Drop by and visit with our Councilwoman, Mackenzie Kelly
Neighborhood office in retail center on Anderson Mill Rd at Olson Dr. next door to Shipley's Donuts.
Who will be there?
Councilwoman Kelly and her staff will be there to answer questions and listen to concerns and ideas. They are very gracious people and easy to talk with.
Is there more info from our Councilwoman?
Check out her substack "The Greatest Good." It is a site dedicated to providing valuable information on emergency preparedness, public safety training, and resources in Austin. Link
Volunteers Have the Most Fun
Grandmothers and Grandfathers often have interesting sayings, and it is funny how they take on different meanings as we grow wiser. One of them is “Many hands make light work”. At first, we understand that it is easier to accomplish a big task with more people. Later, we come to see that light work has a happy connotation, too. It can be fun to work with others and make new friends – a time to feel invited and included.
Looking at the list of the HOA Board Members for 2024, you can see we are small in number but big in heart. With only six members, 2024 is the Year of the Volunteers.
Rather than have one or two people manage everything, we are looking for people to take on smaller projects. The primary activities for the HOA include items listed below.
Manage our neighborhood entrance signs and put out and pick up special signs (oak wilt, order trees, and Light Contest winners). You need a place to store the signs, as well as occasionally repositioning the entrance signs. There only are three times these signs are put out and picked up.
Fourth of July Parade
Many preparatory tasks such as storing the popsicles in your large freezer, making notification postcards to people who live along the route, planning with the fire department and our constable, and organizing activities and tokens for the children. There are feet on street activities such as setting flags along the route, wrangling golf carts and bicycles, and setting up tables. There are plenty ways to volunteer here.
Annual Meeting (November)
Working with Balcones CC to secure the rooms, select food, arrange information tables with service providers, and more.
Assisting with the Christmas Trees
Working with Jason Lee and HOA Communications to organize volunteers to unload the trees Friday night and loading trees in trucks for neighborhood delivery Saturday morning (bringing snacks each time, which are paid for by the HOA). Also, manage helpers for people needing assistance setting up trees.
Holiday Lights Contest
Working with HOA Communications, organize volunteers, email score sheets, etc., answering questions, and getting results to person counting the votes. All is done by email over a four-week period.
Many of your phones have great cameras and are perfect for all our occasions. The Fourth of July Parade is a large event, followed by the Holiday Lights winners, and the other activities need photos, too.
Do you have suggestions for the existing activities – or – even something new? We are interested in your ideas! Contact us via email at email@example.com
City of Austin H.O.M.E. Initiative or Resolution 126
In July 2023, we became aware of a new City of Austin ordinance (Resolution 126 or the H.O.M.E. Initiative) that could have a dramatic effect on every residential neighborhood in the city. While there is no change in the name of the zoning designations, there is in what is allowed within them. The purpose is to allow tiny homes, townhouses, and duplexes on lots that are restricted to one residence. The hope is that by doing so, the price points for these residences will be low enough to attract middle-income buyers.
Phase 1 expands the number of units on a lot from one to three and removes the restriction for number of unrelated people living in one unit. On December 7, 2023, the City Council approved the ordinance. In a separate measure, the City is considering removing all requirements for off-street parking.
Phase 2, which is to be considered some time in 2024, will allow single-family zoned lots to be subdivided into 2,500 square foot lots.
During the summer and fall of 2023, questions about how this change would affect subdivisions with existing deed restrictions remained unanswered. We finally found an answer in a City Q&A post. The link goes to the source document. The words in blue “confirmed in public” link to a video of comments from the City’s legal department.
10. How does HOME affect deed restrictions or HOA rules that restrict the number of homes I can have on my property? Does HOME change those restrictions or rules? The Land Development Code cannot supersede HOA or deed restrictions. Deed restrictions control what happens on the land. HOME cannot change those restrictions or rules.
HOA rules and deed restrictions are private agreements and HOME does not change those terms. City Legal staff have confirmed in public that those private agreements supersede City Code, including what HOME proposes to allow.
The short answer is that our deed restrictions should survive any zoning changes. That being said - it is because the HOA carefully attends to our deed restrictions. If they are not enforced, they could be considered abandoned, and City zoning would take precedence.
Also, while the City’s Planning and Development Department may acknowledge that deed restrictions exist, that is the end of their involvement. It is up to the owners, builders, and the HOA to work out the details of new projects with the requirements of the HOA deed restrictions. In some cases, this takes money for the attorney, as well as significant volunteer time.
Please consider joining the HOA so we can continue this important work and maintain the character of our neighborhood.