Land Development Regulations

The city and the community are currently discussing the future of an Austin Energy-owned property in District 7 -- and the potential opportunities this property presents for delivering community benefits. Check out the information below to learn more.

THE OPPORTUNITY

 

Overview

Austin Energy currently owns a piece of property at the intersection of Justin Lane and Ryan Drive and uses it for reclamation and storage. Over the last several years, there have been a number of discussions regarding whether and how to move these industrial uses to another site and redevelop this property in a way that provides more community benefits.

There are four key elements that have guided this conversation. First, there are The Regulations that lay out what can and cannot be done with this site. Then there is The Opportunity to develop the site in a way that provides community benefits, understanding The Challenges that may also impact what we can achieve on the site. Finally, there are The Priorities -- community priorities, City Council priorities, and market drivers -- that will influence what City Council ultimately approves for this site.

 

The Site

Size:                                  5.5 acres

Ownership:                      Austin Energy

Location:                         6909 Ryan Dr.

Neighborhood Plan:       Crestview-Wooten Neighborhood Plan

Zoning Regulations:       Lamar/Justin TOD Station Area Plan

Austin Energy currently owns this property and uses it for reclamation and storage. The property sits within a Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) district that regulates what can and cannot be done with the site, including how the property can be used and the size and intensity of development.

 

The Regulations

The city has a number of different policies, plans, and regulations that affect or dictate how property in Austin can be used and developed.

City Council adopts high-level policies and regulations that guide decision-making citywide, including the Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan, the Austin Housing Blueprint, and the Parks and Recreation Long Range Plan, among others.

City Council also establishes more localized guidance for specific areas and neighborhoods through Small-Area Plans.

Click here to read more about Planning.

City Council carries out these citywide policies and Small-Area Plans by adopting land use regulations governing what type of development is allowed on a property. This is known as Zoning.

Click here to learn more about Zoning.

 

Citywide Policies

City Council adopts high-level policies and regulations that guide decision-making citywide. 

Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan. This plan lays out the vision for how Austin should grow and develop. It envisions a city that is livable, educated, creative, prosperous, natural & sustainable, mobile & interconnected, and that values and respects its people. Click here for more.

Austin Strategic Direction 2023. This plan focuses on six strategic outcomes of mobility, safety, economic opportunity and affordability, health and environment, culture and lifelong learning, and government that works for all -- and provides a framework for evaluating city efforts related to these outcomes. Click here for more.

Strategic Documents. The city produces plans and other strategic documents that guide policymaking. Three such documents are the Strategic Housing Blueprint (which outlines goals and strategies for affordable housing in Austin), the Parks & Recreation Long Range Plan (which guides parks planning, acquisition, and development in Austin), and the Music and Creative Ecosystem Omnibus (which recommends strategies to support Austin's creative community). Click here to read the Housing Blueprint, here for the Parks & Recreation Long Range Plan, and here for the Music and Creative Ecosystem Omnibus.

 

Small-Area Plans

City Council establishes localized guidance for specific areas. Click here to read more about Planning.

This property falls within two Small-Area Plans: the Lamar/Justin Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Station Area Plan (SAP) and the Crestview-Wooten Neighborhood Plan.

Lamar/Justin TOD Station Area Plan (SAP). This plan (covering the blue area stretching up a portion of North Lamar on the map to the left) establishes a vision for development that supports public transit, connectivity, and quality open space. The SAP is accompanied by a Regulating Plan that applies land use regulations to this area. Click here to read the SAP.

Crestview-Wooten Neighborhood Plan. This small-area plan establishes a vision for the Crestview neighborhood to guide policymaking, particularly land use policy. The plan contains a Future Land Use Map (FLUM) specifying where the city envisions different types of uses (such as residential, commercial, etc.). The AE property is identified on the FLUM as being under the Lamar/Justin TOD plans. Click here for the Crestview neighborhood plan and here for the FLUM.

 

Land Use Regulations

The city implements its policies and plans by adopting land use regulations that govern what type of development is allowed on a property. Click here to learn more about zoning and land use regulations.

Lamar/Justin TOD Regulating Plan. The Lamar/Justin TOD Station Area Plan (SAP) lays out the vision for the area in which the AE property is located. The SAP's accompanying regulating plan implements the SAP by dictating what is allowed on the properties within its boundaries. This includes zoning requirements such as height limits, parking requirements, floor-to-area ratio (FAR) limits, and other development standards. Click here to read the regulating plan.

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