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Austin City Council takes up land development code for second time

This comes after the previous rewrite, "CodeNEXT," was scrapped last year.

AUSTIN, Texas — The Austin city council is tackling a rewrite of the city's land development code for a second time.

Last year, the city scrapped the previous rewrite, "CodeNEXT."

The code dictates what can be built and where.

Council members heard from several Austinites during testimony Thursday about issues in their own neighborhoods.

RELATED: Proposition J fails, scratching proposed waiting periods for land development code revisions

The council also talked about density of housing and parking.

CodeNEXT, the previous plan to overhaul land development, took six years and cost taxpayers about $8 million.

According to a memo from City Manager Spencer Cronk to city council, it became clear during the CodeNEXT process, there was uncertainty regarding the following key policy issues:

• Scope of revisions;

• Density and housing;

• Compatibility standards;

• Parking requirements.

Cronk said he is seeking more specific policy guidance.

RELATED: Austin City Council unanimously votes to nix CodeNEXT

On Thursday evening, the council was still deciding what to vote on regarding guiding policies for code revision, essentially telling staff to make some changes to the rewrite.

As of 6 p.m. Thursday, no vote was taken yet.


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