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Community Not Commodity calls for audit

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Community Not Commodity is now calling for an independent audit of the CodeNEXT work done by Austin city staff, Opticos Design, and Fregonese Associates. A press release from the group notes that payments to consultants working on CodeNEXT are now at nearly $8.5 million. “Yesterday the City of Austin announced that the next CodeNEXT draft will be delayed by at least two-and-a-half months, a move which likely will lead to further cost overruns – and with no assurance of a better product,” states the press release. The group’s head, Fred Lewis, said, “It’s time to pause the CodeNEXT process so that taxpayers can take a close look at city staff, Opticos Design and Fregonese & Associates, their shared work, and their ties to special interests and influential land developers …. The affordability, livability, and safety of our neighborhoods are too important to be left to a broken process dominated by special interests. It is time for the Austin City Council to step up and do something about this train wreck.”

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