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    TreeFolks is offering FREE TREES in our neighborhood

    TreeFolks, a local non-profit, will be offering free trees in our neighborhood through their NeighborWoods program.

    They will mark yards that qualify for a free street tree with small flags and leave an order form at the front door.

    To get your trees, just fill out the order card and drop it in the mail. TreeFolks even delivers the tree right to your doorstep. TreeFolks delivers the trees, along with planting and watering instructions, between October and March. For more information, visit .”

    NeighborWoods is sponsored by Austin Energy to lower summer temperatures and reduce energy consumption by investing in tree canopy cover that will shade paved streets, therefore combating the Urban Heat Island Effect.

    To learn more about TreeFolks and the Neighborwoods program, please visit For further questions, contact or call 512-443-5323.

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    CodeNEXT goes into the field: Public invited to 7 Community Walks

    Austinites are invited to join a one-hour interactive walk Oct. 16 with the CodeNEXT team, the first in a series of seven Community Walks asking: As the local expert on where you live, what could be improved around you

    The City of Austin is hosting seven Community Walks to tee up the “CodeNEXT: SOUND CHECK” where the technical writers of the City’s land development code – consultants and professional staff from multiple departments — will collaborate and “check their work.”

    Public events and activities will take place every day between Nov. 16 and 21.

    “We are climbing out from behind our desks to see how our work is impacting people on the ground. The only way we can do that is in collaboration with everyday Austinites,” said Matt Lewis, Assistant Director for the Planning and Zoning Department. “We often find ourselves looking through the lens of a City planner. As the local expert on where you live, we want to learn what you see.”

    Each walk will last one hour, during which residents, business owners and staff are encouraged to share observations and insights. Members of the City Council and Code Advisory Group may also be on hand.

    CodeNEXT Community Walks

    Each Community Walk is in one of Austin’s seven “place types,” that include neighborhood nodes, shopping centers and major corridors. Each area is representative of similar places in Austin, so Austinites who live or work outside these areas are encouraged to participate.

    These events are free and open to all residents. Attendees are encouraged to RSVP, wear comfortable shoes, bring water, and bring a smartphone to snap photos and share on social media using #CodeNEXT.

    CodeNEXT is a priority initiative of Imagine Austin, “our plan for the future.” The Community Walks are part of the initiative’s place-based approach to improving Austin’s land development code – how and where things are built around Austin. A draft development code will be fully available for public review in fall 2016.

    More than 100 Austin neighborhoods participated in a self-guided group activity in 2014, called “Community Character in a Box,” which is captured in Austin’s Community Character Manual.

    “We have learned so much from this feedback and we need to build on this and get a better understanding of what people love about their neighborhoods and what is not working, so we can resolve it,” Lewis said. “We will be all over Austin the next couple of months and we hope to see you out there.”

    Paul DiGiuseppe, CNU-A
    Principal Planner
    City of Austin Planning & Zoning Department
    CodeNEXT Team
    505 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX 78704
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    September 16, 2015 Agenda


    East Cesar Chavez Neighborhood Plan Contact Team September 16, 2015, 6:00PM

    Terrazas Branch Library, 1105 E. Cesar Chavez St., Austin, TX 78702

    1. 6:00 Introductions
    2. 6:05 Citizen Communications
      • Ricardo Hernandez, Chair, and Anna Maciel, Board Member, Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC)- Update/Report
      • Chantal Eldridge, Candidate for 450th District Court Judge in Travis County
      • Christian Duran, Requesting Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for café – 910 E. César Chavez St
      • Edie Cassell, Community School Tour & Conversation at Brook Elementary, Sept 24
    1. 6:20 Approval of Minutes from August 19, 2015 meeting
    1. 6:25 Removal of ECCNPCT Business Representative: Michael Casias

    Action Item: A letter of notification was circulated by the ECCNPCT chairman to all voting members on September 11, 2015 requesting resignation or removal of Michael Casias as a voting member, business representative, and land use committee member.

    1. 6:35 Candidate for ECCNPCT Sector 6 Representative: Leslie Thompson

             Action Item: Leslie Thompson introduced herself and presented a bio at August meeting.

    1. Committee Reports:

    6:40        Bike and Pedestrian Committee Report: Kathryn Flowers

    6:45        Communications Committee Report: Sara Pedrosa, Edie Cassell

    6:50        Land Use Committee Report: Gwen O’Barr, Lyon Gegenheimer

    7:00        Short-Term Rental (STR) Committee Report: Kristen Hottop

    Action Item: Support for City Council’s proposed STR ordinance resolutions and related amendments under consideration.

    1. 7:15 RBJ Redevelopment Project, Elena Rodriguez and David Stauch

    Presentation & Discussion Item: RBJ Redevelopment Project’s Community Engagement Team and architects will give a project update with sketches and more details.

    1. 7:45 Proposed Moratorium on Beer/Wine Licenses: Sara Strother

    Action Item: Ask County Judge, Sarah Eckhardt, not to approve any more beer/wine licenses within the ECCNP area without discussing the requests with ECCNPCT – or -­‐ place a moratorium on beer/wine licenses in ECC.

    1. 7:55 Variance Request for 1211 Taylor Street: Anna Katsios, Richard Kooris

    Action Item: Request for a letter of support – In order to construct a new single family home and secondary apartment, applicant requests variances to residential lot:

    • Decrease minimum front yard setback from 25 feet (required) to 20 feet (requested).
    • Decrease rear yard requirements for through lot from 25 ft (required) to 15 ft (requested).
    • Decrease minimum lot size for Two-Family Residential Use from 7000 sqft (required) to 5688 sqft (requested). Richard Kooris, Applicant; Anna Katsios, Matt Fajkus Architecture
    1. 8:05 Update- proposed CUP for 1704 César Chavez St; Terrazas Parking Lot:   Michael Casias
    1. 8:15 Cesar Chavez Street Smart Growth Master Plan Update: Ken Johnson
    2. Cesar Chavez Street Coalition Update: Edie Cassell
    1. 8:25 Adjourn
    Categories: General

    July Meeting Agenda



    East Cesar Chavez Neighborhood Plan Contact Team

    July 15, 2015 6:00PM

    Terrazas Branch Library

    1105 E. Cesar Chavez St., Austin, TX 78702

    Current Voting Members of the ECCNP Contact Team:

    Alberto Martinez         Chris Kanipe              Richard Roberts        Sara Strother

    Alma Lyra                     Ken Johnson              Greg Foulkes              Sylvia Marroquin

    José Valera                   Julio Perez                  Eduardo Medina

    Cecilia Russell              Farah Rivera              Michael Casias

    1. 6:00 Introductions
    1. 6:05 Citizen Communications
    1. 6:20 Approval of Minutes from 6/17/15
    1. 6:25 ECCNP Contact Team Bank Account Change: (Cecelia Russell)

    Action Item: Discuss and take possible action to move account to Prosperity Bank and authorize new Treasurer, Cecelia Russell, to sign checks for account.

    Action Item: Discuss and take possible action to add an officer as signatory to the account but not requiring a dual signature.

    1. 6:30 Communications Committee Report: (Edie Cassell)

    Proposed updates to website include-

    • Correct names and contact information on “Leadership Team” page.
    • Post meeting minutes as soon as they have been circulated by email for team approval (within one week of meeting).
    • Add “Email List Subscription” feature to automatically send out all announcements and new posts.
    1. 6:35 Land Use Committee Report: (Gwen O’Barr and Lyon Gegenheimer)
    1. 6:50 Short Term Rentals (STRs) Committee Report: (Richard Roberts)
    1. 7:05 Short Term Rentals (STRs) Informational Presentation:

    Action Item: Discuss and take possible action regarding Presentation on Short Term Rentals.

    1. 7:25 Email Account Creation for ECC Neighborhood Planning Contact Team:

    Action Item: Discuss and take possible action regarding creation of ECCNP Contact Team Member email accounts.

    1. 7:30 Viva Streets Ciclovia:

    Action Item: Provide update regarding Viva Streets Ciclovia scheduled for September 13, 2015. Discuss potential support of Viva Streets Ciclovia.

    1. 7:45 Adjourn

    ECCN Meeting Agenda (15 July 2015)

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    Saturday, July 25, 3-5pm: Los Texas Wranglers – Party at Terrazas Library!

    East Cesar Chavez Party at the Terrazas Library-

    Los Texas Wranglers in Concert!
    Saturday, July 25, 2015
    3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    Terrazas Branch Library
    1105 E Cesar Chavez St

    Los Texas Wranglers combine Texas-class vocals with multi-genre Tejano music, a “blast-of-Tejano-Golden Oldies-Country Classics-and Good old Conjunto in the repertoire,” and hilarious entertainment into a unique, dynamic and exciting show that never fails to leave audiences wanting more.

    Contact Frank Schmitzer at or 512-974-3636

    Los Texas Wranglers

    Categories: General