On February 25, 2010, the Austin City Council adopted the East Riverside Corridor (ERC) Master Plan as an amendment to the Austin Tomorrow Comprehensive Plan. The ERC Master Plan presents a long-term vision for the area to redevelop the existing low density, auto-oriented commercial uses into an urban mixed-use neighborhood that is more pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly.
An important element of the plan is to enhance development design quality and create great places where people can live, work, shop, interact and recreate within a walking distance of one another. The Draft East Riverside Corridor Regulating Plan (the proposed draft regulations) is available for review at the Ruiz Branch Library, 1600 Grove Blvd., and online.
The draft regulations lay out the rules that will guide new development and redevelopment to help realize the Vision of making East Riverside a more vibrant, functional and beautiful environment. Tailor-made for East Riverside Corridor, the regulations provide clear, illustrated instructions on how individual construction projects will add up over time to create quality sidewalk areas and better connections to the neighborhoods, as well as a harmonious and coherent relationship among new buildings that reinforces the primacy of pedestrians while lending a stronger sense of place to the corridor, even as Austin grows. They address the physical relationship between development and adjacent properties, streets, neighborhoods, and the natural environment in order to implement the vision of an urban mixed-use neighborhood that supports current and future transit options.
As you look through the regulations, you will notice that they don't include details on a development bonus program due to ongoing staff research about the economics of such a program. Staff will brief City Council at a future Council work session prior to making development bonus program recommendations. Once defined, the draft program details will be circulated for community feedback. Sign up for the ERC interest list if you’d like to receive ERC-related notifications, including updates about the development bonus program regulations.
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