Water Quality

Happy Hour! Climate Impacts to Edwards Aquifer Wildlife and Water

Hang out with us for happy hour on Monday, Mar. 11, at 6:30 p.m. at Baker Street Pub! This month, we’ll learn about fish and wildlife in the southern Great Plains and the Edwards Aquifer, as well as Texas climate and water.

Recently, the federal government released the Fourth National Climate Assessment report. In detail, the report discusses the vulnerability of the Edwards Aquifer, the growing water demands, and endangered species. Furthermore, it states that solutions required to address climate impacts on the aquifer will include ways to increase water supply, decrease demand, and reduce the impact of urbanization.

Our speakers will be two of the authors who worked on this report, Cindy Loeffler and Jay Banner.

SBCA on CodeNEXT

Save Barton Creek Association strives to be an objective opinion on Austin’s development in regards to water quality and green space integrity. Our organization analyzes Austin’s CodeNEXT zoning code to determine the cities ability to protect our creeks, rivers and watersheds.

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CodeNEXT Community Viewpoints Paper

Who Builds our City?

Article taken from SBCA Newsletter, Volume 36 Issue I – Fall 2015

 

Recently, observers of Austin City government were surprised to hear that most applications to develop land typically don’t get seen by the public, boards or commissions or city council. Instead, they are approved by the bureaucracy out of public view.

 

At the August 5th meeting of the Environmental Commission, Sue Barnett, head of development review, noted that of 5,280cases processed since December 2013, all but 25 were handled
administratively. In the past, variances to rules seemed more numerous and controversial. Nowadays, most development appears to pass through routinely without needing a public hearing.

 

Since ‘rule-built’ projects often don’t need discretionary approvals, the content of rules becomes even more crucial to achieving the community goals.

 

The City of Austin is currently attempting to rewrite the Land Development Code (LDC) in a large overhaul effort called “CodeNext.”

 

While citizens might be tempted to ignore the sometimes highly technical LDC, it governs everything from water quality in our creeks, to heritage trees, to preventing disastrous floods like the devastating Onion Creek disaster.

 

It’s like the traffic rules to ensure orderly and safe property development. While building on property is a legal prerogative, it has to respect other people’s rights and protect the natural environment.

 

To find out more about what these changes might mean for you and the community, and how your voice can be heard, please visit the CodeNext page.