+ City of Austin, Texas

You are here

Imagine Austin Blog

The Draft Code Awaits Your Feedback

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 with Imagine Austin.

Since the adoption of Imagine Austin in 2012, the CodeNEXT team has been listening to the community, diagnosing Code issues, prescribing solutions, and drafting up the new and improved Code in order to better align with the vision and goals set forth in the comprehensive plan. And now, years of hard work are visible in the new draft Code.


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.


The new draft Land Development Code is live and awaiting your feedback! Together, let's shape the Austin we imagine.

Read the Draft Code here and provide your feedback.

View the draft map, compare existing and proposed zoning, and provide comments here.


Watch the presentation given to the CodeNEXT Advisory Group at the new Code Roll Out:



Accessory Documents

Overwhelmed or don't know where to start? Try looking through these documents and media to learn more about the new land development code.


Intro to CodeNEXT:

Watch this video if you are new to the CodeNEXT discussion and want to learn more about what CodeNEXT is.

Introduction to CodeNEXT (English)


Introducción a CodeNEXT (Español)


To learn more about the basics of the CodeNEXT project, visit the website.


Browse the new Code by subject area:


Draft Code Challenges and Solutions by Subject Area

Select the following topics to read how the draft code can provide solutions to the challenges we face.



























The Code overview document provides a brief overview of the new Code, its relationship to Imagine Austin, and how it addresses key challenges.






Upcoming Events

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


Watch the video from the presentation given to the CodeNEXT Advisory Group here.


Open House: CodeTEXT

From February to April 2017, there were five combined Council District information sessions distributed across the city, all open to the general public, regardless of district. Attendees got 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.


CodeNEXT Topic Talks

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."

Topic: Environment

Date: Wednesday, March 29th
Time: 5pm - 7pm
Location: Austin City Hall, Council Chambers

Topic: Community Character

Date: Wednesday, April 19
Time: 7:30pm - 9pm
Location: Austin City Hall, Council Chambers

Topic: Affordability

Date: Wednesday, May 8
Time: 6pm - 8pm
Location: Town Lake Center

Topic: Mobility

Date: Wednesday, May 31
Time: 6pm - 8pm
Location: Austin City Hall, Council Chambers

Topic: Permitting

Date: Wednesday, June 7
Time: 6pm - 8pm
Location: Austin City Hall, Council Chambers


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. 


Not sure of your Council District? Visit austintexas.gov/GIS/CouncilDistrictMap/


Schedule an appointment for office hours! Visit this website or call (512) 974-3583 to make an appointment to speak to a CodeNEXT planner about the draft zoning map.


Provide Feedback on the new Code

Links here will go live as each feedback tool becomes available.


Code Comment Tool

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.


Online Survey

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 allows Austinites to view the draft rezoned map. This tool allows 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.

Stay updated on all things CodeNEXT:



Sign up for CodeNEWS

Like AustinCodenext on Facebook


Follow @AustinCodeNEXT on Twitter


Follow Codenext on Instagram





Tagged: CodeNEXT

More Blog Posts

On Saturday May 7th, 2016, Imagine Austin and Austin American Institute of Architects designvoice committee partnered to present Walk the Talk - A tour and panel discussion on 'missing middle'...

Tagged: missing middle

On Saturday October 17th, 2015, Imagine Austin and Austin American Institute of Architects designvoice committee partnered to present Walk the Talk - A tour and panel discussion on 'missing middle...

Tagged: Walk the Talk

Can an alley be more than just an alley? 

This is the question that has been posed to stakeholders surrounding the Rainey Alley over the last few months.  For some, alleys are no more than...

Tagged: Rainey Alley

2015 has been an especially tragic year for Austin traffic deaths— in just over seven months more people have been killed than during all of last year.  For each person who dies, 3 or 4 more...


Just three years after adoption, the City of Austin and its partners have already moved the needle in our community in implementing the comprehensive plan across all eight priority program areas...


Have you noticed something in your neighborhood that you wish was a little better or vacant land that could be used for a new amenity? The Neighborhood Partnering Program (NPP) can help transform...


With the number of people who move here every day, it’s pretty clear that a lot of people want to live in Austin. We have a fantastic city and there are many great things about living here- the...

Tagged: CodeNEXT

In the first year since adopting a Complete Streets Policy, the City of Austin has made energetic strides to ensure that our community’s streets are more safe, comfortable, and convenient for...

Tagged: complete streets

The Restore Rundberg Advancement District is a community driven effort whose mission is to empower parents, educators, schools and city officials to encourage and support the educational...

Tagged: Rundberg Neighborhood

About this blog

Imagine Austin is our plan for the future—and it’s in action today. Connect here with places, projects and people transforming our city into complete communities where your daily needs are met within a short trip.