Making Austin Livable
The purpose of the Planning and Zoning Department is to provide planning, preservation and design services to make Austin the most livable city in the country. The City of Austin is committed to improving the experience of residents, small businesses, developers and other stakeholders needing these services. The department has undergone an extensive process to lay the groundwork to making necessary changes for Austin's future. Our major projects include:
Imagine Austin - the city's comprehensive plan through 2040, was created with input from thousands of Austinites and established a community vision of a city of complete communities where the necessities of life are affordable and accessible to all.
On August 23, 2018, the Austin City Council voted unanimously to adopt the North Shoal Creek Neighborhood Plan. The plan contains strategies and recommendations to guide North Shoal Creek into becoming a more complete community.
As the central spine of downtown Austin and the connection between Lady Bird Lake and the Texas State Capitol, Congress Avenue is arguably Austin’s most prominent street. Despite this, the Avenue lacks the vitality and identity of a great people-centric place. The goal of this effort is to develop an urban design and implementation strategy that results in a human-centric, multi-functional complete street with a clear and attractive identity.
The South Central Waterfront Initiative will guide public and private investments in this rapidly changing district. The Initiative aspires that every increment of change should contribute toward the Vision of building a district with an attractive pedestrian environment, expanded park spaces and public gathering places, enhanced connections to and along the waterfront, and hundreds of units of affordable housing. This initiative is directed by the South Central Waterfront Vision Framework Plan adopted by the City Council in June 2016. This plan details the overall vision and endorses a cohesive set of recommendations, tools and programs to bring the vision to reality.