There will be no shortage of bad policy signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott at the end of this legislative session, but there are also a number of promising bills winding through the Capitol that could do a great deal of good for housing in Austin.
Compatibility: First, there's the proposed bill that would gut Austin's compatibility regulations, which sharply limit the height of buildings within a certain distance of single-family homes. If passed, the bill would bring Austin's compatibility regs into line with those of most other major cities and make it much easier to build apartments and mixed-use development on our major corridors.
I'm still a little concerned that the wording in the bill is not quite right and will allow city staff to essentially ignore it. I hope I'm either wrong or that the language gets amended before passage.