Zoning & Land Development

June 12, 2014 City Council Resolution – Loosening Restrictions on Accessory Dwelling Units

On June 12, 2014, City Council will vote on a resolution which would initiate “amendments to City Code Title 25 to reduce regulatory barriers to accessory dwelling units that are less than 500 square feet, including but not limited to eliminating parking and driveway requirements; and directing the City Manager to convene a stakeholder process for additional recommendations” (currently item # 65 on the Thursday, June 12, 2014 agenda).

The Westcreek Neighborhood Association was just made aware of this resolution and has sent a formal letter of opposition to Austin City Council.  On Wednesday, June 4, we sent out an email to all residents on our email list serve to explain the resolution and the basis of our opposition.

You may use the sample text on this document (SampleLettertoCouncil_ADUs_2014_June12vote) to send an opposition letter to the Austin City Council regarding this Accessory Dwelling Units resolution.


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CodeNEXT: Revising Austin’s Land Development Code

CodeNEXT is the new City of Austin initiative to revise the Land Development Code, which determines how land can be used throughout the city – including what can be built, where it can be built, and how much can (and cannot) be built. The City’s Land Development Code needs to be changed to help us create the kinds of places we want, and to address critical issues such as diminishing natural resources, household affordability, and access to healthy lifestyles – to name a few.

The process is a collaboration between Austin’s residents, business community, and civic institutions to align our land use standards and regulations with what is important to the community. This initiative to revise the land development code is a priority program out of Imagine Austin, our plan for the future adopted by City Council in 2012.

For a brief tour, see the PowerPoint presentation explaining CodeNEXT (CodeNEXT_2013_12.pdf)

For more information, visit CodeNEXT website

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