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No membership dues ever. We want to be as open as possible and part of that is reducing barriers to membership and to voting.
INCLUSIVE AND TRANSPARENT
All residents and businesses are invited to join their friends in Heritage Neighborhood. Everyone in the community is welcome. All discussions occur in public online forums and a friendly atmosphere.
Voting on local issues should be easy and everyone should be able to participate. We use a secure online voting system, Helios. Any Heritage resident can sign up to vote at any time during our votes. We understand that people have busy lives and can’t always attend meetings. Online discussion and voting gives everyone the chance to participate, resulting in better representation of the views of Heritage residents.
We have social hours instead of formal meetings. One of our main goals is to create a place where people can get to know their neighbors in person. We assist neighbors that need help navigating permitting and variance requests at the city, and we help the community in any way that we can.
We envision a neighborhood group that’s friendly and social. More importantly, we want to start an inclusive dialogue that proactively addresses our place in a changing Austin.
Friends of Heritage exists to engage constructively with neighborhood residents, business owners, and stakeholders to improve quality of life for everyone who lives and works in Heritage.
We invite you to join us to build better relationships as a community and collaborate on a forward-looking approach to a vital, livable community now and years from now.
Let’s be Friends of Heritage.
To represent the interests of all residents and business owners within Heritage
To promote an inclusive and friendly environment
To promote a more walkable, bikeable, and transit-friendly neighborhood
To encourage people to live in Heritage
To support our neighborhood businesses
To promote policies that encourage diversity in both use and population
All other objectives as approved by the Neighborhood Council or membership
Events and News
Hey neighbors, let’s get together and celebrate some truly great weather this weekend! Let’s meet this Sunday 4/22 at the Doyle household from 3-5 pm to catch up on the latest Heritage happenings and overall be neighborly! Hope to see everyone there! P.S. Bring a neighbor with you! The more, the merrier! What: Spring Social Read more about Spring is here! Social!!![…]
Hey neighbors, it’s almost spring and a great time for a social! Let’s meet this Sunday 2/25 at the Mishras’ house from 1-3 pm to catch up on the latest Heritage happenings, discuss the latest CodeNext draft, and overall be neighborly! What: Early Spring Social When: Sunday 2/25 1-3 pm Where: Mishra residence (3200 West Read more about EARLY SPRING SOCIAL[…]
Hey Neighbors, it’s time again for another Social! Let’s gather for an afternoon of coffee/beer and pastries and be social. Community is super important to FOH, so please extend an invitation to your neighbors, and help grow our membership. For this social, we’ll be patronizing another local Heritage business; Texas French Bread, or TFB as Read more about Social: Fall Fika[…]
As a small neighborhood facing intense development pressure, Heritage often finds itself having to assume a defensive posture against change and new development. We are surrounded on all sides by busy corridors located near one of the nation’s largest universities, resulting in unique and difficult challenges that demand our attention. With CodeNext we have the Read more about Results of the Vision Workshop[…]
Friends of Heritage is voting on four resolutions that will form our position on Code Next 2.0.
Code Next is the City of Austin’s process for creating a new land development code. Heritage should have a voice in CodeNext because it will determine whether our neighborhood will be allowed new nearby walkable amenities and how our neighborhood will be shaped as Austin grows over the next 10 to 20 years. So it’s important to vote and have your voice heard!
Please make sure to complete all of the voting steps included in the email you received regarding this vote from the Helios voting system, including entering your username and password after making your selection in order to complete your vote. Once you have cast your vote, you will receive an email from Helios letting you know your vote has been recorded.
Voting is open now. The DEADLINE to cast your ballot is Monday Oct 30 at 8 pm CDT. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Thanks as always for being Friends of Heritage!
1. Supporting the CodeNext process
Friends of Heritage supports the CodeNext process. Austin’s land use code needs to be updated and we will work with the city to create a better code.
We support a mix of renters & owners, Heritage’s diversity of housing on the interior, and encouraging denser development on the corridors to promote walking, biking, and mass transit over cars. The Austin metro area is projected to double in population over the next 30 years. Increased density in Austin is necessary to prevent sprawl, protect the environment, and keep Austin affordable.
All neighborhoods in Austin should shoulder the effects of the city’s growth so that no one neighborhood has to bear the brunt of that growth. Assigning growth to only limited neighborhoods speeds displacement via rapid property value changes in limited parts of the city.
2. Setbacks in residential zoning
Front setbacks should be reduced to 15’ from the front property line, rather than 25’ as zoned for Heritage in CodeNext. This encourages pedestrian-friendly designs and community interaction when homes are placed closer to the sidewalk. It also provides additional flexibility for backyard size.
3. Encourage redevelopment of mixed-use on corridor roads
Heritage could accommodate significantly more housing, reduce sprawl, and protect our environment if we eliminate parking minimums for residences on our corridors. Under CodeNext the mixed-use zoning along Heritage’s corridors requires a minimum of one parking space for each residential unit. This makes many parcels unable to support mixed-use development because there is insufficient land to provide the parking needed for additional stories of residential over first floor retail, which has its own parking requirements. Parking minimums also force land to be used to house cars, not people, and free parking encourages car usage over other modes of transportation. A growing number of Austinites do not have cars, especially students and young professionals, and instead use bikes, ride-sharing, and mass transit. We should give developers the choice to provide parking-free housing where the market supports it.
Due to our neighborhood’s walkability and access to mass transit, in Heritage parking minimums should be eliminated in the mixed-use MS2A, MS2B, MU1C zoning (along Guadalupe, Lamar, 34th Street, and 38th Street) as a bonus for developers who provide additional improvements such as wider sidewalks and trees.
The Residential Permit Parking process should be available to neighborhoods who waive parking minimums. Residents of multi-family developments that take advantage of reduced parking minimums should not be eligible for RPP permits.
In addition MS2A, MS2B, MU1C zoning should have:
No multilevel structured parking on the exterior (must be wrapped by the building or underground)
Height step back to 35’ within 50’ of a triggering residential lot to be compatible with the 32’ height of R3C residential zoning
4. Maintain current occupancy limits
The current occupancy limits specified in CodeNext draft 2 section 23 – 4E-7050 “(C) Occupancy Limits in Certain Zones” should be maintained.