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Public Notice: Hurry Up Please, It’s Time
We're late, we're late, for a very important date ...
"...end of a tense, draining, six-and-a-half-hour meeting of the Zoning & Platting Commission – after staff had canceled yet..."

March 9, 2018 News Column by Nick Barbaro

CodeNEXT’s End Is Near, in Theory
What fate for our five-year, $8.5 million rewrite?
"...Local real estate agent Frank Harren called Austin's proposed zoning policy "now officially less urban and less progressive than..."

March 2, 2018 News Feature by Sarah Marloff

Public Notice: Coming Soon to a Corridor Near You
Hopefully in fewer than four score years ...
"...Sarah Marloff covers Tuesday's Zoning & Platting Commission meeting in this issue ("CodeMESS," Feb...."

Feb. 9, 2018 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Council: Back to the Dais
Short month, long agendas
"...of the very lengthy menu, which includes plenty of zoning cases, and even Circuit of the Americas requests for..."

Feb. 2, 2018 News Feature by Michael King

Zaragoza Resigns From Planning Commission
Todd Shaw tapped as replacement
"...describes as a “minority point of view.” Wary of upzoning, Zaragoza has often championed neighborhood concerns and looked for..."

Jan. 29, 2018 News Post by Sarah Marloff

Public Notice: Iced Out
ZAP postponement tightens CodeNEXT timeline
"...– last in the alphabetical line – that evening's Zoning and Platting Com­mission meeting, where City Demographer Ryan Rob­inson..."

Jan. 19, 2018 News Column by Nick Barbaro

CodeNEXT: And Soon … Lever Maps
Planning Commission punts discussion to Thursday, Jan. 18
"...maps," designed to help model how different kinds of zoning changes might affect different parts of town. He asked..."

Jan. 12, 2018 News Feature by Sarah Marloff

Public Notice: The Devil’s in the Details
And of course, no one wants to wrestle with the devil
"...So, what's it going to be? The PC and Zoning and Plat­ting Com­mission appear to be under strict orders..."

Jan. 12, 2018 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Public Notice: Peace on Earth, Good Will to Most
A final look forward at the start of the end of the CodeNEXT process
"...opening a lot of new possibilities for residential developers: *upzoning, allowing *residential in more zones, and *more housing forms..."

Dec. 22, 2017 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Austin's Disappearing Mobile Home Communities
Redeveloping a manufactured housing park isn’t the only way its new owner can turn a profit
" as a development lead for the Planning and Zoning Department, and said that if CodeNEXT gets adopted, the..."

Dec. 15, 2017 News Feature by Joseph Caterine

Council: They Bring Their Ukes Along
Today at City Council: It's gonna be a long one
"...(101 Items), although a couple dozen of those are zoning cases concealing both likely postponements and an unknown number..."

Dec. 8, 2017 News Feature by Michael King

Public Notice: Do You Feel a Draft?
CodeNEXT set for a long overdue reality check
"...Quite apart from the mapping and zoning itself, the current draft still needs a lot of..."

Nov. 17, 2017 News Column by Nick Barbaro

CodeNEXT: Still Stuck
Draft two brings growing pains for the land use rewrite
"...the city's housing blueprint goal," and reiterated that inclusionary zoning (which can mandate affordable housing) is currently illegal in..."

Oct. 6, 2017 News Feature by Sarah Marloff

Point Austin: As the Budget Goes, So Goes Council
Turf battles over uncommitted funds may prefigure 2018
" the more humdrum business of muddling through endless zoning cases, or grappling more immediately with Mayor Steve Adler's..."

Sept. 22, 2017 News Column by Michael King

Imagine Austin With CodeNEXT
Draft two brings big changes, more questions
"...of mixed-use." Mapping consultant John Fregonese added that mixed-use zoning will come in handy as large warehouse-sized stores like..."

Sept. 22, 2017 News Feature by Sarah Marloff

Dueling Petitions on CodeNEXT
Sign here, sign there, sign everywhere
"...this one objected to the alphabet soup of first-draft zoning categories known as “transects,” which petitioners demanded be “not..."

Sept. 12, 2017 News Post by Michael King

Sneak Peek at CodeNEXT v2.0
Consultants detail next steps for city commissions
"...The Planning and Zoning & Platting commissions received a rapid preview of CodeNEXT..."

Sept. 8, 2017 News Feature by Sarah Marloff

Leslie Pool’s Tweet (During the) Storm
Council member pushes CodeNEXT agenda at an inopportune time
"...policy arguments. "To any who dismiss need for Austin's zoning & imperv cover rules, I give you Houston," she..."

Sept. 1, 2017 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

CodeNEXT: Conditions for Overlays
Draft 2.0 being readied for Sept. 15
"...during Tuesday's joint meeting of the Planning Commission and Zoning and Platting Com­mission, following an update by consultants on..."

Aug. 11, 2017 News Feature by Sarah Marloff

Lege Lines: Peace in Straus' House
News from the saner chamber
"...Antonio, has filed House Bill 362, creating joint land zoning boards, bringing together local government, the military, property owners,..."

Aug. 11, 2017 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

All This & Budget Too
Council treads water over aquatics plan
"...innocuous event fee waivers, and there are three dozen zoning Items likely to be winnowed by consent votes and..."

Aug. 4, 2017 News Feature by Michael King

Density? Bonus! (Programs.)
Planning Commission briefed on CodeNEXT affordability incentives
"...accept a density bonus in order to build beyond zoning limitations. Take, for example, medium density residential zones, where..."

July 24, 2017 News Post by Sarah Marloff

Nonprofits and the City's Quest for Affordable Housing
Helping usher Austin out of a quagmire of inequality
" that could lower rent prices. As with inclusionary zoning (which is also prohibited in Texas), other parts of..."

July 14, 2017 News Feature by Joseph Caterine

Public Notice: No Fireworks, but a Bombshell
City Council, AISD Board adjourn for summer with work left to do
"...was an idea first rolled out in the joint Planning/Zoning and Platting Commission meeting the evening before, and it..."

June 30, 2017 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Council: Austin, Can You Spare $7 million?
CodeNEXT, budget, and the long shadow of the state
"...Alter, dealt most explicitly with CodeNEXT, but even pending zoning cases got a touch of the subject, with Council..."

June 26, 2017 News Post by Michael King

Consider the Environment
"...the city. However, it does not take a new zoning code to negatively impact environmentally sensitive areas of Austin...."

June 20, 2017 Postmarks

Why Does Everyone Hate CodeNEXT?
Can a polarized Austin reach consensus on land use by next spring?
"...the first drafts. "Some people are suggesting that enormous 'upzoning' [for more intensive uses] is going to ruin our..."

June 9, 2017 News Feature by Michael King

¿No Habla Land Use?
One thing about CodeNEXT: It’s definitely in English
"...joint meeting of land use commissioners in January, when Zoning and Platting Commissioner Ann Denkler asked staff about the..."

June 9, 2017 News Feature by Joseph Caterine

A CodeNEXT Questionnaire
"...That depends. At the most basic level, no, zoning changes will not require you to update your home..."

June 9, 2017 News Feature by Sarah Marloff

Council: Hiding in Plain Sight
Immigration, Fire, Capitol view corridors fill out a busy Thursday
"...18: 70 Items that include sizable contracts, a dozen zoning cases, some potential revisions of Council procedures, and a..."

May 19, 2017 News Feature by Michael King

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