The City of Austin, through the Purchasing Office and Economic Development Department (EDD), selected Catellus as its master development partner to create a new vibrant, sustainable, and mixed-use neighborhood on 208-acres of city-owned land located in northeast Austin.  The Colony Park Sustainable Community site is located roughly eight miles from Downtown, the State Capitol Complex, and the University of Texas at Austin campus.  The vision for this site is the product of extensive planning through community engagement.  For more information on the planning process behind the Colony Park Sustainable Community vision, CLICK HERE.

Two -Step Solicitation Process:

In Step One, the City evaluated Request for Qualifications (RFQS) submissions to identify Catellus as the sole Master Developer for further consideration.  In Step Two, the City issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to Catellus, the shortlisted Master Developer identified in Step one.  Once submitted, the proposal was reviewed by a multi-disciplined evaluation panel.  A Community Presentation and Meeting were also held, which allowed the community to score the master developer candidate based on a pre-recorded video presentation.  This community scoring was used to inform the final scoring for the Request for Proposal stage of the solicitation, which identified Catellus as the selected master developer for Council Action.  On October 18, 2018, Council approved, on consent, the recommendation to authorize negotiation and execution of an Exclusive Negotiation Agreement (ENA) between the City of Austin and Catellus.  Moving forward, the City anticipates a 6 month process for completion of the ENA before beginning negotiating the terms of the Master Development Agreement (MDA).

Solicitation Milestones:

STEP TWO (Proposals)

October 18, 2018


Recommendation for Council Action (Item #30 approved on consent)

September 8, 2018


Master Developer Meet & Greet Community Event

June 28, 2018


Recommendation for Award

May 24, 2018


Community Presentation & Evaluation of Recommended Developer Video

May 8, 2018


Proposal Deadline

March 8, 2018


Pre-Proposal Conference

February 27, 2018


Request for Proposal (RFP) issued to shortlisted developers

STEP ONE (Qualifications)

February 20, 2018


Shortlisted Developer Announced

December 21, 2017


Applicant Submittal Deadline

November 16, 2017


Pre-Offer Conference & Site Visit

October 23, 2017


RFQS Issuance Date





Media During Solicitation Phase

Colony Park could bounce back with planned developmentAustin American Statesman

Austin searching for Colony Park developersKVUE

East of the highway divide, Austin's next residential boom is on the horizon, Community Impact Newspaper

Austin kicks off effort to select Colony Park site master developer, Austin Business Journal

Mueller developer, W Austin Hotel owner vie to oversee huge master-planned projectAustin Business Journal

Developer touts experience, community engagement in first pitch to lead Colony Park projectAustin Business Journal

With Mueller under its belt, Catellus closer to building another huge Austin neighborhoodAustin Business Journal

City to set “high bar for Colony Park developer candidatesAustin Monitor

Catellus on shortlist to develop Colony ParkAustin Monitor