Dear Austin, it’s all your fault. That’s what they tell people who have any variety of addictions. It’s really you NIMBYs, “activists,” or people who don’t vote enough who are to blame for Austin’s affordability crisis and growth addiction. CodeNEXT is the “solution.” Just take your medicine and shut up. Right? No, wrong!

Action Request: Contact the Mayor and Council members before their May 24, 2018 meeting. Ask them to follow the law and vote yes to place the CodeNEXT petition on the November ballot. And, please ask your neighbors to do the same. Go here for Council information.

Though we do not believe that it’s all your fault, we do think it’s your responsibility to put a stop to this. You can start by backing up the people who are speaking out for you. Check out what the former spokesmen for 10-1 just had published in the Statesman. They call on the Mayor and Council members to withdraw their claims about 10-1 and your right to petition and vote:

Read the Barrientos, Linder and Borgelt op-ed here.

Funny things continue on the heels of the “wee hours” decision by the Mayor and 5 Council allies — Kitchen, Casar, Flannigan, Renteria and Garza — who voted not to adopt the CodeNEXT petition. Their second opportunity is coming up on Thursday, May 24. This time, they will be asked to vote on placing the petition on the November ballot. Again, do our Action Request and read the following:

  1. This Statesman Editorial on Sunday, April 29 urged the Mayor to shelve CodeNEXT and come back next year, and
  2. On Sunday, May 6 some masked folks got rowdy outside an east side forum about Austin’s problem of displacement and gentrification.

The petition was never about CodeNEXT, per se.

The petition was and still is about your right to vote on CodeNEXT “or Comprehensive Land Development Revisions.” If the city shelves CodeNEXT, they are still legally bound to put the petition on the ballot in November.

What is more, if you pass the CodeNEXT petition in November, you will have secured your right to vote on CodeNEXT (or whatever they choose to call it) when it

It's all your fault that the City is hounding you.

The majority of the Austin City Council is using their legal hounds to dog Austin voters.

comes back. Our statement here also assumes that the majority of the City Council will have chosen to continue using their legal hounds to dog your right to vote and force petitioners to sue. We also assume here that petitioners will win in a court of law. We believe so.

Don’t Miss This Community Not Commodity (CNC) email yesterday.

We are trying to consume what the busy beavers at CNC have been working on. It is impressive. You may agree or disagree, or be somewhere in-between but these “supply side solutions” deserve full attention. In addition to the testimony from many good citizens who attended the last two hearings, this is the most thoughtful discussion around town. For additional hearings coming up, we refer you to CNC’s calendar on their home page here.

Supply and Demand Side Solutions

What we mean by “supply side solutions” is what most of the conversations have – understandably – focused on related to CodeNEXT. As we understand CodeNEXT, it is supposedly a supply side solution to get Austin more housing especially through density.

The Austin City Council was warned starting in 2008 about the demand side of the equation — Austin’s hyper-growth.

Some of the materials to explain what we mean are parked at CostofGrowth.com. Don’t miss the Eben Fodor Study commissioned by Austin real estate investor and whistle-blower, Brian Rodgers. Also, materials (video and power points) are on the Costs of Growth page at the League of Independent Voters.

IndyAustin is making plans to get around town to talk about the “demand side” of the problem. Because, given how long the barn door has been open — the Austin area’s hyper-growth, that is — there’s a serious question as to what can be done now. What policies by which government entities are subsidizing growth in the Austin area? Can we scrub city of Austin policy making from growth subsidies? How helpful might this be? We want to explore this with you.

If you want to work with us to seek out some answers on the demand side of the equation, let us hear from you. Be part of the solution and call us at 512.535.0989 or email us at contact@indyaustin.org.