CodeNEXT Comparison Map Released

April 20, 2017 by Ricardo De Camps

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 Ricardo De Camps

Ricardo De Camps

Mr. De Camps is a shareholder and Vice President for BIG RED DOG Engineering | Consulting. He has over 10 years of land development experience including multi-family, retail, and office building projects. Mr. De Camps is passionate about the quality of Austin’s growth and is an advocate for smart and innovative development. He is a graduate of Florida State University and holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Texas.