Neighborhood Planning – Northfield Neighborhood Urban Development Conversation, Presentation 8 of 8

Northfield Neighborhood Urban Development Conversation

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Presentation 8 – COA Neighborhood Planning and Development

Stevie Greathouse presented the City of Austin Planning and Development Review and process, reference presentation (pdf).

1. Land use determination appears to have a three level development process; Imagine Austin comprehensive Plan, neighborhood plans, and regulations. Regulations include: land development codes, city codes, administrative rules, and development review.
2. Planning process has the following additions: public investments, city operations, public-private partnership incentives, and neighborhood and civic activities.
3. Imagine Austin emphasis is on redevelopment of Highland Mall may have impacts on Northfield’s redevelopment and quality of life. Activity corridors shown include: Airport Boulevard, North Loop/53rd Street and Lamar Blvd.
4. North Loop Neighborhood Plan (2002) includes areas referenced in the North Loop Neighborhood Planning area as: Northfield, Morningside-Ridgetop, and I-35/Airport.
5. The presented Development Review Process includes a flow chart with up to 9 levels of review.
6. The City is currently holding public meetings in an effort to review its development code “CodeNext”.

Observations:
1. For traffic analysis purposes, the Northfield neighborhood could be extended to include properties on the west side of Lamar Blvd. and those on the south side of 51st Street. Northfield boundaries could also be limited to the railroad corridor on the east side excluding area between the rail tracks and Airport Blvd.
2. A traffic impact analysis could be conducted for Northfield in terms of existing and proposed conditions. The results might provide traffic levels of service and realization that alternative modes of transportation are critical for preserving Northfield’s quality of life.
3. The North Loop Neighborhood Plan (2002) identifies UT intramural fields as civic. However, its traffic generation characteristics might be uncharacteristic to civic activities. Also, it appears that UT intends to develop a tennis center at this location.
4. Predominant land use in Northfield is single family and mixed use with some multifamily lots. Single family land uses may not include development of “stealth dorms” or similar higher density development of single family properties. Also land uses may not have taken into consideration the potential impact of traffic generated by mixed use development along heavy traffic corridors such as: Koenig, Lamar, North Loop/53rd.

Consideration:
1. Conduct a traffic impact analysis for existing and proposed conditions based on existing and proposed land uses for entire Northfield neighborhood based on traffic generation/impact boundaries. Findings might reveal higher congestion levels due to background traffic and spill over traffic through neighborhood streets.
2. Conduct a family income impact analysis due to redevelopment and increase in property values against cost of transportation.
3. Balance traffic generating land uses against development of parks, a strategy to reduce traffic generation.
4. Identify improvements for encouraging use of alternative modes of transportation (mass transit, bicycles, pedestrian and CartoGo).

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