This code prescription discusses the affordability challenges Austinites face in housing and transportation costs as well as commercial space for small businesses, cultural organizations, and venues. As CodeNEXT is focused on revising the land development code, this prescription identifies needed changes to Austin’s Land Development Code that can help promote affordability.
The report details strategies to preserve, protect and enhance the City’s natural and built environment. Specific topics include tree protection, open space, responsible use of water resources, water quality and stormwater management, flood mitigation, compatibility and transitions between different types of land uses, design for mobility, redevelopment, greenfield development, and parks and open space.four issues.
The CodeNEXT Sound Check in November 2015 brought together code-writing professionals and more than 500 Austinites over five days. The event series was a learning exercise for the CodeNEXT team and the public to understand and evaluate the effectiveness of emerging code regulations. This report documents the outcomes of that testing, the lessons we learned, and next steps to produce a better land development code that works for everyone.
The Code Approach Alternatives & Annotated Outlines document (click link above to download) describes three approaches for reorganizing and revising Austin’s Land Development Code (LDC). The approaches range from reorganizing the current content of the existing code to rewriting large sections of the LDC.
The City Council will use the Code Approach Alternatives to choose a general direction for revising the LDC, allowing the consultant team to begin work on more detailed outlines and specific content. The selection of a preferred Code Approach does not in and of itself change development standards, revise zoning districts or create new zoning districts in the LDC. Instead it chooses a direction for the CodeNEXT team to explore with Austinites.
The Community Character Manual (CCM) focuses on cataloging and naming the physical elements that make Austin the great place it is.The goal of the CCM is to document the patterns, form, and character of each neighborhood to provide a foundation for good planning and policy decisions within the City of Austin. To achieve this, the CCM compiles the photographic documentation and analysis mapping for each of the 103 Neighborhood Reporting Areas within the City of Austin. This is an unprecedented effort to compile this type of community form and character information within the City.
The Code Diagnosis focuses on summarizing major issues identified by the public, city staff, and the CodeNEXT team within the existing Land Development Code (LDC). While the input and analysis of the document often drilled down to the specifics of particular regulations, this report steps back and presents the overarching issues within the current LDC. This report defines the basis or need for revising the current LDC, but does not prescribe or recommend the direction for the new code.
This comprehensive plan helps address Austin's most pressing issues and guides how our city transforms in the future. The plan adopted in 2012 was co-created to reflect Austin's values and aspirations.