What's Next For Austin's Code Next Real Estate Zoning Overhaul
The Austin City Council has gone into summer hiatus and the hotly contested Code Next zoning overhaul will have to wait. Now, they can spend the weeks until August 3 musing about how to revise CodeNEXT. Before August 3rd though there are important dates on the horizon.
According to The Austin Chronicle, A second draft of the code-in-progress is expected to be available for public hearings to begin in September; during last Thursday's regular meeting, Council added a third draft to be made available by the turn of the year to the Planning Commission (for a vote) and the Zoning and Platting Commission for recommendations, with all of that to come to Council in early February – and Council still hoping for an April vote.
The possibility of a slowdown comes a week after a city commission deeply involved in reviewing CodeNext unanimously voted to recommend slowing things down. The Zoning and Platting Commission made the recommendation in a May 30 letter that criticized CodeNext as inadequately addressing many of its chief goals and being more complicated than the current code.
In the four months since the city released the 1,130 pages of draft code, the city’s staff has received 2,661 comments from 411 active commenters. Some of the users represent larger organizations that are examining the code, according to Alina Carnahan, the city’s spokeswoman for CodeNext.
The next deadline is July 7, when the Planning Department will have a similar cutoff on comment for CodeNext’s draft map.
For more info on deadlines and insight into what city council members are saying visit the Austin American Statesman here.
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