Austin Mayor Steve Adler said he expects to vote on the final version of a controversial new land development code late this summer. Tuesday he spoke to the Real Estate Council of Austin at a luncheon and then answered questions from the chair.
He spoke to the crowd the day after his opponent for mayor, former city council member Laura Morrison, officially kicked off her campaign.
City planners released a third and final draft of CodeNext earlier this year. The plan is now going through a lengthy public comment period.
Many allies with development ties say the city’s affordability problems come from a lack of supply—too many people wanting to live in a limited amount of homes increases the price.
Adler voiced support of making the city more dense in the corridors and the city center to allow for growth. He thanked RECA for continuing to give feedback as this issue moves forward.
“I just really appreciate the people in the community who are gifting their time and energy to stay at the table and try and make it as good as it could be,” said Adler.
Adler hopes city council votes on CodeNext before the November election.
Morrison, on the other hand, is asking voters to pick her to stop the current land development overhaul. “All they can do right now is put lipstick on 1,500 pages and I think there are much better ways to do it,” said Morrison.
She used to be president of the Austin Neighborhoods Council and favors scrapping the current plan and starting over with existing neighborhood plans as the focus.
“I know that we can grow in a way that allows stability in our neighborhoods and our communities,” said Morrison.
The Austin Neighborhoods Council, a conglomeration of Austin neighborhood organizations, is backing Morrison. They’re also recruiting others to run against city council incumbents that favor what they see as “reckless change” to Austin neighborhoods.