Local groups are urging the Austin City Council not to delay the CodeNEXT process, the Austin Business Journal reports.
A group of Austin City Council members, Kathie Tovo of District 9, Alison Alter of District 10, Leslie Pool of District 7 and Ora Houston of District 1 proposed extending how long the public can comment on the new rules before they go into effect. They worry that the new rules will harm the character of the single-family neighborhoods in the central core of Austin.
The Real Estate Council of Austin (RECA), and Evolve, a pro-urbanist collective made up of several Austin advocacy groups, both oppose adding time to the process, which they say has already taken too long.
RECA and Evolve encourage the city to stick to their deadline, which is scheduled to go to City Council for final approval next April. They are concerned that the CodeNEXT process has already taken three years, millions of dollars and tons of public comment, and doing nothing will only exacerbate problems with traffic, unaffordability, and income segregation in the city. They do not consider the first draft to be perfect, but are optimistic about working with the city and staff to improve future drafts.
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