HUD Community Challenge Planning Grant-Colony Park Sustainable Community Initiative Facts
This project is funded through a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Sustainable Communities Challenge Grant. To learn more about the program visit the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, an interagency partnership between the U.S. Departments of Housing and Urban Development, Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Award Amount: $3,000,000
Grant Term: 3-year planning grant
Summary: The Colony Park Sustainable Community Initiative is a 3-year Community Planning Process that will culminate in a Master Plan for 208-acres of publicly-owned land in Northeast Austin, on Loyola Lane between Johnny Morris Road and Decker Lane. The development will incorporate best practice strategies for energy-efficient building design, water conservation and zero-waste technology and standards to create a model sustainable and livable mixed-use, mixed-income community. The project will include completion of a Master Plan, resulting in rezoning; engineering for subdivision and site planning for review and approval by the City of Austin; infrastructure construction plans and architectural design guidelines for new sustainable residential and commercial development.
The proposed project will support and furthers the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s six “livability principles:” provide more transportation choices; promote equitable, affordable housing; enhance economic competitiveness; support existing communities; coordinate policies and leverage investment; and value communities and neighborhoods.
1. Further land-use planning and development of 208 acres of publicly-owned land at Colony Park inspired by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Livability Principles.
2. Foster cross-department/agency coordination and create successful models of comprehensive systems change to support sustainable and equitable development.
3. Support capacity building and community transformation goals of Colony Park area residents and stakeholders.
Activity 1: Team Formation and Initial Analysis
Long-Term Outcome: Establish clear channels of communication with area residents and stakeholders; build capacity and breadth of project team; assess opportunities and constraints of proposed development.
Activity 2: Kickoff and Visioning Phase
Long-Term Outcome: Determine a shared vision of the proposed development based on local interpretation of the HUD Livability Principles.
Activity 3: Plan Development and Approval
Long-Term Outcome: Incorporate the vision into a vibrant Master plan for the Colony Park
initiative; achieve regulatory approvals to proceed with project.
Activity 4: Evaluation and Knowledge Sharing
Long-Term Outcome: Assess project implementation and success; achieve best practices
in sustainability; foster cross-department/agency coordination, create successful models of
comprehensive systems change to support sustainable and equitable development.
Austin Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC)
City of Austin Sustainability Office
Austin Energy/Austin Energy Green Building
Austin Resource Recovery (formerly Solid Waste Services)
City of Austin Water Utility
City of Austin Watershed Protection Department
City of Austin Transportation Department
City of Austin Economic Growth and Redevelopment Services Office (EGRSO)
City of Austin Planning & Development Review Department
Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department (HHSD)
Pecan Street, Inc.
Capital Area Texas Sustainability Consortium (CATS)
Colony Park Neighborhood Association
Austin Independent School District (AISD)
Austin Community Development Commission
For more information, contact Zachary Stern at (512) 974-3155 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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