The first of five Code Talks from the city’s CodeNEXT initiative is about the environment. Come learn about how the draft code addresses the environment as it relates to water stewardship, flood mitigation, urban forest preservation, parks & open space, and nature in the city. The event will include a panel discussion from community experts, a presentation from code writers, and an opportunity for attendees to ask questions.
What is CodeNEXT?
CodeNEXT is the city’s effort to rewrite its land development code.
And what’s a land development code?
It’s basically a rule book for the city, explaining what can be built where. It dictates which neighborhoods can have high-rise apartment complexes and which can’t, how many parking spaces businesses are required to have, and basically determines how a city looks.
Why does this matter?
CodeNEXT will determine how Austin looks 10, 15, and even 50 years from now. It will influence where density will be directed, and ultimately, how much density we will actually have. It will affect affordability because it will determine the type and availability of housing we have in Austin. It will also affect the environment, our transportation infrastructure, and social justice issues right here in our local community.