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[Determination of Quorum / Meeting Called to Order]

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SO FIRST WE'LL TAKE ROLL CALL.

PLEASE ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR PRESENCE WHEN I CALL YOUR NAME, AND I WILL CALL IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER PER THE AGENDA.

COMMISSIONER ANDERSON HERE.

VICE CHAIR ZA.

HERE.

COMMISSIONER BARRE RAMIREZ.

HERE.

COMMISSIONER COX? NOT ON YET.

COMMISSIONER HAYNES HERE.

CHAIR HEMPEL IS HERE.

COMMISSIONER HOWARD? HERE.

SERGEANT COMMISSIONER JOHNSON.

HERE.

COMMISSIONER MAXWELL.

HERE.

COMMISSIONER MOOSH TOLER WILL BE JOINING US A LITTLE BIT LATER.

COMMISSIONER PHILLIPS HERE.

COMMISSIONER SKIDMORE HERE.

AND COMMISSIONER WOODS HERE.

I DON'T SEE ANY OF OUR EX OFFICIOS HERE YET, BUT WE'LL COME BACK IF THEY, UM, THEY COME.

ALRIGHT.

PER USUAL, TONIGHT'S MEETING IS HYBRID, ALLOWING FOR A VIRTUAL QUORUM AS LONG AS THE COMMISSIONER SERVING AS THE CHAIR IS PRESENT IN CHAMBERS.

AS SUCH, WE HAVE COMMISSIONERS HERE IN CHAMBERS AND IN ATTENDANCE, VIRTUALLY, SIMILARLY, SPEAKERS CAN PRESENT FROM THE CHAMBERS OR PARTICIPATE VIRTUALLY VIRTUAL COMMISSIONERS.

PLEASE REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR SIGN IN SHEET TO OUR STAFF LIAISON PER THE CLERK'S GUIDELINES AND HAVE YOUR VERY VIVID COLORS OF RED, YELLOW, AND GREEN READY.

IF YOU ARE SIGNED UP TO SPEAK, YOU'LL RECEIVE AN EMAIL PRIOR TO THE COMMISSION TAKING UP YOUR ITEM.

SPEAKERS CAN DONATE TIME.

BOTH THE SPEAKER DONATING TIME AND THE SPEAKER RECIPIENT MUST BE PRESENT IN PERSON WHEN THE ITEM IS CONSIDERED.

AND TONIGHT, WE DON'T HAVE HARD COPIES OF OUR SPEAKER REGISTRATION LIST, BUT YOU CAN FIND THAT ONLINE AT THE PLANNING COMMISSION WEBPAGE.

AGAIN, THAT'S THE REGISTERED SPEAKER LIST IS AVAILABLE ON THE PLANNING COMMISSION WEBPAGE.

UM, MR. RIVERA IS GOING TO HELP IN ANNOUNCING THE SPEAKERS DURING OUR PUBLIC HEARINGS TONIGHT.

UM, AND IF I MISS YOU ONLINE, REMEMBER, JUST COME OFF MUTE AND LET ME KNOW THAT YOU WOULD WISH TO SPEAK.

ALL RIGHT.

I UNDERSTAND WE HAVE NO PUBLIC COMMUNICATION.

IS THAT STILL THE CASE, MR. RIVERA? CORRECT.

CHAIR.

THERE IS NO PUBLIC COMMUNICATION TODAY.

THANK YOU MS. CORONA.

ALRIGHT, WE'LL GO ON

[APPROVAL OF MINUTES]

TO APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES.

THE FIRST ITEM ON THE CONSENT AGENDA IS APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES FROM THE MARCH 12TH AND APRIL 9TH MEETING, UH, 2024 MEETINGS.

DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY EDITS TO THOSE MINUTES OR QUESTIONS? OKAY.

HEARING NONE THOUGH, UH, THOSE MINUTES WILL BE ADDED TO THE CONSENT AGENDA.

ALL RIGHT.

NEXT, OUR FIRST

[ Consent Agenda]

ACTIVITY TODAY IS VOTE ON THE CONSENT AGENDA.

ITEMS THAT ARE ON, UH, CONSENT APPROVAL, DISAPPROVAL, POSTPONEMENTS OF PUBLIC HEARINGS, OR NON-DISCUSSION ITEMS, VICE CHAIR ZA WILL READ THE PROPOSED CONSENT AGENDA AND IDENTIFY THOSE THAT ARE CONSENT POSTPONEMENT AND NON-DISCUSSION COMMISSIONERS.

YOU'LL ALSO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO REQUEST A CONSENT ITEM TO BE PULLED FOR DISCUSSION, BUT PLEASE NOTE TONIGHT, IF YOU DO PULL AN ITEM, WE WILL HAVE TO MOVE IT TO THE MAY 14TH MEETING.

THANK YOU CHAIR.

I'LL GO TO OUR PUBLIC HEARING ITEMS AT THIS TIME.

UM, ITEM NUMBER TWO IS THE LDC AMENDMENTS, LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE AMENDMENT, CITYWIDE COMPATIBILITY, ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING, AND HOME PHASE TWO.

THIS ITEM IS UP FOR DISCUSSION TONIGHT.

ITEM NUMBER THREE, PLAN AMENDMENT NPA DASH 2023 DASH 2 0 2 5 0.0 1 57 25 WEST US HIGHWAY TWO 90 EASTBOUND DISTRICT EIGHT.

THIS ITEM IS UP FOR STAFF POSTPONEMENT TO MAY 28TH.

I NUMBER FOUR IS A PLAN AMENDMENT NPA DASH 2023 DASH 0 0 0 2 0.01 CHRISTCHURCH PLANNING DISTRICT THREE.

THIS ITEM IS UP FOR STAFF POSTPONEMENT TO MAY 14TH I.

NUMBER FIVE IS A PLAN AMENDMENT NPA DASH 2022 DASH ZERO 0.02 2000 E SIXTH STREET, AND 2007 EAST SEVENTH STREET DISTRICT THREE.

THIS ITEM IS UP FOR APPLICANT INDEFINITE POSTPONEMENT I NUMBER SIX IS PLAN AMENDMENT NPA DASH 2023 DASH 0 0 5 0 1 OPS FAIRWAY MAKES USE DISTRICT THREE.

THIS ITEM IS UP FOR STAFF POSTPONEMENT TO MAY 28TH.

I NUMBER SEVEN, PLAN AMENDMENT NPA DASH 2022 DASH 0 0 15 0 1 TRACER LANE, NBA DISTRICT ONE.

THIS ITEM IS UP FOR APPLICANT INDEFINITE POSTPONEMENT I NUMBER EIGHT, PLAN AMENDMENT NBA DASH 2023 DASH 23 3 SH.

UH, 63 0 4 MAIN ROAD DISTRICT FOUR.

THIS ITEM IS UP FOR STAFF POSTPONEMENT TO MAY 14TH I.

NUMBER NINE IS A PLAN AMENDMENT NPA DASH 2023 DASH 0 2 9 0.02 HUMANE SOCIETY OF FOSTER AND TRAVIS COUNTY DISTRICT FOUR.

THIS ITEM IS UP FOR STAFF POSTPONED TO JUNE 11TH.

I NUMBER 10 IS A PLAN AMENDMENT NPA DASH 2024 DASH 0 2 5 0 2 WEST US HIGHWAY TWO 90 DISTRICT EIGHT.

THIS ITEM IS UP FOR CONSENT.

I NUMBER 11 IS A REZONING C 14 DASH 2023 DASH 30 56 WEST US HIGHWAY TWO 90 DISTRICT EIGHT.

THIS ITEM IS UP FOR CONSENT.

ITEM NUMBER 12 IS A PLAN AMENDMENT NPA DASH 2022 DASH 2 0 1

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INDUSTRIAL BOULEVARD, ONTARIO LANE, DISTRICT THREE.

THIS ITEM IS UP FOR APPLICANT POSTPONEMENT TO MAY 18TH.

ITEM NUMBER 13 IS A REZONING C 14 DASH 2022 DASH 0 6 2 INDUSTRIAL BOULEVARD, ONTARIO LANE, DISTRICT THREE.

THIS ITEM IS OF APPLICANT POSTPONEMENT TO MAY 18TH.

ITEM NUMBER 14 IS A PLAN AMENDMENT NPA DASH 2023 DASH 5 0 2 600 CAMP DISTRICT THREE.

THIS ITEM HAS BEEN WITHDRAWN BY THE APPLICANT I, NUMBER 15 IS A REZONING C 1420 DASH 2023 DASH 0 9 600 KEMP STREET DISTRICT THREE.

THIS ITEM HAS BEEN WITHDRAWN BY APPLICANT.

ITEM NUMBER 16 IS A PLAN AMENDMENT NPA DASH 2023 DASH 0 5 5 SH 1702 DELONY STREET DISTRICT ONE.

THE IS UP FOR CONSENT, THE REZONING ASSOCIATED WITH THIS CASE.

ITEM NUMBER 17 C 14 DASH 2023 4H, 1702 DELON STREET DISTRICT ONE.

THIS ITEM IS UP FOR CONSENT.

I NUMBER 18 IS A PLAN MOMENT, MPA DASH 20 23 5 0 6 SPRINGDALE BEAUTY SALON DISTRICT THREE.

THIS ITEM IS UP FOR CONSENT.

I NUMBER 19 IS A REZONING C 14 DASH 2023 DASH 0 56 10 35 SPRINGDALE BEAUTY SALON DISTRICT THREE.

THIS ITEM IS UP FOR CONSENT.

I NUMBER 20 IS A REZONING C 14 DASH 2024 DASH 0 2 4 13 0 4 GRANDE REZONING DISTRICT NINE.

THIS ITEM IS UP FOR CONSENT WITH THE FOLLOWING PROHIBITED USES BAIL BOND SERVICES, PAWN SHOP, LIQUOR, SALES COCKTAIL LOUNGE AND OUTDOOR ENTERTAINMENT.

ITEM NUMBER 21 IS A REZONING C 14 DASH 2024 DASH 0 0 3 1 21 0 5 SOUTH CONGRESS AVENUE, DISTRICT NINE.

THIS ITEM IS UP FOR CONSENT.

ITEM NUMBER 22 IS A REZONING C 14 DASH 2024 DASH 0 0 2 9 27 0 6 GONZALES STREET AND 27 30 EAST SEVENTH STREET DISTRICT THREE.

THIS ITEM IS UP FOR CONSENT.

I NUMBER 23 IS A REZONING C 14 DASH 2023 DASH 0 1 0 9, UH, 43 23 SOUTH CONGRESS AVENUE DISTRICT THREE.

THIS ITEM IS UP FOR CONSENT.

ITEM NUMBER 24 IS A REZONING C 14 DASH 2023 DASH 0 9 4 MERLE DISTRICT FIVE.

THIS ITEM IS UP FOR POSTPONEMENT TO MAY 28TH.

UM, NUMBER 25 IS IN RCT, UM, C 14 DASH 96 DASH 0 27 R CT 5 52 0 9 SOUTH PLEASANT VALLEY DISTRICT TWO.

THIS ITEM IS UP FOR CONSENT.

I NUMBER 26 IS SITE PLAN SP DASH 2023 DASH ZERO THREE C DC 24 22.

DISTRICT THREE.

THE SIGN IS UP FOR CONSENT.

I NUMBER 27 IS AN LDC AMENDMENT TO THE NORTH BURN GATEWAY REGULATING PLAN, UH, GATEWAY REGULATING PLAN DISTRICT SEVEN.

THE SIGN IS UP FOR CONSENT.

THANK YOU CHAIR.

THAT IS ALL THE PUBLIC HEARING ITEMS. THANK YOU.

VICE CHAIR.

DO ANY COMMISSIONERS NEED TO RECUSE OR ABSTAIN FROM ITEMS ON THE AGENDA? MADAM CHAIR, I JUST HAVE A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS SINCE WE, SINCE WE JUST GOT, UH, THE KIND OF UPDATED ON 20, CAN WE ASK A QUESTION OR TWO OF THAT OR IS THAT ALLOWED, UM, OH, ON ITEM 20? SURE.

YEAH.

MM-HMM, , UM, WHO SHOULD I ASK IF YOU COULD JUST SAY WHO YOUR QUESTIONS FOR AND THEN WE'LL SEE IF, UM, JUST, I MEAN WE LITERALLY JUST GOT THE BACKUP FOR IT, UH, NOT TOO LONG AGO.

SO WHAT WAS, WHAT, WHAT WAS THAT? UH, IT JUST SAYS PROHIBITED USES WHAT WAS ADDED AND WHAT, WHAT CHANGED FROM YESTERDAY TO THE DAY ABOUT THAT QUESTION.

, I I CAN SAY THAT I, WHAT I'VE READ INTO RECORDS, SO WHAT WE HAVE IS THAT THERE'S FIVE PROHIBITED USES AND STAFF CAN SPEAK TO IT.

SO BILL, BOND SERVICES, BOND SHOP, LIQUOR, SALES, COCKTAIL LOUNGE, AND OUTDOOR ENTERTAINMENT.

UM, YES, THAT'S CORRECT.

CYNTHIA HAD, UH, PLANNING DEPARTMENT, UM, THE ANA UM, AND THE APPLICANT BOTH AGREED TO THESE, UM, YESTERDAY, SO THAT'S WHY THEY WERE SUBMITTED LATE.

BUT THEY AGREED THEY, ANA WANTED THOSE PROHIBITED USES PUT ON THE SITE AND THE APPLICANT AGREED TO THEM.

OKAY.

THANKS.

MM-HMM.

.

THANK YOU.

OTHER QUESTIONS? UM, CHAIR, I DO WANNA MENTION I MADE AN ERROR IN READING THIS OUT, SO I JUST WANNA READ THIS OUT CORRECTLY.

UM, FOR ITEM NUMBER 12, THE PLAN AMENDMENT NPA DASH 2022 DASH 3 2 0 0.01 INDUSTRIAL BOULEVARD, ONTARIO LANE, DISTRICT THREE, AND THE ASSOCIATED REZONING ITEM NUMBER 13 C 14 DASH 2022 DASH SIX TWO INDUSTRIAL BOULEVARD, ONTARIO LANE, DISTRICT THREE.

THESE ITEMS ARE BOTH ARE FOR APPLICANT POSTWOMAN TO MAY 14TH.

THANK YOU.

ALRIGHT.

UM, SEEING THE RECUSALS OR ABSTENTIONS MAD CHAIR, I'M, I'M GONNA ABSTAIN FROM ITEM 27.

NOTED.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

UM, MS. CORONA, DO WE HAVE ANY SPEAKERS SIGNED UP TO SPEAK FOR ANY OF THE CONSENT ITEMS OR REQUESTING ITEMS TO BE PULLED FOR DISCUSSION? NO.

CHAIR.

WE DO NOT.

THANK YOU.

UM, AND THEN LIKEWISE, DO ANY COMMISSIONERS WANT TO PULL ANY OF THE CONSENT ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION OR OTHERWISE HAVE QUESTIONS ON THE CONSENT AGENDA? OKAY.

IS THERE A MOTION AND A SECOND

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TO CLOSE THE PUBLIC HEARING AND APPROVE THIS CONSENT AGENDA AND APPROVE THE MINUTES FROM MARCH 12TH AND APRIL 19TH? I SEE.

UM, ANDERSON AND WOODS.

ANDERSON AND WOODS.

OKAY.

ALL THOSE IN FAVOR? ALRIGHT, THAT'S UNANIMOUS.

THIS CONCLUDES THE CONSENT AGENDA.

SO WE'RE GOING TO MOVE ON

[2. LDC Amendments Land Development Code Amendments: Citywide Compatibility, Electric Vehicle Charging and HOME Phase 2]

TO OUR BIG ITEM OF THE KNIGHT.

UM, THIS IS ITEM NUMBER TWO, THE LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE AMENDMENTS, CITYWIDE COMPATIBILITY, ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING, AND HOME PHASE TWO.

SO FIRST THIS EVENING, WE ARE GOING TO HEAR STAFF'S PRESENTATION ON ALL THREE OF THOSE ITEMS, AND THEN WE WILL HEAR OUR SPEAKERS THAT HAVE SIGNED UP.

AND SO WE, WE DID ASK STAFF, WE HAD THE 35 MINUTE LONG PRESENTATION AT THE JOINT PUBLIC HEARING.

AND SO THIS PRESENTATION WILL JUST HELP TO CLARIFY ANY QUESTIONS THAT CAME UP IN BETWEEN THEN AND NOW.

THANK YOU.

I'M ANDREA BATES, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR FOR THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT, AND I'M JOINED BY MY COLLEAGUES WHO ARE MANAGING THE CODE AMENDMENTS BEFORE YOU TONIGHT.

THOSE AMENDMENTS INCLUDE THE ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING USE HOME PHASE TWO, WHICH IS FOR A SMALLER LOT SIZE FOR ONE UNIT AND CITYWIDE CHANGES TO THE COMPATIBILITY STANDARDS.

NOT BEFORE YOU TONIGHT, BUT PART OF THIS PACKAGE IS THE EQUITABLE TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT OR ETOD OVERLAY THAT WILL BE CONSIDERED NEXT TUESDAY AT THE APRIL 30TH PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING.

OOP.

SO I WANTED TO START WITH AN OVERVIEW OF WHERE WE ARE IN THE REVIEW PROCESS FOR THESE CODE AMENDMENTS.

AS YOU KNOW, WE HELD THE JOINT CITY COUNCIL AND PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING ON APRIL 11TH WHERE WE GAVE AN OVERVIEW OF ALL OF THE PROPOSED AMENDMENTS.

WE HAVE HELD TWO OPEN HOUSES FOR THE PUBLIC TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE AMENDMENTS.

ONE WAS IN PERSON AT THE CENTRAL LIBRARY ON APRIL 17TH, AND THE OTHER WAS VIRTUAL ON APRIL 20TH.

TONIGHT IS THE 23RD AND THREE OF THE FOUR AMENDMENTS ARE BEFORE YOU WITH THE ETOD OVERLAY TO FOLLOW.

NEXT WEEK, WE WILL THEN BE HOSTING TWO ADDITIONAL IN-PERSON OPEN HOUSES.

THESE ARE NEWLY ANNOUNCED, ONE ON MAY 6TH AND ONE ON MAY 8TH.

WE'LL HAVE MORE DETAILS ON TIME AND LOCATION IN A SUBSEQUENT SLIDE.

AND THEN FINALLY, THESE CODE AMENDMENTS WILL BE BEFORE CITY COUNCIL FOR POTENTIAL ACTION ON MAY 16TH.

WE HAVE BEEN GETTING THE WORD OUT ABOUT THESE PROPOSED AMENDMENTS THROUGH MANY CHANNELS.

THAT INCLUDES MAILED NOTICE, THE PURPLE POSTCARD AS WE LIKE TO CALL IT FOR THE CITYWIDE NOTICE FOR THREE OF THE FOUR AMENDMENTS.

THE ETOD SPECIFIC NOTICE TO THE RELEVANT GEOGRAPHY.

THERE HAVE BEEN NEWS STORIES.

THE CITY HAS DONE SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS ABOUT THE HEARINGS AND OPEN HOUSES, AND WE HAVE ALSO PLACED ADVERTISEMENTS IN LOCAL PUBLICATIONS.

THERE IS A PROJECT WEBSITE WITH EXTENSIVE INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSAL AS WELL AS AN EMAIL AND PHONE NUMBER WHERE MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC CAN CONTACT STAFF AND EITHER LEAVE COMMENTS OR ASK QUESTIONS AND RECEIVE A REPLY.

AND THEN, AS I MENTIONED, WE'VE ALSO HOSTED TWO OPEN HOUSES SO FAR WITH TWO TO COME.

IN TERMS OF THE NUMBERS, AS OF YESTERDAY, THE 22ND, THERE WERE OVER 670,000 CITYWIDE NOTICES MAILED OUT ABOUT THE THREE CITYWIDE AMENDMENTS AND OVER 39,000 ETOD SPECIFIC NOTICES.

THERE HAVE BEEN ALMOST 5,000 VISITORS TO THE PROJECT WEBSITE SO FAR.

OVER 200 PHONE CALLS OR EMAILS.

AND ADDITIONAL 150 COMMENTS LEFT ON SPEAKUP AUSTIN.ORG.

THERE WERE 181 SPEAKERS AT THE APRIL 11TH JOINT MEETING.

88 ATTENDEES AT THE FIRST IN-PERSON OPEN HOUSE, AND ABOUT 75 ATTENDEES AT THE VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE.

THESE ARE THE TWO ADDITIONAL OPEN HOUSES THAT I MENTIONED 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 GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER MUSEUM AND CULTURAL CENTER.

AND THAT BRINGS US TO THE CLARIFICATIONS ABOUT THE THREE AMENDMENTS BEFORE YOU TONIGHT.

AND WE WILL START WITH 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 LAND USE.

PART OF THE STAFF RECOMMENDATION FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING IS TO PROHIBIT THE USE UNDERGROUND.

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 GREAT AMOUNT OF SMOKE.

FURTHERMORE, UNDERGROUND SMOKE REMEDIATION CAN TAKE SEVERAL DAYS DURING WHICH TIME

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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 LAND USE 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.

GOOD AFTERNOON.

I'M LAURA KEATING AND THE CASE MANAGER FOR HOME PHASE TWO.

UM, WE JUST WANTED TO CLARIFY SOME QUESTIONS WE'VE GOTTEN FROM THE PUBLIC ABOUT OUR STAFF RECOMMENDATION IN REGARDS TO THE 40 45% IMPERVIOUS COVER LIMIT, IMPERVIOUS COVER LIMITS HELP ENSURE THAT THERE'S SPACE FOR RAINWATER TO BE ABSORBED OR DIRECTED INTO THE STORM DRAINAGE SYSTEMS. RESIDENTIAL SUBDIVISIONS HAVE BEEN DESIGNED WITH THE ASSUMPTION OF 45% IMPERVIOUS COVER.

WE'VE ALSO RECEIVED SOME QUESTIONS ON EMERGENCY ACCESS.

ALL NEW DEVELOPMENT WILL HAVE, WILL BE REVIEWED UNDER AND HAVE TO COMPLY WITH FIRE CODE STRUCTURES THAT ARE OUT OF, OUT OF REACH FROM THE STREET, FROM THE FIRE HOSE LENGTH WILL HAVE TO PROVIDE SPRINKLER SYSTEMS OR BE ACCESSIBLE BY A FIRE LANE.

IN GENERAL, THE HOSE LENGTH OF 150 FEET IS SUFFICIENT TO REACH THE MEDIAN LOT DEPTH CITYWIDE.

GOOD EVENING PLANNING COMMISSION.

I'M JONATHAN LEE, CASE MANAGER FOR THE CITYWIDE COMPATIBILITY CODE AMENDMENT.

I FIRST WANNA EMPHASIZE THAT THE COMPATIBILITY BUFFER IS MUCH MORE FLEXIBLE THAN THE CURRENT NO BUILD SETBACK, THOUGH THEY BOTH HAVE THE SAME 25 FOOT WIDTH.

THE BUFFER ALLOWS A NUMBER OF LOW IMPACT USES, MANY OF WHICH ARE ON THE SLIDE RIGHT THERE.

THIS WILL ALLOW MORE BUILDABLE AREA ON SITES, UM, WHICH IN, IN THE CASE OF RESIDENTIAL PROJECT PROJECTS WILL TRANSLATE INTO ADDITIONAL HOUSING.

I ALSO WANT TO MENTION THAT THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE BUFFER ARE NOT IN CHAPTER 25 DASH TWO OF THE LDC, THE ZONING CODE.

THEY'RE IN A DIFFERENT CHAPTER OF THE LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE 25 DASH EIGHT AND THAT THAT SECTION IS 25 DASH EIGHT DASH 700.

LASTLY, UM, A STATISTIC I'D LIKE TO SHARE IS THAT THE COMPATIBILITY CHANGES WOULD REDUCE THE OVERALL LAND AREA SUBJECT TO COMPATIBILITY BY NEARLY 94%.

THIS IS IN LARGE PART BECAUSE WE'RE ENDING COMPATIBILITY AT 75 FEET IN DISTANCE FROM SINGLE FAMILY HOMES.

UM, BUT IT'S ALSO BECAUSE OF THE UPDATED, UH, APPLICABILITY FOR COMPATIBILITY, UM, INCLUDING AN EXEMPTION FOR SITES WITH LOWER DENSITY MULTIFAMILY ZONING.

AND THAT BRINGS US BACK TO THE SCHEDULE FROM HERE.

AS YOU KNOW TONIGHT, UH, HOME PHASE TWO COMPATIBILITY AND EV CHARGING ARE BEFORE YOU.

ON THE 30TH, THERE WILL BE A COUNCIL WORK SESSION ABOUT THIS PACKAGE OF CODE AMENDMENTS AND ANOTHER PLANNING COMMISSION HEARING IN THE EVENING.

THAT WILL INCLUDE THE ETOD OVERLAY ON MAY 6TH AND MAY 8TH.

ADDITIONAL OPEN HOUSES MAY 6TH AT ANDERSON HIGH SCHOOL AND MAY 8TH AT THE CARVER MUSEUM.

ON MAY 14TH, THERE WILL BE ANOTHER COUNCIL WORK SESSION ABOUT THE CODE AMENDMENTS AND THEN FINALLY THEY COULD GO BEFORE COUNCIL FOR, UH, POTENTIAL ACTION ON MAY 16TH.

SO THIS WAS OBVIOUSLY A WHIRLWIND PRESENTATION AND OVERVIEW OF ONLY SOME PARTS OF THE CODE AMENDMENTS.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, WE ENCOURAGE THE COMMUNITY TO VISIT SPEAK UP AUSTIN.ORG/LDC UPDATES THAT HAS EXTENSIVE INFORMATION ABOUT ALL OF THE CODE AMENDMENTS.

IT ALSO HAS A RECORDING OF THE VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE FOR A MORE IN-DEPTH PRESENTATION, THE RECORDING OF THE PRESENTATION FROM THE APRIL 11TH JOINT MEETING IS ALSO AVAILABLE ONLINE AT THE A TXN WEBSITE.

IF ANYONE HAS COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS FOR STAFF TO ANSWER, THEY COULD EMAIL OR CALL AND LEAVE A VOICEMAIL AT THE NUMBER SHOWN ON THE SCREEN AND STAFF WILL REPLY TO ANY QUESTIONS WITHIN A FEW DAYS.

THAT CONCLUDES OUR PRESENTATION FOR TONIGHT.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

ALRIGHT, NOW WE'LL START WITH OUR SPEAKERS

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AND MS. GRONER, ARE YOU HELPING ME WITH THE NAMES? YES.

OKAY.

I'LL BE CALLING SPEAKERS OUT.

UM, WE'LL BE CALLING SPEAKERS OUT THREE AT A TIME.

UM, AND JUST A FRIENDLY REMINDER, UM, SPEAKERS WHO DONATED TIME, UM, MUST BE PRESENT WHEN THE RECEIVING SPEAKER IS CALLED MAD CHAIR.

YES.

CAN WE ASK STAFF QUESTIONS ON JUST THE, UH, I DON'T WANT TO GET INTO LONG BACK AND FORTH AND LET THE PEOPLE GO, BUT JUST ON THE UPDATED INFO THAT THEY JUST, UH, YEAH.

MM-HMM, OKAY.

SO IT SOUNDS LIKE WE HAVE SOME QUESTIONS ON THE SCHEDULE ON THE EV CHARGING.

I, I, I UNDERSTAND.

WHAT, WHAT ARE THE CRITERIA THAT THAT ALLOW US TO PUT IT UNDERGROUND? YOU JUST SAID THERE YOU HAD A CHANGE, ERIC THOMAS WITH THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT.

UH, YES.

SO THE SITE SPECIFIC OR OR LEVEL SPECIFIC CRITERIA THAT WOULD BE REQUIRED BY THE FIRE DEPARTMENT, I WOULD HAVE TO DEFER TO THE FIRE DEPARTMENT ON THAT MATTER.

AND, UM, WE HAVE NOT AS STAFF IT WITH OUR RECOMMENDATION FULLY THOUGHT THROUGH THAT PROCESS, WHICH IS WHY WE DIDN'T DECIDE TO, UM, AMEND OUR PROPOSAL BEFORE TODAY.

UM, SO AGAIN, THAT WOULD BE SOMETHING THAT WE WOULD FORMULATE IF SOMEBODY DOES ELECT TO PROVIDE AN AMENDMENT DOING SUCH.

UM, BUT I DO THINK WE HAVE SOMEONE FROM THE FIRE DEPARTMENT HERE TODAY THAT MIGHT BE ABLE TO SPEAK TO THAT QUESTION ALSO.

MAYBE NOT OR MAYBE NOT.

APOLOGIES.

NO WORRIES.

THANKS.

ALRIGHT.

OKAY.

I BELIEVE HE'S IN ANOTHER ROOM.

UH, DIRECTOR MIDDLETON PRATT HAS GONE TO, UM, I FINE.

SO WE CAN MOVE ON TO ANOTHER QUESTION OR WE COULD, UM, FOLLOW UP WHEN THE FIRE REPRESENTATIVE IS ABLE TO JOIN US.

OKAY.

YEAH, I'D LIKE TO GET STARTED WITH THE SPEAKERS.

OKAY.

WE'LL BE STARTING WITH, UH, TELECONFERENCE SPEAKERS.

UM, THE FIRST SPEAKER IS STERLING KING, FOLLOWED BY ERIC WALLACE AND THEN MIKA ARM.

AND YOU'LL EACH TALK TO YOUR DIFFICULTIES WITH THE ONLINE.

WE'RE GOING TO GO WITH, UH, THE IN-PERSON, SPEAKERS FIRST.

THANK YOU.

SOUNDS LIKE WE JUST, UH, RESOLVED THE, UH, MATTER.

UM, SO , UH, MR. PA POLLIS, IF YOU'LL, UH, PLEASE PROCEED.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

MY NAME THREE, I'M SPEAKING IN OPPOSITION, THE ADVOCATE, WHICH CONTRARY.

FURTHERMORE, THERE IS NO PUBLIC MANDATE AND NO SITTING AS

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POLICY.

AGAIN, THERE IS NO KAREN WOLF.

YOU'RE NEXT TO SPEAK.

PLEASE PRESS STAR SIX IN PROCEED WITH YOUR MARKS ELIANA MADANO.

PLEASE PRESS STAR SIX IN PROCEED WITH YOUR REMARKS.

I THE CORRECT FULL TO LOW AND MIDDLE INCOME HOMEOWNER PRESERVATION OF HOMEOWNERSHIP FOR LOW INCOME HOMEOWNERS AND SUPPORT THE ANTI DISPLACEMENT OVERLAY THAT IS GOING TO PROTECT AND PRESERVE EXISTING AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND PRODUCE TRULY AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN NEIGHBORHOODS THAT HAVE HIGH RISK OF REPLACEMENT.

SOMETHING I'VE NOTICED IS THAT THERE IS, UH, I'M SORRY, SOMETHING THAT I'VE NOTICED IN, FOR THOSE WHO ARE SUPPORTING THESE ZONING CHANGES, THEY'RE SAYING THAT THESE ZONING CHANGES WILL INCREASE AFFORDABLE HOUSING, BUT RESPECT QUESTION, AFFORDABLE FOR WHO WITH LITTLE TO NO AFFORDABLE AFFORDABILITY REQUIREMENTS AT HOME TO BOTH COMPATIBILITY CHANGES.

UH, HOUSING WILL CONTINUE TO BE BUILT TO DEVELOP THESE RESIDENTS.

UH, THIS ARGUMENT IS USED TO SUPPORT, UM, SAYING THAT IT'LL EVENTUALLY LEAD TO AFFORDABLE HOUSING, BUT EVENTUALLY ISN'T ENOUGH HOPING FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

AND, AND IF WE LEAVE IT UP TO CHANCE AND UP TO DEVELOPERS, UH, TRULY AFFORDABLE HOUSING IS NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN.

EVEN WHEN AFFORDABILITY REQUIREMENTS ARE INCLUDED AND NOT ENOUGH.

WE NEED MORE AT BELOW 50% MFI AND BELOW 30% MFI THE PRODUCTION OF THESE HOUSEHOLDS, UH, WITH THE LOWEST INCOME CONTINUES TO BE LEFT BEHIND AND FORGOTTEN BETWEEN 2018 AND 2022.

ONLY 363 UNITS AT 30% OR BELOW MFI OR MILL VERSUS 14,140 THROUGH 43 AT 81 TO 121% MFI AND HIGHER.

THAT'S 38 TIMES MORE THAN 30% MFI OR BELOW.

THESE PLANS ARE INVESTOR AND MARKET DRIVEN AND REALLY NEED WILL BE IMPACTED, NEED TO BE INCLUDED IN WITH MEETING TIMES DURING WORKING WEEK AND WORKING DAYS.

CURRENT PROCESS IS NOT ACCESSIBLE TO THOSE WILL BE IMPACTED MOST.

SO I AIR DUE TO POSTPONE FOR COMMUNITY BASED PROCESS TO ADDRESS THE HOUSING CRISIS WITH REAL SOLUTIONS AND SUPPORT COMMUNITY POWER'S, AMENDMENTS AND OVERLAY.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

AND THE NEXT SPEAKER IS CASSANDRA SOLDER GREEN.

PLEASE PRESS STAR SIX AND PROCEED WITH YOUR REMARKS.

GOOD EVENING.

UH, MY NAME IS KATHY REN.

I'M A RESIDENT AND RUN FOR LIVING IN A DUPLEX IN DISTRICT NINE.

I'M SPEAKING MY OPPOSITION OF THE HOME PHASE TWO INITIATIVE.

UM, THIS INITIATIVE IS GROUNDED THE ASSUMPTION THAT INCREASE IN HOUSING SUPPLY WILL DECREASE COST, AND WE BOTH CITING STUDIES, BUT IF YOU READ THOSE STUDIES, YOU CAN SEE WHERE INITIATIVES LIKE THIS HAVE FAILED.

I BELIEVE THE SUPPORTING THIS INITIATIVE IN GOOD FAITH ARE OVERLOOKING THE REASONS THAT THIS WILL FAIL.

WHEN A FAMILY MOVES THEIR HOME, IT'S A NEWER, MORE EXPENSIVE HOUSING.

IT'S BEING ASSUMED THAT THEIR OLD HOUSE NOW, THEY GREW FOR LOWER, A LOWER ECONOMIC STATUS FAMILY TO MOVE IN AND THE HOUSE THAT THAT FAMILY MOVED THAT UP TO THEN OPEN UP

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HOUSING FOR EVEN LOWER SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS FAMILY AND SO ON AND SO FORTH.

THIS COULD WORK IN A PLACE WITH A STABLE POPULATION SIZE, BUT ALSO THE POPULATION IS GROWING AND WEALTHIER.

PEOPLE ARE MOVING HERE.

SO WHEN A FAMILY MOVES OUT OF THEIR HOMES IN A MORE EXPENSIVE HOME, ANOTHER WEALTHY FAMILY OR DEVELOPER CAN COME IN AND BUY AND UPDATE THAT HOME, WHICH THEN GENIES NEIGHBORHOODS AND PUSHES PEOPLE OUT.

INSTEAD OF CREATING THIS ASPIRATIONAL UPWARD MOBILITY, WE'RE DOING THE OFFICE LAND AND LEAVING PEOPLE MORE VULNERABLE TO BECOMING UNHOUSED.

I'M DEEPLY CONCERNED.

WHAT'S HER NAME? THANK YOU MS. CROSON.

YOU, UM, YOUR TIME HAS EXPIRED.

NEXT SPEAKER IS CAROLYN CRUM.

UM, CAROLYN, YOU HAVE TWO MINUTES TO SPEAK.

PLEASE PRESS STAR SIX AND PURSUE WITH YOUR REMARKS.

GOOD AFTERNOON.

MY NAME'S HURLING CREW.

I LIVE IN DISTRICT SEVEN ON A STREET PRONE TO HOUSE TO HOUSE FLOODING THE HOME AMENDMENTS DO NOT ADEQUATELY ADDRESS, ADDRESS FLOODING ISSUES, ONSITE REUSE OF WATER OR IMPACT TO THE CANOPY IN AUSTIN.

SINGLE FAMILY LOTS ARE THE SECOND LARGEST CONTRIBUTOR IN CANOPY COVERAGE.

MS. CRUM, UM, THIS IS THE, UH, COMMISSIONER, LADIES LIAISON, ANDREA VERA, MY APOLOGIES, BUT WE'RE HAVING SOME TECHNICAL DIFFICULTY.

WE'RE GOING TO HAVE YOU PAUSE WITH YOUR REMARKS AND WE'RE GONNA GO TO IN-PERSON SPEAKERS.

UH, UNTIL THIS IS RESOLVED, UH, AGAIN, MY APOLOGIES FOR INTERRUPTING YOU AND IF YOU'LL JUST, UH, PLEASE, UM, UH, HANG TIGHT AND THEN, UH, WE'LL TAKE SOME, UH, IN-PERSON SPEAKERS.

THANK YOU.

I, I DID NOT HAVE MY CHANCE TO SPEAK MR. POLLIS.

WE'LL COME BACK TO YOU.

THANK YOU.

OKAY, SO WE'LL BE CALLING ONE MOMENT.

OKAY.

WE'RE GONNA MOVE TO IN-PERSON SPEAKERS, WE'LL BE CALLING SPEAKERS THREE AT A TIME.

UM, THE FIRST SPEAKER IS MISSAEL RAMOS, FOLLOWED BY ADAM GREENFIELD AND THEN TOM ASHLEY.

AND TOM ASHLEY HAS RECEIVED TWO EXTRA MINUTES.

ALL RIGHT.

DIDN'T REALIZE I WAS FIRST UP.

SO MY NAME IS MESSIAH RAMOS.

I AM HERE AS A COMMUNITY MEMBER IN EAST AUSTIN.

I AM HERE IN OPPOSITION OF THE CURRENT, UH, LDC, UH, RIGHTS, UH, CODE REWRITES.

AND, UM, BASICALLY I JUST WANNA START OFF BY SAYING, YOU KNOW, THANK YOU TO THE COMMISSIONERS WHO HAVE BEEN LISTENING TO COMMUNITY AND HAVE BEEN ENGAGED AND INVOLVED, UH, WITH TRYING TO WORK ON SOLUTIONS TIME AND AFTER TIME.

WE'VE BEEN TOLD THAT COMMUNITY DOESN'T COME WITH SOLUTIONS AND DOESN'T COME WITH PLANS.

UM, AND NOW YOU'RE GOING TO HEAR FROM COMMUNITY MEMBERS ALL ACROSS AUSTIN.

AND, UH, WE HOPE THAT YOU ACTUALLY ENGAGE WITH US AND CONTINUE TO HAVE THAT DISCUSSION SO THAT WE CAN MAKE A MORE INCLUSIVE AUSTIN.

UM, SOME OF THE SOLUTIONS THAT FOLKS ARE GOING TO BE PROPOSING AND ONE THAT, UH, SOME OF US ARE REALLY STRONG ABOUT ARE, IS CREATING AN ANTI DISPLACEMENT, UH, AND EQUITY OVERLAY, ESSENTIALLY.

AND THIS WOULD BE FOR ALL COMMUNITIES AND FOLKS WHO ARE IN VULNERABLE AREAS, UM, THAT ARE ACTUALLY LOOKING TO GET SOME TYPE OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

UM, THIS OVERLAY WOULD ALSO HAVE UNITS THAT ARE 50% BELOW MFI, MEDIUM FAMILY INCOME SO THAT WE CAN HAVE THE DEEPEST AFFORDABILITY IN THESE VULNERABLE AREAS.

WE ALSO REQUEST THAT THERE IS A MAKING FOR, UH, ADUS THAT ARE MORE ACCESSIBLE, UM, WITH DIFFERENT TYPES OF ACTUAL HOUSING.

SO THIS WOULD BE MANUFACTURED ADUS, THIS WOULD BE ALL OTHER, OTHER TYPES OF SOLUTIONS AS WELL.

UM, AND IN CONJUNCTION WITH THAT FINANCING OPTIONS, UH, THAT COULD POTENTIALLY HELP, UH, LOW INCOME FAMILIES, UH, ACTUALLY TAKE ADVANTAGE OF SOME OF THE SOLUTIONS THAT Y'ALL ARE PROPOSING AND PUTTING FORTH.

UM, HONESTLY, , YEAH, GOTTA BE LOUD ABOUT IT.

UM, SO HONESTLY, YOU KNOW, WE, WE WANT TO, WE WANT TO CONTINUE TO HAVE THIS CONVERSATION AND CONTINUE TO ENGAGE AND THE VOICES OF THE PEOPLE ACTUALLY NEED TO BE HEARD.

AND THESE ARE SOLUTIONS THAT HAVE BEEN TESTED, HAVE BEEN SURVEYED, AND ACTUALLY HAVE DATA TO REALLY BACK THEM UP.

AND WE'RE ASKING THAT YOU ACTUALLY ENGAGE

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WITH US AND CONTINUE THAT CONVERSATION.

THANK YOU.

UH, GOOD EVENING, UH, CHAIR AND COMMISSIONERS.

ADAM GREENFIELD HERE FROM SAFE STREETS AUSTIN.

NICE TO BE WITH YOU HERE.

UM, I'M HERE TO SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF REDUCING THE MINIMUM FRONT SETBACK REQUIREMENTS.

UM, WE'VE SEEN, UH, EVIDENCE, UM, ACROSS MULTIPLE STUDIES FOR A LONG TIME NOW THAT THE HUMAN, UH, PEOPLE ARE VERY SENSITIVE TO DISTANCE IN SOCIAL RELATIONSHIPS.

AND BASICALLY THE CLOSER YOU ALLOW PEOPLE TO GET, THE MORE LIKELY THEY ARE TO CONNECT WITH THEIR NEIGHBORS.

UH, SO THE CURRENT STAFF PROPOSAL FOR THE MINIMUM FRONT SETBACK IS 15 FEET.

UH, WE ARE ASKING YOU TO CONSIDER AN AMENDMENT FOR A 10 FEET, UH, UH, DEFAULT WITH ALLOWING ENCROACHMENT FOR FIVE FEET, UH, WITH PORCHES.

UH, THERE IS A LOT OF EVIDENCE THAT THESE KIND OF DISTANCES REALLY SUPERCHARGE THE ABILITY FOR NEIGHBORS TO CONNECT WITH PEOPLE WALKING BY.

AND AT RISK OF REPEATING MYSELF FROM FROM THE LAST MEETING ON THIS SUBJECT.

UH, UH, CHEAPER HOUSING IS A FORM OF WEALTH, UM, BUT ALSO, UH, COMMUNITY IS A FORM OF WEALTH TOO.

AND WHEN WE ALLOW OUR NEIGHBORS TO COME CLOSER TO EACH OTHER, UH, THEY ESSENTIALLY BECOME MORE WEALTHY BY BEING ABLE TO HELP EACH OTHER OUT AND SOCIALLY CONNECT.

UH, IT WAS VERY ENCOURAGING TO SEE IN THE WORKING GROUP RECOMMENDATIONS, UM, UH, UH, ALLOWING PORCHES AND WALKWAYS TO BE, UH, EXEMPT FROM THE MINIMUM, UH, FROM THE FRONT, UH, SETBACK, UH, IMPERVIOUS COVER RESTRICTIONS.

THAT WAS A GREAT FIRST STEP.

UH, LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS OTHER AMENDMENT HERE.

UH, SO THANK YOU FOR THAT.

UH, I'M JUST GONNA SPEAK, UH, FOR A SECOND AS AN INDIVIDUAL AS WELL, WHEN WE WENT AROUND TOWN LOOKING AT HOMES ALL OVER THE CITY THAT ALREADY HAVE 10 FEET SETBACKS, FIVE FEET SETBACKS, UM, WE ALSO CAME ACROSS A NUMBER OF, UH, PROPERTIES ON, UH, UH, SQUARE FOOT.

LOTS, MUCH SMALLER THAN 2000 FEET, 1600, 1500.

IN FACT, THERE'S A, THERE'S A HOUSE, UH, THREE BLOCKS FROM MY HOUSE THAT IS 807 SQUARE FEET.

AND I STARTED TO THINK, AND I HONESTLY HAVE NEVER THOUGHT THIS BEFORE, WHY DO WE HAVE THESE MINIMUM, UH, REQUIREMENTS IN THE FIRST PLACE? UH, WHY DID WE, WHY DID WE GET RID OF PARKING REQUIREMENTS? AND WE HAVE MINIMUM LOT REQUIREMENTS.

THERE SEEMS TO BE A LOGICAL INCONSISTENCY THERE.

SO JUST AN OBSERVATION, BUT GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR WORK AND THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

TOM, BEFORE YOU SPEAK, UM, IS JULES KANE PRESENT? NO.

OKAY.

TOM, YOU'LL HAVE A TOTAL OF FOUR MINUTES TO SPEAK.

THANK YOU.

UH, GOOD AFTERNOON.

TOM ASHLEY.

I'M VICE PRESIDENT OF GOVERNMENT AND UTILITY RELATIONS FOR VOLTERRA.

UH, WE ALSO SUBMITTED SOME COMMENTS IN WRITING.

UH, SO I'LL SAVE, UH, SOME OF MY REMARKS, UM, TO NOT BE OVERLY REPETITIVE.

UM, BUT, UH, SUFFICE IT TO SAY VOLT'S BUSINESS IS FOCUSED ON ENABLING, UH, SCALED ADOPTION OF ELECTRIC VEHICLES.

UH, AND I WOULD ALSO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT OUR CUSTOMERS, INCLUDING, UH, FLEET CUSTOMERS, UH, REALLY REPRESENT THOSE SPECIFICALLY TARGETED BY THE CITY'S, UH, CLIMATE EQUITY PLAN.

UM, I WANNA THANK THE WORK THAT CITY STAFF HAVE PUT INTO DRAFTING THE CURRENT AMENDMENT AND WANT TO THANK THIS COMMISSION FOR TAKING UP THIS AMENDMENT AND CONSIDERING OUR RECOMMENDATIONS TO STRENGTHEN THE LINKAGE BETWEEN THE DRAFT AMENDMENT AND THE CITY'S CLIMATE EQUITY PLAN AND THE PLAN'S ELECTRIFICATION GOALS, UH, INCLUDING THE PROS PROPOSED AMENDMENTS THAT I'VE SEEN, UH, FROM, FROM THE COMMISSION.

UH, AS EVERYONE IS PROBABLY AWARE, THE PLAN SEEKS BY 2030 TO INCREASE 50% OF TRIPS IN AUSTIN TO PUBLIC TRANSIT, BIKING, WALKING, CARPOOLING, OR OBVIATING TRAVEL ALTOGETHER, THE PLAN TARGETS SIGNIFICANT ELECTRIFICATION OF THE REMAINING VEHICLES ON THE ROAD TO ACHIEVE THE 2030 GOAL OF 40% OF ALL MILES DRIVEN TO BE ELECTRIC, TO ACHIEVE THE ADOPTION OF THE NECESSARY APPROXIMATELY 460,000 EVS, WHICH WOULD BE A 10 PLUS FOLD INCREASE FROM CURRENT ADOPTION LEVELS.

THE PLAN FOCUSES ON TRANSITIONING 100% OF PRIVATE FLEETS, INCLUDING GIG, RIDE SHARE, AND DELIVERY VEHICLE FLEETS TO ELECTRIC AND ENVISIONS, UH, THE EQUITABLE GEOGRAPHIC DEPLOYMENT OF APPROXIMATELY 40,000 CHARGING PORTS, WHICH WOULD REPRESENT A ROUGHLY 20 FOLD INCREASE FROM CURRENT DEPLOYMENT.

THE CITY'S ACTION TO ESTABLISH AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING CODE AMENDMENT IS AN IMPORTANT STEP TO SETTING THE FOUNDATION FOR BUILDING THE NECESSARY INFRASTRUCTURE TO ACHIEVE THE CITY'S ELECTRIFICATION GOALS.

HOWEVER, TO MAKE EV OWNERSHIP AND ELECTRIC RIDES TRULY ACCESSIBLE POLICY TO GUIDE WHERE CHARGING STATIONS ARE LOCATED AND ENSURE CHARGING AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE, UH, AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE RIDE ACCESS, UH, TO LOW INCOME

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AND DIVERSE COMMUNITIES WILL BE CRITICAL.

FURTHER ASSESSMENT AND DEVELOPMENT OF TRANSPORTATION ELECTRIFICATION INFRASTRUCTURE POLICY IS LIKELY NEEDED TO BALANCE DEVELOPMENT AND LAND USE GOALS, INCLUDING TO COMPLEMENT THE CITY'S TRANSIT VISION STAFF'S WORK TO DEVELOP THIS CODE AMENDMENT IS A STRONG STARTING POINT AND WE RECOMMEND STRENGTHENING THE CODE AMENDMENT TO BETTER ALIGN WITH THE CITY'S CLIMATE EQUITY PLAN GOALS, AS WELL AS DEVELOPING FURTHER POLICY AND INFRASTRUCTURE PLANNING TOOLS.

UH, INDEED THE CITY'S TRANSPORTATION ELECTRIFICATION GOALS ARE UNLIKELY TO BE FULLY ACHIEVED WITHOUT SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENT IN INFRASTRUCTURE AND WITHOUT SUBSTANTIAL POLICY AND A ZONING FRAMEWORK TO ENABLE THAT INVESTMENT.

UM, WHILE VOLTERRA IS GENERALLY SUPPORTIVE OF THE CODE AMENDMENT, UH, WE RECOMMEND THAT THE CITY CONSIDER ESTABLISHING MORE FLEXIBILITY FOR ACCOMMODATING THE NEEDS OF FLEETS AND MORE FLEXIBILITY TO ACCOMMODATE THE LEVEL OF CHARGING DENSITY LIKELY NEEDED TO ACHIEVE THE CITY'S ELECTRIFICATION GOALS.

UH, WE SHARED A NUMBER OF, OF RECOMMENDATIONS IN WRITING, UM, BUT I JUST WANNA HIGHLIGHT IT A COUPLE TODAY.

UH, WE SPECIFICALLY RECOMMEND INCREASING, UH, THE LIMIT IN THE PROPOSED CODE, UH, FROM 25,000 SQUARE FEET TO 50,000 SQUARE FEET TO BETTER, UH, SUPPORT INVESTMENT CONFIDENCE AND LARGER VEHICLES AND THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE FLEETS THAT OPERATE THEM.

WE ALSO SPECIFICALLY RECOMMEND REMOVING OR MODERATING THE THOUSAND FOOT DISTANCE RESTRICTION SUCH THAT IT BETTER BALANCES THE CITY'S OVERALL DENSITY VISION WITH THE LIKELY DENSITY OF CHARGERS NECESSARY TO ACHIEVE THE CITY'S ELECTRIFICATION GOALS.

AS AN EXAMPLE, AN APPROACH TO MODERATING UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES COULD BE TO REDUCE THIS TO 500 TO 750 FEET, UH, OR ESTABLISH A MINIMUM NUMBER OF CHARGES.

THANK YOU.

YOUR TIME IS UP OR CHARGING STALLS.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION.

NEXT SPEAKER IS RON THROWER, COMMISSIONERS.

GOOD AFTERNOON RON THROWER.

UM, I THINK MANY OF Y'ALL HEARD ME SPEAK IN THE PAST ABOUT HOW THERE'S BEEN AN ONSLAUGHT OF CODE AMENDMENTS DONE SINCE THIS CODE WAS ORIGINALLY ADOPTED.

THE VAST MAJORITY OF THOSE CODE AMENDMENTS HAVE TAKEN AWAY FROM DEVELOPMENT YIELDS ON PROPERTIES, AND I AM SO HAPPY TO SEE THAT WE HAVE GOT A SITUATION WHERE COMPATIBILITY ALONE IS GONNA GET RELAXED AND BE ABLE TO UNLOCK A LOT OF PROPERTIES, ESPECIALLY ALONG CORRIDORS LIKE BURNETT ROAD.

UH, STEVE OLIVER AND I DID A STUDY ON BURNETT ROAD, A MILE LONG, UH, STUDY ON BURNETT ROAD LOOKING AT PROPERTIES ABOUT HOW MUCH YIELD CAN GET DONE.

THIS WAS BACK IN 2006.

WHAT WE FOUND WAS THAT 35% OF THE PROPERTIES GOT LESS FLOOR AREA RATIO ON THEIR PROPERTY ON A REDEVELOPMENT, UM, PRIMARILY BECAUSE OF COMPATIBILITY.

AND WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR NOW IS THE OPPORTUNITY TO MOVE THE, MOVE THE NEEDLE IN A DIFFERENT DIRECTION.

WE'RE THE COMPATIBILITY CHANGES THAT ARE COMING FORWARD THAT ARE, THEY ALL ARE BRINGING FORWARD, IS MOVING THE NEEDLE BACK BALANCING ALL OF THE REGULATIONS THAT HAVE COME ON, UH, SINCE 1984.

GOT A LONG WAY TO GO.

UM, THERE'S A LOT OF STUFF WITH HOME TWO THAT IS GONNA BE, UH, IN FUTURE CODE AMENDMENTS TO HELP UNLOCK THAT EVEN MORE.

BUT AGAIN, THE COMPATIBILITY CHANGES THAT Y'ALL ARE CONSIDERING TONIGHT IS A HUGE STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION FOR LIKE, UH, AGAIN, PROPERTIES ON BURNETT ROAD.

WE'RE GONNA SEE PROPERTIES THAT CAN ACTUALLY GET REDEVELOPED INSTEAD OF REMODELED.

YOU LOOK AT 49TH STREET TO ALLENDALE, LOOK HOW MANY PROPERTIES IN THERE COULD NOT DEVELOP THAT BECAUSE OF COMPATIBILITY.

THAT'S WHY THEY REMODELED AND NOW THEY'RE GONNA BE OPENED UP FOR OPPORTUNITY TO BRING, UH, TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT.

THANK YOU.

HEY EVERYONE.

SO WE'VE GOT THE TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES RESOLVED.

WE WOULD LIKE TO, UM, REHEAR ALL THE TELECONFERENCE SPEAKERS.

OKAY, SO, UM, FIRST SPEAKER UP IS STERLING KING.

PLEASE PRESS STAR SIX AND PROCEED WITH YOUR REMARKS.

NEXT SPEAKER IS ERIC, YOU'LL HAVE TWO MINUTES TO SPEAK.

PLEASE PRESS STAR SIX AND PROCEED WITH YOUR REMARKS.

HELLO? CAN YOU HEAR ME? HI ERIC.

YES, WE CAN HEAR YOU.

OKAY.

MY NAME IS ERIC POLLIS.

UH, I LIVE IN DISTRICT THREE.

I'M SPEAKING IN OPPOSITION TO THE NEW HOME INITIATIVE.

I THINK IT IS IRRESPONSIBLE POLICY.

THERE'S NO RESEARCH OR DATA THAT SUPPORTS THE CLAIMS TO AFFORDABILITY OF THE ADVOCATES FOR THIS PROPOSAL.

QUITE THE CONTRARY.

FURTHERMORE, THERE IS NO

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PUBLIC MANDATE AS NO SITTING MEMBER RAN ON SUCH A DRASTIC ONE SIZE FIT ALL CHANGE TO OUR LAND CODE.

AS A DIRECTOR OF AUSTIN'S OLDEST GRASSROOTS ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIZATION, I'M GREATLY DISMAYED ABOUT THE FALSE CLAIMS THAT THIS POLICY IS ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY AS IS.

WITHOUT A ROBUST MECHANISM TO SAFEGUARD AGAINST FURTHER DISPLACEMENT, THIS POLICY WILL DRIVE OUR POOR NEIGHBORS FURTHER AND FURTHER FROM THE CITY DRIVING SPRAWL TO EVER GREATER DISTANCES, RESULTING IN MORE AND MORE OF OUR LANDSCAPE CONVERTED OVER TO THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT.

ADDITIONALLY, THIS POLICY WILL WORSEN THE HEAT ISLAND IN EFFECT, WHICH IS THE GREATEST IMMEDIATE THREAT FROM CLIMATE CHANGE THAT WE FACE AND WILL ONLY GET WORSE AS THIS CRISIS CONTINUES TO SPIRAL.

THE POLICY AS IS WILL RESULT IN LESS TREES AND MORE IMPERVIOUS COVER, AND THEREFORE MORE DESTRUCTIVE FLASH FLOODING, LESS WATER INFILTRATION, MORE SOIL EROSION, AND A DIMINISHED NATURAL ENVIRONMENT.

ONCE AGAIN, THERE IS NO DATA TO SUPPORT THE CLAIMS OR THE PROPONENTS OF THIS POLICY.

NO RESEARCH, NO DATA ONLY DOGMA POLICY WITHOUT DATA IS STUPID.

POLICY BASED ON DOGMA IS RECKLESSLY STUPID.

WE NEED MEANINGFUL ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS, WHICH INCLUDES FIRST AND FOREMOST PROTECTIONS FROM DISPLACEMENT FOR US WORKING POOR WHO ARE THE BACKBONE OF THE CITY.

I URGE YOU TO DELAY THIS VOTE, SEEK MORE COMMUNITY INPUT AND WORK WITH THE COMMUNITY TO CREATE BETTER POLICY THAN THIS.

WE CAN AND MUST DO BETTER.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU ERIC.

THE NEXT SPEAKER IS CASSANDRA SOREEN.

CASSANDRA, PLEASE PRESS STAR SIX AND PURSUE WITH YOUR REMARKS.

GOOD EVENING.

MY NAME IS CASSIE .

I'M A RESIDENT AND RENTER LIVING IN A DUPLEX IN DISTRICT NINE.

I'M SPEAKING TONIGHT IN OPPOSITION OF HOME PHASE TWO.

THIS INITIATIVE IS GROUNDED IN THE ASSUMPTION THAT AN INCREASE IN HOUSING OR SUPPLY WILL DECREASE COST.

AND WE HEAR FOLKS CITING STUDIES TO PROVE THIS, BUT IF YOU READ THOSE STUDIES, YOU CAN SEE WHERE INITIATIVES LIKE THIS HAVE FAILED.

I BELIEVE, UH, THE COUNCIL NO SUPPORTING THIS INITIATIVE IN GOOD FAITH ARE OVERLOOKING THE REASONS THAT THIS WILL FAIL.

WHEN A FAMILY MOVES OUT OF THEIR HOME INTO NEWER, MORE EXPENSIVE HOUSING, IT'S BEING ASSUMED THAT THEIR OLD HOUSE NOW MAKES ROOM FOR A LOWER SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS FAMILY TO MOVE IN.

AND THE HOUSE THAT THAT FAMILY MOVED OUT OF CAN THEN OPEN UP FOR AN EVEN LOWER SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS FAMILY AND SO ON AND SO FORTH.

THIS COULD WORK IN A PLACE WITH THE STABLE POPULATION SIZE, BUT AUSTIN'S POPULATION IS GROWING AND WEALTHIER.

PEOPLE ARE MOVING HERE.

SO WHEN A FAMILY MOVES OUT OF THEIR HOME INTO NEW OR MORE, A NEW OR MORE EXPENSIVE HOME, ANOTHER WEALTHY FAMILY OR DEVELOPER CAN JUST COME IN AND BUY AND UPDATE THAT HOME, WHICH THEN GENTRIFIES NEIGHBORHOODS AND PUSHES PEOPLE OUT.

SO INSTEAD OF CREATING THIS ASPIRATIONAL UPWARD MOBILITY, WE'RE DOING THE OPPOSITE AND LEAVING MORE PEOPLE VULNERABLE TO BECOMING UNHOUSED.

I'M DEEPLY CONCERNED THAT THIS INITIATIVE IS MARKET DRIVEN AND POSITIONED TO LINE THE POCKETS OF INVESTORS AT THE BARE MINIMUM.

WHERE ARE THE TRULY AFFORDABLE, THE TRULY AFFORDABILITY REQUIREMENTS.

THESE PLANS ARE SYSTEMICALLY RACIST.

LOW INCOME BIPOC NEIGHBORHOODS WILL BE TARGETED FIRST BY DEVELOPERS BECAUSE LAND IS CHEAPER IN THE EASTERN CRESCENT GIVING HIGHER PROFIT MARGINS, PLEASE DO NOT DO MORE HARM.

DO NOT PASS HOME PHASE TWO, AS IT IS, ALLOW LOW AND MIDDLE INCOME HOMEOWNERS THE ACCESS TO FINANCING OPPORTUNITIES, MAKE ADUS MORE ACCESSIBLE, PRESERVE HOME OWNERSHIP FOR LOW INCOME HOMEOWNERS AND SUPPORT THE ANTI DISPLACEMENT OVERLAY PROPOSED BY COMMUNITY POWERED A TX.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

AND THE NEXT SPEAKER IS ALEXIA CLE.

UH, YOU'LL HAVE TWO MINUTES TO SPEAK.

PLEASE PRESS STAR SIX AND PROCEED WITH YOUR REMARKS.

HELLO, MY NAME IS ALEXIA AND I'M AN ORGANIZER WITH BODA AND I'M HERE TO URGE YOU ALL TO VOTE NO ON HOME PHASE TWO AND THE CITYWIDE COMPATIBILITY CHANGES UNLESS THE COMMUNITY POWERED A TX AMENDMENTS ARE, ARE INCLUDED.

THIS IS BECAUSE AS WE'VE STATED, THESE CHANGES ARE ALL MARKET DRIVEN AND FOR INVESTORS WITH NO AFFORDABILITY REQUIREMENTS.

SO WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? THAT MEANS THAT INVESTORS WILL CONTINUE TO BUILD IN THE EASTERN CRESCENT WHERE LAND IS CHEAPER AND THEY WILL BUILD HOUSING THAT IS LUXURY AND UNAFFORDABLE FOR ANYONE THAT IS MIDDLE INCOME OR LOW INCOME AND THE BLACK AND BROWN COMMUNITIES FROM EAST AUSTIN.

AND SO THIS WILL DRIVE GENTRIFICATION AND THE DISPLACEMENT OF THESE COMMUNITIES.

SO COMMUNITY POWERED A TX HAS WORKED WITH COUNTLESS COMMUNITY MEMBERS AND EXPERTS TO COME UP WITH SOME SOLUTIONS THAT WOULD ACTUALLY MAKE SURE THAT THOSE COMMUNITIES ARE NOT HARMED.

THIS INCLUDES AN OVERLAY TO PROTECT AND PRESERVE EXISTING AFFORDABLE HOUSING, ANNIE STOCKTON, WHICH CAN PREVENT THE COMMUNITIES FROM BEING DISPLACED.

AND THIS OVERLAY WOULD GO TOWARDS THE EASTERN CRESCENT AND MAKE SURE THAT ANY HOUSING THAT IS BILLED HAS A MINIMUM OF 50% OF THE UNITS AT 30% MFI OR 50% MFI FOR THE CENSUS BLOCK GROUP.

AND THIS WOULD MEAN THAT THE UPZONING

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PROPOSED IN THE HOME PHASE TWO OR THE CITYWIDE COMPATIBILITY CHANGES WOULD NOT APPLY TO THE EASTERN CRESCENT UNLESS THERE IS THAT ACTUAL AFFORDABLE HOUSING THAT IS BUILT.

ADDITIONALLY, WE ARE ASKING FOR IT TO BE EASIER AND TO PROVIDE DIFFERENT CREATIVE FINANCE AND OPTIONS SO THAT LOW INCOME BLACK AND BROWN COMMUNITIES CAN ACTUALLY BUILD ADUS.

BECAUSE THE DATA RIGHT NOW SHOWS THAT MOST OF THE A DU IS JUST BUILT BY LLCS AND THEY'RE BUILDING IT TO PROFIT, THEY'RE BUILDING IT FOR SHORT TERM RENTALS.

AND AGAIN, THIS IS NOT FOR THE COMMUNITY.

AND SO WE REALLY HAVE TO ASK OURSELVES, WHO ARE WE BUILDING AUSTIN FOR? IS IT JUST FOR THE RICH OR IS IT ALSO FOR THE COMMUNITIES OF COLOR THAT HAVE CALLED THIS PLACE HOME FOR GENERATIONS? AND IF WE WANT TO BUILD AN AUSTIN FOR EVERYONE, THEN WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT THESE AMENDMENTS ARE PASSED, THAT THERE IS AN ANTI DISPLACEMENT OVERLAY.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMMENTS.

AND THE NEXT SPEAKER UP IS IRENE KART.

UM, IRENE, PLEASE PRESS STAR SIX AND PROCEED WITH YOUR REMARKS.

YOU'LL HAVE TWO MINUTES TO SPEAK IRENE, IF YOU'RE THERE, PLEASE PRESS STAR SIX AND PROCEED WITH YOUR REMARKS.

HELLO, MY NAME'S IRENE KART.

I AM VERY HAPPY TO BE WITH YOU HERE TONIGHT.

I'M SPEAKING IN OPPOSITION TO THE HOME INITIATIVE PHASE TWO.

WE HAVE NOT THOUGHT THROUGH THIS VERY CAREFULLY IN TERMS OF THE ENVIRONMENT, IN TERMS OF TREES IN OUR CITY, IN TERMS OF THE HEAT ISLAND EFFECT, AND ESPECIALLY IN TERMS OF ALL THE PEOPLE WHO KEEP OUR CITY TOGETHER, THE TEACHERS, THE NURSES, THE ROOFERS, THE PEOPLE WHO TAKE CARE OF LAWNS ALL THROUGHOUT THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

THEY LIVE, MANY OF THEM NEARBY NOW, BUT THIS WILL DRIVE THEM FURTHER AWAY.

ALTHOUGH EACH ONE OF YOU HAS ONLY LIMITED POWER, YOU DO HAVE POWER TO MAKE AN AMENDMENT, TO MAKE A SUGGESTION.

I URGE YOU TO DO THAT.

I URGE YOU TO VERY MUCH SUGGEST THAT WE HAVE A SPECIAL ZONING CATEGORY TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THIS, SOMETHING THAT WOULD SERVE AS A PILOT PROGRAM SO WE GET SOME DATA AND THAT WE DO NO HARM IN OUR CITY.

THIS, THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU CAN DO, IS DO NO HARM TO THIS BEAUTIFUL GREAT CITY WE LIVE IN.

NOW, I GREW UP IN A GREAT CITY, NEW YORK CITY, IN A MIDDLE CLASS HOME WITH A VEGETABLE GARDEN IN THE BACKYARD AND A LAWN OUT FRONT AND A NICE SETBACK.

THAT NEIGHBORHOOD HAS BEEN PROTECTED BY NEW YORK CITY.

AS MANY NEIGHBORHOODS HAVE GREAT CITIES PROTECT THEIR NEIGHBORHOODS.

I ASK YOU KEEP AUSTIN AS A GREAT CITY.

IT IS NOW DON'T LET US BE MOTIVATED BY SOMETHING OTHER THAN THE, THE WELLBEING OF THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE HERE AND THE WELLBEING OF THE ENVIRONMENT.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU IRENE.

AND THE NEXT SPEAKER IS ILEANA MADANO.

PLEASE PRESS STAR SIX AND PROCEED WITH YOUR REMARKS.

A CURRENT MASTER CANDIDATE IN THE CTX SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK AND ALSO AN INTERN WITH GAVA AND COMMUNITY POWERED A TX.

I'M SPEAKING AGAINST THE CURRENT PROPOSED CHANGES.

I URGE YOU TO SUPPORT COMMUNITY.

HI POWER.

WE DID NOT HEAR THE BEGINNING OF YOUR SENTENCE.

OH, SORRY.

OKAY.

HI, MY NAME'S JULIANA MADON.

I AM AN INTERN WITH GAVA AND COMMUNITY POWERED A TX.

I'M SPEAKING AGAINST THE CURRENT PROPOSED CHANGES.

I URGE YOU TO SUPPORT COMMUNITY POWEREDS AMENDMENTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS TO MAKE ADUS MORE ACCESSIBLE TO LOW AND MIDDLE INCOME HOMEOWNERS PRESERVATION OF HOMEOWNERSHIP FOR LOW INCOME HOMEOWNERS AND SUPPORT THE ANTI DISPLACEMENT OVERLAY PROPOSED BY COMMUNITY POWERED A TX THAT IS GOING TO PROTECT AND PRESERVE EXISTING AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND PRODUCE TRULY AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN NEIGHBORHOODS THAT HAVE HIGH RISK OF DISPLACEMENT.

SOMETHING I'VE NOTICED IS THAT THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THESE CHANGES ARE SAYING THAT

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THIS WILL INCREASE AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

BUT THIS BEGS THE QUESTION AFFORDABLE FOR WHO WITH LITTLE TO NO AFFORDABLE AFFORDABILITY REQUIREMENTS IN HOME PHASE TWO AND PROPOSED COMPATIBILITY CHANGES, THE HOUSING, UH, WILL BE CONTINUED TO BE BUILT FOR THE WEALTHIEST RESIDENTS IN AUSTIN.

THIS ARGUMENT OF TRICKLE DOWN OR FILTERING THEORY IS OFTEN USED TO SUPPORT UP ZONING CHANGES, UH, THAT MORE HOUSING WILL EVENTUALLY LEAD TO AFFORDABLE HOUSING, BUT EVENTUALLY ISN'T ENOUGH.

THIS HOPING FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING IS NAIVE AND IF WE LEAVE IT UP TO CHANCE AND UP TO DEVELOPERS, TRULY AFFORDABLE HOUSING IS NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN.

UH, WE NEED MORE AFFORDABILITY REQUIREMENTS THAT INCLUDE MFI BELOW 50% MFI AND BELOW 30% MFI.

THE PRODUCTION OF THESE, UM, HOUSEHOLDS IS, UH, CONTINUES TO BE LEFT BEHIND AND FORGOTTEN.

UH, BETWEEN 2018 AND 2022, ONLY 363 UNITS WERE BUILT AT 30% OR BELOW MFI WHILE THERE WAS 14,143 UNITS BUILT AT 81 TO 121% MFI, THAT'S 38 TIMES MORE UNITS.

THESE PLANS ARE INVESTED IN MARKET DRIVEN AND WHAT WE REALLY NEED IS COMMUNITY-LED SOLUTIONS AND INPUT.

I URGE YOU TO SUPPORT COMMUNITY POWERED AMENDMENTS RECOMMENDATIONS, UM, AND THE INSIDE DISPLACEMENT OVERLAY.

AND THE COMMUNITY DESERVES TO BE INCLUDED AND HEARD, UH, WITH MEETING TIMES DURING THE WORKING WEEK AND WORKING DAYS.

THIS IS NOT ACCESSIBLE.

SO I URGE YOU TO POSTPONE FOR COMMUNITY-BASED PROCESS TO ADDRESS THE HOUSING AFFORDABILITY CRISIS WITH REAL SOLUTIONS AND SUPPORT COMMUNITY POWERED A TX AMENDMENT AND OVERLAY.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

AND THAT CONCLUDES THE TELECONFERENCE SPEAKERS.

WE'LL NOW BE SWITCHING BACK TO IN-PERSON SPEAKERS.

UM, WE'RE GONNA CALL THREE AT A TIME.

THE NEXT SPEAKER IS ROBIN, RATHER, FOLLOWED BY CHRISTOPHER PAGE, FOLLOWED BY CHRISTOPHER PAIGE AND RITA THOMPSON.

OH, PARDON ME.

WE HAVE ONE MORE TELECONFERENCE SPEAKER, UH, CAROLYN AND CRUM.

UH, PLEASE PRESS STAR SIX AND PROCEED WITH YOUR REMARKS.

HI, MY NAME IS CAROLYN CRUM.

UM, AM I NEXT TO SPEAK OR NOT? HELLO? YES, MS. RUM, PLEASE, UH, PROCEED.

THANK YOU.

OKAY, GOOD.

UM, I LIVE IN DISTRICT SEVEN ON A STREET PRONE TO HOUSE TO HOUSE FLOODING THE HOME AMENDMENTS DO NOT ADEQUATELY ADDRESS FLOODING ISSUES, ONSITE REUSE OF WATER OR IMPACT TO THE TREE CANOPY IN AUSTIN.

SINGLE FAMILY LOTS ARE THE SECOND LARGEST CONTRIBUTOR TO CANOPY COVERAGE.

TREES ON PRIVATE PROPERTY ARE CRITICALLY IMPORTANT TO THE URBAN FOREST, REDUCING FLOODING, REDUCING HEAT, REDUCING WATER POLLUTION, AND COMBATING CLIMATE CHANGE.

THE 2021 CLIMATE EQUITY PLAN HAS A GOAL OF ACHIEVING A 50% CITYWIDE TREE CANOPY COVER BY 2050.

PRESENTLY, THE CITY HAS ABOUT 40% COVER, NOT 50, AND WITH HOME THAT GOAL WOULD BE IN JEOPARDY.

PLEASE ADD CRITICAL ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS TO TRULY PROTECT AREAS, AREAS WITH TREES FROM BEING FURTHER DEVELOPMENT, FROM BEING FURTHER DEVELOPED IF IT WOULD REQUIRE TAKING DOWN PROTECTED TREES AND ALSO REQUIRE THAT RAINWATER STAY ON PROPERTY AND BE REUSED.

IN ADDITION TO INADEQUATE ENVIRONMENTAL MEASURES, HOME CATERS TO INVESTORS AND DOESN'T REQUIRE TRULY AFFORDABLE DENSITY, MIDDLE AND LOW INCOME, HOMEOWNERS AND RENTERS WILL BE NEGATIVELY IMPACTED.

ENTITLEMENTS TO DEVELOPERS, WHICH INCREASE THE MARKET VALUE OF PROPERTIES WILL ONLY ACCELERATE DISPLACEMENT OF LOWER INCOME RESIDENTS.

POLICE SUPPORT COMMUNITY POWERED AT X'S AMENDMENTS WITH RESPECT TO COMPATIBILITY, REDUCING COMPATIBILITY WOULD PROVIDE AN INCENTIVE FOR DEMOLITION OF CURRENTLY AFFORDABLE APARTMENTS FOR LARGER MARKET RATE DEVELOPMENTS.

ADDITIONALLY, SHADING FROM VERY TALL PROPERTIES WOULD HAVE A NEGATIVE IMPACT ON NEARBY BUSINESSES AND HOMES WITH SOLAR INSTALLATIONS, LANDSCAPING AND GARDENS, WHICH CONTRIBUTE TO A SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENT IN AUSTIN.

PLEASE DO NOT REDUCE COMPATIBILITY REQUIREMENTS.

PLEASE POSTPONE THIS PROCESS FOR MORE PUBLIC INPUT AND REAL SOLUTIONS TO AFFORDABILITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

AND THE NEXT SPEAKERS ARE ROBIN RATHER.

CHRISTOPHER PAGE AND RITA THOMPSON RITA'S DONATING HER TIME.

UH, ROBIN, IF YOU'RE HERE AND CHRISTOPHER, WOULD YOU PLEASE COME UP?

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OKAY.

THE NEXT THREE SPEAKERS ARE PETER BRENTON, JASON HASKINS, AND MICHAEL WADDLE.

SORRY.

HI, I AM PETER BRETTON.

I'M A RESIDENT OF DISTRICT EIGHT.

DEAR COMMISSIONERS, THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE.

I URGE YOU TO, UH, CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING AMENDMENTS.

AND THIS IS NOT MY, MY SLIDES JUST TO FYI.

UM, FIRST OFF, PLEASE REDUCE THE MINIMUM LOT SIZE TO 1000 SQUARE FEET OR LOWER.

THE MINIMUM LOT SIZE REGULATION ACTS AS A BARRIER TO ENTRY TO A NEIGHBORHOOD FOR THOSE THAT CANNOT AFFORD A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF LAND.

WHILE I PERSONALLY BELIEVE THAT IT SHOULD BE ELIMINATED ENTIRELY IF A DEVELOPMENT CAN SATISFY THE TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS, A SIGNIFICANT REDUCTION, UH, OVER THE ORIGINAL PROPOSAL IS MORE THAN WELCOMED.

I SHARE THE SAME OPINION ON COMPATIBILITY.

IT IS A FUNDAMENTALLY INCOMPATIBLE, IT IS FUNDAMENTALLY INCOMPATIBLE WITH THE VALUES THAT WE ESPOUSE.

IT PUSHES AWAY MULTI-FAMILY HOUSING TO THE BENEFIT OF SINGLE FAMILY HOUSING OR SINGLE FAMILY HOMES.

ESPECIALLY, ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT IS THAT ANY NEW POTENTIAL UNITS THAT ARE FREED UP BY ELIMINATING COMPATIBILITY ARE DISPLACEMENT FREE.

WHILE IT SHOULD BE ELIMINATED ENTIRELY, I WELCOME ANY REDUCTION AND THE CURRENT CHANGE FINALLY BRINGS US IN LINE WITH OUR PEER CITIES ON SETBACKS.

I SUPPORT SAFE STREETS' AUSTIN'S PROPOSAL AND WOULD LIKE TO NOTE THAT WHILE PORCHES ARE VITALLY IMPORTANT TO OUR SOCIAL FABRIC, WE SHOULD ALSO BE THINKING ABOUT OUR BACKSIDES OR BACKYARDS ON SMALLER LOTS REDUCED SETBACKS CAN ALLOW FOR A LARGER BACKYARD AND IT EASES CONSIDERATIONS FOR SITING HOMES WHICH WOULD REDUCE OVERALL TREE REMOVAL ON NEW DEVELOPMENTS.

LASTLY, I WANNA MAKE CLEAR THAT I AND OTHERS, UH, THAT I KNOW WELCOME AMENDMENTS TO THESE POLICIES THAT WOULD ALLEVIATE DISPLACEMENT RISK FOR VULNERABLE RESIDENTS AND PREVENT AFFLUENT POWERFUL RE NEIGHBORHOODS FROM OPTING OUT OF THESE POLICIES.

IT IS VITALLY IMPORTANT THAT WE BUILD HOUSING WHILE WE PROTECT VULNERABLE RESIDENTS.

TO BE CLEAR, THESE POLICIES ARE A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION, BUT WE CAN DO BETTER FOR, FOR OUR CURRENT RESIDENTS WHILE NOT DISADVANTAGING OUR FUTURE RESIDENTS BY NOT BUILDING HOUSING AND REPEATING THE FAILURES OF THE PAST 40 YEARS.

THANK YOU.

JASON.

YES.

UM, YOU HAVE ONE PERSON DONATING TIME TO YOU, SO YOU WILL HAVE A TOTAL OF FOUR MINUTES.

OKAY.

RIGHT THERE.

GET MY PRESENTATION PLEASE.

GOOD.

OKAY.

UM, I FEEL LIKE I NEED TO CLARIFY, UM, SOME POSITION THAT, THAT I'VE TAKEN THAT HOME ONE AND HOME TWO WILL NOT INDUCE MARKET DRIVEN AFFORDABLE HOUSING BELOW 120% MFI.

ANYONE WHO SAYS SO IS INSANE.

THAT WAS NEVER THE POINT.

THAT IS A RED HERRING AND A STRAW MAN.

THERE ARE OTHER TOOLS AND EFFORTS TO ADDRESS THAT MANY OF YOU KNOW, KNOW HOW HARD I AND MY COLLEAGUES WORK TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN.

AND I'M TIRED OF THE HYPOCRISY OF THE SAME PEOPLE BLOCKING THESE NECESSARY LDC TOOLS, ALSO BLOCKING EVERY SINGLE ONE OF OUR EFFORTS TO BUILD AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

UH, FOR THE RECORD, I'M SPEAKING ON BEHALF OF MYSELF AND RIGHT NOW WEARING MY ROMAN CATHOLIC HAT.

UH, THE VERY NOTION THAT PROPERTY RIGHTS SHOULD EXTEND BEYOND ONE ONE'S PROPERTY 75 FEET, LET ALONE 540 FEET FOR THE PURPOSE OF SUBJECTIVE PREFERENCE TO THE DETRIMENT OF THE COMMON GOOD IS ABHORRENT.

THE CATECHISM SAYS THE RIGHT TO PRIVATE PROPERTY ACQUIRED AND OR RECEIVED IN A JUST WAY DOES NOT DO AWAY WITH THE FACT THAT OF THE ORIGINAL GIFT OF THE EARTH TO THE WHOLE OF MANKIND, THE UNIVERSAL DESTINATION OF GOODS REMAINS PRIMORDIAL.

EVEN IF THE PROMOTION OF THE COMMON GOOD REQUIRES RESPECT FOR THE RIGHT TO PRIVATE PROPERTY POSSESSING GOODS AND LAND OBLIGES THEIR POSSESSORS TO EMPLOY THEM IN, IN WAYS THAT WILL BENEFIT THE GREATEST NUMBER.

NOW I'LL PUT ON MY ARCHITECT HAT.

UM, SPEAKING AS THE, UM, CHAIR OF THE HOUSING ADVOCACY COMMITTEE WITH A I A AUSTIN HOMOGENEITY IS NOT AN ACCEPTABLE PLANNING GOAL.

IT IS SIMPLY NOT ACCEPTABLE TO REQUIRE THAT ANYONE'S RESIDENCE BE PROTECTED, SEPARATED, OR SEGREGATED FROM SOMEONE ELSE'S RESIDENCE SIMPLY BECAUSE THEIR INCOME OR LIFESTYLE, WHETHER BY CHOICE OR CIRCUMSTANCE, HAPPENS TO BE DIFFERENT OR DISTASTEFUL TO A HOMEOWNER BECAUSE THEY OWN LAND OR THEY WERE THERE FIRST.

SO IT WAS VERY ENCOURAGING TO SEE, UH, THAT THE RESOLUTION, UH, INITIATING THESE CHANGES, UH, HOW, HOW DO I PROGRESS THE SLIDE? OKAY.

UH, SET LIMITS, UM, SAID THAT WE SHOULD BE REDUCING THE RE THE, THE MINIMUM FEE OF THE NO BUILD SETBACKS SO THAT THOSE REQUIREMENTS ARE EQUAL TO OR LESS RESTRICTIVE THAN WHAT APPLIES TO SINGLE FAMILY STRUCTURES.

THIS ESTABLISHES THE PRINCIPLE THAT A HIGHER DENSITY IMPACTED PROPERTY SHOULD NOT BE PREVENTED FROM BUILDING WHAT A LOWER DENSITY TRIGGERING PROPERTY CAN BUILD.

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UNFORTUNATELY, THE DRAFT ORDINANCE ENTIRELY DISREGARD TO THIS PRINCIPLE LEAVING THE NO BUILD BUFFER AT 25 FEET AND DOES EVEN THE EXACT OPPOSITE BY RE REMOVING THE SMALL SETBACK REDUCTIONS, YOU MUST FIX THIS, UH, TO LOOK AT WHAT THIS MEANS IN PRACTICE.

WE NEED TO EXAMINE THE DIAGRAM USED IN THE STAFF REPORT SLIDE.

OKAY, I GOT IT.

UM, WHETHER INTENTIONAL OR NOT, THIS IS WILDLY INCORRECT AND IRRESPONSIBLY MISLEADING.

LOOKING AT IT SCALED CORRECTLY, THIS SHOWS THE MINIMUM BUILDING ENVELOPE OF THE COMMERCIAL OR THE MAXIMUM BUILDING ENVELOPE OF THE COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT COMPARED TO AN ABSURDLY SMALL SINGLE FAMILY STRUCTURE.

INSTEAD OF COMPARING THE MAXIMUM BUILDABLE AREA OF BOTH MORE RIDICULOUS IS THE FACT THAT THE SINGLE FAMILY HOUSE HAS A 56 FOOT WIDE SETBACK, 110 TIMES THE MINIMUM ALLOWED THAT WOULD FIT AN ENTIRE OTHER LOT BETWEEN THESE TWO BUILDINGS.

WHY IS THIS A PROBLEM? WELL, 25 FOOT FEET SEEMS SO REASONABLE COMPARED TO THE SINGLE FAMILY SETBACK.

IF IT'S ONLY HALF THE SIZE.

THIS OBSCURES THE FACT THAT THE SETBACK IS ARE ACTUALLY FIVE TIMES LARGER FOR COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES.

HERE IS THE ADJUSTED VERSION WITH WHAT'S ACTUALLY POSSIBLE TO BUILD.

NOW THERE IS SOME, UM, AND THIS IS WHAT IT WOULD LOOK LIKE IF WE FOLLOWED THE PRINCIPLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

NOW THERE IS SOME CONFUSION REGARDING THE BUFFER.

AS THE ORDINANCE SAYS, IT MUST COMPLY WITH 25 8 700, BUT AS FAR AS I CAN SEE, THAT SECTION DOES NOT EXIST.

AND ALLOWING PARKING WITHIN 25 FEET DOES NOT CHANGE, DOES NOT FIX THE FUNDAMENTAL INJUSTICE OF COMPAT BIGOTRY.

NOW THERE REMAINS A FLAW IN THIS DIAGRAM BY THE VIRTUE OF THE FACT THAT IT'S TWO DIMENSIONAL AND THE BUILDINGS ON THE COMMERCIAL ZONING ARE MORE LIKELY TO BUILD TO THE FULL HEIGHT FOR THE FULL LENGTH OF THE SETBACK.

UH, THIS IS MUCH LESS COMMON IN STRUCTURE.

SO I DO THINK THERE IS SOME REASONABLE ROOM FOR COMPROMISE AND FOR EXAMPLE, LIMITING BUILDING COVERAGE WITHIN THE BUFFER TO SOMETHING LIKE 75%.

IF WE'RE NOT GOING TO REMOVE COMPATIBILITY COMPLETELY, WE NEED TO FOLLOW THE RESOLUTIONS DESTRUCTIONS AND MAKE LESS RESTRICTIVE ZONING ZONING DISTRICTS LESS RESTRICTIVE, CRAZY, AND TO GET TO THE POINT WHERE WE CAN HAVE NEIGHBORHOODS THAT ARE MORE DIVERSE AND INTEGRATED IN THEIR BUILDING FORMS AND TYPES AS WELL AS THEIR INHABITANTS.

I ALSO HAVE, UM, INFORMATION ON THE, UH, FIRE WAS THAT THANK YOU JASON.

THAT WAS THE TIME.

MICHAEL.

UM, I SEE THAT TWO SPEAKERS HAVE DONATED TIME TO YOU, ERIC PACE AND SARAH SMITH.

OKAY.

YOU'LL HAVE A TOTAL OF SIX MINUTES TO SPEAK.

GREAT.

I'VE GOT SLIDES AS WELL.

OKAY, THANK YOU.

HI, MY NAME IS MIKE WADEL.

I'M THE LAND USE CHAIR FOR THE EAST CESAR CHAVEZ NEIGHBORHOOD PLAN CONTACT TEAM.

AND I'M SUPPORTED TODAY BY ECC MEMBER SARAH SMITH AND ERIC PACE, UH, CHAIR OF THE ECC GROUP.

SO EAST AEN AND THE EAST CESAR CHAVEZ NEIGHBORHOOD, WE WILL BE ONE OF THE MOST IMPACTED AREAS OF TOWN BY THE NEW HOME INITIATIVE AND COMPATIBILITY STANDARDS.

WE'VE ALREADY SEEN TREMENDOUS GROWTH AND WITH THESE CODE CHANGES WE ANTICIPATE THAT TO ONLY INCREASE.

WE'RE GENERALLY IN FAVOR OF CODE CHANGES THAT PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR MORE HOUSING AND SPECIFICALLY AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

WE ARE IN FAVOR OF THE CODE CHANGES THAT ACHIEVE THIS.

UM, BUT SPEAKING TODAY WE'RE IN OPPOSITION OR RATHER WE'RE REACHING OUT FOR SOME AMENDMENTS, UH, TO THE DRAFT LANGUAGE, UH, TO PROVIDE MORE BASIC PROTECTIONS FOR OUR MOST IMPACTED RESIDENTS.

SO IN THE ECC THERE ARE AROUND 171 SINGLE