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[CALL TO ORDER]

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THANKS FOR JOINING US, THIS GLOOMY BUT GORGEOUS TUESDAY AFTERNOON IN AUSTIN, TEXAS.

GOOD AFTERNOON.

I AM AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL MEMBER NATASHA HARBOR.

MADISON, I GET THE PRIVILEGE AND THE HONOR OF CHAIRING THE HOUSING AND PLANNING COMMITTEE.

UM, WE ARE JOINED HERE BY CHAIR ELLIS OF THE MOBILITY COMMITTEE, UH, COMMITTEE.

AND TODAY WE ARE GONNA HAVE OURSELVES QUITE THE HOOT NANNY.

WE'RE GONNA DO A, A JOINT MEETING OF THE HOUSING AND PLANNING AND MOBILITY COMMITTEES.

UM, SO IT IS NOW 1:00 PM AND I CALLED TO ORDER THE HOUSING AND PLANNING COMMITTEE, AND I'D LIKE TO TOSS IT OVER TO MY COLLEAGUE, CHAIR ELLIS TO, UM, TO START OFF THE MOBILITY COMMITTEE MEETING.

GOOD AFTERNOON, EVERYONE.

I AM PAIGE ELLIS.

I CHAIR THE MOBILITY COMMITTEE OF THE AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL.

IT IS 1:01 PM AND I CALL OUR MEETING TO ORDER.

WE ARE HERE IN CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS.

ALL RIGHTY.

UH, AND WITH THAT, I DO BELIEVE WE HAVE OURSELVES

[PUBLIC COMMUNICATION]

A SPEAKER, SO I'D LIKE TO FIRST ASK THAT STAFF CALL UP GENERAL COMMENT SPEAKERS FOR THE PURPOSES OF TODAY'S AGENDA, UM, WE WILL LIMIT OUR SPEAKERS TO 10 TODAY.

WE HAVE A, A TIGHT, TIGHT SCHEDULE TODAY, SO IF YOU WOULDN'T MIND CALLING UP SPEAKERS.

THANK YOU, BILL BUNCH.

GOOD MORNING, MR. BUNCH, OR AFTERNOON.

UH, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE TO OUR COMMUNITY.

BILL BUNCH WITH SAVE OUR SPRINGS ALLIANCE MO MOSTLY ADDRESSING HOUSING AND PLANNING, UH, TODAY AND WANT TO START OFF, AND THIS DOES OVERLAP WITH YOUR SOUTH CENTRAL WATERFRONT DISCUSSION, UH, SOMEWHAT.

BUT, UH, AS YOU KNOW, WE WON THE LAWSUIT AGAINST THE CITY, UH, TO INVALIDATE THE SOUTH CENTRAL WATERFRONT TAX INCREMENT REINVESTMENT ZONE.

UM, AND MY, OUR REQUEST TO YOU IS THAT YOU NOT SUPPORT ANY SORT OF APPEAL OF THAT DECISION.

IT WAS CLEARLY CORRECT, ONE UNDER THE LAW, BUT ALSO THE CORRECT ONE FOR OUR COMMUNITY.

UH, Y'ALL JUST HEARD ABOUT A BIG BUDGET SHORTFALL THAT WE'RE LOOKING AT.

UH, YOU HAVE NO BUSINESS SIPHONING OFF, UH, MILLIONS OF DOLLARS EACH YEAR TOTALING, UH, PROJECTED 354 MILLION TO SUBSIDIZE THE MOST LUXURIOUS, UH, WEALTHY DEVELOPMENT THAT OUR CITY WILL EVER SEE ON THE SOUTH SHORE OF THE LAKE.

UH, PROBABLY THE MOST VALUABLE LAND IN THE WHOLE STATE OF TEXAS.

UM, AND IT'S TOTALLY INAPPROPRIATE TO BE SUBSIDIZING THAT KIND OF DEVELOPMENT, UH, HIGH INTENSITY, HIGH PROFIT DEVELOPMENT, UH, AND DOING IT IN THE NAME OF SUPPORTING ECONOMICALLY DISTRESSED AREAS, WHICH IS WHAT THAT, UH, UH, TOOL IS CLEARLY INTENDED FOR.

UH, THERE'S NO WAY ANY PLACE IN THE CENTRAL CITY COULD BE CONSIDERED EITHER BLIGHTED OR ECONOMICALLY DISTRESSED.

SO, UH, ASKING NOT TO APPEAL THERE, ASKING YOU NOT TO CONSIDER THIS TOOL AS MAYOR WATSON SPOKE ABOUT ON NOVEMBER 30TH, MEETING OF A POTENTIAL TURS ON THE NORTH SHORE OF THE LAKE BETWEEN LAMAR AND MOPAC.

UH, COMPLETELY INAPPROPRIATE THERE.

UH, AS YOU DO YOUR 7 8 7 0 2 PLANNING, UH, THERE'S NO, NO NEED OR EVEN SHOULD BE REMOTELY CONSIDERED FOR THE LAKE, UH, NORTH SHORE OF THE LAKE EAST OF 35 AS WELL.

UM, AND THEN I WANT TO DRAW ATTENTION TO A BIG ISSUE OF TAX INCREMENT ZONES THAT'S BEEN OVERLOOKED AND THAT IS BURIED IN THAT STATUTE.

IT SAYS YOU CAN DODGE, UH, OUR CHARTER PROVISIONS THAT CONTROL, EXCUSE ME, DI DISTRIBUTION OF PUBLIC LAND.

SO BASICALLY IT ALLOWS YOU TO CIRCUMVENT.

IF IT'S UPHELD, THERE'S REASON TO CHALLENGE IT.

BUT THE STATUTE SAYS YOU CAN DODGE A CHARTER PROVISION THAT SAYS YOU HAVE TO GET VOTER APPROVAL TO ALIENATE PUBLIC PARK LAND.

YOU SHOULD NOT GO ANYWHERE NEAR THAT.

UH, AND THAT'S ESPECIALLY WHY TS ARE WHOLLY INAPPROPRIATE FOR BEING ANYWHERE NEAR ANY PART OF OUR LAKE, UH, FRONT PARKING, UH, LAKE FRONT LAND SURROUNDING LADY BIRD LAKE ON THE SOUTH CENTRAL TUR.

UM, YOU HAVE YOUR BACKUP SAYS, OH, WE'RE HOLDING ONTO THE OVERLAY ORDINANCE, BUT WE'RE CHANGING IT.

SO THOSE ARE CONTRADICTIVE STATEMENTS.

YOU NEED TO PIN THAT DOWN.

I HAVEN'T SEEN ANYTHING.

I THINK YOU'RE, THEY'RE TRYING TO GUT THE OVERLAY AND PRETENDING LIKE IT'S JUST MASSAGING IT.

SO LET'S SEE THE DETAILS.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US THIS AFTERNOON.

I APPRECIATE IT.

UM, SO COLLEAGUES, AFTER CONSULTING WITH, UH, CHAIR ELLIS AND RECOGNIZING WE HAVE A LOT OF IMPORTANT ITEMS TO TRY TO SQUEEZE IN TODAY, I THINK IN ORDER TO DO SO

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IN A TIMELY FASHION, WHAT WE'RE RECOMMENDING IS THAT WE TAKE UP OUR HOME AND EO BRIEFINGS, UM, TAKE THOSE ITEMS UP FIRST AND THEN WE'LL CONCLUDE THE JOINT MEETING AND MOVE ON TO OUR HOUSING AND PLANNING AGENDA, WHICH INCLUDES HOUSING AND PLANNING ITEM NUMBER TWO, UM, WHICH IS OUR STANDING, UH, LDC AMENDMENT PRIORITIZATION.

THEN, UH, HOUSING AND PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING ITEM NUMBER THREE, UH, I DON'T HAVE TO TELL Y'ALL HOW EXCITED I AM ABOUT THE AGRI HOODS CONVERSATION.

AND THEN WE'LL CLOSE OUT WITH ITEM NUMBER SEVEN, WHICH IS TO DISCUSS FUTURE ITEMS. SO AGAIN, THE ORDER OF THE HOUSING AND PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING WILL BE, UM, UH, HOUSING AND PLANNING COMMITTEE AND MOBILITY COMMITTEE ITEM NUMBER ONE WHERE WE APPROVE MINUTES FROM BOTH OF THE COMMITTEES INDEPENDENTLY, UM, FROM LAST MONTH.

AND THEN OUR JOINT BRIEFINGS FROM STAFF.

THEN ITEM NUMBER FOUR OF HOUSING AND PLANNING COMMITTEE, WHICH IS ITEM NUMBER TWO FOR MOBILITY COMMITTEE.

THAT'S REGARDING THE PROPOSED LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE AMENDMENTS, INCLUDING HOME PHASE TWO EV CHARGING THE EO OVERLAY AND COMPATIBILITY STANDARDS.

UM, AND THEN HOUSING AND PLANNING ITEM NUMBER FIVE, WHICH IS MOBILITY COMMITTEE ITEM NUMBER THREE REGARDING THE PROPOSED AMENDMENTS FOR DEVELOPMENT AROUND THE SOUTH CENTRAL WATERFRONT.

UM, AND THEN LASTLY, UH, THE HOUSING AND PLANNING COMMITTEE ITEM NUMBER SIX, WHICH IS MOBILITY COMMITTEE ITEM NUMBER FOUR, REGARDING PROPOSED AMENDMENTS THAT WOULD CHANGE, UM, THE PARKING REQUIREMENTS IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA.

SO WE'LL LET CHAIR ELLIS CLOSE AND ADJOURN THE MOBILITY COMMITTEE.

UM, THEN WE'LL RESUME WITH THE REMAINING DISCUSSION ON ITEMS FOR HOUSING AND PLANNING AGENDA, WHICH AGAIN INCLUDE THAT.

ITEM NUMBER TWO, DISCUSSION OF THE TIMELINE OF LDC AMENDMENTS.

ITEM NUMBER THREE, WE'LL HEAR FROM EXPERTS ON THE INNOVATIVE, UM, FORM OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT CALLED AGRI HOODS.

AND THEN LASTLY, ITEM NUMBER SEVEN, WHICH IS FUTURE ITEMS. SO WITH THAT SAID,

[1. Approve the minutes of the March 26, 2024, Housing and Planning Committee meeting.]

ITEM NUMBER ONE, OUR MINUTES.

UM, OUR FIRST ITEM IS TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE HOUSING AND PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING OF, UH, MARCH 26TH, 2024.

IT LOOKS LIKE WE HAVE A MOTION BY COUNCIL MEMBER CADRE AND SECONDED BY VICE CHAIR, UM, ALTER.

SO MOVED AND SECONDED.

ALL IN FAVOR SAY AYE.

AYE.

UNANIMOUS.

THERE.

I'LL PASS THE BATON TO CHAIR ELLIS FOR MOBILITY COMMITTEE, AND I WILL MOVE ITEM NUMBER ONE ON THE MOBILITY COMMITTEE AGENDA, WHICH IS OUR MINUTES FROM MARCH 28TH, 2024.

DO I HAVE A MOTION BY VICE CHAIR CADRE AND A SECOND, UH, BY ME , IT'S GONNA BE NATASHA HARPER MADISON.

ALL IN FAVOR SAY AYE.

AYE.

ALL, ALL THREE OF US IN ATTENDANCE, UH, SUPPORT THAT APPROVAL.

AWESOME.

UM, IN WHICH CASE, WE WILL

[4. Briefing regarding proposed amendments to City Code Title 25 (Land Development) that would revise regulations that apply to lots with one housing unit (also known as HOME Phase 2); create regulations that allow properties to be used for charging electric vehicles; create regulations, including a density bonus program that modifies height and compatibility in exchange for community benefits, for properties that are located within a half mile of the planned Phase 1 Light Rail and Priority Extensions (also known as the Equitable Transit-Oriented Development (ETOD) overlay); revise regulations that apply to flag lots and small lots; and revise height, building placement, and other related regulations that apply to property and are in addition to the base zoning regulations (also known as Compatibility Standards). This item will be taken up jointly with the Mobility Committee.]

MOVE ON TO ITEM NUMBER FOUR, WHICH IS OUR BRIEFING FROM STAFF ON LDC AMENDMENTS.

AND AS, UH, YOU MAKE YOUR WAY UP, UM, AS WE GO AHEAD THROUGH MOVING FORWARD THROUGH THE, THE JOINT COMMITTEE ITEMS, UM, WE'RE GONNA JUST SORT OF HAVE EVERYBODY QUEUED UP TO, TO COME UP NEXT.

THE NEXT ONE WILL BE ITEM NUMBER FIVE WITH THE SOUTH CENTRAL WATERFRONT BRIEFING.

HI THERE.

INTRODUCE YOURSELF AND WE'RE READY WHEN YOU ARE.

GOOD AFTERNOON.

I AM ANDREA BATES, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR WITH THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT HERE TO GIVE A SHORT OVERVIEW OF THE FOUR AMENDMENTS THAT COUNCIL AND PLANNING COMMISSION REVIEWED AT THE JOINT MEETING ON APRIL 11TH.

THOSE AMENDMENTS INCLUDE ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING USE HOME PHASE TWO, WHICH IS A SMALLER LOT SIZE FOR ONE UNIT, CITYWIDE CHANGES TO THE COMPATIBILITY STANDARDS AND THE EQUITABLE TRANSIT-ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT OR ETOD OVERLAY.

SO I'LL START WITH AN OVERVIEW OF WHERE WE ARE IN THE REVIEW PROCESS FOR THESE AMENDMENTS.

WE HAD THE JOINT COUNCIL AND PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING ON APRIL 11TH.

STAFF THEN HOSTED TWO OPEN HOUSES, AN IN-PERSON, OPEN HOUSE ON THE 17TH, AND A VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE ON THE 20TH.

TODAY IS THE 23RD, SO WE ARE HAVING A BRIEFING HERE WITH YOU.

AND THEN, UH, THERE'S A PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING TONIGHT TO REVIEW THREE OF THE FOUR IN THE PACKAGE OF AMENDMENTS.

THERE IS ALSO A FOLLOW-UP PLANNING COMMISSION HEARING ON APRIL 30TH.

THEN THERE WILL BE TWO ADDITIONAL IN-PERSON OPEN HOUSES ON MAY 6TH, WHICH IS A LOCATION IN WEST AUSTIN AND MAY 8TH, WHICH IS A LOCATION EAST AUSTIN.

AND THEN FINALLY, CITY COUNCIL WILL TAKE UP THE ITEM AT THEIR MEETING ON MAY 16TH.

SO WE'VE DONE QUITE A BIT TO GET THE WORD OUT ABOUT THESE CODE AMENDMENTS AS THEY MOVE FORWARD THIS SPRING.

WE HAVE MAILED NOTICES INCLUDING WHAT WE REFER TO AS THE PURPLE POSTCARD FOR, UH, THREE OF THE ITEMS ON THE JOINT MEETING AND AN ETOD

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SPECIFIC NOTICE THAT WENT TO A CERTAIN GEOGRAPHY.

THERE HAS ALSO BEEN NEWS COVERAGE.

THE CITY HAS DONE SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS AND ALSO POSTED ADVERTISEMENTS IN SEVERAL LOCAL PUBLICATIONS.

WE HAVE A WEBSITE WITH EXTENSIVE INFORMATION ABOUT ALL THE CODE AMENDMENTS AND AN EMAIL ADDRESS AND PHONE WHERE PEOPLE CAN LEAVE COMMENTS AND QUESTIONS FOR STAFF TO ANSWER.

AND THEN OF COURSE, WE ALSO HAVE THE OPEN HOUSES THAT I MENTIONED PREVIOUSLY.

SO IN TERMS OF THE NUMBERS, AS OF YESTERDAY, WE MAILED OUT OVER 670,000 PURPLE POSTCARDS AND OVER 39,000 ETOD SPECIFIC NOTICES AT THE BEGINNING OF THE MONTH.

THERE HAVE BEEN ALMOST 5,000 VISITORS, 400, UH, 4,990 PLUS VISITORS TO THE, UH, PORTION OF THE SPEAKUP PAGE THAT IS SPECIFIC TO THIS GROUP OF AMENDMENTS.

STAFF HAS RECEIVED OVER 200 EMAILS AND PHONE CALLS WITH QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS ABOUT THE AMENDMENTS AND WITH AN ADDITIONAL 150 COMMENTS LEFT DIRECTLY ON SPEAK UP AUSTIN.

THERE WERE 181 SPEAKERS AT THE APRIL 11TH MEETING.

88 ATTENDEES AT THE FIRST OPEN HOUSE AND ABOUT 75 AT THE SECOND.

AND THESE ARE THE DETAILS ON THE TWO ADDITIONAL OPEN HOUSES THAT HAVE BEEN PLANNED.

ON MAY 6TH FROM SIX TO 8:00 PM THERE WILL BE AN OPEN HOUSE AT ANDERSON HIGH SCHOOL, AND ON MAY 8TH, ALSO FROM SIX TO 8:00 PM THERE WILL BE AN OPEN HOUSE AT THE GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER MUSEUM AND CULTURAL CENTER.

SO THAT BRINGS US TO THE CONTENT OF THIS PRESENTATION.

SINCE WE GAVE COUNCIL AND PLANNING COMMISSION AN OVERVIEW OF THE FOUR PROPOSED CODE AMENDMENTS ON THE 11TH.

TODAY WE'LL BE FOCUSED ON SOME CLARIFICATIONS THAT ANSWER QUESTIONS WE HAVE BEEN RECEIVING SINCE THEN, AND WE WILL START WITH THE ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING USE.

GOOD AFTERNOON.

I'M ERIC THOMAS WITH THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT, AND I'LL BE PROVIDING A COUPLE CLARIFICATIONS TO THE PROPOSED NEW ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING PRINCIPLE AND USE PART OF THE STAFF RECOMMENDATION FOR EV CHARGING IS TO PROHIBIT THE USE UNDERGROUND.

THIS PART OF THIS RE PROHIBIT, EXCUSE ME.

THIS PROHIBITION WAS INCLUDED ON RECOMMENDATION BY THE FIRE MARSHAL'S OFFICE.

AND THIS IS BECAUSE WHEN EVS CATCH FIRE, THEY BURN INCREDIBLY HOT AND GENERATE A A GREAT AMOUNT OF SMOKE.

UNDERGROUND SMOKE REMEDIATION CAN TAKE SEVERAL DAYS DURING WHICH TIME ACCESS TO THE ENTIRE PARKING GARAGE WOULD BE PROHIBITED IN THE TIME SINCE THE STAFF RECOMMENDATION WAS FINALIZED.

WE HAVE CONTINUED TO COORDINATE WITH THE FIRE DEPARTMENT AND HAVE COME TO AN UNDERSTANDING THAT EV CHARGING COULD BE ACCEPTABLE ONE LEVEL BELOW GRADE WITH CERTAIN DESIGN CRITERIA AND RESTRICTIONS ON PLACEMENT.

GIVEN THE TIMING STAFF IS DEFERRING THE OPTION TO AMEND THE PROPOSAL TO THE PLANNING COMMISSION AND CITY COUNCIL.

ADDITIONALLY, AFTER REVIEWING PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT CONVERSATIONS, STAFF FEELS THE NEED TO CLARIFY THAT THE PROPOSED PRINCIPAL ANDIES WILL NOT CHANGE OR RESTRICT HOW EV CHARGING IS ALREADY PERMITTED AS PART OF AN ACCESSORY PARKING USE.

THE PROPOSED REGULATIONS ONLY APPLY TO EV CHARGING AS THE PRINCIPAL OR ONLY USE OF A SITE ACCESSORY PARKING WILL STILL BE PERMITTED FOR OTHER PRINCIPAL USES, STAFF DOES NOT AND WILL NOT RESTRICT THE NUMBER OF SPACES THAT MAY BE ELECTRIFIED SO LONG AS ACCESSORY PARKING REQUIREMENTS ARE MET.

THANK YOU.

HELLO, COUNSEL.

I'M LAURA HEATING OF THE PROJECT CONNECT OFFICE, UM, AND CASE MANAGER OF HOME PHASE TWO.

AND WE JUST WANTED TO CLARIFY A FEW ITEMS THAT WE'VE RECEIVED QUESTIONS ABOUT.

SO FIRST, UM, HOME PHASE TWO RECOMMENDS A 45% IMPERVIOUS COVER LIMIT, UH, FOR ALL DEVELOPMENTS.

IMPERVIOUS COVER LIMITS HELP ENSURE THERE'S SPACE FOR RAINWATER TO BE ABSORBED INTO THE GROUND OR DIRECTED TOWARDS THE STORM DRAINAGE SYSTEM.

RESIDENTIAL SUBDIVISIONS ARE DESIGNED WITH THE ASSUMPTION OF 40 WITH OF 45% IMPERVIOUS COVER.

ADDITIONALLY, WE'VE GOTTEN SOME QUESTIONS ABOUT EMERGENCY ACCESS AND FIRE CODE.

ALL NEW DEVELOPMENT IS REVIEWED TO ENSURE THAT IT MEETS CURRENT FIRE CODE STRUCTURES OUT OF REACH FROM THE FIRE HOSE FROM THE STREET, MUST HAVE A SPRINKLER SYSTEM OR A FIRE LANE IS REQUIRED.

AND IN GENERAL, THE MEDIAN LOCK DEPTH DOES NOT EXCEED THE THE FIRE HOSE LENGTH.

I'M JONATHAN LEE, CASE MANAGER FOR COMPATIBILITY.

I FIRST WANNA EMPHASIZE THAT THE COMPATIBILITY BUFFER IS MUCH MORE FLEXIBLE THAN THE CURRENT NO BUILD SETBACK.

UM, THOUGH THEY BOTH HAVE THE SAME WIDTH.

THE COMPATIBILITY

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BUFFER ALLOWS A NUMBER OF LOW IMPACT USES AND THIS ADDITIONAL FLEXIBILITY TRANSLATES TO MORE BUILDABLE AREA ON SITES.

AND FOR RESIDENTIAL PROJECTS, THIS MEANS MORE HOUSING UNITS.

THE COMPATIBILITY BUFFER WAS ADOPTED AS PART OF DB 90 IN FEBRUARY, AND THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE BUFFER ARE LOCATED NOT IN THE ZONING CODE, BUT IN ANOTHER SECTION OF THE LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE CHAPTER 25 DASH EIGHT.

AND, UH, I ALSO WANTED TO SHARE ANOTHER STATISTIC, UH, ABOUT COMPATIBILITY AND SO THAT THE, THE PROPOSED COMPATIBILITY CHANGES WOULD REDUCE THE OVERALL AREA SUBJECT TO COMPATIBILITY BY NEARLY 94%.

THIS IS IN LARGE PART DUE TO REDUCING THE DISTANCE THAT COMPATIBILITY APPLIES FROM 540 FEET TO 75 FEET, BUT ALSO DUE TO THE REVISED APPLICABILITY, UM, INCLUDING AN EXEMPTION FOR A LOWER DENSITY MULTIFAMILY DISTRICTS.

GOOD EVENING COUNCIL MEMBERS.

MY NAME IS WARNER COOK AND I'M WITH THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT AND THE CASE MANAGER FOR THE EQUITABLE TOD OVERLAY.

AND SIMILARLY, WE HAVE A FEW CLARIFICATIONS BASED ON SOME, SOME FEEDBACK THAT WE'VE RECEIVED SO FAR.

THE FIRST BEING THAT THERE IS NO REQUIREMENT IF A PROPERTY IS REZONED INTO THIS OVERLAY TO REDEVELOP THE PROPERTY CAN CONTINUE EXISTING AS IT IS TODAY.

UM, THE, THEY WOULD JUST ALSO HAVE THE ABILITY TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE NEW DENSITY BONUS PROGRAM IF THEY COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS.

THE PROPOSAL ALSO DOES INCLUDE REDEVELOPMENT REQUIREMENTS THAT HELP PROTECT CERTAIN EXISTING AFFORDABLE HOUSING TENANTS AND COMMERCIAL TENANTS.

UM, AND THAT WOULD ACTUALLY MAKE IT HARDER IN THOSE CASES FOR THOSE PROPERTIES TO REDEVELOP WITHOUT, UM, PROVIDING THOSE ADDITIONAL PROTECTIONS.

ADDITIONALLY, WHILE NEW USES IDENTIFIED ON THE PROHIBITED USES LIST FOR THE PROPOSAL WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO BE ESTABLISHED IN THE FUTURE, YOU COULDN'T HAVE A NEW ONE OF THE PROHIBITED USES THE EXISTING USES EXISTING BUSINESSES WOULD BE ABLE TO CONTINUE TO OPERATE.

THEY DO NOT HAVE TO DISCONTINUE OPERATION AND SHOULDN'T SEE ANY IMPACT.

THEY JUST BE BECOME LEGAL NON-CONFORMING USES.

UM, WE'VE ALSO HEARD QUESTIONS ABOUT COMPATIBILITY AND WHAT JONATHAN WAS JUST PRESENTING ON AND HOW THAT RELATES TO THE DBE TODD BONUS PROGRAM.

AND IT IS SLIGHTLY RELAXED IN THE STAFF PROPOSAL FOR THE DBE TODD BONUS PROGRAM.

AS COMPARED TO THE CITYWIDE COMPATIBILITY STANDARDS BEING PROPOSED.

THE SAME COMPATIBILITY BUFFER IN THE 25 FEET WOULD STILL APPLY FOR DBE TODD PROJECTS IN THE SAME WAYS, BUT THE HEIGHT LIMITATIONS WOULD BE RELAXED AFTER THAT.

SO BETWEEN 25 FEET AND 50 FEET FROM THE TRIGGERING PROPERTY, A DBE TODD BUILDING COULD REACH UP TO 90 FEET IN HEIGHT, WHICH IS ABOUT SEVEN OR EIGHT STORIES.

AND THEN AFTER 50 FEET IN DISTANCE COMPATIBILITY HEIGHT LIMITATIONS WOULD NOT APPLY.

SO THE PROPERTY, UM, WOULD BE ABLE TO REACH ITS FULL HEIGHT, WHICH IN THIS CASE WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO EXCEED 10 STORIES OR 120 FEET TALL.

UM, THIS RELAXATION HELPS, UM, REDUCE COMPATIBILITY'S IMPACT ON OUR HOUSING NEAR TRANSIT, AS WELL AS ALIGNING WITH THE APPROACH RECOMMENDED IN THE STAFF RECOMMENDATIONS, UH, PUBLISHED LAST YEAR ON COMPATIBILITY THAT WE SHOULD LOOK AT RELAXING COMPATIBILITY FOR PROJECTS THAT PROVIDE COMMUNITY BENEFITS SUCH AS THOSE IN DENSITY BONUS PROGRAMS. UM, THE LAST, LAST FEW CLARIFICATIONS, IT'S IMPORTANT TO EMPHASIZE THAT THIS IS, THIS REALLY IS AN EARLY OUT FIRST PHASE OF THE ETOD OVERLAY.

UM, THERE WILL BE FUTURE PHASES OF WORK STAFF PLANS TO ENGAGE BOTH THE GENERAL PUBLIC AS WELL AS, YOU KNOW, INTERESTED STAKEHOLDERS, THE DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY, ET CETERA, ON A LARGER EFFORT TO CALIBRATE A DENSITY BONUS PROGRAM THAT CAN APPLY IN ADDITIONAL GEOGRAPHIES SUCH AS ALONG THE METRO RAPID AND METRO RAIL LINES, AS WELL AS, UM, LOOKING AT INCREASED ENTITLEMENTS AND ADDITIONAL TYPES OF COMMUNITY BENEFITS BEYOND JUST THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING BENEFIT.

AND WE ANTICIPATE DEVELOPING THAT AND BRINGING IT BACK IN SPRING 2025.

AND THEN FINALLY, IT'S WORTH NOTING THAT ONCE THESE PROVISIONS ARE ADOPTED, SHOULD COUNCIL APPROVE THE ORDINANCES IN MAY AND THEY'RE ON THE BOOKS, ADDITIONAL PROPERTY OWNERS WITHIN A HALF MILE, WHICH IS ABOUT A 10 MINUTE WALK OR ROLL HALF MILE, UM, OF THE PHASE ONE LIGHT RAIL, COULD REQUEST APPLICATION OF THE NEW COMBINING DISTRICTS THROUGH THE PROPERTY SPECIFIC REZONING PROCESS.

SO IF THEY'RE NOT PART OF THE REZONING PROPOSAL TODAY, THE PLANNING COMMISSION OR THE APPROPRIATE LAND USE COMMISSION WOULD HEAR THAT THROUGH AN INDIVIDUAL REZONING IN THE FUTURE, SHOULD A PROPERTY WANT TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS PROGRAM.

THAT BRINGS US BACK TO OUR SCHEDULE MOVING FORWARD.

AS I MENTIONED BEFORE TONIGHT, THE PLANNING COMMISSION WILL BE HOLDING A HEARING AND TAKING POTENTIAL ACTION ON HOME PHASE TWO COMPATIBILITY AND ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING.

NEXT TUESDAY,

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ON APRIL 30TH, THERE WILL BE A COUNCIL WORK SESSION WITH A BRIEFING ON THESE ITEMS AND A PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING IN THE EVENING WHERE THE PLANNING COMMISSION WILL BE REVIEWING THE ETOD OVERLAY PROPOSAL ON MAY 6TH.

THERE IS THE FIRST ADDITIONAL OPEN HOUSE IN WEST AUSTIN AT ANDERSON HIGH SCHOOL.

AND ON MAY 8TH, THE ADDITIONAL OPEN HOUSE IN EAST AUSTIN AT THE CARVER MUSEUM.

ON MAY 14TH, THERE WILL BE ANOTHER COUNCIL WORK SESSION.

AND THEN FINALLY ON MAY 16TH, THIS RETURNS TO COUNCIL FOR CONSIDERATION.

AS ALWAYS, WE ENCOURAGE FOLKS TO VISIT OUR PROJECT WEBSITE, SPEAK UP AUSTIN.ORG/LDC UPDATES AND EMAIL COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS TO STAFF AT LDC UPDATES@AUSTINTEXAS.GOV, OR GIVE A CALL AND LEAVE A VOICEMAIL FOR STAFF AT 5 1 2 9 7 4 7 2 2 0.

AND THAT CONCLUDES OUR PRESENTATION FOR TODAY.

BUT WE WELCOME QUESTIONS.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE PRESENTATION.

I KNOW THAT I, I SAW A COUPLE OF YEARS PERK UP.

UM, SO I'LL START WITH YOU COUNCIL MEMBER CADRY, BUT I, UH, MR. MAYOR, DID YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ALSO? UH, I HAVE ONE AFTER, AFTER COUNCIL MEMBER CADRY.

I HAVE ONE QUESTION ON COMPATIBILITY.

I CHAIR I SEE THAT 1, 2, 3.

GREAT.

UM, THANK YOU CHAIR.

UM, I HAVE TWO QUESTIONS ON, ON HOME AND THEN TWO QUESTIONS ON EV REGULATIONS.

ALRIGHT.

I'LL START WITH INVITING THE HOME CASE MANAGER, MS. KEATING UP.

GREAT.

HEY, WELL I APPRECIATED THE, THE PRESENTATION AS A WHOLE.

UH, JUST TWO QUICK QUESTIONS ON HOME STAFF RECOMMENDATION IS 2000 SQUARE FEET.

UH, IS THERE ANY REASON NOT TO CONSIDER SOMETHING LOWER TO MEET THE INTENT OF HOME? UH, YOU KNOW, IN THE, IN THE MUELLER NEIGHBORHOOD OR MILLER? I'M, I'M STILL TERRIFIED OF WHAT TO CALL IT OR NOT TO CALL IT .

UH, THE, UH, THE SQUARE FEET IS, IS I THINK 600 SQUARE FEET.

IS THERE A REASON NOT TO GO ALL THE WAY TO WHAT MUELLER HAS OR MILLER? YEAH, SO STAFF'S RECOMMENDATION, UM, IS CALIBRATED TO ONE, IF YOU HAVE 45% IMPERVIOUS COVER, 2000 SQUARE FEET GIVES YOU ABOUT 900 SQUARE FEET OF IMPERVIOUS COVER, WHICH ALLOWS FOR A REASONABLE BUILDING FOOTPRINT ALONG WITH, YOU KNOW, A PARKING SPACE OR A A SHORT DRIVEWAY.

UM, STAFF ALSO CALIBRATED THE SIZE BASED ON EXISTING LOT SIZES, AND SO THE MEDIAN LOT, UM, CAN DIVIDE INTO THREE UNDER 2000 SQUARE FEET.

UM, THAT MEDIAN LOT SIZE MIGHT BE LARGER THAN 6,000 SQUARE FEET.

TYPICALLY IT'S 8,500 SQUARE FEET CITYWIDE, BUT WITH THE EXISTING LOT WIDTH, YOU, YOU'LL ONLY BE ABLE TO GET THREE, UM, THREE LOTS OUT OF THAT.

AND THE FLAG LOTS IN THE BACK TEND TO BE LARGER THAN THAT MINIMUM BECAUSE OF THE LOT AREA TO GET BACK TO THEM.

GOT IT.

UM, AND THEN ONE MORE QUESTION ON HOME.

UM, YOU KNOW, WHEN IT COMES TO THE PRESERVATION INCENTIVE, YOU KNOW, A LOT OF FOLKS HAVE CALLED FOR FIXING IT.

WHAT, WHAT DOES THE FIX LOOK LIKE? THE, THE PRESERVATION EXTENSIVE THAT WAS PASSENGER HOME PHASE ONE, CORRECT? YEAH.

UM, SO WE'RE NOT ABLE TO MAKE ANY CHANGES TO TWO OR THREE UNITS ON A LOT, UM, BECAUSE THE NOTICE THAT WAS SENT OUT ONLY REFERRED TO ONE UNIT ON ONE LOT.

SO, UM, WE CANNOT MAKE ANY CHANGES TO THE EXISTING PRESERVATION INCENTIVE AT THIS TIME.

OKAY, GREAT.

THANK YOU.

AND THEN, UM, AND THEN I, I JUST WANT TO CONFIRM THERE, THERE'S GOING TO BE INDIVIDUAL BRIEFINGS, UM, CHAIR HARBOR MADISON ON LIKE, ARE WE GONNA GO BACK TO HOME AND EV WE ARE.

MM-HMM, .

OKAY.

WELL THEN I WILL SAVE MY EV QUESTIONS FOR WHEN WE GO BACK.

GOT IT.

MR. MAYOR, THANK YOU.

ON COMPATIBILITY, AND THIS MAY BE A DUMB QUESTION AND I APOLOGIZE IN ADVANCE IF IT IS, UM, THE SECOND BULLET THAT YOU HAD, YOU REMEMBER THE BULLET ABOUT 90 ALLOWING FOR 94, 90 4% LESS, I THINK IS THE WAY IT WAS PHRASED.

FIRST OF ALL, IF YOU CAN RESTATE THAT, BUT THE, BUT I'M NOT SURE I UNDERSTAND HOW YOU GET TO THAT NUMBER.

MM-HMM, .

SO, UH, JUST TO RESTATE IT, THE PROPOSED CHANGES WOULD REDUCE THE OVERALL LAND AREA, RIGHT? SUBJECT TO COMPATIBILITY BY 94% COMPARED TO CURRENT REGULATIONS.

SO THE CURRENT COMPATIBILITY GOES OUT TO A DISTANCE OF 540 FEET.

WE'RE CUTTING THAT TO 75 FEET.

THAT'S A BIG PART OF IT.

WE'RE ALSO CHANGING WHAT TRIGGERS COMPATIBILITY.

I NOW UNDERSTAND.

OKAY.

UNLESS YOU GO AHEAD AND FINISH, BUT IT WAS A DUMB QUESTION.

, I'LL, I'LL DECLARE IT FOR YOU.

, UH, JUST TO SAY, WHAT TRIGGERS COMPATIBILITY SO EVERYONE'S AWARE.

UM, SO THAT'S A PROPERTY ZONE SINGLE FAMILY THAT HAS ONE, TWO, OR THREE HOUSING UNITS.

THAT'S,

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THAT'S PART OF THE CHANGE.

PREVIOUSLY IT WAS ZONING, UH, WITHOUT A SINGLE FAMILY USE COULD TRIGGER OR VICE VERSA.

WE'VE FIXED THAT.

I, I UNDERSTAND NOW.

THANK YOU FOR ANSWERING THE DUMB QUESTION.

NO DUMB QUESTIONS, MR. MAYOR , I LIKE YOUR ATTITUDE.

VICE CHAIR ALTER, UH, I HAVE A HOME QUESTION.

YOU TOUCHED ON FIRE CODE, UH, SAFETY ISSUES.

WHEN I, I REPRESENT A, A NUMBER OF NEIGHBORHOODS WHO HAVE VERY LIMITED INGRESS AND EGRESS INTO THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD.

AND I KNOW WHEN WE LOOK AT A LARGER DEVELOPMENT THAT WE LOOK COMPREHENSIVELY AND SAY FOR THIS NUMBER OF UNITS, YOU HAVE TO HAVE A CERTAIN INGRESS EGRESS SO PEOPLE CAN GET IN AND OUT.

DO WE HAVE ANYTHING OF THAT NATURE AS IT RELATES TO A NEIGHBORHOOD? SO SAYING THAT, YOU KNOW, THIS AREA, IT'S ONLY SAFE FOR 200 HOMES, UH, AND IF WE EXCEED THAT, THEN WE NEED BETTER INGRESS.

EGRESS.

YEAH, I WOULD HAVE TO, UH, DEFER TO THE FIRE DEPARTMENT, BUT THEY DO, UM, REVIEW AT THE TIME OF SUBDIVISION.

SO ESPECIALLY FOR PHASE TWO, UM, I WOULD HAVE TO SEE IF THAT'S A PART OF THE REVIEW, IF IT'S SITE SPECIFIC OR IF THEY LOOK AT THE NEIGHBORHOOD AS A WHOLE.

BUT WE CAN FOLLOW UP ON THAT.

YEAH.

WOULD THAT BE A QUESTION THAT IS REVIEWED IF YOU'RE NOT SUBDIVIDING, IF YOU'RE JUST PUTTING THREE UNITS ON A LOT WITHOUT SUBDIVIDING? YEAH, I DON'T KNOW IF THAT WOULD BE REVIEWED AT THAT TIME.

'CAUSE THAT'S JUST A BUILDING PERMIT.

MM-HMM.

, RIGHT? MM-HMM.

, UH, WELL, I'D REALLY BE INTERESTED TO KNOW BECAUSE YOU KNOW, I, WE'VE OBVIOUSLY RECOGNIZED THAT IT'S IMPORTANT AT A, A CERTAIN LEVEL, AND SO I KNOW NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT HAS, IS DIFFERENT THAN A, UM, ONE DEVELOPMENT.

BUT I, I DO HAVE THAT CONCERN SO THAT PEOPLE CAN GET IN AND OUT IF WE ARE CREATING A CERTAIN LEVEL OF DENSITY WITHIN A NEIGHBORHOOD.

UM, MY SECOND QUESTION, IT MAY BE A QUESTION FOR YOU.

BACK WHEN WE DID HOME PHASE ONE, THE MERIT PUT ON A, AN AMENDMENT ABOUT DATA REPORTING THAT IS REALLY, UH, COMPREHENSIVE AND WILL HELP US SEE KIND OF HOW THIS IS ACTUALLY UNFOLDING WHEN I THINK SIX MONTHS WOULD BE SOMETIME IN MAY.

SO ARE WE, IS THERE AN EXPECTATION OF WHEN WE MIGHT SEE THAT FIRST DATA REPORT? YEAH, I KNOW THAT, UM, DSD IS COLLECTING THAT INFORMATION SO I CAN FOLLOW UP WITH THEM.

MM-HMM, .

OKAY.

UM, WELL I APPRECIATE THAT.

AND THEN I DIDN'T, THIS WASN'T A QUESTION UNTIL COUNCILOR CADRE BROUGHT UP THIS AS IT RELATES TO THE PRESERVATION BONUS.

I KNOW THERE WERE SOME INTERPRETATION, UH, QUESTIONS.

I DON'T KNOW IF THIS IS MAYBE A, A TRISH QUESTION OR, BUT HOW, HOW THE RESOLUTION WAS INTERPRETED BY LAW, BUT, AND AS IT RELATED TO THE NOTICE, ESSENTIALLY, I JUST WANNA GET CLARIFICATION ON IF YOU'RE PRESERVING WHAT NEEDS TO BE PRESERVED WITH TAKING THE SUBDIVISION QUESTION OUT.

YOU ARE ALLOWED UNDER THIS PROPOSAL, THE PRESERVED UNITS PLUS A MAXIMUM OF TWO MORE.

IS THAT CORRECT? FOR A TOTAL OF THREE, YOU'RE CORRECT.

TRISH LINK WITH THE LAW DEPARTMENT.

OKAY.

AND I THINK THAT WAS PART OF THE QUESTION OF DID, DID THAT UNIT COUNT IN THE THREE TOTAL? AND, AND IT IT DOES AND I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT IS CLARIFIED HERE.

THAT IS CORRECT.

OKAY.

UH, VERY GOOD.

WELL, THAT IS MY QUESTIONS FOR NOW.

COUNCIL MEMBER BRAES, I DID HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT THE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT EFFORTS THAT HAVE BEEN PLANNED.

I KNOW THERE WAS SOME INTEREST IN DOING ONE THAT WAS, UH, SOUTH, SOUTH, CENTRAL, SOUTHWEST.

UM, IS THERE STILL AN OPPORTUNITY TO SCHEDULE ONE OF THOSE? I KNOW WE'RE DOING A COMMUNITY FAIR TOMORROW NIGHT, BUT I KNOW, UM, THERE'S JUST A DIFFERENT METHOD AND PLAN TO MAKING SURE WE HIT ALL PARTS OF THE COMMUNITY.

IS THERE GOING TO BE ONE SOUTH OF THE RIVER AND CAN WE GET IN LINE COUNCIL? VERONICA , ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER? UH, WE TRY TO BE AS BROAD AS POSSIBLE IN OUR, IN OUR OUTREACH AND WOULD LOVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE MORE TIME TO DO OUTREACH.

BUT BECAUSE OF THE COMPRESSED TIMELINE, IT'S JUST REALLY DIFFICULT TO PLAN AN ADDITIONAL EVENT AT THIS AT THIS POINT.

UM, WE DID ADD THE TWO ON.

WE STRUGGLED.

WE TRIED TO FIND SOMETHING CENTRAL WEST AND IT WAS TOUGH FINDING A LOCATION, UM, WEST WHERE WE COULD HOST IT.

SO, UH, WE MADE OUR BEST ATTEMPT AND WISH THAT WE COULD HAVE OPPORTUNITIES TO HAVE MORE OUTREACH EVENTS, BUT JUST DON'T LET THIS COMPRESSED TIMELINE.

OKAY.

AND SO ARE THERE OTHER EVENTS ON THE LIST THAT ARE MAYBE LIKE CENTRAL LIBRARY OR SOMETHING THAT'S JUST CITYWIDE THAT FOLKS SOUTH OF THE RIVER COULD PUT ON THEIR CALENDARS? THERE WAS

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ONE SOUTH, UH, AT THE CENTRAL LIBRARY THAT I BELIEVE IT WAS THIS PAST WEEKEND.

I'M GONNA ASK THE TEAM TO CORRECT ME IF I'M WRONG.

UM, THERE WAS ALSO A VIRTUAL EVENT THAT WAS HELD AND I BELIEVE THAT WAS RECORDED AND SHOULD BE AVAILABLE ON OUR WEBSITE, BUT I'LL CONFIRM THAT THAT'S THE CASE AS WELL.

THAT WOULD BE VERY HELPFUL.

IF WE CAN'T GET AN EVENT SOUTH OF THE RIVER, I'D REALLY LOVE FOR FOLKS TO BE ABLE TO WATCH ALONG AND HAVE A CHANCE TO ASK QUESTIONS THROUGH A DIFFERENT FORMAT JUST TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE HAVE A CHANCE TO, TO UNDERSTAND BETTER WHAT, WHAT THE CHANGES PROPOSED.

ABSOLUTELY.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

I APPRECIATE THAT.

AND UH, THAT'S, THAT IS SOMETHING THAT I CONSIDERED WHEN I LOOKED AT THE LOCATIONS, YOU KNOW, HOW DO WE FIGURE OUT HOW TO THREAD THAT NEEDLE AND THAT'S SOMETHING TO CONSIDER MOVING FORWARD.

SO IF THERE ARE NO OTHER QUESTIONS, I THINK WE'RE PREPARED TO MOVE FORWARD,

[5. Briefing regarding proposed amendments to create a new zoning district and modify related site development regulations and compatibility standards; create a new zoning district for density bonus that includes granting additional floor-to-area ratio in exchange for providing community benefits; and establish boundaries for the new zoning districts located in the vicinity commonly known as the South Central Waterfront. This item will be taken up jointly with Mobility Committee.]

UM, INTO OUR NEXT BRIEFING.

UM, SO NEXT STEP IS, UH, HOUSING AND PLANNING ITEM NUMBER FIVE, MOBILITY COMMITTEE ITEM NUMBER THREE.

THIS IS OUR SOUTH CENTRAL WATERFRONT ITEM.

UM, WE'RE GONNA HEAR FROM STAFF ON PROPOSED AMENDMENTS FOR DEVELOPMENT AROUND THE SOUTH CENTRAL WATERFRONT.

AND UM, THEN ASK SOME QUESTIONS.

HI THERE, PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF.

HI, UH, GOOD AFTERNOON.

MY NAME'S APRIL JOSA.

I'M WITH THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT.

MY TEAM AND MANY COLLEAGUES ACROSS CITY DEPARTMENTS HAVE BEEN WORKING ON THE SOUTH CENTRAL WATERFRONT CODE.

UH, THIS INCLUDES TEAM MEMBERS FROM PLANNING, HOUSING WATERSHED, PARD, PROJECT CONNECT, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND DEVELOPMENT SERVICES TO NAME A FEW.

UM, BUT THE LIST CERTAINLY GOES ON AND WE'RE GLAD TO BE PRESENTING TO YOU THE DRAFT CODE AS IT STANDS TODAY.

AS A REMINDER FOR HOW WE GOT HERE IN 2016, COUNCIL ADOPTED THE SOUTH CENTRAL WATERFRONT VISION FRAMEWORK PLAN.

UM, AND AS A PART OF THAT VISION, IT WAS RECOMMENDED THAT A REGULATING PLAN FOR THE DISTRICT BE WRITTEN INTO THE CITY'S CODE TO FULFILL THE VISION PLAN.

THE CODE WAS INITIALLY STARTED WITH BOTH VERSIONS OF THE FULL LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE UPDATES, UM, BOTH OF WHICH WERE UNSUCCESSFUL.

HOWEVER, WHAT WAS SET INTO PLACE FROM THE VISION PLAN WAS THE STREET NETWORK THAT YOU SEE IN FRONT OF YOU HERE.

UM, THIS IS ALREADY ESTABLISHED WITHIN THE AUSTIN STRATEGIC MOBILITY PLAN.

ADDITIONALLY, PROJECT CONNECT WAS INITIATED AND THE SOUTH CENTRAL WATERFRONT WAS IDENTIFIED AS PART OF PHASE ONE OF BUILD OUT THE PROPOSED PATH ALIGNMENT AND STOP IN THE DISTRICT SELECTED LAST YEAR, UH, IS ALSO SHOWN ON THIS MAP IN FRONT OF YOU.

THEN IN 2022, CITY COUNCIL PUT FORWARD A RESOLUTION TO REIGNITE THE DEVELOPMENT OF CODE PERTAINING TO THIS AREA.

THE RESOLUTION IN PART CALLED FOR DEVELOPING A CODE THAT ACCOMPLISHED MANY DIFFERENT THINGS, SOME OF WHICH ARE SHOWN IN FRONT OF YOU.

UM, AND I'LL HIGHLIGHT SOME OF THE RESOLUTION, UH, WHERE COUNCIL ASKED FOR THE CODE TO MAXIMIZE AFFORDABLE HOUSING UNITS WITHIN AND NEARBY THE DISTRICT, MAXIMIZE INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENTS SUCH AS FOR NEW STREETS, PARKS, AND BICYCLES, UH, INFRASTRUCTURE AND TRAILS, MAXIMIZE OTHER COMMUNITY BENEFITS, ENSURE ENHANCED ENVIRONMENTAL STANDARDS AND PROTECTIONS SUPPORT PROJECT CONNECT TRANSIT INVESTMENT IN THE COMMUNITY, AND NOTABLY CREATE A CONNECTED PEDESTRIAN ORIENTED MIXED USE DISTRICT WHERE THOUSANDS MORE AUSTINITES CAN LIVE, WORK AND PLAY.

SO AS STAFF GOT TO WORK ON THIS CODE, WE HAD TO MAKE SOME ADJUSTMENTS, UM, INCLUDING WE'VE MODIFIED THE CODE FROM A REGULATING PLAN TO A COMBINING DISTRICT PAIRED WITH A DENSITY POTUS PROGRAM.

I CAN GO INTO DETAILS AS TO WHY, IF YOU'RE CURIOUS.

UM, THE ZONING REGULATIONS IN THE SOUTH CENTRAL WATERFRONT WILL THEREFORE BE IMPLEMENTED BY THE HOPEFUL COUNCIL ADOPTION OF THESE OPTIONAL SET OF REGULATIONS AND BONUS PROGRAM.

IF SUCCESSFUL.

UH, THE FIRST STEP WOULD MAKE THIS AREA A PAPER DISTRICT IN THE SAME WAY THE NORTH BURNETT GATEWAY IS ALSO, UM, UH, A PAPER DISTRICT WENT THROUGH THAT PROCESS.

THEN, UH, WE WOULD ASK FOR A CITY INITIATED REZONING OF THE PROPERTIES IN THE DISTRICT.

UM, BUT I WANT TO QUICKLY CALL OUT THAT OUR INTENT IS STAFF IS TO ASK FOR REZONING OF ALL OF THE EXISTING, UM, UH, PARCELS IN THE DISTRICT WITH SOME EXCEPTIONS THAT YOU SEE IN FRONT OF YOU ON THE MAP.

UM, THOSE INCLUDE EXISTING PUDS PDAS AND THE PLAN DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT IN THE AREA.

WE WOULD NOT ASK FOR THOSE TO BE AUTOMATICALLY REZONED.

THEY WOULD STILL HAVE THE ABILITY TO BE REZONED.

UM, BUT THAT WOULD BE THROUGH SPECIAL AND TYPICAL, EXCUSE ME, TYPICAL REZONING PROCESSES, UH, THAT WOULD GO THROUGH COUNCIL SEPARATELY.

ADDITIONALLY, UM, COUNCIL HAD ASKED IN 2022 FOR THIS REGULATING PLAN TO BE THIS CODE TO BE REEVALUATED AT LEAST EVERY FIVE YEARS.

WE ARE RECOMMENDING THE FIRST REEVALUATION TO BE WITHIN ONE TO TWO YEARS, UH, TO UNDERSTAND BETTER ECONOMIC TRENDS, UM, THAT WE'RE SORT OF CURRENTLY GOING THROUGH.

ONE ADDITIONAL ADJUSTMENT

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ADJUSTMENT WE'VE MADE SINCE THE ADOPTION OF THE VISION PLAN IS THE ADDITION OF SEVERAL PARCELS, UH, EXTENDING THE SOUTHERN AND WESTERN BOUNDARIES OF THE AREA.

AS SHOWN ON THE MAP ON THE SCREEN, UH, TO THE SOUTH, THIS IS TO SUPPORT THE PROJECT CONNECT AND TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT ALIGNMENT.

AND THEN TO THE WEST, IT'S BASED ON SOME PUBLIC FEEDBACK WE RECEIVED AND STAFF BELIEVES ALLOWS FOR A COHESIVE URBAN APPROACH ALONG BOTH SOUTH CONGRESS AND SOUTH FIRST STREETS WITH THIS EDITION.

AS FOR THE CODE ITSELF, UM, HERE'S HOW IT'S ORGANIZED.

THE ELEMENTS OF THE COMBINING DISTRICT YOU SEE HERE ON THE LEFT AND THE DENSITY BONUS ELEMENTS ARE ON THE RIGHT, AND I'LL DIVE IN FURTHER NOW ABOUT THOSE THINGS.

THE SOUTH CENTRAL WATERFRONT IS BROKEN DOWN INTO FOUR DIFFERENT SUBDISTRICTS.

THE SUBDISTRICTS ARE DISTINGUISHED FROM ONE ANOTHER IN TERMS OF BOTH HEIGHT LIMITS AND FLOOR AREA RATIO.

UM, ESSENTIALLY AN APPROXIMATION OF DENSITY AND INTENSITY OF DEVELOPMENT.

THE SUBDISTRICTS ARE DESIGNED TO REDUCE IN DENSITY FROM THE MOST DENSE SUBDISTRICTS CLOSEST TO DOWNTOWN AND ADJACENT TO THE PROPOSED PROJECT CONNECT STATION, REDUCING DOWN FROM THERE THE CRITICAL WATER QUALITY ZONES OR THE ZONES THAT REFLECT THE FLOODPLAIN IN AUSTIN, AS SHOWN HERE ON THE SCREEN, WILL REMAIN IN THE DISTRICT AND WILL BE UPDATED AS IS REGULARLY DONE WITH THE CITY.

THE WATERFRONT OVERLAY CONTAINING THE AUDITORIUM SHORES, SOUTH SHORE AND TRAVIS HEIGHTS SUBDISTRICTS WILL REMAIN.

HOWEVER, VARIOUS ELEMENTS SUCH AS BUILDING HEIGHT AND IMPERVIOUS COVER WILL BE SUPERSEDED BY REGULATIONS IN THIS CODE.

THE LAND USES THAT ARE INCLUDED IN THE DISTRICT SUPPORT, TRANSIT ORIENTED ACTIVITIES, PEDESTRIAN ORIENTED ACTIVITIES, A MIX OF USES FOR DAY AND NIGHTTIME ACTIVITY, THE CREATIVE ENTERPRISE AND RECREATION AND ENTERTAINMENT ACTIVITY.

AS FOR THE PARKS AND OPEN SPACE IN THE AREA, THE TEAM HAS WORKED HARD TO ESTABLISH WHAT WE CAN IN TERMS OF A STRUCTURE TO REALIZE THE OPEN SPACE AS WE IDENTIFIED IN THE VISION PLAN.

ITEMS ON THE SCREEN ARE SOME OF THE IMPORTANT ASPECTS OF HOW WE'RE HOPING TO ACHIEVE THIS.

AS FOR THOSE THAT WALK AROUND THE SPACE OR THE PEDESTRIAN EXPERIENCE, WE'VE DEVELOPED STANDARDS SUCH THAT INTERNAL WALKWAYS AND STREETS HAVE REQUIREMENTS.

WE CAN, WE CONSIDER PEDESTRIAN WALKWAYS FOR AN IMPORTANT REASON.

THE GOAL OF BREAKING UP THE BUILDING SITE TO BE MORE FRIENDLY AT THE HUMAN SCALE.

SO THE CONCEPT THAT YOU SEE IN FRONT OF YOU, THE DENSITY DISTRIBUTION AREAS REQUIRES EACH AREA MAY NOT EXCEED 90,000 SQUARE FEET.

SO ROUGHLY 300 FEET BY 300 FEET, UM, WHICH IS APPROXIMATELY THE SAME SIZE AS A DOWNTOWN BLOCK.

THE FIRST OF ITS KIND IN AUSTIN.

UH, DDAS ARE PUT FORWARD IN THE CODE IN AN EFFORT TO GET TO THE INTENT OF THE VISION AND THE PEDESTRIAN AND TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT WE'RE SEEKING AS A COMMUNITY.

SO BEFORE I GO INTO THE DENSITY BONUS PROGRAM IN SOME AMOUNT OF DETAIL I'LL MENTION, WE HAD TWO DIFFERENT ECONOMIC CONSULTING FIRMS SUPPORT US IN ANALYZING AND STRESS TESTING THE PROGRAM EPS AND HYATT BROWN EPS SUPPORTED US IN CALIBRATING THE BONUS AREA OF THE VARIOUS ONSITE COMMUNITY BENEFITS.

HYATT BROWN ANALYZED HOW WE MIGHT SUCCESSFULLY STRUCTURE THE PROGRAM SO WE COULD GET A MYRIAD OF COMMUNITY BENEFITS AS DESIRED BY COUNSELING COMMUNITY.

AND THAT'S STILL IN THEIR ASSESSMENT, AT LEAST MARGINALLY PENCIL IN TODAY'S ECONOMIC CONDITIONS.

WE ALSO HAD THEM LOOK AT AN IMPROVED ECONOMY BECAUSE WE UNDERSTAND THAT TODAY'S CONDITIONS FOR DEVELOPMENT ARE CHALLENGING NATIONWIDE, INCLUDING HERE IN AUSTIN.

MEMBERS FROM HYATT BROWN ARE JOINING US REMOTELY IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS FOR THEM ON THEIR ANALYSIS.

OKAY, SO AS FOR THE UH, BONUS PROGRAM, OUR GATEKEEPER REQUIREMENTS ARE, UH, OR THOSE REQUIREMENTS THAT GAIN PARCEL.

SOME AMOUNT OF DENSITY INCLUDE ENHANCED ENVIRONMENTAL STANDARDS, STREET SCAPE AND BUILT ENVIRONMENT STANDARDS.

AND 5% OF RENTAL HOUSING ONSITE MUST BE AFFORDABLE, UH, WITHIN A THREE TO ONE FLOOR AREA RATIO.

AND AS YOU SEE ON THE SCREEN, WE DID SOME ROUGH CALCULATIONS ON THE NUMBER OF ONSITE AFFORDABLE HOUSING UNITS.

WE'RE LOOKING AT IF FULL BUILD OUT OCCURS, AND THIS GETS US PRETTY CLOSE TO WHAT WAS ANTICIPATED IN THE VISION PLAN, ADDITIONAL AFFORDABLE HOUSING COULD BE MAXIMIZED IN OTHER WAYS THROUGH PUBLICLY OWNED LAND AND LE LEVERAGING ADDITIONAL RESOURCES.

SO TO EXPLAIN THE REMAINDER OF THE DENSITY BONUS PROGRAM, WE'VE CREATED THIS IMAGE FOR HOW IT FITS TOGETHER.

ONCE A PARCEL OPS IN, UH, TO BUILDING WITHIN THE SOUTH CENTRAL WATERFRONT COMBINING DISTRICT, THERE'S A BASE FLOOR AREA RATIO, WHICH THEY'RE PERMITTED TO BUILD.

AND THEN IN ORDER TO ENTER INTO THE OPPORTUNITY TO BUILD BEYOND THAT BASE TO A DENSITY SHOWN IN THE SUBDISTRICT MAP, A SITE MUST ADHERE TO THE GATEKEEPER REQUIREMENTS WITHIN THE FIRST THREE TO ONE THEY'RE SEEKING IN THE DISTRICT.

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THEN TO ACHIEVE THE MAXIMUM DENSITY AS DESCRIBED IN THE SUBDISTRICT MAP, A SITE MUST CONTRIBUTE FEES IN LIEU AND OTHER ONSITE COMMUNITY BENEFITS.

SO THIS IS STRUCTURED IN THE FOLLOWING WAY, 70% OF THE IN LIEU, UH, FEES, AND, UH, 70% OF THAT DENSITY BONUS COULD BE GAINED THROUGH IN LIEU FEES AND DEDICATION.

AND THOSE FEES WOULD BE DEDICATED IN THE FOLLOWING WAY, AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

UM, THIS WOULD BE SPENT WITHIN A BOUNDARY THAT THE DE THE CITY IS DESCRIBING AS SOUTH CENTRAL AUSTIN, UH, PARKS FEES.

AND THIS WOULD BE SPENT WITHIN A DISTANCE FROM THE PROPERTY FROM WHICH IT'S OBTAINED.

THIS IS HOW IT'S TYPICALLY DONE WITH PARKS FEES.

AND THEN THE INFRASTRUCTURE AND COMMUNITY IMPACT BENEFIT FEE WOULD BE SPENT TO SUPPORT THE SOUTH CENTRAL WATERFRONT DISTRICT ITSELF.

AND THEN THE OTHER 30% OF, UH, DENSITY BONUS COULD BE EARNED BY ACHIEVED, UM, BY ACHIEVING ADDITIONAL ONSITE COMMUNITY BENEFITS THAT ARE DESCRIBED THERE ON THE SCREEN.

SO THE IMAGE, UH, THAT'S SHOWN HERE IS AN ARTIST RENDERING OF WHAT COULD BE EXPECTED IN THE DISTRICT.

AS YOU SEE, UH, DENSITY IS THE LARGEST TOWARDS DOWNTOWN AND BY THE PROPOSED LIGHT RAIL STOP AND MOVES DOWN AS YOU GET FURTHER AWAY FROM THAT PORTION OF THE CITY TO FURTHER GET AN IDEA OF WHAT IT MIGHT LOOK LIKE WITHIN A SINGLE PROJECT.

HERE'S AN EXAMPLE IN THE DISTRICT, UH, AND THAT HAS RECENTLY SUBMITTED THEIR DEVELOPMENT ASSESSMENT APPLICATION TO THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT.

YOU CAN SEE THAT THROUGH THE PROGRAM, THE DEVELOPMENT IS ABLE TO ACHIEVE ROUGHLY SIX TO ONE FAR AND THEN COMMUNITY WOULD RET IN RE UH, RECEIVE AND RETURN 21 ONSITE AFFORDABLE UNITS $7.1 MILLION IN FEES IN LIEU FOR HOUSING PARKS AND INFRASTRUCTURE.

BASED ON THE SITE SIZE, IT'S BROKEN INTO THREE DENSITY DISTRIBUTION AREAS AND ADDITIONAL DENSITY IS GAINED THROUGH VARIOUS PROVIDED ONSITE COMMUNITY BENEFITS.

THIS INCLUDES CERTAIN TYPES OF COMMERCIAL, UH, MUSIC SPACE, PUBLIC ART, AND THEN OF COURSE OPEN SPACE.

SO ON APRIL 9TH, PLANNING COMMISSION HEARD FROM THE SOUTH CENTRAL WATERFRONT TEAM ON THE DRAFT CODE, UH, WITH A VOTE OF TEN ONE ONE PC RECOMMENDED TWO WITH 13 AMENDMENTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS, MOVE THE DRAFT CODE FORWARD TO COUNCIL.

UM, I HAVE OUTLINED ALL THREE 13 RECOMMENDATIONS IN THE NEXT FEW SLIDES AND THE RES, UH, THE STAFF'S RESPONSES TO THEM PER RECOMMENDATION.

GENERALLY SPEAKING OF THE 13 RECOMMENDATIONS MADE STAFF IS NOT RECOMMENDING FOUR OF THEM, NOT INCLUDING THREE SINCE THEY'RE OUT OF SCOPE OF THE ZONING CODE AMENDMENT.

SO NOT SORT OF TECH TECHNICALLY WITHIN OUR SCOPE OF WORK.

AND THEN, UH, WE'RE IN SUPPORT OF, AND WE'RE RELEVANT TO THE CODE ARE INCLUDING SIX.

UM, I'M NOT GONNA GO INTO DETAIL ON EACH ONE THAT YOU SEE IN FRONT OF YOU, BUT I'LL HIGHLIGHT A FEW FOR YOU HERE.

FIRST, RELATED TO NUMBER ONE ON THE SCREEN, THE DRAFT PRESENTED TO PLANNING COMMISSION OUTLINED AN EVEN SPLIT AMONGST FEES IN LIEU, UM, PLANNING COMMISSION RECOMMENDED MODIFYING THE FEE IN LIEU DISTRIBUTION WAS 60% GOING TO AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND THE REMAINING 40 SPLIT AMONGST PARKS AND INFRASTRUCTURE.

AND OUR STAFF RECOMMENDATION IS TO MAINTAIN THE EVEN SPLIT AMONG ALL THREE CATEGORIES.

COMMUNITY INPUT PUT A HIGH IMPORTANCE ON PARKS, OPEN SPACE AND THE PEDESTRIAN EXPERIENCE IN THE AREA IN ADDITION TO AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

AND SINCE THIS IS A FINANCIAL TOOL TO SUPPORT THE REALIZATION OF ALL OF THE COMMUNITY BENEFITS, WE AS STAFF FEEL THAT AN EVEN SPLIT STILL MAKES SENSE.

EXCUSE ME.

NEXT, RELATED TO, UM, NUMBERS FOUR AND FIVE, PLANNING COMMISSION ASKED TO MODIFY THE FAR MAP AND INTERNAL CIRCULATION ROUTES.

THIS WAS TO FURTHER SUPPORT THE DENSITY IN THE AREA TO SUPPORT PROJECT CONNECT, REDUCE DENSITY FURTHER ON THE NEW WESTERN PARCELS, AND THEN ENHANCE THE PEDESTRIAN EXPERIENCE THROUGH THE ADJUSTMENT OF INTERNAL CIRCULATION ROUTE OPTIONS.

STAFF IS MAKING THESE ADJUSTMENTS IN SUPPORT OF THE PLAN COMMISSION COUNCIL AND JUST, UH, GENERALLY THE COMMUNITY'S GOAL OF TRANSIT AND PEDESTRIAN, UM, FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT.

AND THEN AS FOR ITEM NUMBER SEVEN, UH, THIS WAS DEFINITELY THE MOST DRAMATIC OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE NIGHT AND WAS NOT UNIVERSALLY PASSED.

UM, IN SHORT, THE RECOMMENDATION ASKED STAFF TO CHANGE THIS CODE BY, UH, REWRITING IT TO ALIGN WITH THE DOWNTOWN DENSITY BONUS PROGRAM, PART ONE SPECIFICALLY, SO EXPLICITLY NOT RAINY STREET, UH, IN THE NAME OF SIMPLICITY AND ONSITE AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

ULTIMATELY, THE DOWNTOWN DENSITY BONUS PROGRAM SIMPLY DOES NOT MEET THE NEEDS OF THE SOUTH CENTRAL WATERFRONT.

UM, AND BELIEVE ME, IF IT WERE AS SIMPLE AS SUCH, WE WOULD HAVE DEFINITELY PROPOSED VERSUS WORKING, UH, TIRELESSLY TO TRY AND GET SOMETHING WITH THE MYRIAD OF COMMUNITY BENEFITS WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO ACHIEVE WITH THE DRAFT WE'VE GOT IN FRONT OF US TODAY.

UM, BUT, UH, WE WERE ASKED TO ACCOMPLISH, UM, ONSITE AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN THE AREA INFRASTRUCTURE

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FOR PEDESTRIAN TRANSIT AND TRANSPORTATION AND INCENTIVIZE OPEN SPACE AND PARKS.

AND THE DOWNTOWN DENSITY BONUS PROGRAM JUST DOESN'T WORK TO DO THIS.

UM, IN FRONT OF YOU ARE A FEW REASONS WHY AND I'LL DIVE INTO THEM.

UM, AND IT'S NOT FIRST ON THE TABLE, BUT I AM GOING TO START WITH AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

PART ONE OF THE DOWNTOWN DENSITY BONUS PROGRAM DOES NOT REQUIRE ONSITE AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

IT'S COMPLETELY OPTIONAL, AND WE'VE SEEN OVER TIME DEVELOPERS MOST OPT IN OPT FOR FEES IN LIE DOWNTOWN.

AS STAFF, WE WERE ASKED BY COUNCIL AND COMMUNITY TO HAVE AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN THE SOUTH CENTRAL WATERFRONT DISTRICT.

BEYOND THAT EXPLICIT ASK, IT'S THE CITY'S GOAL THROUGH THE COUNCIL APPROVED STRATEGIC HOUSING BLUEPRINT TO CREATE ACCESS TO OPPORTUNITY IN THE CITY, SOUTH CENTRAL WATERFRONT IS SPECIFICALLY IDENTIFIED AS AN AREA OF OPPORTUNITY IN THE BLUEPRINT.

NOT ONLY DOES THE DRAFT SOUTH CENTRAL WATERFRONT CODE REQUIRE ONSITE AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR RENTAL UNITS, THE AFFORDABILITY LEVELS FOR RENTAL AND FOR SALE ARE DEEPER THAN WHAT IS UH, PRESCRIBED FOR ANY UNITS THAT MAKE IT INTO DOWNTOWN.

PROVIDING OPTIONALITY IN ONSITE AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN AUSTIN HAS PROVEN OVER TIME THAT AFFORDABLE HOUSING WILL BE PUT ELSEWHERE.

UM, THIS IS AGAINST THE STATED GOALS OF COUNCIL, STAFF AND COMMUNITY FOR THE SOUTH CENTRAL WATERFRONT.

SO BEYOND AFFORDABLE HOUSING, THE DOWNTOWN PROGRAM DOES NOT ACCOMMODATE THE VARIED NATURE OF LOT SIZES AND CONFIGURATIONS THAT THE SOUTH CENTRAL WATERFRONT HAS.

THE SOUTH CENTRAL WATERFRONT CODE DOES, UH, ACCOMMODATE THIS.

THE SOUTH CENTRAL WATERFRONT NEEDS TO PROVIDE INCENTIVES THAT ARE BENEFICIAL TO SMALL LOT SIZES, SO 30,000 SQUARE FEET ALL THE WAY UP TO MULTIPLE ACRES IN SIZE, UM, AND CREATE A PEDESTRIAN AND TRANSIT ORIENTED ENVIRONMENT.

UH, WHILE DOING SO, WE DO THIS WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF THE DENSITY DISTRIBUTION AREAS TO CREATE A PEDESTRIAN ORIENTED ENVIRONMENT.

UM, THE PEDESTRIAN SCALE IS A COMMUNITY BENEFIT THAT COULD OTHERWISE BE IGNORED IN DEVELOPMENT WITHOUT THE PARAMETERS OUR DRAFT CODE ESTABLISHES.

ADDITIONALLY, IT NEEDS TO ACCOMMODATE THAT THE, THE FACT THAT THERE'S INSUFFICIENT, UH, EXISTING INFRASTRUCTURE IN THE SOUTH CENTRAL WATERFRONT, ESPECIALLY AT A PEDESTRIAN SCALE.

SO, UM, IN SOUTH CENTRAL WATERFRONT, THIS CODE REQUIRES A GATEKEEPER, UM, UH, STANDARD FOR ENHANCED STREET SCAPES, INCLUDING WHAT ELEMENTS WE CAN FROM THE GREAT STREETS PROGRAM.

WE REQUIRE INTERNAL CI CIRCULATION ROUTES WITHIN THE DDAS THAT HAVE MINIMUM STANDARDS AT PEDESTRIAN AND MULTIMODAL SCALE.

FINALLY, DOWNTOWN ALSO DOES NOT ACCOMPLISH MUCH WHEN IT COMES TO PARKS AND OPEN SPACE.

THE SOUTH CENTRAL WATERFRONT VISION PLAN UNDERSCORED PARKS, OPEN SPACE AND TRAILS AS A HALLMARK OF HOW THE PLAN SHOULD BE REALIZED SUCCESSFULLY.

UM, AND THERE ARE MINIMAL TOOLS AVAILABLE TO THE CITY TO BE ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH THIS, BUT WE'VE TRIED OUR BEST, UM, IN REQUIRING 5%, UH, OPEN SPACE FOR DEVELOPMENT, PROVIDING DENSITY BONUSES FOR ADDITIONAL OPEN SPACE PROVIDED, UM, REQUIRING PUBLIC ACCESS EASEMENTS FOR ALL PROVIDED OPEN SPACE, ENCOURAGING, ADJOINING, EXTENDING AND ENLARGING EXISTING PARKS TRAILS, OPEN SPACE IN THE NEAR THE DISTRICT, PROVIDING DENSITY BONUSES FOR PARKLAND BUILD OUT.

AND, UH, ADDITIONALLY FEES AND LOW WILL BE DIRECTLY SUPPORTED PARK BUILD OUT IN THIS AREA.

THE DOWNTOWN DENSITY BONUS PROGRAM REQUIRES NOTHING RELATED TO PARKS AND OPEN SPACE.

UM, UH, THE OPTIONAL ASPECTS WITHIN THE BONUS PROGRAM DOWNTOWN INCLUDE ADDITIONAL DENSITY FOR OPTIONAL PUBLICLY ACCESSIBLE ONSITE PLAZA, AND THEN ALSO FEES IN LIEU FOR OFFSITE OPEN SPACE.

SO IN SOME, AGAIN, DOWNTOWN DOES NOT GET US WHERE WE AS A COLLECTIVE BOTH COUNCIL COMMUNITY HAVE IDENTIFIED WHERE WE WANNA GO WITHIN THE SOUTH CENTRAL WATERFRONT.

AND WE DON'T BELIEVE AS STAFF A SIMPLE FIX OF EXPANDING THE AREA TO CBD ZONING AND APPLYING THE DOWNTOWN DENSITY BONUS PROGRAM, UH, WILL WORK.

THE FINAL GROUP OF RECOMMENDATIONS FROM PC ARE, UM, UH, SEEN ON THE SCREEN HERE IN FRONT OF YOU.

MANY OF THEM ARE SUGGESTIONS THAT GO BEYOND THE SCOPE OF THIS CODE, INCLUDING THE SUGGESTION FOR EXTENDING THE BRIDGE OPTION FOR PROJECT CONNECT IN THIS AREA AND A TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT DISTRICT, UM, WHERE THEY ARE DIRECTLY INTERFACING THIS CODE STAFFER IN SUPPORT OF SOME BUT NOT ALL RECOMMENDATIONS, SPECIFICALLY STAFF SUPPORT AFFORDABLE HOUSING SUGGESTIONS, PARTICULARLY ITEMS NUMBER 11 AND 12, WHICH WILL EITHER BE DIRECTLY INCORPORATED INTO THE CODE LIKE NUMBER 12 OR ALREADY IN PLACE LIKE NUMBER 11 AND STAFF DO NOT RECOMMEND THE LAST RECOMMENDATION FROM PLANNING COMMISSION AS WE'VE HISTORICALLY IDENTIFIED BARRIERS WITH SUCH REQUIREMENTS.

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SO SUBSTANTIALLY STAFF IS IN GENERAL SUPPORT OF, UM, OF, UM, MORE THAN HALF OF THE ITEMS PLANNING COMMISSION PUT FORWARD FOR THOSE ITEMS. WE AREN'T DIRECTLY INCLUDING IN THE CODE, BUT ARE IN SUPPORT OF OR AWAIT FURTHER PUBLIC FEEDBACK ON.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH STAFF, COMMUNITY COMMISSIONERS AND COUNCIL IN THE FUTURE.

IN TERMS OF THE BIG PICTURE, HERE'S SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS ON HOW THE DRAFT CODE HAS EVOLVED, UH, FROM PUBLIC, UH, AND PLANNING COMMISSION FEEDBACK THIS YEAR, WE EXPANDED THE BOUNDARIES IN THE DISTRICT, AS I MENTIONED, MODIFIED THE SUB-DISTRICTS.

UM, AND WE ADJUSTED THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING INVESTMENT AREA FOR THE FEES IN LIEU TO ENSURE PROXIMITY TO TRANSIT, UH, AND TO PRIORITIZE SPENDING IN PART TO PRESERVE AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN THAT AREA.

AND WE ADDED MULTIMODAL CIRCULATION OPTIONS AND ENHANCED ALL INTERNAL CIRCULATION ROUTES TO FURTHER ENCOURAGE AN AREA WHERE PEOPLE ARE WALKING, BIKING, AND BEING OUTDOORS.

FINALLY, THERE ARE A NUMBER OF THINGS THAT WE AS STAFF HAVE ON OUR IMMEDIATE TO-DO LIST, UH, FOR NEXT STEPS IN THE CODE, UM, THAT YOU SEE IN FRONT OF YOU HERE.

THESE ARE IMPORTANT FOR CONSIDERATION, BUT TO SUPPORT THE FTA GRANT APPLICATION PROCESS AND ITS TIMELINE, WE FEEL LIKE THESE ITEMS CAN BE COMPLETED SOON, UM, INSTEAD OF NOW WITH LIMITED IMPACT TO THE REALIZATION IN THIS AREA.

AS FOR THE TIMELINE, HERE'S WHERE WE'VE BEEN WITH THE PUBLIC COMMENT ASPECT.

THERE WAS A ONE MONTH PUBLIC REVIEW OF THE FIRST DRAFT DURING IT.

WE HELD THREE PUBLIC MEETINGS, TWO VIRTUAL, ONE IN PERSON, UH, AND WE RECEIVED HUNDREDS OF, UH, UH, RESPONSES VIA OUR ONLINE SURVEY.

WE'VE SPOKEN TO NINE BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS, INCLUDING PRESENTING BEFORE THE PLANNING COMMISSION A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO AND HAVE BEEN INCORPORATING RELEVANT FEEDBACK ALONG THE WAY.

UM, WE'RE ALSO PARTICIPATING IN THE JOINT CODE AMENDMENT OPEN HOUSES.

WE PARTICIPATED IN THE ONE LAST WEEK AND WE'LL BE IN THE UPCOMING ONES.

WE'RE SPEAKING TO THIS BODY TODAY AND THEN WE INTEND TO GO BEFORE COUNCIL BEFORE THE END OF MAY.

UM, SO AS WE CONTINUE TO MOVE FORWARD, OUR HOPE IS THAT COUNCIL APPROVES THIS DRAFT CODE IN MAY.

AND THAT CONCLUDES MY PRESENTATION, BUT I DO LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR QUESTIONS.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE PRESENTATION COLLEAGUES.

DO WE HAVE ANY QUESTIONS? I'M GONNA START WITH VICE CHAIR ALTER AND THEN MOVE OVER TO COUNCIL MEMBER CADRE.

AND JUST TO, UM, TO KICK IT OFF, I MISUNDERSTOOD YOUR QUESTION EARLIER ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT THE BRIEFINGS WOULD BE SEPARATED.

THEY ARE IN FACT SEPARATED, BUT THE ONE THAT YOU WERE MAKING REFERENCE TO, UH, AROUND ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING, THAT WOULD NOT BE AN ADDITIONAL BRIEFING.

SO, UM, JUST SO YOU GUYS KNOW, AFTER THIS, UH, ROUND OF QUESTIONS BEFORE WE MOVE ON TO THE NEXT BRIEFING, I'D LIKE TO BRING FOLKS BACK UP TO, UM, RESPOND TO YOUR QUESTION ABOUT ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING.

GREAT.

JUST TO GIVE A HEADS UP.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

UH, VICE CHAIRHOLDER, JUST SO I AM CLEAR, IN TERMS OF THE FEE IN LIEU OPTION, WHAT, IF ANYTHING, CAN SOMEONE PAY FEE IN LIEU FOR? 'CAUSE THEY, THERE, THERE ARE A COUPLE OF ASPECTS.

SO, UM, 70% OF THE DENSITY EARNED COULD BE, UH, OBTAINED THROUGH PAYMENT OF FEE AND LIE.

OKAY.

SO, AND THAT WOULD BE AN EVEN DISTRIBUTION OF THOSE THREE AREAS.

AND THEN, UH, ADDITIONALLY, SORRY, YOU WERE ABOUT TO ASK A QUESTION.

NO, NO, KEEP GOING A SECOND.

BUT THEN ADDITIONALLY, UM, YOU CAN PAY A FEE IN LIEU, UM, UH, IN PART FOR, UM, IF YOU ARE BUILDING, UM, UH, FOR SALE UNITS, UM, INSTEAD OF RENTAL UNITS IN THE PROPERTY, INSTEAD OF PROVIDING ON ONSITE AFFORDABLE UNITS AT A FOR SALE.

SO A CONDO, UH, MARKET, YOU CAN PAY A FEE IN LIEU INSTEAD.

AND SINCE THE DEBT, THE BONUS IS IN TERMS OF YOUR FAR, YOU'RE NOT GONNA BE ABLE TO PAY A FEE IN LIEU AS IT RELATES TO, LET'S SAY, LIKE PARKLAND BECAUSE YOUR SQUARE FOOTAGE IS YOUR SQUARE FOOTAGE, IT'S REALLY AS IT RELATES TO GAINED SQUARE FEET OF VERTICAL ENTITLEMENT.

IS THAT CORRECT? THAT'S, THAT'S CORRECT.

OKAY.

UM, I LOST YOU A LITTLE BIT ON THE DENSITY DISTRIBUTION AREAS.

OKAY.

THOSE ARE 90 UP TO 90,000 SQUARE FEET WITHIN A SPECIFIC ZONE THAT WE'RE DRAWING.

IS THAT A CORRECT INTERPRETATION? SO PARCELS, IF YOU CAN BRING UP THE SLIDE THAT HAS A MAP, WE CAN LOOK AT THE WONKY PARCEL SIZE.

WELL, THIS IS A FINE EXAMPLE.

SO THE, THE PARCEL SIZES, LIKE I MENTIONED, SOME OF THE PARCEL SIZES ARE, ARE AS SMALL AS 30,000 SQUARE FEET AND SOME OF THEM ARE ACRES LARGE.

AND SO WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO IS ACCOMMODATE AND, AND CREATE A SPACE WHERE PEDESTRIANS AND UM, UH, AND ALL SORTS OF PEOPLE WANNA BE ON A REGULAR BASIS AND FEEL COMFORTABLE SORT OF WALKING AROUND AND SORT OF GETTING TO PLACES WHERE THEY WANT TO HANG OUT AND STAY AND BE.

AND SO WHAT THIS DENSITY

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DISTRIBUTION AREA CONCEPT DOES IS IT ALLOWS WITHIN ONE PARCEL TO NOT, UM, NECESSARILY SUBDIVIDE, BUT IT IS SIMILAR TO, UM, THE BREAKING UP OF THE BUILDING LAND, LIKE THE BUILDING MASS IN A PARTICULAR PLACE SO THAT A PEDESTRIAN WON'T GO MORE THAN ROUGHLY 300 FEET, UM, TO BEFORE THEY SORT OF GET TO ANOTHER PLACE TO TURN A CORNER OR, YOU KNOW, UM, HAVE, UM, UH, A BREAK WITH, UH, AN INTERNAL WALKWAY OR THAT SORT OF THING BEFORE THE NEXT BUILDING SITE.

BUT THAT WILL ONLY APPLY TO CERTAIN PIECES.

I GUESS I'M TRYING TO RECONCILE IT WITH LIKE YOUR EXAMPLE THAT YOU GAVE MM-HMM THAT HAD A, LOOKS LIKE 750,000 SQUARE FOOT BUILDING, BUT YOU SAY THESE OTHER 90,000 SQUARE FOOT MAXIMUM, THOSE DON'T SEEM COMPATIBLE IN MY MIND WITH I I KNOW I'M MISSING SOMETHING HERE.

I'M JUST TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT, YEAH, I DON'T KNOW IF, UM, TYLER OR CHAD YOU WANNA COME UP? YEAH, HAPPY TO HAVE, FORGIVE ME FOR JUST NOT GETTING IT.

HEY CHAD SCH HERE.

UM, SO THE MAXIMUM, SO FOR EXAMPLE, YOU HAVE YOUR PARCEL AND THE EXAMPLE YOU'RE REFERRING TO, THERE'S MULTIPLE DENSITY DISTRIBUTION AREAS WITHIN THAT PARCEL.

AND SO FOR EXAMPLE, I BELIEVE THERE'S THREE, I BELIEVE IT WAS THE 500 SOUTH CONGRESS EXAMPLE.

UM, SO YOU WOULD HAVE MULTIPLE CHUNKS.

SO YOU CAN HAVE MORE THAN 1D DA PER PARCEL.

GOT IT.

OKAY.

THAT MAKES SENSE.

THAT MAKES SENSE.

I JUST , I THOUGHT WE WERE TALKING ABOUT THE WHOLE LOT THAT REALLY MM-HMM, AND CAN I SAY IT BACK AND SEE IF I UNDERSTOOD WHAT HE YES, BY ALL MEANS, WHAT HE SEEMS TO UNDERSTAND NOW, UH, 'CAUSE I I I WAS WITH HIM ON THAT, WHAT YOU'RE SAYING IS IT, IT MAY HAVE 750,000 SQUARE FEET OF BUILDING ON IT, BUT WITHIN THAT IT WILL HAVE TO BE DIVIDED UP SO THAT YOU HAVE WHAT SHE SAID, NOT MORE THAN A CERTAIN AMOUNT WHERE THERE'S A WALKWAY OR SOMETHING.

SO IT'S NOT A 750,000 SQUARE FOOT STRUCTURE, IT IS A NUMBER OF STRUCTURES IN THIS CASE PROBABLY THREE THAT ADD UP TO 750,000 SO THAT YOU GET THE WALKABILITY AND MOVEMENT.

YES.

IT'S, IT'S TO REINFORCE THAT PERMEABILITY.

THANKS.

THANKS.

ASKING THAT BECAUSE , YEAH.

GOOD, GOOD.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

MY LAST QUESTION AS IT RELATES TO THE YEAH, THANK YOU FOR THAT CLARIFICATION.

YEAH.

JUST WASN'T ADDING UP, BUT THE ON ONSITE VERSUS OFF SITE QUESTION THAT, UH, Y'ALL HAVE CLEARLY ANALYZED AND YOU SAY, SO THE SLIDE YOU HAD THAT AT FULL BUILD OUT, WE'RE LOOKING AT POTENTIALLY 481 ONSITE UNITS.

DID Y'ALL DO ANY KIND OF COMPARISON OF WHAT THAT WOULD POTENTIALLY YIELD IF YOU DID ALLOW FOR ANY KIND OF FEE IN LIEU AND RESTRICTED THAT TO A CERTAIN GEOGRAPHY? SO LIKE, LET'S SAY YOU COULD DO FEE IN LIEU, BUT YOU HAVE TO SPEND IT WITHIN A MILE THAT MIGHT YIELD, YOU KNOW, 600 UNITS OR I, YOU KNOW, MAKING NUMBERS UP, BUT I DON'T BELIEVE WE DID ANY ANALYSIS ON THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING INVESTMENT AREA ITSELF.

WHAT WE WANTED TO UNDERSTAND IS KNOWING THAT ONSITE AFFORDABLE HOUSING WAS A PRIORITY STATED TO US, WE WANTED TO UNDERSTAND WHAT THE THRESHOLD THAT WE COULD GET AND, AND WOULD, AS I SAID, MARGINALLY PENCIL IN TODAY'S CONDITIONS, WHAT WE WOULD BE ABLE TO, UM, WE BELIEVE ASK FOR IN THIS DENSITY BONUS PROGRAM.

UM, AND SO AS A RESULT OF THAT ANALYSIS, UM, WE LOOKED STRICTLY IN WITHIN THE DISTRICT AREA TO UNDERSTAND, YOU KNOW, WHAT DOES THAT MEAN, HOW DOES THAT EQUATE TO WHAT WAS ASKED FOR IN THE VISION PLAN? UM, SO WE ONLY LOOKED WITHIN WITHIN THE DISTRICT.

GOT IT.

AND, AND YOU KNOW, I JUST THINK ABOUT THE, THE STATESMAN SITE AND THE FEE THERE THAT IS GOING TO SUPPORT MARY LEE, WHICH IS ABOUT A MILE AWAY AND IS GOING TO YIELD HUNDREDS OF UNITS, UH, AND SOME OF MANY OF THEM PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING UNITS BASED ON THAT ONE FEE IN LIEU.

AND SO THAT POLICY QUESTION OF, YOU KNOW, IT IS VERY CLOSE, IT'S NOT RIGHT THERE, BUT IT'S WITHIN A MILE OF, OF DOWNTOWN AND THE YIELD WE'RE GETTING OFF OF THAT JUST FROM A SINGLE SITE IS ALMOST THIS