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Tag Archives: CodeNEXT

Thursday, June 14, 2018 by Jack Craver

CodeNEXT: Council debates supply and demand

Underpinning much of the debate over development and affordability in Austin is a simple question: Does increasing the number of homes make housing more affordable?At a Wednesday City Council meeting over CodeNEXT, Council members Alison Alter and Leslie Pool suggested…

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 by Jack Craver

Council confronts thorny issue: How much more housing does Austin need?

City Council members engaged in yet another rambling, inconclusive debate over CodeNEXT Tuesday morning, this time over the amount of new housing that the new code should allow to be built.Currently, Council members are not in the process of actually…

Monday, June 11, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Environmental Commission rejects Planning Commission CodeNEXT amendment

At their June 6 meeting, members of the Environmental Commission found themselves faced with an unusual question: “What if developers had the right to build up to 90 percent of their base impervious cover without having to abide by the…

Thursday, June 7, 2018 by Jack Craver

CodeNEXT: Council agrees on big things but disagrees on key details

During their first day of deliberations on CodeNEXT, City Council members signaled agreement on a number of high-level statements about encouraging the construction of more housing along transportation corridors and not adding significant density to the interior of neighborhoods.And yet,…

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Adopting code a significant challenge

Mayor Steve Adler continued his quest to gain consensus on CodeNEXT Tuesday as City Council began to deliberate adoption of the new Land Development Code. In pursuit of that end, Adler gave each person on the dais – including City…

Monday, June 4, 2018 by Jo Clifton

City sued over CodeNEXT sign information

Billboard company owner Billy Reagan, who helped fund the petition drive to put the new Land Development Code on the November ballot, has sued the city. His suit is not to be confused with the lawsuit filed last week to…

Thursday, May 31, 2018 by Jack Craver

Planning commissioners feeling (relatively) good about CodeNEXT

Despite their own differences in opinion on development and the fever-pitch rhetoric surrounding CodeNEXT at City Hall, members of the Planning Commission generally have a positive outlook on the controversial overhaul of the Land Development Code.“I’m not going to say…

Friday, May 25, 2018 by Audrey McGlinchy

Council votes not to put CodeNEXT petition on ballot

City Council members have voted against putting a CodeNEXT petition to a public vote, instead allowing a threatened lawsuit to proceed and a judge to determine whether the city is required to do so.“Putting this on the ballot is not…

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 by Jack Craver

Adler tries to find consensus on CodeNEXT

As City Council prepares to begin deliberations on CodeNEXT next month, Mayor Steve Adler acknowledged Tuesday that no other issue that he has confronted during his three and a half years in office has divided the community as much as…

Monday, May 21, 2018 by Jack Craver

CodeNEXT: What’s the plan, here?

After seeing the city spend five years and $8.5 million on CodeNEXT, some members of the Planning Commission are worried that the final product will be little more than a “plan to plan.”Currently, the commission is in the process of…

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 by Jack Craver

Planning commissioners spar over reduced lot sizes in CodeNEXT

The 13 volunteer citizens appointed to the city Planning Commission spent eight grueling hours Monday night proposing and debating changes to CodeNEXT.It was a stark contrast to the the treatment the proposed code overhaul received from the city’s other land…

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 by Jack Craver

Planning commissioners propose ‘anti-McMansion ordinance’ for CodeNEXT

Three members of the Planning Commission have proposed a series of “anti-displacement” measures in CodeNEXT that they say will discourage demolitions of existing low-cost housing and incentivize the construction of smaller units that middle-income people can afford.Speaking to reporters at…

Monday, May 14, 2018 by Jack Craver

Zoning and Platting Commission recommends scrapping CodeNEXT entirely

One of the city’s two citizen land use commissions has decided that CodeNEXT, the overhaul of the city’s Land Development Code that has been in the works for five years and has cost the city $8.5 million, is a lost…

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by Jack Craver

Divisions over city’s future on display at CodeNEXT forum

After a similarly lengthy forum on Saturday, members of the city’s two land use commissions – the Planning Commission and the Zoning and Platting Commission – endured four hours of public testimony Tuesday night over CodeNEXT, the proposed overhaul of…

Monday, April 30, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Is CodeNEXT spreading?

Contagion… Is the trauma of CodeNEXT spreading to other Central Texas cities? That’s the horrific question at least one Sunset Valley resident must have asked herself when she opened her mailbox recently. Inside was a postcard sent by the city…

Thursday, April 26, 2018 by Jo Clifton

CodeNEXT: The devil is in the details

As the development process for the land use code rewrite known as CodeNEXT has progressed, a common refrain heard from critics is that it will drastically alter Austin’s existing zoning. However, at Tuesday’s work session, Planning and Zoning Department Director…

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 by Jack Craver

Planning Commissioners zero in on CodeNEXT mapping

CodeNEXT, the seemingly interminable process of rewriting the city’s land use regulations, has been guided by two distinct goals. The first is to provide a simpler code that is easier for the layperson to understand, including by introducing new language…

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Clerk certifies anti-CodeNEXT petition

City Clerk Jannette Goodall on Monday certified that she and her staff had validated enough signatures to require the city to place a referendum on CodeNEXT, the proposed rewrite of the city’s Land Development Code, on the November ballot.According to…

Monday, April 23, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Scoot on

Much ado about scooting… As best as we can tell, the Scooter Wars hyped up on social media have largely been playing out as a sitzkrieg. Absent thus far is the oppressive sidewalk clutter – dubbed “mobility spam” by one…

Monday, April 9, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Environmental Commission recommends CodeNEXT drainage regulations with review

How many complaints on an issue are sufficient to warrant a change in city code? This question cropped up continually at the April 4 meeting of the Environmental Commission as commissioners worked to pass a resolution regarding CodeNEXT drainage regulations.According…

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