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Tag Archives: CodeNEXT

Thursday, August 16, 2018 by Jack Craver

Planning Commission wonders what to do after CodeNEXT

CodeNEXT might be dead, but most members of the Planning Commission seem to agree that they can’t give up on making big changes to the Land Development Code.For over a year, discussion of CodeNEXT has been a standing item on…

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Reagan going to court over sign rule secrecy

Billy Reagan, the owner of Reagan Signs, the best-known billboard company in the city of Austin, is looking forward to going to court later this month to try to find out why the city won’t let him see communications between…

Friday, August 10, 2018 by Syeda Hasan

Council votes unanimously to scrap CodeNEXT

City Council voted unanimously today to scrap CodeNEXT, the controversial overhaul of the city’s Land Development Code.In a resolution, Council said “due to a combination of significant disruptions to the process, CodeNEXT is no longer a suitable mechanism to achieve…

Thursday, August 2, 2018 by Audrey McGlinchy

‘Something has gone horribly wrong’: Adler calls for a reset on CodeNEXT process

Mayor Steve Adler wants the city to scrap CodeNEXT and start over.In a post to the City Council Message Board Wednesday, Adler asked that the city manager come up with a new process for updating the city’s 34-year-old Land Development…

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Creative groups highlight CodeNEXT’s impacts on arts, music spaces

A collection of arts and music organizations throughout Austin hope to do the next-to-impossible: bring a level of clarity and understanding to the city’s massive CodeNEXT document by focusing on the sections impacting the increasingly endangered creative community.In a treatise…

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 by Ryan Young

For CodeNEXT, signs of changes to come

CodeNEXT, Austin’s attempt to reform and simplify its Land Development Code, has been a lightning rod for controversy. Activists see the code, which controls everything from how high buildings can be built, how far back their foundations must be from…

Monday, July 23, 2018 by Jo Clifton

CodeNEXT testing: What to look for

Depending on who you ask, the testing of CodeNEXT, the rewrite of the city’s Land Development Code, is either an important exercise in moving the city toward more efficient construction or just an obscure game being played at City Hall.Members…

Thursday, July 19, 2018 by Jack Craver

So, what happens to CodeNEXT now?

Last month, a majority of City Council members, including Mayor Steve Adler, said they did not believe that a ballot initiative proposed by anti-CodeNEXT activists could be put before voters this November.While the initiative had received more than enough signatures…

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 by KUT News

Court orders Council to put CodeNEXT petition on the ballot

A district judge has ordered City Council to put a petition on the November ballot that, if passed, would require Land Development Code rewrites, such as CodeNEXT, to be approved by voters.The judge ruled that Council has a duty to put…

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 by Jack Craver

Some areas of the city care a lot more about CodeNEXT

What do Austinites think about CodeNEXT? It’s hard to say.A poll conducted by the Austin Chamber of Commerce, which supports CodeNEXT, found 45 percent in favor, 36 percent opposed and 19 percent unsure.When City Council recently held two public hearings…

Thursday, July 5, 2018 by Jack Craver

Council votes to ‘test’ CodeNEXT

City Council has asked the city manager to convene a group of development and design experts who will “test” the new regulations proposed in CodeNEXT.The idea is to have a group of building professionals – architects, engineers, urban planners –…

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 by Jack Craver

CodeNEXT targets major obstacle to density: Compatibility standards

One of the major divisions over CodeNEXT was brought into sharp relief during a Wednesday City Council special called meeting. The issue: compatibility standards and transition zones.Currently, what one can build on a property is based not just on how…

Friday, June 22, 2018 by Sommer Brugal

Zoning and Platting remains unhappy with PUD ordinance

With Draft 3 of CodeNEXT currently under review, the Zoning and Platting Commission voted to send a letter to the mayor and City Council concerning the code’s failure to address problems with the city’s current system of planned unit developments.Commissioner…

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 by Jack Craver

Four Council members urge for new direction on CodeNEXT

Four City Council members signaled their discontent with the current direction of CodeNEXT process and announced an effort to develop a new code that is “equitable, sustainable, accessible, vibrant and community-driven.”Surrounded by supporters at a City Hall press conference Tuesday…

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Board of Adjustment wants in on CodeNEXT

The Board of Adjustment thinks that it was not given enough say in the code rewrites that are going to make up CodeNEXT, considering that it is the board that rules on variances to the city’s zoning regulations.At its June 11 meeting, even…

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…

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