CodeNext opposition’s petition verified by Austin city clerk

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A petition signed by more than 30,000 Austinites to overhaul how the city handles future land development codes has been verified by the Austin city clerk. 

The petition was organized by a coalition of groups that are against the proposed CodeNext plan. According to the city clerk, a total of 31,062 signatures were submitted on March 29. City charter only requires 20,000 signatures, or 5 percent of qualified voters, to get an item on a ballot.

The groups behind the petition want to give voters a chance to decide whether or not voters should have a say in how the city approves future land development codes.  

Last month, a city spokesperson said the opposition’s effort might violate the city charter and state law limiting petitions on zoning issues. If it is legal, the city council will still have to vote whether to put it on the November ballot. 

The petition does not prevent the Austin City Council from approving CodeNext, either. However, it does require a waiting period and a public vote before it goes into effect. 

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