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CodeNext Information

We will try to keep CodeNEXT information here as it becomes  available. 

                                                                                                  CodeNext informational meeting presented by South River City Citizens (SRCC)  Monday, May 22 , 7:15 at Life in the City United Methodist Church,  205 E. Monroe.


  1.  7:15 Meeting procedures, etiquette. Gretchen Otto, SRCC President, Chair
  2. 7:25 Overview of CodeNEXT, definitions of terms  Presenter: Jerry Rusthoven, Assistant Director, City of Austin Planning &  Zoning Dept.  | jerry.rusthoven@austintexas.gov
  3. 7:40 Update on the work of the SRCC ad-hoc CodeNEXT committee Presenter: Tom Fitzpatrick, Committee Chair  fitz@prismnet.com
  4. 7:50 Perspective on the new code from Code Advisory Group (CAG) member and Planning Commissioner Nuria Zaragoza, D9 rep on the CAG and Planning Com bc-nuria.zaragoza@austintexas.gov
  5. 8:00 Affordability and the new code Presenter: Mandy De Mayo, Executive Director, HousingWorks Austin    mandy@housingworksaustin.org
  6. 8:10 Historic Preservation and the new code Presenter: Kate Singleton, Executive Director, Preservation Austin director@preservationaustin.org
  7. 8:20 Discussion, comments, Q&A
  8. 8:50 Next steps


Kudos and huge thanks to SRCC President Gretchen Otto for putting this  together.


CodeNEXT Draft Comments to Date

Submitted by Susan Moffat, CAG Appointee May 2, 2017

Read more here:


Maps and Documents:





BCNA CodeNext flier

City of Austin CodeNEXT Multi-Family,
High-Density Zoning Targets Bouldin

CodeNEXT flier is linked here with current mappings.
How this all plays out will  be decided with your help.
Hopefully this is just a first draft.

 Change in Property Values
 Change in Neighborhood Character
 Increased Density (and related issues
of: noise, traffic, street parking,
pedestrian safety, infrastructure costs)
link here:

Of importance:                                                                                                                  Attend CodeNEXT Zone Mapping Open House
City Council District 9 (CM Kathie Tovo)
When:  Saturday, June 3rd, 10:00 am – Noon
Where: Austin City Hall, 301 W. 2nd St.

More info at http://www.communitynotcommodity.com/

A temporary plaza in the South Central Waterfront Area

 posted 05-03/2017
Just wanted to alert y’all to this item up for City Council  vote  this Thursday. It’s a small part of the grand South Central Waterfront Redevelopment Initiative that’s been presented at BCNA meetings a couple of times over the past two years. This “plaza” closes off that dedicated right hand turn off Southbound South Congress Avenue onto Barton Springs Road.  It’ll now require a sharper right onto Baron Springs Road at the Bat sculpture. (If the links work on the item pasted below, they’ll get you to ordinance language and a drawing specifically showing plaza area) This area had been similarly closed off during SXSW and City Traffic Dept. was reviewing for traffic impacts.  They”ll do the same with this “pop-up plaza” for about 12 months before determining whether or not to make it permanent. Lee Austin is City Traffic Dept. reviewer who’ll be monitoring this effort.
Cory on Bouldin  BCNA Prez
  1. Approve an ordinance relating to the creation of a temporary plaza in the South Central Waterfront Area; and waiving certain code requirements and associated fees.

( Notes:        SPONSOR: Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo CO 1: Council Member Delia Garza CO 2: Council Member Ellen Troxclair CO 3: Council Member Sabino “Pio” Renteria )


You can have your Porch, and setbacks too …

Will be interesting to see how this plays out in practice.


The idea is that a house on a corner lot can’t easily have a wrap-around porch because of lot-size limitations, so now the encroachment into the front setback (an encroachment which everyone who’s ever enjoyed a conversation on a shady porch with a neighbor can probably support) can wrap around to the side setback as well, encouraging a more “connected” style of home much like the traditional homes of yore.

Overall this seems like a good thing. But “what defines a porch?” will likely become the question. What do you think?