With City Elections Looming, Land Developer Withdraws Egregious East Side Rezoning Request

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Success! After community members voiced strong opposition and filed a valid protest-rights petition, the real estate developer that was seeking a drastic zoning change in Austin’s historic Montopolis neighborhood has withdrawn its request. The proposed rezoning would have changed the designation of a single-family lot located 508 Kemp Street from SF-3 to SF-6, allowing the ...

Make No Mistake: The Next CodeNEXT Is on Austin’s November Ballot

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It’s been two years since the reviled CodeNEXT rezoning plan was withdrawn by the mayor and his allies on the Austin City Council, in the weeks leading up to the November 2018 election. Had CodeNEXT been implemented, it would have eliminated single-family zoning in many parts of the city, increased taxes, worsened our affordability crisis, ...

Affordability Unlocked Fails East Austin

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Another telling East Austin displacement rezoning is coming before the city council for final reading this Thursday, October 15. 508 Kemp Street is currently zoned for single-family housing (SF-3), and land developers are seeking to rezone for condos (SF-6). In addition, the developers are seeking large bonus entitlements through the City of Austin’s “Affordability Unlocked” ...

Will Our City Council Allow the East Austin Gold Rush to Continue?

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On Thursday, October 1, our city council will make a final decision on the latest East Austin gold rush. Will they side with land developers or support the community’s protest rights? In August, at the first reading of the Montopolis zoning change, the council majority voted with developers and did not honor the neighborhoods’ valid ...