As part of the Imagine Austin plan, the City of Austin has been tasked with embarking on a rewrite of the land development code. The current code is 30 years old. While City Council has adopted a series of amendments to the code during that time, those changes have largely been described as band-aids instead of a panacea. Please see the below e-mail sent out by City staff encouraging public participation in upcoming listening sessions September 23-25, 2013. This will be a long process, but we encourage people interested in this issue to participate at every step of the way.
“Great cities plan and design for the future. We’re about to revisit a land development code written 30 years ago that has evolved into what many people describe as complicated, burdensome and an obstacle for quality growth.
The Imagine Austin plan lays out our vision for a compact and connected city. To achieve the community vision, we must update Austin’s land development code, which determines how land can be used throughout our city, including WHAT can be built, WHERE it can be built, and HOW MUCH can be built. This will be a unique process with new tools and approaches based on understanding the character of your neighborhood and the larger community.
The Land Development Code Revision Advisory Group is hosting listening sessions to gather community input to inform this important project. We want to hear your experiences and stories about the places where you live, work and play. What is working and what could be improved? Join us to learn about CodeNEXT and share your ideas.
Monday, September 23
Bowie High School Cafeteria, 4103 W Slaughter Lane, Austin
Tuesday, September 24
Kealing Middle School Cafeteria, 1607 Pennsylvania Ave., Austin
Wednesday, September 25
Lanier High School Cafeteria, 1201 Payton Gin Road, Austin
All meetings take place from 6:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Each event will cover the same content.
(Registration and gathering initial input – 6:15-6:30 p.m.; presentation at 6:30 p.m.)
Supervised activities for children ages 3 and older will be provided. Spanish interpretation is available.”