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Imagine Austin... Without Central Austin?

The unique urban fabric of Central Austin was laid down with 170 years of cultural and economic activity. Principles of New Urbanism have been at work in this tapestry for just as long. Central Austin is an irreproducible, complete community. It is one of the keystones that makes Austin what it is today: an irreplaceable asset to the city as a whole. About our work...

The Central Austin Community Development Corporation works to preserve and enhance the character of place and to improve the lives of all people who live, work, play, and study here.

Policy areas

Central Austin CDC advocates for quality of life issues such as public safety and crime prevention, community beautification, parks and green space. We support the work of government, area non-profits, and neighborhood groups through partnerships, education on matters of public interest, and by building bridges of communication between diverse groups.

For the built environment, we foster dialogue that brings solutions to the table. Our policy areas include transportation and land use planning, affordable housing, historic preservation, code compliance, and development review.

Equity and diversity are essential to any complete community. Education about the rights and responsibilities of ownership and tenancy, the rights of protected classes, and the need for fair and affordable housing on a nondiscriminatory basis are areas in which much work remains to be done. Collapse section...

Austin Urban Rail: A Strong Decision for a Bright Transit Future

Urban Parks Targeted Acquisition Area

A regional transportation planning process is underway to design the initial phase of light rail for Austin. Project Connect has identified the Highland Mall and East Riverside communities as a priority. Rail that serves the highest ridership will make it a financial and cultural success. Our 14 station, 7.5 mile phase one light rail proposal for the Guadalupe-North Lamar corridor serves the greatest number of riders, forms an expandable backbone of a much larger future system, and returns the highest possible value to the taxpayers and commuters of our region. Read more...

Fair and Affordable Housing

Fair and Affordable Housing

New Report! Family Displacement in Central Austin: Approaches for Regulating the High Occupancy Unit. In the last few years, a relatively new housing type has emerged in Austin: the High-Occupancy Unit (HOU). The HOU is not defined or regulated in any neighborhood plan, nor is it written in Austin’s Land Development Code. Yet the HOU has changed traditional patterns of residential life in Central Austin, and upset the balance of our complete urban community more than any code change or plan adoption ever has. Read more...

State of Texas and University of Texas Land:
Public Private Partnerships (P3)

Public Private Partnerships (P3)

June 14, 2013: Governor Signs Texas Facilities Commission Sunset Bill SB211 Into Law, Protecting Local Communities Read more... The planning and development of the last remaining open public lands in Central Austin is more than just a once in a lifetime opportunity to shape our growth. Find out how a city-led public planning approach could shape these projects to deliver schools, urban rail, parks, and infrastructure to serve this community.

Parks, Urban Agriculture and Open Space

Urban Parks Targeted Acquisition Area

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department and the Urban Parks Workgroup have embarked on an ambitious Urban Infill Parks Initiative to serve our community with a network of new, walkable parks. See if your neighborhood has been identified as a targeted acquisition area. Read more...

Land Use and Development

Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan

On June 15, 2012, the Austin City Council adopted the Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan. Combined with existing neighborhood plans, Imagine Austin will guide the city's growth for the next 30 years by directing land use through zoning changes, transportation infrastructure planning, and municipal program development. Read more...

The mission of the Central Austin CDC is to enhance the livability, safety, and diversity of our community by building bridges of communication and respect among people.


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