Revise Austin’s Development Regulations and Processes to Promote a Compact and Connected City
CodeNEXT is the new 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. The City’s Land Development Code needs to be changed to help us create the kinds of places we want, and to address critical issues such as diminishing natural resources, household affordability, and access to healthy lifestyles – to name a few. The CodeNEXT priority program aims to revise Austin's development regulations and processes to promote a compact and connected city as well as to better align with Imagine 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.
In advance of releasing the draft Land Development Code (CodeNEXT) for public review in January 2017, Austin residents had the opportunity to engage with and inform the project through four "Code Prescriptions." The Code Prescriptions were created to stimulate discussion and public feedback on a number of important and challenging issues facing Austin.
The Code Prescription topics are:
Natural and Built Environment focusing on how the Code can better reflect a balancing of our public values including environmental protection, redevelopment, new growth, and livability.
Household Affordability focusing on how the City can better address affordability issues with a revised Code by providing flexibility to build more affordable housing options and reduce regulatory barriers to promote housing that is affordable to more people.
Mobility focusing on how the Code can improve mobility choice through coordination of land use and transportation as well as refining roadway designs to better fit the context of an area.
Fiscal Health focusing on the relationship between the Code, development patterns, and the city's infrastructure as well as how the Code can support the City's Capital Improvement Program, and vice versa.
The CodeNEXT Sound Check in November 2015 brought together code-writing professionals and over 600 Austinites and helped the CodeNEXT Team understand and evaluate a series of "what if" scenarios and produced sketches of what emerging code standards would look like on the ground. Check out the Sound Check Workshop Report to learn more.