Created in 2023 after a realignment of the Austin and Housing and Planning Department, the Austin Planning Department’s mission is to provide equitable and people-centered planning services to shape an Austin where everyone can thrive. The Department develops and puts into action long-term plans and policies to guide the city's growth and development in a sustainable, functional, attractive, comfortable, lively, and safe manner that is also protective of Austin’s cultural and architectural heritage. Through thoughtful, data-driven planning and inclusive community engagement, we aim to create a resilient and thriving city for all residents, workers, learners, and visitors alike.

lauren middleton prattMeet the Director

Lauren Middleton-Pratt has been the Director of Planning since 2023. She brings more than 15 years of municipal service, urban planning, and development experience to the City of Austin. She previously served as the Assistant City Manager for the City of Buda, in one of the fastest growing counties in the US. In Buda, Middleton-Pratt managed Planning & Development Services, Tourism, Communications, Parks & Recreations, Facilities Management, IT, and Library Services from 2019 to 2023.

In addition to her public executive-level leadership, Middleton-Pratt is a member of the American Planning Association, National Forum for Black Public Administrators, a 2020 Texas Women Leadership Institute Executive, and a former Board member of the Central Texas Chapter of Women Leading Government.

Media Inquiries

Please direct all media inquiries to Caleb Pritchard, caleb.pritchard@austintexas.gov, 512.560.8547.