June 27, 2017
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. The current undertaking to update the land development code via CodeNext is likely the most important issue our industry will face in our lifetime.
That's why RECA is engaged in CodeNext at every level. Our CodeNext Working Group is reviewing drafts, applying their technical expertise and submitting official feedback. RECA also recently joined the Evolve coalition, which includes 24 organizations that represent tens of thousands of Austinites. That group is building a broad-based campaign to champion the Imagine Austin plan and ensure CodeNext stays on track. RECA's leaders and experts are also meeting regularly with the Mayor's office, City Council Members, City Staff, Commissions and other key stakeholders in the process.
The goal of this new CodeNext Now newsletter is to not only keep you informed about the process and what we're actively doing, but to also give you the opportunity to engage and get more involved.
You'll begin receiving this newsletter every other Monday morning, and I encourage you to take a few minutes to read through it. Our association is only as powerful as it's members and and we cannot succeed in the CodeNext process without your help!
RECA Joins Evolve Austin Coalition
RECA has 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.
RECA's Submits Official Comments
On June 6, RECA’s CodeNext Working Group submitted initial comments on the first CodeNext draft. The comments were compiled with the input and involvement of our members who provided feedback based on their various areas of expertise. This was the first major step in what will be a several month long process in which the City will examine the feedback provided by the community and prepare a second draft of the code for review. That draft will be released in August, followed by a third draft that will go to council after both the Planning Commission and Zoning and Platting Commission provide their recommendations.
RECA's CodeNext Working Group is looking for technical experts to contribute their time and talent as we continue through this process. Working Group members will meet regularly to dive deeper into sections of the code and help formulate RECA's official positions. If you're looking for a way to get more involved with RECA, this is a great way to do it. Simply fill out this questionnaire and we'll be in touch soon with more details.
To help you stay even more in the loop on CodeNext, RECA is sending daily CodeNext updates. These updates mainly include the previous day's media coverage of anything CodeNext related. You must be a RECA member to receive these updates. If you'd like to opt-in, email firstname.lastname@example.org.