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 and protecting it from deterioration. 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

    The West Austin Neighborhood Group will meet virtually on Monday, May 10, 2021 at 6:30 PM via Zoom Videoconference. All neighbors are invited to attend. Please register in advance for this meeting using the following link:

    https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUvdOisrz0oEtB0lxkeOoZbrV4rXMEpPkve

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

    Contact WANG:

    Let us know about neighborhood issues and concerns! You can reach us at

    Johnson Creek Trail Cleanup Volunteers Needed!

    A small group of volunteers have started a litter-pick up on the last Sunday of the month starting at 8am where 7th street Ts into Winsted or Atlanta (whatever the name of the street is at that point.)  Any and all are invited to come out and lend a hand!
    But now we are expanding to wanting to plant many trees along the trail.  This project will require many skill sets, from grant writing, to leadership, organization-especially computer skills, and plain old sweaty labor.
    Wednesday, May 5th at 1pm Kirsten Schneider from Parks/forestry will meet interested people at the south end of the trail (where we can park cars under MoPac) to do a walk along the trail and talk about ideas and options.  All interested are invited to join us.  Please come!
    If people are interested but can not make it to that walk, they are most warmly welcomed to email me.  Please put JCTP in subject line.

    Neighborhood May 1st Ballot Proposition Information Forum:

    If you were unable to attend Sunday April 18th’s virtual meeting, you can watch the video here:

    Neighborhood Proposition Forum

    Thank you to all our area Neighborhood Associations for hosting this virtual forum on Zoom. Speakers addressed each of the eight propositions on the ballot and answer pre-submitted questions.

    Neighbors from Northwest Austin Civic Association (NWACA), Highland Park West / Balcones Area Neighborhood Association (HPWBANA), Bryker Woods Neighborhood Association (BWNA), West Austin Neighborhood Group (WANG), Shepherd Mountain Neighborhood Association (SMNA), Jester HOA, and others

    A brief description of each of the propositions can be found on this City of Austin web page: https://www.austintexas.gov/news/council-orders-elections-eight-propositions-may-1-2021

    CodeNext ACTION ALERT:

    House Committee Hearing Bill This Tuesday to Take Away Your Protest Rights

    The City of Austin bailout bill, HB 2989, is being heard this Tuesday April 13 before the House Land and Resource Management Committee. Please call or sign up against this bill.  Get your friends and neighbors too as well. 

    HB 2989 would allow the City of Austin to overturn last year’s court decision and decimate your property rights. City Hall could move forward on its controversial CodeNEXT rezoning plan without providing property owners notice of proposed zoning changes or protest rights in most situations.

    Here is what you can do before Tuesday: Call now the offices of the two key committee members, Committee Chair Joe Deshotel and Vice-Chair Ben Leman, and tell them you oppose HB 2989 and explain very briefly why. We recommend Democrats call Chair Deshotel (D-Beaumont) (512-463-0662) and Republicans call Vice-Chair Ben Leman (R-Brenham) (512-463-0600).

    You may also submit public comments on HB 2989 online at the following link before the committee meeting starts: https://comments.house.texas.gov/home

    Here is what you can do this Tuesday: Go to the Capitol early and sign up inside at a testimony kiosk in opposition to HB 2989. Testimony is limited but signing in in opposition is very effective. You can then leave and not wait for the hearing to start, which could start any time from 8 am till late in the evening. (You must wear a mask, enter on the north end of the Capitol and have a rapid test on site or provide proof of vaccination.)

    Below are talking points on what will happen if state lawmakers pass HB 2989:

    • The City of Austin and other municipalities will be allowed to rezone all of a community’s residential and commercial properties without providing owners with notice or giving them an opportunity to file protest petitions
    • The City of Austin and other municipalities will be allowed to change the definition of single-family zoning to include 4-6 units on every single-family lot, without providing property owners with notice
    • Property taxes will skyrocket, Austin’s affordability crisis will worsen, and more low- and middle-income families will be displaced from Austin!

    COVID-19 Information

    For health information and the latest orders concerning COVID-19 please visit the City’s website: https://www.austintexas.gov/covid19

    WANG Newsletter:

    Sign up to receive our E-Newsletter! Please send an email to

    Latest Issue: WANG February 2021 E-Newsletter

    Save Muny Update:

    The Save Historic Muny District has a new website. Please visit www.savehistoricmunydistrict.org to read how you can support the preservation of the historic Lions Municipal Golf Course!

    The Muny Conservancy, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is raising funds for the purchase, preservation and restoration of Lions Municipal Golf Course.

    Visit www.savemuny.com to see how Muny can be saved for all of Austin (golfers and non golfers alike!) to enjoy, forever.

     

    Comments? Complaints? Input?

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