Austin Neighborhoods Council gives CodeNext a thumbs down


The Austin Neighborhoods Council on Tuesday announced its full-throated opposition to the latest draft of CodeNext, calling the proposed revamp of the city’s land use code a “significant” threat to homeowners in Austin’s neighborhoods.

“CodeNext’s third draft may use new words, but it’s full of the same old problems,” the organization’s President Jeff Jack said in a news release. “This plan is a disaster for neighborhoods and a giveaway to large land developers. We remain firmly opposed to it.”

The third draft of CodeNext, which was released earlier this month, showed that city staff and consultants had lowered the amount of housing units allowed per lot from three to two (much like the current zoning rules) for nearly all of Central Austin’s neighborhoods.

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But in the new draft, city staff by and large reduced the minimum lot size in those neighborhoods from 5,750 square feet to 5,000 square feet. The new code also shows that those lots can be subdivided into 2,500-square-foot lots for duplexes.

And a 7,000-square-foot-lot could be subdivided into a duplex and carry an additional housing unit on each side, the ANC said.

The ANC said the latest draft would double the density in Tarrytown, encourage demolitions and lead to a dramatic rise in property values, according to the news release.

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