Viewpoints: Think you’re voting on merits of CodeNext’s rules? Read this

Now that a district judge has ordered that CodeNext be on the November ballot, Austin residents will get an up or down vote on the comprehensive land-use and zoning code that will govern for decades what can be built in Austin and where, right?

That is incorrect.

Though it is a widely held view, no doubt the intention behind the CodeNext ordinance petition, it is not what will be on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Instead, voters will decide whether CodeNext will require voter approval to go into effect, and if there should be a wait period — which could be one to three years — before it could take effect. It’s a distinction worth noting.

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