Get the facts about Austin's new code.

The city last rewrote its rules directing growth in 1984. 

Times have changed. 

Our rules should change, too. 

Get the facts.

Real Talk.

FACT: The new code ensures that your home remains your home, even if you're in a transition area.

No one who lives in Austin wants more displacement. Part of what makes Austin an amazing city is the characters in our neighborhoods, from people to peacocks. 


That's why the effects of the new transition areas only come into play when the property owner chooses. Transition areas will allow us to add housing inventory over time, in sizes and shapes that work best with the existing neighborhood.

FACT: The new code includes measures to prevent and reduce flooding throughout the city.

Austin isn't immune to climate change, and we can't afford to cling to an old code that costs lives, heartache, and billions of dollars in losses and write-offs.


The new code will allow Austin to better direct  its growth in a changing world by reducing sprawl, shrinking our climate footprint, cleaning up our water and air, and reducing the risk of flooding to our homes, businesses, and communities. 

FACT: The new code re-legalizes some of the old types of housing that make Austin beautiful.

You know that adorable bungalow court you drive by on your way to work - the one with the vegetable garden, and the kids' bikes out front? It's illegal to build that in Austin today. 


A McMansion, though? That's fair game.


There's only one thing that explains that disconnect between what we have and what we need: the existing code. It's time for change.

Get the Facts and Decide for Yourself.

Affordability

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An updated code will allow the city to direct growth where it is most needed, adding to our housing inventory so that everyone has a place to live that they can afford.

Mobility

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An updated code will address many of the issues Austinites are struggling with from the old code: congestion, long commutes, unsafe or missing sidewalks, and more.

Environment & Flooding

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An updated code will allow for appropriate density - building up, not out - and establish strict guidelines for new construction, preventing flooding and keeping our city green.

Social Equity

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An updated code will begin to address some of the social inequities caused by the old code, including food deserts, lack of transit, and school closures.

Aging & Families

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An updated code will help make sure older Austinites can age in place..and younger Austinites can afford to still call our city home when they're grown. 

Improved City Services

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An updated code will cut red tape, simplify processes, and remove barriers for simple projects. Seventeen permits to fix up an old garden shed? New code, please.

Help Set the Record Straight.

A land development code rewrite is an enormous undertaking, and making sense of all the jargon, history, and interdependencies can be challenging for anyone. And that means it's easy for rumors and misinformation to spread unchecked. 


FACT: Despite claims that there is “only one” public hearing, there will be multiple opportunities to provide public input. Please consider attending an upcoming public event and helping make sure discussions focus on facts, not just fears.

Tuesday, December 3

City Council Work Session

1 pm

Austin City Hall 301 W. 2nd St. Austin, TX 78701

Event Details

Tuesday, December 3

City Council Work Session

City  Council discussion on the land development code rewrite. Open to the public.

1 pm

Austin City Hall 301 W. 2nd St. Austin, TX 78701

Wednesday, December 4

City Council Work Session

12 noon

Austin City Hall 301 W. 2nd St. Austin, TX 78701

Event Details

Wednesday, December 4

City Council Work Session

City Council discussion on the land development code rewrite.Open to the public. 

12 noon

Austin City Hall 301 W. 2nd St. Austin, TX 78701

Saturday, December 7

Public Engagement Opportunity #66: City Council Public Hearing

10 am

Austin City Hall 301 W. 2nd St. Austin, TX 78701

Event Details

Saturday, December 7

Public Engagement Opportunity #66: City Council Public Hearing

A public hearing on the Land Development Code Revision and related amendments to the comprehensive plan will be conducted before the Austin City Council.

10 am

Austin City Hall 301 W. 2nd St. Austin, TX 78701

Monday, December 9

Public Engagement Opportunity #67: City Council Special Called Meeting

10 am

Austin City Hall 301 W. 2nd St. Austin, TX 78701

Event Details

Monday, December 9

Public Engagement Opportunity #67: City Council Special Called Meeting

Open to the public. Once the agenda is posted it will be available on the City Council Meeting Information Center.

10 am

Austin City Hall 301 W. 2nd St. Austin, TX 78701

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