Vertical Mixed Use – Changes to Ordinance

Austin’s City Council is considering changes to the City’s Vertical Mixed Use Ordinance, which would allow for increased height in exchange for more affordable housing. Details on this proposal are in the agenda backup for the April 21, 2022 City Council hearing. OWANA will keep you posted on developments on this proposal, as it may have major impacts for the residences adjacent to corridors such as 6th Street and Lamar.

OWANA recently sent a letter to our District 9 Councilperson, Kathie Tovo, expressing support for increasing affordable housing opportunities in the neighborhood while also maintaining compatibility standards for developments along major corridors near residences.

Easter Egg Hunt

The annual OWANA Easter Egg Hunt is back!

Join us on Saturday, April 16, at West Austin Park. The kids’ Easter Egg Hunt will start promptly at 8am.

Cold Brew coffee and food will generously be provided by neighborhood restaurant/brewery Hold Out Brewing (who is now serving brunch!).

***Also, we need filled eggs for kids to hunt! You can drop them off at 1417 W. 10th St. Feel free to fill them with small toys, coins, or candy (ideally no chocolate). Thank you!***

Hope you can join us to get to know your neighbors and watch some cute kids hunt for eggs!

March General Membership Meeting

Our next General Membership meeting is coming up! Join us on Tuesday, March 1, at 7pm in the Mathews Elementary Cafeteria.
A full agenda is posted in the most recent OWL newsletter. But in general, here’s what we’ll be talking about:
1) Update on renamings in the neighborhood (Confederate St & Lamar Beach).
2) Neighborhood Happenings! Stay updated on zoning and development projects, City plans that affect our neighborhood, etc.
Hope to see you there!

Rezoning of UT’s ‘Gateway Tract’

You may have heard (and if you  haven’t, you’re in the right place!), the City Council has initiated zoning cases on properties in our neighborhood currently owned by the The University of Texas. This property includes the land occupied by the Gateway Apartment and the Open Door Preschool.

There is not a request for specific zoning from UT, nor is there a recommendation from the City staff on any proposed zoning districts at this time.

The City of Austin will be holding a public meeting to receive your input and ideas on any potential future development of the property.

Some neighborhood residents have met to discuss the potential rezoning, and their thoughts are summarized in this document.

The public (and virtual) meeting about the site will be held on Monday, June 21, 2021 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Details are below. If you would like to be included on the email list for notification for future meetings, email the Case Manager with the City of Austin, Wendy Rhoades, at

Please be advised that due to the anticipated large number of meeting participants, those wishing to speak will be given 1 minute of speaking time. If you would prefer to provide written input, you can submit it to Speak Up Austin and/or email Wendy Rhoades.

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