Austin History Center

East César Chávez Neighborhood Planning Team Records

An Inventory of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: East César Chávez Neighborhood Planning Leadership Team
Title: East César Chávez Neighborhood Planning Leadership Team Records
Inclusive Dates: 1988-2000
Bulk Dates: 1997-1998
Abstract: In 1997, the East César Chávez Neighborhood Planning Leadership Team was established for the purpose of developing a neighborhood plan. The collection contains community surveys, drafts of the neighborhood plan, and research files used by the plan team members.
Identification: AR.2011.037
Quantity: 1 linear foot (3 boxes)
Location: Archives Stacks
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, 810 Guadalupe, PO BOX 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Administrative History

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.

Scope and Contents

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.


Arranged into four series:
I. Community Outreach
II. Drafts
III. Organizational Materials
IV. Reference Files
V. Binder Addition


Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Villalva, George.
East César Chávez Neighborhood Planning Team.
East César Chávez Neighborhood Leadership Team.
East César Chávez Neighborhood (Austin, Tex.)
City planning--Texas--Austin.

Separated Material

General Collection

  • The University of Texas, School of Architecture. Community and Regional Planning Program, Community Vision Project: Final Design Workshop Results, circa 1996
  • Summaries of East Austin Reports and Surveys
  • East Austin Corridor Design Collaborative. East Austin Corridor Study Final Report, August 1993

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Donated by a Planning Team member.

Preferred Citation

East César Chávez Neighborhood Planning Leadership Team Records (AR.2011.037). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/2001/116

Donation Date: 2001

The donor for the binder addition is unknown.

Processing Information

Original folder headings were maintained.

Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults in 2011. Finding aid updated by Rusty Heckaman in 2013.

Detailed Description of the Collection

I. Community Outreach, 1997-1998, undated

Box Folder
1 1 Ballots, 1999
2 Contact info, undated
3 Outreach letters, 1997-1998
4 Surveys, undated

II. Drafts, 1998-1999

Box Folder
1 5 Editing committee final draft, 1998 November 4
6 Drafts, 1998 November
7 Drafts, 1998 December
8 Drafts of plan, 1999 January
9 Drafts, 1999 February

III. Organizational Materials, 1997-1998, undated

Box Folder
1 10 Community Leadership notes, undated
11 Grapevine templates, undated
12 Neighborhood Character/Economic Development Committee, 1997-1998, undated
13 Photographs, undated

IV. Reference Files, 1988-2000

Box Folder
1 14 AISD (Austin Independent School District), 1999
15 Bike plan, 1997
16 East César Chávez Transportation Study, circa 1997
17 Eastside Environmental News, 1998
18 Economic development, 1997-2000, undated
19 HOME program, 1996
Box Folder
2 1 Housing, 1988-1998
2 Smart Growth, 1997-1998
3 TND (Traditional Neighborhood District), 1997, undated
4 Transportation, 1998
5 Tree Folks, undated
6 Waller Creek Charrette, 1998
7 Zoning categories, undated

V. Binder Addition, 1988, 1997-1999

Box Folder
3 1 Meeting minutes, 1998
2 Meeting Minutes, 1998-1999
3 Memo and workplan, 1998
4 Surveys, 1998
5 Maps, 1997-1998
6 Background information, 1988, 1998
7 Other neighborhood plans, 1997-1998
8 CIP, Bonds, 1998
9 Application, 1997
10 Contacts, 1998
11 Presentations, 1999
12 November 1998, 1998
13 Loose materials, undated