Do you support Austin voters securing their right to vote on CodeNEXT or any comprehensive​ development code overhaul — Proposition J on the November ballot? (Note: Passage of Proposition J does not mean that all code changes come to a public vote – only a comprehensive code overhaul, whether it’s called CodeNEXT or something else.) Rate your support on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the most support and 1 being the least.

Justin Jacobson

City Council, District 3

While I completely agree that council has been deaf to the concerns of citizens during our recent attempt at a rewrite, that there is plenty of room more input, and that drastic measures were called for, I don’t think something as nuanced and technical as land development should be up for a plebiscite. That doesn’t mean citizens have no right to the process and we should only defer to the opinions of experts. As Austin continues grows, when ever larger national and global trends make themselves known here, the potential for deep pocketed interest to hijack this process against the wishes of the people is far too high, in my opinion. A main reason I decided to run was because I am yet to be convinced that our current institutions won’t accommodate more citizen input and a broader spectrum voice at the Dias, how transformative that could be in shaping the Austin yet to come while keep true to our core values, knowing that fresh new leadership is the only way to get past the divisions of the past and get us to that place.

Rate your support: 1