Austin City Council votes to scrap CodeNEXT

August 09, 2018 - 5:13 pm

AUSTIN (KJCE) -- Austin's years-long effort to rewrite its land development code is dead, at least in its current form.

City Council voted Thursday afternoon to approve a resolution finding that the CodeNEXT effort was "no longer a suitable mechanism to achieve its stated goals", and directed City Manager Spencer Cronk to develop and propose a new process for moving forward.

The CodeNEXT effort has been underway for more than five years, costing the city some 8 million dollars in consulting fees alone.

The city's current land development code is mostly 35 years old, and has struggled to keep up with Austin's explosive growth.

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