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How will you address Austin’s housing shortage? What regulations will you change to allow more housing where people want to live?

Rich DePalma

City Council, District 8

We are hearing of lifelong Austin residents having to move from their community as a result of affordability whether from increasing rents or increasing property taxes. I want everyone to be able to age in place within their community and our current land development code does not allow for that nor does it meet the goals and prescription of Imagine Austin. It does not let us build the diverse housing stock needed to meet the needs of our residents.

Here are some of the solutions:

  1. Fix the land development code so that multifamily homes and other housing solutions can be implemented. More types of housing will allow for varying incomes and affordability.
  2. Relax regulations on accessory dwelling units.
  3. Support transit oriented development and increased density along the corridors and near cultural and job centers.
  4. Support inclusive housing policies. District 8 has the lowest amount of affordable housing in the city, and I would like to see this change to benefit our neighbors on fixed incomes or facing life changes such as divorce or death of a spouse.