Citywide Compatibility was approved by City Council on May 17, 2024. Check back soon for more information on the adopted changes.

Summary

 

The City of Austin is considering changes to compatibility, a zoning regulation that limits the height of buildings near single-family homes. Changing zoning regulations is one way that the City responds to shifting needs and conditions.  

In June 2023, City Council passed Resolution No. 20230608-045, which directed staff to propose relaxed and simplified compatibility regulations to allow more housing to be built across the city. The City’s 2017 Strategic Housing Blueprint estimated that the city needs an additional 135,000 housing units in 10 years to accommodate a growing population. Additional housing supply can reduce housing prices or keep prices from rising as quickly. 

The proposed changes to compatibility do the following:  

  • Simplify citywide compatibility standards​ 

  • Limit where compatibility applies 

  • Require a landscape buffer between single-family homes and larger buildings 

  • End compatibility at 75’​ of distance from a single-family home 

  • Allow more height and flexibility within 75’  

For more information about what compatibility is and a more detailed summary of the proposed changes, see the “What is Compatibility” and “Proposed Changes” tabs. 

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Public Hearing Information and Timeline

Public hearings are an opportunity to have your voice heard on proposed changes to the Land Development Code.

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Joint City Council and Planning Commission Public Hearing

When: Thursday, April 11 at 9 a.m.

Where: Austin City Hall, 301 W. 2nd Street

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Open House #1 (In-Person)

When: Wednesday, April 17 from 6-8 p.m.

Where: Central Library, 710 Cesar Chavez Street

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Open House #2 (Virtual)

When: Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m.-noon

Register for Virtual Open House

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Joint Housing and Planning Committee and Mobility Committee Meeting

When: Tuesday, April 23 at 1 p.m. 

Where: Austin City Hall, 301 W. 2nd Street

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Planning Commission Meeting

When: Tuesday, April 23 at 4 p.m.

Where: Austin City Hall, 301 W. 2nd Street

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City Council Work Session

When: Tuesday, April 30 at 9 a.m.

Where: Austin City Hall, 301 W. 2nd Street

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Open House #3 (In-Person)

When: Monday, May 6 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. 

Where: Anderson High School8403 Mesa Dr., 78759

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Open House #4 (In-Person)

When: Wednesday, May 8 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. 

Where: George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina St., 78702 

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City Council Work Session

When: Tuesday, May 14 at 9 a.m. 

Where: Austin City Hall, 301 W. 2nd Street

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City Council Meeting

When: Thursday, May 16 at 10 a.m. 

Where: Austin City Hall, 301 W. 2nd Street


Contact Information

Email: LDCupdates@austintexas.gov 

Call: 512-974-7220