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SO IF YOU WANT TO CONTROL THAT YOURSELF, THAT'S ADVISABLE AS WELL.

BUT, UH, I DON'T SEE THE VIDEO OF THE MEETING, SO I'M JUST ASSUMING IF, UH, THE, UM, UH, THE IT FOLKS WILL BRING THAT UP AND YOU'LL BE ABLE TO SEE THAT AND WE'LL TRY TO PROVIDE THEM AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.

UM, THE NAVIGATION INSTRUCTIONS CAUSE THEY ARE IN CONTROL OF, OF THE ADS, THE DOCUMENTS THAT WILL, UH, SO WE WILL HOPEFULLY TRY TO TELL YOU WHICH PAGE WE'RE ON AND AS WE WORKED THROUGH OR IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT A PARTICULAR PAGE, LET US KNOW SO THAT WE CAN TRY TO FIND, NAVIGATE TO THAT POSITION WHERE WE'RE GOING.

BUT ASSUMING THAT IT, HELLO, THIS IS JOSEPH FROM THE CLERK'S OFFICE.

YES, WE DO HAVE THE PRESENTATION UP AND, UH, IF LIKE YOU SAID, IF YOU COULD JUST STATE THE PAGE NUMBERS, IT'LL ALLOW OUR IT DEPARTMENT TO BETTER ASSIST YOU ALL.

THANK YOU.

AND WE'LL DO THAT.

UH, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE DID NOTICE ON SOME OF THESE, IT IS A MIXTURE OF PORTRAIT AND LANDSCAPE DOCUMENTS.

UM, AND, AND SO WHAT'D YOU DO? YOU SAID MAMA , YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT YOU'RE GONNA FUCK.

STEVE

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RIGHT NOW WOULD BE A GREAT TIME BEFORE THE PLANE IS FINALIZED TO GO AROUND AND TALK TO A BUNCH OF DIFFERENT BOARDS OF PERMISSIONS ABOUT HOW THE PLANNING PROCESS IS GOING, WHAT WE'RE FOCUSING ON, WHAT WE'RE DOING.

UM, AND TAKING THE INPUT NOW BEFORE THE PLAN IS SORT OF, UH, FINALLY CRAFTED.

UM, CAUSE I'VE SEEN THAT PRESENTATION HAVING A LOT OF TIMES WHERE THE DEPARTMENT SHOWS UP RIGHT BEFORE IT'S GOING TO GO TO COUNCIL AND SAYS, HEY, HERE'S OUR PLAN.

YOU SUPPORT THIS RIGHT AT THE LAST MINUTE.

UM, AND IT JUST SEEMS LIKE GETTING EARLIER INPUT WOULD BE BETTER.

SO, UM, I RECORDED A VERSION OF THIS PRESENTATION A FEW WEEKS AGO AND WE PRESENTED IT AND SHARED THAT WEB LINK.

IT'S LIKE A YOUTUBE RECORDED VIDEO.

YOU SHARED IT WITH MANY, MANY OTHER BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS.

UM, SO, UH, BUT THIS GROUP WANTED TO HEAR THE LIVE VERSION, SO I'M GONNA GIVE IT TO YOU LIVE AND YOU CAN ASK QUESTIONS AT THE END.

UM, SO I'M GOING TO TRY AND GET THROUGH THESE SLIDES PRETTY QUICKLY HERE.

SO CAN EVERYONE SEE AGENDA NOW? GREAT.

OKAY.

SO TODAY I'M GOING TO TALK ABOUT GOALS OF THE CLIMATE PLAN REVISION.

WHAT, WHAT ARE WE TRYING TO FOCUS ON THIS TIME IN REVISING THIS PLAN? UH, THEN GO A LITTLE BIT THROUGH THE PROCESS OF REVIEWING THE SCHEDULE, HOW THINGS HAVE BEEN GOING.

THEN TALK ABOUT, UH, THE EQUITY TOOL, WHICH IS THE THING THAT WE ARE APPLYING, UM, TO THIS PLANNING PROCESS.

AND THEN TALKING ABOUT NEXT STEPS.

SO FIRST THING, AS YOU ALL KNOW, UH, HUMANS ARE CHANGING THE EARTH CLIMATE BY ADMITTING BILLIONS AND BILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF TONS OF GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS TO THE ATMOSPHERE.

UM, THIS HAS BEEN HAPPENING SINCE THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION AND THE CREATED LIFE AS WE KNOW IT ON THIS PLANET.

UM, BUT BURNING COAL, BURNING NATURAL GAS, BURNING OIL, UH, FOR ELECTRICITY, FOR VEHICLES, ALL THOSE ACTIVITIES ARE BUILDING UP GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS IN THE ATMOSPHERE.

UM, WARMING SCIENTISTS TELL US THAT WARMING OVER TWO DEGREES C COULD BE CATASTROPHIC, SO ALIVE ON EARTH.

UM, SCIENTISTS, SCIENTISTS HAVE ALSO ALREADY TOLD US THAT THE EARTH HAS ALREADY, UH, WARMED BY ONE DEGREE.

SO WE ARE BEHIND ON THIS GLOBALLY.

UH, THE CLIMATE HAS ALREADY STARTED TO CHANGE AND GLOBALLY EMISSIONS HAVE NOT STARTED TO COME DOWN.

THAT'S WHAT THIS CHART IS SHOWING.

GLOBAL EMISSIONS, UM, LEADING UP TO LIKE 2012.

UM, SO BASICALLY WHAT'S HAPPENING IS THAT EVERY YEAR THAT GOES INTO THE FUTURE NOW WE NEED TO REDUCE EMISSIONS AT A STEEPER AND STEEPER AMOUNT

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GLOBALLY TO REACH EMISSION REDUCTION TARGETS TO AVOID CLIMATE CHANGE.

SO CLIMATE CHANGE IS HAPPENING.

UM, AND TRADITIONALLY IT'S KIND OF BEEN, YOU KNOW, THIS IS AN ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUE.

UM, BUT AT THE CITY, UM, AS YOU, AS YOU ALL HAVE HEARD, UM, THE CITY HAS A COMMITMENT TO RACIAL EQUITY.

UH, WE HAVE AN EQUITY OFFICE THAT OUR OFFICE HAS STARTED TO WORK WITH OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS AND THEY REALLY ENVISION THAT RACIAL EQUITY IS THIS CONDITION WHERE RACE NO LONGER PREDICTS A PERSON'S QUALITY OF LIFE OUTCOME IN OUR COMMUNITY.

UM, AND SO WHEN WE STARTED UP THE REVISION, THE REVISION PROCESS BACK, YOU KNOW, A YEAR AGO NOW, YOU KNOW, WORKING WITH MEMBERS OF THE JOINT SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE, TALKING TO MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY, WE REALLY HAD THIS SORT OF REALIZATION THAT WE NEEDED TO REALLY ADDRESS EQUITY AS WE CREATED THIS CLIMATE REVISE COMMUNITY CLIMATE PLAN.

AND SO WE HAVE PUT A TON OF EFFORT INTO FIGURING OUT WHAT DOES THAT REALLY MEAN.

SO THE NEXT FEW SLIDES ARE GOING TO REALLY START TO UNDERSTAND AS WE HAVE STARTED TO UNPACK THE COMPLEXITY OF THE ECONOMICS OF USING FOSSIL FUELS AND I'M USING THEM IN THE AUSTIN COMMUNITY, UM, HOW THAT INTERSECTS WITH EQUITY AND HOW WE THINK THAT FITS IN WITH THIS POINT.

SO THERE ARE A LOT OF WORK WITH OUR DIFFERENT STAKEHOLDERS THAT HAVE BEEN PARTICIPATING IN THIS PROCESS.

UM, BACK IN DECEMBER WE DID A FULL EQUITY TRAINING FOR ALL THE PARTICIPANTS IN THIS PLANNING PROCESS.

WE HAVE ABOUT 140 COMMUNITY MEMBERS THAT ARE PARTICIPATING IN THIS, UH, IN THIS PROCESS.

THEY ARE MADE UP OF, YOU KNOW, MEMBERS OF BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS, CITY STAFF, BUT MANY JUST INDIVIDUAL RESIDENTS IN THE AUSTIN AREA THAT ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT THIS ISSUE AND A VOLUNTEER THEIR TIME TO HELP US.

UM, SO THROUGH THIS FULL EQUITY TRAINING THAT WE DID FOR ALL MEMBERS OF, UM, OF THIS PLANNING EFFORT, WE CAME UP WITH THESE VALUES IN THE CENTER SO SHE CAN SEE, YOU KNOW, WITH CLIMATE CHANGE, WE'RE TRYING TO ELIMINATE THE USE OF FOSSIL FUELS IN THE CITY OF AUSTIN FOR ENERGY AND TRANSPORTATION.

UH, WITH RACIAL EQUITY.

WE'RE TRYING TO ELIMINATE DISPARITIES THAT CAN BE PREDICTED BY RACE.

AND WHERE WE SEE THOSE TWO INTERSECTING ARE THESE VALUES IN THE CENTER.

SO THESE VALUES ARE WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO PUT FORWARD AND TRY TO ACHIEVE WHEN WE, UH, DESIGN OR DESIGNING THE GOALS, DESIGNING THE STRATEGIES OR DESIGNING THIS PLAN THAT WILL GO OUT INTO THE WORLD, UM, AND BE UNDER IMPLEMENTATION FOR THE NEXT FIVE OR SO.

SO WHAT WE REALLY THINK OF, WE STRIVE FOR, UH, INCREASING HEALTH, UH, HEALTH OUTCOMES FOR EVERYONE.

UH, UH, STRIVING FOR AFFORDABILITY FOR EVERYONE.

ACCESSIBILITY, CULTURAL PRESERVATION, BUILDING COMMUNITY CAPACITY.

JUST TRANSITION FOR, UH, FOR WORKERS AND FOR PEOPLE AND THEN TRUE ACCOUNTABILITY.

SO YOU'RE GOING TO HEAR MORE ABOUT THOSE VALUES.

BUT I THOUGHT IT WAS IMPORTANT IMPORTANT TO PUT UP FRONT HERE THAT WE'RE NOT JUST FOCUSING ON TONS OF GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS REDUCED.

WE'RE NOT JUST FOCUSING ON ENVIRONMENTAL METRICS, WE'RE FOCUSING ON HOW DO THOSE ENVIRONMENTAL METRICS AND THOSE TOOLS AND STRATEGIES AS THEY'RE IMPLEMENTED REALLY MANIFEST THEMSELVES, UM, IN THE COMMUNITY IN TERMS OF REAL LIFE OUTCOMES FOR PEOPLE.

SO IN THIS PLANNING PROCESS, I'VE HAD THIS QUESTION ASKED TO ME A LOT OF TIMES AND WE HAVE HAD A LOT OF DISCUSSIONS WITH OUR STEERING COMMITTEE, WITH OUR COMMUNITY, UM, WITH MEMBERS ABOUT, UM, YOU KNOW, IF WE'RE JUST FOCUSED ON CLIMATE CHANGE, YOU KNOW, WHAT DOES IT, WHAT DOES EQUITY HAVE TO DO WITH? UM, AND SO WE FELT THAT IT WAS REALLY IMPORTANT TO, TO MAKE IT REALLY CLEAR THAT, UM, THIS IS WHY.

SO THE FIRST THING IS THAT CLIMATE CHANGE DOES AFFECT EVERYONE, BUT IT DOESN'T ALL, ALL COMMUNITIES, RIGHT? LIKE, IF YOU HAVE A LOT OF RESOURCES AND A LOT OF MONEY TO PAY FOR REALLY HIGH AIR CONDITIONING BILLS, EXTREME HEAT DOESN'T AFFECT YOU, BUT IF YOU DON'T HAVE THOSE RESOURCES, EXTREME HEAT REALLY DOES AFFECT YOU.

UM, EXAMPLES CAN GO ON AND ON AND ON, BUT, UM, THE AFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE ARE GOING TO AFFECT OUR COMMUNITIES.

NEXT ONE.

UM, WE REALLY REALIZED THAT THE SYSTEMS THAT EXPLAIN THE ENVIRONMENT LIKE DRILLING FOR OIL AND NATURAL GAS, LIKE, UH, REFINING OIL AND NATURAL GAS MINING FOR COAL BURNING COAL AND POWER PLANTS, UM, THOSE SAME SYSTEMS THAT EXPLOIT THE ENVIRONMENT ALSO EXPLOIT PEOPLE.

UM, SO THINKING ABOUT SYSTEMATICALLY WHAT ARE THE SYSTEMS THAT ARE CREATING THESE PROBLEMS AND NOT JUST PUTTING IT ON INDIVIDUALS IN THEIR, UM, IN THEIR OWN DECISIONS IS, IS VERY IMPORTANT.

UM, THE NEXT THING IS THAT WE REALLY REALIZED THAT, UH, AND WE SHOULD KNOW THIS, THAT COMMUNITIES OF COLOR IN THE AUSTIN AREA HAVE WISDOM AND LIVED EXPERIENCE THAT IS BEYOND WHAT THE TECHNICAL SCIENCE EXPERTS AND LIKE THE TECHNICAL ENVIRONMENTAL EXPERTS IN OUR COMMUNITY HAVE.

SO

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WHEN WE'RE THINKING ABOUT ENERGY USAGE, TRANSPORTATION, HOW PEOPLE GET AROUND TO WORK, YOU KNOW, REALLY LIVED EXPERIENCE CAN PLAY A PIVOTAL ROLE IN HELPING US INFORM WHAT GOES IN OUR PHONE.

UM, AND THEN FINALLY, UH, DESIGNING SOLUTIONS THAT BENEFIT THOSE THAT NEED, THAT ARE IN THE MOST NEED, UH, WILL ACTUALLY END UP BENEFITING EVERYONE.

SO IF WE JUST DESIGNED SOLUTIONS FOR, UM, THE HIGH INCOME RESIDENTS IN THIS COMMUNITY, IT WILL NOT CREATE THE BENEFITS FOR ALL.

BUT IF WE HAVE DESIGNED PROGRAMS AND IMPLEMENT PROGRAMS IN A WAY THAT BENEFIT EVERYONE, LOW INCOME COMMUNITIES AND COMMUNITIES OF COLOR INCLUDED, THEN THE BENEFITS WILL END UP HELPING EVERYONE.

SO, UM, YOU KNOW, JUST THE FINAL TAKEAWAY HERE IS THAT IF WE'RE NOT PROACTIVELY ADDRESSING EQUITY AND TRYING TO MAKE THINGS BETTER, WE WILL JUST BE PERPETUATING INJUSTICES THAT ARE CURRENTLY FOR IN OUR COMMUNITY.

SO, UM, THAT'S REALLY OUR CHARGE.

SO TO THE NEXT SLIDE HERE, UH, THIS WAS THE ORIGINAL COMMUNITY CLIMATE.

SO I'VE PRESENTED TO THIS GROUP BEFORE ON THIS TOPIC.

THIS PLAN HAS BEEN PUBLISHED AND HAS BEEN OUT IN THE COMMUNITY FOR, FOR FIVE YEARS NOW.

UM, THE FOCUS OF THIS FIRST PLAN WAS ON ELECTRICITY AND NATURAL GAS TRANSPORTATION, LAND USE MATERIAL AND WASTE MANAGEMENT INDUSTRIAL PROCESSES.

UM, THERE WERE OVER 103 ACTIONS.

MOST OF THE, UH, WORK IN THIS PLAN WAS TO CREATE SORT OF QUALITATIVE ACTIONS THAT WERE PRIMARILY KIND OF POINTED AT THE CITY IN TERMS OF LIKE CITY PROGRAMS THAT LIKE SHOULD BE CREATED AND IMPLEMENTED.

UM, MUCH HAS BEEN ACCOMPLISHED WITH THIS PLAN.

UM, YOU KNOW, EMISSIONS.

OUR BASELINE FOR GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS GOES BACK TO 2010 EMISSIONS IN THE AUSTIN COMMUNITY HAVE BEEN REDUCED SINCE 2010.

THEY'VE BEEN REDUCED SINCE THIS PLAN HAS BEEN IN IMPLEMENTATION.

UM, BUT, UM, WE STILL GOT A LOT OF WORK TO DO, YOU KNOW, EMISSIONS IN 2017 WE'RE STILL LESS THAN NEEDED, UH, TO BE A 12.5 MILLION METRIC TONS PER YEAR.

THAT'S DOWN FROM THE PEAK, OUR PEAK, WHICH WAS ABOUT 14 TO 15 MILLION METRIC TONS PER YEAR.

SO, UH, WE'VE STILL GOT A LONG WAY TO GO.

SO, UM, OF COURSE WE NEED TO REVISE THE PLAN.

UM, ANOTHER THING.

SO WE JUST, WE HAVE THE GENERAL DIRECTIVE THAT AT FIVE YEARS THE PLAN NEEDED TO BE REVISED.

THE OTHER THING IS THAT, YOU KNOW, THE ENERGY AND THE INTEREST IN THE FOCUS OF THIS AREA OF CLIMATE CHANGE IS NOT SLOWING DOWN.

IT'S JUST BUILDING UP MORE AND MORE AND MORE.

SO JUST IN THE PAST YEAR, UM, JANUARY, 2019, THE CITY WAS SELECTED AT THIS SPACE IN THE BLOOMBERG AMERICAN CITIES FIND A CHALLENGE.

UH, THAT'S THE PICTURE THERE.

MICHAEL BLOOMBERG AND CITY MANAGER, UM, THOSE PROJECTS THAT ARE SPECIFICALLY FOCUSED ON REDUCING COMMUNITY EMISSIONS HAVE BEEN UNDERWAY FOR OVER A YEAR NOW.

UM, IN MAY THE CITY COUNCIL PASSED TWO DIFFERENT RESOLUTIONS.

ONE TO CREATE, UH, MAKE SURE WE HAD A SPECIFIC ELECTRIC VEHICLE ADOPTION PLAN.

THE SECOND ONE WAS TO, UH, ADOPT SORT OF TENANTS OF THE GREEN NEW DEAL.

AND THEN IN AUGUST, OUR CITY COUNCIL ADOPTED A CLIMATE EMERGENCY, WHICH AGAIN, SORT OF GAVE US MORE DIRECTIVES FOR WHAT SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN OUR CLIMATE PLAN.

UM, I'M A PLAN REVISION AND THAT THAT PLAN SHOULD BE BROUGHT BACK TO CITY COUNCIL BY OCTOBER ONE.

SO AS WE ARE CREATING THE PLAN THIS TIME, UM, WE HAVE FIVE, UH, MAJOR PLAN SECTIONS THAT WE'RE CREATING.

SO THE FIVE SECTIONS THAT WE'RE WORKING ON NOW ARE, UH, SECTION GOALS AND STRATEGIES FOR SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS, TRANSPORTATION, ELECTRIFICATION, TRANSPORTATION AND LAND USE, NATURAL SYSTEMS AND CONSUMPTION.

UM, AND, AND IT'S JUST SHOULD BE NOTED THAT THIS, THE CLIMATE PLAN IS A, IS A COMPLICATED PLAN BECAUSE HE FITS AMONGST MANY OTHER EXISTING PLANS AND INITIATIVES AND IT'S NOT, WE DON'T SEE ITS ROLE OF LIKE TELLING AUSTIN ENERGY TO DO NEW THINGS OR YOU KNOW, WE DON'T HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO TELL CAP METRO LIKE WHAT PROJECT CONNECTION LOOK LIKE.

UM, BUT THIS PLAN SHOULD FIT AMONGST THESE OTHER PLANS.

SO ZERO WASTE MASTER PLAN, AUSTIN ENERGY'S GENERATION PLAN, WHICH IS THIS ADOPTED, UM, WHATEVER HAPPENS WITH LAND USE, UM, CODE REVISION IN, UH, IN THE COMING MONTHS.

UH, THE STRATEGIC MOBILITY PLAN, WHICH WAS ADOPTED BY CITY COUNCIL LAST YEAR, PROJECT CONNECT, WHICH IS VERY MUCH IN PLAY, UH, THE WATER FORWARD PLAN, WHICH WAS ADOPTED BY COUNCIL LAST YEAR.

THE GOALS AND STRATEGIES THAT ARE IN ALL THOSE PLANS, THOSE WILL END UP INFLUENCING AND AFFECTING WHAT'S IN THE CLIMATE PLAN.

BUT WE'RE NOT HERE TO LIKE REDO THOSE PLANS OR, UM, OR STEP ON THE TOES OF IT.

SO IT'S MEANT OUR NEW SECTIONS ARE MEANT TO FIT WITHIN THAT WORLD OF, UM, OF OTHER INITIATIVES OUT THERE.

SO AS I MENTIONED, WE HAVE, YOU KNOW, 140 SOME COMMUNITY MEMBERS THAT ARE PARTICIPATING IN THIS PLANNING PROCESS.

AND THIS IS THE, THE GENERAL SORT OF ORGANIZATIONAL CHART FOR HOW THIS IS WORKING.

WE HAVE A STEERING COMMITTEE IS

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MADE UP OF ABOUT 25 COMMUNITY MEMBERS, UM, AND I WORK, YOU KNOW, WEEKLY WITH THE STEERING COMMITTEE ON THE DIRECTIVES AND THE OVERALL DIRECTION FOR CREATION OF THE PLAN.

UM, KATIE COIN, WHO'S, UH, ON THIS ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION, SHE HAS ONE OF THE CO-CHAIRS OF THAT STEERING COMMITTEE.

SO SHE IS CO-CHAIRING THE STEERING COMMITTEE FOR THE WHOLE EFFORT ALONG WITH, UM, CHANGE JOHNSON AND, UH, MY ERA.

SO THEN, UH, WE HAVE FIVE ADVISORY GROUPS.

SO THESE TOUCH ON THOSE TOPICS THAT I MENTIONED IN THE LAST, UH, THE LAST SLIDE, EACH OF THESE GROUPS IS MADE UP OF ABOUT 20 COMMUNITY MEMBERS AND ABOUT FIVE CITY STAFF MEMBERS.

UM, SO ALL OF THESE GROUPS HAVE BEEN MEETING EVERY OTHER WEEK FOR TWO HOURS SINCE, UH, LAST NOVEMBER.

UM, AND THEN MANY OF THE GROUPS IN THE LAST MONTH OR TWO AS WE'VE BEEN REALLY RAMPING UP THE CREATION OF THE PLAN, THEY'VE BEEN MEETING LIKE WEEKLY AND SOMETIMES LIKE MULTIPLE TIMES A WEEK.

UM, SO THERE IS A LOT OF ENERGY AND MEETING AND DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS GOING ON BEHIND THE SCENES TO BUILD THIS PLAN.

UM, THE OTHER THING YOU'LL SEE ON HERE, COMMUNITY CLIMATE AMBASSADORS, YOU KNOW, WE WERE ADVISED BY, BY OUR JOINT SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE LAST YEAR TO CREATE THIS, THERE WAS THE IDEA TO CREATE THIS CLIMATE AMBASSADOR PROGRAM AND IT'S GONE THROUGH A FEW ITERATIONS IN TERMS OF WHAT THE INITIAL THOUGHT WAS AND WHAT WE'VE DONE NOW.

BUT, UM, ESSENTIALLY WE'VE CREATED A PROGRAM WHERE WE HAVE 10 INDIVIDUALS FROM THE COMMUNITY WHO REPRESENT, UH, HISTORICALLY UNDERREPRESENTED GROUPS IN THE COMMUNITY AND THEY ARE, THEY'RE NODDING AMBASSADORS OF THE CITY AND OUR MESSAGE, THEY'RE AMBASSADORS OF THEIR COMMUNITY AND THEY ARE, UM, GOING OUT TO THEIR COMMUNITIES AND ASKING THEIR, YOU KNOW, THEIR CHURCH GROUPS, THEIR PARENTING GROUPS, FRIENDS, THEIR NEIGHBORS, UM, WHAT THEY THINK ABOUT THESE ISSUES RELATED TO CLIMATE CHANGE, HAVING THEIR OWN KIND OF INFORMATION AND ON THE GROUND GRASSROOTS, UH, DATA GATHERING AND SHARING THAT INFORMATION BACK WITH OUR OFFICE.

AND THEN WE ARE SHARING, GOING TO BE SHARING THAT INFORMATION UP TO THESE ADVISORY GROUPS IN THE STEERING COMMITTEE TO REALLY GIVE A VOICE TO THOSE WHO HAVEN'T HAD A VOICE IN CITY CITY PROCESSES AND TO REALLY MAKE SURE THAT WE REPRESENT LIKE REALLY WHAT DOES THE COMMUNITY THINK ABOUT THIS HAPPENS.

UM, SO THE PICTURE HERE, THIS IS, UH, YEAH, THIS IS A PICTURE OF THE CLIMATE AMBASSADOR.

SO THESE ARE ALL THE INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE GOING OUT AND COLLECTING DATA AND TALKING TO THEIR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS.

THEY'RE A GREAT GROUP OF AUSTINITES.

UM, THEY ARE, UH, AS PART OF THE DESIGN OF THIS PROGRAM YOU SPOKE TO, YOU'RE GETTING REIMBURSED FOR THEIR TIME.

SO THEY ARE, UM, IT PARTICIPATED IN A LOT OF MEETINGS.

THEY SORT OF CREATED, UH, HELP WITH US TO CREATE THE, WHAT THE PROGRAM WOULD LOOK LIKE AND THEN THEY HAVE BEEN ACTUALLY DOING THIS WORK IN A REPORTING BACK AND THEY ARE REIMBURSED FOR, FOR THAT EFFORT.

UM, WE'VE ALSO PUT A LOT OF TIME AND EFFORT INTO UM, UM, PURPOSEFUL LIKE DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION INTO OUR PLANNING PROCESS.

SO I DON'T HAVE ALL THE DEMOGRAPHIC INFORMATION HERE, BUT WE, WE'RE AIMING FOR HAVING, UM, AT LEAST 50% PEOPLE OF COLOR, UH, REPRESENTED IN ALL OF OUR ADVISORY GROUPS AND STEERING COMMITTEE OR JUST ABOUT RIGHT AT THAT NUMBER.

I THINK IT IS JUST ABOUT 50% OF THE TOTAL PLAN PARTICIPANTS ARE PEOPLE OF COLOR.

UM, SO, UH, WE PUT A LOT OF TIME AND EFFORT TO FIND THE RIGHT PEOPLE AND WHO ARE GOING TO BE COMMITTED AND REALLY WORK WITH US ON THIS PROGRAM.

UM, SO THAT'S BEEN AN EXCITING, EXCITING PART OF THIS JOURNEY.

OKAY.

SO JUST A LITTLE BIT MORE HERE ON, UM, AS I MENTIONED EARLIER, UM, TO ENSURE HOW EQUITY WAS GOING TO END UP IN ALL, UH, REFLECTED IN ALL THE GOALS AND STRATEGIES.

YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU COME UP WITH A, A GOAL AROUND ELECTRIC VEHICLE ADOPTION, COME UP WITH A GOAL AROUND NET ZERO CARBON BUILDINGS.

YOU KNOW, HOW DO WE ENSURE THAT EQUITY ENDS UP BAKED INTO THE GOLDEN STRATEGIES IN THIS PLAN? UM, SO WE CREATED THIS EQUITY TOOL.

IT'S A SERIES OF QUESTIONS AND A PROCESS THAT ARE BASED ON THESE, UM, THESE TOPICS THAT I TALKED ABOUT EARLIER IN THE PROGRAM EARLIER IN THE PRESENTATION.

SO, UH, WE HAVE THESE DEFINITIONS FOR THE SEVEN TOPICS AND THEN ESSENTIALLY WHAT THIS TOOL LOOKS LIKE.

CAN WE GRADED THIS TOOL WITH MEMBERS OF THE STEERING COMMITTEE, UH, BACKGROUND AND SUPPORT FROM THE EQUITY OFFICE? AND THEN, UM, JUST, YOU KNOW, OFFICES OF SUSTAINABILITY STAFF AND SO, AND SO WE'VE CREATED A TEMPLATE AND THERE WAS A MUCH MORE DETAILED LIKE FULL PROCESS, BUT THESE ARE KIND OF THE STEPS.

SO WE'RE ASKING EACH OF OUR ADVISOR GROUPS, WHEN THEY'RE CRAFTING THEIR GOALS AND STRATEGIES TO THINK ABOUT THE HISTORY AND INEQUITIES IN OUR COMMUNITY DATA AND WHAT DOES IT TELL US ABOUT THAT.

UM, WHAT ARE THE ACTUAL, WHAT IS THE, WHAT'S BEING PUT FORWARD? LIKE SAY YOUR GOAL IS NET ZERO CARBON BUILDINGS.

UM, AND THEN THINK ABOUT STRATEGIES WITH EQUITY AND HISTORICAL CONTEXT IN MIND RELATED TO THAT TOPIC.

UM,

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THEN THERE IS A WHOLE SERIES OF QUESTIONS THAT WE CREATED AROUND OUR SHARED VALUES, WHICH YOU, UH, THE PARTICIPANTS ARE GOING THROUGH AND ANSWERING WHAT ONES AND ZEROS AND NEGATIVE ONES TO RATE HOW EQUITABLE THEIR STRATEGY IS.

AND THEN FINALLY THINK ABOUT ACCOUNTABILITY.

AND THE IDEA HERE IS THAT YOU WOULD PUT YOUR STRATEGIES AND THEN ALL OF THE GROUPS ARE WALKING THEIR WORK THROUGH THIS TOOL AND THEN REVISING THEM SORT OF AS NEEDED, UM, TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE NOT PERPETUATING INEQUITIES.

SO WHERE ARE WE GOING FROM HERE? THIS IS THE PROCESS THAT WE'VE BEEN WORKING ON.

UH, ALL OF THESE FOLKS ARE WORKING SUPER HARD.

UM, SO ON IN THESE FIVE GOAL AREAS, CONSUMPTION TO GOODS, SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS, NATURAL SYSTEMS, TRANSPORTATION, LAND USE, TRANSPORTATION, ELECTRIFICATION.

UM, EACH ONE OF THESE GROUPS ARE, ARE, UH, NEARING THE POINT WHERE THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE, UH, TWO TO THREE SUB GOALS, QUANTITATIVE GOALS THAT WE WANT TO BE ACHIEVED BY 2030 IN EACH OF THESE AREAS.

AND THEN STRATEGIES THAT SHOULD BE IMPLEMENTED OVER THE COURSE OF THE NEXT FIVE YEARS.

SO IN BETWEEN NOW AND THE TIME THIS NEXT PLANT, THE PLANT HAS ARRIVED AGAIN IN FIVE YEARS.

SO WHAT ARE THE STRATEGIES THAT NEED TO BE IMPLEMENTED IN THESE AREAS TO REDUCE THE IMPACTS FROM CONSUMPTION OF THE GOODS, MAKE MORE SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS, GET PEOPLE OUT OF CARS, UM, ELECTRIFIED CARS AND BIKES THAT ARE REMAINING ON THE ROAD, UM, AND THEN INCREASE THE CARBON SEQUESTRATION AND NATURAL SYSTEM.

UH, ANOTHER REALLY IMPORTANT PART OF THIS WHOLE INITIATIVE IS THAT THE GOALS THAT WE'RE PUTTING FORWARD, UM, THAT WE WANT TO ACHIEVE BY 2030, WE ARE DOING A VERY SORT OF RIGOROUS, UH, QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS ON, UM, HOW IF WE ACHIEVE THOSE GOALS, HOW WILL EMISSIONS CHANGE IN THE COMMUNITY? SO THIS IS JUST A GLIMPSE OF A TABLET DASHBOARD.

IT'S LIKE AN INTERACTIVE PUBLIC DASHBOARD THAT WE CREATED.

I CAN SHARE THE LINK AFTER THIS MEETING.

UM, SO YOU CAN ESSENTIALLY GO IN AND LOOK AT THE BILLING SECTOR, THE TRANSPORTATION SECTOR, UH, WASTE AND INDUSTRIAL SECTORS AND PLAY WITH DIFFERENT AMOUNTS OF SEQUESTER, MORE CARBON IN TREES.

HOW ARE THE EMISSIONS EFFECTIVE? WE GET, YOU KNOW, A HUNDRED THOUSAND PEOPLE IN ELECTRIC VEHICLES.

HOW ARE THEY EMISSIONS EFFECTED? UM, SO THIS WAS REALLY HELPING US SORT OF TRUTH OUR GOALS AND OUR STRATEGIES THAT ARE BEING PUT FORWARD AND UNDERSTANDING WILL THEY HELP US MEET OUR CARBON GOALS AND HOW FAR DO WE THINK THAT WE WILL GET AFTER THEY'RE IMPLEMENTED.

SO, UH, THE STRATEGY GOING FORWARD, UH, THE SCHEDULE IS, UM, THAT RIGHT NOW WE ARE IN THE THICK OF ALL OF THESE GROUPS, DRAFTING THEIR GOALS AND STRATEGIES AND STARTING TO DRAFT THE ACTUAL TEXT THAT WILL BE, UH, BE THE CLIMATE PLAN.

UM, IN JUNE WE WILL HAVE THE FIRST KIND OF LIKE FULL INTERNAL DRAFT OF THAT PLAN.

YOU KNOW, THE STEERING COMMITTEE, THE ADVISORY GROUPS, ALL OF INTERNAL DEPARTMENTS.

WE'RE GOING TO BE DOING LOTS OF REVIEWING OF ALL OF THAT WORK IN JUNE AND JULY.

UM, AND THEN BY AUGUST WE SHOULD HAVE, YOU KNOW, THE SORT OF DRAFTS, UM, THE DRAFT FINAL PLAN THAT WE WILL BRING TO BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS.

THERE'LL BE A PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD THAT WILL BE SORT OF OPEN, UM, YOU KNOW, TO THE PUBLIC FOR REVIEW.

UM, AND THEN FINALLY WE'LL FINALIZE EVERYTHING IN SEPTEMBER AND THEN HOPEFULLY BRING BACK TO COUNCIL FOR ADOPTION BY, UH, BY OCTOBER 1ST.

SO, UH, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR LISTENING TO THE PRESENTATION TODAY.

I CAN TAKE QUESTIONS, UM, AND ANY INPUT THAT YOU GIVE US NOW, UM, CAN HELP INFORM THE PROCESS, YOU KNOW, BEFORE THINGS ARE FINALIZED.

AND THEN LIKE I SAID, WE WILL BE BACK IN AUGUST WITH THE ACTUAL DRAFT PLAN FOR YOU ALL TO REVIEW IT AND HOPEFULLY, YOU KNOW, GET YOUR SUPPORT, UM, BEFORE IT GOES UP FOR, UH, FOR AN OPTION.

UM, SO THIS IS MY CONTACT INFO.

UH, PHOEBE AND CELINE ARE ON MY TEAM.

THEY PUT AN UNBELIEVABLE AMOUNT OF WORK IN HELPING ME, UH, LEAD THIS PROCESS AND THIS WILL JUST KEEP IT THERE.

OKAY.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

I DO WANT TO GO AHEAD RIGHT NOW AND IDENTIFY THREE COMMISSIONERS THAT HAVE JOINED US.

UH, MR CREEL, COMMISSIONER GOLDEN AND COMMISSIONER NEELY ARE WITH US.

UM, SO AS WE SAID AT THE THING, IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, PLEASE, UM, ONE AT A TIME, LET ME KNOW TO CALL ON YOU.

AND, UM, LET'S BEGIN.

DOES ANYONE HAVE QUESTIONS? I DON'T SEE ANYONE WITH THE, UM, QUESTION.

I HAVE A QUESTION PLEASE.

YES.

SO, UM, I HAVE A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS RELATED TO ELECTRICITY AND ELECTRIFICATION.

UM, THE FIRST QUESTION, JUST KIND OF LIKE A GENERAL QUESTION, UM, HOW MUCH OF THE POWER

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SUPPLIED BY AUSTIN ENERGY COMES FROM RENEWABLES AS OPPOSED TO FOSSIL FUELS? SO I DON'T HAVE THE EXACT NUMBERS OFF HAND RIGHT NOW, BUT RIGHT NOW PERCENTAGE IS ABOUT 40% RENEWABLES.

AND UM, AND THE PLAN IS TO, YOU KNOW, BY 2027 BE DOWN, IT'S YOU, UH, AT LEAST 65% RENEWABLES.

AND THEN WHEN YOU ADD IN, UM, NUCLEAR, WHICH THEY COUNT AS CARBON FREE POWER, YOU'RE ESSENTIALLY TO 90% CARBON FREE ELECTRICITY BY 2027.

SO, UH, WHEN WE DIG INTO THE NUMBERS, UM, THE AREA THAT WE'VE MADE THE MOST PROGRESS IN, IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS, AND THE AREA WHERE WE'RE GOING TO GET, LIKE THE MOST NEAR TERM REDUCTIONS ARE FROM AUSTIN ENERGY AND THERE ARE EFFORTS TO CLOSE POWER PLANTS AND THEN FILL IN LOAD.

COOL.

SO THEN MY FOLLOWUP QUESTION IS ABOUT, UM, JUST ELECTRIFYING OTHER SOURCES OF, UM, I GUESS ENERGY THAT USE FOSSIL FUELS.

AND I'M THINKING ABOUT LIKE BASICALLY LIKE HEAT PRODUCTION.

SO I KNOW THERE'S A LOT OF NATURAL GAS USED IN FURNACES AND WATER BOILERS AROUND THE CITY, SO I'M WONDERING IF THAT, IF YOU'RE INCLUDING THAT AS PART OF THE PLAN.

I SAW THAT YOU HAD LIKE ELECTRIFY TRANSPORTATION, BUT I'M THINKING LIKE ELECTRIFY EVERYTHING IS LIKE A GOAL.

YEAH, ABSOLUTELY.

UM, YEAH, SO THE TWO AREAS OF ELECTRIFICATION OR THE FIRST ONE IS VEHICLES.

UH, AND THEN THE SECOND ONE IS JUST LIKE YOU SAID, IT'S IN THE BUILDING'S CATEGORY.

SO THERE'S A GROUP THAT'S LOOKING AT ELECTRIFICATION OF, UH, E, UH, USING HEAT PUMPS, HEAT PUMP, WATER HEATERS, UM, THINKING ABOUT THE CODE, UH, THE BUILDING CODES THAT ARE ASSOCIATED WITH THAT AND THE TECHNOLOGY AND INCENTIVES.

AND YEAH, WHEN WE, WHEN YOU HAVE REALLY LOW CARBON ELECTRICITY, UM, YOU CAN, UH, USE ENERGY EFFICIENT HEAT PUMPS, UM, TO DECARBONIZE THAT, YOU KNOW, RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITY.

SO YES, THAT IS DEFINITELY A PART OF, UM, OF RESTRAINT.

COOL.

AND JUST TO KIND OF LIKE A SUGGESTION OR, OR NOTE THAT I'VE HEARD THAT OTHER CITIES HAVE ESSENTIALLY OUTLAWED, UM, NEW GAS CONNECTIONS AND NEW CONSTRUCTION.

SO DON'T KNOW IF WE'RE READY FOR THAT HERE YET, BUT I JUST WANTED TO PUT THAT OUT THERE, THAT THIS IS SOMETHING THAT I'VE HEARD OTHER PLACES ARE DOING AND THAT'S IT.

THANK YOU.

ANY OTHER COMMISSIONERS THAT HAVE A QUESTION? OH, GO AHEAD.

RAMBERT THANKS.

UM, I JUST HAD A QUESTION ABOUT THE ELECTRIFICATION OF THE CITY OF AUSTIN'S FLEET OF VEHICLES.

UM, MAYBE IF YOU COULD GIVE US KIND OF AN UPDATE OF HOW THAT'S GOING SINCE 2015 AND HOW THAT'S INTEGRATED INTO THE PLAN THAT, UM, Y'ALL ARE COOKING UP RIGHT NOW FOR 2020.

YEAH.

YEAH.

YEAH.

SO, SO RIGHT NOW, ELECTRIFICATION OF THE CITY VEHICLE FLEET.

UM, COUPLE OF YEARS AGO THE GOAL WAS ADOPTED TO ADD 330 ELECTRIC VEHICLES TO THE CITY VEHICLE FLEET BY THE END OF 2020.

UM, AND FLEET SERVICES IS ON TARGET TO REACH THAT GOAL.

UM, THE, THE VEHICLES THAT THEY'RE ADDING OR PLUGIN HYBRID AND BATTERY ELECTRIC, UH, BASICALLY LIGHT DUTY SEDANS BECAUSE THAT'S LIKE THE SOLUTION THAT'S AVAILABLE RIGHT NOW.

UM, THEY ARE, THEY'RE ON TARGET TO MEET THAT GOAL AND THEY'RE LOOKING EVEN BEYOND HOUSE 20, 20.

LIKE HOW CAN WE GET EVEN PAST THAT TARGET? UM, IN TERMS OF HOW THAT FITS INTO THIS PLAN? UM, I MEAN, I THINK TWO WAYS.

I MEAN, THE FIRST THING IS THAT 330 OF ELECTRIC VEHICLES IS A VERY SMALL NUMBER AND THE CITY'S FLEET IS A VERY SMALL NUMBER.

WHEN YOU COMPARE IT TO LIKE THE 800,000 VEHICLES THAT ARE ON THE ROAD LIKE IN THE COMMUNITY.

SO, UM, BUT IT'S IMPORTANT THAT THE CITY LEADS AWAY.

THERE'S A, I KNOW THAT THERE'S A STRATEGY THAT'S BEING WORKED ON RIGHT NOW TO ENCOURAGE OTHER PUBLIC FLEETS IN THE AUSTIN AREA THROUGH ELECTRIFY.

SO, UM, THE CITY OF AUSTIN HAS BEEN DOING IT SUCCESSFULLY, SO THEY'RE NOW LOOKING TO LOOK AT TRAVIS COUNTY AND LOOK AT SURROUNDING CITIES AND SURROUNDING COUNTIES AND CAP METRO AND AISD AND GET THEM AND TO POTENTIALLY ADOPT LIKE ELECTRIC FIRST, UM, SORT OF PURCHASING POLICIES WHERE IF AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE EXISTS FOR THE CLASS THAT YOU NEED, IF IT IS COST EFFECTIVE AND IF IT MEETS OPERATIONAL NEEDS THAT YOU HAVE, THAT THEY SHOULD HAVE A POLICY TO DO THAT AND BUY THOSE VEHICLES.

PERFECT.

THANK YOU.

APPRECIATE IT.

COMMISSIONER COIN.

YEAH.

I JUST WANTED TO TAKE A MINUTE TO SAY HOW MUCH, HOW IMPRESSED I'VE BEEN WITH ZACK AND PHOEBE AND CELINE

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AND THEIR TEAM AND HOW MUCH EFFORTS GONE INTO THIS AND WANTED TO REITERATE THAT.

AND ALSO JUST WANTED TO MENTION TOO THAT YOU KNOW, THE OVER A HUNDRED PEOPLE WHO HAVE COMMITTED OTHER STAFF TIME OR VOLUNTEER TIME TO BE ON THE ADVISORY GROUPS OR STEERING COMMITTEE.

I MEAN THAT'S BEEN A, UH, A HUGE COMMITMENT THAT PEOPLE HAVE BEEN FULLY BOUGHT INTO FROM DAY ONE.

AND LIKE ADVISORY GROUPS ARE HAVING LIKE SUBGROUPS MEETING MULTIPLE TIMES A WEEK.

AND LIKE A LOT OF PEOPLE REALLY BELIEVE IN THIS.

AND, AND I JUST WANTED TO EMPHASIZE HOW IMPORTANT THAT YOU KNOW, THAT BUY-IN IS IN MAKING THIS PLAN A SUCCESS AND, AND REALLY JUST PRAISE ALL THE FOLKS WHO HAVE STAYED INVOLVED IN ARE COMMITTING A LOT OF TIME TO MAKE THIS A PLAN THAT WE HAVEN'T SEEN IN AUSTIN BEFORE.

AND ALSO THE LAST THING I'LL SAY IS JUST THE WAY THAT EQUITY HAS BEEN CENTERED IN THIS PROCESS IS SOMETHING THAT IS ALSO NOVEL AND THAT WE'VE BEEN WORKING TOWARD I THINK FOR A LONG TIME FOR, FOR CITY PROCESSES.

AND, UM, I THINK THERE'S ALREADY BEEN OTHER DEPARTMENTS WHO HAVE EXPRESSED THAT, YOU KNOW, THIS IS A HUGE, ALMOST PILOT PROCESS FOR HOW THE CITY CAN CENTER EQUITY.

IN OTHER PLANNING PROCESSES IN OTHER DEPARTMENTS AND SO WE'RE EXCITED ABOUT HOW WE CAN TRANSFER LESSONS LEARNED AROUND THAT TO TO OTHER PLANNING WORK THAT WE'RE DOING CITYWIDE.

THANKS FOR THAT KATIE.

OKAY.

I REALLY APPRECIATE THOSE COMMENTS AND WE APPRECIATE YOU COMING IN AND GIVING US AN UPDATE AND I GUESS WE'LL BE SEEING YOU IN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS.

YUP.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

IF ANYBODY HAS ANY FOLLOW UP QUESTIONS, JUST LET ME KNOW.

ALRIGHTY.

THANKS.

BYE.

OKAY COMMISSIONER, IF WE ARE GOING TO GO BACK UP IN OUR AGENDA TO FIVE ITEMS FOR CONSIDERATION AND POSSIBLE ACTION DISCUSSION AND RECOMMENDATION OF ULTIMATE WATER, YOUR ENTRY IS EVERYBODY HEARING THAT? ENTER YOUR ATTENDEE ID.

SORRY.

YOU'RE GOOD TO GO.

MARIANA, ARE YOU ON? BUT I COULDN'T DO IT.

WELL YOU SHOULDN'T.

I DON'T THINK YOU'RE ON YOUR PHONE.

ARE YOU? I THINK YOU'RE USING PHONE AND THE IPAD AND I CAN'T GET ANYTHING.

SO

[Item 5A]

THEY WILL LET ME GO AHEAD AND PROCEED WITH A FIVE EIGHT DISCUSSION WITH THE NATION OF AUSTIN WATER CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS LOCATED AND THE DRINKING WATER PROTECTION ZONE FOR APPROVAL TO INCLUDE IN THE FIVE YEAR CAPITAL SPENDING PLAN AS REQUIRED BY FINANCIAL POLICY NUMBER EIGHT.

YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN BACK OUT FOUR OR FIVE A IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS.

WE HAVE STAFF HERE TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS.

MMM.

DOES ANYONE HAVE A QUESTION FOR STAFF AT THIS TIME REGARDING A, I DON'T SEE ANYONE THAT HAS ANY QUESTIONS.

WE DO THIS ANNUALLY.

IT'S KIND OF SOMETHING WE DID LAST YEAR AND WE WERE GOING TO DO IT AGAIN THIS YEAR.

SO COMMISSIONER GORDON MAIN TAMISHA LAMBERG DO YOU HAVE A MOTION REGARDING FIVE EIGHT? I DO, I DO.

UM, I'LL READ IT HERE.

UH, RELATED TO THE, UH, RECOMMENDATIONS, THE AUTO WATER AUSTIN WATER AND CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT LOCATED IN THE DRINKING WATER PROTECTION ZONE FOR APPROVAL TO INCLUDE THE AUSTIN WATER'S FIVE-YEAR CAPITAL SPENDING PLAN AS REQUIRED BY AUSTIN WATER FINANCIAL POLICY NUMBER EIGHT, WHEREAS THE ALSO WATER UTILITY PRESENTATION AND UPDATE ON THE NEW GROWTH RELATED TO CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM PROJECTS ARE LOCATED IN THE DRINKING WATER PROTECTION ZONE AND WHEREAS THE AUSTIN WATER UTILITY PROVIDES ADEQUATE DRINKING WATER AND RELIABLE SYSTEMS FOR CURRENT AND FUTURE CUSTOMERS.

THEREFORE, THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION RECOMMENDS APPROVAL OF THE REQUEST FOR INCLUSION OF THE CIP PROJECTS IN THE AUSTIN WATER UTILITIES FIVE YEAR CAPITAL SPENDING OR PROJECT OR BUDGET.

SORRY.

ALRIGHT, WE HAVE A MOTION FOR FIVE, EIGHT.

DO WE HAVE A SECOND ON THAT? SECOND.

WOULD YOU IDENTIFY YOURSELF FOR ME? THIS IS MARYANNE.

DID YOU HEAR ME? YUP.

COMMISSIONER.

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OKAY.

YEAH, I MADE IT.

ANY OTHER FURTHER DISCUSSION? WELL, CALL SO WE CAN ALL BE IDENTIFIED.

COMMISSIONER KRILL? YES.

COMMISSIONER C SMITH? YES.

COMMISSIONER THOMPSON? YES.

COMMISSIONER NEIL? YES.

YOU MADE THE MOTION MY QUESTION OR COIN? YES.

QUESTION OR MY CEO? YEAH.

COMMISSIONER LAMBERG.

YES.

YES.

COMMISSIONER GORDON? YES.

COMMISSIONER BEDFORD? YES.

AND DID WE GET A YES ON YOU COMMISSIONER NEELY? YES.

VERY GOOD.

AND THAT'S UNANIMOUS.

MOTION CARRIES 11.

OH, ALL RIGHT, LET'S PROCEED

[Item 6A]

TO ITEM SIX A PUBLIC HEARING AND POSSIBLE ACTION.

UH, SIX EIGHT IS ADDITIONAL 300 KATE BROWN WATER STORAGE TANK IMPROVEMENTS, THREE 60 S P DASH 2019 DASH IS ROW FOUR 17 D AGAIN, YOU HAVE YOUR BACKUP THAT'S BEEN REVIEWED.

UH, WE HAVE, UM, WE HAVE STAFF HERE FOR ANY QUESTIONS ONLINE AND SO DO I HAVE QUESTIONS REGARDING THIS? HONOR THEM? NONE.

I HAVE A MOTION.

WE'RE READY FOR THAT GOING ONCE, GOING TWICE AS ANYONE ELSE HAVE ANYTHING WE CAN PROCEED ON WITH THE MOTION.

THANK YOU.

COMMISSIONER RAMBERT.

I'M ON AGENDA ITEM SIX A THE SUBJECT OF ADDITIONAL 300,000 GROUNDWATER STORAGE TANK IMPROVEMENTS THREE 60 A SB 2019 DASH ZERO FOUR ONE SEVEN D WHEREAS THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION RECOGNIZES THE APPLICANT IS REQUESTING A VARIANCE FROM LDC 25 EIGHT THREE 41 TO ALLOW CUT AND EXCESS OF FOUR FEET IN DEPTH AND NOT MORE THAN EIGHT FEET.

AND WHEREAS ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION RECOGNIZES THAT STAFF RECOMMENDS THE VARIANCE WITH CONDITIONS HAVING DETERMINED THE FINDINGS OF FACTS HAVE BEEN MET.

THEREFORE, THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION RECOMMENDS APPROVAL OF THE REQUEST OF VARIANCE OF LDC 25 EIGHT THREE 41 ALLOW FOR CUTTING EXCESS OF FOUR FEET BUT NOT MORE THAN EIGHT FEET WITH THE FOLLOWING STAFF CONDITIONS TO PRESERVE THE FOLLOWING TREES NEXT TO THE HAMMERHEAD TURNAROUND, THE WATER QUALITY POND AND THE WATER TANK THAT WAS BEING NUMBER 524 CEDAR 125 CEDAR OF 26 SEATER, FIVE 27 SEATER AND FIVE 34 CEDAR.

AND THE SECOND STAFF CONDITION IS TO REVEGETATE ALL OF THE DISTURBED AREAS, INCLUDING THE STAGING AND STORAGE AREA NEAR THE BUCKMAN MOUNTAIN ROAD WITH CITY STANDARD SPECS, 604 DOT.

SIX NATIVE GRASS AND, AND NO BERMELLO COMMISSION.

ALRIGHT, GOOD.

I'M LOOKING FOR A SECOND.

THERE I AM, SECOND BY COMMISSIONER NEELY, UH, THAT NO ONE HAD SIGNED UP TO SPEAK ON THE PUBLIC HEARING.

AND SO WITHOUT OBJECTION WE'RE GOING TO CLOSE ANY PUBLIC HEARING THAT MIGHT'VE OCCURRED ON THIS.

MMM.

SO LET'S GO AHEAD AND TAKE ROLL CALL AGAIN, PLEASE.

COMMISSIONER CREEL? COMMISSIONER KRILL.

CAN YOU HEAR ME? YES.

NOW I.

COMMISSIONER C SMITH? YES.

COMMISSIONER THOMPSON.

COMMISSIONER NOW? YES, SIR.

NEELEY? YES.

COMMISSIONER COIN? YES.

COMMISSIONER MACIO.

COMMISSIONER ANNENBERG? YES.

COMMISSIONER GUERRERO? YES.

COMMISSIONER GORDON? YES.

BEDFORD? YES.

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MOTION CARRIES 11 OH, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

OKAY.

ITEM

[Item 6B]

SIX B FOR SIMMONS CONSTRUCTION PLANS.

C EIGHT DASH 2019 DASH OH EIGHT OH.ONE B.

DOT.

S H THIS APPLICANT IS THE CITY OF BOSTON PUBLIC WORKS.

IT IS LOCATED AT SEVEN OH FIVE ONE MEADOW LAKE BOULEVARD, AUSTIN, TEXAS SEVEN EIGHT SEVEN FOUR FOUR DISTRICT TWO AND AGAIN WE HAVE UM, SOMEONE UH, THAT WOULD LIKE TIME TO SPEAK ON THIS ITEM.

IS THAT CORRECT? MADAM CHAIR, CHRIS HARRINGTON, ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICER.

UM, JONATHAN GARNER STAFF FROM THE DEVELOPMENT SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS ON THE PHONE LINE AND IS ABLE TO QUICKLY LAY OUT THIS CASE ORALLY AND THEN THERE IS THE APPLICANT ALSO WISHES TO SPEAK AND SO I MIGHT SUGGEST THAT WE HEAR FROM MR. GARNER AND THEN THE APPLICANT AND THEN RESUME WITH QUESTIONS.

PERFECT.

MR GARDENER, YOU MAY BEGIN.

THEY'RE GETTING SITUATED.

THERE'S A BIT OF A DELAY BETWEEN WHAT THEY HEAR ON THE PHONE AND SEE.

SO ONE MOMENT SEE HALEVY STUFF.

IS THERE ANYTHING UH, CITY STAFF ON THE PHONE I NEED TO DO TO BE ABLE TO SPEAK? IT SOUNDS LIKE THEY ARE MUTED.

UM, UNABLE TO UNMUTE THEMSELVES.

HMM.

OH WELL CHECK THEIR LINE.

I ONLY SHOWED ONE COLOR MUTED ON THE OTHER.

UH, ON THE OTHER LINE.

DON'T KNOW IF THAT WAS WHO IS TRYING TO SPEAK.

ARE YOU EXPECTING THAT COLOR OR CONDITIONER? MADAM CHAIR.

IN THE INTEREST OF TIME I'LL GO AHEAD AND JUST LAY OUT THIS CASE FOR MR. GARNER WHILE WE RESOLVE SOME OF THOSE OTHER ISSUES.

THE UM, THIS IS A VARIANCE TO 25 DASH EIGHT DASH THREE 42 TO ALLOW FILL OF MORE THAN FOUR FEET WITHIN 100 FEET OF A CLASSIFIED WATERWAY FOR DEVELOPMENT OF A ROADWAY PROJECT IN A SUBURBAN WATERSHED.

AS STAFF HAVE DETERMINED THAT THE REQUIRED FINDINGS OF FACT HAVE NOT BEEN MET BECAUSE OF THE CONSTRUCTION METHOD CHOSEN BY THE APPLICANT, WHICH DOES NOT PROVIDE GREATER OVERALL ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFIT OR GREATER OR OR EQUAL OR BETTER WATER QUALITY.

IT'S IN THE ONION CREEK WATERSHED.

STAFF ARE NOT RECOMMENDING APPROVAL OF THE VARIANCE.

SO, UH, EFFECTIVELY BECAUSE OF THE CONSTRUCTION MANAGER METHOD BEING CHOSEN BY THE APPLICANT, UM, TO NOT SPAN THE CRITICAL WATER QUALITY ZONE IN THIS AREA.

UM, IT DOES NOT IN STAFF'S DETERMINATION SATISFY THE REQUIRED FINDINGS.

UM, YOU DO HAVE A PRESENTATION WITH MORE DETAIL IN THE BACKUP.

UH, WE DO HAVE STAFF ON AT LEAST I CAN TRANSLATE, UM, OVER THE PHONE.

UH, AND THEN THE, UH, THE APPLICANT, THE CITY OF AUSTIN PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, UM, IS AVAILABLE, UH, AND WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK.

ALL RIGHT, WELL LET'S SEE IF ANYONE HAS QUESTIONS FOR STAFF FIRST.

IS THAT ALL RIGHT? DOES ANYONE HAVE QUESTIONS AT THIS TIME FOR STAFF BEFORE WE MOVE TO THE APPLICANT? I DO.

YOURSELF.

COMMISSIONER KRILL.

ALRIGHT, THANK YOU.

IS THERE AN IN THE BACK OBSERVING EXHIBIT THAT CLEARLY LAYS OUT GRAPHICALLY THE LIMITS OF THE CRITICAL WATER QUALITY ZONE AND THE LIMITS OF THE A HUNDRED YEAR FLOOD PLAIN? SOME OF THE EXHIBITS KIND OF, THERE'S A LOT OF DETAIL IN HERE.

I JUST WANT TO SEE IF THERE'S ONE SPECIFIC THAT KIND OF LAYS THAT OUT.

CLEARLY, COMMISSIONER CREOLE, IT LOOKS LIKE A SLIDE EIGHT OF THE PRESENTATION.

IF YOU LOOK AT THE PROFILE VIEW, ALLOWS YOU TO SEE THAT, UM, UH, ARE THE CROSS SECTION VIEW.

AND THEN SPECIFICALLY SLIDE NINE IS PROBABLY THE EXHIBIT THAT YOU'RE ACTUALLY LOOKING FOR, UM, WHERE YOU CAN SEE THE AREAS, UH, OF CUT AND EXCESS OF FOUR FEET IN DARK, BOLD BLACK COLOR.

UM, WITHIN THE, UH, CHANNEL.

THERE'S ALSO THE HUNDREDS, A HUNDRED FOOT OFFSET WIDTH FROM THE CENTER LINE OF THE CREEK, UM, SHOWN IN, UH, ALIGN WITH A CALL OUT.

THAT IS THE, UM, UH, WHAT IS NECESSITATING THE VARIANT IN THE FLOOD PLAIN? IS THAT ON HERE AT ALL?

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AND ZOOMING IN THE, THE FLOODPLAIN IS NOT SHOWN ON SLIDE NINE.

MY APOLOGIES.

NO, THAT'S OKAY.

IS THIS, IS THIS A LIKE A TRIBUTARY OF ONION CREEK OR LIKE, YES.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THIS, THIS PARTICULAR SECTION AND UNNAMED TRIBUTARY, A NAME, TRIBUTARY.

DO YOU KNOW THE DRAINAGE AREA TO DISTRIBUTOR? IT'S A MINOR WATERWAY.

UM, AND SO IT WOULD HAVE A REAL, UH, SMALL, UH, CONTRIBUTING DRAINAGE AREA, BUT IT WOULD MEET THE MINIMUM THRESHOLD OF 64 ACRES OF DRAINAGE AREA.

SO IT DOES CONTRIBUTE TO, IT DOES ATTRIBUTE TRIBUTARY OF, UH, THE ONION CREEK WATERSHED.

AND IF YOU SCROLL UP TO SLIDE EIGHT, YOU DO ACTUALLY CAN SEE THE DELINEATION OF THE FLOOD PLAIN.

IF YOU LOOK IN THE, UM, UH, AERIAL VIEW.

I HAVE A QUICK QUESTION.

THIS IS MARIANNE.

OKAY.

IS THERE A WAY YOU CAN SHOW US JUST A SECOND? SORRY, MR CHRIS FINISHED WITH THIS QUESTION.

SORRY.

OKAY.

THAT'S OKAY.

I W I WAS PRETTY WELL DONE HERE.

YEAH, IT, I SEE THE FLOODPLAIN NOW.

THANKS FOR POINTING THAT OUT.

IT'S SEEMS TO BE PRETTY WELL CONFINED TO THE, UH, TRIBUTARY TO THE RAVINE.

UM, AND SO, UM, WHAT IS THE UPPER LIMIT ON A MINOR WATERSHED? UH, 64 ACRES OF DRAINAGE AREA UP TO, UH, SORRY, I'M LOOKING, I BELIEVE WAS 128, CHRIS.

YES.

THING 120 ACRES.

YEAH.

28.

OKAY.

AND THIS IS IN THE PORTION OF, UM, THE ONION CREEK WATERSHED THAT IS, UM, KIND OF NEAR TO ITS OUTLET.

RIGHT.

UM, I GUESS NOT EXACTLY.

THIS IS, UH, KIND OF FAR SOUTHEAST AUSTIN, RIGHT? CORRECT.

OKAY.

DOWNSTREAM IS RETURN ZONE.

ALRIGHT, THANK YOU.

OKAY.

COMMISSIONER NEELY.

UH, IS THERE A WAY WE CAN LOOK AT WHAT THEY'RE DISCUSSING? I WENT AND LOOKED AT IT BEFORE WE STARTED, BUT RIGHT NOW I'M JUST SEEING PEOPLE IS HOW, IS THERE A WAY WE CAN LOOK AT THE, UH, THE INFORMATION YOU HAVE TO PULL UP YOUR BACKUP THAT'S IN YOUR COMPUTER OR HOWEVER YOU RECEIVED YOUR BACKUP? I DID.

I RECEIVED IT.

SO, BUT IT'S DIFFERENT THAN THIS, RIGHT? SO I NEED TO GO AND GET ANOTHER PIECE OF EQUIPMENT.

THAT'S OKAY.

I JUST WANTED TO KNOW HOW IT WORKS.

ANYONE ELSE HAVE A QUESTION REGARDING THIS PROJECT SIX? THIS WAS WHEN I THINK, I THINK I RAISED MY HAND.

SO I ACTUALLY HAVE JUST A KIND OF GENERAL PROCEDURAL QUESTION.

CHRIS, I'M KIND OF CURIOUS.

I MEAN, DID PUBLIC WORKS COME IN AND TALK TO YOU OR LIKE TYPICALLY DO THEY OR I MEAN IT JUST, IT'S DISCONCERTING TO SEE, YOU KNOW, ONE ARM OF THE CITY DOING ONE THING THAT SEEMS TO JUST FLY IN THE FACE OF ROLES OF THE OTHER PART OF THE CITY.

UH, YES COMMISSIONER.

I UNDERSTAND.

UM, WE AS PER THE LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE REQUIREMENTS, ALL DEVELOPMENT INCLUDING DEVELOPMENT BY THE CITY MUST COMPLY WITH THE WATER QUALITY REGULATIONS AND UM, CHAPTER 25 DASH EIGHT THE SHORT ANSWER IS NO.

I THINK THAT THE COORDINATION BETWEEN PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT AND AT THROUGH THE REVIEW PROCESS TO DESIGN A PROJECT WHERE STAFF COULD HAVE RECOMMENDED THE VARIANCE, UM, WAS, WAS NOT COMPLETED AS WE WOULD HAVE CERTAINLY HOPED.

SO, YEAH, I WOULD SAY JUST KIND OF CURIOUS.

UM, I BELIEVE COMMISSIONER NEIL WAS SUPPOSED TO LEAVE AT TWO O'CLOCK AND I THINK HE'S GONE NOW.

I CAN'T SEE ANY HAND WAVING.

SO JUST ANNOUNCE YOURSELF IF YOU DO NEED TO, UH, ASK A QUESTION PLEASE, OR SOME REASON.

IT'S LINDA, CAN YOU HEAR HIM? YES.

OKAY.

THOMPSON, GO AHEAD PLEASE.

THANK YOU FOR COMING BACK IN.

UM, THIS MAY BE OFF TOPIC.

I'D LIKE FOR US TO TRY TO REACH OUT TO PUBLIC WORKS BECAUSE I'VE HEARD SAYING THE SAME ISSUES IN OTHER AREAS.

JUST WANTED TO MENTION THAT NOW THEY'RE IN OTHER DISTRICTS IN OTHER PROJECTS.

WELL, I WILL SAY THAT, YOU KNOW, CERTAINLY WE DO HAVE A WATERSHED PROTECTION FARM.

IT DOES HAVE A GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH, UM, THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT

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AND I THINK IT DOES VARY BY PROJECT.

EACH PROJECT EXISTS WITHIN ITS OWN SET OF CIRCUMSTANCES.

AND SO WE HAVE COORDINATED WELL ON, ON SOME PROJECTS WITH WHICH I FAMILIAR AND I, AND I DO BELIEVE THAT, UH, PUBLIC WORKS IS AVAILABLE ON A TO SPEAK.

IF YOU ARE READY TO HEAR FROM THEM AS WELL, THEN YOU ARE WILLING TO SPEAK.

NOW IF THEY'RE ON THE PHONE, I THINK THEY, UH, GO AHEAD.

UM, HELLO.

YES.

UH, YES.

UH, MY NAME IS JAN RUTH.

UM, UH, WITH, UH, I'M UH, THE CIVIL ENGINEER FOR THIS PROJECT, UH, WITH DUNAWAY ASSOCIATES.

AND UM, THE PROJECT THAT WE'RE WORKING ON IS THE METAL LAKE BOULEVARD CONSTRUCTION OF A SECTION OF ROADWAY.

THAT'S, UH, THAT'S A MISSING GAP.

UH, THERE'S A NORTHERN SECTION OF METAL LAKE BOULEVARD IN THE SOUTHERN PORTION AND WE'RE WORKING WITH THE, UM, PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT ON AN AUSTIN CIP PROJECT, UM, TO FILL IN THAT MISSING GAP.

AND WE'RE DOING THAT RIGHT WORK IN PARTNERSHIP WITH HABITAT FOR HUMANITY, WHICH HAS DONATED A PORTION OF THE RIGHT OF WAY FOR THIS ROADWAY.

AND SO WHAT THIS ROADWAY DOES IS THAT IT AGAIN, IT, IT CONNECTS AT THE TOP AND IT CONNECTS AT THE BOTTOM AND IN A SPECIFIC LOCATION.

AND AT THE SOUTHERN END, IT CROSSES OVER THIS CHANNEL WHERE WE'RE ASKING FOR THIS VARIANT.

AND THIS IS A MANMADE CHANNEL AND IT DRAINS DOWN INTO ONION CREEK, THE MAIN CHANNEL OF ONION CREEK.

BUT THE UPPER PORTION OF IT IS A DETENTION POND AND THERE, AND IT DOES THE TENTS UPON, DOES COLLECT WATER FROM, YOU KNOW, A LARGER AREA UPSTREAM.

THE WATER COMES DOWN INTO THE DETENTION POND AND THEN IT COMES DOWN THIS CHANNEL.

SO THIS IS NOT A NATURAL CREEK DOES THIS AND THIS IS A MANMADE CHANNEL THAT, UH, YOU KNOW, CUTS ALONG THROUGH PARKLAND AND THAT AREA.

UM, AND TO, TO FOR THE ROAD TO GO OVER THE CHANNEL WHERE, UM, INSTALLING THREE BOX CULVER AND THIS LITTLE AREA OF CUT AND FILL THAT'S EXCEEDS FOUR FEET, UM, IS NEEDED TO, UM, SHAPE THE CHANNEL DOWNSTREAM OF THAT TO BE ALLOWED THAT FOR THE WATER TO FLOW FROM THE DETENTION POND THROUGH THE BOX CULVERTS AND THEN OUT TO THE LOWER END.

AND WE HAVE QUITE A LOT OF CONSTRAINTS IN THIS AREA.

THERE'S THREE LARGE GAS PIPELINES RIGHT THERE.

UM, THERE'S AN EXISTING NEIGHBORHOOD RIGHT THERE.

AND WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO IS TO GET THIS ROADWAY TO, YOU KNOW, CROSS OVER THIS LITTLE CHANNEL AND CONNECT AT THE LOCATION ON THE SOUTHERN END.

SO WE'RE PRETTY LIMITED IN WHERE, YOU KNOW, WE REALLY CAN'T, UH, WE CAN'T SHIP THE ALIGNMENT.

WE CAN'T GO AROUND THE CHANNEL, WE CAN'T DO ANYTHING BEYOND JUST, YOU KNOW, GOING TO CROSS IT.

UM, THERE WAS SOME DISCUSSION EARLIER ABOUT STRADDLING THAT OR GOING OVER IT, UH, SPANNING THAT'S, BUT AGAIN, WITH THE BRIDGE, UM, YOU KNOW, PUTTING A BRIDGE AND THERE ISN'T GOING TO WORK BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO CONNECT TO THE EXISTING GRADE OF THE EXISTING ROADWAY.

THAT'S THAT WE'RE CONNECTING TO AT THAT LOCATION.

SO, UM, AND AGAIN, WE'RE DOING SOME CUT AND FILL IN THE RIGHT OF WAY, BUT WE'RE NOT REQUIRED TO GET A VARIANCE FOR THAT PORTION OF THE RIGHT OF WAY.

WE HAVE A LITTLE PORTION OF THAT CHANNEL THAT'S OUTSIDE OF THE RIGHT OF WAY AND THAT'S THE AREA THAT WE'RE AT REQUESTING THE VARIANCE FOR.

DOES ANYONE HAVE A QUESTION FOR STAFF? YEAH, I DO.

THIS IS PEGGY.

ALL RIGHT, PROCEED.

YEAH, NO, I WOULD JUST LIKE TO ASK STAFF, SO WHAT YOU'RE SAYING BASICALLY IS THERE ARE NO ALTERNATIVE CONSTRUCTION METHODS AVAILABLE TO YOU THAT WOULD DO LESS HARM THAN WHAT YOU'VE PROPOSED? I, I'M NOT AWARE OF ANY FURTHER ONES THAT WE COULD GET TO MAKE THAT WORK ANY BETTER THAN WHAT WE'RE PROPOSING.

SO, I MEAN, WE HAVE TO HAVE, WE HAVE TO BE ABLE TO TRANSPORT FLOW THROUGH THAT BOX CULVERT TO GET IT TO GO DOWN THE STREAM.

AND THE, AGAIN, THAT, THAT LITTLE PIECE OF COVERT, THAT'S JUST, I MEAN, THAT LITTLE PIECE OF CHANNEL THAT'S JUST DOWNSTREAM OF THAT CULVERT, THAT PROPOSED CULVERT ON ONE SIDE, THERE'S AN EXISTING NEIGHBORHOOD.

SO WE'RE PRETTY LIMITED TO BE ABLE TO DO ANYTHING THERE.

AND ON THE OTHER SIDE, THERE'S THREE FAIRLY LARGE GAS PIPELINES THAT WE CAN'T CUT INTO AND YOU KNOW, DO ANY WORK IN THAT AREA TO GET IT TO DRAIN.

SO THIS IS THE ONLY WAY THAT I KNOW OF, TO BE ABLE TO GET THE STORK.

SO IT HAS, HAVE YOU, HAVE YOU WORKED WITH, WITH A WATERSHED PROTECTION DEPARTMENT? HAVE YOU MET WITH THEM AND DISCUSS THIS? UH, YES.

WE'VE MET WITH THEM AND TALK TO THEM ABOUT THIS.

AND THEN AGAIN, WE'VE BEEN WORKING ON TRYING TO GET OUR PERMIT FOR THIS TO, TO, YOU KNOW, TO, TO MEET ALL THE REGULATIONS FOR A PERMIT FOR THIS WORK AS WELL.

SO GONE THROUGH, YOU KNOW, UM, THE ARBORIST REVIEW FOR TREES AND, UM, YOU KNOW, WORKING WITH THE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT

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ON THE ROAD CROSS SECTION AND THE FIRE DEPARTMENT ON ACCESS AND, UM, YOU KNOW, THIS ROADWAY HAS, UM, UM, TWO-WAY BIKE LANES, UH, PROPOSED FOR IT.

AND, UM, SO WE'VE BEEN WORKING WITH ONE OF THE DIFFERENT DEPARTMENTS ON THIS TO, TO GET THIS APPROVED APPROVED, WHICH MAKES YOU, OR DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANTED TO ASK? NO.

W WHEN SHE'S THROUGH, I HAVE A, I'LL HAVE ANOTHER QUESTION BACK FOR STAFF.

THANK YOU.

COMMISSIONER SMITH.

DID I SEE YOU? YEAH, I DON'T HAVE, I DON'T HAVE A QUESTION FOR PUBLIC WORKS.

I JUST HAVE, I WOULD LIKE TO TALK TO EVERYONE ELSE.

SO IF ANYONE HAS A QUESTION FOR PUBLIC WORKS, I CAN GO.

ANYONE ELSE WANT TO ASK PUBLIC WORKS ANYTHING WHILE THEY'RE ON THE PHONE LINE OPEN, READY TO GO SPEAK UP? OH YEAH, I DO.

UM, UM, YEAH, COMMISSIONER KRILL HERE.

UM, I LIKE STAFF'S VIEW, UM, YOU KNOW, THERE'S A LOT OF ELEMENTS ABOUT ENVIRONMENTAL SENSITIVITY.

UM, I THINK IN PARTICULARLY THE FINDINGS OF FACT, UH, FOR TO BE, UH, MENTIONS IT AND A FEW OTHERS, IS THERE SOME ENVIRONMENTAL SENSIBILITY AS A SENSITIVITY THAT WE'RE SUPPOSED TO BE SEEING HERE? BECAUSE YOU KNOW, THE FACT THAT THIS IS A MANMADE CHANNEL.

I WAS TRYING TO GET IN AND LOOK AT THE VEGETATION IN THIS AND IT SEEMS TO BE JUST TYPICAL NATIVE GRASSES, NO REAL A RIPARIAN VEGETATION OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT.

UM, THIS SEEMS TO HAVE BEEN PART OF THE BROADER DEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR THIS AREA.

THIS JUST SEEMS A LITTLE ODD TO ME THAT, THAT THIS IS COMING TO THAT.

SO IT ALMOST SEEMS LIKE SOMETHING THAT AN ADMINISTRATIVE VARIANCE WOULD BE ASKED BEFORE, BUT I'M JUST WANTING TO, WANTING TO KNOW KIND OF THE HISTORY OF THIS AND THE STAFF'S PERSPECTIVE ON, YOU KNOW, THE ENVIRONMENTAL SENSITIVITY SENSITIVITY OF, OF ANYTHING IN THIS VICINITY.

OH, CHRIS HARRINGTON, ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICERS.

SO JUST TO ADD TO SOME OF THE CONVERSATION.

SO I HAVE NOT MET WITH PUBLIC WORKS TO DISCUSS THIS PROJECT OR ANY ATTEMPT TO MINIMIZE OR MITIGATE THIS VARIANCE, BUT THEY HAVE GONE THROUGH THE SITE DEVELOPMENT PERMITTING REVIEW PROCESS.

UM, IT IS, IT DOES HAVE NATURAL AND TRADITIONAL CHARACTER.

IT IS BASED ON ITS DRAINAGE AREA AND THAT FACT A CRITICAL WATER QUALITY ZONE PROTECTED BY CODE.

THERE IS NOT AN ADMINISTRATIVE VARIANCE OPTION BECAUSE IT IS WITHIN 100 FEET OF A CLASSIFIED WATERWAY.

IN LOOKING AT THE SLIDE EIGHT OF THE BACKUP, YOU CAN SEE THAT THE GAS LINE THAT WAS MENTIONED IS ACTUALLY UPLANDS OF THE CRITICAL WATER QUALITY ZONE.

SO, UM, WE DO RECOGNIZE THAT UH, THE PUBLIC WORKS DOES NOT HAVE THE ABILITY TO ADJUST THE ALIGNMENT OF THE ROAD, UM, IN TERMS OF ITS HORIZONTAL ALIGNMENT.

UM, BUT THEY ARE STILL PROPOSING TO DO CUT AND FILL WITHIN A HUNDRED FEET OF A CLASSIFIED RIGHT, A WATER BODY OUTSIDE OF THE RIGHT OF WAY.

UM, BECAUSE OF ITS LOCATION, THERE IS NOT AN ADMINISTRATIVE VARIANCE PROCESS BECAUSE OUR TYPICAL PRACTICE IS TO SPAN THE CRITICAL WATERWAY.

UM, THEN WE FAILED THE, IT DOES NOT MEET THE REQUIRED FINDING.

THAT'S IT.

THANK YOU.

THAT EXTRA INFORMATION AND THEN A QUESTION FOR THE APPLICANT.

UM, TH TH I KNOW THERE WAS A MENTION SOMEWHERE THAT THIS WAS TO SUPPORT HABITAT FOR HUMANITY.

CAN YOU POINT OUT, UH, THE HABITAT FOR HUMANITY DEVELOPMENT IN SLIDE FOUR FOR REFERENCE, IS IT BOTH SIDES OF THAT KIND OF NATURAL AREA OR IS IT ONE SIDE OR THE OTHER? YEAH, I DON'T HAVE, I DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO THE SLIDE, BUT, UM, THE HABITAT SITE IS, UM, UM, THE, THE WATERWAY IS DOWN ON THE SOUTH END OF METAL LAKE BOULEVARD CONNECTION THAT WE'RE MAKING.

AND AS YOU GO UP THE ROADWAY, THAT HABITAT SITE, UM, IS THE, THE LARGE SITE THAT'S TO THE RIGHT, UM, ON THE EAST SIDE OF METAL LAKE BOULEVARD AND IT'S IN A WHIP.

WE'VE ALSO BEEN WORKING ON THE DESIGN FOR THAT AND PERMITTING THAT THROUGH THE CITY OF AUSTIN AS WELL.

AND UM, I'VE FORGOTTEN THE NUMBER OF UNITS THAT THEY HAVE IN THERE, BUT THERE ARE 50 UNITS OR SOMETHING PROPOSED TO GO IN THERE.

AND AGAIN, UM, THIS HAS BEEN DONE AS A PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CITY OF, BETWEEN THE CITY OF BOSTON, THEN THE HABITAT HABITAT HABITAT.

UM, AGAIN, IT'S DONATED MOST OF THE RIGHTAWAY FOR THIS ROADWAY AND UM, AND EXCHANGE, THE CITY OF BOSTON WAS OFFERED UNDER THE CIP PROGRAM TO BUILD THE ROADWAY.

UM, AND GOTCHA.

SIR.

MY UNDERSTANDING IS THAT THERE ARE NO EXISTING HABITAT FOR HUMANITY HOUSES OUT HERE, UM, THAT IT'S PURELY PROPOSED THERE IN KIND OF THAT MORE NATURAL AREA.

UM, AND YOU KNOW, ON THE NORTH SIDE OF THAT DRAINAGE AND THAT YOU CAUGHT THAT, UH, COMMISSIONER CREEL THAT, UH, DEVELOPMENT IS PROPOSED IN REVIEW

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RIGHT NOW AND IS LOCATED TO THE EAST OF THE PROPOSED ROADWAY.

THAT IS ACCURATE.

YES, SIR.

YES.

OKAY.

AND THE FUNDING SOURCE FOR THIS ROADWAY IS, UH, IS PUBLIC WORKS CIP FUNDING.

AND SO, YOU KNOW, WHAT I'M TRYING TO UNDERSTAND IS WHERE THE COST BURDEN OF THIS HAS PUT, YOU KNOW, I, UH, I RECOGNIZE THE COST DIFFERENTIAL BETWEEN INSTALLING BOX CULVERTS IN A MORE TRADITIONAL WAY OF CROSSING THIS DRAINAGE CHANNEL VERSUS INSTALLING A CAST IN PLACE, A CONCRETE BRIDGE STRUCTURE THAT WOULD SPAN THE WATER QUALITY ZONE.

UM, YOU KNOW, THE, THE, THE DIFFERENTIAL AND THE COST OF THOSE TWO THINGS, WHETHER OR NOT IT'S FEASIBLE, WHICH I THINK THE ENGINEERS SUGGESTING THAT IT'S NOT.

UM, BUT THAT EVEN IF IT WERE FEASIBLE, THE COST DIFFERENTIAL WOULD PROBABLY BE IN, WOULD BE IN THE ORDER OF TWICE AS MUCH, IF NOT THREE TIMES AS MUCH AS THE COST TO INSTALL THESE BOX CULVERTS AND JUST MY GENERAL ASSESSMENT AND, UH, YOU KNOW, THAT, THAT SOUNDS LIKE THAT COST BURDEN, WHICH SHOULD BE SHIFTED ONTO THE CITY OF AUSTIN, UH, NOT HABITAT FOR HUMANITY, WHICH I THINK IS, IS PREFERRED FOR ME.

I CERTAINLY WOULDN'T WANT TO SEE THAT COST BURDEN, YOU KNOW, SHIFTED ONTO A NONPROFIT WHO'S TRYING TO DO SOME GOOD IN OUR COMMUNITY HERE.

BUT AT THE SAME TIME, I DON'T REALLY, I'M NOT REALLY FOND OF THE IDEA OF IT GOING ON TO THE CITY OF AUSTIN EITHER.

UM, IN, IN PARTICULAR, NOT SPECIFICALLY FOR THE SMALL, VERY SMALL AMOUNT OF VOLUME OF CUT THAT IS PROPOSED ON A MANMADE WATERWAY.

SO I'M TRYING TO KIND OF PUT ALL THESE PIECES TOGETHER AND UNDERSTAND THE BIG PICTURE HERE.

UH, AND NOT JUST, YOU KNOW, PUT TUNNEL VISION ON AND, AND LOOK AT THIS ONE LITTLE ISOLATED SPOT.

BUT I THINK I'VE GOT A GOOD GRASP OF THIS.

THANK YOU.

COMMISSIONER SMITH.

YEAH, I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT, UM, THAT I, I TALKED TO JONATHAN, UM, A COUPLE DAYS AGO.

I'VE ALSO BEEN TALKING TO BOBBY LAVINSKY WITH SAVE OUR SPRINGS AND I'M, I'M HOPING THAT Y'ALL GOT YOUR EMAILS, SAVE OUR SPRINGS IS CONCERNED ABOUT THIS PROJECT.

UM, I BELIEVE THAT THE CON THERE IS A BETTER CONSTRUCTION METHOD THAT COULD BE MORE EXPENSIVE, A PARTIAL, UH, SPAN BRIDGE, UM, WHICH WOULD, UH, DECREASE, UH, EROSION AND SEDIMENTATION.