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The City of Austin has released its zoning comparison maps for the proposed update of the Land Development Code. The new map designates areas of neighborhoods for more walkability, increased public transit, and automobile-dependent areas.

The new zoning map has added categories to provide more specifically regulated areas such as:

  • T3, T4, and T5 Neighborhood – large lot widths with varied setback distances
  • T3, T4, and T5 Main Street – including retail, service, and residential uses in compact, walkable urban forms
  • T5 and T6 Urban – compact, high-density walkable urban environment that provides urban housing choices as well as a wide range of regional-center appropriate uses such as employment, retail, services, entertainment, civic, and public uses

It also renames/redefines some existing categories:











For further information, review the proposed Land Development Code text, and comment here: https://codenext.civicomment.org/

The comparison maps can be found here: http://codenext.engagingplans.org/codenext-comparison-map

Austin Land Development CodeThe City of Austin introduced the first draft of the new Land Development Code at a CodeNEXT event. The city designed the new code to shape growth and development in the capitol city while focusing on five main pillars: Community, Environment, Housing, Mobility, and Permitting.

While they won’t finalize the details of the new code for another year, CodeNEXT boasts that they are creating a more simplified and cohesive plan for Austin.

More specifically, these are some highlights of the plan:

  • Alternative transportation
  • Green spaces & trail connection
  • Flood damage reduction
  • Water stewardship

Additionally, CodeNEXT is accepting community feedback through April. A draft map will be released on April 18, 2017. City Council will begin hearings and deliberations in September.

Furthermore, Mayor Steve Adler wrote in the Austin American-Statesman,”I want to propose a different way and to do it together, aiming for a resolution where we all win. We can all win if we focus on two goals: protecting our neighborhoods and delivering the increased housing supply we need to make Austin more affordable.”


For further information on the new Land Development Code updates, follow these helpful links:


Community Engagement

Public Comment

The City of Austin has updated the forms used to complete their Environmental Resource Inventories (ERIs).  This is the new terminology for what was formerly their Environmental Assessments (EAs).  In order to finalize the ERIs, coordination with the project engineer is necessary.  Also, variance forms have to be filled out in order to request buffers of less than 150 feet for Critical Environmental Features (CEFs).  These new ERIs went into effect on December 30, 2014.  Additionally, the City has created a redline version of edits they are making to their Environmental Criteria Manual (ECM) to update it in keeping with the various updated forms.  The finalized updated form is available for download here.