The Barton Hills Neighborhood Association has scheduled a special meeting for next Tuesday November 14th at 7:00 PM at St. Mark’s church to address the zoning and land development code changes (HOME initiative) that our city council is currently trying to push through.

Austin certainly needs affordable housing, but these proposals are just another big present to developers that the rest of us will end up paying for with higher taxes and a lower quality of life.

I’m not sure if the city is listening to us anymore, but they certainly won’t listen if we don’t say anything.

Please join us on Tuesday to discuss these issues and consider the attached resolution (revised 11/13/23), written by Larry Akers, opposing the proposed changes.

We need to do what we can to protect our neighborhood and the community that we’ve built from being completely destroyed by our city leaders’ insatiable appetite for growth and their misguided belief that if we just build enough, some of it will be affordable.


Stan Ostrum
BHNA VP, acting president