The City of Austin is undergoing a land development code rewrite, called CodeNEXT. The land development code is a rule-book for allowable development. This affects a multitude of human and environmental issues including water quality in our creeks, our future water supply, and has the potential to prevent disastrous floods like the devastating Onion Creek disaster.


See our recommendations in this comments letter to Austin City Council. We want to be sure that any increase in development and thus potential impervious cover that may come along with a new zoning code properly safeguard our watersheds and those that live around them from flooding and decreased water quality.


The commissions are currently reviewing the third draft of the land development code as part of the CodeNext process.


Above: SBCA at coalition press conference on January 25th on shared Community Priorities for CodeNEXT.


SBCA also helped draft and support “Community Priorities for CodeNEXT” a document written and supported by a diverse stakeholder group including several environmental organizations. SBCA looks forward to reading the draft of CodeNEXT, the City of Austin’s land development code rewrite,  and measuring it by the benchmarks in the document. SBCA is particularly interested that CodeNEXT ” shall reduce climate change, increase resilience, reduce the urban heat island effect, and preserve and restore our natural environment,” and “shall require that new and redevelopment mitigate and reduce flooding, runoff pollution, and downstream erosion.”


Save Barton Creek Association will continue to provide feedback to the CodeNEXT process to ensure a healthy environment for all Austinites.