CodeNEXT is the City of Austin initiative to rewrite our complicated Land Development Code. The Land Development Code sets requirements for what, where, and how much can be built in Austin. It’s Austin’s first major zoning overhaul and it has many people asking questions.
CSI (Construction Specifications Institute) and SMPS (Society of Marketing Professionals) have already held luncheons on the topic. Additionally, city employees have been eager to discuss the plan for months.
From AIA Austin:
CodeNEXT Code Reading Party April 24th; 5:30pm – 8:30pm;
Austin Center for Architecture
CodeNEXT is the City of Austin initiative to revise the Land Development Code-which determines how land can be used throughout the city, including what, where, and how much can be built. The draft zoning maps are set to be released! This is a historic step for Austin and one that continues the community discussion on how we will improve the Land Development Code. You can review the draft code here. AIA Austin will host a CodeNEXT Code Reading Party to enable AIA members to gather and discuss the newly released draft zoning map in conjunction with the draft code. There is no question that architects must play a role in this process, and AIA Austin’s Advocacy leaders are very much involved. Please come out and join us for the Code Reading Party and make your voice heard. For more information visit the CodeNEXT page of aiaaustin.org, or contact David Carroll.
From the Real Estate Council of Austin (RECA):
Today, the City of Austin released draft zoning maps as part of the CodeNEXT process, which you can view here. These maps and the draft land development code will go through a series of reviews and amendments through the CodeNEXT Advisory Group, the Planning Commission, the Zoning and Platting Commission and the City Council with expected final implementation in 2018.
Over the next several weeks, RECA will review these maps in context with the draft land development code. Our team of experts will focus on testing the draft code and its outcomes with a close eye on whether it follows the vision laid out by Imagine Austin, the city’s comprehensive plan.
RECA has also joined the Evolve Austin coalition, which includes 24 organizations representing tens of thousands of Austinites. This broad coalition will continue to review the code and provide detailed policy recommendations to City Staff, the consultants and our elected officials throughout the process.
Austin’s land development code was last re-written in 1984 and, as you likely know, has been heavily scrutinized since. Conflicting overlays and contradictory rules have made it difficult for developers and property owners to navigate the City process and deliver quality projects in a reasonable time frame.