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Tag Archives: CodeNEXT

Thursday, October 19, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Commission vents about CodeNEXT’s momentum

Somewhere, hiding mysteriously in the drafting timeline of the new land use code, there is a point of no return. The Zoning and Platting Commission, a body that has repeatedly called for the CodeNEXT review process to be slowed down,…

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by Jessi Devenyns

Environmental Commission stalls on CodeNEXT 2.0

CodeNEXT once again took center stage at a meeting of the Environmental Commission earlier this month, when commissioners refrained from recommending the second draft of the Land Development Code rewrite, with a hope that they would have comments prepared just…

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

CodeNEXT density increase could mean parking requirement decrease

The spirit of road rage sometimes goes beyond Austin’s congested highways and injects itself into debates revolving around the city’s transit problems. That angst could be felt at the Oct. 10 Planning Commission meeting, when staff presented how parking requirements…

Monday, October 16, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Sticking with what we know

Such a tease… Travis County Commissioner Jeff Travillion’s recent appointment to the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors was probably all but guaranteed given the circumstances – his avowed interest in transit on top of the need to politically…

Friday, October 13, 2017 by Jack Craver

Council pushes ahead with CodeNEXT contract

City Council has voted to authorize spending what is supposed to be the final chunk of money allocated for the consultants hired to craft CodeNEXT, the rewrite of the city’s Land Development Code.The $2.27 million will go to Opticos Design…

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

We collected your CodeNEXT fears. And then tried to fact-check them.

Nearly 100 people crammed into a back room of a South Austin lodge to hear Mayor Steve Adler tackle some boring stuff.Made up mostly of members of the Bouldin Creek Neighborhood Association, the audience sat in cushioned beige chairs looking…

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Commission casts aside CodeNEXT timeline

A code rewrite is by nature a precarious undertaking, where even an informal conversation can trigger a tectonic shift in the entire process. At its Oct. 10 meeting, the Planning Commission played around with the idea of shifting gears to…

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Misgivings clear the way for an East Austin ADU

Doubts about CodeNEXT and a belief in the capricious nature of city staff added up to a win for the future of an East Austin accessory dwelling unit at the most recent meeting of the Board of Adjustment.Jim Wittliff spoke…

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 by Jack Craver

Push on at Council to delay CodeNEXT vote

Council Member Leslie Pool is pushing to further delay a vote on CodeNEXT, the controversial rewrite of Austin’s Land Development Code that is already years behind schedule.In a message to fellow City Council members Monday evening, Pool suggested rethinking the…

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 by Michael Theis

Mapping CodeNEXT: Units and Height

Austin’s proposed land use code rewrite would line major city corridors with narrow strips of dense, mixed-use development zoning. But just behind those ribbons of mixed-use street design, vast swaths of Central Austin neighborhoods would remain much less dense.These two…

Monday, October 9, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

The new ‘old code’ zoning category makes waves at commission

If adopted, CodeNEXT will be a total rewrite of the Land Development Code, but as comprehensive as the revisions will be, remnants of the old code will remain. At their Oct. 3 joint meeting, the land use commissions learned about…

Friday, October 6, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

CodeNEXT 2.0 facilitates affordable housing, but where?

The Halloween deadline for CodeNEXT’s third draft recommendations is closing in for the land use commissions, and the sense of urgency that has driven the review process thus far teetered on full-blown panic at Tuesday’s joint meeting. The new land…

Monday, October 2, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: More like Fist City

And the most music-friendly city in Texas is?… Not Austin. At least not according to the Texas Music Office and its new Music Friendly Communities program, which last week recognized Fort Worth as its first member. The program is part of…

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Will CodeNEXT help protect against the next big flood?

When Hurricane Harvey inundated Houston last month, the city’s flood mitigation deficiencies came under fire. In Austin, the Halloween Floods of 2013 and 2015 raised similar questions about Austin’s infrastructure, so commissioners at the Sept. 19 joint land use meeting…

Monday, September 25, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Commissioners poke holes in consultant’s housing capacity predictions

Austinites would like CodeNEXT to solve a lot of the city’s problems, and the housing crisis is chief among those problems.At the Sept. 19 meeting of the joint land use commissions, John Fregonese of Fregonese Associates claimed that the second…

Monday, September 25, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Oompa Loompa, doompa-dee-doo

I’ve got another puzzle for you… The “downtown puzzle” continues to, well, puzzle. At the moment, Mayor Steve Adler’s plan for downtown that includes funding for music, homelessness, and Austin Convention Center expansion using Hotel Occupancy Tax revenue and a…

Monday, September 25, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Austin Monitor Radio: CodeNEXT with Community Not Commodity

This week, Community Not Commodity’s Michael Wong and Barbara McArthur join Austin Monitor editor Liz Pagano to talk CodeNEXT. The discussion, which tackles the second draft of the code, how the rewrite could negatively impact neighborhoods and why the group…

Friday, September 22, 2017 by Kate Groetzinger

Longtime Austin activists team up to petition for a public vote on CodeNEXT

On the eve of the release of the second draft of CodeNEXT, longtime Austin activists Fred Lewis and Linda Curtis threw the city a curveball related to the Land Development Code rewrite: a petition that, if successful, would put the…

Thursday, September 21, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

CodeNEXT 2.0 is here, but supplemental materials are missing

At the Sept. 19 joint land use commissions meeting, the dazzling presentations detailing the new aspects of the second CodeNEXT draft could not overshadow supplemental information that was missing. Commissioners expressed frustration with city staff and consultants who they said…

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: CodeNEXT with Evolve

This week, Evolve Austin’s Eric Goff and Austin Housing Coalition Executive Director Nicole Joslin chat with Austin Monitor freelance reporter Caleb Pritchard and editor Liz Pagano about CodeNEXT. To hear more about Evolve’s take on what needs fixing in the…

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