The City of Austin in collaboration with Capital Metro was selected from 121 applicants to receive a technical assistance grant to develop strategies for preserving and developing equitable housing and stable commercial districts.
“As more people move to Austin and the region, it is essential that we discover and employ strategies to help residents and established local businesses stay and thrive," Mayor Steve Adler said.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grant will leverage local and national expertise and resources to develop strategies to achieve goals in the Imagine Austin comprehensive plan guiding Austin's future.
The grant will support a workshop focused on bringing together City leaders, residents, business owners and stakeholders to discuss equitable solutions as part of the Burnet-Anderson Corridor planning process kicking off later this year. The project area is Burnet Road, a high-frequency transit corridor along the MetroRapid Route 803 from 45th Street to Highway 183 and Anderson Lane from MoPac to the MetroRail Red Line.
"Receiving this grant will help the planning process further focus on affordability and equitable development along one of our city’s most rapidly changing corridors," said Austin City Manager Marc Ott. "We look forward to working with the EPA, Capital Metro and the community to bring the principles in Imagine Austin to life."
While the initial technical assistance will focus on the Burnet-Anderson Corridor, it will result in strategies and tools that can be used in future planning to ensure equitable development across the city.
Several City departments including Economic Development, Neighborhood Housing and Community Development, Planning and Development Review, and Austin Resource Recovery will collaborate with Capital Metro throughout this process.
The EPA’s Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program provides technical assistance to stimulate smart growth and sustainable approaches that protect the environment, improve public health, create jobs, expand economic opportunity, prepare for the effects of climate change, and improve overall quality of life.
For more information, contact Jennifer Todd in the City of Austin Planning and Development Review Department at (512) 974-7659.