Dozens attend final CodeNEXT public hearing


AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin City Council called a special meeting Saturday morning on the future of CodeNEXT.

Dozens turned out to tell council members exactly what they thought of the plan that would impact all future development in Austin.

It’s a topic that has become quite polarizing.

“I believe we need more multi-family housing. I believe we need more missing middle housing, duplexes, accessory dwelling units, small apartments,” said Susan Somers, a board member of Aura.

“My taxes are rising. My neighborhood is being turned over to do things I don’t find in any way feasible,” said homeowner Susan Thompson. “And worse, its being done in the name of affordable housing, so that everyone can be a part of Austin. “

This was the final scheduled meeting.   

Last month, council members decided not to move forward on crafting ballot language for CodeNEXT.

And Friday, a group filed a lawsuit against the city, ordering them to put it on the November ballot.

This plan has been several years in the making.

Back in 2014, Austin city council members voted on CodeNEXT to determine what path it would take.

Then in February 2017, after years of public input, the first maps were released.

That was the first time in 30 years the code was rewritten to reflect the changes in Austin.

In April, the city released its new zoning maps showing how each neighborhood would be affected.

A third and final draft was originally scheduled to be released in November, but that was pushed to February of this year.

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