AUSTIN, Texas - Austin's rewrite of zoning rules is going to be at least 2 and a half months behind schedule.
City leaders hoped to have Draft 3 of CodeNEXT ready by the end of this month, and in front of the city council by early February. But a memo from an assistant city manager Thursday said the draft won't be ready until mid-February.
Consultants said they're still receiving a swell of feedback on Draft 2, which they did not expect.
CodeNEXT has been a divisive issue with several neighborhood groups fighting against changes that would allow more density in their neighborhoods.
The draft's delay could also push adoption of the rules into election season. Next November, the mayor and five city council members are up for election.
The project is supposed to revamp the city's land development code to implement the goals of the city's comprehensive plan, which was adopted more than five years ago.