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Chad Swiatecki is a 20-year journalist who relocated to Austin from his home state of Michigan in 2008. He most enjoys covering the intersection of arts, business and local/state politics. He has written for Rolling Stone, Spin, New York Daily News, Texas Monthly, Austin American-Statesman and many other regional and national outlets.
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RECA offers its help with land use code reboot
The Real Estate Council of Austin has weighed in on the future of the city’s land use code rewrite, and wants local leaders to take aggressive steps to add housing supply as an answer to the growing affordability crisis. Last week the group submitted a two-page memo responding to City Manager Spencer Cronk’s five policy questions for City Council members related to the now-idle CodeNEXT process. The memo advocates for a whole new land development code and zoning map, a goal of adding 287,000 new housing units, gradually expanding the variety of allowed housing types to address “missing middle” options to add density, relaxed compatibility standards especially along transportation corridors and transit-oriented developments, and reducing on-site parking requirements. In a letter to members, RECA explained its positions and offered information or other expertise to those leading the rewrite once it is rebooted in the coming months. The letter restated the group’s emphasis on policies that can address affordability by making it easier and less expensive to add new housing to the Austin market.
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