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PM.

SO LET'S GET STARTED ON

[CALL TO ORDER]

THE, UH, REGULAR MEETING OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION.

UM, IT'S THE MAY 15TH, 2024 MEETING, UM, AT THE PERMITTING AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER EVENT CENTER ROOM 1 4 0 5 AT 6 3 1 0.

WIL JIMINO AH, WIL JIMENA DELCO DRIVE, AUSTIN, TEXAS SEVEN EIGHT SEVEN FIVE TWO.

SO LET'S CALL TO ORDER, UM, REMOTE COMMISSIONERS.

IF YOU COULD TURN YOUR CAMERAS ON NICHOLS, SULLIVAN AND SHERA, IF Y'ALL COULD TURN YOUR CAMERAS ON.

OKAY.

OKAY.

COMMISSIONER SULLIVAN.

UH, CAN YOU UNMUTE YOUR BIKE TO SEE IF THAT'S WORKING CORRECTLY? HMM.

COMMISSIONER SULLIVAN HERE.

OKAY.

.

COMMISSIONER NICHOLS.

I WONDER IF THERE'S A DELAY.

COMMISSIONER NICHOLS, ARE YOU THERE? I'M HERE.

OKAY.

UH, COMMISSIONER SHEER HERE.

UH, COMMISSIONER CO.

UH, COMMISSIONER EINHORN? HERE.

HERE.

VICE CHAIR COFER? HERE.

COMMISSIONER KRUGER? HERE.

COMMISSIONER BRIMER.

HI THERE.

AND BEDFORD'S HERE.

OKAY.

DO WE HAVE ANY,

[PUBLIC COMMUNICATION: GENERAL]

UM, ANY UH, PUBLIC COMMUNICATION? YES, WE HAVE SANTIAGO.

SANTIAGO.

HELLO.

HELLO.

IS THAT ON? IS THE, UM, IS THE PODIUM MICROPHONE WORKING? OKAY? ARE YOU SURE IT'S WORKING? 'CAUSE I DON'T THINK IT'S WORKING.

OH, WE CAN'T HEAR HIM OUT HERE.

I'M TALKING RIGHT NOW AND I'M SURE YOU CAN'T ACTUALLY HEAR ME.

COULD YOU USE THE MIC NEXT TO THE TABLE? DOES THIS WORK? YES.

AWESOME.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

UM, THREE MINUTES STARTING NOW.

UH, MY NAME IS SANTIAGO.

I'M REPORTING FOR THE, UH, TX WORKING GROUP FOR, UM, THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION, I SUPPOSE.

UM, THAT'S SORT OF DISTRACTING.

UH, SO SOME REPORT BACK, UM, THE CAMPO VOTE WENT THROUGH FOR FUNDING.

UM, TEXT DOTS, UH, PROPOSED I 35 EXPANSION.

UM, SO I WANTED TO REPORT BACK HERE AND GET SOME, UH, I GUESS, LIKE, OFFER SOME MORE UPDATED INSIGHT.

I'D, I'D LIKE TO BE BACK IN LIKE TWO WEEKS.

ALSO TO HAVE LIKE A SLIDE DECK AND TALK A LITTLE MORE.

UM, THE MAIN THING THAT I'M, I'M INTERESTED IN, UH, SORT OF PRESENTING AS A CONCEPT TO THIS, UM, COMMISSION IS THE IDEA OF A, OF COALITION BUILDING FOR RIVER RESTORATION OF THE COLORADO RIVER.

UM, UM, TWO MAIN CONCERNS I HAVE WITH REGARD TO THE I 35 EXPANSION ARE AGAIN, UH, THE DECONSTRUCTION OF THE BRIDGE OVER TOWN LAKE OVER THE COLORADO RIVER,

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AND THE REBUILDING OF THAT AND THE IMPACT, UH, MISREPRESENTATION OF THE IMPACT THAT THAT WILL HAVE.

UM, WHICH SEEMS LIKE THERE'S SOME COLLUSION WITH THE US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS AND SOME OTHER, UH, PRIVATE ENGINEERS TO MISREPRESENT THE ACTUAL IMPACT TO, UH, WHAT IS CONSIDERED LESS THAN ONE 10TH OF AN ACRE.

UM, WHICH IS AN EPA OVER, UH, OVERSIGHT, UM, AND WOULD REQUIRE AN INJUNCTION.

UM, THE OTHER THING IS AN OUTFALL, UH, THE LOWER COLORADO RIVER, UM, SIMILAR TO WHAT WATERLOO, UH, GREENWAY HAS BEEN WORKING ON.

UM, I'VE SPOKE WITH SEVERAL INDIVIDUALS THERE, UM, TO TRY TO CONCEPTUALIZE WHAT THAT MEANS.

I 35 IS GOING TO CREATE 300 ACRES OF STORM WATER.

UM, I'VE REQUESTED THAT WATERSHED PROTECTION GIVE A PRESENTATION TO THIS COMMISSION, UH, TO PROVIDE INFORMATION OF WHAT THESE IMPACTS ARE ACTUALLY GOING TO LOOK LIKE.

UM, AND I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING THAT PRESENTATION.

I CAN PROVIDE SOME STAFF RECOMMENDATIONS FOR WHO I'VE SPOKEN TO.

UH, SO ONE, ONE BIG THING THAT IS OVER WITH REGARD TO THE WATER, THE OUTFALL IS SOMETHING CALLED THE LINGER LANE PROPERTY.

UH, AND THERE WAS A STUDY DONE WHENEVER THE SOCCER STADIUM WAS LOOKING AT A SITE OVER THERE.

UM, THAT 300 ACRES WOULD REQUIRE NEARLY 10 ACRES OF A RETENTION POND, UM, TO SUFFICIENTLY, UH, RESOLVE THE DISSOLVED OXYGEN AND FIRST FLUSH EFFECTS, UH, DUE TO THE WATER.

UM, ANOTHER THING THAT I WANT TO LIKE MAYBE GET SOME CLARIFICATION OR RETURN FROM, UH, OUTSIDE OF WHAT HISTORICAL LANDMARK COMMISSION HAS SPOKEN TO CITY ARBORS HAS SPOKEN TO THE PECAN GROVE, NEXT TO THE BRIDGE, UH, SECTION SIX F CONVERSION, WHICH A BUNCH OF NONSENSE, BUT, UM, PARTICULAR HANNAH, I'M CURIOUS IF YOU CAN SPEAK TOWARDS THE $25 MILLION BOARDWALK, UM, THAT THE TRAIL CONSERVANCY, I BELIEVE WILL PROBABLY HAVE SOME INFLUENCE ON AND WHAT TDOT HAS SPOKEN TOWARDS THAT.

IF YOU CAN RESPOND, THAT WOULD BE WONDERFUL.

THANK YOU.

THAT YOUR TIME.

OKAY.

UH, THANK YOU VERY MUCH, UH, SANTIAGO.

AND IF YOU HAVE ANY SLIDES THAT YOU WANNA SHARE WITH US.

THANKS.

OKAY, NEXT UP WE HAVE STAFF.

OH, CAN YOU HEAR ME? YES.

IS THAT SHERA? I JUST WANNA SAY, I COULD NOT HEAR THAT SPEAKER.

I CAN HEAR LIZ SPEAKING AND I COULD HEAR PERRY SPEAKING, BUT I COULD NOT HEAR THAT SPEAKER.

SO JUST CONCERN GOING FORWARD.

OKAY.

THANK YOU, SHERA.

UM, DO WE NEED TO, UM, GET THAT LOOKED AT OR JUST KEEP GOING? OH, ELIZABETH FUNK WATERSHED.

UM, I THINK WE'LL SEE AS THE PRESENTATIONS GO IF SHE KILLED.

CAN'T HEAR.

UM, THERE WE GO.

UM, THEN WE WILL FIGURE IT OUT.

I WILL SEND YOU THE RECORDING SO THAT YOU CAN HEAR SANTIAGO'S COMMENTS, UM, 'CAUSE THAT'S IMPORTANT.

.

THANKS, ELIZABETH.

OKAY.

UH, NEXT UP,

[APPROVAL OF MINUTES]

UH, NEXT UP WE HAVE APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES.

UM, HAVE, HAS ALL THE COMMISSIONERS HAD A CHANCE TO LOOK AT 'EM.

UM, THERE'S ONE THING I CAUGHT.

UM, MARIANA WAS IN PERSON AND I THINK IT SAID THAT SHE WAS ABSENT.

I MEAN, LIKE SHE WAS REMOTE .

THAT WAS THE ONLY THING THAT I SAW, .

BUT, UM, OUTSIDE OF THAT IS, DOES ANYONE ELSE HAVE ANY FEEDBACK ON THE MINUTES? DO WE HAVE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES? MOTION BY BRIMER.

SECONDED BY KRUGER.

ALL THOSE IN FAVOR? RAISE YOUR HANDS.

OKAY.

WE HAVE NICHOL, SHERA, SULLIVAN, REI, EINHORN, FER, BEDFORD KRUGER, AND BRIMER.

SO IT IS UNANIMOUS.

MOTION PASSES.

THANKS, COMMISSIONERS.

UM, NEXT UP WE HAVE A STAFF

[2. Update on the 2023 State of the Environment Report and 2023 Watershed Protection Annual Report – Liz Johnston, Interim Environmental Officer, and Anupa Gharpurey, Assistant Director, Watershed Protection Department]

BREEDING, UH, UP BRIEFING, STAFF BRIEFING UPDATE ON THE 2023 STATE OF THE ENVIRONMENT ENVIRONMENT REPORT AND THE 2023 WATERSHED PRODUCTION ANNUAL REPORT.

DO WE HAVE PRESENTATIONS UP? YES.

HELLO.

GOOD EVENING COMMISSIONERS.

HOPEFULLY EVERYONE CAN HEAR ME, BUT PLEASE CHIME IN IF YOU CAN'T.

I'M LIZ JOHNSTON, INTERIM ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICER, AND I'M PLEASED TO PRESENT WITH TO YOU THIS EVENING, THE 2023, UM, ANNUAL STATE OF THE ENVIRONMENT REPORT.

SO THIS IS A, UM, REPORT.

I'M SHARING MY SCREEN HERE.

UNFORTUNATELY, IT'S A SMALL LAPTOP, SO IT'S, UH, NOT AS MUCH SPACE ON THE SCREEN AS IT IS, UM, ON A LARGER SCREEN, BUT I THINK THIS WILL WORK.

UM, SO THE STATE OF THE ENVIRONMENT REPORT IS A CODE MANDATED REPORT THAT THE ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICER IS TO DELIVER TO CITY COUNCIL EVERY APRIL TO, UM, UM, BASICALLY EX, YOU KNOW, GIVE A, A REPORT ON THE ENVIRONMENT.

UM, SO THIS IS, UM,

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A COMPENDIUM OF A, OF METRICS FROM VARIOUS DEPARTMENTS THROUGHOUT THE CITY, UM, IN ONE AREA.

UM, SO IT REALLY GIVES A GOOD INFORMATION ABOUT ALL THE METRICS THAT STAFF COLLECT THROUGHOUT THE YEAR AND, UM, GIVES A LOT OF, UH, REALLY HELPFUL INFORMATION.

UM, OF COURSE, WE DON'T HAVE THE STAFF HERE THIS EVENING THAT COLLECTED THE, THE METRICS.

SO I HOPE, UM, IF YOU DO HAVE QUESTIONS AS YOU GO THROUGH THIS, PLEASE UM, SEND THOSE QUESTIONS TO ELIZABETH AND WE CAN GET THOSE TO THE RIGHT PEOPLE.

UM, UNFORTUNATELY I'M NOT GONNA BE ABLE TO ANSWER LIKE HOW CERTAIN DATA WAS COLLECTED OR ET CETERA.

UM, SO THIS IS A DASHBOARD, THIS FORMAT, YOU KNOW, THE ENVIRONMENTAL, UH, STATE OF THE ENVIRONMENT REPORT HAS KIND OF GONE THROUGH, UH, METAMORPHOSIS AND SORTS THROUGHOUT THE YEARS.

IT'S REALLY CHANGED FORMATS FROM TIME TO TIME.

THIS YEAR.

WE ARE PRESENTING, UM, IN THE SAME FORMAT AS A FEW YEARS AGO IN A, UH, WHAT IS CALLED A STORY MAP, UM, WHICH IS AN ABILITY TO COLLECT INFORMATION AND PROVIDE, UM, EMBEDDED MAPS AND METRICS AND DATA ALONG WITH STORIES AND PHOTOGRAPHS.

UM, SO WE GOING THROUGH, UM, AND I ALSO WANNA GIVE A SHOUT OUT TO KAYLA CHAPLIN HERE, WHO DID A LOT OF THE WORK COORDINATING BETWEEN ALL OF THESE, UM, VARIOUS DEPARTMENTS.

SHE DID A REALLY GREAT JOB, UM, WITH EVERYTHING HERE.

SO THANK YOU KAYLA CHAPLIN.

UM, SO, YOU KNOW, THERE ARE METRICS FROM DIFFERENT DEPARTMENTS, LAKES, CREEKS, AND AQUIFERS.

IF YOU JUST CLICK ON THE VIEW BUTTON, IT WILL PULL UP ANOTHER INDIVIDUAL, WHAT'S CALLED A STORY MAP.

UM, LEMME SEE IF I CAN GET THAT ONE.

UH, LET'S SEE IF YOU FULL DETAILS.

THERE WE GO.

UM, AND, UM, LEMME DO THAT.

FOR SOME REASON, THIS USUALLY GOES AWAY AND IT'S NOT, AH, THERE WE GO.

SO IT GIVES INFORMATION, SO IN ABOUT DIFFERENT WATERSHEDS, INCLUDING THE CREEK.

SO THERE IS A WEB VIEWER THAT IS, UM, REALLY HELPFUL.

IF YOU EXPAND IT, YOU CAN BASICALLY FIND THE, UM, HOW EACH WATERSHED IS RATED, SO BOGGY, FOR INSTANCE.

GOOD.

AND IT'S BY REACH.

AND SO ALL OF THE DATA THAT WE COLLECT IN WATERSHED PROTECTION IS COMPILED HERE AND EASILY ACCESSIBLE TO, UM, FOLKS WHO, YOU KNOW, MAY WANT TO, UH, LEARN MORE ABOUT WATERSHEDS IN THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD.

UM, SO THAT IS, UM, ONE, UH, THEN THERE'S, UH, INFORMATION ABOUT LAKES.

WE HAVE OUR AUSTIN OVERALL AUSTIN LAKE INDEX INFORMATION ON OUR AQUIFERS AND THE SALAMANDER PRO, UM, PROGRAM.

UM, THE URBAN FOREST, THIS IS INFORMATION FROM OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE, UH, DEVELOPMENT SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

OOPS, LET'S SEE IF I DO THAT.

I THINK THAT'S WORKS, UM, ABOUT OUR OVERALL, UM, TREE CANOPY COVERAGE.

SO THEY DO GO THROUGH AND LOOK AT HOW THE TREE CANOPY COVERAGE CHANGES OVER TIME.

UM, THEY'VE BEEN COLLECTING SIMILAR DATA SIMILARLY SINCE 2006.

UM, AND YOU CAN SEE THAT THERE IS A SLIGHT INCREASE OVER TIME, WHICH IS FAIRLY INTERESTING.

UM, BUT THERE'S ALSO INFORMATION ABOUT, UM, YOU KNOW, WHAT AREAS OF TOWN HAVE THE, THE MOST TREE COVERAGE.

THIS ISN'T LOADING, BUT USUALLY, YOU KNOW, THIS, THIS WOULD NORMALLY SHOW UP AS A, YOU KNOW, SHOWING A CLEAR DIVIDING LINE BETWEEN EAST AND WEST ON WHERE, UM, CANOPY COVERAGE IS MOST PREVALENT.

UM, PUBLIC OPEN SPACE.

THIS IS INFORMATION FROM OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE PARKS DEPARTMENT.

UM, A LOT OF GOOD INFORMATION HERE.

THEY HAVE A MAP EMBEDDED SHOWING PARK DEFICIENT AREAS.

UM, SO A LOT OF INFORMATION THERE AS WELL.

UM, WILDLANDS, THIS IS, UH, INFORMATION FROM OUR AUSTIN WATER COLLEAGUES AND THEY HAVE INFORMATION SHARED ABOUT THE BCCP.

UM, WATER QUALITY PROTECTION LANDS, ENDANGERED SPECIES SUCH AS GOLDEN CHEEK WARBLERS AND BLACK CAFETERIAS, UM, GOING ON.

THEN WE GO TO CLIMATE CHANGE AND AIR QUALITY.

BOTH OF THESE ARE, UM, INFORMATION RELATED, UH, TO WORK THAT IS PERFORMED BY OUR OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY.

SO CLIMATE CHANGE, THERE'S INFORMATION ABOUT, UM, WORK TOWARDS THE CLIMATE EQUITY PLAN AND GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS AND AIR QUALITY.

UM, THE PROGRAM THERE IS REALLY COORDINATES CLOSELY WITH, UH, CAP COG ON, UM, BRINGING METRICS RELATED TO GROUND LEVEL OZONE, FINE PARTICULAR MATTER AND AIR MONITORING.

UM, SO WE'RE REALLY PLEASED TO PRESENT THIS TO YOU.

UM, PLEASE LOOK AT IT, TAKE, UM, YOU KNOW, SEE WHAT KIND OF QUESTIONS YOU HAVE, WE'RE HAPPY TO ANSWER THEM.

UM, AND WITH THAT, I WILL OFFER, UH, I WILL ASK IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS THAT I CAN ASK ANSWER.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH, LIZ.

UM,

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CAN WE GET THE REMOTE COMMISSIONERS BACK ON SCREEN? I JUST WANTED TO SEE IF ANYONE HAD ANY QUESTIONS.

DO WE WANT TO GO AHEAD AND GO TO THE ANNUAL REPORT? OH, FIRST, THAT'S RIGHT.

AND THEN WE CAN OPEN IT UP FOR QUESTIONS FOR BOTH OF US.

SMART .

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

ELIZABETH.

MAYBE, YEAH, LET'S SEE IF THAT ONE WORKS.

LET'S SEE.

I CAN MAKE YOU OKAY.

THANK YOU.

UM, ALMOST THERE.

AND I, YEAH, SHE'LL PULL UP THE REPORT.

OH, THAT'S RIGHT.

WE DON'T KNOW IF WE'RE GONNA BE ABLE TO HEAR HER.

YEAH.

LET'S SEE.

THERE WE GO.

UM, THANK YOU COMMISSIONERS.

MY NAME IS ANUPA CARRE.

I AM THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OVER SUPPORT SERVICES, UH, AT WATERSHED PROTECTION.

AND I'M HERE TO ONE MOMENT.

ANUPA.

SORRY.

CAN WE MAKE SURE THAT THE REMOTE COMMISSIONERS CAN HEAR HER? ARE YOU REMOTE? OKAY, THANK YOU.

WE'RE GREAT.

UH, AND I'M HERE TO, UH, PRESENT THE 2023 ANNUAL REPORT FOR WATERSHED PROTECTION.

THIS IS A REPORT THAT IS ACTUALLY PUT TOGETHER BY OUR COMMUNICATIONS AND ENGAGEMENT OFFICE.

AND, UM, HOW, AND BECAUSE I, THIS IS A GROUP THAT REPORTS TO ME RIGHT NOW, I HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF PRESENTING THIS, BUT AS, UH, LIZ, UH, MENTIONED, IT'S KIND OF A SIMILAR SITUATION.

WE GATHER DATA FROM VARIOUS DIVISIONS WITHIN OUR DEPARTMENT, AND WE PUT THIS REPORT TOGETHER, UH, ON OUR, ON THE PUBLIC FACING WEBSITE SO THE COMMUNITY CAN SEE THE WORK THAT WE DO.

AND FOR 2023, OUR THEME WAS OUR YEAR IN NUMBERS.

SIMILAR TO, UH, AS LIZ MENTIONED, WE ARE LOOKING AT OUR PERFORMANCE MEASURES AND OUR METRICS, AND WE ARE REPORTING THE VOLUME AND MAGNITUDE OF THE WORK THAT WE DO.

SO IT'S A STORY IN REALLY IN NUMBERS.

UM, AS WE GO THROUGH THE REPORT, OF COURSE, UM, OUR DIRECTOR, UM, JGE MORALES PROVIDES A, A SORT OF A VIEW OF WHAT IS IT THAT WE ARE TACKLING, WHAT IS OUR CORE MISSION, AND WE ALSO MENTION OUR MISSION.

SO CLIMATE CHANGE, AS WE MENTIONED, THERE ARE VARIOUS ASPECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE, BUT FOR OUR DEPARTMENT, UH, WE FOCUS ON PUBLIC SAFE, UH, SAFETY FOR COMMUNITY SAFETY, UH, FROM FLOODING, EROSION, AND WATER POLLUTION.

UH, CAN YOU KEEP MOVING THAT, LIZ? THANK YOU.

SO THIS IS OUR MISSION, AS WE MENTIONED.

UM, AND SO WE LOOKED AT ALL OF THESE THREE AREAS, FLOODING, EROSION, AND WATER POLLUTION.

IF YOU LOOKED AT THE TOP, YOU CAN ACTUALLY CLICK THROUGH THE DIFFERENT, UM, UH, DIFFERENT AREAS AND YOU CAN ACTUALLY GO AND LOOK AT DIFFERENT WORK, UH, WORK THAT WE DO, THE METRICS THAT WE HAVE IN THAT AREA.

SO, FLOODING, AS YOU KNOW, AUSTIN IS OBVIOUSLY THE HEART OF, UH, FLASH FLOOD ALLEY.

AND SO IN ORDER TO PREVENT, UM, PRESERVE, UH, PROTECT THE COMMUNITY ON THAT BUILDING AND MAINTAINING OUR INFRASTRUCTURE IS KEY.

UM, SO YEAH, MOVING.

SO THERE IS SOME, WE HAVE SOME OF OUR METRICS HERE THAT, UH, THAT SUPPORT THAT, YOU KNOW, CONSTRUCTING OUR CONSTRUCTING STORM WATER PONDS, INSPECTING COMMERCIAL PONDS, UH, DOING PROJECTS THAT, UH, REDUCE FLOOD RISK FOR OUR PROPERTIES.

ROADWAYS, UM, IS, ARE SOME OF THE WORK, SOME IS SOME OF THE WORK THAT WE DO.

WE ALSO HAVE, UM, SERVICE REQUESTS THAT, UH, WE GET FOR CLEARING DEBRIS IN OUR CREEKS AND CHANNELS.

AND WE'VE SEEN A TREMENDOUS INCREASE IN THAT OVER THE LAST YEAR.

AS A MATTER OF FACT, IN 2023, IF YOU GO DOWN FURTHER, UH, IT'LL SHOW THAT, UH, WE HAVE OVER, UH, 10 TIME TENFOLD INCREASE IN THE SERVICE REQUEST TICKETS AND TENFOLD INCREASE IN THE MILES OF, UH, CREEKS AND CHANNELS THAT WERE CLEARED OF DEBRIS FROM THE PREVIOUS YEAR WHEN WE ACTUALLY HAD THE WINTER STORM.

SO A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN OUR WORK IN THAT AREA.

WE ALSO, UH, UH, INSTALLED OR REPLACED, UH, OUR DRAINAGE INFRASTRUCTURE.

ANOTHER AREA THAT WE FOCUS ON, IF YOU WANNA KEEP GOING FURTHER DOWN, IS, UM, OUR INS TV INSPECTION, UH, THAT WE DO FOR OUR STORM DRAIN SYSTEM THROUGH OUR ASSET MANAGEMENT AND, AND ALSO ENSURING THAT WE ARE REHABILITATING AND REPAIRING OUR STORM DRAIN PIPES OR THROUGH ASSET MANAGEMENT PROGRAM.

SO ALL OF THIS WORK IS, IS TOWARDS, UH, PREVENTING OR MITIGATING THE FLOOD RISK IMPACT THAT WE HAVE.

THE NEXT AREA THAT IS FOCUSED IS, IS EROSION.

AND AGAIN, WE TALK ABOUT WHAT THE WORK THAT WE DO IN EROSION AREA.

UM, STREAM BANK STABILIZATION IS AN IMPORTANT AREA THERE.

UM, SO WE HAVE SOME METRICS ASSOCIATED WITH THAT.

UM, AND THEN WE ALSO HIGHLIGHT SOME OF THE PROJECTS THAT WE, UM, WE DID IN THIS AREA.

SO IF YOU GO FURTHER DOWN, YOU WILL SEE WE HAVE A VIDEO THAT SHOWS THE WORK THAT WE DID FOR

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THE ROJI G**O CHANNEL, UM, ROJI GUERRERO CREEK EROSION PROJECT.

WE COMPLETED ACTUALLY 11 PROJECTS IN 2023, WHICH IS, UH, QUITE AN ACCOMPLISHMENT.

UM, MOVING FORWARD, WE HAVE, UM, ANOTHER COUPLE OF OTHER PROJECTS WE HAVE BEFORE AND AFTER PICTURES THAT WE'LL SHOW, UH, FOR WILLIAMSON CREEK.

UM, TWO OF THE PROJECTS THAT WE DID OVER THERE, AS YOU CAN SEE, WE CONSTRUCTED THOSE WALLS TO PROTECT THE PROPERTIES IN THE NEARBY AREA.

THE THIRD AREA IS WATER QUALITY.

AND, UM, THIS IS TO MAKE SURE THAT, UH, THE, THE RUNOFF IS NOT POLLUTING OUR LAKES AND CREEK AND LAKES AND RIVERS AND STREAMS. AND, UH, FOR THAT PURPOSE, WE HAVE, UM, WE DO, UH, SPILLS RESPONSE IS ONE OF THE PROGRAMS THAT YOU MAY BE FAMILIAR WITH.

WE ALSO, UM, HANDLE THIS AT THE POLICY REVIEW, UH, UM, AREA.

SO WE DID MORE THAN 1100 ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY, UH, UH, AND REVIEW CASES THAT WE HANDLED.

WE ALSO, UH, CONSTRUCTED, UH, THE LIBERTY PARK WATER QUALITY POND THAT, UM, PREVENTED 7,900 POUNDS OF POLLUTION, UH, FROM ENTERING INTO OUR WATERSHED.

UH, AND THEN WE ALSO, UH, WORKED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE PRESERVING AND PROTECTING OUR, IMPROVING OUR CRITICAL ENVIRONMENTAL FEATURES.

UM, AND WE HAVE A COUPLE OF VIDEOS THAT ACTUALLY, UM, SHOWCASE, UM, SORT OF, IT'S LIKE A LITTLE AD FOR PEOPLE TO SEE.

WE REMOVED 26.6 MILLION GALLONS OF, UH, WE RECOVERED 26.6 MILLION GALLONS OF POLLUTION THROUGH OUR SPILLS RESPONSE PROGRAM.

AND A LITTLE LESS THAN A MILLION POUNDS OF PET WASTE THROUGH THE SCOOP TO POOP PROGRAM.

SO IT MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE.

WE ALSO HAVE STORM WATER TREATMENT FACILITIES THAT, UH, THAT, UH, REMOVE ANNUALLY THE, EXCUSE ME, POLLUTION FROM STORM WATER.

WE DO, UH, GROW GREEN PROGRAMS FOR OUR, UM, COMMUNITIES TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE, UH, ENCOURAGING CONSERVATION THROUGH SUSTAINABLE LANDSCAPING PRACTICES.

UM, AND THEN WE DIVERTED, UH, 1.4 MILLION, UH, GALLONS OF STORM WATER FROM, BY USING SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES LIKE RAIN GARDEN, UH, AIR AREAS.

AND THEN WE ALSO HIGHLIGHTED OUR, UM, HABIT HABITAT CONSERVATION PLAN FOR THE BLIND SALAMANDERS.

UM, IN, IN OUR REPORT OF GOING FURTHER DOWN, A COUPLE OF AREAS THAT WE WANTED TO HIGHLIGHT, UH, THAT WERE PRIORITIES FOR OUR DEPARTMENT WERE EQUITY AND OUR RAIN TWO RIVER PLAN.

SO EQUITY IS REALLY IMPORTANT.

I KNOW THAT, UH, OUR PRO EQUITY PROGRAM MANAGER, KAI, HAS COME TO YOU AND PRESENTED OUR EQUITY PROGRAM.

WE WANNA MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE TRAINING OUR STAFF AND TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY UNDERSTAND WHAT, HOW IMPORTANT EQUITY AND INCLUSIVENESS IS.

UH, BUT NOT ONLY THAT, WE ARE ALSO WORKING TO NORMALIZE AND OPERATIONALIZE OUR, UM, EQUITY IS AN IMPORTANT TOOL IN OUR OPERATIONS.

AND SO WE LOOK AT DIFFERENT POLICIES AND PROGRAMS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE LOOKING AT IT THROUGH EQUITY LENS.

AND KAI DOES, UH, A GREAT JOB OF HELPING US DO THAT.

UH, RAIN TWO RIVER, YOU ARE ALSO FAMILIAR WITH, UH, RAIN TWO RIVER IS ANOTHER PROGRAM THAT IS GOING TO ACTUALLY TELL US WHAT WE ARE GOING TO DO AND HOW WE ARE GOING TO WORK OVER THE NEXT 10 TO 12 YEARS.

THIS IS OUR BIG STRATEGIC PLAN EFFORT, AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE ARE MAKING SURE IS WE, WE WANNA MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE BEING VERY INCLUSIVE IN HOW WE DEVELOP THIS PLAN.

SO WE HAVE DONE A ROBUST COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, UH, IN ORDER TO, UH, GET DATA FROM WHAT THE COMMUNITY WANTS.

WE HAVE ALL THIS DATA, AND NOW WE HAVE A CONSULTANT ON BOARD WHO IS GOING TO HELP US SYNTHESIZE THAT DATA AND, AND CREATE A WORK PRODUCT THAT, THAT WE WILL TAKE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY.

SO WE WANNA MAKE SURE THIS IS, THIS IS THE PLAN THAT IS GOING TO, UM, TELL US WHAT WE ARE GOING TO DO FOR NEXT 10 TO 12 YEARS, AND WE WANNA MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE HEARING THE NEEDS AND PRIORITIES OF ALL OF AUSTIN AUSTIN'S RESIDENTS.

AND THEN FINALLY, WE HAVE A LITTLE BRAG SHEET, UH, WITH, NOT TO SAY THAT THE REST OF IT IS NOT BRAG WORTHY, BUT, UH, WE HAVE SOME AWARDS THAT OUR STAFF MEMBERS WON AND OUR DEPARTMENT WON, AND WE WANTED TO SHOWCASE THAT.

UM, SO, SO THAT IS THE REPORT.

UM, AND THEN THE LAST PAGE IS A BEAUTIFUL PICTURE OF OUR, UH, BARTON SPRINGS POOL.

SO THAT'S WHERE WE ARE.

AND, UM, THIS IS THE REPORT AGAIN, AS, UH, AS LIZ MENTIONED, UH, THIS IS A WORK OF THE ENTIRE DEPARTMENT.

AND SO, UM, IN ORDER TO ANSWER QUESTIONS, IF, YOU KNOW, WE WILL BE ABLE TO ANSWER QUESTIONS IF YOU HAVE ANY IN THE FUTURE.

WE HAVE OUR DIRECTOR, JORGE, UH, ONLINE.

SO IF THERE ARE ANYTHING THAT, ANYTHING THAT YOU HAVE WANNA ASK HIM, YOU CAN CERTAINLY DO.

WE ALSO HAVE VERY ACCOMPLISHED STAFF MEMBERS, SOME OF THEM HERE, SO MAYBE THEY WILL HELP ME ANSWER THOSE QUESTIONS.

SO WITH THAT, THAT'S MY PRESENTATION.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

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UM, LET'S OPEN IT UP FOR QUESTIONS.

DO ANY OF THE REMOTE COMMISSIONERS HAVE QUESTIONS? ONE, ONE THING THAT I WANNA PUT ON, UH, WHAT KIND OF, UH, WE'RE NOT HEARING, UH, COMMISSIONER SULLIVAN MICROPHONE.

HOW ABOUT NOW? CAN YOU HEAR ME? NOW? WE CAN HEAR YOU.

OH, WE'RE NOT HEARING SHIRA EITHER.

HEAR.

OH.

UM, HERE COMES THE TECH SUPPORT.

WHAT'S GONNA HAPPEN IN A YEAR OR TWO YEARS? OKAY.

UH, COMMISSIONER SULLIVAN, WE JUST GOT SOUND NOW WE HAVE ECHO .

UH, CAN YOU ASK YOUR QUESTION AGAIN? YEAH, THE POINT IS THAT WITH THE STATE LEGISLATION THAT ALLOWS THIS ANNEXATION OF, UH, SOME OF OUR ETJ THAT MIGHT CHANGE SOME OF THE ISSUES, SOME OF THE WATER QUALITY UPSTREAM.

AND, UM, SO THAT I, I WANT, I'LL TALK ABOUT THAT UNDER THE FUTURE AGENDA, BUT, YOU KNOW, IT MIGHT BE SOMETHING THAT, UH, MS. MORALES KNOWS SOMETHING ABOUT NOW ABOUT, MIGHT AFFECT, UM, FUTURE STATE OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY.

UM, THANK YOU DAVE.

UM, COMMISSIONER SULLIVAN? THIS IS LIZ, AND HOPEFULLY SOMETHING CAN HAPPEN WITH THE ECHO.

OKAY, THANKS.

SHOULD WE, SHOULD WE DO A RECESS TO WORK OUT THE TECHNICAL ISSUES OR? OKAY.

UM, ABOUT MAYBE FIVE MINUTES, 10 MINUTES.

OKAY.

WE'RE GONNA RECESS FOR 10 MINUTES TO TRY AND, UH, WORK OUT THE TECHNICAL ISSUES, GUYS.

UM, IT IS NOW 6 27.

LET'S COME BACK AT, UH, 6 37.

I THINK WE'RE BACK.

UH, WE'RE READY TO COME BACK FROM RECESS.

AND, UH, COMMISSIONER SULLIVAN, WERE YOU DONE WITH YOUR QUESTION OR WHAT'S YOUR COM COMMENTS? OKAY, HI LIST, JOHN.

I CAN, UH, I CAN RESPOND TO THAT.

SO JUST TO FURTHER, UH, EXPOUND ON WHAT COMMISSIONER SULLIVAN SAID, UM, HE WAS REFERRING TO SOMETHING THAT I POINTED ON, POINTED OUT ON THE EXECUTIVE SUMMARY ON THE STATE OF THE ENVIRONMENT WAS RELATED TO SENATE BILL 2038, WHICH WAS APPROVED IN THE 2023 LEGISLATIVE SESSION, WHICH IS IN EFFECT AS OF, UM, AUGUST.

THIS BILL DOES ALLOW ANYONE TO REMOVE THEMSELVES FROM A MUNICIPALITIES EXTRA TERRITORIAL JURISDICTION, UM, VERY EASILY.

THEY JUST HAVE TO BASICALLY GO THROUGH A PROCESS THAT IS PROCESSED AT OUR, UM, CITY CLERK'S OFFICE.

AND THEN THEY ARE AFTER, UM, A SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME REMOVED FROM OUR ETJ, MEANING THAT THEY DO NOT HAVE TO MEET OUR REGULATIONS ANY LONGER.

SO, YOU KNOW, THERE ARE A NUMBER OF REGULATIONS THAT TRAVIS COUNTY HAS.

SO IF IT REVERTS TO UNINCORPORATED TRAVIS COUNTY, THERE'S STILL DRAINAGE AND FLOODPLAIN AND THEY, THEY HAVE THEIR OWN TRANSPORTATION REVIEW, BUT IT DOES REALLY GREATLY AFFECT ENVIRONMENTAL AND WATER QUALITY REGULATIONS.

SO, UM, SO THAT IS MAYBE SOMETHING THAT WE WILL, WE DON'T HAVE THE INFORMATION NOW ABOUT HOW THAT WILL AFFECT OUR ENVIRONMENT, BUT WE WILL BE, YOU KNOW, MONITORING IT AND, AND, UM, INCORPORATING THAT INFORMATION INTO THE UPCOMING YEARS, UM, IN THE STATE OF THE ENVIRONMENT REPORT.

THANK YOU.

THANK, THANK YOU.

OKAY.

UM, COMMISSIONER SHERA, DID YOU HAVE A QUESTION? I THOUGHT I, OKAY.

YEAH, I DO.

UM, JUST 'CAUSE I'VE READ RECENTLY THAT THERE'S, LIKE, THERE'S A PLANNED REDUCTION IN CORRIDOR IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS BY CAPITAL DELIVERY SERVICES, AND I WANTED TO UNDERSTAND, UM, HOW WATERSHED, UM, PROVIDES FEEDBACK FOR THAT PRIORITIZATION OR DEPRIORITIZATION OF PROJECTS AND HOW THAT MIGHT RELATE TO THE STATUS OF THE STATE OF OUR ENVIRONMENT.

SO YOU'RE SPECIFICALLY ASKING ABOUT CORRIDOR PROJECTS? YES.

SPECIFICALLY.

UM, YOU KNOW, SO CORRIDOR PROJECTS, I DON'T KNOW THAT WE'D BE ABLE TO ANSWER THAT SPECIFICALLY.

THEY DO HAVE TO MEET ALL OF OUR REGULATIONS AND, UM, OF COURSE, YOU KNOW, MEETING DRAINAGE,

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WATER QUALITY REGULATIONS MAY ADD TO THE OVERALL COST OF A PROJECT.

UM, SO, YOU KNOW, I DON'T, I DON'T, BUT OF COURSE THERE'S A LOT OF OTHER FACTORS THAT WOULD GO INTO IT.

SO, UM, I DON'T KNOW HOW TO ANSWER THE QUESTION BEYOND, YOU KNOW, THEY MEET OUR OWN, YOU KNOW, THEY HAVE TO MEET OUR OWN REGULATIONS BECAUSE THEY ARE A CITY ENTITY, SO, MM-HMM.

.

SO ARE YOU SAYING THAT THE WATERSHED IS PROVIDING FEEDBACK ON THOSE, ON THE PRIORITIZATION OF THE CORRIDOR PROJECTS, OR NO? I AM NOT SURE.

I THINK WE WOULD NEED TO SPEAK WITH FOLKS, UM, IN OTHER WORK GROUPS TO MAKE SURE THAT, UM, I GIVE YOU THE CORRECT ANSWER.

THIS IS JORGE, CAN YOU HEAR ME? YES, YES.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

WELL, GOOD EVENING.

THANK YOU.

I APOLOGIZE, I CAN'T TURN ON MY CAMERA.

IT FREEZES MY, MY BANDWIDTH.

BUT THE CIP PROJECTS ARE PRIORITIZED BY, BY PROGRAMS AND CAPITAL CORRIDOR WAS PRIORITIZED SEPARATELY.

UH, SO WE DO REVIEW IT, LIKE LIZ SAID, AND WE ALSO TRY TO INCORPORATE SOME PROJECTS THAT WE CAN, UH, SCOPE OUT IN THEIR, WITHIN THEIR LIMITS OF CONSTRUCTION AS WELL WHEN THERE'S DRAINAGE NEEDS.

WE'VE DONE THAT ON CERTAIN CORRIDORS.

I KNOW SOUTH MAR WE WERE DOING A PARTNERSHIP, BUT WE'VE ADDED FUNDING.

AND SO DEPENDING WHICH PROJECTS GET DELAYED, IT, IT COULD IMPACT ON SOMETHING WE WERE GONNA DO AS FAR AS THE DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENT ALONG THOSE CORRIDORS.

BUT GENERALLY, THE PRIORITIZATIONS OF THOSE CORRIDORS WERE SET SEPARATELY THROUGH THE CORRIDOR PROGRAM OFFICE.

AND TRANSPORTATION PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT CAN PROBABLY SPEAK BETTER ON HOW THEY'RE PRIORITIZING THAT.

THAT COULD BE MAYBE SOMETHING WE CAN REQUEST FOR THEM TO COME PRESENT, IF THAT'S SOMETHING THE COMMISSION WOULD LIKE.

I, I THINK, UM, THAT MIGHT NEED TO BE DISCUSSED.

I MEAN, I'M INTERESTED IN IT.

I'M NOT ENTIRELY SURE IF IT RELATES TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION OR NOT.

SO IF, IF I HAD A SECOND MAYBE, AND WE HAD TIME ON THE AGENDA, BUT, UM, I, I GUESS I'LL WAIT AND DEFER FOR ADDITIONAL FEEDBACK.

OKAY.

UM, WELL, I GUESS IF ANYTHING WE COULD MENTION IT AT WHEN IT'S TIME FOR FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS AND WE CAN FALL, UM, TERM, UH, I'M GETTING TONGUE TIED.

COME BACK AROUND .

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

MM-HMM.

.

COMMISSIONER NICHOLS, NO QUESTIONS, BUT I WANNA THANK STAFF FOR THEIR PRESENTATION.

IT'S VERY INFORMATIVE.

THANK YOU.

AWESOME.

COMMISSIONER RESI.

YEAH, I WANTED TO, I WANTED TO THANK STAFF FOR THE PRESENTATION AS WELL.

SUPER COOL.

UM, WHOEVER DOES Y'ALL'S WEBSITES AND PRESENTATIONS PROBABLY DOESN'T GET PAID ENOUGH, SO SHOUT OUT TO THEM.

.

UM, YEAH, WE'RE ALL UNDERPAID.

Y'ALL.

YOU COULD TELL BY THE AMOUNT OF HAND CLAPS IN THE AUDIENCE.

, THAT'S A GRIM REALIZATION OF THE FUTURE WE'RE LIVING IN NOW.

UM, IN MORE SERIOUS, UH, TOPICS.

I SAW, UM, IN ONE OF THE SECTIONS OF THE REPORT, I FORGET WHICH ONE THAT AUSTIN HAS, LIKE ONLY 10% OF ITS, UH, AREA IS PARKLAND AND THAT THE NATIONAL AVERAGE IS 15%.

I WAS WONDERING IF Y'ALL COULD GIVE A LITTLE BIT OF CONTEXT BEHIND THAT.

IS THERE LIKE A HISTORICAL REASON THAT THAT'S THE CASE? IS IT JUST THAT'S HOW IT GOES? AND THEN I'M ALSO KIND OF CURIOUS ABOUT THE AUSTIN METRO AS A WHOLE, UH, BECAUSE I ASSUME THAT THAT'S, UH, THAT'S NUMBER WAS JUST FOR THE CITY ITSELF.

APPRECIATE IT.

UM, THANK YOU.

WE'LL TAKE NOTE OF THE QUESTION AND, UM, GET BACK WITH YOU ON THAT SINCE WE DON'T HAVE PARK STAFF HERE.

THANK YOU.

SOUNDS GOOD.

APPRECIATE IT.

COMMISSIONER EINHORN.

COMMISSIONER KRUEGER.

I ALSO WANTED TO THANK STAFF FOR THE PRESENTATION AND WANTED TO GIVE THE FOLKS WHO CREATED A WEBSITE A SHOUT OUT.

AS SOMEONE WHO'S REGULARLY TRYING TO NAVIGATE CITY WEBSITES, THEY'RE ALL OFTEN, YOU KNOW, CLUNKY AND NOT REALLY, YOU KNOW, EASY TO DIGEST.

AND I THINK THESE ARE REALLY ARTFULLY PUT TOGETHER.

SO IT MIGHT SEEM TRIVIAL, BUT I DON'T THINK SO.

I THINK THIS IS PART OF GETTING INFORMATION TO THE PUBLIC AND IT WAS PRESENTED REALLY WELL.

SO THANK YOU FOR THAT.

AND I ALSO THOUGHT IT WOULD BE WORTHWHILE TO READ INTO THE RECORD THE AWARDS THAT THIS DEPARTMENT WON, BECAUSE WHY NOT? UM, .

SO I WANNA SHOUT OUT.

SO THE LADY BIRD LAKE, UH, CANTERBURY AT MILDRED EMERGENCY STREET AND UTILITY REPAIR WITH AMERICAN PUBLIC WORKS ASSOCIATION'S, PUBLIC WORKS PROJECT OF THE YEAR IN DISASTER OR EMERGENCY REPAIR.

UM, ALSO 2023 ENGINEERING EXCELLENCE AWARDS FOR THE LADY BIRD LAKE PROJECT.

UM, SHOUT OUT TO LAZARO CARDENAS FOR THE DRAINAGE OPERATIONS, UM, AND MAINTENANCE SUPERVISOR ROLE THAT HE'S IN.

FIRST IN THE AMERICAN PUBLIC WORKS ASSOCIATION,

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NATIONAL RODEO BACKHOE COMPETITION.

THAT SOUNDS INTERESTING.

.

UM, AND THEN SARAH CAMPBELL, CONSERVATION PROGRAM COORDINATOR, PRESIDENT'S AWARD OF MERIT FROM THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF THE ABOR CULTURE, TEXAS CHAPTER.

SO THANK YOU ALL OF YOU.

I FEEL LIKE WE HAVE A LOT TO BE PROUD OF AS A CITY, AND YOUR WORK AS A DEPARTMENT IS JUST EXEMPLARY, SO THANK YOU.

OKAY.

UH, COMMISSIONER PRIMER.

YEAH.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR, UH, YEAH, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR, UH, PRESENTATION.

VERY GOOD WORK AND I APPRECIATE IT.

AND I HAVE NO QUESTIONS.

THANK YOU.

VICE CHAIR FER.

I'LL ECHO EVERYBODY ELSE.

JUST THANK YOU SO MUCH.

I AM A HUGE FAN OF THE STORY MAP FORMAT AND HAVING THAT GIS DATA BEHIND IT, THIS WAS ONE OF THE BIGGEST THINGS FOR ME, ONBOARDING AS A NEW COMMISSIONER TO BE ABLE TO DIG IN.

SO I'M GLAD THAT YOU ARE KEEPING THIS FORMAT AND HAVE THAT AMOUNT OF DATA BEHIND THIS.

SO I ALSO APPRECIATE THE STORIES THAT ARE IN THIS AS WELL, NOT JUST THE DATA, UM, LEARNED A LOT ABOUT ACCC AND SOME OF THOSE OTHER INITIATIVES, SO I APPRECIATE IT.

OKAY.

UM, I JUST WANTED TO ECHO ALSO, I LOVE LIKE THE FORMAT OF WHOEVER DID THE WEB PAGES WAY BETTER THAN STATE PAGES.

SO THANK Y'ALL .

UM, I, ONE OTHER QUESTION.

OH, OKAY.

WELL, GO AHEAD.

SORRY.

JUST ONE, ONE CLARIFYING QUESTION.

UM, PART OF THE PRESENTATION WAS TALKING ABOUT POLLUTION RECOVERY, AND I WAS WONDERING IF, UM, YOU COULD SPEAK IN MORE DETAIL ABOUT POLLUTION RECOVERY VERSUS POLLUTION REMOVAL, IF THERE IS ANY, YOU KNOW, A WAY TO DISTINGUISH BETWEEN THOSE TWO THINGS.

BECAUSE I NOTICED YOU SAID ONE WORD AND THEN YOU SWITCHED TO ANOTHER WORD, AND I THOUGHT, OH, THERE MUST BE A DIFFERENCE.

AND IF YOU COULD TALK TO THAT.

UM, I, YOU KNOW, I, I THINK THAT THOSE ARE SYNONYMOUS WORDS.

OKAY.

YEAH.

UM, SO IT'S BASICALLY REFERRING TO, WELL, I THINK IN, IN A SPILL SITUATION, YOU COULD RECOVER THE POLLUTION, BUT IN A, IF YOU BUILD A BIOFILTRATION POND, THEN THAT KIND OF GETS, UM, UH, RE UH, WHAT WAS THE RECOVERED VERSUS REMOVED.

SO, YOU KNOW, THAT YOU MAY SAY REMOVED OR RECOVERED, BUT I THINK EITHER ONE IS FAIRLY SYNONYMOUS.

OKAY.

AND I'M SURE THIS IS IN THE WEBSITE THAT I CAN DELVE INTO, BUT WHAT WOULD YOU SAY ARE SOME OF THE LARGEST SOURCES OF POLLUTION THAT THEN REQUIRE RECOVERY FROM, UM, DEVELOPMENT, IMPERVIOUS COVER SURFACES, DRIVEWAYS, ROADWAYS, BUILDINGS, UM, THAT IS WHAT MOST OF OUR PONDS ARE BUILT TO, UM, TO RECOVER POLLUTANTS FROM THAT WOULD, YOU KNOW, TOP OF THE MIND THERE.

YEP.

AND, AND FOR SPILLS RESPONSE.

SO RECOVERY WAS REALLY IN CONTEXT OF SPILLS RESPONSE.

MM-HMM.

.

AND SO A LOT OF TIMES WHEN YOU HAVE LIKE, UH, AN 18 WHEELER GOES OVER AND THEN YOU HAVE OIL SPILLS AND THINGS LIKE THAT MM-HMM.

THAT CAN BE ALSO RECOVERY.

I DON'T KNOW IF IT'S THE MOST OF THAT, BUT THOSE ARE SOME OF THE AREAS THAT WE LOOK AT.

OKAY.

YEAH.

THANK YOU.

I WAS THINKING ABOUT SPILLS RECOVERY IN PARTICULAR.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

UM, I DID HAVE ONE QUESTION.

WELL, ONE QUESTION FROM, OH, UM, FROM THE STATE OF OUR ENVIRONMENT, LET'S SEE.

LIKE, I NOTICED THERE WAS, UH, THREE AIR QUALITY MONITORS AND THEY WERE ALL AT, UM, THREE LIBRARY BRANCHES.

AND I WAS KIND OF WONDERING IF THERE WAS A REASON WHY THEY WERE AT THOSE CERTAIN LIBRARIES.

UM, LIKE, UH, IT WAS ZEPEDA, UM, RUIZ AND SOUTHEAST KAYLA LIN WATERSHED PROTECTION, I BELIEVE THOSE ARE THE STATE MONITORS.

OH, OKAY.

YEAH.

AND I DID SEE LIKE, UM, THERE WERE GONNA BE SIX.

WELL, YEAH, I, I CAN ANSWER THAT CHAIRMAN.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

COMMISSIONER SULLIVAN? WELL, THE, THERE'S ONE UP, UH, NORTH ON I 35 ON THE WEST SIDE.

UM, IT'S A PARTICULATE MATTER MONITOR.

THERE'S ONE AT, UH, AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ON THE EAST SIDE.

UM, THERE'S ONE UP IN, UM, NORTHWEST AUSTIN.

UH, THAT'S AN OZONE MONITOR.

I MEAN, I, IT'S EASY TO LOOK THIS UP.

I, I, I'LL DISTRIBUTE THE, UH, WEBSITE THAT SHOWS, UM, WHERE YOU CAN LOOK UP ALL THE MONITORS.

BUT THE ONES THAT ARE MOST IMPORTANT ARE THE ONES THAT ARE MAINLAND THE DOWNWIND SIDE OF OUR CITY, BECAUSE THAT'S WHERE THE POLLUTION BUILDS UP.

OKAY.

AND, BUT ALSO THERE'S A, THE PURPLE BEE PROJECT IS ONE THAT THEY'RE PUTTING CHEAP INSTRUMENTS, AND I THINK THAT WAS REFERRED TO IN ONE OF THE REPORTS.

AND, UM, THOSE TEND TO BE AT, AT PUBLIC BUILDINGS LIKE LIBRARIES.

MM-HMM.

.

AND THOSE ARE LOW COST MONITORS THAT ARE NOT NECESSARILY, YOU KNOW, MEET THE EPA STANDARDS, BUT, UM, IT'S A WAY TO GET A GOOD IDEA ABOUT WHERE POLLUTION IS.

RIGHT.

AND YEAH, AND THAT WAS ONE THING I WAS WONDERING IF THERE WAS LIKE A SPECIFIC REASON WHY, UM, PLACING THEM AT THE LIBRARIES OR IF IT WAS JUST LIKE EASY ACCESS TO CITY RESOURCES? UM, NO, IT'S PUBLIC.

IT'S PUBLIC BUILDINGS IN GENERAL.

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MM-HMM.

SCHOOLS, LIBRARIES, UM, ARE EASIER TO GET AT, ARE EASIER IN COLLEGES, ARE EASIER TO GET ACCESS OR, UM, PLACING MONITORS ON, YOU WANNA PUT 'EM ON PUBLIC PROPERTY WHERE YOU DON'T HAVE TO PAY RENT OR WHATNOT.

THAT MAKES SENSE.

AND, UM, LET'S SEE, I HAD ANOTHER QUESTION FROM, UM, THE WATERSHED REPORT.

UM, LET'S SEE, IT WAS MENTIONED THERE WERE LIKE 10 TIMES, LIKE NOW WE'RE, YOU'RE GETTING 10 TIMES THE, UM, SERVICE CREEK REQUEST.

AND I WANTED, I WANTED TO, I WAS KIND OF CURIOUS IF THERE WAS A CERTAIN SIDE OF TOWN THAT SEEMS TO GET MORE, MORE OF THE REQUESTS AND OTHERS, OR IF IT'S LIKE, UM, A CER A REASON WHY THAT IS, THAT'S BEEN KIND OF POINTED OUT.

UH, ANUPA, DO YOU HAVE AN ANSWER? UM, WHERE DO YOU, WE MAY NEED TO GET WITH STAFF ON THIS AND GET BACK TO YOU, BUT WHY, WHERE MORE SERVICE REQUESTS ARE, LIKE WHAT PART OF TOWN THEY COME FROM? LIKE, DOES IT SEEM LIKE TO BE ALL OVER AT THE 10 TIMES MORE IT IS, OR IS IT LIKE MORE LIKE, OKAY, WHERE WE'RE GETTING 10 TIMES MORE IN ONION CREEK OR 10 TIMES MORE AND LIKE, UM, WALNUT CREEK OR JUST, JUST SOMETHING THAT POPPED IN MY HEAD? THIS IS, THIS IS JORGE.

CAN YOU HEAR ME? YES.

I JUST, GENERALLY SPEAKING, I DON'T KNOW RAM RAMESH ON THE, UH, ON THE CALL OR NOT.

BUT, UH, THE NUMBERS INCREASED SIGNIFICANTLY BECAUSE OF WINTER STORM MARA AND THE, THE DEBRIS THAT WE HAD, WE HAD SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF COMPLAINTS, UH, THE BRUSH AND DEBRIS.

UH, OH.

THERE YOU AUDIENCE.

RAMESH, I'LL LET RAMESH SPEAK MORE TO THAT.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

GOOD EVENING.

MY NAME IS RAMESH, I'M AN AS DIRECTOR.

UH, SO WHAT HAPPENED LAST YEAR WAS AFTER, UH, WINTER STORM MARA, WE HAD, UH, SORT OF LIKE ANUPA MENTIONED, LIKE ALMOST A 250% INCREASE IN SERVICE REQUEST.

AND A LOT OF IT HAD TO DO WITH, UH, OUR TREES WERE DAMAGED QUITE SUBSTANTIALLY.

NOT ONLY BECAUSE OF THAT STORM, BUT ALSO THE, THE STORM WHEN STORM URI AND THERE WAS A DROUGHT IN BETWEEN.

AND THEN WE HAD WINDSTORM MORRIS, IT WAS LIKE A, THE TREES WERE IMPACTED SUBSTANTIALLY.

UH, WE LOST ALMOST 35% OF OUR CANOPY AS, AS A RESULT OF THE STORM.

WOW.

AND A LOT OF THE TREES RESULTED IN THE BRANCHES FALLING INTO OUR CREEKS.

SO CONVEYANCE IN THE CREEK WAS A MAJOR ISSUE FOR US.

AND AS A RESULT, WE HAD A SUBSTANTIAL AMOUNT OF, UH, RESIDENTS CALLING IN FOR, UH, REMOVING DEBRIS FROM THE CREEKS AND ALSO LIKE DEBRIS FROM THE, FROM THE STREET RIGHT AWAY ITSELF.

SO THAT WAS A PART OF THE REASON WHY WE HAD SO MANY SERVICE REQUESTS.

IS THAT, DOES THAT ANSWER YOUR QUESTION? I THINK SO, YEAH.

OKAY.

OKAY.

THAT WAS ALL THE QUESTIONS I HAD.

UM, ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? COMMISSIONERS? I JUST WANNA MAKE SURE I HEARD YOU.

DID YOU SAY WE LOST 35% OF OUR TREE CANOPY COVER? YES.

AS PART A RESULT OF, UH, YEAH.

THOSE, LIKE, UH, TEXAS A AND M HAS A, HAS A STUDY OUT, I THINK IT'S ABOUT 1.6 MILLION TREES WERE IMPACTED.

HMM.

WOW.

AND ARE YOU, IS, IS THAT LIKE PERMANENTLY WHEEL, I MEAN, WELL, ARE THOSE TREES THAT ARE COMPLETELY FELL OR JUST BRANCHES THAT THEN CAN BE, YOU KNOW, REGROWN OR HOW IS THAT MEASURED EXACTLY.

IT'S, IT'S ALL OF THE ABOVE.

OKAY.

UH, WE HAD TREES THAT LITERALLY DID DIE COMPLETELY, AND SO WE HAD TO TAKE THEM DOWN.

BUT THEN SOME OF THEM, WHICH LOST LIKE A HUGE PART OF THE CANOPY THAT, UH, WE HOPE THAT THEY WILL BE, UH, THEY'LL COME BACK IN THE FUTURE.

UH, SO IT'S, IT'S A FUNCTION OF ALL OF THE ABOVE.

AND SO IS THAT BEING MEASURED? THE, THE RECOVERY? UH, WE WATERSHED DOES NOT CURRENTLY HAVE A PROGRAM TO GO.

AND, UH, WE DO HAVE A LAND MANAGEMENT TEAM THAT WE ARE FORMING RIGHT NOW, BUT WE DON'T HAVE, UH, PEOPLE WHO GO AND SPECIFICALLY LOOK AT THE HEALTH OF EACH AND EVERY TREE.

BUT WHAT WE DO DO IS WE DO INSPECTION TO ENSURE THAT IF THERE'S A TREE THAT'S GOING TO BE LIKE UNHEALTHY, IT'S GONNA FALL INTO THE CREEK AND CAUSE UH, BLOCKAGE, WE WILL GO AND TRY TO REMOVE THOSE.

SO THAT'S SORT OF LIKE IN A PREVENTAL CARE.

WE DO HAVE A PROGRAM.

WE PARTNER WITH A CCC, ACTUALLY, AND A FEW OTHER NON-PROFITS TO GO AND REMOVE SOME OF THOSE VEGETATION.

UH, BUT WE, WE'LL, I, I CAN GET BACK WITH YOU ON IF THERE ARE OTHER ENTITIES WHO ARE GOING AND MEASURING THE HEALTH OF THE, THE TREES RIGHT NOW.

MM-HMM.

, THANK YOU.

I'LL POINT OUT, WHOA, I WILL POINT OUT THAT, UM, PART OF THE CLIMATE INVESTMENT PLAN RECOMMENDATIONS IS FOR A COMPREHENSIVE TREE STUDY FOR THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

YEAH, THAT WAS GONNA BE MY QUESTION.

DO YOU KNOW IF, I KNOW IT WAS, I THINK IT WAS COUNCILMAN ALTO, I SHOULD KNOW THAT, UH, THAT WANTED THAT CITYWIDE TREE INVENTORY IN PUBLIC RIGHT OF WAYS AND PUBLIC, UH, PUBLIC LAND.

RIGHT.

IS THAT IN, IN THE BUDGET FOR NEXT YEAR? UH, COULD YOU, ARE YOU ASKING IF,

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COULD YOU REPEAT THE QUESTION PLEASE? UH, I BELIEVE COUNCIL MEMBER ALTO HAD THE, UH, ITEM FOR COUNCIL THAT, UH, MY FELLOW COMMISSIONER MENTIONED.

MM-HMM.

, UH, DO YOU KNOW IF THE CITYWIDE TREE INVENTORY THAT HE HAD REQUESTED AS BEING INCLUDED POTENTIALLY IN THE NEXT YEAR'S BUDGET? I ACTUALLY NOT.

I'LL HAVE TO GET BACK WITH YOU ON THAT.

OKAY.

I DON'T KNOW THAT.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

ANY MORE QUESTIONS, COMMISSIONERS? OKAY.

WELL, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE STAFF BRIEFING SKIES.

OKAY.

UH, NEXT UP

[3. 3 Men Movers, SP-2023-0294C]

WE HAVE OUR PUBLIC HEARINGS.

UM, FIRST UP IS THREE MEN MOVERS, UM, SP DASH 2 0 2 3 DASH 0 2 9 4 C HOLLIS SHEFFER WESTWOOD PROFESSIONAL SERVICES.

AND I BELIEVE WE HAVE A STAFF PRESENTATION.

YES.

GOOD EVENING.

UH, MY NAME IS RYAN SUITER.

I'M ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW SPECIALIST SENIOR WITH, UH, DEVELOPMENT SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

UH, I REVIEWED THREE MEN MOVERS, AND I'M, UH, HAVE THE VARIANCE TO SHOW TO YOU TONIGHT.

ACTUALLY, I, THERE WAS ANOTHER SLIDE.

THIS I BELIEVE IS THE APPLICANT'S.

YEAH, THERE WE GO.

THANK YOU.

SO AGAIN, YES, IT'S, UH, THREE-MAN MOVERS.

UH, THAT IS THE GENERAL PROJECT LOCATION.

IT'S NORTHEAST AUSTIN.

UM, NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

AND THAT IS THE SPECIFIC LOCATION WITH THE OUTLINE OF THE LOT.

UH, YOU'LL SEE IT ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF TWO 90, UH, AND JUST BEFORE SH ONE 30, YOU'D SEE IT GOING OUT TOWARDS MAINOR.

UM, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO, IT IS FULL PURPOSE JURISDICTION, UH, IN AUSTIN.

IT IS WITHIN THE DESIRE DEVELOPMENT ZONE.

UH, I, I'VE NEVER GOTTEN CONSENSUS ON THIS WATERSHED.

UH, GIL GILLAND, GILLAND, GILLAND CREEK WATERSHED.

THANK YOU, LIZ.

UH, IT IS A SUBURBAN WATERSHED.

IT IS NOT LOCATED OVER THE EDWARDS AQUIFER RECHARGE ZONE.

THERE ARE NO CRITICAL ENVIRONMENTAL FEATURES, WETLANDS OR CRITICAL WATER QUALITY ZONES ON SITE.

IT'S NOT, NOT A, NOT A WET SITE.

IT'S APPROXIMATELY 5.415 ACRES IN SIZE AND IN COUNCIL DISTRICT ONE.

SO THE VARIANCE REQUEST IS FOR, UH, CODE 25 8 3 4 1, WHICH IS CUT REQUIREMENTS, UH, CUTS ON TRACK OF THE LAND, MAY NOT EXCEED FOUR FEET OF DEPTH.

SO THIS VARIANCE IS FOUR, UH, TO ALLOW CUT FROM FOUR TO 12 FEET.

AND YOU'LL SEE THAT IN THE RED, THE, THE DEEP RED IS, UH, EIGHT TO 12, AND THEN THE PINK IS MORE FROM FOUR TO EIGHT FEET OF CUT, UH, ANO.

THE SECOND VARIANCE IS FOR 25 8 3 4 2 FILL REQUIREMENTS.

FILL UNATTRACTIVE LAND MAY NOT EXCEED FOUR FEET OF DEPTH.

UH, THIS VARIANCE IS REQUESTING TO FILL FROM FOUR TO 15 FEET, UH, AND YOU'LL SEE BELOW.

AND THAT IS THE GREEN AREA IS FROM EIGHT TO 15 FEET.

AND THEN THE MINT COLOR IS FROM FOUR TO EIGHT FEET.

THE THIRD VARIANCE IS 25 8 3 0 1 CONSTRUCTION OF A ROADWAY OR DRIVEWAY.

UH, AND SAYS A PERSON MAY NOT CONSTRUCT ROADWAY OR DRIVEWAY ON A SLOPE WITH A GRADIENT OF MORE THAN 15%.

UH, AND YOU CAN SEE WE HAVE A ROADWAY UP ON THE, UM, I BELIEVE IT'S TRUE NORTH AND PLAN NORTH.

AND, UH, ON THE RIGHT HAND SIDE THERE, UH, THERE'S A DRIVE WITH SOME, UH, ON TOP OF SOME LARGE SLOPES AND ALSO A BIT ON THE, UM, PLAN WEST.

UH, OH, THERE'S, UH, ONE MORE VARIANCE ON THAT ONE.

UH, 25 8 3 0 2 CONSTRUCTION OF A BUILDING OR PARKING AREA.

UH, AND A PERSON MAY NOT CONSTRUCT OR A BUILDING OR PARKING STRUCTURE ON A SLOPE WITH GRADING OF MORE THAN 25%.

AND YOU CAN, UH, SEE THAT THIS, UH, VARIOUS REQUEST IS, UH, FOR THE AREA ALSO TO PLAN NORTHEAST AND PLAN SOUTH.

UH, THAT IS A, UH, I BELIEVE A DOCKING BAY FOR TRUCKS.

AND THERE ON THE PLAN WEST IS JUST GENERAL PARKING.

SO, SOME BACKGROUND ON THIS SITE.

WHEN I WAS DOING THIS REVIEW, UH, YOU CAN NOTICE THAT IT USED TO BE FAIRLY FLAT.

IT USED TO BE, UM, YOU KNOW, BLACKLAND PRAIRIE OVER ON, ON THE EAST SIDE OF TOWN, UH, PRETTY

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UBIQUITOUS.

UH, IT WAS USED AS A SPOIL SITE FOR SOME ROAD CONSTRUCTION.

UH, I DID NOT DELVE DEEP ENOUGH TO KNOW WHICH ROAD IT WAS FROM WHERE THAT CAME, BUT JUST AROUND APPROXIMATELY 2008.

UM, THE REASON THERE'S SO MUCH CUT AND FILL AND SLOPES ON THIS SITE, UM, TO BE REQUIRED FOR THIS VARIANCE IS BECAUSE OF ALL THAT, UH, ROAD SLOUGH.

SO, UH, VARIANCES FOR GRADING AND CONSTRUCTION ON SLOPES HAVE BEEN GRANTED FOR PROJECTS WITH SIMILAR SITE CONSTRAINTS, SPECIFICALLY ROAD DEVELOPMENT GUIDELINES AND TOPOGRAPHIC CONDITIONS CREATED FROM HISTORIC USE AS A SPOIL SITE.

UH, THIS VARIANCE IS NECESSITATED BY TOPOGRAPHIC FEATURES, NOT DESIGNED CHOICE.

UH, IT IS THE MINI MINIMUM DEVIATION FROM THE CODE.

THEY'VE KIND OF MIDDLED OUT, UH, THE DIFFERENCES.

UH, AND IT IS UNLIKELY TO RESULT IN HARMFUL ENVIRONMENTAL CONSEQUENCES, UH, TO THE VARIANCE BY ITSELF.

AND WATER QUALITY WILL BE EQUAL TO WATER QUALITY, UH, WITH OR WITHOUT THE VARIANCE AND DEVELOPMENT ON THE SITE.

SO STAFF RECOMMENDS THE VARIANCES, UH, HAVING DETERMINED THE FINDINGS OF FACT HAVE BEEN MET WITH THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS.

WE, UM, WOULD LIKE TO SEE THAT SOUTH END.

SO THIS IS THE SOUTH END OF THE SITE WITH LARGE SLOPES ON THE LEFT HAND, BOTTOM SIDE OF THAT, WE REQUESTED THAT THEY TERRACE THAT TO AVOID ANY, UH, MAJOR EROSION.

UH, WE'VE, UH, THEY'VE VEGETATED THAT AREA WITH, UH, 6 0 4 S UH, SEEDING, WHICH IS, UH, NATIVE SEEDING, UH, FOR THE AREA.

UH, AND I'M GONNA SKIP TO THREE BECAUSE ON THE LEFT HAND SIDE ALSO, THERE IS, UH, FIVE ADDITIONAL TREES THAT ARE BEYOND ANY OTHER REQUIREMENT THAT, UM, THAT WE HAVE BY CODE.

AND THEN ON THE RIGHT, IT'S A LITTLE HARD TO SEE, AND I APOLOGIZE FOR THAT.

BUT THERE ARE THREE EXPANDED PARKING ISLANDS THAT ARE ABOUT 17 FEET IN WIDTH.

UH, THOSE ARE TO PROMOTE TREE GROWTH AND, UH, ALLOW FOR, UM, JUST A LITTLE MORE GREEN AREA IN THE PARKING LOT.

AND THANK YOU.

AND THANK YOU.

UM, WE HAVE APPLICANT HERE, RIGHT? HANG, I'M WITH WESTWOOD PROFESSIONAL SERVICES.

UM, WE WERE THE ENGINEER ON THE PROJECT, AND I'VE ALSO GOT, UH, SCOTT SIN HERE WITH ME TONIGHT.

UM, HE'S A LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT, UH, WITH OUR FIRM.

UH, I'M GONNA DO A, A BRIEF PRESENTATION.

RYAN DID A, A EXCELLENT JOB OF KIND OF SUMMARIZING, SUMMARIZING WHAT WE GOT, UH, GOING ON AT THIS SITE.

UM, JUST KIND OF PULL UP, THIS IS JUST KIND OF A GENERAL OVERVIEW OF, UH, A RENDERING OF THE SITE.

SO WE'VE GOT A, ABOUT A 72,000 SQUARE FOOT, UM, WAREHOUSE BUILDING, UH, WITH A, A DRIVE VILE AROUND, UH, THE FRONT AND, AND, UH, LEFT SIDES THERE.

AND THEN A, UM, UH, LOADING DOCK AREA, UH, AROUND THE BACKSIDE.

UM, THE PROJECT, UH, THE SITE IS ZONED, UH, CS, UH, SO COMMERCIAL SERVICES, UM, WE WOULD BE LIMITED TO, UH, 80% IMPERVIOUS COVER, UH, FOR THE SITE.

WERE WELL BELOW THAT AT, UM, 57.5%.

UM, SO WELL BELOW, YOU KNOW, WHAT, UH, WHAT WOULD BE ALLOWED.

UM, NEXT SLIDE IS JUST KIND OF, UH, BRIEFLY GOING OVER KIND OF, KIND OF OUR, UH, EXPERIENCE, UH, WITH THIS TYPE OF PROJECT.

UM, WESTWOOD, UH, OH, I THINK I'M GONNA SLIDE BEHIND HERE.

CAN YOU GO BACK ONE, UH, OTHER WAY? SORRY, ONE MORE.

UH, OH, I DON'T KNOW WHO'S DRIVING.

UM, ANYWAY, THERE'S A SLIDE THAT JUST KIND OF GOES OVER SOME OF OUR EXPERIENCE, UM, IN THE SLIDE DECK.

UH, SO, YOU KNOW, WE'VE, WE'VE DONE A LOT OF THIS PROJECT TYPE, UM, YOU KNOW, HERE LOCALLY IN AUSTIN, AND THEN ALSO, UH, JUST IN THE GREATER TEXAS AREA.

SO, UM, YOU KNOW, THE, JUST KIND OF TOUCHING ON THE DEMAND FOR THIS, YOU KNOW, ESPECIALLY AS, UH, DEVELOPMENT KINDA MOVES FURTHER EAST, THERE IS A, UH, A LOT OF DEMAND FOR THIS TYPE OF PROJECT.

UH, LARGE WAREHOUSES, LARGE FOOT FOOTPRINTS, UH, OF THOSE BUILDINGS.

UM, SOME OF THE CHALLENGES THAT WE FACE AS WE'RE GOING THROUGH THE ENGINEERING DESIGN ON THESE TYPES OF PROJECTS, UM, IT IS A VERY LARGE FOOTPRINT, UM, THAT, YOU KNOW, IS REQUIRED TO BE FLAT.

UM, WHICH, YOU KNOW, AND ROLLING HILLS BECOMES A CHALLENGE ON CUT AND FILL.

UM, YOU KNOW, BRIAN TOUCHED ON IT.

THIS SITE WAS USED AS A SPOILED SPOILS AREA FOR THE CONSTRUCTION, I THINK IT WAS, UH, FOR

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THE ONE 30 CONSTRUCTION.

UM, BUT THAT, THAT ALSO ADDED, UM, SOME ADDITIONAL MATERIAL TO THE SITE, WHICH, UH, YOU KNOW, ADDED TO THAT CHALLENGE.

UM, YOU KNOW, OUR, OUR TRUCK DRIVES, UH, ON THIS TYPE OF PROJECT, OUR LIMITED, YOU KNOW, YOU DON'T WANT YOUR TRUCK, YOU KNOW, TOO SLOPED.

UM, AND, UH, AND THEN JUST, YOU KNOW, TYING IN ACCESS ALL THE WAY AROUND THE BUILDING BECOMES A CHALLENGE.

SO, UM, SO, UH, I GUESS WE, WE'LL MOVE ON TO THE, SO THIS WAS OUR ORIGINAL PROPOSAL.

YOU CAN KIND OF SEE, UH, ORIGINALLY WE WERE AT ABOUT 13 AND A HALF FEET OF, UH, CUT AND, UM, ALMOST 16 FEET OF FILL, UM, IN, IN THIS SCENARIO.

UH, SO, YOU KNOW, EXTENSIVE, EXTENSIVE WORK WITH STAFF ON, UM, YOU KNOW, COMING UP WITH A, UH, A BETTER SOLUTION.

UM, AND THE NEXT SLIDE KIND OF SHOWS WHAT, WHAT PROPOSED CHANGES.

WE, WE, UH, WE WORKED WITH THEM ON.

UM, SO WE RELOCATED THAT DRIVE, SO WE WEREN'T HAVING TO CUT THAT OUT, UM, QUITE AS MUCH.

UM, WE ADDED THE, UH, UH, SO ORIGINALLY THAT, THAT AREA ON THE SOUTH SIDE, WHAT I'M, WHAT I WOULD CALL THE BACK END OF THE PROJECT, UH, THAT WAS ALL JUST DONE AT THREE TO ONE.

UM, YOU KNOW, WE, WE ENDED UP TERRACING DOWN, UH, THREE OR FOUR TERRACES.

UH, WE, WHICH ALLOWED US TO, YOU KNOW, PLANT THAT, UM, WITH, YOU KNOW, SOME TREES.

I THINK IT WAS SHOWN ON, UH, ON ONE OF HIS SLIDES.

UM, INSTEAD OF DOING THE THREE TO ONE, UH, AND THEN, YOU KNOW, ADDED THE, UH, THE ADDITIONAL TREE ISLANDS, UM, THROUGHOUT THE SITE, UM, IT'S BASICALLY ABOUT TWICE THE SIZE OF WHAT A REGULAR TREE ISLAND WOULD BE.

SO, SO THAT, THAT BROUGHT US TO KIND OF WHERE WE ARE TODAY.

UM, SO DROP THE, THE CUT DOWN TO, UH, A LITTLE UNDER 12 FEET, AND WE'RE BELOW 15 FEET ON THE FILL SIDE, UM, WITH THOSE CHANGES.

AND THEN THE NEXT COUPLE SLIDES ARE KIND OF DETAILED LANDSCAPING, UM, OF THE FRONT AND AND REAR OF THE SITE.

SO YOU'VE GOT TREES ALONG THE FRONTAGE THERE OF TWO 90.

UM, AND THEN KIND OF TURNING THE CORNER THERE AROUND THE, THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE SITE.

UM, OUR, UH, WATER QUALITY POND, KIND OF ALONG THAT, UM, DIAGONAL, UH, OF THE BUILDING, UH, THE BIO RETENTION, UM, POND FOR THIS SITE.

UM, NEXT SLIDE.

AND THEN THAT'S SHOWING THE, THE TREES, UH, PLANTED IN THAT TERRACE AREA.

UM, SO YOU'VE GOT, YOU KNOW, I THINK THEY'RE THREE FOOT WALLS STEPPED UP AND ABOUT 10 FEET WIDE, UH, ON THE TERRACE.

SO, UH, WE'RE ABLE TO, TO PLANT THAT VERSUS JUST HAVING A, YOU KNOW, A THREE TO ONE SLOPE BACK THERE.

SO, AND WITH THAT, I'LL OPEN THAT UP FOR QUESTIONS.

THANK YOU.

UH, DO WE HAVE ANY CITIZEN COMMUNICATION FOR THIS ONE? NO.

OKAY.

UH, LET'S OPEN IT UP TO QUESTIONS FROM THE COMMISSIONERS.

LET'S START WITH REMOTE COMMISSIONERS.

NO QUESTIONS FROM SULLIVAN? NONE FROM SHERA NICHOLS? NOPE.

NONE FROM NICHOLS.

OKAY.

UH, COMMISSIONER QURESHI.

YEAH.

YEAH, I JUST WANTED TO THANK Y'ALL FOR THE PRESENTATION.

UM, I WANTED TO KNOW ALSO, UM, IF THERE ARE ANY PLANS TO LIKE, HAVE SOLAR PANELS ON THE BUILDING.

UM, I THINK A LOT OF TIMES WE ASK, YOU KNOW, WHAT APPLICANT'S PLANS ARE FOR LIKE DARK SKY COMPLIANCE, STUFF LIKE THAT.

UM, AND, UH, MAYBE EVEN, UH, ELECTRICAL WIRING FOR EMPLOYEES.

UM, THAT WAS MY, THOSE ARE MY ONLY QUESTIONS.

APPRECIATE IT.

UM, I DON'T KNOW THAT THERE ARE PLANS TO, TO, UH, TO DO SOLAR ON, ON THIS FACILITY.

UM, UH, YEAH, I, I, I CAN'T REALLY SPEAK TO THAT, THAT, THAT, THAT REALLY COMES INTO PLAY MORE ON THE BUILDING SIDE, UH, OF THINGS.

SO WHEN THEY, UM, WHEN THEY GO IN FOR THEIR BUILDING PERMIT, THAT'S WHEN THOSE, THOSE TYPES OF DECISIONS WOULD BE MADE.

GOTCHA.

APPRECIATE IT.

THANKS.

SURE.

COMMISSIONER EINHORN? NONE.

UH, COMMISSIONER GER? NONE FOR RIGHT NOW.

NONE FOR RIGHT NOW.

COMMISSIONER PRIMER.

SO YOU'RE REMOVING THE FILL FROM THE ROAD, PREVIOUS ROAD CONSTRUCTION IS WHAT I UNDERSTAND.

UM, NOT REMOVING, I MEAN, WE'RE, UH, WE'RE REGRADING THE SITE TO, UH, TO GRADE IT FOR THE, THE PROJECT.

OKAY.

SO.

OKAY.

UM, ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU.

SURE.

VICE CHAIR COFER.

UH, I GUESS I'M KIND OF ON THE SAME QUESTION.

THIS IS PROBABLY MORE FOR STAFF JUST GENERALLY TO UNDERSTAND WHEN WE HAVE SORT OF THIS

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HUMAN MODIFIED GRADE, HOW LONG, YOU KNOW, AS A SPOIL SITE OR OTHERWISE, IS IT, YOU KNOW, IN THAT CONDITION WHERE BEFORE IT NEEDS TO ACTUALLY HAVE A VARIANCE LIKE THIS? THAT IS A GOOD QUESTION.

UM, MIKE AND I HAVE THESE SORT OF CONVERSATIONS ALL THE TIME WHEN THESE SORT OF THINGS HAPPEN BECAUSE, UH, IT IS DIFFICULT.

SO THE INTENT OF THE, THE CODE IS TO, TO PROTECT NATURALLY OCCURRING SLOPES, UM, AND TO PREVENT CUT AND FILL TO, YOU KNOW, LIMIT, UM, UH, THIS SITUATION WHERE YOU'RE NEEDING TO IMPORT OR HAUL OFF, YOU KNOW, JUST TO BALANCE THE, THE CUT AND FILL ON THE SITE.

AND, UM, YOU KNOW, WE DEFINITELY TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION, UM, WHAT WAS THE NATURAL TOPOGRAPHY, AND, AND SOMETIMES WE DO, LIKE, IF IT WERE A SLOPES ISSUE, WE WOULD SOMETIMES JUST SAY, WELL, IT DOESN'T NECESSARILY APPLY TO THAT BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, A ROAD CUT, FOR EXAMPLE, OR, UM, SOMETHING, OR A RETAINING WALL OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT IS OBVIOUSLY NOT WHAT THE CODE IS, IS, UM, INTENDING TO, UM, TO PRO TO PROTECT.

BUT WE DON'T ALWAYS HAVE REALLY GOOD INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT A SITE USED TO LOOK LIKE, AND IF IT IS THERE LONG ENOUGH OR WE DON'T HAVE GOOD INFORMATION, OR IF IT WAS PERMITTED, AND THEN, YOU KNOW, UM, YOU KNOW, THAT IS WHAT THE SITE IS.

AND SO WE, WE DO KIND OF MAKE JUDGMENT CALLS ON THAT.

UH, MIKE MCDOUGALL, UH, ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW, DSDI JUST WANNA GIVE A KIND OF A TANGIBLE EXAMPLE OF THE SITUATION.

UM, OH, THERE YOU GO.

SORRY ABOUT THAT.

UH, SO FOR EXAMPLE, THE CODE ALLOWS A SWIMMING POOL TO BE DUG MORE THAN FOUR FEET DEEP.

OBVIOUSLY, PEOPLE WANT SWIMMING POOLS DEEPER THAN FOUR FEET.

THE CODE DOESN'T ALLOW A SWIMMING POOL TO BE BACKFILLED.

SO A STRICT APPLICATION OF CODE MEANS THAT IF SOMEBODY DIGS A SWIMMING POOL, THEN IT ABANDONS THE SWIMMING POOL, THEY NEED A VARIANCE TO FILL IT BACK IN.

SO WE APPLY SOME JUDGMENT TO THE SITUATION, UH, WHERE WE CAN, UH, OBVIOUSLY WE'RE NOT GONNA MAKE SOMEBODY GET A VARIANCE TO ABANDONED THEIR SWIMMING POOL OR LEAVE A, AN ABANDONED SWIMMING POOL, YOU KNOW, VACANT AND EMPTY FOR ALL TIME.

THIS SITUATION WAS A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT.

WE COULDN'T, UM, REALLY WIND BACK THE CLOCK TO UNDERSTAND WHAT WAS GOING, UH, WHAT HAD HAPPENED.

UM, AND I BELIEVE SINCE, UH, ONE 30 WAS A STATE PROJECT, THEY WOULDN'T NEEDED A CITY PERMIT.

UH, SO, UM, UNDERSTANDING WHAT THE SITUATION WHEN WAS CHALL, WHAT THE SITUATION WAS, WAS CHALLENGING.

AND SO THAT'S WHY WE'RE BASICALLY SAYING, OKAY, WE'RE GOING TO APPLY THE RULES AS THEY'RE WRITTEN AS BEST WE CAN BASED ON OUR, OUR UNDERSTANDING OF THE SITE CHARACTERISTICS.

SO THAT'S, I THINK THAT'S A FAIR, FAIR ASSESSMENT.

THANK Y'ALL FOR EXPLAINING.

THANK YOU.

I'D LIKE TO ASK A FOLLOW UP QUESTION, UM, TO FOLLOW ON WITH, UH, COMMISSIONER ER'S, UM, POINT, I GUESS, UH, COMMISSIONER BRISTOL, WHO'S ABSENT TONIGHT, UH, CONTINUALLY ASKS QUESTIONS ABOUT, UH, HOW MUCH CUT AND FILL WE GONNA CONTINUE TO ALLOW ON THE EAST SIDE OF TOWN.

AND, UH, I DIDN'T REALLY PUSH THIS TOO FAR BECAUSE THE LAND HAS ALREADY BEEN MARRED BY FILL, YOU KNOW, WASTE OR HOWEVER YOU WANT TO CHARACTERIZE IT FROM A HIGHWAY PROJECT.

SO IT WASN'T AS IF THIS WAS PRISTINE LAND THAT WAS THAT WAY FOR THE PAST 5,000 YEARS.

AND ONE COULD ARGUE THAT, WELL, WE'RE JUST KIND OF MOVING IT AROUND.