RECEIVED Mon., May 7, 2018

Dear Editor,
    There was a recent measure before the California Legislature to override local zoning and permit eight-story apartment buildings at transit stops. The rationale for this measure was that existing zoning regulations restrict supply, causing a spike in prices. This forces lower-income workers into long commutes. These long trips cost commuters both cash and time and generate greenhouse gases.
    The forces of the status quo prevailed, and the measure was defeated.
    Austin’s current zoning has produced low population density and long commutes for the less affluent, just as in California.
    It looks like if CodeNEXT goes before the voters it will go down [in] defeat, just as the California measure was defeated. Those who commute into Austin from other municipalities will continue their long commutes without ever having had the chance to have their voices heard.
Philip Russell
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