Tag Archives: CodeNEXT

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…

Friday, April 6, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Landmark commission drills down on CodeNEXT

As the final draft of CodeNEXT inches ever closer to City Council, city commissions are compiling their recommendations in preparation. This week, the Historic Landmark Commission took a look at the third draft of the Land Development Code rewrite at…

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 by Jack Craver

Garza, Renteria, Casar unveil Housing Justice Agenda

Three City Council members say they are united to push for a series of aggressive affordable housing measures, including a major increase in housing subsidies and reforms of the land development code.At a panel at the Austin Convention Center Tuesday…

Friday, March 30, 2018 by Audrey McGlinchy

Petition to potentially put CodeNEXT on the ballot filed with city clerk

Activists filed a petition with the city clerk on Thursday in an effort to put all Land Development Code rewrites, including CodeNEXT, to a public vote.“We believe (residents) should have the right to decide whether this is the new Land…

Friday, March 30, 2018 by Joseph Caterine

As deadline nears, CodeNEXT capacity figures still in question

The land use commissions received a briefing on the affordability implications of the third and final draft of CodeNEXT Tuesday night, with only a few weeks left before they turn in their official recommendations to City Council. Consultants and staff…

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 by Syeda Hasan

Council weighs how to boost affordable housing program under CodeNEXT

City Council is trying to figure out how the latest draft of the proposed Land Development Code, known as CodeNEXT, could shape the future of affordable housing.At a meeting of the Housing and Planning Committee Tuesday, Council members drilled down…

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 by Jack Craver

Adler to developers: CodeNEXT must provide more housing

Mayor Steve Adler told members of Austin’s real estate industry Tuesday that the city is making it easier to build and that he hopes the potential overhaul of the city’s Land Development Code will allow for much greater density on…

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Austin Monitor Radio: CodeNEXT Draft 3

In this week’s show, Planning and Zoning Director Greg Guernsey and Assistant Director Jerry Rusthoven sit down with Austin Monitor freelancer Caleb Pritchard and editor Elizabeth Pagano to talk about the third draft of CodeNEXT. This is the final draft of…

Thursday, March 8, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Legal memo says CodeNEXT petition flawed

Texas courts have ruled that “zoning is a subject that is outside the scope of the initiative and referendum process.” Therefore, the city is neither required nor authorized to call an election on the petition currently being circulated by opponents…

Thursday, March 8, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Music proponents continue push for venues in CodeNEXT

Proponents of Austin music and the health of clubs and music venues are still pushing to make the final version of CodeNEXT more favorable to those businesses, after failing to win over the planners who contributed to the third draft…

Friday, March 2, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

CodeNEXT Draft 3 makes significant changes to water-quality and drainage regulations

After months of waiting, last month the third and final staff draft of CodeNEXT was released. After allowing adequate reading time, on Feb. 21, Matt Hollon, the manager of the Watershed Protection Department Planning Division, gave the Environmental Commission an…

Thursday, February 22, 2018 by Jack Craver

Newest CodeNEXT draft gets criticism from all sides

CodeNEXT has plenty of critics, but they’re far from united in their criticism.The third draft of the proposed Land Development Code is being attacked from both sides of the perennial debate over growth. Neighborhood preservationists say it will lead to…

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 by Joseph Caterine

Land use commissions skeptical about CodeNEXT 3.0 promises

The third draft of CodeNEXT made its long-awaited debut last Monday, presented to the public at an open house that evening in the flattering light of the golden hour – but by the next night, at the joint land use…

Thursday, February 15, 2018 by Jack Craver

CodeNEXT draft boosts housing capacity

A day after the third version of CodeNEXT was unveiled, City Council members expressed cautious optimism about the proposed overhaul of Austin’s land development rules.Notably, Council members were happy to see that the new version dramatically increased the amount of…

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 by Syeda Hasan

Neighborhood density dialed back in new CodeNEXT draft

The city of Austin has released its third draft of CodeNEXT, the ongoing overhaul of the rules governing what can be built where. At City Hall Monday evening, staff held an open house on the proposed Land Development Code, inviting…

Monday, February 12, 2018 by Joseph Caterine

Commission vice chair calls density bonus programs a failure

At the Zoning and Platting Commission’s Feb. 6 meeting, Vice Chair Jim Duncan continued his series of CodeNEXT presentations with an indictment of the city’s density bonus programs, one of the city’s main approaches to facilitating housing for households making less…

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