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We are a local, grassroots political committee that champions Proposition J on this November’s ballot. A YES vote on Proposition J gives you the right to vote and have the final say on the next CodeNEXT (or a future comprehensive land development code revision). This revision will have a huge impact upon your neighborhood, affordability, and property taxes. A YES Vote on Prop  J protects your community and you by ensuring that you have the final say if the City proposes another special-interest driven, top-down comprehensive land development code. Support your right to vote and prevent the next CodeNEXT. Please join us and Vote Yes on Prop J. Here is the proposed ordinance language.

FAQs

When it comes to our local land-development laws, Proposition J gives Austin voters something they’ve never had before: a choice. Proposition J calls for the adoption of an ordinance requiring both a waiting and s voter approval period before future comprehensive revisions of the City’s land development code become effective. Passing Proposition J will ensure that comprehensive rewrites of Austin’s land-development laws reflect the values of our community, not those of special interests or the City of Austin’s staff. It gives everyday Austinites a voice at the table.

Absolutely not. Proposition J applies, in its own words, only to a “comprehensive revision of the city’s land development laws”– not to ordinance amendments, program changes, or new projects. “Comprehensive revisions…”, according to Prof. John Mixon, the leading Texas expert, is a legal term of art that means to “consider anew all regulations and all zoning classifications in the municipality.” Proposition J requires voter approval only for  a complete rewrite of all regulations, like CodeNEXT, and not  lesser changes.

No. We believe residents know better than the City what is best for their community and family.  We vote on bonds, charter amendments, and complicated ballot measures all the time in a democracy. Voters deserve to have say on adoption of comprehensive revisions like CodeNEXT because they have  a huge impact on their neighborhoods and lives.  Voter approval assures Austin will remain affordable, diverse, and livable.

No. . Austin’s mayor and city council members have indicated they will  “reboot” CodeNEXTafter this November, when they are up for reelection.. When several Council members sought to reallocate budget funds from the allegedly “dead” CodeNEXT,  the Mayor successfully argued: “I don’t know want the money to disappear because I think it’s real important that we pick that work back up.” The City is expected to repackage CodeNEXT with many of the same unpopular, special interest policies

No. If voters pass Proposition J, the City of Austin will still have the authority– without any delay –to improve its permitting process and reform our land-development laws in incremental ways. The Council just can’t pass a comprehensive revision like CodeNEXT without voter approval. In addition, the waiting period isn’t three years, but likely only a little over a year to ensure a new council may revise the prior council’s proposal and voters have time to become informed.

No. If voters pass Proposition J, the Austin City Council will oversee the drafting of comprehensive revisions to our land-development code. Voters will simply have the final say, up or down, just as they do with charter amendments, bonds, and initiated ordinances. The primary sponsors of the 10-1 system support Proposition J and a public vote on a rebranded CodeNEXT: “As spokesmen for 10-1, we are simply urging denial of any claims that 10-1 was designed to replace the rights of hundreds of thousands of Austin voters [on CodeNEXT]with the votes of just the mayor and 10 council members”.

No. Proposition J does not affect any private development or city infrastructure project. Nor does it prevent incremental changes to our land development laws or permitting process. It simply requires before the City adopts a comprehensive revision of the land development code, that voters approve it as in the best interests of their community, and not special interests.

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