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 …

Land Development Code Rewrite Proposed Amendments

Since the beginning of the Land Development Code rewrite process, AURA has supported a code rewrite to create an Austin that’s affordably and environmentally sustainable with opportunities open to everyone. The first draft of the rewrite was a promising step towards that aim. However, the second draft was backpedaled on that progress.  For the Land …

Land Development Code Draft 2 Release Statement

AURA is a grassroots, all-volunteer organization that advocates for an Austin that is inclusive, open to change, and welcoming to everyone. Unfortunately, the second draft of the new Land Development Code rewrite is a significant step backward from the first. Despite council passing many important pro-housing amendments, significant resolutions and goals were either not incorporated, …