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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 menu bar at the left side of the page has more information about our planning-related services, programs, plans, resources, and code regulation.  The City of Austin is committed to improving the experience of residents, small businesses, developers and other stakeholders who need planning-related services. The Planning and Zoning Department (PAZ) has undergone an extensive process to lay the groundwork to making necessary changes for Austin's future.

Listed below are our major projects currently underway.

Imagine Austin

Imagine Austin is our 30-year plan for the city is based on Austin’s greatest asset: its people. The plan lays out a vision for how the city can grow in a compact and connected way.


CodeNEXT is the new City of Austin initiative to revise the Land Development Code, which determines how land can be used throughout the city – including what can be built, where it can be built, and how much can (and cannot) be built.

North Shoal Creek

The city is currently working on a neighborhood plan for the North Shoal Creek neighborhood planning area, bounded by Anderson Lane, Mopac, US 183, and Burnet Road. When completed, this plan will offer strategies and recommendations as to how North Shoal Creek can become a more Complete Community. The plan for North Shoal Creek will also examine local land use issues and provide direction for future land use and zoning decisions.

South Central Waterfront Initiative

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, four-years in the making and adopted by the City Council in June, 2016. The South Central Waterfront Vision Framework Plan details the overall vision and endorses a cohesive set of recommendations, tools and programs to bring the vision to reality.