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

Vincent Harding

City Council, District 1

I would utilize the skills I obtained as Chair of the Travis County Democratic Party to try to change the culture of the conversation regarding land use. I want to reframe the debate and focus it on the basic human need for everyone to have shelter, while seeking to avoid the false narrative that puts urbanists versus neighborhoods and stop the name-calling.

The next code should be simpler for the everyday person to understand. While the next code should simplify and clean up conflicts, it is inevitable that there will be disagreements about which sections of the code governs when there is a conflict. Thus, I think the code should provide a clear prioritization of which section of the code supersedes another in those cases. The permitting process must be faster and there should be a way to resolve disputes between two City Departments in a quicker manner. Further, the code should provide for additional capacity on the corridors, increase missing middle housing, and protect existing neighborhoods.