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The City of Austin has kicked off an update to the City’s comprehensive plan known as Imagine Austin 

Project Overview 

What is a Comprehensive Plan? 

A comprehensive plan is the long-range plan for a city. Developed with the community, it sets a unified vision for a city's growth and development over a 20-to-50-year time period. 

What is Imagine Austin? Why does it exist? 

Adopted in 2012, the Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan is Austin’s plan for the future. Shaped by ideas and contributions from the Austin community, this 30-year plan for the city is based on Austin’s greatest asset: its people. Imagine Austin is Austin’s guiding document that establishes goals and policies across eight different Priority Program areas and provides a roadmap for achieving our community’s future, as represented by our vision statement: 

A Vision for Austin’s Future 

As it approaches its 200th anniversary, Austin is a beacon of sustainability, social equity, and economic opportunity; where diversity and creativity are celebrated; where community needs and values are recognized; where leadership comes from its citizens; and where the necessities of life are affordable and accessible to all. 

Austin’s greatest asset is its people: passionate about our city, committed to its improvement, and determined to see this vision become a reality. 

The vision statement answers the question, “What sort of city do we want Austin to be?” with a series of principles that address the physical and social evolution of the city and the overall well-being of its residents. To help make the vision a reality, the comprehensive plan directs us toward becoming a city of complete communities throughout Austin.  

Why are we updating Imagine Austin now? 

The Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan was adopted 12 years ago. While its vision remains relevant today, some aspects of the plan need to be updated for Imagine Austin to continue to be an effective guiding framework for our city.  

City staff performed a review of Imagine Austin 10 years after its adoption and then held listening sessions about the plan with community groups. That work has shown that four vital themes should be incorporated in the update process: sustainability, racial equity, resilience, and access to opportunity. Furthermore, to keep Imagine Austin current, staff will be working to ensure that the comprehensive plan is internally consistent and aligns with more recently adopted plans and Council priorities. To guide this work, staff will seek to engage the community through an equitable participation process, seeking input and feedback from as many Austinites as possible.  

Over the past decade, Austin has seen tremendous growth and change, and Imagine Austin has helped guide our decision-making in that time. Lending your voice to this update process will help ensure that Imagine Austin addresses current inequities facing our city, and accounts for emerging challenges that are important to our community.

Project Timeline


September 2023 - May 2024

The project team analyzed Imagine Austin to indentify potential opportunities for an update to the plan. Additionally, the team worked with consultants to determine an equitable approach for engaging with the community throughout the update. 

Phase I of Community Outreach

June - December 2024

Community outreach activities begin. During this phase, the project team will attend community events to share information and speak with Austinites about updating the comprehensive plan. 

Please click on our Events & Outreach tab to see where we'll be!

Phase 2 of Community Engagement

January - Late Winter 2025

Draft Review

Spring - Fall 2026

Plan Adoption

Fall 2026