CodeNEXT is the city of Austin, Texas’ effort to rewrite its land development code, which is basically a rule book for the city, explaining what can be built where. CodeNEXT will determine how Austin looks 10, 15, and even 50 years from now. And it will affect everything from affordability, to transportation, to the environment. In other words, it’s a really important process for its future.
The draft code was released at the beginning of 2017, but the big news came in April when the maps were released. The maps actually apply the rules laid out in the new land development code to certain neighborhoods and regions in Austin.
Shades of Green hosted a lively discussion about CodeNEXT. Our guest were:
- Greg Anderson – Director of Operations with Austin Habitat for Humanity, member of the City of Austin Planning Commission
- Andy Cantu – Executive Director of Evolve Austin, an organization that champions the Imagine Austin comprehensive plan, crafted by the people of Austin to create a more affordable, mobile, and sustainable city.
- Lauren Ice – Staff Attorney with the Save Our Springs Alliance, member of the City of Austin CodeNEXT Advisory Group
- Daniel Llanes – longtime community activist in East Austin, as well as a musician and performer.