The South Central Waterfront Initiative will establish a vision and provide a cohesive set of recommendations to guide public and private development over the next 20-plus years.
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. Click here for more information and 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.
In December 2013, the Austin City Council authorized the South Central Waterfront Plan Initiative. The plan will establish a vision and provide a cohesive set of recommendations to guide public and private development over the next 20-plus years. The plan aims to facilitate privately developed properties and publicly financed amenities working in tandem to create a beautiful public realm that supports a lively, attractive pedestrian environment, creates great public spaces, and enhances connections to the waterfront.
For more than two years, the Waterfront Planning Advisory Board has provided leadership on waterfront issues related to Lady Bird Lake. Click here to learn more about the history of the South Central Waterfront, including the 2013 Sustainable Places Project and the 2012 Sustainable Design Assessment Team (SDAT) report.
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