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Notes from Cherrywood Neighborhood Association Visioning Workshop, two Saturdays in May and July 1999, Concordia University Student Union.  About 50 attended.  Facilitator: Pat Grigadeanof Pat Grigadean & Associates, 1712 E. Riverside Drive #160 , Austin, Texas 78741. 385-7098. Fax 389-1655

CONTENTS:
   <> Creating the Vision Statemen
   <> "Interest-based conflict resolution" | Pat Grigadean & Assoc. .
   <> An application (implementing the traffic vision) 

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   1. After animated discussion over exact phrasing, an 8-point Vision Statement was distilled from dozenss of sometimes vague (if even coherent), sometimes overlapping suggestions, noted in the black boxes. The 8 points are ordered, most important first:
 
    CNA is committed to: 
  1. Safe, walkable streets; 
  2. Vehicle speeds
    Pedestrian and bicycle safety
    Pedestrian friendly
    On-street parking a problem
    Alternatives to automobiles
    Sidewalks
    Need things to walk to
    Sharing street with cars
    Traffic controls (speed humps, etc.)
    Some streets worse than others (Cherrywood Rd, Manor Rd)
  3. Neighborhood-oriented and neighborhood-friendly businesses and services; 
  4. Don't promote excessive traffic from outside the neighborhood
    Promote those that are neighborhood usable and friendly
    But realize there is a mix of the two above types of  buinesses and services
    Zoning issues
    Walkable
    Not Walmarts but Texas French Breads
    Neighborhood should have relationship with businesses
  5. Preserve and promote public and private greenspaces;
  6. There are public and private greenspaces
    Front yards are private but still greenspace
    Vacant lots are quasi-private, quasi-public greenspaces
    CNA needs to send a message to Council on how we treat our greenspaces
    Need more
    Trees are very impotant
    Greenspace system
    Enhance existing greenspaces
    They need to be clean
    They can serve as community meeting areas
  7. Respect, recognize and maintain ethnic, family, socioeconomic and cultural diversity; 
  8. Social
    Economic
    Socioeconomic
    Ethnic
    At meetings
    Lifestyle
    Owner/renter
    People/places, demographics/visual
    Architectural
    Aesthetic
    Families
    Cultural
    Messy/clean
    Transportation
    Housing types
    Tolerance/respect
    Biodiversity/environmental
  9. Managing growth while ensuring livable density, a diversity of architectural styles, and a well maintained neighborhood;
  10.  
  11. Achieving a sense of community and security by encouraging responsibility, involvement and pride among all residents and owners;
  12. CNA needs to speak to residents of CNA about being involved
    Pride and responsibility is important
    A sense of each other and our common history is important
    All residents should have opportunities to contribute
    Absentee landowners need to be involved
    Crime and security, front porches, community eyes
    How we do our Vision is important to our reputation with the City, and in the CNA area
    Residents, owners, and renters need to be involved
    We need to be encouraging
    Neighbors need to know neighbors
    Artistic expression, public and private, is important
  13.  Healthy and active relationships with other neighborhood groups, civic organizations and government agencies;
  14.  
  15. A built environment compatible with the above goals.
  16. We have single-family and multiple-family zoning and uses
    Beautifiction
    Walkability and pedestrian safety is important
    Duplexing is happening to us, can be limiting and aesthetically poor
    Density, more/less/maintain
    Residents and occupants need to be responsible for their property
    Our built environment needs to be clean/maintained/organized
    Economic and architectural diversity in housing is important
    Smart Growth
    We need to look at the effect of changes in our built environment
    Safe, green, sustainable, diverse
    Our built environment is how we express out vision
    Transient resident impacts/effects, and owner responsibility is key to stability in CNA
    Livable density
    Our current mix/balance needs to be considered
    Quality of life is vital
    The elements of design and architectural diversity include scale, character, style, compatibility with
         adjacent zoning and use, and design standards
    CNA needs to have an active role in managing growth and development in our area

   2. Facilitator Grigadean’s approach was “interest-based conflict resolution.”

The thrust is first, to first patiently isolate important interests that need to be satisfied, then to find available solutions that do that best.  Five steps:

    1. CLARIFY ISSUES.  Not just "traffic" but obstacles to improving traffic:
  -Drivers may save time cutting through Cherrywood,
  -Low priority for Police,
  -Cherrywood not eligible for traditional solutions,
  -Lack of a clear CNA position on traffic issues,
  - ... [others]

    2. IDENTIFY INTERESTS (as opposed to general arguments for or against).
  -(1)To have my street more quiet and peaceful,
  -(2)To have only neighborhood people driving by my house,
  -(3)To make my walks safer,
  -(4)To do something right away,
  -(5)To maintain timely response by emergency vehicles,
  -(6) To ...

    3. GENERATE OPTIONS (short-term and/or long-term).
  -(a)Promote CNA traffic control priorities aggressively,
  -(b)City erect speed humps and other physical barriers,
  -(c)APD enforce better,
   -(d)Erect signs identifying Cherrywood Neighborhood,
  -(e)Erect life-size cut-outs of police officers holding radar guns,
  -(f)"Spill" bag of cement on a rainy day (drying as a renegade bump),
  -(g) ...  (List ANY option that comes to mind, WITHOUT evaluating.)

    4. EVALUATE OPTIONS in light of interests.  The problem resolves to which
 options (a-f) best satisfy the most interests (1-5).
  -"a" may do well with 1, 2, 3, 5
  --"b" well with 1, 2, 3
  -"c" well with 4, 5 (Cherrywood traffic a low priority for APD)
  -"d" mildly with 1, 2, 3, well with 4, 5
  -"e" mildly with 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
  -"f" well with 4
 Thus we might decide to emphasize "a" first, proceed with "d," think some more
 about "b" and "e," periodically try "c" because it doesn't cost anything, and forget
 "f" (unless nothing else works!).

    5. DEVELOP A PLAN (specifying time horizons for each step).
  -Revive the CNA Traffic Committee immediately,
  -Charge it with working up priorities,
  -Have it present something to the Membership July 28,
  -Within the next six months campaign for the approved product among adjacent
 neighborhoods, Austin Neighborhoods Council, City staff, Capital Area
 Metropolitan Planning Organization (formerly Austin Transportation Study), and
 City Council members.
  -Set a time for review of progress.

    It's looks deceptively simple, even obvious, but most discussions of controversial problems do not proceed this way, and typically do not work nearly as well ....

   3. Some incomplete but revealing notes, from our second session, recall how our participants worked through how to apply Grigadean's "interest-based conflict resolution" to problems of implementing Item 1 of our Vision (traffic-related):

I.  Clarify Issues

Obstacles to each article of Vision Statement

Obstacles to #1--Safe, Walkable Streets
(numbers indicate votes of importance for further discussion):
- Speeding (13)
- Parked cars (4)
- Crime/Adequate policing (6)
- Narrowness of streets (0)
- No sidewalks (0)
- Conditions of streets (2)
- Lighting (0)
- Competing items from Vision Statement (0)
- Lack of traffic control (4)
- Signage (1)
- Unleashed dogs (2)
- Lack of bicycle lanes (2)
- Location of bus stops (0)
- Overgrown vegetation (0)
- Lack of alternate transportation system (1)
- Lack of front porches (2)
- Thru-traffic (7)
- Lack of street heirarchy (0)
- Not enough trees (0)
- "Yukky stuff"-trash/branches (6)

Obstacles to #2-Businesses and Services
- Not enough
- Lack of channels of communication
- Passive approach
- Lack of zoning/development controls
- Irresponsible businesses
- No coordination with Manor Rd. (business)
- Lack of neighborhood support
- Non-pedestrian orientation
- Incorrect perceptions of neighborhood of/by businesses
- Lack of participation (businesses)
- Lack of zoning consensus
- Proximity to I-35
- Lack of consensus on attractiveness

Obstacles to #3-Greenspace
- Lack of city maintenance/coordination/communication (lying)
- Poor maintenance of businesses and residences
- Dwindling natural habitat
- Funds for maintenance
- Narrow lots
- Market pressures on certain lots
- Disconnectedness of greenway system
- Quasi-public/Quasi-private spaces
- Litter and dumping
- Paving of front yards

Obstacles to #4-Diversity
- Home market/pricing
- Adjacent to UT
- Lack of diverse/ethnic representatives
- Neighborhood in transition
- Prejudice (external) re. East side/Individual development forces
- Lack of influence on airport development/Adjacent airport development
- Appropriate local employment opportunities
- Increased taxes
- Possibility of Maplewood closure (AISD)

Obstacles to #5-Density/Growth/Styles
- Desire for rental properties
- Smart Growth/Land use changes
- Zoning issues
- Long-term consequences on decisions
- Consensus on "livable density", "well-maintained"
- Adjacent growth
- Overly prescriptive coding
- Impact of density on traffic
- Absentee landlords
- Consensus on what can be managed
- I-35
- Aged residents/Incapacitated
- Poor development
- Over-emphasis on zoning
- Renters/Owners not maintaining
- Environmental health
- Neighbors not helping each other

Obstacles to #6-Community and Security
- Lack of participation and communication
- Turnover of residents and businesses/Low pricing
- Lack of activities
- Proliferation of overgrown areas, no lighting, hiding places (crime)
- Absent owners
- Lack of individual responsibility
- Lack of neighborhood center
- Hesitant owners/Lack of conviction dealing with problems
- Poor communication between neighborhood and police department
- Negativity within association
- Size of association
- Lack of time

Obstacles to #7-Healthy, Active Relations
- Lack of outreach
- Lack of identification of common goals
- Individuals not knowing how to connect
- Consequences of accommodating non-profits
- Association still not strong enough
- Lack of consensus
- Not knowing system/Complexity and efficiency of system\
- Lack of visibility to other organizations
- No list of target organizations
- Small group of "worker-bees"
- Unwillingness to demand services
- Lack of funding/$ to make impact

Obstacles to #8-Built Environment
- Usable Vision Statement
- Underemphasis on design
- Lack of patience and willingness to learn how to make consensus
- Lack of understanding of "built"
- Commitment to diversity
- Existing zoning/City codes (legal)

II.  Identify Interests (we did this step only for the first item ~ safe streets)

Speeding/Thru-Traffic/Lack of Traffic control (Generated Interests)
(voted most important obstacle to Article #1 of the Vision Statement-Safe, Walkable Streets)

- Keep people and animals safe
- Avoid accidents/Facilitate ingress and egress
- Safely walk and play in the streets
- Safely ride bicycles
- Encourage bicycle commuting
- Reduce unpleasant noise
- Remain safe for emergency vehicles
- Reduce number of cars
- Promote convenience
- Reduce emissions
- Interaction between public and private areas (safety and social)
- Maximize green and aesthetic beauty
- Reduce stress
- Reduce crime
- Keep angry residents out of trouble

III. Generate Options

Brainstorming notes from Groups 1-5
- Enforce leash laws
- Speed bumps and other (appropriate to EMS)
- Let streets go to hell (potholes, etc.)
- Enforcement of existing laws and limits (parking)
- Visible APD
- Record license plates of speeders
- Throw deterrents in streets
- Sidewalks
- More stop signs and yield signs
- Talk to Capitol Metro about bus routes in certain areas
- Talk to EMS about routes through neighborhood
- Create cul-de-sacs
- No thru traffic signs
- More convenient mass transit
- More neighborhood shopping
- We assume majority of speeders are not residents
- Create own traffic controls
- Neighborhood entry signs to raise awareness that this is a neighborhood
- Solidarity with other neighborhoods to achieve street/transit goals
- Apply to city for "traffic-calming"
- Reduce ability of non-residents to park
- Kids playing in street signs
- More neighborhood activities in streets
- More pedestrian cross walks and arterials to business areas
- Walk with APD on streets at night
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- Traffic humps/tacticle warnings
- Police enforcement
- Stop signs
- Peer pressure
- Re-route emergency vehicles
- Narrower streets
- Speed limit signs (with lowered speed limit)
- Re-route buses
- Sidewalk system
- Parked cars off street
- Cameras at intersections
- Dead-ends/Cul-de-sacs (part of a plan)
- Number of cars per household
- Street planting
- Controlling curbed parking with stickers
- Bike lanes (plan)
- Other signs:  No trucks, Not welcome, Private neighborhood, No cars, No thru traffic, No visitors
- N- increase in stop signs to prevent increase in emissions
- Enlarge Maplewood School zone
- Increase school traffic/Pedestrian enforcement
- Build/favor front porches
- Herb gardens, front patios, open yards, garages/carports to rear
- Encourage pedestrian use of streets
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- Speed bumps/humps
- Closing off all streets
- Speed limit signs/traffic signage
- Four way stops
- Police on every corner
- Neighborhood watch/radar
- Traffic circles
- Bike and pedestrian-only streets
- Gadgets for speeders (shocking devices)
- Direct phone lines to cops
- Community service in C.N.A.
- Better bus system
- Rebates for bikes on car registration
- Curfew for cars
- Parking stickers
- Organized car-pooling network in C.N.A.
- More potholes
- Use picnic tables and swingsets
- Plant trees in potholes
- Neighborhood admonishment in FLEA
- Letters from steering committee to speeders
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- Closing intersections of thru-streets
- Four way stops
- Circles with landscaping
- Speed bumps/humps/emergency cushions
- Nails on street
- Drew leads posse
- Keep potholes
- Dig new potholes
- Double park cars
- Introduce obstructions (garbage cans)
- Egg speeding cars
- Pigeon food in street
- Ask city to help coordinate neighborhood analysis of traffic in and around neighborhood
- Sidewalks on major streets only
- Add caution signs (Children playing, No thru traffic)
- Demand radar/cops
- Register neighborhood cars
- Citizen patrol
- Reminder letters
- Organize reports through an assigned Czar
- Single-lane streets (1-way on some)
- Narrow streets by building sidewalks into them
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Missing one set of notes

IV. Evaluate Options
V. Develop a Plan

If you've read this far, you've virtually participated!   /g