CodeNEXT could take critical step forward Thursday


The third draft of the CodeNEXT plan could take a critical step forward Thursday. The Planning Commission has wrapped up their public meetings and could make a recommendation to city council at its meeting. That step is required by state law before council can vote on the plan.
The process of getting to this point started more than a year ago with the release of the first draft. After dozens of public feedback meetings, the draft is now in its third form. This plan would rewrite the land development code which hasn’t been updated in 30 years. It affects what is built in the city. 

City staff say this draft includes more development along corridors, makes it easier to build “granny flats” and sets aside more areas for affordable housing.

“We’ve made really significant improvements throughout the course of the drafts because we have heard from the community,” says Alina Carnahan with the Planning and Zoning Department. “The community are experts in their own community, so we want to make sure we hear from folks, hear what their experiences are and how to make it better.”

Once the Planning Commission makes its recommendation, city council will hold its own set of public hearings this month and next before possibly voting on it before the end of summer.

“It’s not too late if you want to get involved,” Carnahan says. “Community members can come speak at the Planning Commission and there are still the public hearings for council. We welcome everybody to come out and talk to us because the code will affect everyone who lives in Austin, so we want to hear from everyone who lives in Austin.”

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