What is ETOD?

Transit-oriented development, or TOD, refers to the development of transit stops within walking distance of clusters of different types of places, such as housing, shops, and offices.

Equitable transit-oriented development, or ETOD, acknowledges that not everyone has benefitted equally from traditional TOD planning.

By engaging with community in more meaningful ways and in all phases of the planning process, ETOD seeks to undo harmful planning practices and build communities in which all are safe, supported, and have the resources to thrive.

The City of Austin is working in partnership with Capital Metro (Austin's transit authority), the Austin Transit Partnership, and the community to support equitable transit-oriented development as the Project Connect transit system is built. Learn more about the multi-agency ETOD effort on the Project Connect ETOD website

 

The Station Area Planning Process

Capital Metro, in partnership with the City of Austin's Planning Department, is beginning Station Area Planning, which is the first step in making ETOD a reality. Station Area Planning is a community-driven approach to planning for areas around a bus or train station to make sure people can easily, safely, and comfortably access a station. It’s also planning for the vision of the neighborhoods around the station area to ensure that the station area meets the needs of current and future community members with options for housing, jobs, services, and more. The process began with a series of workshops with community members focused near the North Lamar and South Congress Transit Centers in the spring and has closed as of November 2023.

Visit the Project Connect ETOD website to watch recordings of previous workshops, or learn more about the Station Area Planning process.

ETOD in the Policy Plan

The ETOD Policy Plan is a set of guidelines to help the Austin community equitably put transit-oriented development in place. These guidelines seek to support residents of all incomes and backgrounds, especially those who have been hurt by transportation and planning decisions.

The ETOD Policy Plan was created by the City of Austin's Planning Department, along with partners at CapMetro, the Austin Transit Partnership (ATP), and the community. Together, staff and the public drafted the goals for ETOD in Austin, the tools that can help us reach those goals, and the actions we must take to make equity possible in the transit system and the neighborhoods around it. 

The ETOD Policy Plan was accepted by City Council by resolution at their meeting on March 9, 2023. For more information about what happened at this meeting, or at other public meetings, please see the Key Dates section. To learn more about how community engagement informed the ETOD Policy Plan, check out the Engagement Updates.  

Key Dates

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ETOD Implementation: Comprehensive Plan Joint Committee

Date: February 21, 2024

Time: 4 PM

Location: Permitting and Development Center, Room 2103, 6310 Wilhelmina Delco Drive, Austin TX 

How to participate in this meeting: Public comment will be allowed in-person or remotely via telephone. Speakers may only register to speak on an item once either in-person or remotely and will be allowed up to three minutes to provide their comments. Registration no later than noon the day before the meeting is required for remote participation by telephone. To register to speak remotely, call or email Ann DeSanctis, 512-974-3102, ann.desanctis@austintexas.gov. 

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ETOD Implementation: Planning Commission

Date: March 12, 2024

Time: 6 PM

Location: City Hall, Council Chambers 1001, 301 W. Second St., Austin TX 

How to participate in this meeting: The meeting may be viewed online at this link. To sign up to speak at this meeting, contact Andrew Rivera, 512-974-6508, andrew.rivera@austintexas.gov.

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ETOD Implementation: Planning Commission

Date: April 30, 2024

Time: 6 PM

Location: City Hall, Council Chambers 1001, 301 W. Second St., Austin TX 

How to participate in this meeting: The meeting may be viewed online at this link. To sign up to speak at this meeting, contact Andrew Rivera, 512-974-6508, andrew.rivera@austintexas.gov.

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ETOD Implementation: City Council

Date: May 16, 2024

Time:  10 AM

Location: City Hall, Council Chambers 1001, 301 W. Second St., Austin TX 

How to participate in this meeting: The meeting may be viewed online at this link. Learn more about how to sign up to speak at this meeting.

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ETOD Implementation: Community Advisory Committee

February 8, 2024

Commission Action: None. 

City Staff Action: None

Next Steps: None.

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ETOD Implementation: Pedestrian Advisory Council

February 5, 2024

Review: Presentation given by City staff with an ETOD update. 

Commission Action: None. Questions from Council members with responses from staff.

City Staff Action: None

Next Steps: None.

 

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ETOD Implementation: Community Advisory Committee

January 11, 2024

Watch: Presentation from City and CapMetro staff. 

Commission Action: None. 

City Staff Action: None

Next Steps: None.

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ETOD Implementation: Community Advisory Committee

December 14, 2023

Watch: Presentation from City and CapMetro staff. 

Commission Action: None. 

City Staff Action: None

Next Steps: None.

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ETOD Implementation: Comprehensive Plan Joint Committee

October 12, 2023

Listen: Presentation (beginning at 30:13) and Q&A from City staff. 

Commission Action: None. 

City Staff Action: None

Next Steps: None.

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ETOD Implementation: Urban Transportation Commission

October 3, 2023

Watch: Presentation and Q&A from City staff. 

Commission Action: None. 

City Staff Action: None

Next Steps: None.

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ETOD Implementation: Community Advisory Committee

September 14, 2023

Watch: Presentation from City staff. 

Commission Action: None. 

City Staff Action: None

Next Steps: None.

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ETOD Policy Plan: Community Development Commission

April 11, 2023

Watch: Presentation and Q&A from City staff. 

Commission Action: None. 

City Staff Action: None

Next Steps: None.

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ETOD Policy Plan: City Council

March 9, 2023

Watch: Action taken and discussion of amendments by Council 

Read: Resolution from Council, Amendment from Mayor Pro-Tem Ellis, amendment from CM Vela

Council Action: Accepted the ETOD Policy Plan as a resolution with amendments and directed City staff to:

  • Incorporate ETOD policy tools for 11 station areas in the upcoming Northeast Austin District planning process
  • Initiate amendments to the Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan to adopt elements of the ETOD Policy Plan
  • Initiate amendments to City Code Title 25- Land Development Code
  • Begin the work to develop an ETOD Overlay and;
  • Begin the work to develop an Equity Scorecard

And, present an implementation plan that will include: 

  • tools prioritized for implementation
  • targeted outcomes for tool implementation
  • timeline for tool implementation
  • identification of funding sources and other resources for tool implementation; and
  • performance measures to assess tool implementation success
  • Update to be provided by May 26th, 2023 and full implementation plan by September 12th, 2023

City Staff Action: Incorporate amendments by Mayor Pro-Tem Ellis and CM Vela to the ETOD Policy Plan. Begin steps as directed above by Council.