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Austin Staff (not Council) Delay CodeNext
The reality of the CodeNext mess finally set in.  Today City Staff announced that the 3rd draft of the comprehensive rewrite of the City's land development code would not be released on November 28th, but instead in mid-February.  City Council consideration of the now 1200 page "simplification" of the Land Development Code would be pushed well beyond the April deadline set by Mayor Adler and a majority of City Council.
This is a welcomed step, but it comes with a bit of a bad taste.  Several City officials, including the Mayor, had attempted to paint neighborhood and environmental leaders arguing the draft code as too far gone to be cleaned up by April as out-of-touch obstructionists.    Now staff agrees.  It's unfortunate the City Council didn't take this step last month instead of adding another $2 million to the CodeNext consultant's contract, which had already ballooned from $2 million to $6 million.  Stay tuned - but enjoy the holidays knowing that the brakes have been applied to the CodeNext freight train. 
Hope to  see you this weekend at the studio of master recycled metal sculptor Barry George.  Join us for great art, conversation and hot coffee.  Barry has created some fabulous new pieces for this show. The studio is at //,-97.7332339,17z" target="_blank" data-saferedirecturl="">204 Attayac St. in East Austin.  We will be there 10am - 5pm Saturday and Sunday.  See ya there! 
SOS Holiday Party December 8th 
Mark Your Calendars for the SOS Holiday Party Friday December 8th, 6 pm - midnightat the American Legion Charles Johnson House. $15 suggested donation at the door.  Auction donors and sponsors have free admittance. 

Help us celebrate 25 years with interesting people, food, music and our best silent auction yet.   We are adding a large tent this year on the front lawn for a SOS presentation and as an area for some SOS socializing---and a photo booth!  You can sponsor the event here or donate a silent auction item here.  Please email us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to volunteer!