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AND TO BEGIN TONIGHT'S ZONING AND PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING.

[Call to Order]

AND FIRST I'LL TAKE ROLL COMMISSIONER, GIVE ME PRESENT COMMISSIONER BARRERA, RAMIREZ PRESENT COMMISSIONER BRAY.

OKAY.

AND I KNOW THAT COMMISSIONER DINKLER WAS HAVING PROBLEMS GETTING ON.

SO I WILL CIRCLE BACK COMMISSIONER DUNCAN, COMMISSIONER EVANS, COMMISSIONER KING, COMMISSIONER RAY COMMISSIONER SMITH.

SO I WILL CIRCLE BACK, UH, FOR THE COMMISSIONERS, RAY AND DANCLER.

AND

[Consent Agenda]

FIRST NOW TO READ THE CONSENT AGENDA AND, UH, A ONE APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM JULY 7TH, 2020 AS CORRECTED FOR THE DATE.

AND THEN, UH, B PUBLIC HEARINGS, REZONING, UH, B ONE REZONING C 14 DASH 2019 DASH ZERO ONE FIVE NINE ARBORETUM, LOT NINE.

AND THE, UM, I HAD A QUESTION FOR ANDREW IS, UM, UH, I WAS A LITTLE UNCLEAR ABOUT YOUR LAST MINUTE MESSAGE.

IS, IS IT STILL APPLICANT POSTPONEMENT REQUEST FOR AUGUST 18TH CHAIR, COMMISSIONER, LEAVE ON ANDREW THERE.

THAT IS CORRECT.

AFRICAN POSTPONEMENTS, AUGUST 18TH.

OKAY, GREAT.

THANKS.

AND THEN B TO REZONING C 14 DASH 29 DASH 2020 DASH ZERO ZERO SIX ZERO AVERY LAKELINE THAT IS OFFERED FOR CONSENT.

B THREE REZONING C 14 DASH 2020 DASH ZERO ZERO SIX ONE.

THIS OLD WORLD, THIS OLD WOOD REZONING THAT IS OFFERED FOR CONSENT BEFORE REZONING C 14 DASH 2020 DASH ZERO ZERO SIX SIX CONCORDIA RESIDENCE HALL, PDA AMENDMENT, AND THAT IS OFFERED FOR CONSENT.

AND THEN B FIVE C EIGHT J DASH 2018 DASH ZERO ONE SIX 7.1 A D ADDISON SECTION FIVE.

AND THAT IS OFFERED FOR CA THAT IS OFFERED FOR CONSENT AND C AND B SIX RESUB DIVISION C EIGHT DASH 2020 DASH ZERO ZERO THREE EIGHT DASH ZERO EIGHT.

CHARRO ESTATES RESUB DIVISION OF LOT 15.

THAT IS OFFERED FOR CONSENT.

B SEVEN FINAL PLAT FROM APPROVED PRELIMINARY PLAN C EIGHT DASH 2018 DASH ZERO ONE SIX 5.1 A CASCADES AT ONION CREEK EAST PHASE ONE THAT IS OFFERED FOR CONSENT AND A B EIGHT C EIGHT DASH 2018 DASH ONE DASH ONE SEVEN DASH, SORRY, ZERO ONE 71.1 A THAT, UM, THAT'S C H A S H GOODNIGHT RANCH PHASE TWO.

AND THAT IS OFFERED FOR CONSENT.

AND THEN B NINE, UM, IS FINAL PLATS, C EIGHT DASH 2020 DASH ZERO ZERO NINE 0.08 MEN CHECKA MEN TECH ROAD APARTMENTS, AND THAT IS OFFERED FOR CONSENT THAT IS OFFERED FOR CONSENT FOR DISAPPROVAL, FOR RE UH, REASONS.

AND, UM, IS IT OKAY IF I JUST READ INTO THE RECORD THAT THE ZONING AND PLANNING COMMISSION RECOMMENDS DISAPPROVAL FOR THE REASONS AS REFLECTED IN EXHIBIT D OF THE STAFF REPORT? WILL THAT SUFFICE ANDREW? THAT'S CORRECT.

OKAY, GREAT.

AND THEN ACTUALLY NOT ON HERE IS BE 10 AND BE 10 OR IT'S AN ADDENDUM AND THERE IT IS.

AND THAT IS A SITE PLAN EXTENSION B 10 SPC DASH NINE NINE DASH TWO ZERO ONE 9.2019 A AND THEN X T FIVE HYDE PARK BAPTIST CHURCH CORY'S MULTI-USE FACILITY.

AND THAT IS ALSO OFFERED FOR CONSENT.

AND BEFORE I SAY ANYTHING, OR BEFORE WE MAKE

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A MOTION, IS THERE ANYBODY ONLINE WHO WISHES TO SPEAK ON ANY OF THE, UM, ITEMS THAT ARE ON THE CONSENT? ESSENTIALLY, ALL OF THE ZONING CASES AND PLANT SUBDIVISIONS ARE ON CONSENT.

IS THERE ANYBODY WHO WISHES TO SPEAK HEARING NONE? AND THEN WE'LL TAKE A MOTION FOR CLOSING THE PUBLIC HEARING AND THE CONSENT AGENDA.

IS THERE A MOTION CHAIR? I MOVE THAT WE CLOSE THE PUBLIC HEARING AND EXCEPT THE CONSENT AGENDA JUST RAN AND THE MINUTES IS MODIFIED.

IT'S FUCKING SECOND.

OKAY.

AND THE SECOND BY, UM, A MOTION BY COMMISSIONER DINK, UH, SORRY, COMMISSIONER ESSENCE AND SECONDED BY COMMISSIONER DUNKIN.

I WILL ASSUME ALL THOSE IN FAVOR.

PLEASE RAISE YOUR HANDS.

AND SOME PEOPLE I'M STILL NOT SEEING.

SO WHAT I, IN FACT, ON MY LITTLE THING, I AM JUST SEEING, UM, I'M NOT SEEING COMMISSIONER DANCLER AND THAT IS VERY STRANGE.

UM, UM, I HAVE BEEN MUTED AND I NEED IT.

I'M TRYING TO GET BACK IN.

HERE WE GO.

OKAY.

SO, BUT CAN EVERYBODY ELSE RAISE YOUR HAND AND THEN COMMISSIONER DIDN'T CLAIRE, JUST GIVE US AN AFFIRMATIVE CALL.

UM, I HAVE A QUICK QUESTION THAT, UM, THE CONSENT AGENDA INCLUDE, UH, JUST APPROVAL ON THE SITE PLAN, NUMBER NINE, UM, AS STATED IN THE ATTACHED EXHIBIT.

YES.

OKAY.

GOT IT.

I GOT IT.

HONEY MOTION PASSES FOR THE CONSENT AGENDA AND THAT WAS VERY QUICK.

AND NOW WE ARE ON TO THE PRESENTATION.

OH, COMMISSIONER GARY.

AYE.

WE NEED IT ON THE RECORD.

JOINED US AS WELL.

OH YES.

THANK YOU.

AND COMMISSIONER DANCLER SO COMMISSIONER BRIAN COMMISSIONER DANCLER HAVE JOINED US.

SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

COMMISSIONER GARY FOR POINTING THAT OUT.

AND NOW WE ARE SURE.

JUST TO CLARIFY, THIS IS COMMISSIONER KING THAT THEY, THEY DID VOTE FOR THE CONSENT AGENDA AS WELL.

IS THAT CORRECT? YES.

I SAW COMMISSIONER BRAY AND DINKLER DID.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

NOW

[C1. Briefing on the merger of the Neighborhood and Community Development and Planning and Zoning Department into the Housing and Planning Department as proposed in the City Manager’s FY 20-21 budget submittal. Presenters: Rodney Gonzalez, Assistant City Manager, (512) 974-2313; Rosie Truelove, Director, Neighborhood Housing & Community Development, (512) 974-3064; Jerry Rusthoven, Assistant Director/ Interim Lead, Planning and Zoning Department, (512) 974-3207.]

ON TO C ONE BRIEFING ON THE MERGER OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD, UM, NEIGHBORHOOD AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND PLANT COMMUNITY, NEIGHBORHOOD AND COMMUNITY, AND ACTUALLY NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND PLANNING AND ZONING DEPARTMENT INTO THE HOUSING AND PLANNING DEPARTMENT AS PROPOSED IN THE CITY MANAGERS, FISCAL YEAR 2021 BUDGET SUBMITTAL AND THE PRESENTER.

AND WE REALLY APPRECIATE IT IS RODNEY GONZALES, ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER, ROSIE TRUELOVE DIRECTOR, A NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, AND JERRY RUSS TOVAN ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, INTERIM LEAD PLANNING AND ZONING DEPARTMENT.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU, CHAIR.

THIS IS RODNEY GONZALEZ.

CAN YOU ALL HEAR ME? YES.

OKAY, GREAT.

I APPRECIATE IT.

AND YOU HAVE TO, AS YOU POINTED OUT ROSY TREE AND JERRY WESTERBERG ARE ON THE CALL AS WELL.

THANK YOU FOR, UM, ASKING US TO COME IN AND PROVIDE A BRIEFING.

AND WHAT I INTEND TO DO IS GO OVER THE GOALS AND THE BENEFITS WILL BE DERIVED FROM THE PROPOSED MERGER, UH, PLANNING AND ZONING AND NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSING, COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, STARTING WITH OVERALL GOALS.

UM, YOU KNOW, THE GOALS THAT HAVE BEEN SET OUT ARE TO DELIVER CITY SERVICES IN A MORE EFFICIENT MANNER, UM, TO LOOK AT OPPORTUNITIES, UH, WHERE WE CAN SEE POSITIONS WITH THE MERGERS THAT COULD BE USED IN OTHER UNITS.

AND ALSO TO LOOK HOW WE CAN USE THIS AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO FURTHER SUPPORT VARIOUS CITY INITIATIVES, INCLUDING OF COURSE THE STRATEGIC DIRECTION, 2023, I WILL START OFF BY SAYING THAT REORGANIZATIONS ARE NOT NEW TO THE CITY ORGANIZATION.

IF YOU'VE BEEN WITH THE CITY FOR ANY LENGTH OF TIME, YOU'VE SEEN DEPARTMENTS BE CREATED, YOU'VE SEEN DEPARTMENTS BE MERGED.

YOU'VE SEEN OFFICES BE CREATED, ET CETERA.

UM, OVER THE LAST, OVER THE COURSE OF LAST 10 YEARS, WE'VE HAD A NUMBER OF CITY DEPARTMENTS, OFFICES, AND WORKING AS TO HAVE BEEN GRADED, UM, THROUGH VARIOUS REORGANIZATIONS AND NEW STRUCTURES DEVELOPED.

AND THE CHANGE THAT COMES WITH REORGANIZATION CAN BE DIFFICULT TO ABSORB BECAUSE JENNINGS REPRESENTS IT WOULD BE WAY OF DOING

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BUSINESS.

AND THAT NEW WAY OF DOING BUSINESS HAS TO BE IMPLEMENTED AND IT HAS TO BE EMBRACED IN ORDER FOR IT TO WORK OUT.

UM, I CAN ASSURE YOU THAT I'VE BEEN WORKING WITH VERY CLOSELY WITH ROSIE AND WITH JERRY, UM, TO MAKE SURE THAT THIS IS A LASTING CHANGE, THAT THIS ISN'T SOMETHING THAT IS TEMPORARY IN NATURE, BUT SOMETHING THAT REPRESENTS A NEW WAY OF DOING BUSINESS.

UM, AND WITH REGARD TO CHANGES THAT HAVE BEEN PROPOSED UNDER THE ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY AND AFFORDABILITY UMBRELLA, THESE ARE NOT THE ONLY CHANGES THAT HAVE BEEN RECOMMENDED THROUGH THE BUDGET PROCESS.

THERE ARE SOME PERMITTING CHANGES THAT ARE BEING RECOMMENDED TO DSD, MAINLY ABSORBING SOME OTHER PERMITTING FUNCTIONS ACROSS THE CITY.

UM, THOSE SHOULD BE MUSIC PERMITTING AND LICENSE AGREEMENTS FROM REAL ESTATE SERVICES AND SMALL STUFF PERMITTING.

UM, AND AS WELL, YES, IT'S ALSO PERMANENT UNDER TERROR.

SO THIS ISN'T THE ONLY CHANGE THAT IS RECOMMENDED WITHIN THE BUDGET WITH REGARDS TO OUTCOMES THAT WILL TEND TO DERIVE.

UM, LET ME START OFF BY SAYING ALL THE DIVISION AND PROGRAM AREAS FROM BOTH FUNCTIONS ARE TO BE RETAINED.

UH, THEY'RE NOT GOING TO BE ELIMINATED.

UH, THE OUTCOME OF COURSE, WE'RE LOOKING FOR IS A MORE COORDINATED PLANNING, ZONING, HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT WITHIN THE CITY THAT IS BENEFICIAL TO ALL AUSTINITES MERGER WILL ALLOW FOR A MORE INCLUSIVE PLANNING PROCESS.

THAT'S FOCUSED ON ADVANCING EQUITY AND PREVENTING DISPLACEMENT AND THE MERGER OF BOTH DEPARTMENTS.

WE'RE BRINGING TOGETHER A COMMUNITY FOCUS DIVISION, AND THAT CAN BE USED TO MORE EQUITABLY INTUITION, EFFICIENTLY DELIVER COMPREHENSIVE PLANNING AND HOUSING TO THE COMMUNITY.

AS HOME IS THE MERGER.

WE DO INTEND TO CREATE A NEW UNIT THAT IS FOCUSED ON DISPLACEMENT PREVENTION AND NEIGHBORHOOD PRESERVATION.

UM, AND THROUGH THE MERGER, OF COURSE, WE HOPE TO ENHANCE CAPACITY TO CREATE AND PRESERVE, UH, CURRENT AFFORDABLE HOUSING TO DEVELOP AND DEPLOY COMPLETE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS AND PROACTIVE PREVENTION TO SHOW THAT WE'RE FOCUSED ON THE NEEDS OF OPTIONS, MOST VULNERABLE, THE OTHER BENEFITS THAT WE INTENDED TO, OR ENHANCING OUR SUPPORT FOR STRATEGIC DIRECTION, 2023, WHICH, UH, IN PARTICULAR, THE ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY AND AFFORD THE AFFORDABILITY OUTCOME BY PROVIDING MORE CAPACITY FOR COMPLETE COMMUNITY, COMPREHENSIVE PLANNING AND FOR DISPLACEMENT PREVENTION PROGRAMMING.

WE ALSO HOPE TO ADD THE PATSY TO IMPLEMENT THE STRATEGIC HOUSING BLUEPRINT.

AND AS I MENTIONED, FOR EXAMPLE, BRASSY FORMER IN PLACE OF COMMUNITY BASED PLANNING TO DEFINE, EVALUATE AND UPDATE OUR SHARED ASPIRATIONS NOW AND IN THE FUTURE.

AND OF COURSE WITH THIS DMR PRACTICE PLANNING, IT'LL PROVIDE GREATER PREDICTABILITY FOR AUSTIN.

AS WE EVOLVE OVER TIME.

THE TOTAL BUDGET OF THE COMBINATION OF BOTH DEPARTMENTS IS 108 POINT $1 MILLION WITH THE TOTAL NUMBER OF POSITIONS OF 120 POSITIONS.

AND, UM, I'M SORRY THAT I CAN ONLY PARTICIPATE BY PHONE.

UH, YOU KNOW, I CERTAINLY WOULD LIKE TO PARTICIPATE ON VIDEO CONFERENCE WITH THE, UH, COMMITTEE, UH, BUT THAT'S OKAY.

I WANTED TO PROVIDE A HIGH LEVEL OVERVIEW.

AND OF COURSE THEN, UM, UH, BOTH OR ALL THREE OF US REP, UH, JERRY ROSIE AND MYSELF ARE AVAILABLE FOR QUESTIONS.

I DO OFTEN WANT TO ASK ROSIE AND JERRY, IF THERE'S ANYTHING THAT THEY MIGHT WANT TO CONTRIBUTE, AS FAR AS THE OVERVIEWS IS CONCERNED.

HI, RODNEY, THIS IS ROSIE.

I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU GUYS CAN HEAR ME.

YES, I DO.

I THINK, I THINK YOU'VE COVERED THE POINTS THAT I WOULD HAVE WANTED TO COVER.

FIRST.

I REMAIN AVAILABLE.

I'LL BE ANSWERING QUESTIONS.

OH, THANK YOU.

AND JERRY JERRY, OR, OR NOT JERRY, ARE YOU PLANNING TO SAY ANYTHING? AND IF NOT, WE'LL JUST GO ON TO, UM, I WILL ASK ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER GONZALEZ.

DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING FURTHER TO SAY RODNEY? THAT IS, UH, THAT IS THE GIST OF THE PRESENTATION CHAIR.

OKAY.

SORRY.

I JUST, I JUST, I FORGOT THAT.

I AGREE WITH WHAT ROSIE SAID.

I THINK RODNEY COVERED THE HIGHLIGHTS THAT I'M AVAILABLE.

OKAY.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, JERRY.

AND THANK YOU AND ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER GONZALES, AND,

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UM, AND NOW ANY, UH, COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS FROM, FROM US AND, UH, JIM, THANK YOU, MATT.

UH, I PUT TOGETHER A COUPLE OF SLIDES.

UM, ANDREW, COREY, ARE YOU ALL THERE? DO YOU HAVE, UH, ACCESS TO THEM? OKAY, THANK YOU.

UM, FIRST OF ALL, WE DIDN'T START OUT BY SAYING, I WANT TO THANK A SYSTEM CITY MANAGER, UH, INSERVICE FOR HIS EFFORTS.

AND, UM, I WILL BE THE FIRST ONE TO SAY THAT, UH, MERGING IN THIS AREA IS LONG OVERDUE.

SO THAT'S NOT, MY COMMENTS WERE NOT DIRECTED TOWARD DOING IT.

IT'S HOW WE DO IT BECAUSE I THINK IT'S, UH, IT'S, IT'S PROBABLY ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT BANKS LAST SEEN CITY TRUST.

AND SOMETIMES, UM, I, MY FIRST, UH, THE FIRST THING I WANTED TO COMMENT ON, UH, THANK YOU.

IT IS A, IT'S A STRUCTURE THAT HAS BEEN PROPOSED.

UH, THE THREE INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE BEEN DESIGNATED DELETED, UH, HAVE SHOWN BY THEIR PAST PERFORMANCE, THEY VALUE AND CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE CITY.

SO NOTHING IN MY COMMENTS SHOULD TAKE AWAY FROM THAT.

BUT I DO WANT TO COMMENT ON IS THAT THERE IS A STRONG REDUNDANCY IN THE THREE THAT BOTHERED ME GREATLY TO TAKE ON A TOTAL MANAGEMENT, UH, HIERARCHY OF THIS ORGANIZATION.

LET ME JUST HIGHLIGHT THIS.

FIRST OF ALL, UH, MOST OF THE EXPERIENCE HAS BEEN HERE IN THE CITY OF AUSTIN, ALL OF THE EXPERIENCE OF TWO OR THREE.

SECOND OF ALL, ALL OF OUR EDUCATION HAS BEEN HERE AND IN OR NEAR THE CITY OF AUSTIN AND ALL IN ELEMENT, UH, IN BUSINESS.

AND THIRD OF ALL, ALL OF THE EXPERTISE IS IN NONE HOUSING PLANNING, ZONING FOR IN MANY AREAS, IT'S AN ALL PURCHASING PR AND COMMUNICATION.

SO, WELL THAT ASPECT, I THINK WE HAVE A STRONG REDUNDANCY THERE.

IT'S ALMOST LIKE WE'VE FOUND THREE PEOPLE AND PUTTING THEM IN THERE.

I CLICK THE NEXT BUTTON.

SO WHAT BOTHERS ME ABOUT THIS IS THAT ALL OF THE EXPERIENCE, NONE OF THEIR, ESPECIALLY ANYWHERE ELSE, THEY REALLY DON'T KNOW ANY OTHER WAY OF DOING THINGS OTHER THAN THE LOST THEM.

AND I THINK WE ALL KNOW THAT WHILE WE'RE GREAT.

UH, WE, THERE ARE OTHER PLACES THAT, UH, UH, UH, NO PERMITTED METHODS OF WHAT I'M GOING TO CALL IT, GROWTH MANAGEMENT.

I'M TRYING TO PUT US ALL UNDER ONE UMBRELLA.

AND, UH, AND THERE'S NOBODY THAT HAS HAD ANY EDUCATION AND PLANNING IS ONLY FOR A MEETING.

AND THERE'S NOT ANY EXPERTISE IN PLANNING, ZONING, AND PERMITTING, WHICH IS A VERY IMPORTANT PIECE OF THIS WHOLE PUZZLE.

THE SECOND PART IS THAT LOOK AT PERFORMANCE.

ALRIGHT, DID IT CLICK NEXT FROM THERE? THERE WE GO.

SO THE ONLY WAY WE REALLY HAVE TO LOOK AT FORMATS, I'M NOT EVEN GOING TO GO BACK TO A FORMATTER INDICATOR.

THAT WE'RE ALL I BLAME TO TRY TO FORGET.

THAT'S, THERE'S LIKE A REPORT, WHICH WAS FIVE YEARS AGO, WHICH REALLY TOOK A STRONG LOOK AT OUR ENTIRE GROWTH MANAGEMENT PROGRAM AND TOLD US ABOUT 500 DIFFERENT ISSUES, WHAT WE NEED TO ADDRESS.

BUT I'M JUST LOOKING AT THE FOUR AUDIT REPORTS ON THEIR OWN, SAID IT AUDITOR DID ON THESE DEPARTMENTS OF THE LAST FOUR YEARS, FOUR YEARS AGO, WE HAD AN AFFORDABLE HOUSE.

SO, YOU KNOW, I DON'T WANT TO GO INTO LOT OF BEADS.

WE ALREADY THERE THEY'RE AVAILABLE FOR YOU TO LOOK AT, BUT THEY HAVE PROBABLY THE AUDITS THAT I'M REFERRING TO ARE THE HOUSING COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND PERMITTING AND DEPARTMENTS ARE PROBABLY THE HARSHEST AUDIENCE, ANY CITY DEPARTMENT THAT WE'VE GOT AND ALSO CITY GOVERNMENT, UH, LET ME, UM, LET ME GO TO THE NEXT ONE.

SO I TRIED TO SUMMARIZE IT.

SO IN LOOKING AT THE PERSONNEL THAT THE MANAGER HAS OPTED TO ASSIGN TO THIS NEW DEPARTMENT, ALL THREE DIRECTORS, NONE OF THEM HAVE ANY PLANNING AND ZONING EXPERIENCE, EDUCATION EXPERTISE.

OKAY.

ANY, I ADD TO THAT, LIKE ONE MORE TIME AND EVERYTHING.

YEAH.

ADD TO THAT FOR THE DEPARTMENTS THEY'VE BEEN MANAGING FOR THE LAST FOUR YEARS, AND THIS IS A SUMMARY.

YOU CAN GO BACK AND

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READ THE REPORTS.

THEY HAVE BEEN HIGHLY CRITICIZED FOR NOT ESTABLISHING GOALS AND STRATEGIES, NOT MAINTAINING RELIABLE, A PATIENT'S NOT MINDED FOR STAFF PERFORMANCE, NOT THE ATTORNEY AND PROPER EXPENSES, NOT IMPROVING CUSTOMER SERVICE.

AND THAT'S SETTING TIMELINES, YOUR TARGET.

I THINK THAT THIS IS TRULY IMPORTANT.

THE FUNCTION I'M TALKING TO YOU ABOUT PLANNING, ZONING, HOUSING, ALL OF THESE THINGS WE'RE TALKING ABOUT.

SO TAKE THE CHANCE THAT THIS DEPARTMENT WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO FILL UP WITH WHAT THE CITY NEEDS.

CLICK ONE MORE TIME, JACK.

I THINK RAY IS JUST A VERY CRITICAL QUESTION AS THE CITY CITY MANAGER.

YES.

THAT'S THE GROWTH MANAGEMENT TEAM THAT WE WANT TO TURN THE FUTURE OF ONE OF THE NATION'S FASTEST AND MOST ECONOMIC HOOSICK WRITTEN CITIES OVER TWO.

SO IF NOT, THEN MAYBE THIS SECOND MARRIAGE SHOULD, COULD GO BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD.

NOW I'M GOING TO END MY COMMENTS WITH THAT.

I NOTICED, BECAUSE I THINK AT THIS RATE APPROPRIATE AND FLAVORS RIGHT NOW, THE STREAM IS, ARE NOT LIKELY TO BE IN AS OUR CITY MANAGER.

THIS IS LIKE WE, AUSTIN IS AT A PIVOTAL POINT AND WE ALL KNOW THAT RIGHT NOW, THE MANAGER'S OFFICE AND THE CITY COUNCIL HAVE THEIR HANDS FULL WITH SOME OF THE WORST CRISES WE STILL HAVE, WHETHER IT BE THE VIRUS, PROBABLY YOU SWEAR THAT THE HOMELESSNESS, UH, WHETHER IT BE TRANSPORTATION, TAXATION, I MEAN, I HAVE BEEN, I'VE WORKED FOR CITIES FOR 60 YEARS AND I, I'M ALMOST SOMETIMES I THINK THAT MAYBE ALL OF THE ILLS OF VASELINE IN MY 60 YEARS AT THIS BRANCH COLLECTIVELY CALLING UPON US IN TEXAS AT THIS TIME.

SO I THINK IT IS EVEN MORE IMPORTANT THAT WE NOT SCREW UP THIS, UH, THIS REORGANIZATION.

WE NEED TO MAKE SURE WE'VE GOT THE RIGHT PEGS AND THE RIGHT HOLES THAT WE NEED TO MOVE FORWARD WITH REORGANIZATION.

AND THAT'S WHEN I STARTED TO START, I AGREE, A HUNDRED PERCENT LIST MR. GONZALES, AND A REORGANIZATION IS APPROPRIATE, BUT WE NEED TO DO IT IN A RIGHT WAY.

AND WE NEED TO PUT THE RIGHT PEOPLE IN PLACE.

UH, AND, UH, AND I DIDN'T THANK THEM FOR BRINGING IT UP.

SO THAT'S, THAT'S MY 2 CENTS FOR THE DAY.

THANK YOU FOR LISTENING.

GO AHEAD, MR. GONZALES.

SURE.

AND I WANT TO THANK COMMISSIONER DELCON FOR HIS COMMENTS.

I TRULY APPRECIATE IT.

AND I CERTAINLY APPRECIATE ALL OF HIS YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN THIS FIELD AND IN THIS ARENA.

AND I COULDN'T AGREE WITH HIM MORE ABOUT THE PRIORITIZATION OF THESE TWO FUNCTIONS, UM, RIGHT NOW IN, IN THE PLACE THAT WE'RE AT AS AN OFFER OF CLARIFICATION.

IF I COULD COMMISSIONER DUNKIN, UH, THE TWO DEPARTMENTS THAT WOULD BE MERGED ARE NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSING AND PLANNING AND ZONING.

I KNOW THAT YOUR SLIDES REFERENCED DEVELOPMENT SERVICES, UM, THAT IS NOT PART OF THE MERGER.

AND SO I JUST WANTED TO OFFER THAT CLARIFICATION THAT, UH, THE MERGER DOES NOT IN ANY WAY, SHAPE OR FORM INCLUDE DEVELOPMENT SERVICES.

UM, SO I'M NOT SHIP THAT MIGHT HELP WITH SOME OF SOME OF THE COMMENTS.

UM, AND AS FAR AS THE EXECUTIVES ARE CONCERNED, THE EXECUTIVE SO REMAIN AS ROSIE, REBECCA, AND JERRY WEST CHEVROLET.

I KNOW THAT YOU DIDN'T INCLUDE JERRY AND THAT'S FINE, BUT JERRY IS OF COURSE A MADE SECOND.

AND HE WENT FULL REMAIN AND THE MERGER WILL ALLOW US TO HAVE AN ADDITIONAL EXECUTIVE WHO IT'S MY INTENTION TO DO JUST WHAT YOU TALKED ABOUT, WHICH IS TO, UH, FEEL IT WITH THE KNOWLEDGE AND THE EXPERIENCE AND THEIR EXPERTISE THAT WE NEED IN COMPREHENSIVE PLANNING, UM, THAT WILL COMPLIMENT THE STAFF THAT IS ALREADY PRESENT.

BUT I DID WANT TO MENTION THAT THE MERGER WILL ALLOW US TO BRING ON BOARD, UH, AND ADDITIONAL EXECUTIVE POSITION IN ADDITION TO WHAT WE HAVE WITH ROSIE AND REBECCA AND JERRY.

AND I WILL ASK, UH, ROSIE AND JERRY, IF THERE'S ANYTHING THAT THEY WANTED TO COMMENT IN THAT REGARD.

I DON'T KNOW.

UM, I DON'T KNOW IF I COULD ADD ANY MORE TO WHAT YOU JUST SAID.

UM, YOU KNOW, WE ARE, WE ARE STILL WORKING ON THE, UH, THE ORGANIZATION AS A DEPARTMENT AND WHAT THE WORD CHART WOULD LOOK LIKE.

UH, WE'RE KIND OF IN THE PROCESS RIGHT NOW, WE WENT OVER THAT WITH THE, UH, MANAGEMENT, BOTH DEPARTMENTS AND THE ONLY OTHER THING THAT, UH, THAT, THAT I WOULD OFFER JUST BY WAY OF CLARIFICATION.

UH, I KNOW THAT MR. DUNCAN, YOU REFERENCED YEARS OF EXPERIENCE OF, OF THE INDIVIDUALS, UM, SPECIFICALLY MYSELF AND REBECCA, AND WHAT YOU HAVEN'T NOTED ON THERE IS THE TIME THAT HER DEATH HAD BEEN SPENT BY BOTH OF US IN THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT.

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AND SO, UM, FOR ME, I'VE BEEN WITH THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT FOR FOUR YEARS, AND I THINK REBECCA HAS BEEN THERE FOR AT LEAST 10.

AND SO WHILE MY EXPERTISE AS A CITY, BOSTON, BEFORE THAT WAS IN THE FIELDS AND IN THE CITY MANAGER'S OFFICE, UH, I HAVE BEEN WITH THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT FOR FIVE YEARS, AND SHE'S BEEN WITH THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT FOR 10, SORRY, FOR FOUR YEARS.

AND SHE'S BEEN WITH THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT FOR TESTS, BUT JUST BY WAY OF CLARIFICATION, UM, I I'VE BEEN THE DIRECTOR OF HOUSING FOR FOUR YEARS AND, AND SHE, UM, I'VE BEEN THE DEPUTY FOR THE LENGTH OF TIME THAT I'VE BEEN IN THE DEPARTMENT AND WHAT THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR BEFORE THEN.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR RESPONDING.

AND ARE THERE ANY OTHER PEANUT GALLERY COMMISSIONER KING? YES.

UM, AND THIS QUESTION IS FOR DIRECTOR GONZALEZ, UH, I MEAN ASSIST ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER GONZALEZ, I'M SORRY ABOUT THAT.

UH, OR THE OTHER STAFF THAT'S THERE.

I UNDERSTAND THAT, UM, THE RENTAL REPAIR, I MEAN THE HO HOUSING REPAIR PROGRAM IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS GOING TO THAT BUDGET IS AS BEING PROPOSED TO BE, UH, MOVED, UH, OUT OF THAT, UH, THAT BUCKET THIS YEAR, THE FUNDING THIS YEAR, AND MOVED INTO DIRECT INTO HOMELESSNESS.

AND SO, BECAUSE THERE'VE BEEN PROBLEMS WITH THE, THE, I GUESS THE, THE RENTAL, I MEAN THE REPAIR PROGRAM, UH, HAVING CONTRACTORS NOT DOING A GOOD JOB AND THERE'S BEEN PROBLEMS WITH THAT.

AND I THINK IT WAS REFERENCED IN ONE OF THE AUDITS THAT COMMISSIONER DUNCAN MENTIONED, BUT, UH, I WONDER HOW IS THAT KIND OF PROBLEM GOING TO BE ADDRESSED? I, I DON'T, UH, I'M CONCERNED THAT THE SOLUTION TO THAT PROBLEM IS TO SIMPLY TAKE THE MONEY AWAY FROM RENTAL REPAIRS, WHICH PEOPLE NEED MORE THAN EVER RIGHT NOW TO PREVENT THEIR DISPLACEMENT AND TO HELP THEM RIGHT NOW AND TO MOVE IT.

AND I UNDERSTAND HOMELESSNESS IS IMPORTANT TOO.

IT'S A CRIME, IT'S A CRISIS AS WELL, BUT I DON'T THINK THE SOLUTION IS TO SIMPLY MOVE THE MONEY OUT OF THAT BUCKET.

WHY NOT FIX THE UNDERLYING PROBLEM, WHICH IS A PROBLEM WITH THE REPAIR PROGRAM ITSELF AND, AND NOT, NOT TAKE THAT FUNDING AWAY THAT WE NEED TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM.

SO, CAN YOU ALL COMMENT ON THAT AND HOW YOU WOULD ADDRESS THAT PROBLEM NOW AND GOING FORWARD INTO THE PROPOSED MERGER? SURE.

I'VE GOT THIS.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

UM, YEAH, SO, SO FIRST WHAT WE ARE DOING IN THE ALLEY AND THE ACTION PLAN FOR OUR FEDERAL DOLLARS, BUT THEN WE'RE HAVING FISCAL YEAR THE DOLLARS FROM PRIOR FROM THIS PRIOR PERIOD THAT WE WERE NOT ABLE TO SPEND ON A HOME REPAIR PROGRAM.

SO WE'RE NOT DEFUNDING ANYTHING FOR NEXT YEAR.

THEY'LL STILL HAVE THE SAME ALLOCATION GOING INTO THE NEXT YEAR.

UH, WE JUST RECOGNIZE THAT THOSE DOLLARS WERE NOT ABLE TO BE BENT DUE TO COVID AND NOT BEING ABLE TO GO INTO PEOPLE'S HOMES TO REPAIR THEM.

AND SO WE'RE MOVING THEM TO, UH, TO HELP WITH, UM, CAPITAL EXPENDITURES FOR HOMELESSNESS, UH, MOVING FORWARD.

THOSE PROGRAMS WERE STILL HOSPITAL FUNDING NEXT IN THE NEXT FISCAL YEAR.

AND WE HOPE TO HAVE THEM BE IN MUCH BETTER SHAPE.

WE HAVE HAD A LOT OF IMPROVEMENT ACTUALLY OVER THE PAST COUPLE OF YEARS ON OUR HOMEWORK, THEIR PROGRAMS, THE AUDIT THAT WAS REFERENCED WAS A NUMBER OF YEARS AGO.

AND I THINK A BUCK FOR THE CHALLENGE OF COVID RIGHT NOW, WE WOULD NOT BE DOING THE ACTION THAT WE'RE DOING.

SO I THINK THAT THOSE PROGRAMS ARE IN, ARE IN ACTUALLY REALLY GOOD SHAPE.

UM, AND WE ARE ACTIVELY WORKING WITH OUR HOME REPAIR COALITION AT THE CITY THAT, THAT EXISTS IN AUSTIN AND, UM, DOING WHAT WE CAN TO CONTINUE TO EVEN WORK ON HOMES ON THE, FROM THE EXTERIOR, UH, WHILE KEEPING WHAT WE KNOW IS A VULNERABLE POPULATION, SAFE AND PROTECTED FROM THE ILLNESS AND COMMISSIONER CAME, THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMMENTS.

AND, UM, THERE HAS BEEN SOMETHING THAT ROSIE AND THE STAFF THAT FOCUSED ON THE HOME REPAIR PROGRAM AND GETTING IT IN MUCH BETTER SHAPE THAN IT WAS IN PREVIOUS YEARS, LIKE DOING THEM FOR THE WORK.

UM, BUT WHAT ROSIE HAS MENTIONED IS WITH REGARDS TO THE FEDERAL FUNDS, AND THAT'S WHERE WE GET THIS MONEY FROM, UH, THERE ARE STRICT TIMELINES WITH WHICH WE HAVE TO SPEND IT.

AND SO BY SHIFTING IT OVER TO HOMELESSNESS, WE CAN ACTUALLY SPEND THE DOLLARS IN CAPITAL MUCH SOONER THAN WE CAN ACTUALLY GET INTO THE HOME REPAIR PROGRAMS, BECAUSE THERE'S ROADS, YOU MENTIONED GETTING INTO HOMES NOW FOR REPAIRS IS COMPLICATED DUE TO COVID.

OKAY.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS, COMMISSIONER RAY, HEY, THANK YOU FOR THAT PRESENTATION.

VERY INFORMATIVE.

UM, MY QUESTION

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RELATES TO THE REAL SCARCITY OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING THAT WE HAVE IN OUR CITY.

UM, AS WE ALL KNOW, WE REALLY CAN'T BUILD ENOUGH OF IT.

UM, AND EVEN THE PROJECTS THAT WE DO APPROVE OFTEN TAKE SO LONG TO BUILD THAT WE ARE REALLY WONDERING IF WE CAN ADDRESS THE SCALE OF THE PROBLEM AT THE RATE AT WHICH, UM, YOU KNOW, WE'RE, WE'RE CAPABLE OF BUILDING.

SO I JUST WANTED TO HEAR YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT HOW WITH THE IMPROVED COORDINATION OF THIS DEPARTMENT, UM, HOW CAN WE IMPROVE THE PERMITTING PROCESS FOR PORTABLE DEVELOPMENT? SO THE PROPOSED MERGER DOESN'T, UM, NECESSARILY INVOLVE THE PERMITTING PROCESS FOR OUR AFFORDABLE DEVELOPMENT.

HOWEVER, WE DO WORK VERY CLOSELY WITH THE FOLKS AT DEVELOPMENT SERVICES TO ENSURE THAT WE'RE ABLE TO REMEDY ANY PERMITTING ISSUES THAT MIGHT BE HAPPENING FOR AFFORDABLE DEVELOPMENTS.

THEY ACTUALLY HAVE A POSITION, UM, THAT IS DEDICATED TO JUST KIND OF SERVING IN THAT CAPACITY, UM, WITH OUR, FOR OUR AFFORDABLE DEVELOPMENTS.

AND, AND I AGREE, YOU'RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT.

UH, WE NEED, WE NEED TO INCREASE THE CAPACITY AND NUMBER OF INCOME RESTRICTED HOUSING UNITS THAT WE HAVE IN AUSTIN.

AND WE'RE DOING THAT BY SENDING THE $250 MILLION AFFORDABLE HOUSING BOND PROGRAM, UH, AND TRYING TO LEVERAGE THOSE DOLLARS AND STRETCH THEM AS FAR AS WE POSSIBLY CAN TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF UNITS, BUT IT IT'S, IT'S A MUCH BIGGER PROBLEM THAN WHAT WE'RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO DO WITH THE CURRENT FUNDING LEVELS THAT WE HAVE.

UM, AND SO WE LOOK TO OUR PARTNERS ALL ACROSS AUSTIN TO HELP WITH, YOU KNOW, WITH, WITH CREATION OF WAFFLE AND WE'LL HAVE HIM AND COMMISSIONER GONZALEZ, IF IT COULD ON THE PERMITTING.

I KNOW THAT WE MADE REALLY GOOD STRIDES.

MOST RECENTLY, AS YOU MAY RECALL, COUNCIL MEMBER PIECE ARE PUSHED THROUGH WHAT WE CALLED THE AFFORDABILITY RESOLUTION.

UM, ROSIE QUICKLY ESTEEM ASSEMBLED A TEAM OF VARIOUS CITY DEPARTMENTS TO IMPLEMENT THAT.

AND THAT'S OF COURSE HELPING TO BRING MORE HOUSING ON BOARD, MORE AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN PARTICULAR ABOUT THREE AND A HALF YEARS AGO, WE IMPLEMENTED WHAT WE CALL THE EXPEDITED BUILDING PLAN REVIEW PROGRAM, WHICH HAS ALSO HELPED OUR AFFORDABLE HOUSING PARTNERS GET THEIR PROJECTS, UM, PERMITTED AND AS A WEIGHT QUICKLY.

SO I FEEL LIKE WE'VE MADE SOME REALLY GOOD STRIDES IN THAT REGARD.

I KNOW I PERSONALLY HAVE WORKED WITH HAKA WITH FOUNDATION COMMUNITIES WITH NUMBER OF OTHER AFFORDABLE AFFORDABILITY HOUSING PARTNERS, UM, TO UNDERSTAND, AND TO TRY TO FIGURE OUT HOW WE CAN GET THESE PROJECTS THROUGH THE SITE PLAN PROCESS AND THROUGH THE PERMIT, THE BUILDING PERMITTING PROCESS FASTER.

UM, WE'RE ALWAYS GOING TO WORK WITH THEM BECAUSE, UM, WE'VE MADE GREAT STRIDES, BUT I WANT TO ENSURE THAT WE GET THIS AFFORDABLE HOUSING, UM, ON THE GROUND AND OPEN AS QUICKLY AS, AS POSSIBLE.

SO I DO BELIEVE BY MERGING THESE TWO DEPARTMENTS, IT WILL HELP IN OUR PLANNING EFFORTS AND OF COURSE PUTTING HOUSING ON THE GROUND.

UM, AND I'M ALWAYS MINDFUL THAT DEVELOPMENT SERVICES, WHICH IS UNDER MY PURVIEW, UM, AS THE ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER, THAT WE ARE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR WAYS TO CONTINUE TO SPEED UP THE SITE PLAN PROCESS AND THE BUILDING PERMIT PROCESS FOR OUR AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROJECTS.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS, COMMISSIONER DAN, CLAIRE, AND THEN I'LL GO TO COMMISSIONER GARY.

THIS IS A QUESTION FOR MR. GONZALEZ IN MY UNDERSTANDING YOU CORRECTLY SAYING THAT YOU PLAN ON HIRING A NEW DEPARTMENT HEAD THAT HAS EXPERIENCE IN PLANNING, UM, BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE AN ORG CHART OR BACKUP.

AND I DO KNOW PLAY HOUSING IS JUST A PIECE OF PLANNING.

IT, UH, YOU HAVE TO HAVE, IF YOU HAVE TRAINING IN URBAN PLANNING, YOU GET TRAINING IN, UM, ALL SORTS OF PROCESSES AND THOSE INCLUDE, UH, HOUSING AND ZONING AND SITE PLANS AND SUBDIVISION AND TRANSPORTATION AND UTILITY KNOWLEDGE.

YOU GET EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE IN THAT.

AND SO AM I UNDERSTANDING YOUR INTENTION IS TO PUT A NEW HEAD, UH, IN THAT HAS THAT KIND OF EXPERIENCE WITHOUT AN ORG CHART.

I'M NOT CLEAR WHAT YOUR, WHO, WHO IS GOING TO BE IN CHARGE.

THANKS.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR QUESTION COMMISSIONER.

UM, ROSIE TREE WILL BE THE DIRECTOR OF THE MERGED DEPARTMENT.

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UM, AND SO SHE'S CURRENTLY THE DIRECTOR OF LABOR AND HOUSING.

UM, AND SO THE EXECUTIVE OR THE DIRECTOR WILL BE ROSIE.

WHEN I HAD MENTIONED THE, UH, THE OTHER EXECUTIVES, REBECCA AND JERRY, UM, THEY ARE THE EXCEPTIONS WHO WILL ALSO BE IN THE DEPARTMENT.

WE WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO CREATE, UM, WHAT WOULD BE A FOURTH EXECUTIVE.

SO WHEN YOU COUNT ROSIE, JERRY, BUT BECCA, WE WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO CREATE A FOURTH EXECUTIVE POSITION THAT WILL LIKELY BE AN ASSISTANT DIRECTOR POSITION.

UM, AND THAT'S, WE'RE LOOKING TO BRING ON, UH, THE EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE AND WE'RE, I THINK, BRING ON, OF COURSE, YOU KNOW, THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR, UM, FOLKS INTERNAL TO THE CITY OF AUSTIN WHO MAY HAVE THAT EXPERTISE, UM, OR EXTERNAL AS WELL.

YOU KNOW, I DON'T WANT TO MAKE ANY COMMITMENTS YET AS TO, UH, THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS, BECAUSE WE'VE GOT A LOT OF TALENTED FOLKS, UM, ACROSS THE CITY, UH, WHO MIGHT, UH, FIND THIS AS AN OPPORTUNITY, BUT IT WILL BE A POSITION WHERE WE WANT TO HAVE THIS EXPERIENCE IN AS WELL.

OKAY.

COMMISSIONER DANCLER AND OH, YOU GOT TO TURN ON YOUR, AND I'M GOING TO STEP AWAY TO LET IT, I'M GOING TO LET SOMEBODY OUT COMMISSIONER DINKLER OWL, I'M SORRY, MR. GONZALEZ, I THINK YOU'RE MISSING MY POINT.

THEN YOU BASICALLY ARE PUTTING THE DIRECTOR OF NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSING IN CHARGE OF BOTH PLANNING AND HOUSING.

SO SAY THERE'S AN ISSUE WITH ZONING IS THE ULTIMATE TIE BREAKER, THE HEAD OF THE DEPARTMENT WHO DOESN'T HAVE ANY BACKGROUND IN PLANNING, ISN'T AN ENGINEER.

SHE IS AN EYE NOT SPEAKING TO, I GUESS THAT'S WHAT I'M CONCERNED ABOUT IS YOU HAVE A DEPARTMENT AND YOUR STRUCTURE IS IN ESSENCE, ELEVATING ONE PIECE OF PLANNING OVER EVERY OTHER ASPECT.

AND I DON'T THINK YOU'VE GOT IT RIGHT.

I'LL BE REAL BLUNT.

UM, I THINK THERE'S SOME BENEFIT TO HAVING THE COORDINATION.

I THINK THERE HAVE BEEN TIMES WHERE THE TWO DEPARTMENTS HAVEN'T COMMUNICATED VERY WELL WHERE THE INFORMATION ISN'T SHARED, FRANKLY.

I BET YOU, I COULD ASK WHAT THE ORDER PROCESS IS FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

DO YOU GET THE ZONING FIRST OR DO YOU GET THE APPLICATION IN, FOR SMART HOUSING? I'M GOING TO GET A DIFFERENT ANSWER FROM HOUSING THEN I'M PROBABLY GOING TO GET FROM, UM, THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT, BUT WHY IS IT THAT THE HEAD OF THIS DEPARTMENT, SOMEONE WITH EXPERIENCE IN PLANNING.

SO, UM, ONCE AGAIN, THANK YOU FOR, FOR YOUR CONCERN COMMISSIONER.

UM, IN LOOKING AT THE MERGER, OF COURSE, WHEN I LOOK AT IS THE EXECUTIVES THAT ARE FROM BOTH DEPARTMENTS AND HOW DO WE PRESERVE, AS I MENTIONED, UH, EARLIER PRESERVING WHAT WE HAVE IN, I, I HAVE FULL FAITH AND CONFIDENCE IN BOTH ROSIE AND JERRY AND IN THAT REGARD, AND I CAN UNDERSTAND YOUR CONCERN ABOUT, YOU KNOW, WHEN IT, WHEN DECISION GOES TO THE HIGHEST LEVEL, WHICH IS THE DIRECTOR, UH, POSITION, ET CETERA.

UM, I CAN TELL YOU THAT, YOU KNOW, DECISIONS LIKE THAT AREN'T MADE IN A VACUUM, UH, THEY ARE MADE WITH ALL THE INFORMATION IN FRONT OF EVERY INDIVIDUAL.

AND, UM, YEAH, SO, I MEAN, I, I WOULD SAY THAT, THAT, THAT IS MY RESPONSE IS THAT I'M LOOKING AT THE MERGER WITH THE EXECUTIVES THAT ARE CURRENTLY, UM, IN THEIR SEATS AND TRYING AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE TO KEEP THOSE INTACT THEN COMMISSIONER GARY.

YES.

MY QUESTION IS TOWARDS MR. FLYNN STYLIST.

YES.

THE CITY MANAGER.

UM, TO WHAT DEGREE ARE YOU IN YOUR PRESENTATION? I HEARD A REFERENCE TO EQUITY AND DISPLACEMENT.

I DID NOT HEAR A REFERENCE TO GENTRIFICATION.

SO TO WHAT DEGREE ARE YOU GOING TO INCLUDE, UM, THE EQUITY OFFICE IN THIS PROCESS? UM, COMMISSIONER, IF, UH, I COULD MAYBE DEFECT CLARIFICATION.

ARE YOU ASKING ABOUT, LIKE, IF WE INCLUDE THE EQUITY OFFICE IN THE MERGER OR DO YOU, OR YOU MEANING LIKE

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IN THE WORK THAT WE DO IN THE WORK THAT YOU DO IN REGARDS TO DATA TO EVALUATE HOW EFFECTIVE, UM, YOU KNOW, THINGS ARE, YOU KNOW, THE EQUITABILITY OF THE SERVICES THAT NEED TO BE PROVIDED OR, UM, PLANNING, HOUSING, ALL OF THAT, WHAT DEGREES EQUITY OFFICE IS GOING TO BE INCLUDED IF I SEE SOMETIMES DIFFERENT CITY DEPARTMENTS WORKING IN SILOS, AND I FEEL THAT THEIR NEED, IT'S IMPORTANT FOR THEM TO SHARE INFORMATION AND, YOU KNOW, AND SOMETIMES LOOK AT, YOU KNOW, FROM A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE, WHAT IS BEING, YOU KNOW, WHAT IS THE GOAL AND IS THAT GOAL BEING MET AND ESPECIALLY IN REGARDS TO EQUITY.

AND, UM, AND I'M WORRIED THAT MAYBE GENTRIFICATION IS NOT ADEQUATELY ADDRESSED.

ALRIGHT, I APPRECIATE THAT QUESTION.

I'M GOING TO ALSO LEAN ON ROSA WITH THE ANSWER.

UM, MAYBE I CAN START WITH A HIGH LEVEL.

UM, THE EQUITY OFFICE HAS GONE THROUGH A NUMBER OF EQUITY ASSESSMENTS FOR, FOR VARIOUS CITY DEPARTMENTS.

I BELIEVE HOUSING HAS ALREADY BEEN THROUGH THEIR EQUITY ASSESSMENT.

UM, AS WITH ANY ASSESSMENT, YOU LEARN THINGS, UM, AND GOING THROUGH IT.

UM, THE EQUITY OFFICE IS A STRONG PARTNER IN THE WORK THAT WE DO.

UM, WE ALWAYS LOOK TOWARDS THE EQUITY OFFICE TO HELP US IN THE WORK AND TO GUIDE US IN COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS AS WE DO OUR WORK, ESPECIALLY IN THE AREAS OF GENTRIFICATION AND DISPLACEMENT.

UM, SO WHEN YOU TALKED ABOUT, UM, AND WHAT WE TALKED ABOUT IS ANTI-DISPLACEMENT, UM, AND WHEN WE TALK ABOUT THAT, I THINK WE PROBABLY ALMOST COLLAPSE THE TWO ANTI DISPLACEMENT AND GENTRIFICATION.

UM, WE CERTAINLY ARE IN TUNE WITH BOTH OF THOSE AND OUR ATTEMPTS AT THE MERGER ARE TO ADDRESS BOTH OF THOSE SITUATIONS.

IS THERE SOMETHING ELSE THAT YOU MIGHT BE ABLE TO ADD, UH, ABOUT THE WORK THAT YOU AND AND HOUSING HAVE DONE IN, PARTICULARLY WITH THE EQUITY OFFICE? SURE.

UM, I, WE HAVE ACTUALLY HAD WHAT I FEEL LIKE IS A STRONG PARTNERSHIP WITH THE EQUITY OFFICE AS WE'VE BEEN, UM, GOING THROUGH THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE STRATEGIC HOUSING BLUEPRINT.

AND NOW I'M TALKING ABOUT SPECIFICALLY THE DEPARTMENT THEN, AND WE'LL TALK ABOUT HOW THAT CAN COME INTO PLAY WITH HOUSING AND PLANNING.

UM, THEY'VE BEEN STRONG COLLABORATORS AND PARTNERS, UM, OF OURS AS WE'VE WORKED THROUGH MULTIPLE DIFFERENT TASKFORCES.

UM, MOST RECENTLY THE ANTI-DISPLACEMENT AND GENTRIFICATION TASK FORCE THAT WAS CHAIRED BY REBEL ALVAREZ AND NEFERTITI JACKMAN.

UM, WE INCLUDED A POSITION IN LAST YEAR'S BUDGET IN THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT TO SPECIFICALLY WORK ON DISPLACEMENT PREVENTION AND GENTRIFICATION ISSUES AND TO IMPLEMENT THE STRATEGIC HOUSING BLUEPRINT AND A LOT OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS THAT CAME FROM THAT TASK FORCE.

UM, WE BROUGHT IN ACTUALLY NEVER TD JACKMAN AS A TEMPORARY EMPLOYEE TO SERVE, UH, AND A PROGRAM MANAGEMENT CAPACITY TO HELP US, UM, TO HELP US BUILD OUR DEPLOYMENT PREVENTION AND GENTRIFICATION, UH, MITIGATION PROGRAMS. AND I'M LOOKING TOWARDS THE MERGER OF THE HAPPENING AND PLANNING DEPARTMENT TO BE ABLE TO SHINE A STRONGER LIGHT ON THE WORK THAT'S BEING DONE THERE AND TO HELP BOLSTER THAT, UM, BY, WITH ADDITIONAL STAFFING, IDEALLY, AND WITH, WITH THAT PLACE OF PROMINENCE TO WORK ACROSS ALL OF THE ACTIVITIES THAT ARE HAPPENING IN THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT AND IN THE HOUSING ACTIVITIES.

SO IT'S, IT'S KIND OF, UM, IT, THIS IS GOING TO BE A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO REALLY ELEVATE, UM, AN ISSUE THAT WE RECOGNIZE AND HAVE HEARD FROM MANY CONSTITUENTS SECRETS AS BEING SOMETHING THAT NEEDS TO HAVE A PROMINENT PLACE.

AND SO WE'RE LOOKING THROUGH THIS MERGER TO BE ABLE TO HELP ACCOMPLISH THAT.

AND THE EQUITY OFFICE AGAIN, WILL CONTINUE TO BE THAT STRONG PARTNER.

UM, WE MEET WITH THEM REGULARLY AND, YOU KNOW, EVERY, EVERY OPPORTUNITY WE HAVE TO COLLABORATE WITH WITH BRIAN AND KELLY AND THE TEAM WE DO AND, AND HAVE FOUND THAT TO BE A GREAT EVENT.

I HAVE A CLARIFICATION QUESTION.

I, YEAH.

OKAY.

NOW ALL A BUNCH OF WINDOWS JUST OPENED UP, PLEASE GO AHEAD.

SORRY.

I WAS LOOKING FOR MY OWN QUESTIONS.

YEAH, IT'S A CHAIR.

I JUST WANTED TO ASK IF I COULD CLARIFY THAT THIS NEW REFERENCE WAS MADE TO A POSITION THAT'S GOING TO BE FOCUSED ON DISPLACEMENT GENTRIFICATION AND, UH, YOU KNOW, WE, WE'VE HAD, WHAT'S CALLED A HOMELESSNESS CZAR APPOINTED,

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WILL THIS DISPLACEMENT GENTRIFICATION POSITION BE, WHAT LEVEL WILL IT BE AT? WHAT KIND OF PROMINENCE AND WHAT KIND OF BUDGET WILL IT HAVE? COULD THEY PLEASE CLARIFY THAT? BECAUSE WE'VE HAD DATA EARLIER FROM THE IT TEAM HERE AT THE CITY OF AUSTIN, I-TEAM THAT SHOWS THAT, YOU KNOW, OVER 232,000 HOUSEHOLDS ARE AT RISK OF DISPLACEMENT, IT'S A BIG ISSUE THAT NEEDS REALLY BILLIONS OF DOLLARS.

SO I JUST WANT TO SEE HOW PROMINENT THIS POSITIONING OF THIS ROLE IS GOING TO BE IN WHAT BUDGET IT WILL HAVE IN THE NEW DEPARTMENT.

SURE.

SO, UM, THE LEVEL OF EMPLOYEE THAT I'M LOOKING AT IS, IS BASICALLY AS HIGH AS YOU CAN GET WITHOUT BEING AN EXECUTIVE.

AND SO THE TITLE WOULD BE ONE THAT DOESN'T EXIST YET IN THE CITY.

IT WOULD BE A DISPLACEMENT PREVENTION OFFICER.

UM, AND I'M, I'M TRYING TO THINK OF SOMEONE THAT, UM, OR A RELATIVE LEVEL THAT WOULD, IT WOULD BE COMPARABLE TO, BUT I'M COMING UP THAT YOU GUYS WOULD BE FAMILIAR WITH THE TITLE OR POSITION AND I'M COMING UP SHORT.

UM, BUT AT THE HIGH LEVEL, AT THE HIGH LEVEL POSITION, THAT'S NOT AN EXECUTIVE.

UH, MY HOPE IS TO GET A TEAM, A ROBUST TEAM.

I THINK IT WILL PROBABLY START AT, UM, FIVE OR SIX FTES.

AND WHILE I DON'T HAVE A STRONG ANSWER ON THE BUDGET YET, I CAN SAY THAT BECAUSE WE ARE STILL WORKING ON, ON WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE, BUT WE ARE LOOKING AT DEDICATING $5 MILLION IN THE HOUSING TRUST FUND NEXT YEAR TO, UM, TO WORK ON DISPLACEMENT PREVENTION PROGRAMS AND TENANT STABILIZATION PROGRAMS. AND THAT'S ON TOP OF THE EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM THAT WE'RE IMPLEMENTING RIGHT NOW.

THAT'S PART OF OUR COVID RESPONSE, WHICH IS A $15 MILLION PROGRAM THAT THE DISPLACEMENT PREVENTION STAFF IS INFORMING THE CREATION AND THE OPERATION OF THAT PROGRAM.

YEAH.

I JUST, I DIDN'T HEAR THAT.

I'M SORRY, JUST, THERE WAS A LITTLE GLITCH IN THE AUDIO.

DID YOU SAY A $5 MILLION NEXT YEAR WOULD BE AVAILABLE? THAT'S THAT'S WHERE WE'RE FINALIZING ON PROGRAMMING OF THE DOLLARS IN THE HOUSING TRUST FUND, BUT THAT IS THE BALLPARK OF WHAT WE'RE LOOKING AT.

UM, SO IF THAT SHIFTS UP AND DOWN, YOU KNOW, OVER THE NEXT WEEK, THEN FORGIVE ME FOR THAT.

UM, BUT THIS IS, YOU KNOW, MY GOAL IS TO HAVE THIS BE A HIGH LEVEL POSITION THAT WE'LL BE ABLE TO ENGAGE NOT ONLY ACROSS THE HOUSING AND PLANNING DEPARTMENT, BUT THAT THEY WILL BE ABLE TO ENGAGE ACROSS THE CITY TO ENSURE THAT, UM, THE WORK THAT THE CITY OF AUSTIN DOES IS BEING THOUGHT OF THROUGH DISPLACEMENT PREVENTION.

UH, THIS WILL BE A VALUABLE MEMBER OF MY LEADERSHIP TEAM AND, YOU KNOW, IT WILL BE A, A COMPETITIVE PROCESS TO ENSURE THAT WE GET THE RIGHT PERSON IN THE JOB.

YES.

AND MAY I JUST SAY, I REALLY APPRECIATE THE INFORMATION TONIGHT AND THE EFFORT TO MERGE THESE TWO DEPARTMENTS THAT I AGREE THAT KNOW NEEDS TO BE DONE IN THE RIGHT WAY, BUT I DO THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE TONIGHT AND PROVIDING THIS INFORMATION.

YEAH, I AGREE.

COMMISSIONER GARY, YOU LOOKED LIKE YOU WANTED TO FOLLOW UP, BUT I'M READING A TINY, LIKE ONE BY TWO INCH.

THANK YOU.

I JUST AM REALLY CONCERNED.

I JUST REALLY WANT TO EMPHASIZE THAT THERE'S A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GENTRIFICATION AND DISPLACEMENT.

AND WHAT I KEPT HEARING WAS THE DISPLACEMENT PREVENTION OFFICER.

IT NEEDS, IT'S IMPORTANT TO STRESS THAT GENTRIFICATION ALSO NEEDS TO BE EQUALLY CONSIDERED IN THIS KNOW IN THIS PROCESS.

SO I THINK IT'S VERY, VERY IMPORTANT.

YES MA'AM OKAY.

THANK YOU.

COMMISSIONER DUNCAN.

I THINK COMMISSIONER EVANS HAD HIS HAND UP BEFORE ME.

I'M SORRY.

COMMISSIONER, COMMISSIONER EVANS.

MY APOLOGIES.

ALL OF MY, FOR YOU.

SO MY COMMENT IS VERY SHARP ON JUST WANTING TO SUPPORT WHAT COMMISSIONER DINKLER BROUGHT UP.

I THINK THAT IT'S IMPERATIVE THAT THIS WHOLE OPERATION BE LED BY SOMEBODY WHO THOROUGHLY UNDERSTANDS THE PLANNING PROCESS.

WE ARE THE VICTIM AND THE CITY OF NOT PROPERLY APPLYING MY PROPERLY PLANNING FOR SUCH A LONG TIME.

AND I THINK THAT WITHOUT HAVING SOMEBODY ON BOARD THAT'S TRAINED AND CAPABLE IN THAT AREA IS JUST GOING TO LEAD TO MORE OF THE SAME, UH, COMMISSION.

UH, THANK YOU.

AND I ACTUALLY WANT TO FOLLOW UP WITH THAT, BUT COMMISSIONER DUNCAN, DID SOMEBODY ELSE HAVE THEIR HAND UP BECAUSE I COME ALONG, I GUESS.

OKAY.

LET ME, THERE'S SEVERAL THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN SAYING.

I THINK THAT WHAT

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WE'RE DOING HERE IS EXTRAORDINARILY IMPORTANT AND I JUST DON'T WANT TO SEE A SCREW IT UP.

ALL RIGHT.

I HATE TO GO BACK IN HISTORY, BUT MARCHING AND REORGANIZING MAN, DO I KNOW WHEN I CAME TO WORK FOR THE CITY OF AUSTIN IN 1984, THEY TOTALLY MADE THE REORIENTATION AND I INHERITED PIECES OF SEVEN DIFFERENT DEPARTMENTS.

SO I AM A VETERAN OF KNOWING ABOUT REORGANIZATION AND I, I THINK THAT'S A GOOD WAY OF GOING.

IT'S JUST IMPORTANT TO PUT THE RIGHT PIECES AND THE RIGHT PLAYERS IN PLACE ARE, YOU'RE JUST SPINNING YOUR WHEELS.

ALRIGHT.

AND THIS IS NOT SOMETHING THAT SHOULD BE DONE.

MANAGER.

IT'S ALWAYS REFERRED TO A VACUUM.

I WOULD SAY IT IS DEFINITELY NOT SOMETHING WE SHOULD BE DONE IN THE BATHROOM.

IT NEEDS TO BE DONE WITH FULL TRANSPARENCY AND WITH FLOW IMPLICATIONS AND AN UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT THE LONGTERM EFFECTS CAN BE.

I'M GOING TO SAY SOMETHING WE HAVE GOT AUSTIN IS FORTUNATE WHERE A CITY THAT ATTRACTS PEOPLE IT'S FAST FORWARD THE PEOPLE, AND WE'VE GOT SOME DAMN GOOD EMPLOYEES IN THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT, BUT THEY'RE BURIED DOWN IN THE BOWELS AND SOME OF THEM ARE FRUSTRATED AND I HIT IT.

I WAS TALKING, I HATE TO HEAR THIS BECAUSE I'VE SPENT MY WHOLE CAREER.

THERE'S A PLANET, BUT I HEARD ONE OF THEM SAY SEVERAL MONTHS AGO, THAT PLANNING IS NO LONGER THAT RELEVANT.

WHAT WE ALL HAVE TO CHANGE OUR NAME TO THE SCHEMING AND REAL ESTATE ROULETTE AND APARTMENT.

AND WHEN IT GETS DOWN TO THAT TYPE OF A LEVEL, I'M EMBARRASSED, I'M EMBARRASSED FOR THE CITIZENS.

DOES THE CITY, I'M IMPRESSED WITH THE PROCESS OF IT'S CONVOLUTED.

I AT THE VA, I'M VERY, I'M FRUSTRATED.

I REALLY AM.

I'M NOT SURE.

I APOLOGIZE FOR SHOWING SOME EMOTION, BUT I DON'T THINK WE'RE HEADING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.

I THINK.

OKAY.

WE TALKED ABOUT HIRING.

OKAY.

I'M NOT GOING TO, I'M THERE LISTENING TO THE FLESH.

IT'S BEEN OVER A YEAR SINCE THE DIRECTOR OF PLANNING, RETIRED, NOTHING HAS BEEN FILLED.

I FOUND OUT THAT A MONTH AGO, WE LOST ONE OF OUR FESTIVALS IN MY PERSONAL OPINION AND RYAN ROBINSON, CHIEF DEMOGRAPHER.

I MEAN, I HAD 60 YEARS AGO, I STARTED MY CAREER IN THE JOB.

BRIAN ROBINSON JUST RETIRED FROM ALL RIGHT.

SO I HAVE SOME KINSHIP WITH THAT EXTREMELY IMPORTANT POSITION.

I DON'T SEE ANY.

I SEE, I, I JUST, I SAID EARLIER, I AM SYMPATHETIC WITH THE CITY MANAGER'S OFFICE.

I KNOW THEY GOT THE JUGGLING A LOT OF BALLS RIGHT NOW, BUT IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT THIS BE DONE.

RIGHT.

AND IF IT'S NOT, DON'T DO IT.

I'D RATHER HAVE THE JUMBO DISJOINTED SITUATION RIGHT NOW.

WE'VE GOT, AND PUTTING IT OVER INTO A DEPARTMENT THAT HAS NOT SHOWN THE HIGHEST OF MANAGEMENT SKILLS.

OKAY.

FIVE YEARS AGO, I WAS CRITICIZING WHEN I WAS CHAIR OF THE, UH, OF THE COMMITTEE CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON CODEX.

GOD, FORGET HOW LONG AGO THAT WAS.

AND I WAS FRUSTRATED BECAUSE NOBODY HAD ANY IDEA OF HOW MANY DWELLING UNITS PROGRAMS, AFFORDABLE UNITS.

I GENERATED THAT'S FIVE YEARS AGO.

THIS IS 2020.

WE STILL HAVE NO IDEA THAT IS NOT GOOD MANAGEMENT.

SOMEBODY IS DROPPING THE BALL.

AND PAUL, I GO, WE WERE TALKING ABOUT HIRING SOMEBODY.

I HEARD, I HEARD THE MANAGER, THE JEALOUS, WHEN SOMEBODY SAID, GO OUT AND LOOK FOR SOME GOOD BUDS.

HE SAID, OH, WE GOT THEM RIGHT HERE IN TOWN.

THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH WHAT WE'VE GOT IN TOWN, BUT THERE IS TALENTED.

THE REST OF THIS CHAPTER.

WE ARE THE ONLY CITY THAT I KNOW OF MAJOR CITY THAT DOES NOT HAVE ANY CERTIFIED PLANNER AND ACHIEVE MANAGEMENT POSITION.

THE CITY OF FORT WORTH THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR IS A CERTIFIED PLANNER AND 90 CERTIFIED, I MEAN, HAS A MASTER'S DEGREE IN PLANNING HAS EXPANSION PLANNING AND KNOWS HOW TO HIRE PLANNERS.

AUSTIN IS NOT HEADING IN THAT DIRECTION.

I KNOW THAT THIS IS NOTHING TO SHOW EMOTION ON, BUT IT IS IMPORTANT.

AND IT'S IMPORTANT TO THE CITIZENS OF THE CITY.

AND WE PROBABLY WOULDN'T HAVE A LOT OF THE PROBLEMS WE HAVE TODAY.

IF WE'D BEEN DONE DOING DECENT PLANNING OR A WALL, I MEAN, WHERE'S OUR SMALL AREA PLANNING PROGRAM.

IT'S NOT GOING ANYWHERE.

I MEAN, LOOK AT THE PROGRAMS THAT ARE PUSHED BY SIDE.

WE'VE GOT PROBLEMS IN RIVER CITY.

AND THEN SOMEBODY THAT KNOWS WHAT THE HELL IS DOING X CHARGE.

WE'RE NOT GOING TO SOLVE IT.

AND I REALLY AM EMBARRASSED BECAUSE TWO OF MY COLLEAGUES KNOW SHE WAS READY FOR MARRIAGE ARE ALSO CERTIFIED PLANNERS AND I, THE FUTURE IS GOOD.

OKAY.

AND IT'S GOING TO BE GOOD IN AUSTIN, BUT SOMEBODY NEEDS TO START MAKING SOME MAJOR CHANGES

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AND START LISTENING TO THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY.

AND NOT JUST THE 1% OR I'M GOING TO SHUT UP.

THANK YOU FOR LISTENING.

I APOLOGIZE.

KAY.

AND, UM, THEN, UH, ANYTHING ELSE, BUT IF NOT, I ACTUALLY, I MEAN, I'M GOING TO BUILD ON THIS THING ABOUT WHAT, UH, COMMISSIONER DUNKIN SAID AND HIS PRESENTATION LAST TIME ON D LILY.

AND I THOUGHT, OKAY, THAT WAS A GREAT PRESENTATION, ABOUT A VISIONARY PLANNER TO HEAD UP THE PLAN.

AND I THOUGHT, WHERE IS, WHERE IS OUR DICK LILLY? AND WHY AREN'T WE LOOKING FOR DICK LILLY RIGHT NOW, PEOPLE DO WANT TO COME TO AUSTIN AS OTHER PEOPLE HAVE POINTED OUT.

AND I THINK IT'S ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT NOW TO HAVE A DICK LILLY BECAUSE WE ARE.

AND I, AND I THINK WE SHOULD FOCUS BACK ON PLANNING BECAUSE AS COMMISSIONER EVANS IS REINFORCED AND COMMISSIONER DINKLER SAID, IT'S ALL WE NEED.

WE ARE NOT BEING PLANNED RIGHT NOW.

AND PLANNING IS MORE THAN HOUSING.

IT'S TRANSPORTATION.

IT'S OPEN SPACE, IT'S RESILIENCY.

IT IS SO MANY THINGS.

AND I THINK THE OTHER WAY TO LOOK AT IT IS IF YOU ARE ADDING HOUSING IN, THEN WHY NOT ADD PARKS, THEN YOU HAVE THIS JUST MEGA DEPARTMENT.

SO LET'S GO BACK TO BEING PURIST AND HAVING PEOPLE WHO PLAN IN THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT.

AND YOU HEAR ME COMPLAIN ALL THE TIME HERE, WHERE WE APPROVE A SUBDIVISION AND I'M LIKE, WELL, WHERE IS THIS? AND WE'RE, AND ESPECIALLY ON THE OUTER REGIONS, ZAP IS REALLY SEEING AREAS THAT TAKE OUR BEARING THE BRUNT OF A LACK OF A PLANNING PROCESS.

AND I WANT TO SEE PLANNING, I WANT TO SEE AMENITIES AND I WANT TO SEE THE WHOLE CITY TAKEN CARE OF.

AND SO THAT'S AN ESPECIALLY ONE OTHER THING I'M GOING TO SAY, AND THAT IS IT'S RELATED IT'S WE ARE THE CENTER OF A GROWING REGION, AND I'VE HEARD ABOUT OTHER CITIES IN OTHER AREAS, THEIR PLANNING DEPARTMENTS, OR THEIR PLANT, THEIR CHIEF PLANNER JOINS A REGIONAL PLANNING TEAM.

AND THEY'RE TRYING, WORKING ON PLANNING, TRANSPORTATION AND THE S AND JUST THE WHOLE AREA AS MUCH AS THEY CAN DO, EVEN THOUGH THEY'RE EUNICE DIFFERENT MUNICIPALITIES.

AND I THINK WE SHOULD BE DOING THE AUSTIN PLANNER AND THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT SHOULD BE REACHING OUTWARD AND LOOKING AT THE BIG METROPOLITAN AREA, AS BEST AS THEY CAN GIVEN CONSTRAINTS OF OTHER MUNICIPALITIES, BUT WORKING, TRYING TO COME UP WITH A VISION FOR THE WHOLE AREA, WITH THE OTHER MUNICIPALITIES.

AND I THINK THIS MERGER IS SORT OF A STEP BACKWARDS, BUT THAT IS MY TAKE ON IT.

MAY I JUST, JUST CHIME IN, I DO.

I JUST WANT TO GET MY VARIOUS ON THE RECORD AS, AS EXPRESSED THE SHARING THE CONCERN ABOUT THE LEADERSHIP OF THIS NEW PROPOSED, UH, EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT AND, AND THAT WE DO NEED TO REALLY LOOK SERIOUSLY AT BRINGING IN CERTIFIED PLANNERS AND, UH, HAVING A PLANNING EXPERT LEAD THAT DEPARTMENT.

AND THE OTHER THING IS THAT, UM, IF WE, UM, YOU KNOW, WHAT, WHAT IS THE BUDGET FOR SMALL AREA PLANNING? HOW MUCH IS IN THE BUDGET? AND I, BILL, WHAT AM I'M CONCERNED ABOUT IS THAT THE PROPOSED LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE IN THAT CITY WIDE ZONING MAP IS GOING TO BE TAKE THE PLACE OF PLANNING.

THAT'S GOING TO BE THE PLAN FOR OUR CITY.

AND THAT WORRIES ME GREATLY.

SO THAT'S NOT, THAT'S NOT THE PLANNING THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT RIGHT NOW, THE LONG RANGE PLANNING, THE NEIGHBORHOOD, THE SMALL AREA PLANNING THAT WE NEED.

AND SO I AM, I'M, I'M WANTING TO ADD MY VOICE TO THIS, UH, CONCERN ABOUT THE PROPOSED LEADERSHIP FOR THIS DEPARTMENT AND THE LACK OF, UH, PLANNING EXPERTISE IN THAT LEADERSHIP.

AND I'M NOT PICKING ON ANY PARTICULAR PERSON, THEY'RE FINE INDIVIDUALS HERE, AND THIS IS NOT PERSONAL WHATSOEVER.

THIS IS ABOUT WHAT'S BEST FOR OUR CITY.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

ANY OTHER HANDS RAISED OR, OKAY.

COMMISSIONER DINKLER AND THEN COMMISSIONER RAY AND I TOO WANT TO RE ENFORCE THE FACT THAT, AND I THINK BRUCE EXPRESSED IT MORE CLEARLY THAN I DID IT.

WHEN YOU PUT THE HOUSING PIECE IN CHARGE, I'D SAY A BUNCH OF OUR CASES ARE COMMERCIAL.

AND SO, UH, PROBABLY 40 TO 50%, YOU JUST HAVE TO HAVE THAT OVERALL PERSPECTIVE.

UM, AND I'M, I REALLY HOPE THAT YOU WILL REEVALUATE RESPOND TO THE NOISE AND THE POLITICS AND THE LIKE, UM, BECAUSE THERE ARE PROCESSES THAT I THINK EVEN AFTER AUDITS IN TASK

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FORCES, THAT AREN'T STILL RESOLVED.

I E WHAT COMES FIRST, YOU'RE APPLYING FOR THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

DO YOU GET THE ZONING OR DO YOU GET THE SMART CERTIFICATION? BUT ONE OF THE COMMENTS THAT, UM, MR. GONZALEZ YOU MADE WAS Y'ALL WANTED TO FOCUS MORE ON LONG RANGE PLANNING.

AND ONE OF THE THINGS I DISCOVERED IN TRYING TO DO A LITTLE RESEARCH FOR OUR BUDGET AMENDMENT IS WE'VE LOST, UH, THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT LOST THEIR, ONE OF THE POSITIONS THEY HAD DEVOTED TO LONG RANGE PLANNING.

SO, UM, I, I THINK WE'D HAVE TO LOOK AT THIS REAL COMPREHENSIVELY, UH, LOTS OF CITIES FOCUS MORE ON PLANNING.

LOTS OF PEOPLE HAVE MASTER PLANS THAT ADD REQUIRE INFRASTRUCTURE ASSESSMENTS AS PART OF YOUR PLANNING PROCESSES.

UM, WE'LL STAKE UP STEP BACK AND, AND, AND REALLY LOOK AT THIS A LITTLE MORE.

THAT'S, THAT'S IT FOR ME AND COMMISSIONER RAY.

UM, SO ECHOING PREVIOUS COMMENTS BY MY FELLOW COMMISSIONERS, KIND OF AROUND THESE THEMES OF SUSTAINABLE REGIONAL GROWTH AND THE NEED FOR LONG RANGE PLANNING.

UM, I WANT TO ASK Y'ALL ABOUT PLANS TO COORDINATE HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION INVESTMENTS.

UM, IN NOVEMBER VOTERS HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO APPROVE WHAT WILL BE HOPEFULLY A TRANSFORMATIONAL INVESTMENT IN A MASS TRANSIT SYSTEM.

UM, AND I'M CURIOUS ABOUT HOW THIS NEW DEPARTMENT WILL COORDINATE WITH, UM, YOUR PARTNERS AT CAPITAL METRO TO REALLY PLAN FOR A COORDINATED, AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND TRANSIT STRATEGY.

SO WE DON'T WASTE THAT OPPORTUNITY.

UM, SO I WANTED TO SEE IF THAT'S PART OF THE LONG RANGE PLANNING AND KIND OF HOW YOU CAN ANTICIPATE RESPONDING TO, UM, HOPEFULLY THAT BALLOT ITEM PASSING IN, UM, NOVEMBER.

YEAH, ABSOLUTELY.

UH, ROSIE CERTAINLY SPEAK TO CERTAINLY SPEAK TO THE WORK THAT SHE'S DONE WITH THE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT AT THE CITY OF AUSTIN, AS WELL AS A CAT RETRO.

UM, IN FACT, YEAH, WE JUST, ROSIE WAS JUST PART OF A RESPONSE TO A CONCERN WITH REGARD TO DISPLACEMENT, UM, THAT, UH, I THINK IT WAS ALSO CONNECTED TO A QUESTION OF PROJECT CAN MERIT.

AND SO ROSIE AND THE TEAM HAS BEEN VERY ENTAILED, UH, WITH REGARD TO THE PROJECT AND TO THE CONCERNS OF DISPLACEMENT THAT, UH, YES, ROSIE, IF HE COULD FILL IN, PLEASE, THAT'D BE GREAT.

YEAH.

SO, UM, I MEAN, WE HAVE BEEN ACTIVELY WORKING WITH, UH, THE FOLKS IN THE CITY THAT ARE WORKING ON PROJECT CONNECT, AS WELL AS WITH METRO.

UM, I SHARE PERSONALLY THAT CONCERNS, UH, ABOUT 10 AND ONE OF THE PRIORITIES THAT WE'RE USING, UM, AS PART OF OUR CRITERIA AND STRATEGY FOR DEPLOYING THE LAND ACQUISITION BONDS ASSOCIATED WITH THE $250 MILLION AFFORDABLE HOUSING BOND IS TO SEE HOW WE CAN ENSURE THAT, UH, THAT WE CAN FORESEE WHERE, UH, WHERE THE DIFFERENT LINES ARE GOING THROUGH PROJECT CONNECT AND POTENTIALLY ACQUIRE PROPERTY AND, UM, AND ENSURE THAT THERE WILL BE AFFORDABLE HOUSING ALONG THOSE ALONG THOSE FUTURE CORRIDORS.

SO IT IS SOMETHING THAT WE'RE ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN.

WE WILL CONTINUE TO BE ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN THAT, UM, UH, AND, AND, AND EVER INCREASING CAPACITIES AS WE GET CLOSER TO THE, THE FRUITION OF THE PROJECT.

AND I THOUGHT I SAW A HAND UP, UH, IF NOT THEN, UM, I JUST HAD JUST ONE OTHER, AND THIS WAS, THIS IS A MORE DETAILED QUESTION.

I MEAN, MY I'M STILL CONCERNED, I'M CONCERNED, BUT I'M LIKE, HAVE, I WAS HOPING TO SEE A LITTLE BIT MORE IN THIS PRESENTATION TONIGHT.

LIKE, WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS? WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO BE YOUR METRICS AND ORGANIZATION CHART AS COMMISSIONER DINKLER POINTED OUT? SO I WAS WONDERING WHAT YOUR TIMELINE IS FOR PUTTING