- On December 7, the Austin City Council will vote on “H.O.M.E.”, a rezoning plan that will end single-family zoning throughout Austin, raise taxes, and displace vulnerable residents
- Concerned residents should register online to attend the meeting and speak out publicly against the plan
- See below for tips on attending the meeting, speaking publicly, and more
On December 7, the Austin City Council will vote on Phase 1 of “H.O.M.E.”, a sweeping and reckless plan that will end single-family zoning throughout Austin, raise your taxes, and displace countless families.
We urge you and your neighbors to register to attend the meeting by clicking here, clicking the orange button at the bottom of the screen, and following the system’s instructions. Make sure you select the December 7 meeting, enter Agenda Item 001, and register that you are against the plan. The system will then ask whether you wish to speak. If you wish to speak, you may choose to do so either in-person or remotely.
You will know your registration was successful when you receive an email from the city. Additional instructions will be provided by the city at that time.
WHAT: Vote on Phase 1 of “H.O.M.E.”
WHEN: Thursday, December 7, beginning at 10:00 AM
WHERE: Austin City Hall, 301 W. 2nd Street
How to Sign Up to Attend the December 7 Meeting
- Online registration is available now and ends on Wednesday at 12:00 PM (noon)
- Remote speakers will receive a second email on Wednesday and will be called by the city clerk on Thursday at 10:00 AM
- In-person registration can be completed at City Hall kiosks starting on Wednesday at 12:00 PM (noon) and ending on Thursday at 9:15 AM
Tips for Speaking Out Publicly
- Local residents are generally given two minutes to speak, but Austin Mayor Kirk Watson is scheduled to confirm all rules on Wednesday
- Two minutes goes by fast! Try to quickly address 1-3 issues important to you
- Tell personal stories! The most powerful testimony is how these policies impact you, how they increase the danger of floods, fires, traffic, parking, or other infrastructure issues
- Have similar policies already harmed your home or neighborhood? If so, let council members know
- Any handouts or information you want to provide to the city council must be emailed to the city clerk by Wednesday at 12:00 PM (noon)
- Presentations contained on USB drives must be verified before they are shown
Donating Time for Others to Speak
- Local residents are generally allowed to “donate” their time to a maximum of two additional speakers, totaling six minutes of speaking time, but Austin Mayor Kirk Watson is scheduled to confirm all rules on Wednesday
- All speakers are required to register to speak and must be physically present at the meeting when called upon
- A group registering for the same item can also make arrangements to be called sequentially so they can speak together or present a video regarding the item they registered for
- Each member of the group must register to speak and be present when called, and the group must also provide a list of speakers in the order they should be called
- The above arrangement must be coordinated with the city clerk’s office in advance of the meeting
We’ll see you at City Hall at 10:00 AM on December 7. Let’s work together in opposition to this destructive plan!