CodeNEXT public meetings
City Council will hold special called meetings to discuss CodeNEXT, Austin’s initiative to rewrite its Land Development Code, during June in Council Chambers at Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second St. CodeNEXT is the City of Austin initative to modernize Austin’s outdated Land Development Code with a simpler, user-friendly code that creates and preserves people-friendly places. The Land Development Code sets requirements for what, where, and how much can be built in Austin. Meetings will be held each Wednesday on the following dates: June 7, 1-3 p.m.; June 14, 1-3 p.m.; June 21, 1-3 p.m. For more information on CodeNEXT, visit austintexas.gov/codenext.
Seaholm Waterfront study
Austin Parks Foundation, The Trail Foundation, and the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department announced May 15 the funding of a collaborative planning study for the future of Seaholm Waterfront, the historic Seaholm Intake structure and its surrounding parkland. The plan—which will rely heavily on public input via online platforms, stakeholder meetings, and public open houses—will serve as a roadmap for future park improvements and the repurposing of the decommissioned Seaholm Intake structures for public use and recreation. The planning phase will be completed in the fall.
Immigrant Heritage Month
June is Immigrant Heritage Month, a nationwide celebration of our collective immigrant pasts and the essential contributions that immigrants have made, and continue to make, to our communities. All month long, American Gateways will be sharing client stories and important facts about the Texas immigrant community through social media. On June 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at St. James’ Episcopal Church., the public is invited to attend the second annual celebration of immigrant heritage month. The free event will feature music and entertainment, refreshments, food from several local immigrant-owned businesses and an awards ceremony
Green Business Leaders
By resolving to go green, many local businesses are helping to protect the environment, reduce their carbon footprint, and make Austin a more livable place. This year, 39 businesses have been recognized for their commitment to sustainability as Austin Green Business Leaders, bringing the program total to 214 member businesses, representing almost 40,000 employees and more than 15 million square feet of office space. For a complete listing of the businesses in the program, go to: www.austingreenbusiness.com
100% Community exhibition
The George Washington Carver Ambassadors, Inc. and Jerry’s Artarama are sponsoring the 11th annual 100% Community Exhibition and Silent Auction Fundraiser to help benefit the George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center. The exhibition is slated to run from June 30, 2017 to September 30, 2017, and will begin with a reception and silent auction on Friday, July 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Addressing environmental contamination
The City of Austin Brownfields Program has been selected to receive two Environmental Protection Agency grants totaling $300,000. These awards will provide funding for site assessments and cleanup planning for land that may contain environmental contamination, known as brownfields. Austin Resource Recovery’s Brownfields Revitalization Office will focus environmental contamination testing in Austin’s Eastern Crescent where past zoning restrictions allowed industrial facilities such as power plants, fuel tank farms and cement plants to operate resulting in hundreds of brownfield sites today. Site assessments, clean-up and redevelopment of vacant or underutilized properties will allow for transformation of these areas to productive reuse.