⟵ Housing Advocacy
AIA 2024 Chair-Elect:
AIA Austin Staff Liason:
The HOME (Home Options for Middle-income Empowerment) Initiative is a collection of amendments to the Land Development Code and related regulations intended to facilitate a greater diversity of housing options.
Submit Your Questions and Experiences
To help our members during the implementation of the HOME Initiative changes, we want to support our members and clients by collecting questions and issues that come up and sharing answers and experiences found while working on projects using these ordinances. Use the form below to share and the Housing Advocacy Committee will publish additional resources and FAQs.
HOME Phase 1 (2023)
The Austin City Council passed the HOME Phase 1 ordinance on 07 December 2023. Ordinance 20231207-001 amends the Land Development Code relating to occupancy limits and the allowable numbers of dwelling units on lots zoned SF-1, SF-2, and SF-3. The ordinance went into effect on 05 February 2024 for new applications. Housing Advocacy has prepared two documents to help members learn and use the new ordinance. The FAQ document will be updated as more information becomes available. Click the images below to download these PDFs:
The AIA Austin Housing Advocacy Committee worked with the City of Austin staff, Council, and Planning Commission to model the potential impact of the HOME Initiative. The Committee’s full summary and recommendations can be found below.
HOME Phase 2 (2024)
The current focus of the HOME Initiative is a reduction in Minimum Lot Size. The AIA Housing Advocacy Committee continues to work with the City to study the impact of the specific policy changes and make recommendations. Please join us if you want to help!
Additional Information and Resources
- Development Services Department Information Page
- Phase 1 Ordinance Text
- City of Austin Phase 1 Press Release
- Land Development Code Update Public Information
AUSTIN CODE CARDS
The AIA Austin Housing Advocacy Committee is pleased to announce the launch of the Austin Code Cards: a new resource to help the community better understand the development constraints and opportunities in Austin. The Austin Code Cards seek to improve access to the code with a user-friendly graphic overview of critical aspects of the Land Development Code and link back to our Austin Code Resources for additional guidance.
A free, printed set of the cards can be picked up at the AIA Austin office or downloaded below.
AUSTIN CODE CARDS – CLICK TITLE TO DOWNLOAD
CARD 0 | Development Code Regulations & Definitions
CARD 1 | Base & Special Zoning
CARD 2 | Housing Density & Density Bonus Programs
CARD 3 | Watershed Protection & Environmental + Sustainability
CARD 4 | Subchapter E Design Standards & Compatibility
- Parking & Transportation
- Subchapter F (McMansion) & Residential Uses
- Affordable Housing + Affordability Policies
- Development Process
Download the letter here. October 25, 2023 Dear AIA Members, You may have recently received or heard about the purple notices from the City of Austin showing up in mailboxes across the city, which indicate proposed changes to the codes governing low and medium-density residential lots. You may also have read or heard from other … Continued