Elections for the Governing Board of the LCNA will take place on Sunday, December 11, at 7:00 p.m., at the Lost Creek Limited District Building.
The following Board members have indicated that they intend to run for re-election to their current positions:
Jay Brim,Area 1 Representative
Melissa Olen,Area 4 Representative
The Election Committee did not receive any Early Nominations, which were due by November 20.
Nominations will be accepted from the floor at the Election meeting on Sunday, December 11 at 7:00 p.m.
- Any current adult LCNA member may nominate any current LCNA member, including himself or herself.
- The election will be by written ballot. Only current LCNA members may vote.
- Once nominations are closed, each candidate will be given up to 3 minutes to present their statement of candidacy. Only candidates will be allowed to speak. No Q&A.
Megan Marrs - incumbent candidate for Secretary -
I have had the honor of serving the LCNA both as Secretary in 2016 and as a member of the Marshall Tract Committee in 2015. Our home backs to the Marshall Tract, and initially, my desire to volunteer stemmed from concern about that project's implications for our neighborhood.
If re-elected as Secretary, I will continue to monitor the progress of the Marshall Tract development, as well as continue to improve our administrative systems and our relationships with other neighborhood organizations.
Originally from St. Louis, MO, my family and I moved to Lost Creek in December of 2014 when my husband, Tom, left active duty with the Air Force. I hold an Honors B.A. in Political Science and Public Policy, and my prior work experience is in commercial real estate. My children, Katie (age 10) and T.R. (age 8) attend Forest Trail Elementary.
Jay Brim - incumbent candidate for Area 1 Representative -
I am Jay Brim; my wife Jeanine and I have lived on Lost Creek Blvd near 360 since 2003. I served this past year as Director for Area 1 on the LCNA Board.
Based on my observation of events this past two years, I am concerned that the Association is a bit stuck in the mud because of cramping bylaws and stale tradition. The LCNA has the money and the membership, but it lacks the assertiveness shown by the LCCO over the past year. It is my hope that the next board of directors can move to a collaborative style of leadership in the neighborhood with the LCCO, to get all that the City of Austin has to offer to us. We need to be proactive, not just reactive.
Melissa Olen - incumbent candidate for Area 1 Representative -
Hello neighbors, my name is Melissa Olen. I'm currently serving my first term on the Lost Creek Neighborhood Association (LCNA) board as the Area 4 Representative.
My husband and I have enjoyed raising our two young boys, Calvin (4) and Sam (3) in Lost Creek for the past five years. I'm a Westlake graduate, who received a B.A from Connecticut College and a J.D. from Pepperdine School of Law. I've taken a temporary hiatus from my professional career to stay home with my children. I'm currently Co-President of the Lost Creek Mom's Club.
It has been an honor to serve on your LCNA board this past year. As Chairwoman of the Bylaw Committee, I worked hard to improve the LCNA bylaws by making our election process more inclusive and transparent and our committees more efficient. If elected, I will continue to promote transparency, inclusiveness and participation within the LCNA as well as cooperation with the other groups in our neighborhood. Here are a few of the things I'd like to work on next year:
- Making sure Lost Creek residents' concerns are satisfactorily addressed by the Marshall Tract development team
- Improving our communications and relationships with the City of Austin and Limited District;
- Continuing our wonderful LCNA traditions like the 4th of July party;
- Maintaining a balanced operating budget; and
- Encouraging everyone's participation in the LCNA.
The Election Committee:
Marshall Tract (Horse Pasture) Development Under Contract to New Owners - No Other Changes Known
The owner of the 38-acre Marshall Tract (AKA: "Horse Pasture") adjacent to Lost Creek Boulevard is planning to develop office buildings on the property.
The Marshall Tract Development Team was being led by the property's owner, Dan Marshall, with L.M. Holder III as architect. The property is now under contract to development company Riverside Resources. It is unclear whether the design moving forward will be consistent with the previous design below or if there would be changes. The LCNA will continue to monitor the situation.
The design when Dan Marshall was the primary developer was a 350,000 SF proposal included two 3-story office buildings and a 5-story parking structure, which included one level below grade. The office building closer to Quaker Ridge Drive also included two levels of parking below grade. The locations of the structures can be viewed on the attached site plan. The site is currently zoned SF2, so the proposal would include rezoning portions of the site to LO and GO. All traffic is proposed to enter and exit via Las Cimas, however, the owners would like to maintain the option of egress via Loop 360 if it becomes a highway with access roads one day. No structures are planned along Lost Creek Blvd.
Cedar trees are currently being removed where the proposed building would be built, so a more detailed survey can be completed. The majority of the perimeter trees will remain to provide a buffer. Over 20 acres of the site along Lost Creek Blvd. and behind Quaker Ridge are proposed to remain undeveloped in perpetuity. The development team is planning to submit the site plan concurrently with the rezoning application later this year. The City of Austin site plan permitting process typically takes around 6-7 months. The LCNA is currently gathering neighborhood feedback about the proposal. Representatives of the LCNA and neighboring residential properties toured the Marshall Tract with the architects on Sept. 19.
For more information, photos, and diagrams of the project, visit http://lcna.com/marshallinfo_lcna.php. Note: The original proposal as represented on that page shows one of the buildings as being a 4-story, 60 ft tall building. That part of the proposal was changed on May 8, 2015.
Previous Proposed Development by Cousins Properties:
In March, 2014, the Lost Creek Neighborhood Association (LCNA) was approached by a potential developer/ buyer of the Marshall Tract. The developer had proposed to develop the property under a PUD (Planned Unit Development) zoning designation to support office buildings and more on the tract. The LCNA opposed the rezoning as residents had many concerns about its impact on the neighborhood. The collective efforts of many residents helped stop the Cousins development from moving forward.
In February, 2015, The Marshall Tract contract with Cousins Properties expired and the Marshalls chose to not renew it.
The front page of lcna.com now features the minutes from recent LCNA meetings for resident information. You have to log in to access the minutes. If you are a resident, but do not have a login to lcna.com, go to http://lcna.com/feedback.php and select "Need Login/Password (include street address!)" as the subject.
Recent Website Feature - Youth Job Listings
A youth job listings page has been added to the website. This page provides information about Lost Creek youths who are available to provide such services as babysitting, house sitting, and yard work. The new page is up for residents at http://www.lcna.com/youthjobs.php. Note: You must be logged in to lcna.com to view the page.
If you want to add your child to the youth job listings or change/remove the information for an existing listing, use the lcna.com Feedback page and select the subject "Add/Modify Youth Job Listing." Include the child's name and the job services the child wishes to advertise (babysitting, pet sitting, etc), a contact phone number, and any special information you wish to add (such as CPR or First Aid training). The child must be in the LCNA database, though the child could actually still be unlisted in the general LCNA directory. The website administrator will add the information to the Youth Job database at his earliest convenience.
About the LCNA Email ListWe maintain an email list for announcements that is separate from this web site. The list is “opt-in,” that is, you have to subscribe to the list to receive email notices from the LCNA. The email list is used for neighborhood news, neighborhood event announcements, and neighborhood association information. The neighborhood association sent 35 such emails to the list in 2011. The email lists have been shared with the Lost Creek MUD so that they can reach their customers for important MUD announcements, but the lists will never be shared with any other entity. If you ever decide that you do not want to receive the e-mails, each e-mail has an unsubscribe link at the bottom which can be used to automatically and immediately remove your address from future e-mails.
The mailing list is for residents only, so you will need to have a login to lcna.com before you can request access to the mailing list. You may request a login by selecting the "Need login/Password" option at http://lcna.com/feedback.php , providing your name and address in the message box. Mailing list details will be visible after you log in.