West Austin Neighborhood Group

Preserving and Protecting West Austin

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    Who We Are

    The West Austin Neighborhood Group (WANG) is a non-profit organization of residents with the shared goal of preserving West Austin. WANG is concerned with community development, ecology, safety, and any other matters that indirectly and directly affect the quality and character of the neighborhood and the City of Austin.

    WANG Meetings

    WANG will conduct its next Board Meeting and annual election virtually on Monday November 9, 2020 at 6:30 PM via Zoom video conference.

    All neighbors are invited to attend. Please register in advance for this meeting:
    https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAucumurDMoHtHdaUO-jOtdcCuRrX7AjQIE

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    Election 2020 Voter Information

    Please VOTE!

    Due to the pandemic, voting locations will be different than in years past. Check your location before heading out to vote.

    Both early voting and Election Day polling locations can be found here: https://countyclerk.traviscountytx.gov/elections/current-election.html

    • Early Voting – October 13th – 30th, 2020

    Early Voting Hours are Monday – Saturday 7:00 Am – 7:00 PM and Sunday from 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

    • Election Day – Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020

    Election Day Voting locations are open from 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM.

    Neighborhood D10 Candidate Forum

    We thank all the neighbors who attended the joint D10 Neighborhood Association Candidate Forum hosted by the West Austin Neighborhood Group (WANG,) Highland Park West / Balcones Area Neighborhood Association (HPWBANA,) Bryker Woods Neighborhood Association (BWNA,) and Northwest Austin Civic Association (NWACA)

    Thanks also to D10 Candidates Robert Thomas, Council Member Alison Alter, Belinda Greene, Bennett Easton, and Pooja Sethi who took time on their Sunday afternoon to meet with their community and answer questions submitted from neighbors.

    To receive a link to the recording of this meeting please subscribe to our E-Newsletter by sending your email address to

    Public Safety Budget Information

    There is a good deal of misunderstanding regarding the City Council’s recent allocation of public safety funds. District 10 Council Member Alison Alter has provided the following detailed information and answers to questions concerning the public safety budget. Please read all.

    Information on Public Safety Budget for WANG

    Johnson Creek Trail Cleanup Volunteers Needed!

    Calling all tree huggers! And all others who love and appreciate the Johnson Creek Trail. A group of citizens are organizing for the purpose of maintaining and improving this neighborhood gem. This project will also be a chance to meet other Johnson Creek Trail lovers and discuss potential improvements to the greenbelt.
    Katie Duffy is our administrator and organizer par excellence. Contact her at:

    For questions or conversation please feel free to call or text Kathryn Ehlert at 512-466-1314.
    Thanks neighbors! See you on the trail!

    COVID-19 Information

    Austin/ Travis County residents can find up to date information on the City’s Orders, Health Providers and Community Resources at www.austintexas.gov/COVID19

    Resources for Senior Citizens:

    LDC Rewrite/CodeNEXT Version 2

    In the Petition Rights Lawsuit Filed Dec 12, the Court issued a decision in favor of the plaintiffs on all issues against the City of Austin, concluding that the City failed to give the required notice and failed to recognize legitimate protest rights.  As a result, this decision appears to void the City Council’s votes on first and second readings approving the Land Development Code changes.  In addition, this decision confirms that the state law provision of valid petition rights can be used to required a super-majority vote by City Council to approve zoning changes where 20% of the nearby neighbors oppose the zoning change.

    We are grateful to the citizens who helped organize and support the petition rights lawsuit.  What can you do next?

    • To donate to the legal fund that will be used to defend our right to petition, go to the Community Not Commodity (CNC) website and click donate. Here is a link to that specific webpage: https://donateway.com/donate/jrK7BSBb/community-not-commodity/paymentIt is very important that you indicate “Yes” in the rectangle that says: “You want funds to go for protest litigation.” That way the funds you give will go to a special account for payment of the lawyers.
    • Go to www.austintexas.gov/LDC  and find your property and zone on the D10 zoning map to see what is allowed.
    • Write to Council and Mayor at https://www.austintexas.gov/email/all-council-members
    • File a protest at www.fileyourprotest.com– Note: The deadline has been extended.  It is important to file.  If you do not file once the LDC rewrite has been passed, you will lose your right even if the lawsuit prevails.
    •  Follow what Community not Commodity is doing.
    • Talk to friends, co-workers, and acquaintances who live in other districts – show them what is happening and encourage them to write to their council member

    Our District 10 Council Member, Alison Alter, is one of four Council Members who DO NOT SUPPORT the up-zoning in Transition Zones proposed by the Land Development Code Revision.

    And Council Member Alter’s Newsletter regarding the LDC Revision can be seen here: https://app.getresponse.com/view.html?x=a62b&m=cLHRg&u=STGys&y=k&dont_redirect=1

    SAVE MUNY!

    The West Austin Neighborhood Group is committed to preserving the historic Lions Municipal Golf Course. MUNY, as it is known to locals, has been a part of Austin for almost 100 years as the city’s oldest and most beloved public course. MUNY is a treasured urban green space and was recently recognized as a nationally significant civil rights historical site as the first public course in the South to racially integrate. Based on the course’s compelling role in the civil rights movement and in Texas golf history, the property was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2016. But Austin is in danger of losing this invaluable property to development by its land owner, the University of Texas. These organizations are working together to preserve MUNY:
    • Save Munywww.savemuny.com a grass roots organization, has worked since 1973 to preserve Lions Municipal Golf Course as an inclusive, affordable place for all Austinites to enjoy the game of golf and the outdoors.
    • The Save Historic Muny District (SHMD) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2019, to help fund Muny’s preservation
    • The Muny Conservancy, a 501(C)(3) non-profit, is working to raise funds to purchase, restore and preserve Muny as a public golf course, and recreation space, forever.
    Please help us save this historic Austin green space!! Visit http://www.savemuny.com to participate, and spread the word!

    New HEB Store:  HEB has prepared a website with architectural drawings and other details.  HEB would like input from neighbors regarding their plans for a new store where Randall’s is currently located.   Please send comments to Leslie Sweet, Director of Public Affairs: You can email the design team at .  You can access HEB’s traffic study for the site here: Lake Austin Blvd. Traffic Study 2019.

    Red Bud Trail Renovation Project:  Please view the plans.  You can review answers to the questions they were sent here.

    Walsh Boat Landing Improvements:  New Guidelines for Walsh Boat Landing as of August 15, 2020 are here.

    Exposition Construction:  Water line upgrades and maintenance have started on Exposition Blvd.  For more information visit the Exposition Water Improvements page.

    Newsletter

    WANG’s Semi-annual Print Newsletter provides a recap and overview of our work during the past few months to preserve our neighborhood.  Click to read the 2019 September semi-annual newsletter.  Our new electronic version of our January 2019 Newsletter is available now. WANG’s May/ June 2020 Print Newsletter will be delivered to all residences in the WANG area. For questions about advertising please email Haidar@WestAustinNG.com

    Comments? Complaints? Input?

    Please send us an email with any comments, complaints, or concerns about neighborhood matters by clicking .

     

    Comments? Complaints? Input?

    Please send us an email with any comments, complaints, or concerns about neighborhood matters by clicking .