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Evolve weighs in on CodeNEXT
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano
Though it featured prominently in Community Not Commodity’s reactions to Draft 2 of CodeNEXT, Evolve Austin did not release a statement on the draft until recently. The full letter is embedded below but reads, in part: “While the first two drafts of CodeNEXT have been compared to Frankenstein, it’s important to recognize that Austin’s real monster is the current Land Development Code and the sprawling, economically segregated city it is encouraging. The reality is that the Community Not Commodity-backed policies of the past 30 years have propagated the exact opposite of what they claim to stand for – making housing a commodity too few in the community can afford. … CodeNEXT remains a work in progress, and Evolve will continue to work diligently to help bring about the changes needed to solve Austin’s most pressing problems. Change is never easy, but the status quo is untenable. Continuing the same policies that got us here will only continue to make housing a commodity that few can afford, and our communities will be worse off as a result.”