RNA Meeting Minutes – 2013 March

March 25. Present to RNA for approval
Spring 2013 Present to land, facilities and program committee and PARD for approval
Summer 2013 memo about master plan to Austin city council
Summer 2013 PARD will discuss timeline funding and project delivery methods for top priority

A motion was made to accept the concept plan. A second was given. The motion carried with a quorum of steering committee members present.

park draft conceptual master plan
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Unrelated to the park renovation: The present play scape metal slide is 8 ft. in height. The burn potential on metal is high so PARD wants to replace it with a double wave slide that is 7 ft tall. Picture shown. Replace pea gravel in the fall zone with engineered fiber.
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Draught House
Chris Allen summarized a variance request concerning parking situation and expansion of pub to the second floor, moving the existing outdoor area.
Chris then introduced:
Josh Wilson, Glenda Smith and Jim Bennett (their zoning rep). They explained the proposed changes and their plan to correct some zoning issues from the past, specifically the location of their outdoor seating which is currently too close to the adjoining neighbors. They are planning to move it to the Medical Parkway side (east) of the parking lot. They will be going before the Board of Adjustment in May to get a variance on offsite parking. They have made arrangements for offsite parking 1200 feet from the bar but the requirement is within 1000 feet. Josh suggested shuttle services could be made available from the remote area to the DH. Notices were sent out to nearby neighbors. RNA steers will consider a comment to the variance request after feedback is received from the hood. The BOA will listen to the neighborhood associations.
Choices for RNA response are:
• Support
• Don’t oppose (neutral)
• Oppose.

A straw poll was taken at this meeting, which favored granting the variance.
The closest neighbors will get notification in May. RNA’s position will reflect neighbors’ position on the variance.

Thank you for Crestmont park tree planting in March . Denise Ketcham coordinator, Sunitha, Jay and others planted mountain laurels, elm saplings etc.

Movie in the Park – Allison Allen. It’s April 13 at 7:30. Princess Bride. Inconceivable! (Is this a ‘kissing’ movie?)

Shakespeare in the Park Two Gentlemen of Verona Thursday through Sunday May 2-18

Keep Austin Beautiful Clean Sweep April 13 9-11am. Cleaning up Shoal Creek along Crestmont Park. Register at www.KeepAustinBeautfiful.org Operation Clean Sweep

The meeting adjourned at 8:03 PM