In August 2013 the Austin City Council authorized the creation of a small area plan for the South Central Waterfront (SCW). The primary aim of the resulting comprehensive small area plan is to provide a framework so that, as the area changes, it will support at least the following high-priority objectives:
• Establish a lively, attractive pedestrian environment.
• Expand open space and create great public spaces.
• Include affordable housing.
• Enhance connections to and along the waterfront
The South Central Waterfront (SCW) encompasses 97 acres located just south of downtown and bounded by South First on the west, Blunn Creek to the east, Lady Bird Lake on the north, and East Riverside Drive and Bouldin Creek on the south. Here is a large (36 x48) map of the area.
Interim Vision Framework Report - August 2014
During the first five months of 2014, the SCW Initiative engaged over 600 Austinites in a vigorous civic dialogue that included neighborhood residents, land owners, civic leaders, advocates, and planning and design experts. This public input built upon a foundation of past planning, best practices and expert advice to inform the creation of an Interim Vision Framework Report. This Report is an early step in achieving a fully realized South Central Waterfront Small Area Plan and much work lies ahead. Nonetheless, the work that has been accomplished so far and the emerging vision outlined in this Report establish a foundation for moving ahead. Review the Interim Draft Vision Framework Report.
Planning studies for the waterfront that date back 30 years have consistently called for harmonious development which respects the tremendous asset of the lake and shoreline. Planning studies specifically for the vicinity of the South Central Waterfront over the past 15 years have constantly noted that a lack of a good network of streets and blocks is a prime obstacle to harmonious development.
Since 2012 the Waterfront Planning Advisory Board has provided leadership on grant-funded and pro bono studies that focused on the challenges and opportunities in the South Central Waterfront. View the history of waterfront planning for the SCW, including the 2013 Sustainable Places Project’s Scenarios Report, and the 2012 AIA’s Sustainable Design Assessment Team Report.
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