CodeNEXT, the city’s failed attempt at rewriting Austin’s land use code, took its toll on everyone it touched, from city staff to local reporters, but no one group put in more time and elbow grease to improve the project and move forward than the Planning Commission. The 13 unpaid commissioners spent numerous late nights – and a few weekends – learning, unpacking, and debating the proposed rewrite(s). By May, they were pulling twice-a-week marathon meetings to author nearly 1,000 amendments to the final draft. As a thank you for all their hard work, City Council killed CodeNEXT and eight commissioners were sued by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton for violating the City Charter’s rule that only four (not eight) be "directly or indirectly" tied to real estate. We would suggest a bottle of wine, maybe a fruit basket, instead.
Austin Planning Commission
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