Austin City Council Elections 2020

AURA hosted several Candidate Forums August-September 2020 with many of the candidates running for election for Austin’s City Council in November 2020. We recorded each candidate forum and are posting those videos here, along with questionnaire responses that we received from candidates. For our final forum, we also hosted a panel, in collaboration with Farm&City …

Project Connect Media Release (2020-07-20)

MEDIA ALERTFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 20, 2020AURA members identify priorities for November transportationmeasure AURA members overwhelmingly approved a set of policy preferences aimed at shaping Austin City Council’s crafting of a new transportation ballot measure for this November’s election. The specific policy planks approved by AURA members are: AURA supports the 11 cent property tax …

Should you have to own property to vote? Opponents of more housing in Austin think so.

Who should determine what housing can be built in Austin?  Austin’s democratically elected city council or an archaic process that only gives power to property owners? Groups opposed to a new land development code are suing to only include property owners and exclude renters from the discussion.  A local judge ruled in their favor and …

Oppose the Burnet Road proposal

The 2016 Mobility Bond provided the City of Austin with funding “to address implementation of Corridora large street or thoroughfare like Lamar and Guadalupe. Corridors will often be zoned for higher density housing like tall apartments. Mobility Reports, which identify short-, medium-, and long-term transportation improvements.” The Corridor Mobility Report for Burnet Road proposes for …

AURA Statement on the Land Development Code Ruling

The recent decision by the Travis County District Court ruling that policy changes such as the land development code rewrite are subject to zoning petition protests by homeowners is disappointing. Unless overturned, the ruling effectively requires a super-majority of City Council members to pass many of the meaningful reforms that are desperately needed in Austin …

Project Connect Media Release (2020-03-09)

Press StatementFor Immediate Release3/9/2020 AURA is enthusiastic about Project Connect’s recommended Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA). The proposed light rail lines will run through dense neighborhoods — where lots of people live — and run to downtown, the Capitol, and UT — where lots of people want to go.   In 2014, AURA argued for rail on …

Proposed Compromise for a Better Land Development Code

Much of conflict over Austin Land Development Code rewrite occurs over the “Transition Zones”.  During the city council meeting on February 12th, Mayor Adler and Council Member Tovo discussed the possibility of reducing the size of these Transition Zones to two-lots off the corridora large street or thoroughfare like Lamar and Guadalupe. Corridors will often …

How Deed Restrictions Can Impact Our Land Development

Most of Austin’s zoning regulations prevent the construction of missing-middle housing like townhouses, duplexes, and fourplexes.  In fact, according to the Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan land inventory about 80% of Austin’s land zoned for residentiala zone for housing. use is zoned single-family. But zoning regulations aren’t the only obstacle to these types of housing, especially …