Much of what we love and respect about Austin is captured in the Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan. Imagine Austin’s goals include creating a livable place where all people can access daily needs through a short walking, biking, transit, or driving trip; where diversity and creativity are celebrated; and where sustainability, social equity, and economic opportunity are valued. CodeNEXT is one of the most critical ways we can realize our community vision, as it is one of the primary tools that will shape everything from the kinds of places we live, work, and hangout to influencing the design of our streets and public spaces....
This fall, the CodeNEXT team will hold a workshop to test the new code on a variety of focus areas to see how well the new regulations accomplish these (and other) goals, implement Imagine Austin, and to identify opportunities to improve the draft regulations to achieve intended outcomes. While the number and scope of focus areas is limited, by carefully selecting ‘template’ areas that are representative of common development patterns in Austin, the CodeNEXT team will evaluate the impacts of a new land development code. These areas will be chosen by staff and the Opticos team, based on input from the Code Advisory Group and others, after evaluating potential areas against a list of criteria that emphasize issues of priority, controversy, and complexity in Austin.
As the CodeNEXT process moves closer to the workshop and eventually a public draft, it is important for all Austinites to stay informed of and engaged with the project’s progress.
Future ways to get involved include attending a CodeWalk, meeting the staff team at a Coffee with CodeNEXT event, or attending a CodeNEXT public meeting. For the most up-to-date information on events and project updates, or to sign up to receive updates, visit the CodeNEXT webpage; event announcements are also made through the Imagine Austin Facebook page and Twitter feed.
It will be interesting to see how inclusive CodeNext will be in this next phase when they have yet to hold their meetings, walks, or other events, in any of the City's top 5 zipcodes. We would urge CodeNext to stop focusing on downtown and start focusing on the dense areas of Austin instead.