Folks, in connection with all of the proposed FAN recommendations that were posted following Saturday’s CodeNEXT meeting, please consider the following:
This organization was founded on the general idea that our neighborhoods should be affordable and inclusive, and that people who believe in this general idea were not getting their voices heard at city hall. This general idea, expressed in our Vision Statement, is one we have all said we enthusiastically support.
Both our mayor and one of our primary CodeNEXT consultants have admitted that so far the proposed development code has included nothing that would meaningfully change the affordability and inclusivity of our neighborhoods. They are in fact blatantly advocating against any meaningful change. It is time for us to stop reacting to these bad faith proposals, and to insist on the city’s proving to us that the next code proposal creates and maintains affordability, and to insist that the city show in detail how it does so.
I was in a private meeting with one of our council members on Monday. In her opinion, those of us who believe in affordability in our neighborhoods have allowed our voices to be drowned out by the NIMBYs. It is time for that to change. It is time for us to stop debating amongst ourselves about T4 or R3 or R6 or anything else of that nature. It is time to publicly and forcefully insist that ALL neighborhood scale housing be made legal throughout Austin, particularly in the central city neighborhoods.
The TCAD records prove that the following densities provide approximately the following land costs per housing unit.
Density Land cost/ Housing unit Total cost/ Housing unit
5-10 units/acre $500,000 $1,500,000
20 units/acre $111,000 +/- $350,000
40 units/acre $51,000 +/- $150,000
That’s the real world. I intend to present the underlying data and the associated proof of the foregoing assertion at tonight’s board meeting. I will have real life examples from real life Austin neighborhoods. It is time to insist that the city make all of the above price points available throughout all of our neighborhoods. That’s what FAN was created to advocate for. And I personally do not care how much “resistance” we face. We are the ones with 100% of the moral high ground on this issue. Frank