Wednesday, May 30, 2018

#atxcouncil: Where we're at on CodeNext....

"As a dog returns to his own vomit,
So a fool repeats his folly."
Proverbs 26:11

We testified at yesterday's city council Code Next hearing.  We're not particularly interested in arguing over the topic [Note: NO FACEBOOK MESSAGES].  But if you want to know how we feel at this point, here you go:


  • Disappointed and Pessimistic.
  • "I have always supported the goals of Code Next."
  • "I think Code Next offered a unique opportunity to lower housing costs, improve our transportation situation, and do so in a way that's consistent with our environmental goals."
    • Note: Past tense.
  • "Unfortunately, it doesn't really look like that's happening."
  • "In it's current design, Code Next is...a bad policy wrapped in an even worse process."
  • "Frankly, I'm disgusted by the whole thing."
  • Policy: "[D]raft 3 (and everything we've seen up to this point) basically entrenches the current code in slightly different language."
    • "It's not really fundamentally changing anything."
    • Concerned about possible working conditions/wage and benefit mandates getting added late in the process.
  • Process: "That stunt you guys pulled last Thursday, you should be ashamed."
    • "That was an appallingly lawless act."
    • "The state statute is crystal clear."
    • "This is the initial adoption of a zoning ordinance."
    • "State law on this topic could not be more clear."
    • "Honestly, the six of you who voted the way you did on that petition campaign should be criminally prosecuted."
      • "[T]hat will obviously never happen in this county."
  • Pessimistic and Disappointed.

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