Welcome to the Brentwood Neighborhood Association website

Brentwood is a neighborhood in north central Austin, Texas. The area is bordered by Burnet Road on the west, Lamar Blvd on the east, 45th Street on the south and Justin Lane on the north. The City of Austin annexed most of the neighborhood in 1946 and purchased the land next to Brentwood Elementary to establish the neighborhood's Brentwood Park in 1951. Running through the middle of the area is a tree-lined street named Arroyo Seco which follows a creek of the same name. This is the site of an annual holiday luminaria presentation.

Brentwood is now a trendy and popular area that is home to gorgeous tree-lined streets and established homes. Many of the homes are bungalow style homes, normally one story, and have a low to medium pitched roof and simple, rectangular shapes. Many were originally two bedrooms and were purchased by GIs who wanted to start families following WWII. The combination of original residents who never left the 'hood and a growing number of young professsionals have built a strong community which fits perfectly with the style of Austin.Welcome to Brentwood, y'all!!!

Volunteers In Communities Tutoring Our Responsible Youth​

Volunteers In Communities Tutoring Our Responsible Youth​
VICTORY is an Austin ISD tutoring program that offers free tutoring to Austin residents (including private and charter schools) in grades 1-12 at the following seven public library branches throughout the Austin area:  

Little Walnut
Twin Oaks
University Hills
Ruiz
Cepeda
Southeast
Carver
Tutoring is available for all subjects.
Tutoring is offered Monday - Thursday from 3-8 pm. Tutoring days vary by site.

BNA General Membership Meeting 02/19/14


Brentwood Neighborhood Association General Membership meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 19th at 7:00 pm at the North Austin Lions Club at 1103 Justin Lane.

We will be electing this year’s officers and steering committee; our current slate of Officers is: Dale Henry (President), Mike McChesney (Vice President), Evan Rivera (Secretary) and Angie Ward (Treasurer). Our nominations for Steering Committee include: Pam Leighton-Burwell, Michele Holt, Don Leighton-Burwell, John Halaburt, Bill Morgan, Chase Norris, and Sam Shore. We will also take nominations from the floor and are always looking for volunteers.

We will be reviewing BNA accomplishments over the past year, discussing an Arroyo Seco Improvement Project and other goals for 2014, and address common concerns in the neighborhood.

February is also the month to pay your neighborhood association dues. You can pay your dues in person at the meeting or pay via PayPal through this website.  At only $10/year, we are asking for your support by paying your dues and showing your willingness to sustain the works of our association. Do your part and let us know that you care about your neighborhood!

Curbside Organics Collection Pilot Progam


Austin Resource Recovery is excited to announce that select homes in the Brentwood neighborhood were chosen to participate in the City of Austin’s Curbside Organics Collection Pilot (see map). Pilot participants will receive weekly curbside collection of food scraps, food-soiled paper and yard trimmings.

Why an Organics Collection Pilot?
Nearly half of the materials that end up in Austin’s landfills are compostable!
Collecting organic materials at the curb will keep valuable materials out of our landfills, reduce harmful greenhouse gases and help Austin accomplish Zero Waste by 2040.

What’s Next?
In February, participating homes will receive additional information, including helpful tips and guidelines for the new organics collection service. A green, 96-gallon cart will be delivered to homes the week of Feb. 17. We’ll keep you informed throughout this process and would like to work with you to help make sure residents have the information they need.

Austin Resource Recovery also will host an informational open house where residents can learn what goes in the green organics cart, discover the benefits of the new service and ask questions. Attendees will receive a free kitchen compost collector (while supplies last), and refreshments will be provided.

Open House:
Feb. 12, 2014, 5-7 p.m.
Old Quarry Library, 7051 Village Center Dr., Austin, TX 78731

Questions? 

Austin Resource Recovery is here to help. For more information, instructional videos and downloadable resources, residents can visit austintexas.gov/austincomposts or call 512-974-1945. If you have specific questions, feel free to email us.

Austin Marathon and Half Marathon


On February 16, 2014 the Austin Marathon and Half Marathon will take place on the streets of Austin.  An estimated 20,000 runners and 20,000 spectators will take part in the Marathon and Half Marathon. The race will begin at 7:00am on Congress Ave near 16th Street and conclude with a post race festival located between 5th and 11th street on historic Congress Ave.

As in previous years, Brentwood will be right in the heart of the action. This is a great opportunity for our community to come out and cheer on the participants as they edge closer to reaching their individual goals (in previous years we were located at approximately the 20 mile mark of the course). It is also an occasion for traffic and access issues.

The route utilizes Congress Ave., South 1st St., Cesar Chavez St., Winsted Ln., Enfield Rd., Exposition Blvd., 35th St., Bull Creek Rd., Shoal Creek Blvd., Great Northern Blvd., Foster Ln., Arroyo Seco, Woodrow Ave., North Loop Blvd., 53rd St., Duval St., MLK Blvd., San Jacinto Blvd. and other local roads.  Please see the attached map for the 2014 race route.

Roads along the route will begin closing at 6:00am and will remain closed until the last runner passes.

A comprehensive traffic control plan, which will be approved by the City of Austin Right-of-Way Management, will be used to position barricades along the route. Cross traffic will be allowed to cross the route at certain intersections staffed by officers from the Austin Police Department. City of Austin required public notice signs will go out along the route, 14 days prior to the event along with letters to business and residences. 


For more information about the race, please checkout the information at http://youraustinmarathon.com/ .

Here are some resources provided by the race organizers that you might want to check out in order to plan your day accordingly:

Road Closure Details

More traffic coming to Burnet Road


by Sam Shore

It will come as no surprise to anyone living or driving along the stretch of Burnet Road from 2222/Koenig lane south to North Loop that traffic is heavy and often problematic. This section of Burnet Road is much more narrow than the rest of Burnet to the north of 2222/Koenig Lane leaving no room for turn lanes and no buffering distance for pedestrians or cyclists. Development of residential and business properties has increased dramatically along this stretch and brought additional traffic. One development scheduled for completion by November 2013 is the 179 unit apartment complex, Burnet Flats, being built between Adams Ave and Clay in the Brentwood neighborhood. The only ingress and egress from this development is on Adams Ave, a 27 foot wide residential street. This project was approved by the city in spite of the fact that it will increase traffic on Adams Ave from the current 560 trips per day to 1,760 - a 215% increase.

As a resident on Adams Ave with 3 small children, I am concerned the increased traffic will present a significant spike in the life safety risks in the immediate neighborhood along Adams, Ullrich and Clay. A small group of residents from this area and the Brentwood Neighborhood Association have been working with the city staff and the developers of Burnet Flats (Ardent Residential) to address the immediate traffic concerns. Ardent has offered to pay for a signal at this intersection in recognition of the traffic impact on the neighborhood. The city staff has continually been opposed to having a traffic signal along this stretch of Burnet saying it is not "warranted". However, they may reconsider.

In mid-January a meeting was held with the city transportation staff to seek traffic solutions. A key aspect of the discussion focused on traffic calming and installing a traffic light at the intersection of Adams and Burnet. The goal is to encourage Burnet Flats traffic to use the Burnet/Adams intersection rather than to cut through the neighborhood to find places to get onto Burnet or Koenig lanes. If you have ever tried to use this intersection you know that it is a harrowing experience to turn left or right onto Burnet due in large part to the non-perpendicular angle of the approach to Burnet and the fact that there are very few gaps in the traffic that come barreling north and south on Burnet. The stretch from Northland to North Loop is the longest space between signals that exists when you look at traffic signals between 2222/Koenig and Hancock. Because of this distance, city staff refers to the Northland to North Loop section as a "bowling alley" (with us pedestrians as the pins).

At the January Allandale Neighborhood Association (ANA) Executive Committee meeting, this situation and the possibility of a signal at Adams and Burnet was presented by me and Don Leighton-Burwell from the Brentwood Neighborhood Association. Representatives from ANA were invited to participate in discussions with the city to do two things - to come to a decision on having a light at this intersection and to engage in a discussion of area-wide traffic planning. On February 1st, a follow up meeting was held with city staff and representatives of both neighborhood associations. Discussion of the proposed signal and traffic planning for the area has begun and follow up with the transportation engineers is scheduled to occur in the next few weeks.

From my perspective we have gained the attention of the appropriate people from the city. The challenge will be to quickly come up with acceptable solutions and get the city staff to implement those solutions. There is a risk of missing this opportunity to make traffic improvements along this stretch of Burnet Rd due to prolonged planning, analysis, and inability to arrive at a consensus on viable solutions to present to the city. If you are interested and concerned you can let me (Sam Shore) know by sending an email to seshore@gmail.com


Austin Energy Tree Trimming

Austin Energy sent information to the Brentwood Neighborhood Association about pruning and removing trees near electrical lines. We wanted everyone to have access to this information so that property owners understand the process and how to protect their property resources. The document can be viewed at the following link: 

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B9ysZBqQJwnNOVJlWnprYmtyWkU/edit?pli=1