Austin’s communities are linked by a labyrinth of public infrastructure. This paper examines how the new Land Development Code affects the City of Austin’s fiscal health through the lens of its obligation to build and maintain infrastructure and provide effective and efficient services to its constituents.
Transportation plays a central role in the daily lives of Austinites and has implications for how we travel, where and what we build, and where we live, work, shop, and play. This code prescription examines how the Land Development Code can affect transportation to maximize Imagine Austin’s goals for a more livable city.
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.
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.