Hey everyone! The City of Austin is in the process of creating a new land development code, called CodeNEXT, and Hyde Park should weigh in on how we'd like to see our neighborhood grow and if we want to allow new walkable neighborhood amenities near our neighborhood in the future. The new land development code will determine how our neighborhood will be shaped as it grows over the next 10 to 20 years. The last time the city rewrote the land development code was in the 1980s. The below language is possible draft language for the vote. If anyone has any suggestions or possibly additions for the language or just any questions, please let us know! This can be a complicated subject. There's a lot of different media and informative links at the bottom for those that want further reading.
Friends of Hyde Park will be putting the resolution up for a vote as early as Monday of next week (May 1). We will leave the resolution up for discussion, especially here in the forums, for one week. Voting will commence one week from today and will last for 7 days. You can vote online. If you're already a member of Friends of Hyde Park you will automatically receive an email with your ballot (remember, voting is encoded and anonymous so no one knows how you vote). If you are not a member and would like to vote you can register at any time between now and the end of the vote by registering at the link below.
Register to vote here: http://friendsofhydepark.com/join/
PREFACE: According to the City of Austin’s website, “CodeNEXT is the City of Austin initiative to rewrite and simplify our outdated and complicated Land Development Code. The Land Development Code sets requirements for what, where, and how much can be built in Austin.” “The Land Development Code has a significant impact on our daily lives, from shaping the kinds of places where we live, work, and hang out, to influencing the design of our streets and public spaces.” The Land Development Code determines everything from how easy it is for you to remodel your home to what amenities are allowed near you to allowing more affordable housing for lower income families. More information about CodeNEXT can be found here: https://www.austintexas.gov/department/why-matters
VOTE: Friends of Hyde Park supports a new modernized land development code applying to Hyde Park that helps housing affordability for renters and homeowners, reduces economic and racial segregation and income inequality, improves transportation across our neighborhood, and is based on current research for smart land use regulations. A new land development code should allow property owners to choose to build more affordable “Missing Middle” housing options in the interior of the neighborhood that fits in with the historic character of our neighborhood while allowing more housing options for renters (Garage apartments, smaller homes on smaller lots, townhouses, bungalow courts, triplexes, fourplexes, etc. More information here: http://missingmiddlehousing.com/). The land development code should streamline and shorten the permitting process, which would make it easier for homeowners when doing remodels or adding additions. The new code should allow a more walkable and bikeable neighborhood, amenities and restaurants located near neighborhoods, allow more housing to be built near corridors and major roads, help reduce car dependence throughout the city in order to reduce traffic and commute times, provide open spaces and parks, and help provide more opportunities for families with children and people of all income levels to live in our central Austin neighborhoods.
Further reading on the new possible land development code: