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

    Next Monthly Meeting: Monday, October 17, 2022 6:00 PM at Lions Municipal Golf Course Clubhouse, 2901 Enfield Rd. Austin, TX 78703

    Please join us! All neighbors are invited to attend our monthly meetings. If you have an item for the agenda please send an email to:

    Contact WANG

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

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    Neighborhood NEWS

    Read our latest E-Newsletter: WANG August NEWS

    Meet the Austin Mayor Candidates!

    Join West & Northwest Austin neighborhoods for a non-partisan informational Zoom forum about the November 8 election Wednesday, October 19 @6:30-8:00 PM

    Moderated by award-winning journalist Tony Plohetski

    Register in advance: https://tinyurl.com/zoomformayor

    After registering, you will receive an e-mail with the zoom link.

    Mayor candidates will respond to pre-submitted questions (only).

    Submit questions by October 1:https://tinyurl.com/Nov8questions

    Inviting neighbors from Northwest Austin Civic Association, Highland Park West / Balcones Area Neighborhood Association, West Austin Neighborhood Group, Pemberton Heights, Bryker Woods, Shepherd Mountain, Montevista Condo, Greenshores, Courtyard, Glenlake, Jester, Canyon Creek, River Place, Lake Austin Collective, and more

    For information from the candidates for Austin Mayor:

    Anthony Bradshaw

    Phil Brual – https://www.philforaustin.com/

    Celia Israel – https://www.celiaforaustin.com/

    Gary Spellman – https://spellmanformayor.org/

    Jennifer Virden – https://www.jenniferforaustin.com/

    Kirk Watson – https://www.kirkwatson.com/

    Early Voting Dates:  October 24 – November 4

    Election Day: Tuesday, November 8

    See www.votetravis.com for information on where to vote, etc.

    Latest District 10 Newsletter

    NEIGHBORHOOD CALL TO ACTION: STOP THE DEMOLITION! HELP PRESERVE 2002 SCENIC DRIVE!

    Dear Neighbors,

    In our last WANG newsletter, I wrote to you about the tragic loss of historic fabric we are experiencing in our Neighborhood and our City, due to the demolition of so many older homes and buildings. Austin is losing its historical identity!!

    The Historic Landmark Commission reviews each demolition application, and makes a recommendation to the Planning Commission and City Council, as to whether a building is worthy of historic zoning. They follow strict criteria in recommending historic zoning, and only vote to recommend if the property is truly worthy of preservation. But their recommendation must be supported by the public and the City Council for a building to be preserved, if the owner is opposed to historic zoning. Such is the case for 2002 Scenic Drive, the remarkable old stone house in our neighborhood, known as the “Rock House.” 

    On June 1st, 2022, the Historic Landmark Commission voted unanimously to initiate historic zoning for 2002 Scenic Drive. Why? The HLC determined that 2002 Scenic Drive qualifies for Historic Zoning because of its truly unique architecture, landscape features and historical associations.

    Despite this rare unanimous recommendation for historic zoning, the Rock House property is still very much in danger of being totally demolished. The owner of the property objects to historic zoning, and the only way this home can be preserved is through strong support from the public, the Planning Commission and the City Council.

    The West Austin Neighborhood Group strongly supports the HLC’s recommendation for historic zoning for 2002 Scenic Drive. Please help us, and write to the members of our Planning Commission and City Council, asking them to support historic zoning for 2002 Scenic Drive, before it’s too late!

    Please email Members of the Planning Commission before their September 27th Meeting! You can send one email and include all addresses below:

    Please email the Mayor and Austin City Council and let them know you support historic zoning for 2002 Scenic Drive, before the Council considers this case. Send one email to all addresses below:

    Please Participate! Watershed Protection Dept. RAIN to RIVER public engagement survey:

    Rain to River is a strategic plan that will guide the work of the Watershed Protection Department for the next 10 years. Our department will use this plan to set goals, prioritize our work, and guide our decision making to tackle urgent challenges such as climate change and racial inequities. The plan will update and replace the current Watershed Protection Strategic Plan. We need your help to draft the plan!

    https://raintoriveratx-austin.hub.arcgis.com/

    City of Austin Zoning UT Owned Brackenridge Tract

    The University of Texas has asked the City of Austin to initiate zoning on four tracts of their land. The City of Austin Housing and Planning Dept. sent letters of notification of a zoning change to surrounding neighbors and neighborhood stakeholder groups.  Parts of the Brackenridge Tract to be zoned are Lions Municipal Golf Course (MUNY) and the West Austin Youth Association (WAYA,) the Town Lake Tract, The Deep Eddy Tract, and the HEB tract. City Staff have not yet made recommendations for zoning, and have requested input from the public, prior to and during the zoning process, per a City Council Resolution which was approved in Dec. 2020.

    The Brackenridge Development Agreement between the University of Texas and the City of Austin remains in effect during the zoning process. The City’s lease for Lions Municipal Golf Course continues on a rolling month to month basis with a five month notification of cancellation.

    The West Austin Neighborhood Group supports the preservation of the entire 141 acres of Lions Municipal Golf Course (MUNY) as a historic public golf course and open green space. We are working with the Muny Conservancy and Save Historic Muny District to preserve MUNY in perpetuity, for the citizens of Austin to enjoy forever.

    Save Muny Update:

    With the City of Austin preparing to make a zoning recommendation for Lions Municipal Golf Course, it is essential that we join together to voice our support for the preservation of all 141 acres of historic MUNY, to the Mayor, City Council members and to the University of Texas. If MUNY is zoned commercial, the University will develop the land, and we will lose one of the last beautiful tracts of open green space in Austin. Once it’s gone, we can’t ever have it back. Please visit the Muny Conservancy website at savemuny.com to learn how MUNY can be preserved forever to serve our entire diverse Austin community, golfers and non-golfers alike.

    “Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone? They paved paradise, put up a parking lot.” -Joni Mitchell