The draft has been revealed for CodeNext's 2015 fall study, and its frightening just how badly CodeNext has dropped the ball on many, many things that affect those who live in East, North, and Northwest.
Note: Love North Austin supports cleaning up Austin's code, but we believe that the new code should follow 1) Imagine Austin and 2) the Smart Growth principles of APA, (the professional organization for urban planners in America) and 3) deal pro-actively with the flooding and wildfire threats of Central Austin.
--information about how the City will deal with wildfire threats.
--information on how the City will indentify and deal with ROW (right of way) and utility easements. For example, LCRA's Marshall Ford Line imposes significant restrictions, even on private property.
--any mention about the Heritage Tree Ordinance, neighborhood plans, or other existing plans, like the North Burnet Gateway Plan and the Mueller plan.
--ant mention about brown fields, which are a significant issue in certain North and East Austin neighborhoods.
--information on how the code will identify structures that are regulated by state law. For example, a place serving liquor cannot operate too close to a location serving children.
Here is the draft:
If you believe this draft is inadequate, here is the email addresses for the City Council members:
One further note: Love North Austin continues to urge City Council and CodeNext to do the simple, smart thing; create wildfire and flooding overlays, so that properties that don't have these concerns can have simpler code, and so future City Councils have some tools to build on--without having to muck up the new code. Australia is already doing this, and some forward thinking cities in America have followed suit. Its past time for Austin to rethink how we handle flooding and wildfire as well.