[Updated Nov. 6 at 9:20 a.m.] Northwest Austin residents can weigh in on what types of development they want in their neighborhood Nov. 10.
The team behind CodeNEXT, a city initiative to revise the Land Development Code, began leading one-hour, interactive walks throughout the city on Oct. 16. The Northwest Austin walk is scheduled for Nov. 10 at 8 a.m., beginning at H-E-B, 12860 Research Blvd.
Another walk is scheduled in South Austin on Nov. 7 at 9 a.m., Fair Bean Coffee, 2210 S. First St. Residents and local business owners are encouraged to join a walk and provide input on future development.
“We are climbing out from behind our desks to see how our work is impacting people on the ground. The only way we can do that is in collaboration with everyday Austinites,” said Matt Lewis, assistant director for the Planning and Zoning Department, in a statement. “We often find ourselves looking through the lens of a city planner. As the local expert on where you live, we want to learn what you see.”
The walks were scheduled in seven separate locations that represented other similar areas throughout the city, including neighborhood centers, shopping centers and major corridors. Because each area represents similar parts of Austin, residents who live or work outside of the locations where the walks will take place are also encouraged to participate. The city also advises residents to wear comfortable shoes, bring water and RSVP at www.austintexas.gov/article/rsvp-codenext-community-walks.
After all community walks are complete, the city will host CodeNEXT: Sound Check, where writers of the Land Development Code, city staff and consultants will discuss information gathered from each neighborhood and draft code revisions. Residents will have the opportunity to review and comment on the draft revisions at CodeNEXT: Sound Check, which will take place Nov. 16-21 at The Linc, 6406 N. I-35 near Austin Community College Highland campus.
CodeNEXT is a priority in Imagine Austin, which is the city's comprehensive plan for future growth. The community walks are part of Imagine Austin’s place-based approach to improving the Land Development Code. A draft of the revised development code will be available for public review in fall 2016, the city predicts.