With the adoption of the Colony Park Master Plan and Design Guidelines and Planned Unit Development (PUD) zoning district, the City of Austin Economic Development Department is working to ensure the next phase of the Colony Park Sustainable Community Initiative is successful. We call this next phase the Implementation process.

During Phase II, the City worked with community partners to search for a Master Developer through a formal Request for Qualifications (RFQ) and Request for Proposals (RFP) process. Through this process we can secure a Master Developer to work with city staff to build the much-needed infrastructure and development in the Colony Park Sustainable Community.

 

Colony Park Project Phases

Phase I

MASTER PLANNING

Complete

 

 An extensive community planning process that informed the development of the community's vision to be adopted by City Council through the Master Plan and Design Guidelines

 

Phase II

IMPLEMENTATION

In Progress

 

Partnership between the city staff and the community to solicit and procure a Master Developer to implement the Colony Park vision.  Visit the Solicitation page for more information on next steps.

 

 

The following community meetings and initiatives have taken place during Phase II.

Completed

Council Action
Council votes to move forward into Exclusive Negotiations with recommended master developer (October 18, 2018)
 

On October 18th, 2018, the recommendation to authorize negotiation and execution of an Exclusive Negotiation Agreement (ENA) between the City of Austin and Catellus was approved by Austin City Council on consent.  Moving forward, the City anticipates a 6 month process for completion of the Exclusive Negotiation Agreement before beginning the creation of a Master Development Agreement (MDA).

Meet the Developer
Community Meet & Greet including the recommended master developer (September, 2018)

            

On September 8th, 2018, the City of Austin Purchasing Office hosted a “Meet & Greet” for the Colony Park residents and Austin community members to meet the Catellus development team.  More than 250 attended the event, which included a presentation, a moderated Q&A session, and the opportunity to visit with various project staff to gain a better understanding of the Colony Park Sustainable Community project, as well as, submit comments or questions.  

Public Meeting
Public Open House & Community Video (May, 2018)
 

On May 24, 2018, the City held a Colony Park Public Open House where over 100 attendees scored a community video presentation submitted by Catellus. The community provided feedback and input gathered during this event contributed towards the evaluation of the developer's proposal.

Development Committee
Northeast Austin Economic Development Committee (April 06, 2018)
 

Invitees to the NE ATX Committee include key representatives from Northeast Austin community, local businesses and organizations, and special members who play a critical role in the City.  An in-depth presentation was provided on the Colony Park Sustainable Community Initiative.  Members meet periodically through the year to provide innovative ideas and feedback on the work taking place in Colony Park.

Development Committee
Northeast Austin Economic Development Committee (October 20, 2017)
 

Invitees to the NE ATX Committee include key representatives from Northeast Austin community, local businesses and organizations, and special members who play a critical role in the City.  An in-depth presentation was provided on the Colony Park Sustainable Community Initiative.  Members meet periodically through the year to provide innovative ideas and feedback on the work taking place in Colony Park.

Development Committee
Northeast Austin Economic Development Committee (June 28, 2017)
 

Invitees to the NE ATX Committee include key representatives from Northeast Austin community, local businesses and organizations, and special members who play a critical role in the City.  An in-depth presentation was provided on the Colony Park Sustainable Community Initiative.  Members meet periodically through the year to provide innovative ideas and feedback on the work taking place in Colony Park.

Community Meeting #3
Community Conversations (May, 2017)

            

During the month of May, the City met with various organizations to learn more about the qualifications the community feels is most important in a Master Developer.  The data collected was used to inform the Request for Qualifications.

Development Committee
Northeast Austin Economic Development Committee (April 21, 2017)
         

The inaugural meeting for the Northeast Austin Economic Development Committee was held at City Hall.  Invitees included key representatives from Northeast Austin community, local businesses and organizations, and special members who play a critical role in the City.  An in-depth presentation was provided on the Colony Park Sustainable Community Initiative.  Members will continue to meet periodically through the year to provide innovative ideas and feedback on the work taking place in Colony Park.

Community Meeting #2
Healthy Hearts Fair & Colony Park Development Update (February 14, 2017)
          

On Valentine's Day, we welcomed the Colony Park community to learn more about the process to solicit a Master Developer.  Residents had an opportunity to provide feedback on key priorities and qualities they felt were important to partnering with a Master Developer. Participants were also able to connect with health service providers and learn about locally grown produce through fresh food demonstrations by the Sustainable Food Center.

Developer Forum
Colony Park Master Plan Implementation Developer Forum (October 28, 2016)
 

The Economic Development Department invited a range of real estate developers to participate in an informational forum on the Colony Park Master Plan.  City's consultant team members presented information on the project and gathered input on to best to frame the Colony Park Master Plan vision and objectives to ensure a successful solicitation process.  Developer's participation in the forum did not affect their eligibility to respond to any future solicitations on this project.

Community Meeting #1
National Night Out & Development Kick-Off (October 18, 2016)
        

This event launched the Colony Park Sustainable Community Initiative Implementation process.  In conjunction with National Night Out, the event featured food and games for youth, a community resource fair, an interactive survey, and updates on the Colony Park District Park.  Key City of Austin representatives, including Council Member Ora Houston (District 1), gave an official welcome.