BREAKING NEWS: Neighbors of The Grove PUD sue City over denial of protest rights…
Neighbors of the controversial proposed development, The Grove at Shoal Creek, filed suit Tuesday in district court against the City of Austin for the City’s refusal to allow the surrounding property owners to submit a valid protest petition against the proposed zoning on the site – a right all other property owners in Texas have.
Read the full press release here. The full 122 page legal filing can be found here.
A message from BCRC President Sara Speights:
It is time for each and every one of us to email the Environmental Commission (EC) concerning The Grove’s failure to incorporate environmental superiority for the development. The role of the EC is to review the proposed development and advise the City Council as to whether the proposed development exceeds normal zoning requirements and deserves a “superiority” rating in environmental elements. We believe this proposal fails to do so, especially in five areas:
- Protection of the priceless heritage trees on the property
- Usable parkland for both new and existing residents
- Storm water protection for downstream neighbors
- Noise and air pollution
- Austin’s Green Building Program
The Environmental Commission is expected to hold a full public hearing on Wednesday, May 4th. So mark your calendar and plan to attend the hearing at City Hall, 6 p.m., that day. However, a subcommittee of the Commission is expected to meet to discuss The Grove sometime the week before that hearing, so please move quickly to send your emails. Let me assure you that emails are considered by the commissioners!
The attached long letter is intended to give you some facts and background on the issues mentioned above, but your emails can be much shorter. Just use the letter for ideas to mention. Put as much as you can in your own words and language, but feel free to pull facts, phrases and even whole sentences to use in your email. Then send your emails to:
THANKS FOR YOUR HELP! WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER…..Sara Speights
The Rosedale neighborhood has hired an independent and experienced traffic engineer to help us study and understand the traffic impacts to our neighborhood streets from the proposed 19,400 new vehicles per day from The Grove PUD. Although the developer and City are still withholding the PUD’s Synchro file for independent review, this traffic engineer has already reviewed the Traffic Impact Analysis document and hopes to assist us throughout the upcoming City staff, Commission, and Council approval process. If you are able to help fund this effort, please donate to the GoFundMe that has been set up for this purpose, which can be found here.
A neighbor recently mentioned that we have not been doing such a great job of updating this blog. Our sincere apologies; we get so focused on pushing information out on the listserv, our Facebook page, on Twitter, etc., that we forget about our blog over here! We’ll try to be better about updating things here, as well, for those of you who don’t follow those other channels. Here’s a little something that went out on Facebook this evening.
As many of you know, 2627 W 45th is now the location of a potential new street serving The Grove PUD. A neighbor started a petition to protest this recent addition to the zoning case, and we share the community’s concerns about the impact to traffic and safety from this proposed road. In only two days the petition has received enormous support, and we urge your support as well!
We have also requested detailed information from City management regarding the lack of study and analysis on this proposed street extension. Many questions remain: (1) How does this new street connection impact traffic on 45th and the safety of residents turning in and out of their driveways and neighborhood streets? (2) Can this new intersection be properly designed on this small SF-2 lot? (3) How can the developer legally build a street on a property restricted to residential use? We are awaiting answers to these questions and more, and we have suggested a public meeting be held with City staff and neighbors regarding the traffic impacts of this and all areas around The Grove site. Updates to come!
The petition can be found here.
We’ve made is easier than ever to voice your support for equality in the City Code and treating *all* PUDs with the same review process. Simply click the link below to read more about this issue, enter your name and email and hit send, and your support for fairness will be sent to Council.
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There’s no good reason to provide a loophole for PUDs on un-zoned land that makes it easier to approve substandard development. Voice your support for the PUD approval amendment right now!