City Council Rejects CodeNEXT Petition Effort

Rewrite won't go onto November ballot, for now

Fred Lewis, Susana Almanza, Nelson Linder, and Mary Ingle at City Hall in March with a reported 32,000 signatures on the petition to demand that CodeNEXT be put to a public vote
Fred Lewis, Susana Almanza, Nelson Linder, and Mary Ingle at City Hall in March with a reported 32,000 signatures on the petition to demand that CodeNEXT be put to a public vote (Photo by Sarah Marloff)

City Council voted this afternoon to reject a petition that would have put the CodeNEXT zoning rewrite onto the November general election ballot. Members voted 6-4 against the resolution, a not-surprising tally, considering the factions on the dais.

Attorney Fred Lewis, whose Community Not Commodity group led the initiative to gather signatures for the petition and certify the petition with the City Clerk, has already announced plans to sue the city in order to get the still-ongoing rewrite onto the ballot. That was both anticipated and part of the plan of the six members who voted against the resolution: They’d like a judge to decide what they’re legally bound (and able) to do in an instance such as this, and are hoping that said judge will have enough time to sort through the legalities to resolve the matter by November.

Council, of course, is about to wade deep into the mess that is CodeNEXT, with public forums beginning next week, plans to formally consider the draft (and the recommendations of various commissions) on June 5 and 12, and potentially vote on first reading on June 13 and 21. Expect the whole ordeal to drag on through the summer, and into November, if Lewis and the four Council members get their way.

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