In the Works (masthead)
May 2016 EDITION

The City of Austin is in the midst of rewriting its decades-old Land Development Code. While the process – known as CodeNEXT - has been lengthy (upwards of three years), complex, and time intensive, the payoff could be worth the wait.

HousingWorks recognizes that well-located density, streamlined development reviews, and a simple and predictable development process will increase affordability in a broad sense. But in order to achieve true affordability, it is imperative that onsite, inclusionary affordable housing policies are implemented across the city, and in a range of housing types. We need to provide development incentives such as increased density and relaxed development standards only in exchange for onsite affordability. 
The city just released its second “prescription paper,” which is focused on household affordability. The prescription papers are designed to highlight some of the tradeoffs and tensions within the land development code and to make some concrete recommendations (“prescriptions”) for addressing complicated issues. I encourage everyone to read the household affordability prescription paper, which is aptly titled “Developing Complete Communities for All Austinites:”


-- Mandy DeMayo
Executive Director, HousingWorks Austin
Citizens Hit the Streets in Discuss Possible Code Changes
Citizens Hit the Street to Discuss Possible Code Changes for Austin
As Austin grows, the City and its CodeNEXT team are looking for answers to some pressing questions. How can we fill the need for more affordable housing? How can we create more urban density to stop the city's sprawl and ease traffic;? Would these changes drive up property taxes or spoil the character of neighborhoods? On Saturday, May 14 a group hit the streets of the Zilker neighborhood to explore housing types and share ideas. Read about it on our website.
Walk the Talk
Learning about the History of Clarksville and Missing Middle Housing
The communities of Clarksville and Old West have rich histories. Because of those histories, they also have a wide array of housing types, including what's called "missing middle." On Saturday, May 7th, Imagine Austin and AIA Austin DesignVoice hosted an event called "Walk the Talk: Panel and Tour of Missing Middle Housing. Learn more about that event on our website.
Jeremiah Program's Moody Campus
HOUSING BONDS FEATURE: Home for Single Mothers Taking Shape
One of the properties that received funding from the housing bonds passed in 2013 is Jeremiah Program's Moody Campus. This fall it wil become home to 35 single mothers and their children who are living in poverty. Besides affordable housing, the families will also benefit from living in a supportive community which will include accredited early childhood education. More on our website.
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