The postcard is a notice from the City of Austin to inform you about public hearings related to changes to the land development code (commonly called CodeNEXT). It was sent to every property owner and utility account holder in Austin. No additional action is required on your part, however, you are invited to speak at the public hearings about CodeNEXT.
What is CodeNEXT?
CodeNEXT is the City of Austin initiative to rewrite the land development code. Austin’s current land development code was written in the 1980s. To learn more about the project, visit austintexas.gov/department/about-codenext.
What are the public hearings?
Public hearings are an opportunity to speak directly to the Planning Commission (PC), Zoning & Platting Commission (ZAP), and the City Council about CodeNEXT. The PC and ZAP will be holding joint hearings.
When are the public hearings?
The joint land use commission (PC and ZAP) public hearings will be held on:
10:00 a.m. Saturday, April 28 at Dove Springs Recreation Center; 5801 Ainez Dr.
4:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 1 at Palmer Events Center; 900 Barton Springs Rd.
The City Council public hearings will be held on:
10:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 29 at Austin City Hall; 301 W. 2nd Street
10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 2 at Austin City Hall; 301 W. 2nd Street
The legal notice for the public hearings will be posted in the Austin American-Statesman ahead of the public hearing dates.
What can I expect at the public hearings?
The joint land use commissions voted on certain rules of procedure for their public hearings.
You may speak on only one of the commission hearing days
Sign-ups for the hearings will begin 30 minutes before the meeting starts
Speakers will be called in the order they have signed up
No donation of time will be permitted
How can I get to the public hearings?
All public hearings have free parking available.
There are bike racks at all venues.
The Dove Springs Recreation Center is served by CapMetro bus route 7.
The Palmer Events Center is served by CapMetro bus routes 1, 5, 7, 20, 30, 110, 142, 801, 935, 985, and 987.
Austin City Hall is served by CapMetro bus routes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 30, 37, 801, 803, 980, 981, 982, 985, 987, and 990
For more transit information, including a complete list of routes and schedules, visit capmetro.org.
Where can I learn more about CodeNEXT?
For basic information about the CodeNEXT draft, download our Code Draft 3 Guide. The Guide includes background information about CodeNEXT, details about the zones and map, and ways to get involved.
For more detailed information about zoning, take a look at the draft zoning chapter of the land development code, and to see the current and proposed zoning map, check out our map tool.
Through the end of May, the CodeNEXT team will be holding office hours, which are one-on-one sit-down meetings with code writers, where you can ask any questions you have about the code. You can sign up for office hours at tiny.cc/codenextofficehours or by calling (512) 974-3583.
How can I provide feedback?
The best way to provide feedback about CodeNEXT is to share your thoughts with the commissions and Council by attending the public hearings. In addition, all feedback City staff receive will be shared with the Planning Commission, Zoning & Platting Commission, and the City Council. You can comment directly on the draft land development code by visiting codenext.civicomment.org, and you can comment on the proposed zoning map by visiting codenext.engagingplans.org.