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by Jose Chito Vela
Thu Feb 29, 2024 10:03 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Amendment to item 73 and Postponing Item 61
Replies: 0
Views: 91

Amendment to item 73 and Postponing Item 61

Colleagues, I plan to offer the following amendment to Item 73, DB90 http://assets.austintexas.gov/austincouncilforum/97-20240260095316.pdf I will also be postponing Item 61, my resolution initiating changes to the Crestview TOD Station Area Plan, to the March 7th meeting to work on some small chang...
by Jose Chito Vela
Mon Feb 12, 2024 4:56 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: 2/15 - Item 25
Replies: 9
Views: 2275

Re: 2/15 - Item 25

Colleagues: Please see attached my proposed amendments to Item 25 on Thursday's agenda. I believe these changes will provide important clarifying notes to our climate goals. Amendment 1 (http://assets.austintexas.gov/austincouncilforum/3B-20240243165240.pdf) is designed to maximize federal reimburse...
by Jose Chito Vela
Wed Feb 07, 2024 6:20 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: 2/15 - Item 25
Replies: 9
Views: 2275

Re: 2/15 - Item 25

CM Ryan Alter, This is an excellent proposal and I would like to be added as a co-sponsor. Our city's infrastructure was built in an age where we had different priorities and concerns. We must upgrade our public infrastructure to meet today's challenges. One item that immediately comes to mind is fl...
by Jose Chito Vela
Thu Feb 01, 2024 10:50 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Item 54 ETOD Amendments
Replies: 2
Views: 1281

Re: Item 54 ETOD Amendments

Version 2 of Amendment 4: http://assets.austintexas.gov/austincou ... 104634.pdf

Based on a recommendation from CM Ryan Alter, it adds "at the same or greater level of affordability" to our amended language.

Chito
by Jose Chito Vela
Thu Feb 01, 2024 9:10 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Item 54 ETOD Amendments
Replies: 2
Views: 1281

Re: Item 54 ETOD Amendments

These are my amendments for Item 54 Amendment 1: http://assets.austintexas.gov/austincouncilforum/F4-20240232090513.pdf Amendment 2: http://assets.austintexas.gov/austincouncilforum/F4-20240232090532.pdf Amendment 3: http://assets.austintexas.gov/austincouncilforum/F4-20240232090544.pdf Amendment 4:...
by Jose Chito Vela
Thu Dec 14, 2023 3:40 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: 2024 Council Committee Appointments
Replies: 11
Views: 17891

Re: 2024 Council Committee Appointments

Colleagues, Thank you for starting this conversation. Given my membership on the Cap Metro board, I’d like to take CM Fuentes’s spot on the Mobility Committee. Being on both the Cap Metro board and the Mobility Committee will give me better insight in all of our transportation challenges, a policy a...
by Jose Chito Vela
Thu Dec 07, 2023 9:47 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: HOME Amendment
Replies: 9
Views: 24781

Re: HOME Amendment

Colleagues,

Here is the language for CM Vela Amendment 3 for street side yard setbacks: http://assets.austintexas.gov/austincou ... 094450.pdf

Chito
by Jose Chito Vela
Tue Dec 05, 2023 8:53 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: HOME Amendment
Replies: 9
Views: 24781

Re: HOME Amendment

Colleagues, I plan to bring the following amendments on Thursday. We are working with law for exact amendment language, but wanted to post the ideas as soon as we could. AMENDMENT 1: FLOOR TO AREA RATIO. DRAFT LINK: http://assets.austintexas.gov/austincouncilforum/61-202312339201804.pdf 1) For 2 and...
by Jose Chito Vela
Wed Oct 25, 2023 5:40 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Tiny Homes & RVs, plus some suggestions
Replies: 3
Views: 13944

Re: Tiny Homes & RVs, plus some suggestions

CM Pool, Thanks to you and your staff for all the hard work on this important item. I agree with the approach on RVs - excluding them but inlcuding tiny homes that meet International Residential Code standards. With regard to your other suggestions, I need to learn more about the impact of both but ...
by Jose Chito Vela
Mon Oct 16, 2023 2:55 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Discussing Item 40
Replies: 2
Views: 10899

Re: Discussing Item 40

I also want to thank CM Velasquez for pulling the item. I understand how we're going to use the downtown caps; there are multiple examples of cities successfully burying and capping highways and turning those caps into community assets. However, I want to better understand how we are planning to use...
by Jose Chito Vela
Tue Oct 03, 2023 5:17 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Office of Police Oversight Appointment
Replies: 2
Views: 9598

Office of Police Oversight Appointment

Colleagues, Our offices have had the opportunity to work with Gail McCant during the preparation and passage of the recently passed APOA implementation ordinance, and we look forward to having her as the next director of the Office of Police Oversight. We found her professional, transparent, and acc...
by Jose Chito Vela
Mon Aug 07, 2023 6:13 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: FY24 Budget Priorities
Replies: 8
Views: 21818

Re: FY24 Budget Priorities

Colleagues, Thank you for this opportunity to submit the District 4 budget amendments for public review. I have developed 14 changes which reflect my priorities for the City and my district. My primary areas of focus for the FY24 budget are safety, accessibility, and quality-of-life. Vela 1: Tenant ...
by Jose Chito Vela
Tue Jul 18, 2023 10:28 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: HOME initiative, July 20, item 126
Replies: 2
Views: 5126

Re: HOME initiative, July 20, item 126

Thank you, Council Member Pool, for sponsoring the HOME Initiative. I am very excited to be a cosponsor and look forward to voting for this item on Thursday! Our median home price is now $609,500, up from $371,250 just 5 years ago. This is not sustainable. We must create lower priced home options fo...
by Jose Chito Vela
Wed Jun 07, 2023 8:05 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Agenda Item 45 on Compatibility Reform
Replies: 3
Views: 3915

Re: Agenda Item 45 on Compatibility Reform

Here are two additional resources: From spring of last year, how compatibility impacted VMU: https://austin.maps.arcgis.com/apps/mapviewer/index.html?webmap=c634b1679a014bc1b45dabb86d15fc80 Information on compatibility in other Texas cities: http://assets.austintexas.gov/austincouncilforum/F5-202306...
by Jose Chito Vela
Wed Jun 07, 2023 6:02 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Agenda Item 45 on Compatibility Reform
Replies: 3
Views: 3915

Re: Agenda Item 45 on Compatibility Reform

Colleagues,

Here is a redlined document for Version 2 that was posted to back-up this afternoon: http://assets.austintexas.gov/austincou ... 175943.pdf

Chito Vela
by Jose Chito Vela
Mon Jun 05, 2023 4:39 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: June 8th Items - 45 & 53
Replies: 1
Views: 4569

Re: June 8th Items - 45 & 53

CM Alter,

My compatibility item makes citywide changes to compatibility not conditioned on any affordability bonus. I just posted on the message board explaining my rationale and look forward to discussing this tomorrow.

Chito Vela
by Jose Chito Vela
Mon Jun 05, 2023 4:35 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Agenda Item 45 on Compatibility Reform
Replies: 3
Views: 3915

Agenda Item 45 on Compatibility Reform

Colleagues, This week, on the June 8 agenda, I am bringing an item which initiates the process to change compatibility rules citywide. I’d like to briefly explain my reasoning. The prior council passed a “compatibility on corridors” bonus program that allowed certain properties on certain corridors ...
by Jose Chito Vela
Wed May 03, 2023 7:32 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Item 22 - Parking Mandate Reform Resolution
Replies: 2
Views: 2925

Re: Item 22 - Parking Mandate Reform Resolution

CM Qadri, Thank you for bringing this excellent item! I would like to be added as a co-sponsor. As we see more and more people walk, bike, rideshare, telecommute and use transit, we simply do not need the amount of parking that our antiquated code requires us to build. And requiring so much parking ...
by Jose Chito Vela
Wed Apr 19, 2023 1:53 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Denver Declaration - Sign On
Replies: 5
Views: 10238

Re: Denver Declaration - Sign On

CM Pool,

Thank you for your work in promoting Austin's leadership among cities and taking the time to include us in this initiative. I also see many of the key principles and values of our City and Council included. I would be grateful if my name and title can be included.

Saludos,
Chito
by Jose Chito Vela
Thu Apr 06, 2023 2:37 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Lifeguard Recruitment Briefing Request
Replies: 1
Views: 2023

Lifeguard Recruitment Briefing Request

Colleagues, As summer approaches, I want to ensure that our pools are fully staffed and prepared for the onslaught of Austinites who want to beat the heat. In the pursuit of that goal, I would like to request a briefing from our Aquatics team at Tuesday’s work session to discuss lifeguard recruitmen...
by Jose Chito Vela
Fri Mar 31, 2023 5:12 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Request for APD-DPS Collaboration Briefing (April 11th)
Replies: 1
Views: 2148

Re: Request for APD-DPS Collaboration Briefing (April 11th)

I completely agree with CM Velasquez and would also like a briefing on the matter at the April 11th work session.

Chito Vela
by Jose Chito Vela
Thu Mar 30, 2023 10:33 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Public Safety Committee Agenda - April 24th
Replies: 3
Views: 7348

Re: Public Safety Committee Agenda - April 24th

I agree with CM Alison Alter about a briefing on the Police Academy and where we are with updating the curriculum, including incorporating the recommendations in the Kroll reports. This has been an ongoing issue that needs to be finalized.

Chito
by Jose Chito Vela
Thu Mar 09, 2023 10:13 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Amendment to Item 16 - ETOD
Replies: 0
Views: 5977

Amendment to Item 16 - ETOD

Colleagues,

Please see the following amendment to item 16 - ETOD.

http://assets.austintexas.gov/austincou ... 100734.pdf

Chito
by Jose Chito Vela
Wed Mar 08, 2023 11:14 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Maps and Explanation of Item 24 - Small Lot Amnesty
Replies: 1
Views: 6168

Re: Maps and Explanation of Item 24 - Small Lot Amnesty

The original upload of the neighborhood by neighborhood numbers did not upload correctly. You can see the document in PDF form here: http://assets.austintexas.gov/austincou ... 111253.pdf
by Jose Chito Vela
Tue Mar 07, 2023 6:32 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Maps and Explanation of Item 24 - Small Lot Amnesty
Replies: 1
Views: 6168

Maps and Explanation of Item 24 - Small Lot Amnesty

Colleagues, My office prepared an explanation of item 24 on the March 9th agenda regarding Small Lot Amnesty Disaggregation. You can read that explanation here: http://assets.austintexas.gov/austincouncilforum/72-20230307183111.pdf In addition, please see the following maps and analysis prepared for...