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With Council’s decision to end CodeNEXT, how do you envision moving forward to update Austin’s land development code?

Jessica Cohen

City Council, District 3

Our current Euclidian land use code was written in the 80’s and was written to address the large amount of greenfield space Austin had at the time. Now, 30 years later, Austin has almost run out of greenfield space. We need updated land use code and zoning ordinances that reflect the increased population and lack of space to grow. Transects and form based code should be the first steps in rewriting Austin’s land use code. Funding will be a little harder. Bonds are nice but I would prefer alternatives that didn’t raise taxes. I have always championed the carrot over the stick. I believe that with the right incentives, such as increased fee waivers and tax breaks for developers who specifically build low income or affordable housing meeting Austin’s green requirements and make housing affordable up to the 140% HUD MFI, we can encourage developers to build affordable housing while still ensuring their workers are paid a living wage.