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Tag Archives: CodeNEXT

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Austin aims to simplify the language around CodeNEXT

The upcoming second draft of Austin’s new Land Development Code is expected to eliminate one of its key zoning tools, known as “transect” zones, which focus on a building’s form rather than its use.In theory, transect zones would allow for…

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Council looks to adjust TOD density bonus programs

An extra helping of housing for low-income families could be coming to near East Austin soon thanks to action taken by City Council on Thursday.The body unanimously supported an item sponsored by Council Member Pio Renteria and aimed at allowing…

Thursday, August 10, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

MAP: Central Austin neighborhoods are providing the most feedback on CodeNEXT

The complete rewrite of the city’s Land Development Code known as CodeNEXT will have significant effects on housing, transportation and commercial development throughout Austin in the coming years. But so far, public input on the code has been anything but…

Monday, August 7, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Cool for cats?

It is in Austin!… During a discussion of the Aquatic Master Plan during a City Council work session last Tuesday, Council Member Delia Garza highlighted the dearth of public pools in her southeastern district, which includes parts of Del Valle.…

Monday, July 31, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Flag lots could be making a comeback

There’s more to CodeNEXT than zoning, believe it or not, and last week the land use commissions received an update from staff on non-zoning changes that would be part of the rewrite’s second draft, with the hottest item of discussion…

Friday, July 28, 2017 by Jack Craver

Clarksville meeting displays fear of CodeNEXT and density

On Wednesday night the pews at St. Luke United Methodist Church in Clarksville were packed with nearby residents who had come to hear about how their surroundings would be impacted by CodeNEXT, the proposed rewrite of the city’s Land Development…

Thursday, July 27, 2017 by Lisa Dreher

Community Development Commission grapples with CodeNEXT

The Community Development Commission voiced frustration over lack of outreach and discussion with the CodeNEXT team during a special called meeting earlier this month.The first draft of CodeNEXT, Austin’s land code rewrite, has been out since January, but some commissioners…

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 by Jack Craver

The many balancing acts in Austin’s quest for affordable housing

When it comes to providing housing that is affordable to Austin’s poor and working-class residents, city leaders have very few tools at their disposal.The city is barred by state law from implementing the types of regulations that other major cities…

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

CodeNEXT divides commission, spurs review of recommendation process

No city commission has been as prolific in its criticism of CodeNEXT than the Zoning and Platting Commission, and the commission fired off another letter of recommendation at its July 18 meeting in an effort to get feedback in before…

Monday, July 24, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Use your judgment

Judge judging the judge… It seems not everyone is a fan of County Judge Sarah Eckhardt’s iron-fisted management of Travis County Commissioners Court meetings. Her refusal last week to allow Commissioner Jeff Travillion to interject a question in the middle…

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Signs fail to point the way at Planning Commission

Though it hasn’t gotten a lot of attention, local sign regulations could drastically change with the implementation of CodeNEXT. While that is still a ways away, that didn’t stop the image of Austin’s homey neighborhoods being overrun by digital billboards…

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 by Sommer Brugal

Human Rights Commission talks density bonuses

Housing affordability in Austin as it relates to CodeNEXT was the center of attention at the Human Rights Commission meeting on Monday, June 26. On behalf of Austin Habitat for Humanity, Greg Anderson, the organization’s director of operations, presented a…

Friday, July 7, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

For some Austin residents, CodeNEXT spurs fears of gentrification

When we talk about gentrification in Austin, the conversation tends to center around rapid redevelopment on the city’s east side. But residents of other neighborhoods near the city center have their eyes on the changes that Austin’s new land development…

Friday, July 7, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Recent study reveals benefits of Austin’s historic neighborhoods

Longtime Austin residents and historic preservation advocates have new data to back up their defense of neighborhood character thanks to a report that has made its way into local CodeNEXT discussions.Last week, Council Member Leslie Pool shared a link to…

Monday, July 3, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Commission fights for seat at CodeNEXT table

The Zoning and Platting Commission has been perceived by some as the proverbial “stick in the mud” since the CodeNEXT drafting process began earlier this year, but a resolution passed at City Council’s most recent meeting reiterates the commission’s inability…

Friday, June 30, 2017 by Jack Craver

CodeNEXT likely to ditch transect zones

One of the key concepts underpinning the proposed revamp of the city’s land development code will likely not be included in the next draft of the proposal, city staff informed City Council members Wednesday.The team responsible for drafting the new…

Friday, June 30, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Flexibility, affordability top CodeNEXT concerns for creatives

Ambitions for flexible arts spaces, affordable living options and improved transit options are some of the common themes among artists and their supporters considering how they want CodeNEXT to reshape the city’s growth.Those viewpoints were among the dozens offered Wednesday…

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Austin architects say CodeNEXT limits opportunity for ‘missing middle’ housing

As Austin’s new land development code, known as CodeNEXT, is being written, city staff and the private sector are working to understand how it will shape future development.Last month, members of the Austin Chapter of the American Institute of Architects…

Thursday, June 22, 2017 by Jack Craver

CodeNEXT proposes new program to bolster affordable housing

CodeNEXT, the proposed overhaul of the city’s Land Development Code, dramatically expands an existing city program that offers developers incentives to build housing reserved for low- and middle-income buyers and renters.In a presentation to City Council members on Wednesday, the…

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 by Jack Craver

Evolve Austin wants to make the case for density

A coalition of businesses and nonprofits hopes to mobilize people to support a new Land Development Code that will make Austin more compact and connected.On Monday, Evolve Austin announced its plans for a yearlong grassroots campaign fueled by volunteer canvassers…

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