January 11, 2016
Right now, the City of Austin is in the middle of one of the most important projects our industry will see in our lifetime – the revision of the Land Development Code (LDC), known as CodeNEXT. As the City and consultants will be doing the bulk of their work this year, it’s crucial that you get educated, informed and engaged on this process now.
I was honored to be re-appointed to the Land Development Code Advisory Group (CAG) by my District 8 City Council Member Ellen Troxclair, and I look forward to continuing to serve the community.
My role on the CAG is to assist in public outreach and provide feedback on development and implementation of the revised LDC. The process began in 2013, and a final code is expected to be voted on by the City Council in 2017, with re-zoning and mapping to follow. We are at a critical juncture in this process right now, as the city re-writes the LDC.
The LDC 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 LDC has a significant impact on our daily lives, from shaping the kinds of places where we live, work, shop and play to influencing the design of our streets and public spaces.
The over-arching goal of CodeNEXT is to revise Austin’s land use standards and regulations to preserve and enhance the best qualities of our communities; to be fair, predictable and easy to use; and to align with the policies and priorities set out in the Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan, which was adopted by City Council in 2012.
It’s crucial that you are engaged in this process now, while comments are open from the public. Here are some ways you can get involved:
On Tuesday, January 12 at 6 p.m., the CAG is holding a special meeting to hear public comments or concerns on any issues related to CodeNEXT or land development generally. You can find out more about this meeting and indicate you’re going by RSVP’ing on the RECA website here.
Beginning in February, regular monthly CAG meetings will also be held on the first Monday of each month, from 6 – 9 p.m. at a location still to be determined (stay tuned to the RECA calendar for updates). These CAG meetings provide general updates from city staff and consultants on the drafting process, as well as invited presentations and discussion by CAG members of any related issues. There is also time at these meetings for the public to voice comments, concerns or suggestions.
Here are some other ways you can stay informed:
Sign up now for regular CodeNEXT updates here and here, or request an informational update from CodeNEXT staff and Principal Planner Paul DiGiuseppe at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am also happy to provide a presentation to constituents, neighbors or any other groups you may be a member of — just email me here.