Boards and commissions are important in that they enable citizens to participate in Austin's government processes. Their activities help shape and influence public policy, because they lend a more diverse viewpoint for the City Council to consider.
Per the Austin City Code, city departments may adopt "rules" to implement, administer, enforce, or comply with the City Code, an ordinance, or another law for which the department is responsible. This site contains land development rules that are proposed by quarter calendar year.
The Regional Stormwater Management Program provides developers an alternative to providing on-site detention ponds. Instead, developers have the option to pay a fee that will be used by the City for regional flooding solutions.