AUSTIN'S FULL HISTORY, RECOGNIZE CULTURAL HERITAGE, PRESERVE ARCHEOLOGICAL RESOURCES, STABILIZE COMMUNITIES, SUPPORT ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY, ENGAGE COMMUNITIES EQUITABLY, SUPPORT PEOPLE DOING THE WORK, ENGAGE NEW PARTNERS PROACTIVELY IDENTIFY IMPORTANT PLACES, FOLLOW GOOD DESIGNATION PRACTICES, SUPPORT STEWARDSHIP OF COMMUNITY ASSETS.

BE STRATEGIC WITH REVIEW, PROTECT HISTORIC RESOURCES, AND IMPLEMENT THE PLAN COLLABORATIVELY.

AND I'LL JUST SAY THAT THIS IS A REALLY BROAD, A BROAD ARRAY OF GOALS FOR A PRESERVATION PLAN.

IT DOESN'T STOP WITH, UM, AGAIN, JUST LIKE THE FOUR WALLS IN THE ROOF OF HISTORIC BUILDINGS.

AND IT, IT DOESN'T, UM, THERE'S SOME RECOMMENDATIONS THAT ACTUALLY, UH, AREN'T SPECIFIC TO HISTORIC BUILDINGS AT ALL, OR BUILDINGS, YOU KNOW, THAT TALKS ABOUT CULTURAL HERITAGE.

OKAY, SO I'M GONNA GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

THE THREE THEMES THAT THESE 14 GOALS ARE, UM, SORTED INTO ARE WHAT WE PRESERVE, WHO PRESERVES AND HOW WE PRESERVE.

AND UNDER THE, WHAT WE PRESERVE THEME.

I THINK THE BIG IDEA IS, IS TO THINK BROADLY.

SO TO RECOGNIZE OUR, OUR COMPLICATED, OUR, OUR RICH AND COMPLICATED HISTORY, UM, THAT THE CITY HAS THROUGH LISTENING MORE AND BETTER TO COMMUNITY MEMBERS, UM, THROUGH DOING MORE INCLUSIVE RESEARCH.

AND THEN THROUGH SHARING OUT WHAT WE'VE HEARD THROUGH INTERPRETATION, WHICH IS NOT SOMETHING THAT WE'VE HAD THE RESOURCES REALLY TO DO IN THE PAST.

UH, WE SPEND A LOT OF TIME AND ENERGY, UH, WORKING ON STEWARDING HISTORIC BUILDINGS, BUT WE'RE NOT SHARING WHY THEY'RE IMPORTANT TO THE BROADER COMMUNITY.

UM, ALSO UNDER THIS GOAL IS TO BETTER RECOGNIZE AND PROTECT CULTURAL HERITAGE, LIKE LEGACY BUSINESSES AND MURALS, AND ALSO TO BETTER PROTECT OUR ARCHEOLOGICAL RESOURCES, WHICH IS AGAIN, SOMETHING THAT ALSO HAS BEEN UNDER-RESOURCED IN THE PAST.

AND FINALLY, TO USE PRESERVATION TOOLS TO SUPPORT BROADER COMMUNITY GOALS, LIKE COMMUNITY STABILIZATION, DISPLACEMENT PREVENTION, AND ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY.

OOPS.

THE SECOND THEME IS WHO PRESERVES.

AND THIS IS REALLY ABOUT INVITING AND SUPPORTING MORE PEOPLE TO BE PART OF PRESERVATION WORK.

WHETHER THAT'S THROUGH, YOU KNOW, SERVING ON THE LANDMARK COMMISSION THROUGH, UM, US MAKING OUR PROCESSES MORE, UH, CLEAR, UM, BOTH, UH, MORE STREAMLINED AND MORE CLEAR TO PEOPLE TO NAVIGATE THEM.

IT'S ALWAYS A CHALLENGE WITH, WITH BUREAUCRATIC PROCESSES, AND WE'VE DONE SOME WORK ON THAT, BUT WE, THERE'S A LOT MORE LEFT TO DO.

AND TO SUPPORT FOLKS WHO ARE DOING HANDS-ON WORK, THE CRAFTSPEOPLE COMMISSIONERS STAFF, AND FINALLY, TO ENGAGE NEW PARTNERS AND AUDIENCES AROUND REACHING OUT TO PEOPLE ABOUT HISTORIC PRESERVATION AND ENGAGING FOLKS IN THAT WORK.

WHETHER THEY WANNA DESIGNATE THEIR BUILDING OR SHARE A STORY OR JUST, OR LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR HISTORIC PROPERTIES.

UM, AND I THINK THOSE RECOMMENDATIONS UNDER THAT SPECIFICALLY RECOGNIZED, UM, THAT WE HAVE NOT REALLY DONE THIS IN THE PAST.

AND ALSO THAT THERE'S SOME SERIOUS TRUST ISSUES BETWEEN HISTORICALLY MARGINALIZED COMMUNITIES AND THE CITY, UH, FOR REASONS THAT, THAT ARE TOTALLY VALID AND THAT TOTALLY MAKES SENSE, AND THAT WE NEED TO WORK WITH PARTNERS, UM, IN OUTREACH TO THOSE COMMUNITIES AS WE TRY TO DO BETTER.

THE FINAL THEME IS HOW WE PRESERVE.

AND THE BIG IDEA HERE, HERE IS REALLY TO BE STRATEGIC AND, AND EFFECT IT EFFECTIVE.

UM, WE HAVE A PRETTY SMALL STAFF AND, UH, HOPEFULLY THAT WON'T BE THE CASE FOREVER, BUT WE'RE NEVER GONNA HAVE AS MANY PEOPLE AS WE WANT, OR AS MANY PEOPLE AS WE COULD USE.

SO MAKING SURE THAT WE'RE USING STAFF TIME WELL, AND THAT WE'RE BEING AS EFFECTIVE AS WE CAN BE.

UM, SO UPDATING OUR DESIGNATION CRITERIA TO REFLECT MODERN STANDARDS BETTER SUPPORTING HISTORIC PROPERTY OWNERS.

UM, BEING MORE STRATEGIC WITH THE REVIEW THAT WE'RE DOING, IMPROVING ENFORCEMENT PROCESSES.

SO AFTER SOMETHING'S BEEN DESIGNATED HISTORIC, ARE WE, ARE WE PROTECTING IT EFFECTIVELY? UM, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH PROPERTY OWNERS? AND FINALLY, IMPLEMENTING THE PLAN COLLABORATIVELY.

I PULLED OUT A HANDFUL OF RECOMMENDATIONS, UM, THAT I'M CALLING ESPECIALLY RELEVANT.

THIS IS NOT, NOT A FULL LIST, I THINK, OF RECOMMENDATIONS THAT Y'ALL MIGHT CARE ABOUT, BUT SOMETIMES IT'S HELPFUL TO SEE THE SPECIFIC DRAFT RECOMMENDATIONS INSTEAD OF JUST HEARING.

SO WE'VE, WE, I'VE DONE THE BIRD'S EYE AND NOW I'M GONNA DIVE IN.

I'M NOT IN GREAT DETAIL TO THESE, BUT, UM, SOME RECOMMENDATIONS.

UH, I MENTIONED RECOGNIZING AND HONORING AUSTIN'S FULL HISTORY BY LISTENING TO COMMUNITY MEMBERS AND SHARING STORIES OUT THROUGH INTERPRETATION, USING CRE CREATIVE INTERPRETATION TO TELL THOSE FULL STORIES.

SUPPORT PEOPLE STAYING IN PLACE THROUGH ACCESSORY DWELLING UNITS, RESOURCES FOR HEIRS, PROPERTY OWNERS, AND LOW INCOME SENIORS.

AND THE LEGACY INHERITANCE INCENTIVE FOR FOLKS WHO

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ARE, ARE INHERITING PROPERTIES FROM THEIR FAMILIES, THEIR PARENTS, UM, AND BEEN SUDDENLY HIT WITH A REALLY HIGH PROPERTY TAX BILL.

OR OTHER CHALLENGES, IMPROVING HISTORIC DESIGNATION AND HISTORIC REVIEW PROCESSES TO BE MORE CLEAR, STREAMLINED AND TRANSPARENT.

ENGAGING MORE PEOPLE THROUGH PROACTIVE OUTREACH AND PARTNERSHIPS, DEVELOPING BETTER MATERIALS AND HELPING PEOPLE ACCESS RESOURCES TO PRESERVE COMMUNITY STORIES.

UM, THERE'S ONE SPECIFIC RECOMMENDATION ABOUT, UH, COMMUNITY AMBASSADORS, LIKE HAVING A, A, AN ONGOING PROGRAM WITH PAID COMMUNITY AMBASSADORS WHO WORK WITH THEIR NEIGHBORS AND NETWORKS TO, TO COLLECT STORIES AND SHARE THEM OUT.

AND THEN FINALLY, TO PROACTIVELY IDENTIFY IMPORTANT PLACES IN BUSINESSES THROUGH COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, CULTURAL MAPPING, A CITY WIND CITYWIDE WIN WINDSHIELD SURVEY, AND PRIORITIZE HISTORIC RESOURCE SURVEYS.

SO, UM, YEAH, KNOWING, KNOWING WHAT WE HAVE, UH, I THINK THERE, OUT OF THE 108 RECOMMENDATIONS, THERE ARE MANY THINGS THAT Y'ALL MIGHT CARE ABOUT.

AND I, I HOPE YOU'LL TAKE CONSIDER LOOKING AT, AT THE PLAN AND PROVIDING FEEDBACK.

BUT THAT'S THE, THAT'S THE SORT OF BIRD'S EYE AND THEN DEEP DIVE.

UM, FINALLY, I'M GONNA TALK ABOUT COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT QUICKLY.

SO WE ARE IN THE MIDDLE.

WE'RE JUST PAST THE MIDDLE OF A FOUR MONTH PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT WINDOW THAT WILL END, UH, ON MAY 31ST.

WE HAVE BEEN HOSTING MONTHLY EVENTS, UM, TO INVITE PEOPLE TO COME AND LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PLAN.

WE HAVE A BLOCK PARTY COMING UP ON SATURDAY, APRIL 20TH, SO A WEEK FROM SATURDAY, A WEEK FROM TOMORROW, WHICH IS COMING VERY QUICKLY.

UM, BUT IT'S GOING TO BE IN ONE OF OUR HISTORIC DISTRICTS.

I THINK IT SHOULD BE A LOT OF FUN.

AND THAT'S, UH, SHOULD BE A LOVELY TIME IN FAMILY FRIENDLY.

THE WEATHER LOOKS LIKE IT'LL COOPERATE FROM HERE.

UM, AND THEN ON MAY 23RD, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE AN OPEN HOUSE AT THE BROKEN SPOKE, AND THAT'S, THAT'LL BE THE LAST BIG EVENT.

WE ARE DOING LOTS OF PRESENTATIONS AT CITY BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS, COMMUNITY GROUPS, STAKEHOLDER GROUPS.

UM, AND WE DID A TRAINING LAST WEEK WITH AIS D'S PARENT SUPPORT SPECIALISTS WHO WORK WITH LOW INCOME FAMILIES AT TITLE ONE SCHOOLS TO TRY TO GET THE WORD OUT THROUGH, THROUGH, UH, THE SCHOOL DISTRICT AS WELL.

AND WE ARE DOING POP-UP OUTREACH AT COMMUNITY EVENTS, SOMEWHERE BETWEEN FOUR AND EIGHT EVENTS EACH MONTH.

WE'RE SETTING UP A TABLE AND INVITING COMMUNITY MEMBERS, UM, TO, TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PLAN AND SIGN UP FOR THE EMAIL LIST.

WE ARE LUCKY TO BE WORKING WITH COMMUNITY PARTNERS IN THIS WORK.

SO WE HAVE 10 PAID COMMUNITY AMBASSADORS AND, UH, FIVE PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS WHO ARE DOING OUTREACH ABOUT THE PLAN.

UM, THOSE ORGANIZATIONS HAVE RECEIVED $5,000 MINI GRANTS.

UM, THE PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS ARE THE ANDERSON COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION CREATIVE ACTION, THE EAST AUSTIN CONSERVANCY, TAIWANESE AMERICAN PROFESSIONALS, AUSTIN CHAPTER, AND TOMORROW'S PROMISE FOUNDATION.

AND IT HAS BEEN REALLY WONDERFUL TO WORK WITH THEM AND WITH OUR COMMUNITY AMBASSADORS, UM, AND HEAR ABOUT THE FEEDBACK THAT THEY'RE GETTING ABOUT THE PLAN.

I THINK PROBABLY MORE CANDID THAN WE AS STAFF ARE GETTING, UM, WHICH IS, IS GOOD.

AND THOSE AMBASSADORS AND PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS ARE FOCUSED ON REACHING HISTORICALLY MARGINALIZED COMMUNITIES AND, UM, DEFINED AS, UH, COMMUNITIES OF COLOR, UH, PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, LGBTQ PLUS COMMUNITY, UH, RENTERS AND LOW INCOME FAMILIES.

OKAY.

SO THERE ARE A NUMBER OF WAYS THAT PEOPLE CAN GIVE INPUT AND FEEDBACK ON THE DRAFT EQUITY BASED PRESERVATION PLAN.

THE DRAFT PLAN IS, UM, IT'S AVAILABLE IN PRINT AT ALL THE BRANCH LIBRARIES IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH.

IT'S AVAILABLE ONLINE.

UM, IT CAN BE DOWNLOADED AS A PDF, BUT IT IS ALSO, UM, WE'VE PUT IT MM-HMM, FULLY ON THE WEBSITE.

SO IT'S, YOU KNOW, AS, AS HTML, UM, IT'S AVAILABLE IN MULTIPLE LANGUAGES OR I'M NOT SURE.

UM, I WOULD IMAGINE IT COULD BE, OH, I DON'T EVEN KNOW THE TERM, BUT, BUT READ OUT, READ OUT LOUD.

UM, SORRY, I APOLOGIZE.

UM, SO THAT'S ONLINE.

UM, AND THE, THE DRAFT RECOMMENDATIONS ARE, UH, ALSO ONLINE.

THEY'RE AVAILABLE INDIVIDUALLY AS SLIDER QUESTIONS ON THAT WEBSITE.

SO YOU CAN, YOU CAN JUMP TO A GOAL, ONE OF THOSE 14 GOALS THAT YOU'RE INTERESTED IN, AND USE THE SLIDER TO SAY, I REALLY SUPPORT, YOU KNOW, FOR UNDER THOSE RECOMMENDATIONS.

I REALLY LIKE THIS.

I DON'T LIKE THIS.

I HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS.

WHY HAVEN'T YOU INCLUDED, YOU KNOW, THESE ELEMENTS.

SO WE, WE REALLY WANT TO HEAR FROM, FROM Y'ALL.

UM, THERE'S ALSO, IF YOU DON'T HAVE TIME TO LOOK AT ONE OF THOSE GOALS OR READ THE, THE GOAL PLAN, UM, THERE'S A COMMUNITY SURVEY THAT TAKES ABOUT FIVE MINUTES TO COMPLETE AND THAT ASKS SOME BASIC DEMOGRAPHIC QUESTIONS AND ALSO, UH, SAYS WHAT'S IMPORTANT TO YOU? YOU KNOW, TELL US IN, IN VERY CLEAR LANGUAGE, UM, AND HOPEFULLY THAT'S ACCESSIBLE AS WELL.

AND WHAT ARE PLACES THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO YOU IN AUSTIN? SO THAT, I THINK THAT'S WHAT A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE DOING IS FILLING OUT THAT COMMUNITY PRIORITY SURVEY AND THEN POSSIBLY JUMPING INTO A GOAL THAT THEY'RE INTERESTED IN.

UM, PEOPLE CAN ALSO COME TO EVENTS, OF COURSE, THE ONES THAT I MENTIONED THAT ARE HOSTED BY THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT OR OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS.

SO NEXT STEPS ARE, AS I MENTIONED, THE AS COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT WINDOW GOES THROUGH THE END OF MAY, WE'LL BE WORKING WITH THE PRESERVATION PLAN WORKING GROUP,

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AND THE HISTORIC LANDMARK COMMISSION TO REVISE THAT PLAN OVER THE SUMMER.

BASED ON THE FEEDBACK THAT WE RECEIVE, WE HOPE TO COME BACK TO BOARDS AND COMMISSION.

SO COMING BACK TO Y'ALL AND OTHER, OTHER BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS IN THE FALL FOR A FORMAL RECOMMENDATION TO COUNCIL IF YOU WOULD LIKE.

UM, AND THEN WE'RE HOPING TO BRING THE PLAN TO COUNCIL FOR REVIEW AND ADOPTION IN DECEMBER.

OKAY.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR, YOUR ATTENTION.

UM, THE WEBSITE IS PUBLIC INPUT.COM/ATX PREPLAN, AND THERE'S A LOT OF OF ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND SOME SHORT VIDEOS ONLINE.

I'M HAPPY TO, HAPPY TO TAKE ANY QUESTIONS FLOOR'S OPEN.

I HAVE A, I HAVE A QUESTION.

I DON'T KNOW IF YOU CAN ANSWER THIS, BUT, UM, DO YOU HAVE ANY MORE DETAIL ABOUT THE PROGRAM FOR THE, UM, THE LEGACY, UH, 'CAUSE I KNOW THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES MAY INHERIT THEIR PROPERTY FROM THEIR PARENTS.

YEAH, THAT'S, THAT'S SOMETHING THAT, UM, THAT'S A GREAT QUESTION.

AND FOR THAT PARTICULAR ITEM, WE DON'T, THERE'S NOT AN ANSWER FOR IT YET, BUT THE PLAN SAID THAT WE KNOW THIS IS IMPORTANT AND WE KNOW THIS IS A CHALLENGE AND WE NEED TO BE WORKING ON IT.

SO IT IS SORT OF, IT, IT'S MORE OF A, A FLAG SAYING, LET'S, LET'S WORK WITH OTHER PEOPLE TO FIGURE THIS OUT.

OKAY, GREAT.

THANK YOU.

YOU'RE WELCOME.

UM, MAYBE I CAN ASK YOU TO, UM, MAKE A FINE POINT ON THIS, BUT MY UNDERSTANDING FROM YOUR BRIEF PRESENTATION WAS THAT THIS IS NOT ONLY YOU'RE TRYING TO PRESERVE, UM, HISTORY BY WAY OF ACTUAL LANDMARKS, BUT ALSO STORIES.

SO, UM, LIKE VERBAL TRANSMITTED HISTORY AND THE LIKE.

IS THAT CORRECT? THAT'S CORRECT, YES.

AND, AND WE KNOW THAT THERE ARE LOTS OF, THERE ARE A NUMBER OF GROUPS ALREADY DOING THIS, THIS WORK TO COLLECT STORIES, ORAL HISTORIES, AND, UM, PROTECTING, UH, KIND OF COLLECTING AND SHARING CULTURAL HERITAGE LIKE THAT.

AND SO THE PLAN SAYS WE DON'T NEED TO LEAD ON THIS NECESSARILY, BUT WE NEED WHAT WE REALLY WANT TO SUPPORT IT.

UM, THAT THOSE STORIES ADD MEANING TO COMMUNITIES AND PLACES.

AND THAT'S REALLY SOMETHING THAT WE SHOULD BE WORKING ON AS WELL.

I GUESS I WOULD JUST SAY IN GOING FORWARD, UM, HOPEFULLY YOU CAN BE CONSCIOUS OF, YOU KNOW, WEBSITE INTEGRATION, ACCESSIBILITY IN GENERAL AND WHATEVER HISTORIC, UH, LANDMARKS OR OTHER TYPES OF ANTHROPOLOGICAL, I DON'T KNOW, UM, STORIES AND, AND WORK THAT YOU DO IF YOU JUST, UM, TRY TO REMEMBER A FOCUS ON ACCESSIBLE MATERIALS.

THANK YOU.

YES.

YEAH.

AND SPEAKING ON THAT, IF YOU EVER WANNA MAKE SURE THAT YOUR WEBSITE'S ACCESSIBLE, ESPECIALLY FOR THOSE WHO ARE BLIND AND USE, UH, TEXAS TO SPEECH SOFTWARE SCREEN READERS, YOU CAN REACH OUT TO A LOCAL ORGANIZ, UH, NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION CALLED NOBILITY, KNOW, LIKE B-I-L-I-T-Y, AND THEY SPECIALIZE IN WEBSITE ACCESSIBILITY.

GREAT.

THANK YOU.

I'M MAKING A NOTE.

AND THAT, THAT'S A GREAT, A GREAT RECOMMENDATION.

YEAH.

ESPECIALLY THOSE PDFS.

I MEAN, I THANK YOU FOR HAVING THE, AT LEAST THE HTML, UM, BUT , A LOT OF THE TIMES PEOPLE DON'T UNDERSTAND HOW TO PROPERLY TAG A PDF SO THAT IT'S ACCESSIBLE TO OCULAR, OCULAR CHARACTER RECOGNITION SOFTWARE THAT THE BLIND USE.

YEAH.

I KNOW OUR CURRENT, OUR CURRENT WEBSITE INCLUDES A LOT OF PDFS AND THAT'S SOMETHING THAT'S NOT, NOT GREAT FOR ANYONE, BUT YEAH.

IT ACTUALLY PREVENTS ACCESS.

THAT'S A MAJOR ISSUE.

YEAH.

BUT THERE IS WEBSITES, UM, I THINK THAT ADOBE PROVIDE OF HOW TO MAKE THOSE PDFS ACCESSIBLE.

IT'S JUST A CERTAIN WAY YOU HAVE TO TAG IT AND, UM, 'CAUSE SOME PEOPLE JUST WILL SCAN THE IMAGE OR SCAN THE, THE DOCUMENT AND SOMETIMES IT'S TILTED.

MM-HMM.

JUST SLIGHTLY, LIKE, I FACE THIS IN COLLEGE AND THE, MY TEACHER DIDN'T KNOW HOW TO SCAN PROPERLY AND SO I HAD TO HAVE SOMEONE READ IT TO ME, ME THAT'S NOT REALLY FULLY ACCESSIBLE.

YOU KNOW, AB, ABSOLUTELY.

THANK YOU.

MM-HMM.

, ANY OTHER QUESTIONS FROM THE COMMISSION? THANK YOU.

I LOOK FORWARD TO TAKING THE SURVEY.

YEAH, ME TOO.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

UH, VICE CHAIR, IF YOU WANNA READ THE NEXT AGENDA TOPIC.

UM, SURE.

THE DISCUSSION

[6. Discussion of the feedback and results from the Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities Town Hall meetings.]

OF THE FEEDBACK AND RESULTS FROM THE MAYOR'S COMMITTEE FOR PEOPLE

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WITH DISABILITY TOWN HALL MEETINGS.

UM, COMMISSIONER SALAZAR, DO YOU WANNA TALK ABOUT WHAT YOU DID? YEAH, JUST ONE SECOND.

IT YEAH, OF COURSE.

DO YOU, DO YOU WANT US TO TABLE THIS? NO, NO, NO.

I'M GETTING RIGHT THERE.

OKAY, SURE.

YOU SEE ME? YEAH.

SO WHAT I DID IS WE, WE, WE, UH, WE HAD THE QUESTIONNAIRE, WE PUT THE DIFFERENT, UH, UH, EMAIL LIST THAT WE HAD AND WE INVITED THE COMMUNITIES IN MY SPECIFIC AREA, IDENTIFIED A LOCAL SCHOOL AREA THAT REALLY DIDN'T HAVE, UH, MUCH, UH, INTERACTION.

AND THERE WAS HISTORICALLY LATINO AND AFRICAN AMERICAN POPULATION.

SO I WENT TO THEM AND ASKED THEM IF THEY COULD SEND IT OUT TO THEIR, UH, DIFFERENT GROUPS, AND THEY DID.

SO I THINK THAT WAS LIMITED AS FAR AS THE, THE GROUP OF PEOPLE THAT RESPONDED TO THE QUESTIONNAIRE, BUT IT, IT DID GO OUT TO, I KNOW MORE THAN TWO TO 300 PEOPLE.

MM-HMM.

.

I JUST THINK WE HAD A LIMITED RESPONSE BACK ON THAT.

HMM.

BUT, SO IF WE CAN FIND BETTER WAYS TO CONNECT WITH THE COMMUNITY, I THINK THAT WOULD BE, I MEAN, THAT WOULD DO WELL FOR US.

YEAH.

I THINK ONCE AGAIN, REACHING OUT TO DIFFERENT DISABILITY GROUPS AND THOSE WHO WORK