Recently, FAN member Wooten Neighborhood Association voted to urge cify officials to orient CodeNEXT (the effort to revise the land development code to promote a compact and connected city) and other city initiatives around the complete communities indicators listed in the Imagine Austin comprehensive plan. Today, @hfrankel07 sent the letter below on behalf of WNA to city council. The Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association had previously sent a similar letter.
I propose that FANs vote on whether our organization should take a similar position. Here is WNA’s letter:
The Wooten Neighborhood Association supports implementation of the Imagine Austin comprehensive plan, and we recognize and welcome the important role our neighborhood can play in achieving the plan’s goals. We urge officials and stakeholders City Council, Planning Commission, City staff, CodeNEXT Advisory Group members, and members of the public to orient their conversations and implementation decisions around the plan’s complete communities indicators.
The plan defines a vision of a city of complete communities that are livable, natural and sustainable, mobile and interconnected, creative, educated, prosperous, and that value and respect people. These qualities of complete communities represent the goals of the plan. The plan (pages 225-226) includes 58 indicators that “measure success in achieving plan goals.” If we are to move forward constructively in achieving the goals of Imagine Austin, we must begin measuring these indicators, and our community must base its decisions on what will move these indicators in the right direction.
Furthermore, the City has access to a tool called “Envision Tomorrow”. Staff can use this tool to model, for example, the effects of different zoning regulations on measures of household affordability, mobility, and sustainable use of natural resources.
Please direct City staff to measure these indicators and provide stakeholders with the estimated impacts of Imagine Austin implementation proposals, including the projected impacts of land development code revisions. Please also require stakeholders responsible for CodeNEXT and implementing the plan to use these indicators to guide their decisions.