Virtual meeting via Zoom on Wednesday, July 22 at 6pm and Sunday, August 2 at 2pm
WHO: Hillcrest Residents and the Hillcrest Residents Association Design Overlay District (DOD) Committee: Bruce McMath, chairman; Scott Smith; Antoinette Johnson; Carolyn Newbern; Chris Parker; John Burnett and Bill Rector
WHAT: Two meetings to discuss DOD updates
WHEN: Wednesday, July 22 at 6pm and Sunday, August 2 at 2pm
WHERE: The meetings will be held over Zoom; look for the link at hillcrestresidents.com on the day of the meeting, shortly beforehand
AGENDA: Receive a brief DOD updates project overview, followed by a more detailed discussion among the DOD committee members. A question-and-answer session will follow the discussion and next steps will be discussed.
JOIN THE ZOOM MEETINGS:
Jul 22, 2020 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada):
Meeting ID: 863 7395 6370
Aug 2, 2020 02:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada):
Meeting ID: 834 0558 3451
Please sign our petition to show support for these amendments and protecting our historic architecture and community.
Hillcrest was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990 and is the largest historic district in Arkansas. The Hillcrest Design Overlay District Ordinance was created in 2007 to help protect our neighborhood’s historic district designation by ensuring that properties avoid teardown and overbuilding. Thirteen years later, it’s time to review the DOD ordinance and make a series of recommended updates to the City of Little Rock for consideration. The all-volunteer DOD committee, which has taken on this task, represents the professions of land rights attorney, civil rights attorney, real estate professional and developer, architect, historic preservationist and design consultant, and all are Hillcrest enthusiasts, of course. The goal of the committee is to provide a series of measurable recommendations to strengthen the DOD for continued historic district designation preservation, as well as preservation and continuity of Hillcrest’s architectural heritage and walkability. Recommended updates to the DOD include new side yard setback parameters, floor-to-area ratio modifications for existing structures and floor-to-area ratio parameters for new construction, new sidewalk width minimums and locations, and new zoned non-residential building parameters, including street-facing entrances. Once the DOD recommendations meetings have concluded, the DOD committee will meet to review public feedback and determine next steps.
To learn more information about the recommended amendments view the document below, "The Hillcrest Neighborhood Risks Losing Its Status on the National Register of Historic Places!"
WHEN: 6:00 pm Monday, August 10, 2020.
WHERE: Via Zoom. (Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for a link to the meeting.)
BUSINESS: Election of new directors. Slate of nominees described below.
WHO CAN VOTE: Members of the Association whose dues are current.
The Hillcrest Residents Association will hold its annual meeting at 6:00pm, Monday, August 10. The meeting will be conducted by Zoom. In order to participate, you must send an e-mail to Marian Boyd at email@example.com requesting the code for the meeting. All members in good standing of the Association will be entitled to vote at the meeting. The only business currently before the meeting is the election of five new directors. The Nominating Committee has prepared a slate of nominees, described below. Other business may be brought before the membership.
Based on the current situation with Covid-19, the Board has decided that this year’s meeting should be a virtual meeting using Zoom. You must send an e-mail to Marian Boyd firstname.lastname@example.org and request the link to the Zoom meeting. Members whose dues are current will be sent an e-mail with the link and instructions on joining the meeting. If you are not current in your dues, you will be notified of that and you may pay your dues and become current at any time prior to the close of business on Friday, August 7, when the membership roll will be finalized.
The Nominating Committee has proposed the following slate of nominees:
Jan Hollenberg: Just over a year ago, my family returned to Hillcrest and moved to Kenyon Street. My husband and I are both 3rd generation Hillcrest residents. We have three daughters, and like myself, all are graduates of PHMS and LRCH. I have served as PTA Treasurer and President at Forest Park Elementary and PHMS, served on the Children’s Board at PHUMC, and would look forward to being actively involved with Hillcrest Residents Association. For the past 8 years, I have worked in the Brain Imaging Research Center at UAMS, where we are very dedicated to community engagement.
Ross Noland: Ross Noland lives on Crystal Court with his wife, Ali, children Willa and Brady, and Irish Terrier Gunny. When not at home in Hillcrest, Ross and his family enjoy the trails and rivers of our state. Ross is a Little Rock Central High graduate, and his children are enrolled in public schools in the neighborhood. He is the owner of Noland Law Firm and Executive Director of the Buffalo River Foundation. The Noland Family's favorite attributes of Hillcrest are the sense of community and Saturday morning farmer's markets!
Beth Person: Beth Butcher Person was born and raised in Little Rock, where she attended Central High School. She has a BA in History and has been a small business owner here for years. She has been a Hillcrest resident for over twenty years, and raised her sons, Spencer (23) and Russell (21) here. Beth is very interested in the history of Hillcrest. Many of her neighbors have lived in their houses since the 1950’s and 60’s, and she loves hearing their stories. Her current home was built in 1950. The original owner was a police officer that was called to the Central High crises. She loves the sound of the monkeys from the zoo, the church bells, and all manner of sports noises from Scott Field and War Memorial. She is deeply invested in the future of our beautiful and historic neighborhood.
Caroline Reddmann: Caroline has worked in Advertising and Marketing for over 8 years, starting her career with JWT / Ogilvy in Rogers, Arkansas. For the last five years, she has held the role of Social Media Manager and Strategist for CJRW here in Little Rock. Since moving to Little Rock, Caroline has represented CJRW as a Chamber of Commerce Ambassador and she currently serves as an active board member of the Downtown Little Rock Partnership. Caroline has a lovely dog named Lucy and has lived in Hillcrest for over three years. She and her boyfriend Jesse enjoy hiking in Allsopp Park and walking around the neighborhood with their dog.
Henry Rice: Henry Rice is a Little Rock native, Central High School and University of Arkansas graduate. He currently works at the Bureau of Legislative Research at the State Capitol Complex, where his dad worked as well, eliciting dreaded 'Bring your son to work jokes' - for several years. Upon getting his MBA in 2019, Henry needed a project and began restoring his 1928 bungalow back to that time period. He has a passion for making old things good again, which was learned from his grandfather. Looking to the future, Henry hopes to find another vinyl-clad house in Hillcrest and return it to its previous glory.
The slate shall be considered as a whole, with one yes or no vote on the entire slate, unless a motion is made from the floor and duly adopted requesting a vote on each candidate severally. Additional nominations may be made from the floor. Members elected at the 2020 annual meeting will serve three-year terms that will expire at the annual meeting in 2023.
The following directors have terms expiring at the annual meeting in 2021: Marian Boyd, Antoinette Johnson, Laurel Lawrence, Barbara Miles. All are eligible for re-election at that time.
The following directors have terms expiring at the annual meeting in 2022: Lisa Davis, Janet Flegal, Luke Kramer, Pittman Ware. All are eligible for re-election at that time.
Karen Konarski-Hart continues to serve as ex-officio director, representing the Hillcrest Merchants Association.
The following directors are leaving the board: Eric McDaniel, Jim Hathaway, Beth Phelps, and Nancy Leonhardt.
Upon election of the new directors, the board shall convene to conduct business, which will include electing officers for the positions of President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. A detailed agenda will be announced prior to the annual meeting.
The Communication Committee is in charge of the Hillcrest Residents Association newsletter. Other board members are currently working hard to get a website and Facebook presence up and running.
The HRA is working with the Hillcrest Neighborhood Watch (HNW), Hillcrest Merchants Association and the developers of hillcrestburglars.com to develop strategies to increase awareness to Hillcrest neighbors about crime, strengthen our Neighborhood Watch group and coordinate with the City of Little Rock and the LRPD. If you are interested in helping with this effort, please contact Barbara Miles at email@example.com and look at the blogpost on our website for more ideas that we would like to implement! Also, attend the LRPD's quarterly meetings at 3917 W 12th St. (the next scheduled meeting is April 18 at 6pm), and like the HNW facebook page and the HRA facebook page for updates on issues related to safety and crime, and meeting updates.
Over the past few months the Preservation and Planning Committee has been focused on the following issues/projects:
In addition, the Preservation and Planning committee regularly reviews re-zoning requests from the City to determine if neighborhood action is recommended. The upcoming agenda for the committee includes a follow up on the UAMS Projects, and a discussion of Transportation and Parking in Hillcrest.
The membership committee has recently completed an annual membership campaign and recruited new members. We currently have approximately 200 households in the neighborhood. The committee meets on June 19 to develop a plan of action for the coming year with a goal of increasing membership and engagement in the neighborhood. A summary of that meeting will be on line as it is available. If you would like to join the membership committee, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Any current member is eligible to participate and we welcome new ideas!
The Bylaws Committee’s work culminated with the approval by the membership at the annual meeting on May 13 of Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation and Amended and Restated By-Laws. These new documents modernize provisions relating to governance of the Association and can be found above, in the "In the Know" section.