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Evolve reacts to CodeNEXT proposal

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

With statements on the books from 10 of the 11 City Council members, a proposal to stop the current CodeNEXT process is all but certain. On Tuesday, Evolve Austin released a statement that acknowledged “the need to pause and reevaluate the CodeNEXT process.” However, the coalition also urged Austin leadership to reaffirm commitment to Imagine Austin, and reaffirmed their own commitment to “the need to pause and reevaluate the CodeNEXT process,” saying the city could not afford to wait longer. The statement explains, “we are discouraged that a small but vocal minority has sown misinformation through our neighborhoods and constructed a narrative that making any changes to our broken, outdated land development code is unwanted or unpopular. We urge our city leaders to not capitulate to proponents of the status quo who have relied on scare tactics and litigation to grind this process to a halt. Across our city, thousands of residents support the need for new solutions to the ever-growing affordability crisis, environmental degradation, and standstill traffic the outdated land development code has contributed towards.”

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