Mayor Adler, two Austin City Council members release CodeNext goals


Mayor Steve Adler and Austin City Council members Alison Alter and Ann Kitchen dropped a 56-point list of goals for CodeNext Friday night, just days before the city releases its final staff draft of the massive land use code rewrite.

The document strikes a somewhat conciliatory tone toward some of the most hot button issues related to the code. For instance, it calls for more accessory dwelling units like granny flats and garage homes to be built across the city while maintaining environmental controls on impervious cover.

The three call for a code that “sensitively” allows for more housing types in neighborhoods and transition areas near transit corridors, which signals a willingness to allow for greater housing density in neighborhoods.

“We share the belief that a new code is a critical opportunity to create tools to help address many of our city’s challenges, better manage our growth, and protect what we love about our city,” a joint statement says.

Their statement is the second time in as many days that council members have issued a joint statement on CodeNext. On Thursday, council members Greg Casar, Delia Garza, Jimmy Flannigan and Sabino “Pio” Renteria posted an online statement signalling they would work to maximize the creation of affordable housing when they get their hands on CodeNext sometime in the spring or summer.

The third draft of the code and zoning map is set to be released to the public on Monday.

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Many of the points listed as goals in the document created by Adler, Alter and Kitchen will face no opposition as they are put in the code, such as goals seeking to not limit any access to neighborhood streets by emergency responders and rules that prohibit strip clubs near neighborhoods.

Others are nods to the past, including a goal that calls for CodeNext to continue the legacy of the Saves Our Springs ordinance.

But the document most often refers to protecting neighborhoods, whether through “carefully” allowing transition zones between neighborhood interiors and larger developments on major transit corridors, protections for neighborhood plans and compatibility standards.



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