CodeNext demise prompts Austin leaders to identify next steps

While the obituary for CodeNext is still being written, community groups, business associations and city officials are already looking how to move past the sudden downfall of the sweeping land development code rewrite.

Austin Mayor Steve Adler called on Wednesday for CodeNext to “cease” so a new process led by City Manager Spencer Cronk could take its place. His colleagues quickly concurred — likely spelling the end for the controversial and expensive project.

As the first code revision of its kind since 1984, CodeNext was meant to align the city with the 2012 Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan for a more “compact and connected city.” The proposed zoning contained in CodeNext would have decided what could be built throughout the city parcel-by-parcel, while proposed “non-zoning” architectural, environmental, parking and other regulations were poised to affect development decisions citywide.

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