City Council Direction

AFFORDABILITY & MOBILITY

"The new code and map should allow for housing capacity equivalent to at least three times the Austin Strategic Housing Blueprint (ASHB) goal of 135,000 new housing units, as well as for ASHB goals of 60,000 affordable housing units, preservation of 10,000 affordable housing units, production of sufficient numbers of Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) units each year sufficient to address needs and 30% Missing Middle Housing, and be achieved in a manner consistent with direction provided throughout this document.” 


“The granting of new entitlements in areas currently or susceptible to gentrification should be limited so as to reduce displacement and dis-incentivize the redevelopment of multi-family residential development, unless substantial increases in long-term affordable housing will be otherwise achieved.” 


“Existing market rate affordable multifamily shall not be mapped to be upzoned.” 


“Minimum parking requirements should be generally eliminated in areas that are within the 1⁄4 mile of activity centers, activity corridors, and transit priority network, except that some parking requirements may be maintained for areas where elimination of parking requirements would be particularly disruptive (conditions to be proposed by staff).” 


“The Manager should...Explore options for adopting parking maximums or...in areas necessary to ensure sufficient transit-supportive development (e.g., TODs).” 

TRANSITION AREAS & COMPATIBILITY

“Map new Missing Middle housing in transition areas adjacent to activity centers, activity corridors, or the transit priority network.” 

     

“Lot(s) adjacent to parcels fronting an activity corridor will be mapped with a zone that does not trigger compatibility and that could provide a step-down in scale from the zone of the parcel fronting an activity corridor."


“The revised zoning map should include a transition zone that will eliminate the impact of compatibility for parcels along all activity corridors and within activity centers...Lot(s) adjacent to parcels fronting an activity corridor will not trigger compatibility and will be in scale with any adjacent residential house-scale zones.” 


“In general, consider revisions that minimize the impact of compatibility standards on properties facing transportation corridors, particularly in relation to shallow lots.” 

ENVIRONMENT & FLOODING

“The revised Code text and map should result in reduced allowable city-wide impervious cover, improved city-wide water quality, and reduced overall flood risk.” 


“Methods to measure and options to reduce allowable impervious cover in each watershed relative to current code, and methods to measure and options to improve water quality in each watershed, should be developed for the new code and the following goals incorporated: 

Reductions in impervious cover city-wide should either decrease allowable impervious cover for, or make no change to, each individual watershed (relative to current code).” 


“The revised Code text and map should result in reduced allowable city-wide impervious cover, improved city-wide water quality, and reduced overall flood risk.” 


“Expand the use of Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) controls to treat residential subdivisions including roads.” 


“Developments should retain more water on-site and encourage beneficial reuse.” 


“Require developments where total of new and redeveloped impervious cover is 5,000 sq. ft. and greater to treat water quality.” 

     

“The new land development code should not weaken current City of Austin floodplain regulations, drainage criteria, and water quality regulations and criteria. ... [M]ethods to measure and options to improve water quality in each watershed, should be developed for the new code and the following goals incorporated: 

Improvements in water quality city-wide should result in improvements in water quality for each individual watershed.” 


“The Manager will report on how revisions to the land development code will likely affect existing environmental regulations, understanding that the goal of the council is to preserve, or increase, our current level of environmental protections and sustainability with respect to flooding, water quality and usage, air quality, and greenhouse gas emissions.”