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How will you help address the affordability problems in Austin?

Justin Jacobson

City Council, District 3

First, we need to commit to preserving the income restricted housing that we already have. Moving up the income latter, we need to identify city owned land that is best suited for developing affordable/income restricted capacity and finding the partners to do so. Getting a rewrite of the Land Use Code as quickly as possible is the biggest tool we have to address this problem. It will give us the serious structural changes need to get greater diversity in our housing stock, more density of units, and efficiencies to our permitting process. We can also begin to have development that better incorporates greater transit solutions that won’t necessitate car ownership in Austin.  For those of the most modest means, efforts outside of the code will persist, but by and large, the effects from a new code have the biggest potential.