What is CodeNEXT exactly and how will it affect me? That is a question you may be asked many times over the next couple weeks as every property owner in Austin will receive a postcard from the City of Austin with basic information about CodeNEXT and a list of scheduled hearings for public comment.
CodeNEXT, as you’ve likely heard, is the City of Austin’s revision to its land development code, which determines what can be built, where, and how much. CodeNEXT is Austin’s opportunity to shape the future of our city and provide stronger tools to address housing affordability, transportation, environmental protection, and preserve the things that make this city so unique and special.
What’s the current proposal?
The current version of the proposed code, known as Draft 3, is available for review and comment online. If you are interested in how CodeNEXT could affect a particular property, you can use the City’s Zoning Comparison Tool to see how the zoning could change under Draft 3.
Under the current code draft, entitlement for most properties in core residential neighborhoods do not significantly change. The current Draft 3 proposal reduces the minimum lot size for some residentially-zoned lots and allows some attached housing options, but it doesn’t generally permit more units on a lot than what is allowed under current zoning.
How will this impact properties in Austin?
Land use issues are complicated and many of the changes are hard to decipher. If you have questions, don't hesitate to reach out to the City of Austin Planning and Zoning staff online or by phone at (512) 974-3583. You can also send questions to ABoR at firstname.lastname@example.org. The City of Austin Planning and Zoning staff is also holding office hours, which can be booked through their website.
Our next ABoR Forum on April 25 will inform attendees about CodeNEXT and how REALTORS® can serve as ambassadors and informers on the land development code. The event is already sold out, but stay tuned for more information on how you can watch the forum program after the event.
In the meantime, check out our exciting new member resource, abor.com/codenext, for bite-size facts and figures, advocacy positions, explainer videos, FAQs and more. We hope this will be a valuable tool for our members so you can educate yourselves, and in turn, your clients.