Builders help pay Austin ISD student lunch debt

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Builders and developers from the Austin Infill Coalition are helping Austin ISD pay off $30,000 in debt accrued from unpaid school lunches.

Yesterday, Austin Infill Builders presented the $10,000.00 more than 50 builders raised to pay off 3400 student lunches! "We build in these communities and we want to be able to give back to these communities and I can't think of a better way to give back to the community than helping out the schools in the community." We'd like to pay off the entirety of the debt, so we're still raising funds. Interested in contributing? You can donate here: https://edbacker.com/c/20172018-help-keep-student-meal-accounts-current

Austin Infill Builders Band Together to Pay Off Student Lunch Debt

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In less than two weeks, local Austin infill builders raised $10,000 in less than to help pay off the lunch debts of Austin ISD students.

Austin infill builders don’t just build in Austin’s neighborhoods; we care about our communities. In less than two weeks, Riverside Homes along with many other Infill builders in town helped raise $10,000 to pay off the lunch debt of 3,400 Austin ISD students. We're so proud to be involved with such a great group of people!

Evolve Austin

Thank you to everyone who came out to tell planning commission that they need to make big changes to #CodeNEXT Draft 3 in order for us to have a code that allows Austin to grow affordably and sustainably. There was a lot of great testimony, particularly from Austin's future generation, advocating for a compact and connected Austin with a diversity of housing types throughout the city. You can check out the highlights right here.👇

Thank you to everyone who came out to tell Austin's planning commission that we need a diversity of housing types in #CodeNEXT so that we can be a diverse city. Prioritizing single-family zoning places housing out of reach for the vast majority of newcomers and the next generation in our city. There was a lot of great testimony. You can check out the highlights right here.👇

Better Code ATX | Home

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Better Code ATX means well-managed development. Mobility, affordability and opportunity can all be dramatically improved with a simplified land development code.

As the CodeNEXT process heats up at Austin City Council, we hear the same question being asked over and over: What exactly is CodeNEXT and how will it affect me? Fortunately, the Austin Board of REALTORS® has put together an incredible, user-friendly webpage that includes facts and figures, explainer videos, FAQs and more, detailing why Austin needs a new land development code to allow our city to grow sustainably and affordably. We hope you find this as informative as we did!

We are pleased to share that Riverside Homes was awarded "Best Urban Infill Project of the Year" for our Bluebonnet project. Creating density through infill development is increasingly seen as a viable method to create a range of housing opportunities in the city’s center. 2013 Bluebonnet‘s narrow, deep-set lot posed design challenges, but the centrally-located deep lot made it ideal for the construction of a single-family home and a small accessory dwelling unit (ADU). By building two units on a single-lot, we were able to provide more attainable urban housing. This project was a success thanks to our incredible team and partners. We'd like to extend our sincere gratitude to Reach Architects, Slic Design, our director of construction Casey Fowler, project manager Matt Arnold, the many fantastic trades we work with, and the Home Builders Association of Greater Austin. Thank you!

Central Austin homes unaffordable for area’s middle class | Community Impact Newspaper

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Mar 27, 2018: In 2016, 10 years after she graduated from The University of Texas at Austin, then-Austin resident Jenny Sanzo and her husband, Evan, wanted to stop renting and buy their first home. At an entry-level price point of $200,000, Sanzo, who works downtown as an accountant for the Office of...

"Proposals to subdivide large, expensive lots in order to build smaller, less expensive homes—commonly referred to as “missing middle housing”—require a long permitting process and often receive heavy pushback from the neighbors, he said. “I want to deliver houses to young families, but our [land development]code is trending toward the million-dollar home,” Whitworth said. “Our code makes the wrong product easier and does not even allow [a middle-income]product.'" We've been building homes in central Austin since 2001, and we can concur our experience has been very much the same. We're beginning Austin city council to please allow us to build smaller, more affordable units! 🙏

Bearer of Bad News

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Evolve Austin board member Eric Goff makes a case for using CodeNEXT to ensure Austin has enough dens to make traffic and the cost of living in our city bear...

Not allowing the construction of more housing in central Austin is bad news bears. If we want the cost of living and traffic to be BEARABLE, we gotta build more dens. 🐻

We are very proud to announce that today, Riverside Homes was awarded Green Builder of the Year 2018 by Austin Business Journal! At Riverside Homes, we believe green building is more than building energy-efficient homes. It is equally important to support policies that have a much broader impact on Austin's environment. Along with continuing to build environmentally-friendly homes in Austin's urban core, Riverside Homes has dedicated much of the past year to promoting sustainable policies for CodeNEXT, Austin’s rewrite of the land development code. We are incredibly grateful to have our commitment to keeping Austin green recognized, thank you ABJ!

Angela

City of Austin: median price up 10% compared to last year, number of homes sold: up 2% & inventory down to 1.3 months (6 months supply is considered a balanced market). Austin Board of REALTORS® first market analysis of the year signals a strong housing market for 2018. Of course, inventory will be a determining factor in the direction of this year’s market! Listen up: “In 2018, Central Texas’ housing market will continue to see an increase in both sales and price, despite inventory levels remaining low,” Jim Gaines, chief economist, Real Estate Center Texas A&M University, said. “The housing demand and lack of inventory is so great, that if supply does not increase, we could see a upwards of 5 percent growth in median home prices within the Austin-Round Rock MSA.” With the release of CodeNEXT’s latest draft we are reminded that we need to remain focused on responsible planning. To quote Evolve Austin regarding first impressions of #CodeNEXT draft 3: “Some improvements but much work remains to buck the status quo of skyrocketing home prices, worsening traffic and environmental degradation from sprawl.”

City of Austin median home prices are up 10% compared to last year, number of homes sold up 2% and inventory down to 1.3 months (6 months supply is considered a balanced market). “In 2018, Central Texas’ housing market will continue to see an increase in both sales and price, despite inventory levels remaining low,” Jim Gaines, chief economist, Real Estate Center Texas A&M University, said. “The housing demand and lack of inventory are so great, that if supply does not increase, we could see an upwards of 5 percent growth in median home prices within the Austin-Round Rock MSA.” With the release of CodeNEXT’s latest draft, we are reminded that we need to remain focused on responsible planning if we are to keep Austin an affordable place to live. To quote Evolve Austin regarding first impressions of #CodeNEXT draft 3: “Some improvements but much work remains to buck the status quo of skyrocketing home prices, worsening traffic and environmental degradation from sprawl."

Evolve Austin

While every city is unique in its own special way, there is at least one universal truth: A city’s character is not just the physicality of a neighborhood. It’s about who lives there. A city underwater, on fire, with no young people, no families, no people of color, and restricted to only the richest rich and the poorest poor—that’s not a city at all.

California's housing problems are worse than ours, and they are working on solutions as well.

We're setting the standard for green building in 78704! Thank you Austin Energy Green Building for all the work you do to make our city more energy efficient and sustainable. We're proud to be a part of the most successful sustainable building program in the nation.

Make room in the trophy cabinet: Congratulations to Riverside Homes founder, Scott Turner, for being named Home Builders Association of Greater Austin Builder of the Year 2017!

Evolve Austin

“In communities that have higher levels of exclusionary zoning we see much greater economic segregation of people, and that matters because where you live has a great deal to do with what kind of life you can enjoy." In many ways, Euclid v. Ambler created the city we’ve inherited today. Two years after the case was decided, the City of Austin passed its first comprehensive zoning plan. This 1928 plan denied services to black residents who did not live east of what is now I-35, forcing the city to segregate by race. We demand a #CodeNEXT that will give Austin the tools it needs to remove the archaic barriers to opportunity that still haunt our city - without delay. NOW is our moment to evolve Austin to be a more equitable, compact and connected city.

Greg

"For decades, city councils have used exclusionary zoning to prioritize single-family “character” over everything else (including climate change and affordability), and now we’re in a situation where many of our vibrant cities face chronic housing shortages."

As housing costs and economic segregation increase, Austin’s granny flats proliferate

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Granny flats occupy the lighter end of the “missing middle” housing density spectrum that's absent in Austin, but it's just one tool for affordability.

Granny flats or accessory dwellings units (ADUs) are an important part of housing solutions in development to help keep Austin affordable. The ADU is an important option for low-impact densification, as it increases lot inhabitation and generates rental income but, due to its street invisibility, leaves the character of a neighborhood intact. It can also help keep people in their homes by creating a revenue stream, like East Austin, where neighborhoods have lost 34% of their homeowners since 2002.

Austin loosens rules for designating buildings historic - Austin Monitor

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It may be easier for properties in Austin to be zoned historic now.Until a few weeks ago, if a property owner filed written opposition to the designation, the city’s Historic Landmark Commission needed a two-thirds vote to override those wishes…

The city of Austin moved to make it a little easier to designate buildings historic, but Riverside Homes' Scott Turner tells us why that can be an issue for homeowners trying to sell what is often their largest family asset.

Talk Density to Me: Happy Hour & Advocacy Night

Talk Density to Me: Happy Hour & Advocacy Night

If you’ve heard anything about CodeNEXT - the overhaul of Austin's land development code - you might have noticed that the major debates over what makes a good code center around density. What denser development looks like in practice is more lots built up with larger number of smaller homes (think duplexes, fourplexes, apartments), rather than just a single dwelling per lot. So, what’s the big deal about density when it comes to designing our cities? How is it the key to getting us a more affordable, inclusive, livable, environmentally friendly community? And, how can we make sure that CodeNEXT uses density to achieve these goals? Attend our happy hour to learn about why AURA advocates for density and how you can get involved in our movement. After imbibing at Ginger Man, we will head over to City Hall at 6:30pm for the Planning Commission / Zoning & Platting Commission joint meeting, where CodeNENXT will be the topic of discussion. If you don’t know what these commissions are or how they work, don’t worry! We’ll teach you about what’s going on and how to use theses meetings to advocate for your community.

Don't forget! The "Talk Density to Me" Happy Hour is tonight. Come on out to Ginger Man for some drinks and to learn about why AURA and Evolve Austin advocate for density and how you can get involved in the movement to make Austin more affordable, sustainable, and compact & connected.

Talk Density to Me: Happy Hour & Advocacy Night

Talk Density to Me: Happy Hour & Advocacy Night

If you’ve heard anything about CodeNEXT - the overhaul of Austin's land development code - you might have noticed that the major debates over what makes a good code center around density. What denser development looks like in practice is more lots built up with larger number of smaller homes (think duplexes, fourplexes, apartments), rather than just a single dwelling per lot. So, what’s the big deal about density when it comes to designing our cities? How is it the key to getting us a more affordable, inclusive, livable, environmentally friendly community? And, how can we make sure that CodeNEXT uses density to achieve these goals? Attend our happy hour to learn about why AURA advocates for density and how you can get involved in our movement. After imbibing at Ginger Man, we will head over to City Hall at 6:30pm for the Planning Commission / Zoning & Platting Commission joint meeting, where CodeNENXT will be the topic of discussion. If you don’t know what these commissions are or how they work, don’t worry! We’ll teach you about what’s going on and how to use theses meetings to advocate for your community.

If you’ve heard anything about CodeNEXT - the overhaul of Austin's land development code - you might have noticed that the major debates over what makes a good code center around density. So, what’s the big deal about density when it comes to designing our cities? How is it the key to getting us a more affordable, inclusive, livable, environmentally friendly community? And, how can we make sure that CodeNEXT uses density to achieve these goals? Attend AURA's happy hour next Tuesday to learn about why AURA and Evolve Austin advocate for density and how you can get involved in the movement.

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