Updates to Land Development Code

From the City of Austin:

Land Development Code Amendments

The Land Development Code (“LDC”) governs land use regulations in our city, dictating what can be built, where it can be built, and how much can be built. It has undergone numerous amendments since its adoption in the mid-1980s, responding to changing policy goals.

Only the Planning Commission and City Council may initiate amendments to the LDC. The topic of a code amendment can include any content that the LDC comprises: zoning, subdivision, site plans, environment, water quality, and more. The focus may be geographically limited to a corridor, an activity center, or on a more extensive area, but most code amendments have applicability to the entire city of Austin. 

Through the code amendment process, public hearings will be held at the Planning Commission and City Council. Public hearings are one of the ways that residents can participate and comment on changes to the City’s land development code. Each amendment is required to be presented to the Planning Commission and City Council prior to adoption but may also be presented to other boards and commissions depending on the subject matter of the amendment. To register to participate in a City Council meeting follow the procedures outlined in the Public Participation webpage. To register for the Planning Commission, follow the registration link available on the agenda for the desired meeting date. Planning Commission agendas are available starting at 10:30 a.m. CT on the Friday before the meeting date and can be found on the Commission’s webpage

If you are interested in these amendments, please attend the October 26, 2023 Austin City Council Regular Meeting at 2:00 p.m. CT, located at Austin City Hall, 301 W. 2nd St.

Please see the October 25, 2023 update to the Proposed Code Amendments. And here are the Council’s questions and answers. The Council also provided a redline of the proposed revisions to the LDC.

Upcoming hearings concerning the LDC are scheduled to be held at Austin City Hall, including a Planning Commission Meeting on Tuesday, November 14 at 6:00 p.m. CT; and a City Council Meeting on Thursday, December 7 at 10:00 a.m. CT.

LDC Amendment Process: Three City Council resolutions by Mayor Pro Tim Paige Ellis, District 8, Council Member Leslie Pool, District 7, and Council Member Zo Qadri, District 9 initiated the proposed LDC amendments. Please find the resolutions here: 20230601-048, 20230720-126, 20230914-083.

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