CodeNEXT is the City of Austin initiative to revise the Land Development Code, which determines how land can be used throughout the city - including what can be built, where it can be built, and how much can (and cannot) be built.
CodeNEXT is a priority program of the Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan. The objective of CodeNEXT is to revise Austin's development regulations and processes to promote a compact, connected city and otherwise align withImagine Austin.
On January 30, 2017, the new draft of Austin's Land Development Code was publicly released. Following its release, an extensive public engagement period was launched in which all Austinites are encouraged to provide their feedback on the new code. Together, let's shape the Austin we imagine.
This section will be updated as additional information about upcoming public meetings becomes available.
CodeNEXT: Open House
Date: Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Time: 4pm – 6pm
Location: Palmer Event Center Immediately following the event, the CodeNEXT Advisory Group will hold a meeting at the same location.
Watch the video from the presentation given to the CodeNEXT Advisory Grouphere.
Open House: CodeTEXT
From February to April 2017, there will be five combined Council District information sessions distributed across the city, allopen to the general public, regardless of district. Attendees will get a better understanding of the code from the code writers themselves, including what a land development code is, why we underwent the CodeNEXT process, and what the major improvements are in the new code. We are currently scheduling more meetings. Stay tuned!
Want to dive deeper into key areas of interest? Plan to attend these five topic-based information sessions. Topics of discussion include "Process & Procedures," "Community Character," "Environment," "Mobility" and "Affordability."
Open House: Mapping
Ten Council District information sessions will present draft maps depicting new zoning districts applied across the city. Austinites will see and understand the implications of the code as it is mapped in each district.
Provide Feedback on the new Code
Links here will go live as each feedback tool becomes available.
Using a tool that has been implemented in code rewrites across the country, staff will receive comments written by the public on the online draft code itself. At the end of the process, all of comments on the draft code will be made available to the public along with the result of how city staff addressed each one.
Use this survey to share your opinions about whether the draft code alleviates the 10 major issues identified in the Land Development Code Diagnosis. Available in both English and Spanish, the survey takes about 10 minutes to complete and is written in a manner that is understandable for all Austinites, regardless of their familiaririty of the code.
Online Mapping Tool
As part of the release of the draft map in April, an online component will allow Austinites to view the draft rezoned map. This tool will allow anyone, regardless of familiarity with the code, to get basic information about the draft map without having to travel to an event. This tool will feature a sidebar that allows for the public to comment on a specific property and on the map as a whole.
CodeNEXT + Imagine Austin
CodeNEXT is the 8th Priority Program laid out in the Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan, adopted by City Council in 2012. The City's Land Development Code needed to be updated in order to be consistent with the vision and priorities set forth in Imagine Austin as well as to function as a tool for implementing and realizing the comprehensive plan's goals.
Imagine Austin's vision:
As it approaches its 200th anniversary, Austin is a beacon of sustainability, social equity, and economic opportunity; where diversity and creativity are celebrated; where community needs and values are recognized; where leadership comes from its citizens, and where the necessities of life are affordable and accessible to all.
Austin's greatest asset is its people: passionate about our city, committed to its improvement, and determined to see this vision become a reality.
Imagine Austin was made great by the valuable participation and contributions from thousands of Austinites who care about their community and the future of their city. CodeNEXT needs the same commitment and care from Austinites in order to ensure that the new code is successful. Get involved and provide your input on the new Code so that we can continue to shape the Austin we imagine.
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