City of Austin Code Rewrite
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The City of Austin is restarting its code rewrite process. ULI Austin is establishing a Code Rewrite Work Group to engage in this process through research, education, and acting as a resource. Some areas to be studied are transportation, parking, affordability, and open spaces.
Contact Paulette Gibbins to help ULI have an impact on the next steps of this process.
The UrbanPlan Exchange provides an opportunity for participants to experience the many fundamental forces that shape development. This program is important to facilitate a holistic approach to the growth occurring in Central Texas and we need ULI member volunteers to implement the program. Attendees participate in a day-long simulation of a planning process involving teams that work together using LEGOS, a site plan, and a spreadsheet to respond to a hypothetical RFP for a fictional urban neighborhood. Teams must decide how dense to build out a 5½ block area, whether to keep or move a homeless shelter, what type of retail is appropriate, and which neighborhood groups to keep happy – all while meeting the financial projections of the City and the Developer. The exercise concludes with teams presenting to a mock City Council that will award the project to the Development Team with the best proposal.