The Land Use and Design Committee exists to represent the design and development standards of our adopted Neighborhood Plan. Businesses and others interested in land development projects in our neighborhood are encouraged to contact this team as early as possible to ensure they are aware of the neighborhood’s priorities.
The vision for our neighborhood is expressed in our adopted Neighborhood Plan: The neighborhood envisions commercial corridors that are safe and pedestrian-friendly. These corridors should be mixed use residential, commercial and include civic elements. Mixed residential and retail uses, such as stores with residences above are encouraged. Development should be compatible with the existing neighborhood, economically and environmentally sustainable, and conducive to a blend of vibrant economic activity and quality of life.
The neighborhood envisions open spaces, plazas and market places that contribute to friendly street activity. Compatible development is desired to preserve the beauty of the neighborhood and should accommodate existing families. The neighborhood will work to retain the history, culture and diversity of the neighborhood and provide visual landmarks to highlight the history and cultural heritage.
1. Provide zoning for a mix of business and residential land uses in the commercial corridors and selected other commercial areas.
- Encourage a mixture of uses (retail, office, restaurants, civic, clean light industry and residential) in all commercial corridors (Cesar Chavez, 4th-5th rail corridor, 6th Street.)
- Encourage more retail and commercial services within walking distance of residents.
2. Ensure that new structures and renovations are compatible with the existing neighborhood and protect homes from incompatible business or industry.
- Ensure that all new or redevelopment projects are compatible with the existing character of the area in scale, density, design, and parking.
- Protect residential neighborhood from incompatible business or industry and from destruction of existing housing.
3. Create and preserve physical features and activities to reinforce our neighborhood’s cultural identity and history.
- Create public spaces such as plazas and a mercado that celebrate Hispanic culture.
- Promote murals and other public art to reinforce our neighborhood identity.
- Encourage and promote cultural and artistic events in the neighborhood.
- Create tours of interesting cultural, historic and artistic sites in the neighborhood
- Collect and preserve the history of the neighborhood and identify local heroes.
- Policies and Process
- East Cesar Chavez Neighborhood Plan
- City of Austin Neighborhood Planning
Committee Contact: Shawn Somerville: (512) 577-3341