Demographically speaking, Austin continues to experience profound change.  Keeping up with how these demographic shifts affect the City is essential to successful operations and planning.  This page acts as a portal to a large collection of demographic maps and a wide array of demographic data. 

Austin's demographic story continues to revolve around the three major themes of: 1) rapid and sustained job and population growth; 2) transformative demographic diversification; 3) and, stubborn structural and spatial socioeconomic separations.

The Downtown Density Bonus Program (DDBP) was established in 2014 to promote a vibrant, dense, and pedestrian friendly downtown area while also encouraging the development of affordable housing and other community benefits. A downtown density bonus can be requested as part of a site plan review process. .

The Great Streets Plan envisions Downtown as the heart of Austin and downtown streets as the primary signal of thriving urban life, vitality and vibrance. Essential to achieving this vision is curating a pedestrian experience that makes the streets become places for interaction and spending time, not just for passing through.

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.

Imagine Austin is our city’s comprehensive plan for the future. Fueled by ideas and contributions from the Austin community, this 30-year plan for the city is based on Austin's greatest asset is its people: passionate about our city, committed to its improvement, and determined to see this vision become a reality.

Imagine Austin is our plan for the future. The citywide comprehensive plan defines where Austin is today and where the community wants it to go.

The Housing and Planning Department (HPD) supports the implementation of the City's comprehensive plan, Imagine Austin, through various activities. 

Long range planning provides an opportunity for community members to shape the neighborhoods where they live, work or own property, while addressing  land use, zoning, transportation and urban design issues.

Resources regarding changes to city boundaries and special districts located within the City’s jurisdiction.

Urban Design is the process of shaping a city’s physical form, with the principal goal of elevating the human experience in urban spaces.

Zoning is the division of land within a jurisdiction into separate districts within which uses are permitted, prohibited or permitted with conditions. Brief definitions of the different types of uses and structures as relates to zoning are explained here.