Dear Council Members,
If you have been convinced that there is scientific data to support your goal of creating affordable housing through the H.O.M.E. initiative, I urge you -- at the very least -- to proceed cautiously by applying the new code changes to only a "study site" of Austin. In this way, you could hopefully determine if there are measurable results that match the intention of the HOME changes to land use code.
Here are some photos from satellite imagery for you to consider. They begin with the "big picture" of Austin geography and then I zoom-in to my street in my neighborhood, Bouldin Heights.
The urban heat island: