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CodeNEXT: What’s Next?

CodeNEXT is Austin’s attempt to change the land development code. However, some city council members are hesitating about authorizing an additional $2.2 million to continue the project. The council members are going so far as to say the project should be slowed down, and the April 2018 deadline extended.

District 7 Council Member Leslie Pool expressed concerns about consultants’ travel costs. Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo also supports a potential deadline extension, pointing out that questions from herself and her constituency about the already released plans haven’t been answered.

District 6 Council Member Jimmy Flannigan and Mayor Steve Adler want to maintain the deadline. Adler acknowledged he wouldn’t vote for anything that wasn’t an improvement over the status quo. However, “we’ve got to do something,” he told Community Impact. “The status quo is eating us up alive.”

CodeNEXT will be under discussion – and next steps voted on – at the Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 council meeting.

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