The updating of a land development code is a basic function of any city government. All cities change, and the smart ones plan ahead for that change. Cities from Denver to Laredo to Miami have recently updated their codes to better reflect a changing world. Considering Austin's plans for guiding growth were last overhauled in 1984, we're due.
A proposed draft of our new code was published on Friday, October 4. You can read it and check out the latest maps on the City's LDC resource page. But no changes will take place for some time.
The fact is that there are several more steps that the State of Texas requires the City to take before a new land development code can become policy.
Only after all these steps have been taken will Council cast its final vote.
And remember, the code can be amended in the future, if needed.
The Land Development Code Revision Team is currently accepting community input on the proposed zoning map publicly posted on October 4. This is another great way to be heard!
Residents can download a map template to use for comment through the city's Land Development Code website.
Comments should be marked on the map and resubmitted through the website by 5pm on Wednesday, November 6, 2019.
All zoning map suggestions should meet the criteria below: