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Articles here are arranged in categories, some in more than one category. Many were included in News and Announcements in the past, but are now preserved for historical purposes; generally, this is because they are referenced elsewhere on the site.

  • Latest Updates on LDC Revision

    Published on: November 14, 2019

    As we have updates for the NWACA Community regarding the revision of Austin's Land Development Code, we will be putting them here. Items will appear in the order of latest information first. Posted 11/14/19 - MU Zoning Comparison This chart...

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  • CAMPO Seeks Input to 2045 Transportation Plan

    Published on: October 29, 2019

    CAMPO, the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, seeks your input to envision a future transportation network for Central Texas that is safe, reliable, well-connected, and equitable. CAMPO is creating a comprehensive, multimodal 2045 Plan that includes improved roads, transit, bicycle...

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  • Materials from 10/24/19 NWACA Meeting on Code Revision

    Published on: October 25, 2019

    If you were unable to attend the NWACA Informational Meeting regarding revisions to the City of Austin Land Development Code on 10/24/19, or if you'd like to review some of the material, here is information for you. video of the...

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  • Early Voting Underway Through November 1

    Published on: October 21, 2019

    Early voting for the November 5 election runs from last Monday (October 21) through Friday, November 1. To see what’s on the ballot, go to this link: sample ballot Some information from the State of Texas about the constitutional amendments...

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  • NWACA Informational Meeting about new LDC – Oct. 24 4-6pm

    Published on: October 13, 2019

    NWACA will hold an informational meeting about the new Land Development Code (LDC) for all neighbors: Thursday, October 24, 4 to 6 p.m. Huffman Hall St. Matthew's Episcopal Church 8134 Mesa Drive We will be reviewing maps of the zoning...

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  • Learn about the New Land Development Code

    Published on: October 7, 2019

    The draft of the new Land Development Code and associated maps were released on Friday, October 4. Meetings are scheduled for citizens to learn about and participate in the discussion of the new code: * Public Meeting – Saturday, October...

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  • November 2, 2019 – It’s My Park Day

    Published on: October 7, 2019

    This year, we'll have two events in the NWACA area on It's My Park Day, Saturday, November 2. NWACA and the Friends of Stillhouse Hollow Nature Preserve will host a workday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the preserve,...

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  • Thanks to Garage Sale Participants!

    Published on: October 7, 2019

    Thank you, everyone who held a garage sale on Saturday, October 5. We've heard good things from the shoppers! And some sellers have reported sales in the hundreds of dollars. Thanks for making this a successful event!...

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  • October 5, 2019 NWACA Garage Sales

    Published on: September 27, 2019

    Here is a list of the homes which will have Garage Sales on October 5, 2019. Sales will run from 8am to noon. 8509 Adirondack Cove, Austin, TX 5307 Backtrail Drive, Austin, TX 4203 Bamford Drive, Austin, TX 8102-B Baywood...

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  • 10/10/19 Community Meeting on Hill Elementary Modernization

    Published on: September 25, 2019

    Austin ISD invites all community members to a community meeting to learn more about the modernization of Hill Elementary using the recently approved bond funds. October 10, 2019 6-7 p.m. Hill Elementary Cafeteria 8601 Tallwood Drive Austin, TX 78759...

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  • NWACA Neighborhood National Night Out Event

    Published on: September 11, 2019

    Please join us to mingle with your neighbors and first responders at the NWACA Neighborhood National Night Out event. Saturday, September 28, 6-8 PM Randall's Parking Lot on Mesa Drive All the details!...

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  • NWACA Notes Now for Members Only

    Published on: August 29, 2019

    Effective today, our weekly newsletter, NWACA Notes, will be sent only to members of NWACA. All current members have been invited to subscribe to the new email list we are using for the weekly email newsletter. As additional members join...

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  • Tree Care Information Added

    Published on: August 26, 2019

    We've added a link to an extensive collection of tree care information from Texas A&M. See the Tree Care Kit entry under the Resources tab, in the Library section for Tree and Environment....

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  • 8/15/19 TXDOT Update on Loop 360 work

    Published on: August 17, 2019

    On Friday, August 16, 2019 TXDOT provided this update. TXDOT Loop 360 Program Progress continues on the Loop 360 program, with the Walsh Tarlton Lane project getting underway and several of the projects undergoing design revisions. So far, environmental work...

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  • NWACA Community Meeting July 25, 2019

    Published on: July 16, 2019

    NWACA Community Meeting - Understanding Changes to City of Austin Ordinances and Help for the Homeless On July 25, 2019 NWACA held a community meeting to hear about changes to City of Austin ordinances as they relate to no sit/no...

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  • 2019 Annual Meeting Presentations Available

    Published on: May 29, 2019

    In case you were unable to attend the May 1 NWACA Annual Meeting, we've posted all of the presentation here Enjoy!...

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  • TXDOT/COA Workshop: June 6, 4-6PM, on Loop 360 Changes

    Published on: May 29, 2019

    TxDOT, in conjunction with the city of Austin, is hosting a public workshop for the Loop 360 at Lakewood Drive/Spicewood Springs Road Project on Thursday, June 6, 2019, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Westover Hills Church of Christ,...

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  • Agenda for Annual Meeting – May 1, 2019

    Published on: April 29, 2019

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  • 2018 Full Year Constable Report

    Published on: April 25, 2019

    To see a summary of the activities done by the Travis County Constable who patrols for NWACA, look here...

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  • Highland Park Water Improvement Project Coming- in 2020

    Published on: April 8, 2019

    A water improvement project is being planned in Highland Park to construct a second water line to feed into the area. The project will run about three miles from Far West Blvd. to Crestway Drive with much of the work...

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  • Electronics Recycling – Postponed to May 4

    Published on: March 19, 2019

    Gather up your outdated computer monitors, old microwaves, IPhone 3s, and blown-out stereo equipment. The Anderson High School south parking lot will be the site of the Northwest Austin Civic Association’s (NWACA) annual Spring Collection event. This spring we’ll be...

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  • NWACA Day in the Park – April 28

    Published on: March 19, 2019

    See this flyer for all the details of our new spring event! We’re starting off the afternoon with the Second Annual NWACA/NW Austin Kickball, kickball games. First, we’ll have a recreational game, next a competitive game. Dust off your tennies...

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  • Aging Water Infrastructure Being Replaced, starting in July

    Published on: February 18, 2019

    Austin Water has a project that includes portions of NWACA, for which construction is expected start in July. The West Allandale Project will replace aging infrastructure as part of the Renewing Austin Program. Water line breaks are well documented in...

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  • Home Advisor Web Page on Wildfire

    Published on: January 30, 2019

    This web site has an interesting collection of information regarding how to deal with wildfire: Home Advisor It does a very good job of addressing the needs of different sub-populations: children, seniors, and pet owners, as well as providing general...

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  • Fun at First Annual NWACA National Night Out!

    Published on: October 2, 2018

    Hundreds of neighbors joined together for the First Annual NWACA National Night Out on Saturday evening, September 29, 2018. Even the weather cooperated! Neighbors enjoyed meeting each other and having a bite to eat - hot dogs from the Randall's...

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  • 2018 Constable Report for Q1, 2, 3

    Published on: September 19, 2018

    The report below provides a summary of the activities of the Constable hired by NWACA to patrol our area, covering the first three quarters of 2018. If you have any questions or comments about the report, please send email to...

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  • New Resource List Available – Neighbors Helping Neighbors

    Published on: September 16, 2018

    This spreadsheet identifies resources available to residents living in Austin to help anyone in need. The variety of resources available is listed by topic. Many of these resources are available for free or low cost. Areas covered include Children’s Health...

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  • Out of Town on the 4th?

    Published on: July 10, 2018

    See photos of the parade and the Freedom Festival!...

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  • 2018 Annual Meeting Files Available

    Published on: May 9, 2018

    We were pleased to see more than 130 neighbors at the May 8, 2018 Annual Neighborhood Meeting. If you were unable to attend, or if you would like to review the presentations again, the slides can be found here. In...

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  • Telecom Survey Results Posted

    Published on: April 16, 2018

    During the months of March and April, 2018, neighbors were asked to respond to a survey about the quality of telecommunications service in the NWACA neighborhood. Here is a summary of the results of the survey....

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  • NWACA Boundary Extended to US 183

    Published on: April 7, 2018

    NWACA has extended its boundaries to include the neighbors in Westover Hills, the area north of Spicewood Springs Road. The boundaries now are Loop 360 to the west, U.S. Highway 183 to the north, MoPac to the east, and RM...

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  • 3/26/18 Presentation on Neighborhood Watch

    Published on: April 2, 2018

    If you were unable to attend the recent meeting on Neighborhood Watch, here's a copy of the presentation that was done by Officer Darrell Grayson. It has many helpful ideas about keeping our neighborhood safe. Northwest Hills Neighborhood Watch...

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  • Results of 2018 Neighborhood Interest Survey

    Published on: March 15, 2018

    Results of the 2018 NWACA Board survey of neighborhood interests have been compiled and are available in the attached report. 2018 Interest Survey Results...

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  • 3/5/2018 ATD Presentation on Speed Mitigation

    Published on: March 14, 2018

    The Austin Transportation Department (ATD) held an informational meeting on March 5th to present plans for three new speed mitigation installations in our neighborhood: 1. Mesa Drive from First View Drive to Cross Valley Run 2. Hart Lane from Greystone...

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  • 8/10/17 LATM Update From COA

    Published on: August 14, 2017

    Attached is a memo to the Mayor and City Council from Rob Spillar, Director of the Austin Transportation Department, regarding the Local Area Traffic Management (LATM) program. He addresses changes planned for the program, as well as some specifics about...

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  • Results of May 2017 Traffic Survey

    Published on: June 15, 2017

    The NWACA neighborhood participated in a survey of traffic issues during the month of May. Results of that survey are in the attached report. Highlights: a majority of respondents are seeing dangerous traffic behaviors speeding is the most predominant problem,...

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  • Wildfire Maps Now Online

    Published on: June 8, 2017

    There were several GIS maps on display at the NWACA Annual meeting in May, which showed risk factors to our homes in times of wildfire (or house fire next door). Those have now been uploaded to the Wildfire Prevention Library....

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  • Presentations from NWACA 2017 Annual Meeting

    Published on: May 12, 2017

    NWACA Annual Neighborhood Meeting Thursday, May 11, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00 PM See the slide presentations from the meeting here: 2017-NWACA-Annual-Meeting-slides 2017-NWACA-Annual-Meeting-OakWilt...

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  • Austin Oaks PUD Approved on April 13, 2017

    Published on: April 19, 2017

    At its meeting last week, the Austin City Council passed a PUD ordinance for the Austin Oaks site. After making several amendments, Council voted 8-2 in favor of the PUD. (Councilmember Pool was out of town.) For more detail about...

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  • 2017 Neighborhood Interest Survey Results

    Published on: March 10, 2017

    Thank you to everyone who participated in the annual survey of neighborhood interests. We're pleased to know that you prefer having us use North Hills Drive for the 4th of July Parade, so the Parade Committee will make it the...

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  • Austin Oaks on March 2 Council Agenda – recent discussions

    Published on: February 28, 2017

    In the last several weeks, members of the NWACA Board and of the Zoning Committee have met with the Mayor and members of City Council to discuss the plans for Austin Oaks. We have reiterated our support for the outcome...

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  • Presentation from Jan 22 Town Hall on Austin Oaks PUD

    Published on: February 13, 2017

    Neighbors have asked that we post the presentation that was given at the NWACA Town Hall held on January 22, 2017. Please see the document here...

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  • Results Posted for December/January Austin Oaks Survey

    Published on: January 18, 2017

    During December, 2016 and early January, 2017, NWACA conducted a survey of the neighborhood regarding the final plans submitted for the Austin Oaks PUD. The survey asked about aspects of the proposed PUD and concerns about it, as well as...

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  • Bull Creek Park Survey Results

    Published on: October 11, 2016

    The Austin Parks and Recreation Department kicked-off the Bull Creek District Park planning process on September 17, 2016. Parks and Recreation Department staff conducted outreach and a park user survey in Bull Creek District Park. The survey was also made...

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  • Austin Oaks Summary Chart

    Published on: October 10, 2016

    This chart summarizes data about the proposed Austin Oaks PUD over the last two years. It shows the current state of the site and key elements of the proposed changes from three points in time. The first point in time...

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  • NWACA Board Resolution on Austin Oaks Submission – 9/14/16

    Published on: September 22, 2016

    At its September 14, 2016 NWACA Board meeting, the Board adopted the following resolution regarding the Austin Oaks latest PUD submission (as of 9/1/16): RESOLUTION NO. 2016‐5 WHEREAS, on February 10, 2016, the Northwest Austin Civic Association (NWACA) Board of...

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  • September 10 Bull Creek District Park Master Planning Session

    Published on: August 31, 2016

    We received this announcement from the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department today, regarding upcoming improvements to Bull Creek District Park. Please come and give them your ideas. The Austin Parks and Recreation Department will kick off the Bull...

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  • 2016 Project Funds Available

    Published on: August 6, 2016

    The NWACA Board is making funds available for special projects in our neighborhood. If you have a proposal for a project that could benefit the neighborhood, please put together your application by August 31. For more information, please see this...

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  • Burning Banned in City Parks – Wildfire Concern

    Published on: July 22, 2016

    On July 15, the Parks and Recreation Department issued a Parks Burning Restriction within all City parkland that took immediate affect. Smoking, open fires and grilling (with the exception of propane grills and stoves) are not allowed on all City-owned...

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  • NWACA Board Resolution on Austin Oaks Charrette

    Published on: February 19, 2016

    At its February 10, 2016 monthly meeting, the NWACA Board of Directors passed this resolution endorsing the charrette process and supporting the outcome of the Austin Oaks charrette....

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  • Update on OSMs for Austin Oaks Charrette

    Published on: January 8, 2016

    Development of the Objectives, Strategies, and Measures (OSMs) for the Austin Oaks charrette is continuing to move forward as we approach the charrette date. At this point, there is a draft OSM list created by the Charette Working Group (the...

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  • Results of 2015 Neighborhood Interest Survey

    Published on: December 9, 2015

      Results are now available for the 2015 NWACA survey of Neighborhood Interests and Concerns. A summary of all responses to the questions:  2015 NWACA Interest Survey Results and a list of the comments provided for the final open question:...

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  • Austin Oaks Charrette Neighborhood Update

    Published on: November 19, 2015

    Save the Date: During the week of January 24-29, 2016, the owner of the Austin Oaks site and the neighborhood stakeholders surrounding the site will participate in a design charrette in a collaborative effort to create a consensus-based design for...

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  • 10/27/15 Meeting about Austin Oaks Charrette

    Published on: October 29, 2015

    On Tuesday, October 27, the group of neighborhood representatives met again with Michael Whellan and Jon Ruff, to begin the planning for the neighborhood charrette for Austin Oaks. Ben Luckens, one of our neighbors who is a City Planning consultant...

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  • COA Restricted Front and Side Yard Parking

    Published on: October 27, 2015

    NWACA received this notice from the City of Austin regarding off-street parking. The link internal to the message indicates that our area has already been "opted-in" to this parking restriction ordinance. This is passed on to the community as an...

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  • Wildfire Prevention Tip # 24: Virtuous Firewise Pyramid

    Published on: October 21, 2015

    NWACA is a neighborhood with families occupying more than 4,000 homes, and we have some of the most beautiful trees and vegetation in the State of Texas. However, NWACA is also designated as one of the most potentially dangerous urban...

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  • Wildfire Prevention Tip #23: Financial Reasons to be Firewise

    Published on: September 16, 2015

    NWACA’s Wildfire Prevention Committee continues to encourage the neighborhood to be aware of the risks of wildfires to the whole neighborhood. With the ongoing drought, our landscapes and green spaces become excellent fuel for fires that might be triggered from...

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  • July and August Austin Oaks PUD Updates

    Published on: August 28, 2015

    Seven items have been added to the Library materials for the Austin Oaks PUD, a consolidated set of comments from the City Planning and Zoning Department regarding the April update from Drenner Group: 2015 07 16 Staff Comments and the...

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  • Wildfire Prevention Tip #22: Insuring Valuables

    Published on: August 16, 2015

    A previous article addressed using home insurance policies to cover your valuables so that their value would be documented and your investment protected through your insurance company and/or the use of fire-rated safes. Much of the contents in your home...

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  • Wildfire Prevention Tip #21: Protect Your Valuables with a Fireproof Safe

    Published on: July 20, 2015

    The NWACA Newsletter has provided articles for about two years on how to protect your home and property from urban wildfires…however, there are times when you can’t stop fate and your home is destroyed by fire. So how do you...

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  • Summer Vacation – Crime Prevention Tips

    Published on: June 30, 2015

    July and August are two of the most common months for family summer vacations, and, unfortunately, for burglaries. The links below have great tips for preventing burglary while you are away on vacation. Chief among the tips are these: Make...

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  • Wildfire Prevention Tip #20 – Water is Crucial

    Published on: June 22, 2015

    In the Sunday June 7, 2015 Austin American-Statesman, there was a front-page article entitled “Will Quenching Last?” It spoke in-depth to the rainfall and floods of the month of May, asking if those had stopped the drought. The short answer...

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  • Drenner PUD Survey Results Report

    Published on: June 17, 2015

    Littlefield Consulting has published a results report of the phone survey conducted throughout District 10 for Drenner Group on May 17-18, 2015, regarding the Austin Oaks PUD. Read the report here: Littlefield Report...

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  • NWACA Board Resolution on Austin Oaks PUD Issued

    Published on: June 16, 2015

    At its June 10, 2015 meeting, the NWACA Board of Directors reviewed the status of the rezoning request for the Austin Oaks property at Spicewood Springs Road and Mopac, considered input from the neighborhood, and discussed next steps the Board...

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  • Wildfire Prevention Tip #19B Debunking Wildfire Myths

    Published on: June 15, 2015

    A myth is defined as “a widely held but false belief or idea, a misrepresentation of the truth, an exaggerated or idealized conception of a person or thing.” With the ever-increasing wildfire events around the United States and local fires...

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  • Neighborhood Association Leaders Met on 5/30/15

    Published on: June 3, 2015

    On Saturday, 5/30/15, leaders from the 4 neighborhood associations surrounding the  Austin Oaks property (NWACA, Balcones Civic Association, Allandale Neighborhood Association, and North Shoal Creek Neighborhood Association) again met to talk about the Austin Oaks PUD. We discussed: • the...

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  • 2015 Annual Meeting Files Posted

    Published on: May 21, 2015

    For those who were unable to attend the May 14, NWACA Annual Meeting, you may want to review the presentations and handouts from the meeting. See these files for the details: Slides: 2015 05 14 NWACA Annual Meeting slides Handouts:...

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  • Wildfire Prevention Tip #19A – Avoid the Myths

    Published on: May 21, 2015

    A myth is defined as “a widely held but false belief or idea, a misrepresentation of the truth, an exaggerated or idealized conception of a person or thing.” With the ever-increasing wildfire events around the United States and local fires...

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  • Key Points about NWACA and the Austin Oaks PUD

    Published on: May 13, 2015

    To clarify for everyone what the NWACA Board and the Ad Hoc PUD Committee have been and are doing with respect to the Austin Oaks PUD, the Committee has put together the key points below. At the Annual Meeting tomorrow...

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  • Recent Meetings about the PUD

    Published on: May 4, 2015

    Neighbors, Based on authorization from the NWACA Board upon reviewing the results of the latest survey, members of the NWACA Ad Hoc PUD Committee and a NWACA Zoning Co-chair have had two meetings regarding the PUD over the last four...

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  • Wildfire Prevention Tip #18 – Using the Plan

    Published on: May 1, 2015

    Over the last two years, two plans have been developed that help residents and homes of NWACA prepare to survive a wildfire. Each plan is a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP). The overarching CWPP was developed by a joint task...

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  • Sign up for your Free Wildfire Risk Assessment

    Published on: April 20, 2015

    The NWACA Wildfire Prevention Committee is working the Austin Fire Department's Wildfire Division to establish Firewise Communities throughout NWACA, enabling local residents to make their homes fire-adapted and resistant to the threat of wildfire.To get a free risk assessment for...

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  • March 2015 Austin Oaks PUD Survey Results

    Published on: April 9, 2015

    During the month of March, 2015, NWACA ran a survey for the neighborhood to respond to changes proposed by the developer in December 2014 to the PUD zoning application for the Austin Oaks property. See the following documents for the...

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  • Wildfire Prevention Tip #17 – What to Do When the Wildfire Comes

    Published on: February 23, 2015

    First, you should have already done all of the fire-damage prevention to your home talked about in the previous tips. Those “tips” helped you harden your home against urban wildfires and their deadly embers, by working on the landscape and vegetation-intense...

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  • Safety Tip: Secure Your Garage Door

    Published on: February 18, 2015

    A very vulnerable part of a home is the garage door. Those with glass panels or windows can show the thief just what we have; those with a common type of garage door opener can be compromised by a thief...

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  • Wildfire Prevention Tip #16 – Be Sure Your Home Is Not a Source of Fire

    Published on: January 27, 2015

      NWACA has been diligent over the past few years in getting the Austin Fire Department, the Texas Forest Service, the City of Austin, Travis County and others to educate all of us in the dangers of urban wildfire. We’re...

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  • Front Yard Fridays – Try it!

    Published on: December 23, 2014

    Front Yard Fridays - Try it! NWACA neighbors on Glen Ridge Drive have started a fun way to meet the neighbors. They call it "Front Yard Fridays." NWACA Board member Shannon Meroney created the concept and started it with a...

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  • Map of APD Patrol Boundaries

    Published on: December 18, 2014

    On December 17, 2014, the APD changed the boundaries of its patrol areas, and now all of NWACA is covered in the Baker area of Region 1. Attached is a map of the new APD sectors, so that you see...

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  • Austin Oaks PUD – Official Update – Nov. 24, 2014

    Published on: November 24, 2014

    NWACA wishes to assure you that we continue to proceed exactly as communicated to our community regarding this matter: To date, we have: Conducted a Community Forum on the Austin Oaks (AO) PUD. Conducted a survey to get the community's...

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  • Wildfire Prevention Tip #15: Fire Embers and Snowflakes

    Published on: October 27, 2014

    It is generally acknowledged by firefighters and fire experts that embers from a wild fire are more dangerous to homes and structures than the actual flames from the wildfire. Why is this? Well, the flight characteristics of fire embers are...

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  • Changes to City of Austin Roles Regarding Deer

    Published on: October 21, 2014

    The City of Austin has now changed some of the roles responsible for matters relating to deer in our neighborhoods, responding to recommendations of the Deer Working Group. Effective 10/1/13, enforcement of the Intentional Feeding of Deer Ordinance (Chapter 10-8)...

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  • Results of 2014 Survey of Issues

    Published on: September 29, 2014

    In late August and early September, 2014, NWACA conducted a survey of all households in the NWACA boundaries, gathering opinions about the proposed Austin Oaks PUD and asking for ratings on topics of interest for NWACA’s work in the coming...

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  • Wildfire Prevention Tip #14 – Be Prepared for a Local Wildfire

    Published on: September 29, 2014

      About 2000 NWACA homes within a half mile of Stillhouse Hollow Preserve received a postcard from the Wildfire Division of the Austin Fire Department (AFD) last week, with this message on one side of the card. Our homes are...

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  • NWACA Board Vote on Austin Oaks PUD

    Published on: September 19, 2014

    The NWACA Board has voted unanimously to oppose the PUD Re-zoning Application for Austin Oaks based on the results of the NWACA residents’ survey, and the comments received at the NWACA Community Meeting on the Austin Oaks PUD Application.  After thoughtful...

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  • Notes from 8-19-14 Community Meeting on Austin Oaks PUD

    Published on: August 25, 2014

    More than 300 people attended the Community Meeting about the Austin Oaks PUD on Tuesday, August 19, and most were very actively engaged. Neighbors provided a clear message to the City staff and the developer’s staff that those present oppose...

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  • Wildfire Prevention Tip #13: Learn More and Become an Assessor

    Published on: July 28, 2014

    What do you know about urban wildfires? Bastrop - The Pinnacle Fire - Steiner Ranch – California - Colorado - Washington State - all have been in the news, all cases of wildfire that burned a lot of vegetation, destroyed...

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  • More Bike Lanes Coming – Be Careful with Right Turns

    Published on: June 29, 2014

    There have been questions raised about how to navigate right turns when the street has a bike lane, and perhaps a parking lane as well. A check with the City of Austin revealed the following information. Texas Transportation Code Sec....

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  • Wildfire Prevention Tip #12: Minimize Plant Flammability

    Published on: May 28, 2014

      An 8-page pamphlet from the Texas Forest Service reminds us that “Fire-resistant does not mean fire-proof. Homeowners should maintain a healthy landscape with proper cleaning, pruning and watering. Put the right plant in the right place.” “Firewise Landscaping in...

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  • Wildfire Prevention Tip #11: Don’t Let Yard Debris Accumulate

    Published on: April 30, 2014

    We all now know that fire embers are a secondary starter of fires and they can fly as much as a mile from a wildfire source…starting new fires. Piles of dry tree limbs and other trimmings, brush, lawn debris, leaves,...

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  • What to Do if You See Pruning February through June

    Published on: April 29, 2014

    Have you seen a contractor's workers pruning a live oak or a red oak between February and June? Professionals should know better, but unscrupulous “tree trimmers” apparently don't know or don't care. Do you have a new neighbor who might...

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  • Wildfire Prevention Tip #10: Mulch Practices

    Published on: April 4, 2014

      Originally, mulch was a material consisting of leaves, bark or compost spread around and over a plant to enrich or insulate the soil. Today, most mulches are commercially produced wood chips, bark and other components. The vast majority of...

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  • Neighborhood Watch Support Now Available

    Published on: March 28, 2014

    NWACA is putting a strong focus on building up Neighborhood Watch groups, and you're invited to get involved. There is a library of materials about Neighborhood Watch on this page, under the header of Crime and Safety Committee Work. See...

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  • Wildfire Prevention Tip #9 – Spring Cleaning in the Landscape

    Published on: February 28, 2014

      March is right around the corner and this is generally the time when homeowners return to their yards and gardens to get ready for the growing season. While you are cleaning away leaves and debris and trimming plants, it’s...

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  • Wildfire Prevention Tip #8 – Register for Notifications

    Published on: February 28, 2014

    This month’s tip is a bit more generic than hardening a home; it applies to any citizen who wants to be notified of a regional emergency situation due to weather, wildfire, or other incident important to a broad population. The...

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  • Wildfire Prevention Tip #7 – Wooden Fence Strategies

    Published on: February 28, 2014

      A rather vulnerable element for a home for wildfires is a wooden fence. From time to time, wood fences have been called “wicks” because grass fires can attack the bottom of a wooden fence and then follow it around...

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  • Reporting Coyote Sightings

    Published on: February 10, 2014

    If you observe coyotes or have an encounter with a coyote in our neighborhood, please call 3 - 1 - 1 and report it. The operator will ask several questions and then forward the information to Animal Control, who will...

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  • NWACA Parks

    Published on: December 2, 2013

    Attached is an article about the 7 parks and greenbelts in the NWACA area, along with photos and links for more information. NWACA Parks descriptions...

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  • Wildfire Prevention Tip #6 – Ember-Proofing Turbine Vents

    Published on: November 29, 2013

    There is a wide assortment of rotary turbine roof exhaust vents. The majority are made of metal, generally either sheet metal or aluminum with typically a 12” or 14” louvered turbine that is either wind-driven or power-driven. Usually, a circular...

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  • Wildfire Prevention Tip #5 – Screen the Ridge Vents

    Published on: November 14, 2013

      Roof and attic spaces are vented by a variety of different types of vents. The more common ones are soffit vents installed in the eave soffits (usually horizontally installed under eaves); end-gable vents (usually vertically installed in the vertical...

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  • Wildfire Prevention Tip #4: Get a Home Risk Assessment

    Published on: September 29, 2013

      With a projected drought of more than 20 years, it’s not really a matter of if, but when, a wildfire event will happen in NWACA. Homeowners in the Western United States, in Steiner Ranch, Bastrop, and other Central Texas...

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