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What is CodeNEXT?

CodeNEXT is the City of Austin initiative to rewrite our complex and outdated land development code. The project is a component of the City Council adopted comprehensive plan, Imagine Austin, which aims to promote growth in more connected, sustianable, and affordable ways, embodying the values and character of the Austin community.


Why is it important?


Austin's existing Land Development Code was written nearly 30 years ago and has been amended hundreds of times since. The current code needs to be updated to help us create the kinds of places we want to keep and build, and to address such critical issues as diminishing natural resources, household affordability, transportation, and access to healthy lifestyles.


Where are we in the process?

The CodeNEXT process started in 2012, beginning with a few years of research and community engagement. Drafts 1 and 2 of the new land development code were released in 2017, followed by an unprecendented amount of public participation and input.


The current draft was released in February of 2018. The draft code is now being considered by the Planning Commission and the Zoning and Platting Commission and will include two public hearings. Once each commission makes their recommendations, the CodeNEXT team will compile all City staff and commission recommendations to share with City Council. City Council will consider the recommendations following their public hearings.


For more information about the public hearings, visit our Public Hearings page.


Council Questions

Find answers to questions posed by your City Council members.


Meet the Team

Learn more about the CodeNEXT team.