Nov 20, 2015 — Last night, the Austin City Council voted 7-4 to loosen the rules restricting the construction of backyard cottages. Thanks to you and the 1,000+ other petitioners, we'll see hundreds of new housing units built each year in Austin. We need you to join AURA to help us win more victories for abundant housing in 2016. You can do that at https://aura.nationbuilder.com/join-now
Led by Gregorio Casar and Steve Adler, the new rules let homeowners build granny flats that:
1) Only one parking space required, and zero required within 1/4 of a mile of an Imagine Austin corridor that has a CapMetro line.
2) Can build an ADU on 5750 sqft of land, which is the standard lot. They used to require at least 7,000 square feet.
3) Reduced setbacks so its easier to fit the dwelling unit on a smaller lot
4) Can build an ADU to .15 FAR (up to 1100 sqft) instead of just 850 sqft
5) Only SF-3 is eligible, not SF-2 - which are zoning codes that can roughly approximate to urban vs suburban.
6) Enables all applicable properties across the city to build a granny flat. Establishment neighborhoods will no longer be able to “opt-out” of their fair housing obligations and push people to live in other neighborhoods.
It's also important for us to thank Chris Riley and Mike Martinez, who kicked off the conversation a year and a half ago on the old Council.
Our next steps will involve continuing to work toward more abundant housing in Austin. And we could really use your help going forward! Will you help us have more victories for affordable housing going forward? AURA is a grassroots advocacy group that's only as strong as our members. You can join at this link (https://aura.nationbuilder.com/join-now)
A $25 donation is encouraged to join, but feel free to give less (or more). Mostly, we want people like you to join our growing ranks.
Not sure if you're ready to join? Many local Austinites talk about civic issues on a public facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/atxurbanists/
Thanks again for everything,
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