CodeNEXT Comparison Map Released

April 20, 2017 by Kate Kniejski

Exciting news, Austinites, the CodeNEXT Comparison Map has been released!

CodeNEXT is the City of Austin initiative to revise the Land Development Code, which determines how land can be used throughout the city – including what, where, and how much can be built. This project has two facets: an update of the text of the code and a corresponding update to the zoning map, which shows where the new zones were applied.

The first draft of Austin’s new Land Development Code was released nearly three months ago on January 30, 2017.  Since then, we at BIG RED DOG have been eagerly anticipating the new Zoning Map which would implement these new land use rules.

The City of Austin and Opticos have created a useful website and tool for us to compare and contrast the old map versus the new.


We can navigate around the City and select individual tracts to compare previous zoning districts with the proposed.  Additionally, similar to the draft Code, there is also a comment feature on the map, which will be significant to City Staff and the consultants on editing the map (and Code) going forward.  Comments made on the map will be the only source of input that the City of Austin and Opticos will use to tweak the new zoning map.   It is hugely important therefore that all issues are voiced through this comment system, so that we all may have a hand in shaping Austin’s future for the better.

Of course we are still months away from knowing exactly how CodeNEXT will impact the City of Austin.  The draft Code and map however do provide us with a glimpse into what we can expect for our city in the coming months and years.  For more information and for other ways to get involved, please visit the CodeNEXT website. Stay tuned!

Written by Kate Kniejski

Kate Kniejski

Kate Kniejski is a Planner for the BIG RED DOG Austin office. She is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and brings over 6 years of GIS and professional planning experience to the firm. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography, as well as a Master of Science in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Austin. Kate is a committee member of the Real Estate Council of Austin’s Policy and District Teams Committees, and a member of the RECA LDC 2016 class. She is involved with the American Planning Association – Texas Chapter and the Urban Land Institute. Originally from San Antonio, Kate has made Austin her home for the last decade. She enjoys watching her San Antonio Spurs, running the Boardwalk, and attending shows at Alamo Drafthouse.