Friends of Heritage is voting on four resolutions that will form our position on Code Next 2.0.
Code Next is the City of Austin’s process for creating a new land development code. Heritage should have a voice in CodeNext because it will determine whether our neighborhood will be allowed new nearby walkable amenities and how our neighborhood will be shaped as Austin grows over the next 10 to 20 years. So it’s important to vote and have your voice heard!
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Voting is open now. The DEADLINE to cast your ballot is Monday Oct 30 at 8 pm CDT. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Thanks as always for being Friends of Heritage!
1. Supporting the CodeNext process
Friends of Heritage supports the CodeNext process. Austin’s land use code needs to be updated and we will work with the city to create a better code.
We support a mix of renters & owners, Heritage’s diversity of housing on the interior, and encouraging denser development on the corridors to promote walking, biking, and mass transit over cars. The Austin metro area is projected to double in population over the next 30 years. Increased density in Austin is necessary to prevent sprawl, protect the environment, and keep Austin affordable.
All neighborhoods in Austin should shoulder the effects of the city’s growth so that no one neighborhood has to bear the brunt of that growth. Assigning growth to only limited neighborhoods speeds displacement via rapid property value changes in limited parts of the city.
2. Setbacks in residential zoning
Front setbacks should be reduced to 15’ from the front property line, rather than 25’ as zoned for Heritage in CodeNext. This encourages pedestrian-friendly designs and community interaction when homes are placed closer to the sidewalk. It also provides additional flexibility for backyard size.
3. Encourage redevelopment of mixed-use on corridor roads
Heritage could accommodate significantly more housing, reduce sprawl, and protect our environment if we eliminate parking minimums for residences on our corridors. Under CodeNext the mixed-use zoning along Heritage’s corridors requires a minimum of one parking space for each residential unit. This makes many parcels unable to support mixed-use development because there is insufficient land to provide the parking needed for additional stories of residential over first floor retail, which has its own parking requirements. Parking minimums also force land to be used to house cars, not people, and free parking encourages car usage over other modes of transportation. A growing number of Austinites do not have cars, especially students and young professionals, and instead use bikes, ride-sharing, and mass transit. We should give developers the choice to provide parking-free housing where the market supports it.
Due to our neighborhood’s walkability and access to mass transit, in Heritage parking minimums should be eliminated in the mixed-use MS2A, MS2B, MU1C zoning (along Guadalupe, Lamar, 34th Street, and 38th Street) as a bonus for developers who provide additional improvements such as wider sidewalks and trees.
The Residential Permit Parking process should be available to neighborhoods who waive parking minimums. Residents of multi-family developments that take advantage of reduced parking minimums should not be eligible for RPP permits.
In addition MS2A, MS2B, MU1C zoning should have:
No multilevel structured parking on the exterior (must be wrapped by the building or underground)
Height step back to 35’ within 50’ of a triggering residential lot to be compatible with the 32’ height of R3C residential zoning
4. Maintain current occupancy limits
The current occupancy limits specified in CodeNext draft 2 section 23 – 4E-7050 “(C) Occupancy Limits in Certain Zones” should be maintained.
How is it different?
Friends of Heritage will be using the independent, online and anonymous voting service Helios. Voting is conducted through this third party system such that no other member can see another’s vote, and end results are tallied for easy publication.
Votes will be held open for a period of time so that all members can consider the options, discuss and collaborate on the possible outcomes together online at their convenience. See our Bylaws for details on how we conduct and notify of votes.
Why online and anonymous?
- We believe online options allow more people to participate without needing to make a meeting.
- Anonymous votes maintain a friendly environment by preventing disagreements between neighbors and allows everyone to vote their beliefs after considerate conversations that happen in our online forum.
How do I register to vote?
- Become a member by subscribing to our vision statement and joining Friends of Heritage via our online form.
- We’ll verify addresses through online tax and voter records, otherwise you’ll be asked to provide an unopened piece of mail to our Board for proof of residency.
- You can also be registered at any in-person meet up we have.