Hyde Park Neighborhood Association Minutes – May 2015

Before the meeting was officially called to order, the neighborhood association held a potluck. The attendees brought dishes including salads, appetizers, and desserts for everyone to enjoy. Co-President Lorre Weidlich called the May meeting of the Hyde Park Neighborhood Association to order at 7:29 PM at the Griffin School.

The first item on the agenda was a presentation from Jeff Jack about CodeNext and other development-related initiatives at the city. Jeff is a member of the CodeNext Citizens Advisory Group. The Citizen’s Advisory Group has 11 members, one member selected by each Council Member of the previous City Council and four members by the city manager. It also has three working groups: Affordability; In-fill, Compatibility, and Missing Middle; and Small Business. Jeff talked about the origins of the current CodeNext process and its roots in the Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan. An important upcoming part of the process is the evaluation of the effect of the new code on four neighborhoods within the city. Jeff accepted questions and comments from the floor throughout the presentation. (See related article, page 3).

The meeting moved to announcements. Lorre Weidlich announced that the Steering Committee would meet at 7 PM on May 11th at Trinity United Methodist Church. David Conner announced that the DRC would meet at 7 PM on Thursday. Adam Wilson announced that Shipe Pool is expected to reopen as planned but lifeguards are still needed to staff the city pools. Adrian Skinner announced that the Hyde Park Neighborhood Association has offered to support 2-3 individuals to become lifeguards for the City. Those interested should contact him. The City is also in the process of hiring someone to oversee the Shipe Pool restoration. Finally, it was announced that the vacant lots on Duval are going before the Historic Landmark Commission in the next couple of weeks.

Co-President Lorre Weidlich adjourned the meeting at 8:43 PM.