Small Area Planning Joint CommitteeApril 13, 2022

Item 5a_Palm District Planning Initiative_SAPJC_Austin_4 13 2022 — original pdf

Thumbnail of the first page of the PDF
Page 1 of 38 pages

Palm District Planning Initiative Small Area Planning Joint Committee April 13, 2022 Content Background Study Area What We Heard Draft Vision Framework Next Steps Background and Study Area Develop a shared vision for a complex, culturally rich, and rapidly transforming part of downtown Austin. 4 5 Resolution 20190523-029  Palm School Negotiations  Rainey Street District Fund  Fifth Street Mexican American Heritage Corridor  Convention Center Expansion  District Planning Process  Improved Connectivity 6 Project Team Project Leadership: • J. Rodney Gonzales, Assistant City Manager Executive Lead Core Project Team: • Mark Walters, Principal Planner • Jesse Gutierrez, Senior Planner • Susan Watkins, Senior Planner • Stevie Greathouse, Housing and Planning Project Lead • Jorge Rousselin, Housing and Planning Urban Design Lead Project Support: • HPD Urban Design Division • HPD Historic Preservation Office, Austin History Center • HPD Communications Team, Communications and Public Information Office • Martha Cotera (Information Systems DBA) Coordinating Departments: • Convention Center • Economic Development • Real Estate • Austin Transportation • Parks and Recreation • Watershed Protection • Office of Sustainability • Equity Office 7 Partners/Key Stakeholders • Downtown Austin Alliance • Waterloo Greenway • Travis County • Capital Metro • American Institute of Architects • UT School of Architecture • Texas Department of Transportation • Preservation Austin • Visit Austin • Our Austin Story • The Trail Foundation • Travis County Historical Commission • The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce • Housing Authority of the City of Austin • Capital City Innovation • Movability • East Sixth Street Public Improvement District • Project Connect Advisory Net • Hispanic Austin Leadership • Hispanic Advocates Business Leadership of Austin Association • ESB-MACC • Mexic-Arte • La Peña • The Red River Cultural District • La Raza Roundtable • The Rainey Neighbors Association • The East Cesar Chavez NPCT • The Rainey Business Coalition • The Town Lake Neighborhood Association • The Austin History Center Association • The Greater Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Commissions ….and more • The Downtown Austin Neighborhood • City of Austin Boards and 8 WE ARE HERE 9 Overview Video What We Heard Participants • Visits to SpeakUp Austin! Webpage: 3,600 • Survey Responses: 337 • Visioning Forum Attendees: 151 • Targeted East Austin Outreach: 75 + (Individuals and Organizations) • AIA Event Participants: 60+ • Interactive Map Responses: 23 12 Survey Demographics 13 Survey and Visioning Forums Survey Responses 15 Survey Responses 16 Survey Responses (263 Open Ended Comments) On Palm School and History & Culture “My father along with his siblings all attended Palm School. It represents a vital part of the history for many families who grew up in East Austin. The connection from Palm School to UJH (University Junior High School) to the old Austin High—which has been restored beautifully—is important to recognizing the reality many families faced living in East Austin . . . There are very few landmarks in Austin that recognize & celebrate the contributions of Mexican Americans to the Austin community.” 17 Visioning Forums (372 Comments): 18 Focused Outreach to East Austin Community Members Focus Group and Interview Participants • La Raza Roundtable • Current and Former Elected Officials • Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce • Tejano Democrats • Palm School Alumni • The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (ESB-MACC) • La Pena Arts, Inc. • Mexic-Arte • Nuestro Grupo/Academia Cuauhtli • AHMIGA (Latina civic and social networking organization) • Café Con Letras • L.A.C.E. • PODER • Long-time East Austin residents 20 Recommendations and Comment Topics • • • • • • • • • • • Palm School/Palm Park Palm District Planning Initiative Palm District as a Cultural Hub Rainey Street Mexican American Heritage Corridor (5th Street) Waterloo Greenway and Historic and Cultural Sensitivity and Awareness Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (ESB-MACC) Convention Center History and Preservation Innovation District Assorted Comments 21 American Institute of Architects Recommendations American Institute of Architects (AIA) Team • Cheryl Morgan, FAIA, Birmingham, Alabama (Team Leader) • Rick Reinhard, Washington DC • Sherry Okun-Rudnak, MA, LEED-AP, California • Desiree Aranda, Phoenix, AZ • Paola Capo, AIA Communities by Design Staff • Erin Simmons, AIA Communities by Design Staff • Joel Mills, Senior Director AIA Communities by Design 23 AIA Recommendations: “Ladies and gentlemen, citizens of Austin, the time is now. The opportunity is before you. The call to action has been sounded. You own it and you together carry the responsibility and the duty to your neighbors and fellow citizens to make this right. Make it happen.” (p. 32 AIA Report) 24 Draft Vision Framework VISION The Palm District is a vibrant historic hub of downtown where the past is honored, culture is celebrated, and the future is shaped. Dense transit-oriented development is balanced with history and natural spaces creating physical connections that invite people to move easily to and through the district. The district is a dynamic place, growing and evolving, while actively retaining families and individuals who have traditionally called this place home. Creativity and innovation are cultivated, and people from Austin and beyond are welcome to live, relax, work, play, learn, and connect with others. 26 INCLUSIVE GROWTH Growth in the district will provide a prosperous future for longtime and recent residents and for established and new businesses. 27 CULTURE The district will become a destination that celebrates its multi- cultural heritage. 28 CONNECTION Physical, cultural and social connections will be strengthened within downtown and between East Austin and downtown. 29 NATURE The natural environment will be preserved and enhanced by restoring existing natural and open spaces and pursuing high standards of sustainable design and development with a focus on green infrastructure. 30 50+ Desired Outcomes…. Inclusive Growth Create opportunities to use publicly-owned properties for dense, mixed-income housing, places for cultural celebration, and to preserve those sites that are of historical, social, and cultural significance. Culture Preserve performance venues in the Red River Cultural District through incentives, public private partnerships, and regulatory tools such as transfer of development rights, historic and landmark designations, and the Iconic Venue Fund. Connection Leverage the lowering and replacement of I-35 to create better and more attractive connections between East Austin and the District. Nature Improve the Waterloo Greenway, south of Palm Park to the Confluence, through lighting, interpretive signage, and other amenities to invite visitors and residents to explore and experience Waller Creek. 31 Next Steps  Bringing the vision to life – Vision is aspirational – Detailed planning is needed – Implementation will require resources – City can’t do the work alone WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! Does the draft Vision Framework reflect what we heard???? 33  Next Steps/Deliverables – Public Review of Draft Vision Framework – Detailed Planning and Analysis – Alternative Future Scenarios – Draft Small Area Plan (by summer 2022) 34 How to Get Involved!  Visit –Review draft Vision Framework –Take the Feedback Survey –Review other materials and add thoughts to Interactive Map –Ask questions  Request an Organizational Briefing 36  Provide input via – Phone: 311 – e-mail: – Mail: Palm District Planning, Housing and Planning Department, PO Box 1088, Austin, Texas 78767 37 Thank You Stevie Greathouse, Division Manager Inclusive Planning: Small Area Planning and Code Division