Please Help Stop the Statesman PUD and Protect Lady Bird Lake, Our Lakefront Parks, and Our Tax Dollars
One of the most important votes in decades for our parks, Lady Bird Lake, and our tax dollars is set for this Thursday at the Austin City Council. We need your help to tell the City Council “No Special Deals for Billionaire Developers” looking to shred our Lady Bird Lake, water quality, and park land protection rules.
The owners of the old 19-acre Austin American Statesman property, located on the south shore of Lady Bird Lake, next to the Congress Ave bat bridge, are asking for literally dozens of variances and waivers to standard city ordinances while also demanding tens and even hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayer subsidies to build their private streets and parking garages. (It’s really true; we are not kidding.)
Please join with us to tell Mayor Adler and the City Council to vote “NO” unless the special “PUD” (planned unit development) ordinance does the following:
1. Protects 9.2 acres of public park land along the Lady Bird Lake shoreline;
2. Maintains full access to the Hike & Bike trail;
3. Complies with the Waterfront Overlay setbacks and development regulations; and
4. Removes all public subsidies to the billionaire developer.
Without your voice and hundreds of others, the City Council will approve this terrible deal on behalf of the wealthiest developers and landowners in Texas. We will be stuck with it forever!! And then every other developer will demand the same variances and giveaways.
Here’s what you can do today: