Downtown Austin Plan Needs You
The DAP re-envisions Downtown, district by district
Rather than create a whole new form-based code for Downtown, the consultant team led by ROMA Design Group is writing standards tailored to individual districts, which will modify the existing land development code. Density bonuses have gotten the most attention of late, but the standards will address a full range of issues. ROMA principal Jana McCann said the development standards will add form-based (context-sensitive, place-making) elements, building on the urban design guidelines developed by the Design Commission. The standards will improve on the existing code by addressing three key goals: promoting mixed-use development, increasing sustainability (multimodal transportation, green-building), and elevating urban design (massing, detailing, density, compatibility).
To provide input, review the February 2010 presentation on Draft Downtown Development Regulations at www.cityofaustin.org/downtown, and send your comments to Jorge Rousselin at email@example.com using the e-mail subject line "DAP Development Standards Comments." Interested groups can schedule a staff presentation and dialogue, as well.
Below, see the schedule for how the work will proceed in the coming months, toward the ultimate goal of getting new development standards adopted into law within the land development code.
Downtown Austin Plan Schedule
• Work sessions with key stakeholder groups: February-March 2010
• Town hall meeting on district plans: April 2010
• Town hall meeting on draft Downtown Austin Plan: June 2010
• Commission and stakeholder review of DAP: June-August 2010
• Council review and first action on DAP adoption: September 2010
And looking forward, if council adopts the DAP:
• Land development code, drafting of new ordinances: 2010–2011
• Planning Commission reviews: 2010–2011
• City Council, final adoption of new code: 2011-early 2012 (projected)