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Policy Summary

This law establishes requirements and regulations for a S.M.A.R.T Housing Program, which uses fee waivers as an incentive to encourage "housing that is safe, mixed-income, accessible, reasonably priced, transit-oriented, and compliant with the City's Green Building Standards." Access to "fresh and healthy" foods is one condition that can be used to obtain a waiver for the transit-oriented requirement of the S.M.A.R.T. Housing Program.

Background Information

State Texas
Jurisdiction Name Austin
Jurisdiction Type City,
Population Size 800,000+
Legal Strategies
  • Requires something, sets standards
Reach Limited scope
Participating in the S.M.A.R.T. Housing Program is voluntary.
Food System Category Get;

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?
Yes

S.M.A.R.T. Housing requirements address proximity to public transit routes and may include access to fresh and healthy foods. §§ 25-1-703(B)(4),E(1); § 25-1-701(2)(d).

Health-related goal?
Yes

See reference to "access to fresh and healthy foods." § 25-1-701(2).

Environmental goal?
Yes

See references to "minimal environmental hazards" and "green building standards." § 25-1-701(2)(h); § 25-1-703(A).

Economic goal?
Yes

See references to housing that is "...mixed-income [and] …reasonably priced." § 25-1-703(A).

Includes findings?
No

Has a stated intent or purpose?
Unclear

Although there is no "purpose" listed as such, S.M.A.R.T. Housing is described as "housing that is safe, mixed-income, accessible, reasonably priced, transit-oriented, and compliant with the City's Green Building Standards." § 25-1-703(A).

Includes definitions?
Yes

§ 25-1-701.

Addresses implementation?
Yes

The Director of the City's Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Department shall administer the S.M.A.R.T. Housing Program and may adopt and implement program guidelines and establish the requirements for an application under the program. § 25-1-702(A).

Enforcement provisions?
No

Evaluation component?
No

Requires extra investment?
No

Code context and ordinance history

This policy is located in Austin, Texas Code of Ordinances, Title 25 - Land Development Code, Article 15 - Housing, Division 2 - S.M.A.R.T. Housing. History: Ord. 20071129-100; Ord. No. 20141106-124, Pt. 2, 11-17-14.