Friends of Hyde Park Opposes Baker Center Historic Designation Rezoning

Historic Commission Meeting: November 16, 2020 Planning Commission Meeting: November 24, 2020 Austin City Council Meeting: December 10, 2020 Case Number: C14H-2020-0087 Project Location: 3908 Avenue B Historic Commission, Planning Commission, and City Council, Friends of Hyde Park strongly opposes the rezoning of the Baker Center to include historic zoning (-H). This rezoning will remove[…]

Friends of Hyde Park Supports Transforming The Hancock Golf Course Into A Park

Friends of Hyde Park members overwhelmingly support transforming the Hancock Golf Course into a public park and green space. The membership of Friends of Hyde Park took a vote, and out of the 88 members that voted, 91% of those members supported this change. The Hancock Golf Course is 45 acres of green space next[…]

Friends of Hyde Park November 2020 Voter Guide

Friends of Hyde Park Recommendations: Texas U.S. Representative District 10: Mike SiegelTexas U.S. Representative District 25: Julie OliverTravis County Attorney: Delia GarzaTravis County District Attorney, 53rd District: Jose Garza For Proposition A – Project Connect – Light Rail System If Austin is going to combat climate change and traffic problems, Prop A is a must[…]

Friends of Hyde Park Files Amicus Brief in LDC Lawsuit

Friends of Hyde Park filed an amicus brief in support of the City of Austin. “Friends of Hyde Park urges reversal of the trial court judgment and supports adoption of the Land Development Code (LDC) at issue here. We believe that Austinites are entitled to a process in which democratically elected representatives determine the general[…]

Voter Guide – Anyone Can Vote By Mail For July 14 Runoff – Deadline July 2

Friends of Hyde Park Recommendations:U.S. Senate: Royce WestU.S. House District 10: Mike Siegel (Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren endorsed)Railroad Commissioner: Chrysta CastañedaCounty Attorney: Delia GarzaTravis County District Attorney: Jose Garza (Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren endorsed) “The Texas Supreme Court makes it clear: any Texas voter can request a mail-in ballot to avoid risk of injury” –[…]

Petitions to Fire Police Chief Manley And Help End Police Violence in Austin

The Friends of Hyde Park board voted to sign onto the following letter with the Austin Justice Coalition, Just Liberty, and many other Austin groups calling on the Austin City Council and the Austin City Manager to fire the Austin Police Chief, Brian Manley, and to institute other major police reforms to end police violence in Austin.[…]

Friends of Hyde Park Recommendations For Healthy Streets

Friends of Hyde Park supports and recommends designating the following streets as Healthy Streets in Hyde Park. Healthy Streets (previously referred to as “Slow Streets”) will turn selected streets into pedestrian/bicycle-priority streets while allowing local traffic to enable safe exercise during, and possibly after, the COVID-19 pandemic. The short and long term benefits could be[…]

Friends of Hyde Park Recommendations – 46th-47th & Bennett-Middle Fiskville Bikeway

Friends of Hyde Park supports a safe, family friendly, All Ages and Abilities Bikeway Network. We believe that local mobility projects like the two projects for the biking network on 46th-47th and Bennett-Middle Fiskville in North Hyde Park are a critical part of developing this network. However, we don’t believe these goals are achieved by[…]

What Are Neighborhood Conservation Combining Districts (NCCDs)?

What Are Neighborhood Conservation Combining Districts (NCCDs)? Neighborhood Conservation Combining Districts (NCCDs) are zoning overlays that override base zoning districts, meaning that any zoning regulation specified in an NCCD overrides the city land development code. This establishes a complicated opt-in/opt-out basis for zoning regulations, sometimes on a property by property basis. NCCDs are almost exclusively[…]

Friends of Hyde Park Statement on Inadequate Austin State Hospital Plan

While Friends of Hyde Park supports and acknowledges that the Austin State Hospital is in desperate need of renovations and repair, the recently released $283 million master plan for a redesign of the 95 acre campus is inadequate. The redesign has been a signature achievement that Texas State Senator Kirk Watson’s (D-Austin) has been working[…]

Voting Recommendations and Voter Guide

  Voting Recommendations: TX Senate: Beto O’Rourke U.S. House of Representatives: Julie Oliver (South of 45th St) Austin Mayor: Austin Mayor Steve Adler Austin City Council District 9: Danielle Skidmore Proposition A to I: For Proposition J: Against Proposition K: Against   Friends of Hyde Park’s voting recommendations and guide only include races and propositions[…]

Friends of Hyde Park Endorses Danielle Skidmore For Austin City Council District 9

The Friends of Hyde Park board, representing the largest neighborhood association serving Hyde Park, voted to endorse Danielle Skidmore for Austin City Council in Austin’s upcoming November 2018 election against Kathie Tovo. Danielle Skidmore is an LGBTQIA+ advocate. She serves on the City of Austin LGBTQ Quality of Life Advisory Commission. Danielle would be the[…]

Friends of Hyde Park Endorses Steve Adler for Mayor

The Friends of Hyde Park board, representing the largest neighborhood association serving Hyde Park, voted to endorse Mayor Steve Adler for Mayor in Austin’s upcoming November 2018 election. Friends of Hyde Park appreciates Mayor Adler’s continued support for the CodeNEXT process and his desire to see more housing available throughout Austin in order to address[…]

Friends of Hyde Park Requests Planning Commission Change Baker Center Rezoning

Planning Commission, Friends of Hyde Park requests that the rezoning for the property located at 3908 Avenue B as CS-HD-NCCD-NP be denied. Instead, we request the zoning of the property be approved as CS-HD-NP with the same requested entitlements or that this rezoning case be delayed until after the adoption of CodeNEXT. The only difference[…]

Friends of Hyde Park CodeNEXT Draft 3 Response and Recommendations

CodeNEXT Draft 3 incorporates some minor improvements over Draft 1, Draft 2, and our current land development code. However, the latest draft still falls far short of the changes that are needed in order to address affordability, transportation, and social equity in a meaningful way. Draft 3 will continue to push new development into gentrifying[…]

When It Comes to “Calcutta,” Words Matter

When It Comes to “Calcutta,” Words Matter Comments expressed in KUT’s article “A Word About Your Responses To Our CodeNEXT Language Story” have no place in our civic discussion, especially when the specter of Jim Crow still lives on in Austin’s land development code. Friends of Hyde Park (FOHP), the largest neighborhood association in Hyde Park[…]

Austin’s ADU Ordinance May Be Illegal (Garage Apts, Granny Flats, Tiny Homes)

In November of 2015 the Austin City Council voted to approve a city wide change to allow ADUs (accessory dwellings units – also known as garage apartments, granny flats, tiny homes, or secondary homes) on all SF-3 zoned lots as small as 5,750 sqft in every neighborhood in Austin and to reduce burdensome parking requirements that can prevent ADUs[…]

Is Hyde Park “Exclusively for White People” Again?

Is Hyde Park “Exclusively for White People” Again? Austin City Council and CodeNEXT Staff Must Answer Questions In CodeNEXT, Neighborhood Conservation Combining Districts (NCCDs) creating de-facto zoning barriers to class and race is not a zoning code. It’s a betrayal of Austin values. Friends of Hyde Park, the largest neighborhood association in Hyde Park, has unanswered[…]

Friends of Hyde Park Voting Results – Business Parking Requirements, Baker Center Development, Ridgetop Elementary School

Friends of Hyde Park recently voted on 3 resolutions and our 2017 board elections. I’ve included the voting results below. 101 people voted total out of our 372 members. The full voting results and full text of all resolutions can be found here: http://friendsofhydepark.atxfriends.org/record-of-votes/ Relaxing Quack’s and Neighborhood Business Parking Requirements: Passed with 91 out[…]

CodeNEXT Q&A

Friends of Hyde Park and Friends of Austin Neighborhoods (FAN) are co-hosting a CodeNEXT Q&A with Paul DiGiuseppe (Principal Planner at Austin Planning and Review Department) and Jorge Rousselin (Austin Planning and Zoning Department). If you’re curious about what the CodeNEXT test areas are all about, how to get involved in the CodeNEXT process, or[…]