Do you know the current zoning of your home? Do you even care? You should! How the property you own gets zoned affects what you can do with your home – more than money, stodgy neighbors, or your own creative devices. What’s more, how your house is zoned is part of a larger land use map that determines what our city can look like, and how it can legally develop over time. City staff has spent much of the past year working its way through a rewrite of the city’s land use code, to update it from the standards set when Austin was a much younger and smaller town. It’s been a drudging labor of love, with plans (right now) for City Council to actually vote on the beast in April. At that point, the city’s entire blueprint may look different. You still won’t understand it, but we can promise it will be different.
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