Part of Austin’s appeal is its natural beauty. From swimming in Barton Springs to jogging along the Butler Trail around Lady Bird Lake, Austinites love the outdoors. We must protect our water supply, air quality, and green spaces for future generations by managing the pressures of development and responding to the demands on our natural resources brought on by Austin’s population growth and worsening drought conditions.

An updated Land Development Code could:

  • Help create better parks, more landscaped streets, and more open spaces as part of public and private developments, contributing to the City’s efforts to protect and enhance our natural resources.
  • Help reduce water consumption in buildings and in landscapes by requiring more drought-tolerant landscapes, better irrigation systems, and stronger sustainable building requirements.
  • Set more environmentally sound standards for how streets are laid out, designed, and constructed to better address storm water run-off.