Here's the news you need to start your week in Central Austin:
1. Panel to discuss affordability in Austin
This Monday, the city of Austin is holding a panel to discuss the relationship between CodeNEXT—the city's new draft land development code—and affordability. Panelists include Jake Wegmann, an assistant professor at The University of Texas who studies housing, real estate development and planning; Shubhada Saxena from the Asian American Quality of Life Advisory Commission and Mark Rogers from the Guadalupe Neighborhood Development Corporation. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at Town Lake Center, 721 Barton Springs Road, Austin.
2. New 'CodeNEXT 1.1' draft zoning map coming
Speaking of CodeNEXT, an updated version of the land development code maps will be released sometime this week, according to project managers from the Austin Planning and Zoning Department. Jorge Rousselin, project manager for CodeNEXT, told Community Impact Newspaper last week the updated map would correct many “errors and omissions” found in the April 18 version of the map.
3. Public invited to see designs for Waller Creek Park
New designs for Waller Creek Park are set to be released this week, and the public is invited to view them at the Metz Recreation Center May 13 from 10 a.m.-noon and at the Palm Door on Sabine May 17 from 6-8 p.m. The park, located at the mouth of Lady Bird Lake, will be undergoing renovations by Waller Creek Conservancy, a nonprofit organization tasked with improving the creek that runs from Lady Bird Lake to 15th Street. For more information, visit wallercreek.org.
4. Council OKs second round of funding for mobility bond projects
Six months after Austinites voted on a $720 million mobility bond, implementation is starting to take place. Austin City Council approved spending for $39 million Thursday for local projects. Council members also voted to negotiate three agreements with the Texas Department of Transportation for regional projects on Loop 360, RM 620 and Parmer Lane.
5. Austin taco joint starts selling award-winning salsa in grocery store
You can now find Austin-based Tacodeli's mild, medium and hot salsas in area Whole Foods Markets. The restaurant franchise started selling in time for Cinco de Mayo.