In the Works (masthead)
February 2017 EDITION

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On January 30th, the much-anticipated draft of the new land development code (CodeNEXT) was officially released, followed by a huge public roll out at the Palmer Events Center on February 1st. I must admit that I was intimidated by the sheer volume of the document. At 1,100+ pages, it’s going to take a large time commitment (and a lot of cups of coffee!) to make it through.
The good news is that we have a lot of time for public review, and this is an iterative, publicly-driven process. The initial round of comments is due in June, and we don’t anticipate the final code going to City Council until the end of the year. There are lots of opportunities and mechanisms for input.
We have a host of experts out there to help us process the information, answer our questions, and synthesize our feedback.The CodeNEXT team includes staff from multiple City departments, nationally-recognized consultants, and the Code Advisory Group (CAG), which is comprised of citizens appointed by the mayor, city council, and city council committees. HousingWorks board member Terry Mitchell is a member of the CAG, as well as HousingWorks’ Policy Committee members, Liz Mueller and Dave Sullivan. In addition, I have served on the CAG since its inception.

Of course our priority is affordable housing. In this newsletter, we are outlining how CodeNext can help us solve our city's affordability concerns and how you can get involved with the Code revision.We’re all in this together! 

-- Mandy De Mayo
Executive Director, HousingWorks Austin

2017 Council District Analyses
HousingWorks Research Measures Issues Related to Household Affordability in All 10 Austin Council Districts
Where in Austin are you most, or least likely to find subsidized housing? Where in Austin are you most likely to find families who are overburdened by housing and utility expenses? Which council districts have high numbers of people experiencing homelessness? HousingWorks has just released its comprehensive analyses of household affordability in all 10 council districts to give area leaders the information they need to identify trends and provide assistance. The results are on our website. 
Draft Code Rollout Event
Roll Out of New Land Development Code Draws Hundreds
After more than three years Austin residents can now view a draft of CodeNEXT, a voluminous document designed to govern the growth of the city by changing its complex Land Development Code. A large crowd showed up at the CodeNEXT roll out event to find out how the new code will affect affordable housing and other priorities.  Read more. 
Echo PIT Count
ECHO Draws More than 500 Volunteers for Annual Homeless Census
In January of every year Ending Community Homelessness Coalition, or ECHO sends hundreds of volunteers onto streets and back alleys and into wooded areas all over Travis County in search of people living unsheltered. ECHO has worked hard to improve its planning and strategy for the count because it provides vital information that results in more assistance for people experiencing homelessness. On January 28th, we followed some of the volunteers to see why the Point in Time Count "measures up." You can view the Keep Austin Affordable Video Feature here.
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