Save the Co-ops
  • Petitioned Sheryl Cole

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Mayor Pro Tem
Sheryl Cole
Council Member
Mike Martinez
Council Member
Bill Spelman
Mayor of Austin
Lee Leffingwell
Council member
Chris Riley
Council member
Kathie Tovo
Council member
Laura Morrison

Save the Co-ops

    1. Joshua Sabik
    2. Petition by

      Joshua Sabik

      Austin, TX

The Central Austin Neighborhood Planning Advisory Committee has proposed a new overlay that would affect the neighborhoods of West University, North University, and the Hancock neighborhood. The new overlay would require all future group housing projects (private dormitories, Greek housing, Co-ops) to apply for a conditional use permit (a costly, time-consuming process). Group housing was part of the original plan for the area, so it makes no sense why it would be changed now. West Campus is not affected (as per the University Neighborhood Overlay), however the prices are prohibitively high for many renters, let alone students wanting to build or purchase new property in the future. The University of Texas at Austin's Student Government's resolution, AR-3, uses facts and figures to argue against this new overlay because this is an issue of affordability and student opinion was not properly consulted before this overlay was proposed.

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    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
    2. City Council action delayed until Sept. 27th

      Joshua Sabik
      Petition organiser

      Great news, city planning staff has requested a delay until September 27th! This gives us more time to organize and petition City Council.

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    3. Reached 250 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Alyshia Ledlie AUSTIN, TX
      • 11 months ago

      Choosing to live in Arrakis (an ICC student housing cooperative) for three years while in undergrad was one of the best decisions I ever made. While I was living there I learned how to cook, get along with all different kinds of people, had a built in study group for a bunch of my classes, saved money, and made friends that I still have today, all while having a great time. Anything that would make founding new coops for students more difficult is something I would strongly oppose.

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    • Peter Shaman NORWICH, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 year ago
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    • Galen Gilbert BOSTON, MA
      • about 1 year ago

      inexpensive housing ownership is important

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    • Rebecca Skelton AUSTIN, TX
      • over 1 year ago

      Cooperatives will always be the most affordable way to go for housing and builds tolerance and camaraderie towards your house mates, skills you are going to need for the rest of your life.

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    • laura stephens AUSTIN, TX
      • over 1 year ago

      I used to live at a co-op and the experience is unique and helps you grow up by giving you responsibilities and voting power.

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