CodeNEXT is dead, but people will still be voting on a ballot initiative in November that was aimed at killing CodeNEXT.
The death of CodeNEXT did not render the initiative moot. If approved, the measure would require a lengthy waiting period and voter approval before any major revision of the city’s land development code can go into effect. (Of course, that’s assuming that the initiative is not struck down in court, since the state constitution really does say that zoning cannot be decided by referendum unless it’s a question of whether a city should have zoning at all.)
Hence the yard sign I spotted as I jogged down W. Oltorf the other day.
The small print at the bottom indicates that the sign was paid for by Let Us Vote Austin, a group run by Fred Lewis, the unofficial strategist/puppet master for anti-CodeNEXT efforts.
A report filed on Sept. 7 shows that the committee reported spending $2,500 to get yard signs made. It also spent $498 on t-shirts. The group also recently received two contributions. One from developer Brian Rodgers ($5,000) and one from Linda Bailey ($1,000) a longtime West Austin neighborhood association activist.
We’ll see if more money and/or energy comes into this race. I doubt it. Canceling CodeNEXT sort of sapped the energy on both sides. And the anti-development folks probably can’t count on billboard money to fund their campaign anymore.