August General Meeting

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The August General meeting started off with Council Member Laura Morrison providing an update on the Corridor and Neighborhood planning process.

Austin Neighborhoods Council members voted on each plank on the proposed ANC Platform. All planks passed and the ANC Platform is now final!

Bill Oakley, writer of the blog, and Laura Pressley, Austin Neighborhoods Council Co-Secretary, presented the ANC Resolution for Public Engagement – Draft. Please contact Laura Pressley at for comments.

David Kirk, Ph.D., University of Texas Associate Professor of Sociology, presented the Cost-Effective Solutions for Reducing Crime at Dangerous Places. Please contact Dr. Kirk at for questions.

Next, the Austin Neighborhoods Council passed two resolutions: first, the Alternative Plans for I-35, sponsored by Bo McCarver, Ph.D., Chair of the Blackland Community Development Corporation; second, the Fee Waivers for Special Events, sponsored by David King, 2nd Vice-President of ANC.

Dick Lavine, Senior Fiscal Analyst at the Center for Public Policy Priorities presented on Property Tax System Inequities. For questions, you may contact Mr. Lavine at

Laura Pressley, Austin Neighborhoods Council Co-Secretary, presented How to Pay for a Homestead Exemption. Please send your questions to Ms. Pressley at

Brian Rodgers, Founder of, presented the Alternatives to the Chamber of Commerce Model of Economic Development. Members may contact him at

Jeff Jack, Land Development Code Advisory Committee member, provided an update on the CodeNext/LDC rewrite process. Please consider attending the next CodeNEXT event: “From Here to There: Setting a Path for Austin’s Code,” taking place from 6 pm to 8:30 pm, Sept. 4 at the University of Texas’ Thompson Conference Center (2405 Robert Dedman Drive). Dan Parolek of Opticos Design and others from the CodeNEXT team will present their recommended approach for helping Austin get where it wants to go. See parking map.

For more information, please see the August agenda.

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