Priority Program 1: Invest In a Compact and Connected Austin
Addressing transportation concerns requires the City of Austin and its partners to look for solutions beyond how we travel and begin dealing with underlying conditions that make it difficult for Austinites to move around the city. To do so, we need to coordinate the physical form of Austin — how it’s organized and how it is built with our transportation. When viewed as a coordinated planning framework, the Growth Concept Map, complete communities concept, Capital Improvement Program, small area and transportation master plans, and incentives for business attraction, retention, and expansion can work together to achieve the goal of a compact, connected Austin that is less car-dependent and more walking, bicycling, and transit- friendly.
Corridor Implementation Program Office (Mike Trimble - Program Champion), Public Works, Planning and Zoning, Economic Development, Austin Transportation Department, Watershed Protection Department.
For additional information about this priority program, see page 187 of Imagine Austin, or contact the Planning and Zoning Department liaison. Staff from contributing departments meets regularly as part of the Invest in Compact and Connected Priority Program Implementation Team. This team supports the work occurring under Priority Program 1 in various ways as identified in an annual work program.
Compact and Connected Training: Members of the Compact and Connected team continued to deliver a regular multi-day Compact and Connected training courses to managers and employees throughout the City. The course provides a primer on implementing Imagine Austin. The Compact and Connected team also coordinates periodic educational brown bag panel discussions targeted to graduates of the Compact and Connected course. These sessions allowed for continuing education and in-depth discussion in a particular area related to Imagine Austin implementation.
2016 Mobility Bond: In November 2016, voters approved $720 million in funding for mobility improvements, and work to implement the authorized program of improvements is underway. This funding will support numerous investments that further implement Priority Program #1. Members of the Compact and Connected Team will play an on-going role in supporting implementation of the 2016 Mobility Bond.
Austin Strategic Mobility Plan: Currently in development, the Austin Strategic Mobility Plan (ASMP) will update and replace the 1995 Austin Metropolitan Area Transportation Plan to reflect Imagine Austin’s vision. ASMP will expand the vision of Imagine Austin into actionable mobility-related goals and objectives to guide Austin’s near- and long-term transportation investments. The plan will also pull multiple concurrent mobility programs into one comprehensive vision and apply an integrated approach to planning for all modes of transportation. Members of the Compact and Connected Team will continue to support ATD staff as they develop this important initiative.
Long Range CIP Strategic Plan: The Long-Range CIP Strategic Plan is produced by the City of Austin and released each spring. The Plan takes a data-driven, collaborative approach to long-range planning for the Capital Improvement Program and provides detailed capital program recommendations in support of Imagine Austin. The Compact and Connected Team has been involved in several past iterations of the Long Range CIP Strategic Plan, and will play a strong role in future Plan development and implementation coordination.
Spotlights: As part of its educational mission to inform staff and the public of work advancing the objectives of Imagine Austin, the Invest in Compact and Connected team recognizes private sector projects that are helping to activate Imagine Austin through an annual “Spotlights” initiative.