North Burnet/Gateway (NBG) refers to the approximately 2,300 acre area in north Austin bounded by Walnut Creek on the north, Metric Boulevard on the east, US 183 (Research Boulevard) on the south and southwest, Braker Lane on the northwest, and MoPac (Loop 1) on the west.  See a map of the area. As a way to responsibly control growth within Austin’s urban core, the City of Austin has focused on this area, currently comprised of aging, low-density, and auto-oriented development, by reimagining it as higher density, mixed-use neighborhoods, providing pedestrian access and transit-friendly connections. 

The North Burnet/Gateway 2035 Master Plan (adopted in 2006) and accompanying North Burnet/Gateway Regulating Plan (adopted 2009) are the result of a focused planning process aimed at tackling growth challenges in Austin.  The vision developed for NBG serves as the framework for infrastructure improvements, changes in the City development code, coordination with transit authorities, and private development within and abutting this area.  

Elements of North Burnet/Gateway

  • Encourage high quality design, connectivity, and a mix of uses to begin accommodating Central Texas Region’s expected population growth over the next 30 years.
  • Introduce dense housing types such as townhomes and condos to accommodate more residents with less land.
  • Integrate housing above commercial to create transitions into surrounding neighborhoods.
  • Expand the existing street network to improve mobility and access within North Burnet/Gateway while providing enhanced connections to surrounding neighborhoods.
  • Redevelop City of Austin parcels to serve as catalysts for Transit-Oriented Development.
  • Encourage multi-story mixed use buildings oriented toward new multi-functional streets rather than highways and access roads.
  • Provide direct pedestrian links to rail stations and other transit uses in the district.
  • Encourage active and livable places that serve our daily needs and provide people with a sense of belonging and ownership within their community.

Implementing Development in North Burnet/Gateway

Development projects within North Burnet/Gateway should be compatible with the vision developed during the creation of the 2035 Master Plan. Even though development and/or redevelopment may occur on a parcel-by-parcel basis, the Master Plan serves as a guide and provides an understanding of what developers should work towards within the North Burnet/Gateway Boundary.  Additionally, the regulations included in the Regulating Plan have been tailored to meet the expectations of surrounding neighborhoods and to promote development forms that can support existing and future transit.  Projects that have the North Burnet/Gateway vision as their foundation are more likely to be supported by the surrounding community.

Resources

Development Assistance Resources - The Development Assistance Center (DAC) serves as the initial interface between the community and the City of Austin Planning and Development Review Department. Members of the community can visit DAC with questions and receive consulting information. Information distributed by DAC serves as the foundation for both the customer preparing their land development application and the City staff conducting the site review and inspection.

Affordability in North Burnet/Gateway - The City of Austin's Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Department (NHCD) provides housing, community development small business development services to benefit eligible residents, so they can have access to livable neighborhoods and increase their opportunities for self-sufficiency.  Affordability within the TODs is managed by NHCD.

Additional Questions - The NBG Program is situated within the Urban Design Division . The NBG Program is responsible for processing amendments to the NBG Ordinance, providing NBG education, assisting in the review of projects within NBG, and program development and evaluation. Please contact Tonya Swatzendruber, 512-974-3462 for more information on North Burnet/Gateway.