This is a new building code system that city planners are trying to implement in Austin, TX.
“CodeNEXT is a plan is to effectively do away with old fashioned things like neighborhood zoning and building use restrictions. Those are too complex and burdensome. Now that Austin has become a “destination city,” we shouldn’t live in houses on blocks in neighborhoods. Instead, we should be divided into “corridors,” “nodes” and “transit hubs.” While this may work for designing certain sectors of undeveloped land, it should not be imposed on existing neighborhoods against their will.
CodeNEXT: “A comprehensive planning process that uses codes to integrate the built environment into larger economic development strategies.”
You can go check out the CodeNEXT site here. The “Listening to the Community Report” artfully speaks in the reverse. You will see page after page of the same phrases, but not a single hint of public suggestions, public comments, or even any summaries of public likes and dislikes of any of the concepts mentioned. There is a long roster of consultants and assorted private firms listed in these reports. The City’s website lists 11 members of an advisory group that is working with these firms as part of CodeNEXT. But nowhere will you find the backgrounds of the advisory group members, who they work for, or who appointed them. This is most likely another consultant-driven process with pre-ordained results.
Nix CodeNEXT Before It Nixes Us!