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Collection Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Smolen Binder, 1987-1998

Embree Binder, 1987-1990

Austin History Center

Citizens for Airport Relocation and Airport Neighborhoods Environmental Defense Association Records

An Inventory of the Collection



Collection Summary

Creator: Embree, Alice
Creator: Smolen, Mark
Title: Citizens for Airport Relocation and Airport Neighborhoods Environmental Defense Association Records
Dates: 1987-1998
Dates (Bulk): 1987-1993
Abstract: Expanding or relocating the municipal airport was a highly contested issue during the 1980s and 1990s in Austin, Texas. Citizens for Airport Relocation (CARE) and Airport Neighborhoods Environmental Defense Association (ANEDA) formed during this time period to advocate for moving the airport to Manor, Texas. Bylaws, membership lists, meeting minutes, newsletters that include meeting agendas, internal memorandum, financial records, legal documents, reports, newspaper clippings, handbills, and fliers highlight the activities of both organizations from 1987 to 1998.
Accession number: AR.2017.024
Quantity: .4 linear feet (1 box)
Location: Archives stacks
Language: English
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,
810 Guadalupe, PO Box 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Sketch

In the mid-1970s the City of Austin started examining the problems with the Mueller Municipal Airport in Austin, Texas. Complaints about the Mueller Municipal Airport included: it was too small given the increase in population and would be inadequate by 1995; too dangerous because the short runways and residential nature of the neighborhood; and too noisy. Initial new locations included the joint use of the Bergstrom Air Force Base (AFB) and Manor, Texas. In 1976 joint use of Bergstrom AFB was denied and the Manor location was suggested but no action was taken. Again in the mid-1980s studies was conducted and both relocation and expansion of the current airport were examined and in 1984 the Airport Advisory Task Force recommended exploring relocation options. In 1985 voters rejected a non-binding referendum question on moving the airport by a small margin. The question came up again in 1987 because of the Federal Aviation Administration asked the City Council to reexamine relocation and suggested that they might be required to restrict the number of flights into Austin in the future because of conflicts with Bergstrom AFB. On November 3, 1987, City Council put forth two ballot propositions: Proposition 1 to construct a new airport on U.S. 209 just east of Manor and Proposition 2 to expand the current airport terminal and reorient the runways as to not conflict with Bergstrom AFB. Austin voters approved Proposition 1 to build a new airport and make interim improvements to Mueller. Work on the New Austin Municipal Airport at Manor master plan began despite the Sierra Club filing a lawsuit opposing the Manor site. In January 1990, during the final stages of completion of the Manor master plan, the U.S. Secretary of Defense announced that Bergstrom AFB was on a list of bases being studied for possible closure by 1993. On February 15, 1990, the Austin City Council authorized a study to investigate the feasibility of establishing a commercial airport at Bergstrom and halted land purchases in Manor. Later in 1990 it was determined that Bergstrom AFB would close and in 1991 the City decided to move the airport to Bergstrom AFB. On May 1, 1993, the issue was on the ballot one last time with Proposition 1 that asked should the Austin City Council be authorized to issue bonds to construct the new airport at Bergstrom AFB and close Mueller. Voters voted for the proposition with 63% approval. Mueller was closed to passenger service on May 22, 1999 and Austin Bergstrom International Airport opened the next day.

Expanding or relocating the municipal airport was a highly contested issue during the 1980s and 1990s in Austin and several citizen groups and task forces formed to advocate that the Mueller Municipal Airport be moved out of East Austin. Two of these groups were Citizens for Airport Relocation (CARE) and Airport Neighborhoods Environmental Defense Association (ANEDA). CARE organized in 1983 when a report proposed possible Mueller Municipal Airport expansion into the Windsor Park neighborhood. The group was active leading up to the 1985 airport vote in which voters failed to approve the relocation of the airport. When the airport relocation debate resurfaced again in 1986 CARE became active again. CARE was joined by other organizations such as the United East Austin Coalition and a citywide Move It! Committee and supported by the Austin Neighborhood Council, Save Austin's Neighborhoods and Environment and the Austin Chamber of Commerce in its efforts to encourage Austin residents to vote to move the airport to Manor. After the successful outcome of the Proposition 1 vote the group continued to lobby City Council to move forward with the work required to acquire the land and the develop a master plan for the airport. In 1990 when City Council began considering Bergstrom AFB as an alternative to Manor the group continued to advocate for Manor stating that the move to Bergstrom would cause the same problems for southeastern Travis County as it already did for Northeast Austin and considered the Bergstrom option as a "stall tactic." Once the plan to relocate the airport was finalized CARE focused on the environmental issues of Mueller and plans for redevelopment, endorsing a plan for a midtown village of residential and commercial development. The group pushed for dense development, seeing the airport land as an opportunity to combat sprawl.

Airport Neighborhoods Environmental Defense Association (ANEDA) was incorporated as a non-profit corporation in April, 1990 after the City halted plans to relocate the municipal airport to Manor while studying the feasibility of the Bergstrom Air Force Base. Membership included people that lived near Mueller Municipal Airport, some of whom were members of CARE, who felt that "the human cost of Robert Mueller need to be given a dollar signs so that these are not invisible to those who sit on City Council." Attorney Steven Adler filed a lawsuit in 1990 on behalf of five of the members against the City of Austin charging that jet noise was violating the noise abatement law passed in 1989. The lawsuit was ongoing until 1993 when voters authorized moving the airport to the Bergstrom site, at which point the group requested their attorney to take no further action. The group felt that the lawsuit served a useful purpose, reminding City officials of the costs associated with failing to relocate the airport, but with airport relocation efforts underway it seemed appropriate to dismiss the lawsuit.

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Scope and Contents

The Citizens for Airport Relocation and Airport Neighborhoods Environmental Defense Association Records are a combination of materials maintained by two members of both organizations dated from 1987 to 1998 with the majority of the materials dating from 1987 to 1993. Airport Neighborhoods Environmental Defense Association (ANEDA) organizational and administrative records include bylaws, membership lists, meeting minutes, newsletters that include meeting agendas, internal memorandum, and financial records. Additional ANEDA materials include records related to the lawsuit filed such as petitions, participation agreements, attorney fee contract, court documents, correspondence with Barron, Graham and Adler and updates sent to members. Citizens for Airport Relocation (CARE) records include membership lists, meeting agendas and minutes and distributed updates.

In addition there are materials that provide context for the entire debate including newspaper clippings about the 1993 ballot proposition, research on the effects of aircraft noise, the petition of reconsideration filed by the Manor Area Neighbors Association and Sierra Club in response to the Federal Aviation Administration's findings of no significant impact to operate an airport in Manor, reports and fact sheets distributed by the City of Austin regarding the Mueller Municipal Airport and Bergstrom AFB and a binder titled "Airport Activism 1980s" that includes press coverage of CARE and the Move It! campaign as well as examples of the fliers, door hangers, and mailers the group distributed.

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Arrangement

Materials are arranged into two series that represent the 2 three-ring binders in which the materials were originally housed.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open to all users

Use Restrictions

The Austin History Center (AHC) is the owner of the physical materials in the AHC collections and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the AHC before any publication use. The AHC does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Embree, Alice.
Smolen, Mark.
Adler, Steve.
Subjects (Organizations)
Citizens for Airport Relocation (Austin, Tex.).
Airport Neighborhoods Environmental Defense Association (Austin, Tex.).
Law Offices of Barron, Graham and Adler (Austin, Tex.).
Manor Area Neighbors Association.
Subjects
Airports--Texas--Austin.
Municipal government--Texas--Austin.
Noise pollution--Texas--Austin.
City planning--Texas--Austin.
Neighborhood government--Texas--Austin.
Political participation.
Public welfare--Texas--Austin.
Places
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (Austin, Tex.).
Robert Mueller Municipal Airport (Austin, Tex.).
East Austin (Tex.).
Manor (Tex.)
Austin (Tex.)--Environmental conditions.
Austin (Tex.)--Politics and government.
Document Types
Administrative records.
Agendas.
Bylaws.
Clippings.
Correspondence.
Handbills.
Legal documents.
Membership lists.
Notes.
Reports.
Meeting minutes.

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Related Material

General Collection


  • A 387.7362 Au Austin (Tex.), Property Purchase and Relocation Assistance: Information on How the City of Austin Will Acquire Property for the New Airport. 1996.
  • A 387.7362 AuAu7n Austin (Tex.). Office of the City Auditor, New Airport Project: Follow-up on Relocation. 1996.
  • A 387.7362 Sv Sverdrup-Gilbane, New Austin Municipal Airport Property Acquisition and Relocation Assistance Procedures Manual. 1991.
  • A 387.7362 AuAu7c Austin (Tex.). Office of the City Auditor, New Airport Project: Construction Progress, Labor Issues, and Readiness for Year 2000. 1998.
  • R 333.71 Ca Camp Dresser & McKee, Inc, Phase I Environmental Site Assessment, Robert Mueller Municipal Airport, Austin, Texas. 1996.
  • R 387.7362 Pr Proposed New Austin Airport at Bergstrom, City of Austin, Travis County, Texas: Final Environmental Impact Statement. 1994.
  • R 387.7362 Gr Greiner, Inc, FAR Part 150 Noise Study: Noise Exposure Maps and Noise Compatibility Plan : Prepared for City of Austin. 1994.
  • A 387.7362 Un United States. Dept. of Transportation, Record of Decision: New Austin Airport at Bergstrom. 1994.
  • A 387.736 AUC75F Final Report of Citizen's Task Force on the Economic Conversion of Bergstrom Air Force Base. 1991
  • A 387.7362 K KPMG Peat Marwick, City of Austin Presentation: New Airport Master Plan and Preliminary Financial Analysis. 1993.
  • A 387.736 AuB8r Austin (Tex.). Bergstrom Conversion Task Force, Final Report. 1993.
  • R 387.7362 K KPMG Peat Marwick, Master Plan Final Report New Austin Airport at Bergstrom. 1993.
  • A 387.7362 AuC71r Austin (Tex.). Citizens Task Force, Robert Mueller Municipal Airport Redevelopment: Final Report. 1991.
  • A 387.7362 So Sound Insulation of Three Schools Near Robert Mueller Municipal Airport. 1991.
  • A 387.7362 Fi Final Environmental Impact Statement: New Austin Airport, Manor, Texas. 1990.
  • A 387.736 AuD4422b Austin (Tex.). Dept. of Aviation, Bergstrom AFB Feasibility Study Final Report. 1990.
  • A 387.7362 FI Final Report: Master Plan for the New City of Austin Municipal Airport : CIP# 817825. 1990.
  • A 387.7362 Ne New Austin Airport: Finding of No Significant Impact. 1988.
  • A 387.7362 Tu Turner Collie & Braden Inc, Austin Airport Alternative Development Plan. 1987.
  • A 387.7362 Tu Turner Collie & Braden Inc, Austin Airport Alternate Site Evaluation and Selection Update. 1987.
  • A 387.7362 SY Synopsis of 1986 Report, Robert Mueller Municipal Airport. 1986.
  • A 387.7362 Re Re-evaluation of Airport Sites East of the Austin Metropolitan Area: Austin Airport Site Selection Study, 1979 : Summary Report. 1984.
  • A 387.7362 Au Austin (Tex.). Citizens' Airport Task Force, Austin Airport Task Force Minority Report. 1984.
  • A 387.7362 AuC498r Austin (Tex.). Citizens' Airport Task Force, Report of Citizens Airport Task Force. 1984.
  • A 387.7362 Ud Uddin, Waheed, A Study on Future Air Travel Demand and Space Needs at Austin Municipal Airport. 1983.
  • A 387.7362 AuD4422o Austin (Tex.). Dept. of Aviation, Overview Robert Mueller Municipal Airport Planning Process, 1974-1980. 1980.
  • A 387.7362 Au Austin (Tex.), Austin Airport Study. 1970.

Periodicals


  • Citizens for Airport Relocation The Plane Truth - 1988-1990
  • Austin (Tex.) Department of Aviation, Marketing Division Plane Fact- 1991-1994
  • Manor Area Neighbors Organization Newsletter 1988-1994
  • Move It To Bergstrom - 1 issue, 1990
  • Austin (Tex.) Department of Aviation New Airport News - 1993-1999
  • Newsletter of the Austin Airport Watch - 1988-1991

Archives & Manuscripts


Austin Files


  • AF Subject - Bergstrom Air Force Base B2580
  • AF Subject - Municipal Airport M8600

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Separated Material

Four issues of The Plane Truth (January 1989, March 1989, March 1990, April 1990) separated to Periodicals.

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Administrative Information

Custodial History

Materials donated by two members of Citizens for Airport Relocation and Airport Neighborhoods Environmental Defense Association.

Preferred Citation

Citizens for Airport Relocation and Airport Neighborhoods Environmental Defense Association Records (AR.2017.024). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/2017/060

Donation Date: 2017

Donor #: DO/2004/170

Donation Date: 204

Processing Information

Collection processed and finding aid encoded by Molly Hults in 2017. All the materials were originally housed in 2 three-ring binder. Materials were removed and foldered in original order.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Smolen Binder, 1987-1998

Box Folder
1 1 Airport Neighborhoods Environmental Defense Association, 1990-1996
2 Barron, Graham & Adler correspondence, 1990-1995
3 Citizens for Airport Relocation, 1987-1990
4 Mueller Municipal Airport and Bergstrom Air Force Base reports and fact sheets, 1990-1998, undated
5 Airport relocation Proposition 1 newspaper clippings, 1993
6 Petition for Reconsideration filed by Manor Area Neighbors Association, 1988
7 Aircraft noise research, 1988-1991, undated

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Embree Binder, 1987-1990

Box Folder
1 8 Airport Activism 1980s, 1987-1990

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