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Overview of the Collection

Administrative History

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Administrative Records, 2000-2009

Austin History Center

Austin (Tex.). Boards and Commissions. Design Commission Records

An Inventory of the Collection



Overview of the Collection

Creator: Austin (Tex.). Design Commission
Title: Austin (Tex.). Boards and Commissions. Design Commission Records
Inclusive Dates: 2000-2009
Abstract: In 1986, the Austin City Council, pursuant to resolution 860417-8, established the Architectural Excellence Commission, the goal of which was to "recognize and encourage quality architecture." The name was changed to the Design Commission in 1987. The collection consists of the Design Commission's annual reports and works plans from 2002 to 2009.
Identification: AR.2014.012
Quantity: .4 cubic feet (1 box)
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

Boards and commissions are an established feature of Austin's municipal government. State, federal, and charter provisions establish several of the city's boards and commissions, but most result from the passage of ordinances. Boards and commissions address a multitude of topics, including planning, zoning, transportation, parks, libraries, and the airport. The influence and value of boards and commissions is significant because, by offering citizens an opportunity to participate in the city's governmental process, they lend a more diverse viewpoint for the city council to consider. A full list of the current City of Austin boards and commissions is available on the City of Austin website.

In 1986, the Austin City Council, pursuant to resolution 860417-8, established the Architectural Excellence Commission, the goal of which was to "recognize and encourage quality architecture." The commission's membership was to be "three registered architects licensed to do business in the State of Texas" and "four citizens at large having interest in architectural excellence." In 1987, the city council, pursuant to resolution 870917-27, changed the name of the commission to the City of Austin Design Commission and established the terms of office (two years) for its commissioners and the maximum number of terms that the commissioners could serve (three terms). Currently, the duties of the Design Commission, pursuant to city ordinance no. 2-1-129, include "provid[ing] advisory recommendations to the city council as requested by the council to assist in developing public policy and … promot[ing] excellence in the design and development of the urban environment."

Sources:

Design Commission website--http://www.austintexas.gov/designcommission (accessed on March 27, 2014)

City of Austin ordinance no. 2-1-129--http://www.amlegal.com/nxt/gateway.dll/Texas/austin/title2administration/chapter2-1cityboards?f=templates$fn=default.htm$3.0$vid=amlegal:austin_tx$anc=JD_2-1-129 (accessed on March 27, 2014)

Resolution no. 860417-8--http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/edims/document.cfm?id=5049 (accessed on March 27, 2014)

Resolution no. 870917-27--http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/edims/document.cfm?id=9031 (accessed on March 27, 2014)

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Scope and Contents

The collection is comprised of one series, Administrative Records (2000-2009), which contains annual reports and work plans. Included with the 2007-2008 annual report and 2008-2009 work plan are agendas and meeting minutes.

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Arrangement

The records in the sole series, Administrative Records, are arranged in chronological order.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use

The Austin History Center (AHC) is the owner of the physical materials in the AHC collections and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the AHC before any publication use. The AHC does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.

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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Organizations:
Austin (Tex.). City of Austin Architectural Excellence Commission.
Austin (Tex.). City of Austin Design Commission.
Austin (Tex.). Neighborhood Planning and Zoning Department.
Places:
Austin (Tex.)
Subjects:
Architecture--Texas--Austin.
City planning--Texas--Austin.
Central business districts--Texas--Austin.
Document Types:
Agendas.
Annual reports.
Meeting minutes.
Work plans.

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Related Material

Archives and Manuscripts


  • AR.2009.035 Tom W. Shefelman Records and Drawings - meeting agendas, minutes, etc. dating from 1980-1997

General Collection


  • A 351.76431 AUAU7A Austin (Tex.). Office of the City Auditor. Boards and Commissions Audit: Design Commission. 2011.
  • A 711.4097643 AU Austin (Tex.). Design Commission. Density Bonus Recommendations: Final Report Including Executive Summary. 2007.
  • A 711.4097643 AU Austin (Tex.). Design Commission. Downtown Austin Design Guidelines. 1999.

ATX/Channel 5 Video Collection


  • Meeting video recordings dated 1987-1990, 1995-1997, 2005-current.

Meeting agendas, approved minutes and backup materials for current meetings are available on the Austin Office of City Clerk Boards and Commissions website.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Austin (Tex.). Boards and Commissions. City of Austin Design Commission Records (AR.2014.012). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Transferred to the Austin History Center in accordance with the City of Austin Records Control Schedule.

Processing Information

Processing, finding aid, and encoding by Roger Simon, March 2014.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Administrative Records, 2000-2009

Box Folder
1 1 FY 2000 annual report and 2000-2001 work plan, 2000
2 FY 2001 annual report and 2001-2002 work plan, 2001
3 FY 2002 annual report and 2002-2003 work plan, 2002
4 FY 2003 annual report and 2003-2004 work plan, 2003
5 2003-2004 annual report and 2004-2005 work plan, 2004
6 2004-2005 annual report and 2005-2006 work plan, 2005
7 2007-2008 annual report and 2008-2009 work plan, 2009

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