East César Chávez Neighborhood Planning Team Records
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The East César Chávez Neighborhood is located adjacent to downtown in central east Austin, Texas. The neighborhood is a mixed-use area characterized by a rich Hispanic and culturally diverse history. The planning areas boundaries include the alley between 6th and 7th Streets to the north, Chicon to the east, Lady Bird Lake to the south and Interstate 35 to the west.
In 1997, the East César Chávez Neighborhood Planning Leadership Team (ECCNPLT) was established for the purpose of developing a neighborhood plan. The Leadership Team included homeowners, tenants, neighborhood association, businesses and non-profit organizations. In August of 1997, the East César Chávez Neighborhood was selected to be one of the first neighborhoods to participate in the City of Austin's Neighborhood Planning Pilot Project. The Planning Team identified the following five critical development issues that threatened the neighborhood and made them a good candidate for a neighborhood plan: the residential and historic character of the neighborhood is threatened; the need for more affordable housing and increased ownership by residents; major development is proposed or underway that represents the potential for major change; zoning and land use issues; crime and safety concerns. The neighborhood signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Austin on January 8, 1998 to begin the planning process.
During the planning process, the ECCNPLT, assisted by the City's Neighborhood Planning staff, gathered information and solicited input through a variety of means. Community outreach involved distributing a neighborhood newsletter, surveying the neighborhood residents, businesses and property owners, forming committees to assist in writing the plan, holding community meetings to solicit additional ideas and providing an opportunity for the neighborhood to vote on the plan. The final plan was passed and approved by Austin City Council on May 13, 1999.
The East César Chávez Neighborhood Planning Leadership Team Records is arranged into four series: Community Outreach, Drafts, Organizational Materials, and Reference Files. The Community Outreach series (1997-1999, undated) includes letters sent to encourage participation in meetings and planning sessions held by the Leadership Team; a Community Building Inventory survey form and preliminary results; ballots distributed to the East César Chávez community to see if there was support for the goals, objectives and action items in the Neighborhood Plan; and a list of contact information for people who expressed their interests in the Neighborhood Plan. The Drafts series (1998-1999) contains several drafts of the Plan, some annotated with updates and corrections. The Organizational Materials series (1997-1999, undated) consists of handwritten Community Leadership notes, templates for The Grapevine (East César Chávez Neighborhood Newsletter), Neighborhood Character/Economic Development Committee records, and photocopies of photographs of Team members. And lastly, the Reference Files series (1988-2000) includes various studies by city and state government and private agencies pertaining to economic development, transportation, environment, housing, zoning and schools.
Additional material in the form of a 3-ring binder filled with organizational and administrative records that was found mixed in with the Natural Science Guild Records has been added to this collection. Included in the binder are meeting minutes, memorandum and workplans, surveys, maps, background information, other neighborhood plans, CIP/bond information, pilot neighborhood plans application, contacts, and presentations dated 1997 to 1998.
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Donated by a Planning Team member.
East César Chávez Neighborhood Planning Leadership Team Records (AR.2011.037). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.
Donor #: DO/2001/116
Donation Date: 2001
The donor for the binder addition is unknown.
Original folder headings were maintained.
Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults in 2011. Finding aid updated by Rusty Heckaman in 2013.
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