In 1977 the City adopted the Austin Tomorrow Plan as our comprehensive plan; then in 1997 the City Council began the neighborhood planning (NP) process to update the comprehensive plan for the urban core, neighborhood by neighborhood. The NP process brings together neighborhood residents, businesses, institutions, and the city staff in an inclusive effort to create a shared vision for the future of the neighborhood. The City has completed 23 neighborhood plans to date, and no two plans are the same. The Zilker area will start neighborhood planning this winter.
To learn what our community wants, the City will be inviting you to various workshops and focus groups throughout 2005 and sending you its own standard survey form. ZNA urges you to watch for these opportunities to learn about neighborhood planning and to help shape our future. Your participation is critically important to the success of the plan. If you would like to get an early start, contact Lorraine Atherton and join the ZNA neighborhood planning committee.
The Zilker Neighborhood Association (ZNA) is a group of about 200 residents who have organized to improve the quality of life in the neighborhood. In our bylaws, this encompasses "land use, environmental protection, public services, consumer protection, preservation of historic and unique character of the community; to provide support in other matters of neighborhood concern; and to promote and participate in the civic life of the city." To fulfill this charge and to be an effective advocate for the neighborhood's future, our association needs to know what your hopes are for the neighborhood and your vision of our future.
We need to hear from you.
The following survey is intended to help us define some crucial neighborhood characteristics and to find out what the neighbors think about them before the formal planning process begins. We also hope to conduct surveys on other planning topics (such as transportation and walkability) in 2005. This survey is being distributed with the ZNA quarterly newsletter to more than 2,500 households, and the responses to this survey will be used to inform our position on these important topics. Your input is very important. We hope you will take a few minutes to answer these questions and return the survey.
The following survey contains nine questions focusing on land use, density, and the future of South Lamar. You may answer as many or as few questions as you like; all your responses will be counted. There is space at the end of the survey for your own comments. For more information, send your questions to XXXX.com, or phone Lorraine Atherton (447-7681).
Please bring your completed survey with you to the ZNA meeting on October 25, or mail it to the association at: ZNA, P.O. Box 33546, Austin TX 78764-0546. To mail the survey, remove it from the newsletter, fold it so that the ZNA address appears on the outside, staple, and affix a postage stamp in the corner indicated.
Thanks for your participation
ZNA Executive Committee
[or it could be signed by ZNA Neighborhood Planning Committee]