The new law skirts development restrictions in Austin's most sensitive areas.
Austin American-Statesman, June 23 1999
"Austin bashing" laws passed by the Texas legislature weakens Austin's ability to regulate development. HB 1704 grandfathers in a projected 20-million square feet of new development in the Barton Springs zone.
With the passage of the legislation, they (developers) have pretty much forever to build all the buildings. The more you look at the numbers, the scarier it gets.
— Mary Arnold, SOS Board Member