We need your help again. Please speak out and ask City Council to vote “NO” on Item 80.

CLICK HERE to send an email to all of the City Council Members. Ask them to please Vote "No" on Item 80.

Dear Supporters of The Grove,

Thank you very much for responding two weeks ago to the Planning Commission with support for both The Grove, and support for well-reasoned governmental policymaking. Your emails to the Planning Commission made a big difference. 

We need your help again this week. Please speak out again and ask City Council to vote “NO” on Item No. 80 on this Thursday’s City Council agenda.

Item No. 80 is something that no other major Texas city has done and is a hastily proposed amendment to long standing City Code.

Item No. 80 will make desirable Planned Unit Development (PUD) zoning on large, un-zoned tracts in the urban core and throughout Austin more difficult by requiring a ¾ super-majority vote at Council -- if a land use commission recommends denial.

In other words, just 3 council members out of 11 could veto projects that are good for our City and meet all of our policy objectives.

As a result, this proposed Code amendment will place powerful new restrictions and barriers for the very type of urban development that Austin desperately needs – that which provides density, housing supply and affordability.

PUD zoning is a critical land use tool for Austin, because:
(1) It requires development that is superior to the existing City Code, and
(2) Because it is the primary and a legally acceptable means by which the City Council can implement on site affordable housing as a land use requirement. 

In other words, PUD zoning is precisely the way to achieve the sort of superior development that will result in greater housing supply, greater housing diversity, more density for a compact and connected City, more affordable and workforce housing, public spaces and high-quality urban design.

In addition, the un-zoned tracts owned by the State of Texas that might become surplus land available for development are centrally located and ideally suited for this type of development.

As Mayor Adler put it, these un-zoned tracts are “critically important to this city. They represent unique opportunities for us to be able to have significant parkland in urban areas.  It provides us real significant and perhaps our best opportunity to get urban and geographic dispersion of affordable housing in this community.”

So if PUDs are a critically important tool to achieve our urban planning objectives, and if un-zoned tracts are critically important places and “unique opportunities” to make those objectives a reality, then the City should not be making PUD zoning on these tracts harder, they should be making it easier.

In fact, the Texas General Land Office has already registered its concern that the proposed code amendment “will make the entitlement process more difficult and much less certain.” Click here to read their official letter here.

CLICK HERE to send the following email to all of the City Council Members to ask them to please Vote "NO" on Item 80:

Dear Austin City Council Members:
Please vote “NO” on Item No. 80 on this Thursday’s City Council agenda. PUD zoning is precisely the way to achieve the sort of superior development that will result in greater housing supply, greater housing diversity, more density for a compact and connected City, more affordable and workforce housing, public spaces and high-quality urban design.
The un-zoned tracts owned by the State of Texas that might become surplus land available for development are centrally located and ideally suited for this type of development.
As Mayor Adler put it, these un-zoned tracts are “critically important to this city. They represent unique opportunities for us to be able to have significant parkland in urban areas. It provides us real significant and perhaps our best opportunity to get urban and geographic dispersion of affordable housing in this community.”
Please vote “NO” on Item No. 80 on this Thursday’s City Council agenda."

Or contact them and ask them to vote “NO” on Item No. 80 on this Thursday’s City Council agenda:

Mayor Steve Adler:

Steve.Adler@austintexas.gov 

512-978-2127

District 1 – Ora Houston:

Ora.Houston@austintexas.gov

512-978-2101

District 2 – Delia Garza:

Delia.Garza@austintexas.gov

512-978-2102

District 3 – Sabino “Pio” Renteria:

Sabino.Renteria@austintexas.gov

512-978-2103

District 4 – Greg Casar:

Greg.Casar@austintexas.gov

512-978-2104

District 5 – Ann Kitchen:

Ann.Kitchen@austintexas.gov

512-978-2105

District 6 – Don Zimmerman:

Don.Zimmerman@austintexas.gov

512-978-2106

District 7 – Leslie Pool:

Leslie.Pool@austintexas.gov

512-978-2107

District 8 – Ellen Troxclair:

Ellen.Troxclair@austintexas.gov

512-978-2108

District 9 – Kathie Tovo:

Kathie.Tovo@austintexas.gov

512-978-2109

District 10 – Sheri Gallo:

Sheri.Gallo@austintexas.gov

512-978-2110