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The Austin City Council passed Resolution 20140410-024, which established a long-term goal of becoming a net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions city by 2050. In other words, we want to reduce emissions to as close to zero as possible to ensure a cleaner, healthier, and safer community for decades to come.  To do this, we need your help. Planning committees have identified seven overarching strategy areas (listed as "Ideas" below), including related actions, for the transportation sector based on leading research, current city programs, and public input to date.

The Office of Sustainability needs your input regarding these draft strategies and actions.

  • Which strategies should the plan prioritize? (You can hit the "vote" button to vote up the strategy.)
  • Are we missing any actions that could reduce emissions?
  • What else needs to be considered?

 

The Austin City Council passed Resolution 20140410-024, which established a long-term goal of becoming a net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions city by 2050.  In other words, we want to reduce emissions to as close to zero as possible to ensure a cleaner, healthier, and safer community for decades to come.  To do this, we need your help. Planning committees have identified five overarching strategy areas (listed as "Ideas" below), including related actions, for the materials management sector based on leading research, current city programs, and public input to date.

The Office of Sustainability needs your input regarding these draft strategies and actions.

  • Which strategies should the plan prioritize? (You can hit the "vote" button to vote up the strategy.)
  • Are we missing any actions that could reduce emissions?
  • What else needs to be considered?

The City of Austin is exploring alternative ways to fund the services provided to special events held across the community.  As of now, the City’s current fee structure does not fully recover the costs of the several City departments who serve events.

Please review the ideas below and offer your thoughts on these; you may also post your own.

Speak up, Austin?

Forum: Rainey Street

We want your ideas concerning pedestrian safety, traffic congestion and parking in the Rainey Street neighborhood. Please post your ideas to make Rainey Street better!

Once you post make sure to share your ideas on Facebook and invite your friends to join speakupaustin!

Have thoughts on how Austin can become a more sustainable community?  Share them here!

In a continuous effort to increase transparency, efficiency and participation, the City of Austin is preparing to launch an open data portal. The goal of providing open city data is to empower people to research, analyze and innovate using information important to their community.

Help us by taking the time to vote for datasets that you would like to see made available. If you have an idea for a dataset that is not on this list, feel free to add it. The City of Austin will use your feedback to help us focus on high value data to be released by the end of the year. Your participation is crucial in making this effort a success. Thanks!



Forum: Light Rail

Thisi s a forum about light rail

The City of Austin is currently developing the operating budget for fiscal year 2012. Based on revenue projections and spending cost drivers, the City is looking to close a budget gap of $9.8 million. This assumes a three cent increase in the current tax rate (per $100 of assessed property value).

 In recent years, the City of Austin has taken numerous steps to reduce expenditures. For example, in fiscal year 2010 all City employees went without pay increases. In fiscal year 2011 the City eliminated and repurposed vacant positions in several departments, repurposed funding for the Trail of Lights toward parks grounds maintenance, and reduced funding for the LBJ High School Fire Academy.

Use this forum to post your ideas on how Austin could further reduce expenditures or generate new revenue.

Once you post make sure to share your ideas on Facebook and invite your friends to join speakupaustin!

Check out the following links for more information about the budget and other ways to get involved.



Budget Public Meeting Schedule

FY 2012 Proposed Budget Volume I

FY 2012 Proposed Budget Volume II

FY 2012 Board and Commission Meeting Summaries 

FY 2012 Budget Reductions Addendum

FY 2012 Proposed Budget Presentation to Council

FY 2012 General Fund Forecast (pdf and video)

 FY 2012 Enterprise Funds Forecast (pdf and Austin Energy video, Austin Water and Solid Waste Services video, Watershed/Transportation/Public Works video)

FY 2012 Unmet Service Demands Requests

FY 2012 Potential Budget Reductions

 FY 2011 Approved Budget General Fund

FY 2011 Approved Budget Enterprise Funds

 FY 2010 Annual Performance Report 

Horizon Issues Report and Update



Today the 5 municipal cemeteries located in the City of Austin are operated and maintained by the Intercare Corporation (read more).  In the last several months, the City has been reviewing the contractor agreement to clarify the responsibilities and ensure the quality of services.  Citizens are invited to provide comments and feedback on this forum to help restate the contract.

Welcome to the SpeakUp forum for the Fiscal Year 2012-2013 budget. The City of Austin is committed to community engagement and transparency in our budgeting process and we want to hear from you. 

For Fiscal Year 2013, the City is forecasting that a property tax rate increase of 1.84 cents per $100 of taxable value will be needed to achieve a balanced budget at existing service levels .The cost of this tax rate increase to the owner of a median valued home of $182,228 is $33.53per year. Departments have submitted requests for additional dollars to fulfill unmet service demands, or enhancements to services. In an effort to continue to contain costs, the City is also considering several potential budget reductions.

Below you can comment or vote on these potential budget additions and potential budget reductions submitted by City staff.   You can also enter your own suggestions for programs that the City of Austin should enhance or reduce.  

For more information on the City’s budget, a calendar of public budget meetings, and to participate in the budget priorities survey, click here.
 

We are looking for your feedback on four redesigns of East Sixth Street.  Speak up, Austin!

Forum: SXSW

We're interested in knowing how things went for you visiting and experiencing Austin during SXSW, and any suggestions you would have for how the City of Austin could improve your experience. 

Get the traffic done!

The City of Austin needs the community’s help to plan for an underutilized portion of the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail.Thanks to funding from The Trail Foundation, the City is gathering community input for a master plan for the Southeast Shore of Lady Bird Lake from the new boardwalk eastward towards Longhorn Dam.

The public is invited to the Ann and Roy Butler Hike & Bike Trail Southeast Shore Master Planning Community Meeting, January 29, 2014, at 6:00 PM, at Fiesta Gardens, 2100 Jesse E. Segovia Street.

Join the City of Austin to help create a plan for this rapidly changing area. Attendees will have an opportunity to view aerials maps, preliminary concepts and provide feedback on the planning process.

If you cannot attend the meeting, you are invited to participate in a survey available online at http://austintexas.gov/SEshore or by participating in this forum post.

For additional information contact Chris Yanez at 512-974-9470.

The City of Austin owns a 7.36 acre tract of land in the upper Waller Creek watershed at 401 West St. Johns Avenue. The site was purchased for storm water management use and the Watershed Protection Department (WPD) has identified it as an appropriate location for a storm water management pond to address pollution.

In 1970 the Austin City Council approved the use of the West St. Johns Avenue site as a sports field and has leased the site to the University Hills Optimists (UHO) for its exclusive use since 1971. UHO currently offers kickball, baseball, and soccer to youth in Austin and surrounding communities at "Reznicek Field" at the site.

The most recent numbers from the Parks and Recreation Department suggest that a substantial number of youth sports participants who use this facility reside outside the City of Austin. The site remains locked when youth sports activities are not taking place and thus largely inaccessible for more general park use.

The City of Austin has adopted a goal of providing parks within a distance of one-quarter to one-half mile of every household, and the Parks and Recreation Department's (PARD) Gap Analysis in the Long Range Plan identifies this area of Austin as deficient in adequate parkland.

Among the top five votes during the Central Public Input Meeting conducted as part of PARD's Long Range Plan was to "move [the University Hills Optimists]... to create more park opportunity". WPD presented 60%-complete plans for the storm water facility to the Highland Neighborhood at meetings on December 13, 2012, and February 18, 2013, and neighbors expressed concern over lack of input regarding the design of the pond and their interest in using the WPD site as a park.

Click to see the City’s RESOLUTION

We'd like your suggestions and ideas for the future use of this property; we've listed four options that the Austin City Council wanted staff to analyze. Speak up, Austin!

The City of Austin is expected to receive funding to address community needs from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in fiscal year 2011-12. Post your ideas to this forum on how Austin should spend limited funds for affordable housing and community development.

Once you post make sure to share your ideas on Facebook and invite your friends to join speakupaustin!

In fiscal 2011-12, the City anticipates potential reductions to federal funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development  (HUD). To receive these HUD grants, cities must submit an annual action plan to HUD with community needs, resources, priorities and proposed activities for housing, community development, economic development and public services.

The focus of this forum is to understand your priorities for funding in this area--the areas where you think the Neighborhood Housing and Communtiy Development Office (NHCD) should focus their resources.

For background, see: NHCD Website, Program List, Consolidated Plan Brief, Public Hearing Flyer, Neighborhood Meeting Flyer.

Please vote below for the ideas or areas you would like to see the City of Austin prioritize.

Check out the new “beta” website for the City’s “One Stop Shop” for development services. We think it's easier to use. Tell us what you think. Browse the site and find a short survey at http://www.austintexas.gov/development/onestop.   We'll incorporate your feedback into the final version of the site.

The City of Austin and the Airport Boulevard community are embarking in a visioning effort to transform Airport Boulevard into a vibrant and lively street. Throughout the visioning initiative, the community will be invited to participate in various events, meetings, discussions, forums, working groups, and charrettes. It is important to the success of the project that you get involved.

By signing up with us, you will receive regular project updates, links to important documents and notices of upcoming meetings. Sign up for project updates. For more information, go to Austin City Connection.

You can also email your ideas and comments to  airportboulevard@ci.austin.tx.us

Forum: Dog Parks

The City of Austin seeks to improve the community environment for people who enjoy outdoor recreation with their dogs.  Today the City has established dog facilities and operates 11 off-leash areas in Austin designated and built specifically for dog owners and their dog to socialize and exercise safely and off-leash. Some of them are hiking trails, some are fenced-in designated dog parks, while others are larger multi-use parks that are simply zoned leash-free areas.

As Austin continues to grow, the City works hard to develop off-leash policies, adopt and improve the existing off-leash areas and create new ones.  The success of this effort in large part depends on community support

So today Austin Parks and Recreation Department is seeking input from dog owners and involved citizens to create a community vision of what a dog-friendly city should be like. Would you like to suggest specific dog park equipment? Are you concerned with safety issues? Do you have other comments or ideas? Speak up, Austin!!

Do You Live or Work in the Montopolis, E. Riverside or Del Valle area? Help us design the new Montopolis Recreation and Community Center!

You can help by giving us your input on the following:

1. What do you use the current Montopolis Recreation Center for?

2. What would you like to use the Montopolis Recreation for in the future? Give us your wish list!

3. How can the new Montopolis Recreation Center enhance your neighborhood?

The City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department appreciates your ideas about what should be done with the Seaholm Intake Facility located on West Cesar Chavez, across from the Seaholm Power Plant, and it is now time to talk about the top ten ideas! Those ideas can be seen at City Hall until Aug. 2nd, or online at austintexas.gov/department/seaholmintake under “Design Idea Competition”. SpeakUp! now and tell us what you think about these top 10 ideas!

The Restore Rundberg initiative is partially funded by the federal Department of Justice grant, but is an ongoing initiative that will continue after the end of the grant funding. We want to know from you what the problems are in the area and what ideas you have to remedy these issues for long-term, measurable neighborhood improvement.


Early in 2012, President Obama’s Administration established a Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative. In June of 2012, the Austin Police Department applied for a $1 million grant from the Department of Justice and in September 2012, was fortunate to receive an award resulting in the launch of the Restore Rundberg Project, which is currently in the year-one planning stage.

The neighborhood is defined as: Research Boulevard/Anderson Lane to the south; railroad tracks (just west of Metric) and Lamar to the west; Interstate 35 and Cameron Road to the east; and, Rutland Drive, Braker Lane, Floradale Drive, and Applegate Drive to the north. It encompasses 5.74 square miles, or 2%, of the city and is home to 5% of the city’s population. The neighborhood has high crime, violence and unemployment rates. The Restore Rundberg Initiative was designed to combat crime challenges and neighborhood distress and to revitalize the Rundberg neighborhood.

Speak Up Austin is one of many ways that we are collecting community input, including public meetings and door-to-door surveys, so Speak Up now and send us your ideas, or vote and comment on other community ideas!

Restore Rundberg Mission:
Improve the quality of life, health, safety, education, and well-being of individuals living and working in the Rundberg neighborhood.

For more information, please visit austintexas.gov/restorerundberg.

To get email updates on Restore Rundberg, please click HERE.

Updates: Previously Economic Development Department (EDD) staff presented recommendations for a small business incentive program with the proposed budget for fiscal year 13. Unfortunately funding was not appropriated at that time. City staff continues to explore options and ideas for a small business incentive program.

Top suggestions and ideas from the most recent Small Business Summit include:

Incentive program that mirrors incentives for larger businesses

Gentrification incentives for owner occupied

Equal incentives (small vs. large business) for opening new locations

We invite you to build upon these ideas and offer new suggestions below keeping in mind that while broad, big-picture solutions are helpful to discuss; we equally value specific, short-term solutions that may address a single issue within this area.

What ideas do you have to incentivize small business development?

Austin Energy owns the site at 6909 Ryan Drive at the northeast corner of Justin Lane and Ryan Drive, just west of the Airport Boulevard and North Lamar Boulevard intersection.

An Austin City Council Resolution (No. 20130117-054) called for looking at redevelopment options and stated, "The City will benefit from having a full dialogue about this tract and its redevelopment potential.”

The site is currently used by Austin Energy for operations and storage. Austin Energy no longer needs to utilize this site for a substation and the future of the property has not been decided.

We want to know what activities members of the community would like to be able to do on the site if the property is repurposed. Please be sincere and speak for yourself about what has personal heart and meaning.

What community values or aspects of our community’s vision do you think should be represented on this site?
What activities do you want to be able to do on this site that will enhance you quality of life and allow you to live, work, and play better?

The City of Austin, in partnership with the Pease Park Conservancy, is working with WRT (Wallace, Roberts & Todd, LLC) to develop a Master Plan for Pease Park and an adjacent portion of the Shoal Creek Greenbelt north of the park. The Master Plan will provide a long-range vision to guide the further restoration and preservation of this historic green space located in central Austin.

The Pease Park Master Plan process is underway and your feedback is desired. If you haven’t already, please take a few minutes to take this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VWX5XCX or participate in this forum post.

The next meeting for the Pease Park Master Plan process will be Thursday, February 27, 2014 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Lamar Senior Activity Center, 2874 Shoal Crest Avenue, 78705.

Updates: Customers conducting business with the City of Austin‘s Planning and Development Review Department (PDRD) will notice several improvements when they call or visit PDRD.

  • PDRD has launched (512) 978-4000 as the centralized number for the department, making it easier for customers to get in touch with who they need.

  • Permit Center improvements include an expanded waiting area, "Wait Time” feature, and text alert paging system. More info.

  • Check out Planning and Development Review Department's online tools and resources.

Top suggestions and ideas from the most recent Small Business Summit include:

One Stop Shop for new business owners; one place to go for all permitting and development

Better metrics for tracking customer service

Standardize internal processes

Educational based communication centered around code breakdown with a customer service focus and approach

Online payments

We invite you to build upon these ideas and offer new suggestions below keeping in mind that while broad, big-picture solutions are helpful to discuss, we equally value specific, short-term solutions that may address a single issue within this area.

What are your ideas to enhance customer service or improve the development and permitting process?

Updates: City Council approved an Extended Hours and Parking Benefit District policy .

Top suggestions and ideas from the most recent Small Business Summit include:

Gondola (as presented at TEDxAustin)

Parking meter fees should fund people-moving solution

Public parking garages

Mass transit – urban rail

We invite you to build upon these ideas and offer new suggestions below keeping in mind that while broad, big-picture solutions are helpful to discuss, we equally value specific, short-term solutions that may address a single issue within this area.

What are your ideas to address parking and transportation concerns in ways that support small business?

Thank you for helping the Watershed Protection Department pick the winning entries of our “Pick Up Lines” contest!  We’re seeking fun and friendly lines to encourage residents and visitors to keep Austin litter-free.  City staff have identified the top 15 entries – please vote for your favorite!

Please note, we are no longer accepting new entries. Vote for one of the ideas listed below. 

For information on how litter impacts Austin, visit www.LetsCanItAustin.org

 

The Austin City Council passed Resolution 20140410-024, which established a long-term goal of becoming a net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions city by 2050. In other words, we want to reduce emissions to as close to zero as possible to ensure a cleaner, healthier, and safer community for decades to come.  To do this, we need your help. Planning committees have identified four overarching strategy areas (listed as "Ideas" below), including related actions, for the electricity and natural gas sectors based on leading research, current city programs, and public input to date.

The Office of Sustainability needs your input regarding these draft strategies and actions.

  • Which strategies should the plan prioritize? (You can hit the "vote" button to vote up the strategy.)
  • Are we missing any actions that could reduce emissions?
  • What else needs to be considered?