FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
20 February 2016
Letter of No Confidence
For the Austin Oaks Charrette Of January 25-29, 2016
We the undersigned Working Group members hereby state No Confidence in the results of the Austin Oaks Redevelopment Charrette held January 25-29, 2016.
First and foremost, we state this position based on the following material Objectives, Strategies, and Measures (OSM's), developed in good faith collaboration with the property owner, their agent and the Austin Oaks Charrette Working Group, that were not met over the course of the Charrette:
There are over 10,000 households between Allandale, BCA, NSCNA, NWAN and NWACA communities surrounding Austin Oaks. Given that the "Developer's Plan" generated as the outcome of the Charrette week is seriously deficient in meeting the key OSM's agreed to by the Working Group participants, this is not a consensus plan.
The total Charrette process, including the information sessions, Vision & Values Workshops, and the Charrette design week itself, had 251 unique participants. On the fourth night of the Charrette when the unannounced vote took place between the "Developer's Plan" and the "Code Compliant Plan," there were only 86 attendees voting on the matter, with 6 attendees abstaining. Fifty-five (55) individuals voted in favor of the Developers "Recommended Plan" after a marketing presentation highlighting the benefits of the Developer's Recommended Plan" and stressing the deficiencies of the "Code Compliant" plan. Discussion of the "Code Compliant" plan was not allowed, despite requests. Notably, of the Thursday evening attendees, 35 had not attended any previous sessions.
Further shortcomings that took place during the Charrette included the following:
Signed in agreement of No Confidence by the Austin Oaks Charrette Working Group members of the following affected neighborhood associations:
-- Balcones Civic Association (BCA)
-- Allandale Neighborhood Association (ANA)
-- Williamsburg-Charleston Place HOA (WHOA)
-- North Shoal Creek Neighborhood Association (NSCNA)
-- Northwest Austin Neighbors (NWAN)
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