Press Conference Today - Groups Band Together to Oppose City Council's Gutting of Austin's Land Codes
NEIGHBORHOOD GROUPS, ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERS, CITY ADVOCATES, GRASSROOTS ORGANIZATIONS AND LOCAL
LEADERS TO HOLD A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY TO OPPOSE THE REPEAL OF PROJECT DURATION ORDINANCES
Diverse group to call upon all citizens to unite in support of project duration ordinances. Repealing such ordinances could bring hundreds of dead projects back to life under less restrictive ordinances and threaten Austin’s environmental protections.
AUSTIN, Texas — Mar. 20, 2013 —
A joint press conference will be held today at 12 PM at Austin City Hall to oppose pending action by city council to repeal the “Project Duration” provisions of Austin’s Land Development Code.
Austin, if you want
to build something, you have to get it done in 3 years if you are in the
Protection Zone or
within 5 years for a
project in the Desired Development Zone.
This time limit to build is called the “Project Duration.”
The City Council is scheduling a hasty repeal the Project Duration provisions of our Land Development Code this Thursday, March 21, 2013, to address a supposed “public emergency.”
The “Project Duration” provisions of Austin’s Land Development Code
have been in effect without any legal challenge since 1999.
The groups convening the press conference are urging the public to understand the potential devastating impacts on Austin’s future if “Project
Duration” is repealed.
A complete repeal of the Project Duration provisions could result in development that will not have to comply with improved parkland dedication requirements, the Heritage Tree Ordinance, the McMansion Ordinance, the Waterfront Overlay, and the Great Streets program, and many others.
Such a repeal could affect the city’s ability to: control land uses next to schools;
protect the environment and the Edwards Aquifer; to preserve our views of the
lake, to provide for safe neighborhoods with compatible land uses; to control
density and traffic volumes; to plan affordable housing, and
Repeal of the Project Duration provisions could also delay realization of the recently passed Imagine Austin Comprehensive plan for decades.