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Based on more than two years of study and community input regarding the future of the South Central Waterfront, some common themes have emerged. Look over the draft vision statement and 16 guiding principles (also a draft) below. Are these on target? What’s missing?

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"In the future, Austin's South Central Waterfront will be a place where people will live, work, and play that achieves the highest levels of social equity, ecological health, and economic prosperity, and that is designed to have a unique identity that is functional and beautiful."

What do you like about this draft community vision? What would you add or change?

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Are these 16 guiding principles on target? What’s missing?


  • Expand public access along the shoreline, respecting or increasing Waterfront Overlay setbacks.

  • Improve public access an connections to Lady Bird Lake and its shoreline.

  • Provide affordable housing units in the district.

  • Create a district designed for all incomes, ages, and physical abilities.


  • Reduce the environmental impacts of development through a integrated network of innovative water quality systems, green buildings, and low impact development.

  • Incorporate native, low-water landscaping throughout the district for beauty and ecological performance.

  • Expand the tree canopy on all streets to increase shade and encourage waling, bicycling and taking transit.

  • Integrate a variety transportation options (including walking, bicycling, taking transit and driving) to reduce pollution and increase connectivity locally and citywide.


  • Provide financial motivation for private properties to redevelop in accordance with the Plan.

  • Identify financial pathways that leverage private reinvestment to create and maintain the community amenities and benefits identified in the Plan.

  • Coordinate public and private investments to create an integrated, district-wide infrastructure network.

  • Focus on creating a district that is economically-viable in the long-term.

Urban Design:

  • Create a pedestrian-scaled network of beautiful, actve, and publicly-accessible green spaces that include green nodes (such as parks, plazas, squares, open spaces) and connections (such as trails, pedestrian alleys, pathways, green streets).

  • Create a unique identity through the integration of public art into the streetscape, landscape, architecture, and infrastructure.

  • Reinforce the idea of streets and public spaces as a shared public realm by using building form, architecture, and siting to physically define these public spaces.

  • Ensure the siting and design of buildings, streets, and open spaces take advantage of synergies (the whole is greater than the sum of its parts) and contribute to a coherent sense of place.

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