Well folks, the last time we updated you on the PUD application at Austin Oaks it was down to the wire with the lawyer for Spire Realty, Stephen Drenner at the ZAP Meeting in October. Since then, the developer has changed attorney's and now our new point of contact is Michael Whellan. He's the #1 lobbyist-attorney in the City of Austin with large clients like SXSW. Suffice to say, he knows his way around City Hall.
At the last ZAP meeting in October where the Austin Oaks PUD application was discussed, NWACA's own Robert Thomas spoke up and said that an agreement with the developer had been reached to do a Charrette in order to develop a design for the property that the neighboring citizenry can support. This 11th hour agreement for a Charrette came on the heels of a lengthy discussion about the property and the many heritage trees on the site and its many critical environmental features which would prevent the PUD application being approved by the Environmental Commission or ZAP.
Since this time, the Charrette process has been led by Mr. Whellan who has assumed the controls of this PUD application. By reaching out to the many neighborhood groups, including our NWAustin Neighbors coalition group (known through our efforts currently as " Stop the PUD", Mr. Whellan and Mr. Jon Ruff (Spire Realty & Twin Lakes LLC) have been working to build bridges and unite people around the Charrette design process. There have been several meetings and committees formed over the course of October and November. The schedule for the Charrette is now ready for publish and your participation is now needed.
Here's the SCHEDULE of EVENTS for the PUD CHARRETTE:
Community Information Meetings:
Please attend one of these meetings to learn about the process and how neighbors can contribute to the Vision and Values Workshops. Neighborhood representatives will be there to provide information and answer questions.
Tuesday, December 1st 6‐8 PM at St. Mathew’s Episcopal Church, Room B‐18, located at 8134 Mesa Drive, Austin, TX 78759
Wednesday, December 2nd 11:30 AM‐1:30 PM at St. Mathew’s Episcopal Church, Room B‐18, located at 8134 Mesa Drive, Austin, TX 78759
Neighborhood Vision and Values Workshops:
Please participate in one of these meetings to provide input.
Wednesday, December 16th 6‐9 PM at St. Mathew’s Episcopal Church, Huffman Hall, located at 8134 Mesa Drive, Austin, TX 78759
Tuesday, January 12th 11:30 AM‐1:30 PM at Austin Board of Realtors, Auditorium A, located at 4800 Spicewood Springs Road Austin, TX 78759
Charrette Design Workshop:
Additional information is forthcoming about how neighbors can participate, as the workshop schedule is finalized.
January 24‐29th at Austin Oaks Meredith Building (Building #11), Suite 264, located at 3721 Executive Center Drive, Austin, TX 78731
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Its definitely time to put out your Stop the PUD yard sign and display it prominently.