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Zoning and Urban Design

Urban Design

Urban Design examines elements in the public realm and spaces where people may gather: parks and open spaces, streets and sidewalks, bridges and water bodies, historical features, trees and landscaping, lighting, and signage. Urban design takes a holistic approach towards these physical elements that make up a city and seeks to shape them in ways that create urban environments that are functional, attractive, comfortable, animated, stimulating and safe for all.

Historic Preservation

The Historic Preservation Office encourages the preservation of Austin’s historic buildings, structures, sites, and districts; promotes awareness of our cultural and architectural heritage; and helps shape a more sustainable, equitable, and livable city in collaboration with other City departments and community partners.

Annexation & Special Districts

Annexation is the process by which cities extend their municipal services, regulations, voting privileges & taxing authority to new territory. Resources regarding changes to city boundaries and special districts located within the City’s jurisdiction are found on our Annexation & Special Districts page.