More of the Annual Parade

Elections for the Governing Board of the LCNA will take place on Sunday, December 3, at 7:00 p.m., at the Lost Creek Limited District Building.

No Board members have indicated that they intend to run for re-election to their current positions.
One Board member has indicated that they intend to run for another position:

Ann Hutchison McCormick         Area 1 Representative

The Election Committee received one Early Nomination, which was due by October 22.

Barbara Szalay (Mirrop)         President

Their bios and/or statements of candidacy follow, below.

Nominations will be accepted from the floor at the Election meeting on Sunday, December 3 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.

Barbara Szalay (Mirrop) - candidate for President -

Biography: Lived in Lost Creek & thus LCNA member since 1994. Married to pediatrician Sam Mirrop/25 years. Daughter attended Butterfly School, Forest Trail, West Ridge, Dominic Savio, Westlake. Grew up in Dallas and traveled USA with Dallas Girls' Chorus. Retired lawyer, graduated UT Plan II/UT Law. Practiced commercial litigation--Bickel & Brewer/Dallas; Attorney General's Office--Financial Litigation. Selected Service: Boards of Westbank Library Friends; Forest Trail Booster Club; Circle K (Kiwanis); Scouts Westlake Unit. Taught Sunday School/led children's choir; co-ran Forest Trail School Store, prepared Back to School Packets; coordinated Homeroom Parents/whole school. Founding Member, Lost Creek Civic Organization ("LCCO"); active, Friends of Lost Creek ("FOLC"). LCNA: Parliamentarian; member, Marshall Tract, Welcoming Committees; MUD/District Liaison. Enjoyed volunteering for Parades, events such as this year's Festival. Actively attend almost all LCNA, LCCO, FOLC, & Limited District ("LD") Meetings; worked LD Clean-up Day; wrote CodeNEXT article for August LD newsletter. Very visible at City Hall; last three years: water, dis-annexation--with first had limited success for 200 residents with high bills; right now: Water, CodeNEXT & Trash Transition. Interests: stand up comedy, done poorly on occasion; travel; hiking/Barton Creek Wilderness; Springer Spaniels; cats; Bunco; children's literature; Mensa; Triple Nine Society.

Statement of Candidacy: Never sued anyone but being LCNA President means getting sued in ministerial capacity to grant requested relief if court orders LCNA apologies. Goals: nurture Picnic/Parade; host great LCCO-type speakers; partner with LD, LCCO, FOLC; restore financial transparency envisioned in 1995 Bylaws overhaul; insist on annual audit from Bylaws, years overdue; increase City Hall visibility especially w/r/t utility bills, taxes, dis-annexation, garbage; improve safety; competently monitor Eanes-Marshall Tract development; reduce Poll Tax Dues (tripled--$60--excessive); restore historical week minimum notice/ LCNA meetings, with agenda, voting items; restore website's "cable money deal" history; keep password-posted tax returns, balance sheets; reduce lone officer check authorization to $8000.00/check. Renew inexpensive, fun, popular Club Trivia Nights/other adult-geared activities, i.e. trip to Bamberger Ranch re "cedar" management. Concerns: ensuring every resident, dues-paid or not, has a voice, and an ACC vote; fewer than 25%/households join; spending 165K cable money reserve. LC cable subscribers 1983-2009 paid 5%/every bill to LCNA, assessed without knowledge/consent. In turn cable company/successors monopolized, causing excessive pricing/no competition. Fee-payers (some paid over $1000) should get to vote on spending reserve. Reality Check: not pressing supporters to pay $60/endure historically uncontrolled mob scene election, so realistic vote expectations under current flawed system. However, if elected, I'd work diligently. Thank you.

Thank you, 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.

LCNA Meeting Minutes Added for Residents - lcna.com Login Required

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 List

We 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.