Defining Key Zoning Code Terms for the Masses

What it means when planners use their words.

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June 9, 2017, 1:00 PM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


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With the city of Austin's ongoing zoning code update, CodeNEXT, still ongoing, Sarah Marloff provides a "land use lexicon" to aid in the understanding of key concepts connected to zoning codes.

So, there's a Hybrid Land Development Code (CodeNEXT provides a relevant example): "a combination of transect (form-based) and non-transect (use-based) zones. Together they provide different degrees and methods of control. In addition, much of the city is slated to remain under the existing use-based code."

There's also upzoning, which "[i]ncreases the amount of building(s) that can be built in a given area. CodeNEXT planners have often been asked if the new plan will upzone properties along corridors and city centers for additional entitlements. The project's official goal calls for 'right-size' zoning entitlements." Other terms defined by Marloff include form-based codes, ADUs, and PUDs

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