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.
As the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Board fine-tunes its long-range transportation plan for 2040, obstacles continue to stand in the way of building more roads out to western Travis County, and board members are sometimes divided on priorities.
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"AUSTIN (KXAN) – City leaders unveiled what they’re calling a “comprehensive traffic plan” for downtown Austin Friday morning that takes immediate steps to integrate efforts by several city and non-city entities to help alleviate congestion in downtown Austin."
Once again, the City rolls out a "comrpehensive plan" that focuses solely on downtown, thus only compounding Austin's traffic problem. See also the North Corridor study:
About the North Corridor:
Council Member Casar supports Rep Israel's and Senator Watson's bills to encourage trucks to use toll roads
Casar seeks backing for diverting trucksCity Council Member Greg Casar is sponsoring an item on the March 26 Council agenda to formalize the city's support for HB 594 and SB 270. The bills, filed by state Rep. Celia Israel (D-Austin) and state Sen. Kirk Watson (D-Austin), would direct the Texas Department of Transportation to provide reduced tolls for large trucks along the state-owned portions of State Highway 130 in an effort to divert traffic from I-35 through Austin. Casar said TxDOT studies have shown that previous toll discounts have increased truck traffic on SH 130 by as much as 45 percent. In 2014, I-35 in Travis County was ranked as the second-most congested roadway in the state and the most congested roadway for truck traffic in Texas. Casar’s resolution is co-sponsored by Mayor Steve Adler and Council Members Leslie Pool, Ann Kitchen and Sabino “Pio” Renteria.
Note: This is one of the items that Rep. Istrael had promised to press for at North Corridor forums while she was campaigning.
VISIT THE 183 NORTH MOBILITY PROJECT VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE!More than 80 community members attended our March 10 Open House at Westwood High School to learn more about the 183 North Mobility Project and provide input on the proposed Express Lanes Alternative.
We received some great feedback and look forward to learning even more from you through our 183 North Mobility Project Virtual Open House. It is available anytime now through March 20. Visit the Virtual Open House now.
CAMPO 2040 Transportation Plan is covered here:
You can take a survey monkey survey on the plan by clicking here www.surveymonkey.com/s/draft2040plansurvey.
he proposal lays out four changes: A new northeast feeder route, Route 237 (Northeast Feeder). All-day frequent service on weekdays and Saturdays along Routes 7 (Dove/Duvall Springs), 20 (Manor/Riverside), 300 (Govalle), 325 (Ohlen) and 331 (Oltorf). Minor changes along Routes 37 (Colony Park), 243 (Wells Branch) and 271 (Del Valley Feeder). Adjusting bus services for schools and the University of Texas during the summer.
Although the following comment was submitted for the MoPac South plan, it is equally relevant to the issues with highways at the North End of town. Many thanks to Dave for letting us post his comments:
Peak oil, chronic drought and climate change are political and economic imperatives that we can no longer ignore, so the projected growth rate for MoPac South is highly questionable regardless of past growth. Not only is drought likely to constrain growth, likewise the price of driving is likely to result in a lot less driving. The “Purpose, Goals Needs and Objectives are basically circular justifications based upon questionable arguments.
We should be asking if adding capacity to fringe roadways helps us meet the future or should we instead be building high capacity transit systems, rail and bus, and funding frequent service so that the city and its suburbs grow denser around transit rather than perpetuating the unsustainable sprawl. Adding capacity to Mopac is begging the question of SH45 south, and that, in turn, raises what we want to encourage by way of our urban/suburban future.
Federal transportation policy, the Texas Constitution, TxDot and county transportation departments have a built-in bias for roads that’s killing us economically and environmentally. Instead we need to find the political leadership to build urban rail in the right place in the congested core and expand it from there with the goal of putting more people into the city around rail stops with denser mixed use development offering a range of housing for Austinites of every economic level.
For Austin’s suburbs, we need to take advantage of the opportunity IH35’s congestion has created by building not only Lone Star Rail, but commuter rail in the former MKT ROW rather than an elevated freeway through Pflugerville’s downtown that TxDot’s been planning behind closed doors. We need to direct growth into the existing Georgetown to San Antonio corridor, serve it with appropriate transit modes and quit trying to build in all directions at once. Neither business nor government can afford to operate in that manner. There has to be a plan that matches public goods to private needs in a rational affordable manner that serves the greater public good and the MoPac South plan doesn’t meet that criteria.
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NEW DATE CONFIRMED FOR THE 183 NORTH MOBILITY PROJECT OPEN HOUSEThe 183 North Mobility Project will hold an Open House on Tuesday, March 10at Westwood High School (cafeteria) from 5 – 8 p.m. This Open House was rescheduled as a result of Round Rock ISD winter weather closures on March 5. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused and look forward to seeing you on the 10th.
WHAT: 183 North Mobility Project Open House
WHEN: March 10, 2015, 5 - 8 p.m.
WHERE: Westwood High School (cafeteria), 12400 Mellow Meadow Dr. Austin, TX, 78750
Get more info: mobilityauthority.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=ef298267074af4354bbc2a623&id=bbf08abf67&e=c09dc7038f.
The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority and the Texas Department of Transportation launched the 183 North Mobility Project in August 2013 to thoroughly analyze the eight-mile segment of US 183 between SH 45 North and MoPac and determine the best options for managing congestion, providing a reliable transit route and facilitating reliable emergency response. We are hosting an Open House to provide the public with more information about proposed mobility improvements.
183 North Mobility Project Open House
Thursday, March 5, 2015
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Westwood High School (cafeteria)
12400 Mellow Meadow Drive, 78750
For those unable to attend in person, a Virtual Open House will be available on www.183North.com from March 6 – 16, 2015. Visitors will be able to review exhibits, fill out a community survey, and submit comments and questions.
More information about the 183 North Mobility Project can be found online at www.183North.com.