What Are Neighborhood Conservation Combining Districts (NCCDs)?

What Are Neighborhood Conservation Combining Districts (NCCDs)? Neighborhood Conservation Combining Districts (NCCDs) are zoning overlays that override base zoning districts, meaning that any zoning regulation specified in an NCCD overrides the city land development code. This establishes a complicated opt-in/opt-out basis for zoning regulations, sometimes on a property by property basis. NCCDs are almost exclusively[…]

Friends of Hyde Park Statement on Inadequate Austin State Hospital Plan

While Friends of Hyde Park supports and acknowledges that the Austin State Hospital is in desperate need of renovations and repair, the recently released $283 million master plan for a redesign of the 95 acre campus is inadequate. The redesign has been a signature achievement that Texas State Senator Kirk Watson’s (D-Austin) has been working[…]

Voting Recommendations and Voter Guide

  Voting Recommendations: TX Senate: Beto O’Rourke U.S. House of Representatives: Julie Oliver (South of 45th St) Austin Mayor: Austin Mayor Steve Adler Austin City Council District 9: Danielle Skidmore Proposition A to I: For Proposition J: Against Proposition K: Against   Friends of Hyde Park’s voting recommendations and guide only include races and propositions[…]

Friends of Hyde Park Endorses Danielle Skidmore For Austin City Council District 9

The Friends of Hyde Park board, representing the largest neighborhood association serving Hyde Park, voted to endorse Danielle Skidmore for Austin City Council in Austin’s upcoming November 2018 election against Kathie Tovo. Danielle Skidmore is an LGBTQIA+ advocate. She serves on the City of Austin LGBTQ Quality of Life Advisory Commission. Danielle would be the[…]

Friends of Hyde Park Endorses Steve Adler for Mayor

The Friends of Hyde Park board, representing the largest neighborhood association serving Hyde Park, voted to endorse Mayor Steve Adler for Mayor in Austin’s upcoming November 2018 election. Friends of Hyde Park appreciates Mayor Adler’s continued support for the CodeNEXT process and his desire to see more housing available throughout Austin in order to address[…]

Friends of Hyde Park Requests Planning Commission Change Baker Center Rezoning

Planning Commission, Friends of Hyde Park requests that the rezoning for the property located at 3908 Avenue B as CS-HD-NCCD-NP be denied. Instead, we request the zoning of the property be approved as CS-HD-NP with the same requested entitlements or that this rezoning case be delayed until after the adoption of CodeNEXT. The only difference[…]

Friends of Hyde Park CodeNEXT Draft 3 Response and Recommendations

CodeNEXT Draft 3 incorporates some minor improvements over Draft 1, Draft 2, and our current land development code. However, the latest draft still falls far short of the changes that are needed in order to address affordability, transportation, and social equity in a meaningful way. Draft 3 will continue to push new development into gentrifying[…]

When It Comes to “Calcutta,” Words Matter

When It Comes to “Calcutta,” Words Matter Comments expressed in KUT’s article “A Word About Your Responses To Our CodeNEXT Language Story” have no place in our civic discussion, especially when the specter of Jim Crow still lives on in Austin’s land development code. Friends of Hyde Park (FOHP), the largest neighborhood association in Hyde Park[…]

Austin’s ADU Ordinance May Be Illegal (Garage Apts, Granny Flats, Tiny Homes)

In November of 2015 the Austin City Council voted to approve a city wide change to allow ADUs (accessory dwellings units – also known as garage apartments, granny flats, tiny homes, or secondary homes) on all SF-3 zoned lots as small as 5,750 sqft in every neighborhood in Austin and to reduce burdensome parking requirements that can prevent ADUs[…]

Is Hyde Park “Exclusively for White People” Again?

Is Hyde Park “Exclusively for White People” Again? Austin City Council and CodeNEXT Staff Must Answer Questions In CodeNEXT, Neighborhood Conservation Combining Districts (NCCDs) creating de-facto zoning barriers to class and race is not a zoning code. It’s a betrayal of Austin values. Friends of Hyde Park, the largest neighborhood association in Hyde Park, has unanswered[…]

Friends of Hyde Park Voting Results – Business Parking Requirements, Baker Center Development, Ridgetop Elementary School

Friends of Hyde Park recently voted on 3 resolutions and our 2017 board elections. I’ve included the voting results below. 101 people voted total out of our 372 members. The full voting results and full text of all resolutions can be found here: http://friendsofhydepark.atxfriends.org/record-of-votes/ Relaxing Quack’s and Neighborhood Business Parking Requirements: Passed with 91 out[…]


Friends of Hyde Park and Friends of Austin Neighborhoods (FAN) are co-hosting a CodeNEXT Q&A with Paul DiGiuseppe (Principal Planner at Austin Planning and Review Department) and Jorge Rousselin (Austin Planning and Zoning Department). If you’re curious about what the CodeNEXT test areas are all about, how to get involved in the CodeNEXT process, or[…]