Does it feel like things in Austin just flood more quickly, more easily these days when it rains?  This is true, partly because there is so much building, so much new concrete, so many new structures.  There are simply, truly less places for the water to go.

Building, growth, increased density, all part of the reality of Austin, and not all bad.  However, the current ordinance for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) before City Council right now is bad.  Period. 

You can be pro density, pro growth, pro new housing options, pro development and even pro ADUs, but you should NOT be pro THIS version of ADUs. Here’s why and what you can do to help.

The current ADU ordinance before City Council right now increases sq ft to 15% of the lot area, will change zoning in Allandale from single family to multi-family, will be in contravention of deed restrictions, approves up to two stories, allows for short term rental (STR) AND no affordability requirements, will increase impervious cover, requires less set backs which is tighter space for emergency vehicle access (if any), and adds more cars on streets with no parking requirements, among other concerning allowances.

Your ANA (Allandale Neighborhood Association) issued a resolution against this particular ADU proposal a year ago.  On your behalf, representing what we believe are the best interests of the 4800 homes that comprise Allandale. We have re-shared this – attached here – with City Council.

Download ANA Resolution Opposing ADUs

However, the current ADU ordinance has been approved in 2 votes already.  There is a 3rd and last opportunity to vote it down coming up as quickly as next Thurs, Nov 12. 

 Please please please speak up and help Council realize this ordinance needs modification at least, and ideally that it should be part of the CodeNext Land Development Code effort already in process.  Below are the critical folks to contact.  Pass this along to your friends who live in other districts.  Our only chance at council reconsideration may be the loud voices of concerned Austinites.  Thank you

 City Council Member Contact Information:

Mayor Adler: Steve.Adler [Email address: Steve.Adler #AT# - replace #AT# with @ ]512-978-2100

Mayor Pro Tem Tovo: Kathie.Tovo [Email address: Kathie.Tovo #AT# - replace #AT# with @ ]512-978-2109

Council Member Houston: Ora.Houston [Email address: Ora.Houston #AT# - replace #AT# with @ ]512-978-2101

Council Member Garza: Delia.Garza [Email address: Delia.Garza #AT# - replace #AT# with @ ]512-978-2102

Council Member Renteria: Sabino.Renteria [Email address: Sabino.Renteria #AT# - replace #AT# with @ ]512-978-2103

Council Member Casar: Gregorio.Casar [Email address: Gregorio.Casar #AT# - replace #AT# with @ ]512-978-2104

Council Member Kitchen: Ann.Kitchen [Email address: Ann.Kitchen #AT# - replace #AT# with @ ]512-978-2105

Council Member Zimmerman: Don.Zimmerman [Email address: Don.Zimmerman #AT# - replace #AT# with @ ]512-978-2106

Council Member Pool: Leslie.Pool [Email address: Leslie.Pool #AT# - replace #AT# with @ ]512-978-2107

Council Member Troxclair: Ellen.Troxclair [Email address: Ellen.Troxclair #AT# - replace #AT# with @ ]512-978-2108

Council Member Gallo: Sheri.Gallo [Email address: Sheri.Gallo #AT# - replace #AT# with @ ]512-978-2110