Judge Rules that CodeNEXT Petition Ordinance must be on November Ballot

On Monday, July 16th, Travis County Judge Orlinda Naranjo ruled that the Austin City Council must put a petition ordinance related to CodeNEXT on the November ballot. CodeNEXT is the City of Austin’s rewrite of the land development code.

In March, activists submitted a petition supporting an ordinance that would require voter approval before CodeNEXT, or any future re-writes of the land development code, go into effect. The petition garnered more than 31,000 signatures from Austin residents.

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“The People’s democracy won! Today, Judge Naranjo ruled that the Petiton regarding CodeNEXT has the right to go on the November 6th, City Council Ballot!

Over 32,000 signatures were gathered and City Council Members; Sabino Renteria, Delia Garza, Greg Casar, Ann Kitchen, Jimmy Flanningan and Mayor Steve Adler voted against the people’s initiative and their right to vote on the issue.

Again, the City Council was wrong! I am honored to be one of the representatives to challenge the City Council’s lack of democracy.”

Susana Almanza, PODER