Summary – Northfield Neighborhood Urban Development Conversation

Northfield Neighborhood Urban Development Conversation

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SUMMARY AND CONSIDERATIONS FOR NEIGHBORHOOD WORKSHOP TOPICS

A balanced redevelopment of the Northfield neighborhood based on preserving quality of life and economic viability of residents might be an appropriate objective of this neighborhood engagement process.

Based on presentations provided by City of Austin and Capital Metro staff (January 25, 2014), review of existing urban planning documents, public comments, review of development documents for proposed 210-apartment complex (Koenig Lane Multifamily), and neighborhood observations, the following are highlights for urban development consideration:

1. For the purpose of traffic impacts, Northfield neighborhood boundaries should be redrawn to include west side of Lamar Blvd. and south side of 51st Street and area east of rail tracks should be excluded. A traffic impact analysis should be conducted for existing conditions and future fully developed conditions as per land uses and city zoning requirements. It is important to address regional background traffic as well as multimodal transportation alternatives.
2. A quality of life and quality of business survey should be conducted to obtain a basic understanding of Northfield’s quality of life for this to be contrasted with zoning regulations that will change neighborhood characteristics.
3. Conduct a family economic impact analysis due to redevelopment and economic growth for the purpose to identifying the economic profile of residents and trending changes, as well as how family economies impact their transportation modes and travel frequencies.
4. Develop a neighborhood green/park plan with connectivity to area parks. Neighborhood connectivity plan should include existing water ways, bike/ped friendly corridors, mass transit corridors, publicly owned properties, and strategic acquisitions based on expected land redevelopment.
5. Prioritize development of walkable and bicycle corridors based on transit corridors and neighborhood connectivity along higher traffic corridors, while preserving low traffic speed and low traffic volume residential streets.
6. Refocus neighborhood connectivity in terms of available mass transit and improve mass transit service and mass transit options.
7. Revise land use and zoning based on findings.
8. Consider implementation of a tax increment reinvestment program for Northfield.

Brainstorm opportunities:

1. A traffic access and traffic routing management program may be an option for addressing neighborhood traffic concerns. Include in this program bike/ped activities.
2. Prioritize the need for pedestrian infrastructure based on major corridors and transit corridors and add estimated year of implementation.
3. Incorporate a trail system into the neighborhood pedestrian and bicycle network, thereby taking advantage of Waller Creek and properties owned by public agencies.
4. Balance zoning of land uses with park land acquisitions based on quality of life priorities, connectivity, and trip generation reduction.
5. Develop a network of bike/ped facilities connecting to existing mass transit options and work with Capital Metro on a program for continuous improvement of transit services.
6. Incorporate a traffic management program for parking, speeds, and safety along concerning neighborhood streets.

References:
http://www.austinneighborhoodmaps.com/central-austin/
ftp://ftp.ci.austin.tx.us/npzd/Austingo/npstatus_tab.pdf

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