Oct 06, 2017 - 11:28 am CDT

Here are some data visualizations on development in Austin. 

1. New Non Residential Development in Austin - Non residential development includes offices, retail, schools, colleges, congregational spaces, civic institutions, public facilities, hospitals, manufacturing facilities, warehouses, hotels, and restaurants among other uses. Mixed use buildings are not included in this category because those space are included in the residential category.

2. New Residential Development in Austin - This series focuses on permits issued for the construction of new residential units. New residential development includes the construction of single family units, multifamily units, mixed use units, duplexes, triplexes, fourplexes, as well as accessory dwelling, garage apartment, and secondary apartment units. 

3. Demolitions in Austin - This series focuses on permits issued for demolitions of existing structures. Demolitions include both residential and nonresidential demolitions.

Mar 27, 2015 - 12:38 pm CDT

Here is a quick primer on the various ways you can access information about development in Austin , which tools you would like to use really depends on what you want to know and how much detail you would like to have –

1.City of Austin’s Open Data Portal : Download permit information in ‘.csv’ or spreadsheet format or simply explore data in this portal. Issued Construction Permits is the primary permit dataset and includes building, driveway and sidewalk, electrical, mechanical, and plumbing permits. Use the Filter button on the right top corner of the window to narrow your results, and use the Export button if you want to download it.

2. Data Visualizations : Data visualizations for new residential,  non-residential development and demolitions in Austin, categorized by calendar year, council district and zip code, along with web maps can be found at 

  1. New Non Residential Development in Austin
  2. New Residential Development in Austin 
  3. Demolitions in Austin.

3. Emerging Projects : Large development projects, updated each quarter.  Includes projects over 20 dwelling units or more than 10 acres.

4. Datasets for ArcGIS/ArcMap Geographical Information Systems (GIS) users:

  1. Emerging Projects Austin 
  2. Issued Building Permits
  3. Issued Driveway and Sidewalk Permits
  4. Issued Electrical Permits
  5. Issued Mechanical Permits
  6. Issued Plumbing Permits
  7. Site Plan Review Cases
  8. Subdivision Review Cases
  9. Zoning Review Cases

5. Multifamily Report: Quarterly snapshot of Austin's apartment and condominium market.  For questions or comments regarding the Multifamily Report, please contact Ryan Robinson or call (512) 974-6443.

5. Property Profile : Provides a variety of GIS data as well as property and development related information.  Click on the link to the ‘Help Document’ on the toolbar above the map to learn more about how to use this resource. 

6. Ausitn Build and Connect Portal : Live database portal showing detailed information about current development cases filed with the City.

Feb 03, 2015 - 10:40 am CST

This information shows the number of residential units authorized to be built by the building permits issued by the City of Austin. The way the information has been recorded changes with data sources and is not as uniform as one might wish, but it serves to provide a broad overview of development trends over the last half-century. The different data sources are listed below –

  1. Data from 1965 through 1986 was retrieved from ‘Basic Data’, a publication of the Planning and Growth Management Department, City of Austin, published in 1987.
  2. Data from 1987 through 1996 was retrieved from  ‘Growth Watch – Monitoring Austin’s Growth and Redevelopment, Fourth Quarter 1996’, a publication of the Department of Planning, Environmental and Conservation Services, City of Austin, published in January 1997.
  3. Data from 1997 through 2006 was retrieved from the Permitting, Inspection, Enforcement, and Review (PIER) database and City of Austin GIS datasets.
  4. Data from 2007 through 2014 was retrieved from the Application, Management and Data Automation (AMANDA) database, which is managed by the Planning and Development Review Department, City of Austin. Only Work Descriptions of New and Shell were taken into consideration. Only Sub descriptions of C-101 Single Family Houses, C-103 Two Family Buildings, C-104 Three and Four Family Buildings, C-105 Five or More Family Buildings, C-106 Mixed Use, R-101 Single Family Houses, R-102 Secondary Apartments, R-103 Two Family Bldgs were taken into consideration.

Here is a look at the trends that can be seen over 50 years of Austin’s residential development. 

Unit Totals (1965 through 2014) : 

 

This graphic depicts the total number of residential units that were permitted by the City of Austin per year over the last 50 years. The data span the period from 1965 through 2014. Approximately 7,000 units were added per year, although as the graph shows, the distribution follows the economic booms and busts of the time period. The peak of unit supply was in 1983 when 16,817 units were issued permits. One can clearly see the effect of the Great Recession in the late 2000’s as well as the Savings and Loan Crisis in the late 1980s on the development industry.

Single Family Units Permitted (1965 through 2014) : 

This graphic depicts the number of single family residential units that were issued permits by the City of Austin per year over the last 50 years. The data span the period from 1965 through 2014 Approximately 2,300 single family residential units were permitted per year. Even though the addition of new units was subject to changes in the economy, single family residential development continued to be the significant portion of the supply of units, even when economic conditions deteriorated. Even at the depths of the Great Recession and the S&L crisis, the number of permits issued for new single family units did not dip below 750. 

Multifamily Units Permitted (1965 through 2014) :

This graphic depicts the number of multifamily residential units that were issued building permits by the City of Austin per year over the last 50 years. The data span the period from 1965 through 2014. Approximately 3,400 units were issued permits every year. Multifamily residential development has been more prone to the vagaries of the economic cycle than single family development, as can be seen from the graph, going from a high of 13,007 units permitted in 1983 to a low of 8 units in 1989. 

Duplex Units Permitted (1965 through 2014) :

 

This graphic depicts the number of duplex residential units that were issued building permits by the City of Austin per year over the last 50 years. The data span the period from 1965 through 2014. The average number of duplex units permitted per year has been around 330, though as can be seen from the graph, this residential type formed a larger share of the unit supply in the first twenty years, from 1965 through 1985, peaking at more than 1,200 units in 1981. Very few units were permitted from 1986 through 2001. Over the last decade, the share has increased but not significantly.

Unit Type : 

This graphic depicts the number of residential units permitted by the City of Austin per year over the last 50 years, categorized by unit type. The data span the period from 1965 through 2014. As can be seen from the data, multifamily permits were categorized as all structures with more than three units from 1965 through 1996. ‘Other Res’ and ‘Mobile Homes’ were discontinued as categories in 2006, while ‘Secondary Apartments’ and ‘Mixed Use’ were introduced as new categories in 2007. So comparing the data over the time period is not a precise effort. However some trends still stand out – 

1. Multifamily residential development, as seen from the average and categorized as all development with more than 5 units per structure forms the bulk of supply, at almost 50%. This does not include the triplexes / fourplexes and mixed use structures from the later years. 

2. Single family residential development comes in second, averaging 35% over the years. Though it comes in second, it is a steadier contributor to the overall unit supply than multifamily even through some historically rough patches for development overall. 

3. Duplexes were more popular in the first 20 years; their share of the supply almost disappears from 1987 through 1999 and then forms a small share of the overall supply. 

 
Disclaimer: 
There is no guarantee that the all the building permits were built out and all the units were constructed. It is assumed that the each development was built out, which might not be the case for all the permits. It is also assumed that the information reported by the developers and / or retrieved from the different data sources is accurate and complete, although no warranty is made by the City of Austin regarding specific accuracy and completeness.
 

 

Jun 28, 2012 - 03:46 pm CDT

The primary purpose of Emerging Projects is to aid in regional planning efforts by documenting the various prominent development projects in and around Austin. The data includes information about the geographical location, the extent and the general use of  various major development projects in and around Austin. With a few exceptions, only projects that are more than 10 acres and/ or will include 20 or more residential units have been included . Some of the exceptions include smaller sites in the urban core which will be more densely developed or larger sites with fewer units that cover large land areas. This report is a compilation of data from various sources like newspapers, websites, blogs, and the City of Austin’s permit recording database AMANDA. The information is a snapshot in time and might not depict the actual current status of the project, and is usually updated every quarter.

Jun 15, 2012 - 10:07 am CDT

The Multifamily Report can be found on the Demographic Data page. It is a quarterly snapshot of Austin's apartment and condominium market as these projects move through the development pipeline - from the initial submission of the site plan all the way through project completion.  The report also includes a summary of units and projects in the pipeline, a graphic depicting the ups and downs in the supply of multifamily units that Austin has experienced over two decades, as well as an analysis of overall market trends.   Please contact Ryan Robinson or call (512) 974-6443 for questions about this report.

Mar 27, 2015 - 12:38 pm CDT

Here is a quick primer on the various ways you can access information about development in Austin , which tools you would like to use really depends on what you want to know and how much detail you would like to have –

1.City of Austin’s Open Data Portal : Download permit information in ‘.csv’ or spreadsheet format or simply explore data in this portal. Issued Construction Permits is the primary permit dataset and includes building, driveway and sidewalk, electrical, mechanical, and plumbing permits. Use the Filter button on the right top corner of the window to narrow your results, and use the Export button if you want to download it.

2. Data Visualizations : Data visualizations for new residential,  non-residential development and demolitions in Austin, categorized by calendar year, council district and zip code, along with web maps can be found at 

  1. New Non Residential Development in Austin
  2. New Residential Development in Austin 
  3. Demolitions in Austin.

3. Emerging Projects : Large development projects, updated each quarter.  Includes projects over 20 dwelling units or more than 10 acres.

4. Datasets for ArcGIS/ArcMap Geographical Information Systems (GIS) users:

  1. Emerging Projects Austin 
  2. Issued Building Permits
  3. Issued Driveway and Sidewalk Permits
  4. Issued Electrical Permits
  5. Issued Mechanical Permits
  6. Issued Plumbing Permits
  7. Site Plan Review Cases
  8. Subdivision Review Cases
  9. Zoning Review Cases

5. Multifamily Report: Quarterly snapshot of Austin's apartment and condominium market.  For questions or comments regarding the Multifamily Report, please contact Ryan Robinson or call (512) 974-6443.

5. Property Profile : Provides a variety of GIS data as well as property and development related information.  Click on the link to the ‘Help Document’ on the toolbar above the map to learn more about how to use this resource. 

6. Ausitn Build and Connect Portal : Live database portal showing detailed information about current development cases filed with the City.

Growth Watch
Feb 03, 2015 - 10:40 am CST

This information shows the number of residential units authorized to be built by the building permits issued by the City of Austin. The way the information has been recorded changes with data sources and is not as uniform as one might wish, but it serves to provide a broad overview of development trends over the last half-century. The different data sources are listed below –

  1. Data from 1965 through 1986 was retrieved from ‘Basic Data’, a publication of the Planning and Growth Management Department, City of Austin, published in 1987.
  2. Data from 1987 through 1996 was retrieved from  ‘Growth Watch – Monitoring Austin’s Growth and Redevelopment, Fourth Quarter 1996’, a publication of the Department of Planning, Environmental and Conservation Services, City of Austin, published in January 1997.
  3. Data from 1997 through 2006 was retrieved from the Permitting, Inspection, Enforcement, and Review (PIER) database and City of Austin GIS datasets.
  4. Data from 2007 through 2014 was retrieved from the Application, Management and Data Automation (AMANDA) database, which is managed by the Planning and Development Review Department, City of Austin. Only Work Descriptions of New and Shell were taken into consideration. Only Sub descriptions of C-101 Single Family Houses, C-103 Two Family Buildings, C-104 Three and Four Family Buildings, C-105 Five or More Family Buildings, C-106 Mixed Use, R-101 Single Family Houses, R-102 Secondary Apartments, R-103 Two Family Bldgs were taken into consideration.

Here is a look at the trends that can be seen over 50 years of Austin’s residential development. 

Unit Totals (1965 through 2014) : 

 

This graphic depicts the total number of residential units that were permitted by the City of Austin per year over the last 50 years. The data span the period from 1965 through 2014. Approximately 7,000 units were added per year, although as the graph shows, the distribution follows the economic booms and busts of the time period. The peak of unit supply was in 1983 when 16,817 units were issued permits. One can clearly see the effect of the Great Recession in the late 2000’s as well as the Savings and Loan Crisis in the late 1980s on the development industry.

Single Family Units Permitted (1965 through 2014) : 

This graphic depicts the number of single family residential units that were issued permits by the City of Austin per year over the last 50 years. The data span the period from 1965 through 2014 Approximately 2,300 single family residential units were permitted per year. Even though the addition of new units was subject to changes in the economy, single family residential development continued to be the significant portion of the supply of units, even when economic conditions deteriorated. Even at the depths of the Great Recession and the S&L crisis, the number of permits issued for new single family units did not dip below 750. 

Multifamily Units Permitted (1965 through 2014) :

This graphic depicts the number of multifamily residential units that were issued building permits by the City of Austin per year over the last 50 years. The data span the period from 1965 through 2014. Approximately 3,400 units were issued permits every year. Multifamily residential development has been more prone to the vagaries of the economic cycle than single family development, as can be seen from the graph, going from a high of 13,007 units permitted in 1983 to a low of 8 units in 1989. 

Duplex Units Permitted (1965 through 2014) :

 

This graphic depicts the number of duplex residential units that were issued building permits by the City of Austin per year over the last 50 years. The data span the period from 1965 through 2014. The average number of duplex units permitted per year has been around 330, though as can be seen from the graph, this residential type formed a larger share of the unit supply in the first twenty years, from 1965 through 1985, peaking at more than 1,200 units in 1981. Very few units were permitted from 1986 through 2001. Over the last decade, the share has increased but not significantly.

Unit Type : 

This graphic depicts the number of residential units permitted by the City of Austin per year over the last 50 years, categorized by unit type. The data span the period from 1965 through 2014. As can be seen from the data, multifamily permits were categorized as all structures with more than three units from 1965 through 1996. ‘Other Res’ and ‘Mobile Homes’ were discontinued as categories in 2006, while ‘Secondary Apartments’ and ‘Mixed Use’ were introduced as new categories in 2007. So comparing the data over the time period is not a precise effort. However some trends still stand out – 

1. Multifamily residential development, as seen from the average and categorized as all development with more than 5 units per structure forms the bulk of supply, at almost 50%. This does not include the triplexes / fourplexes and mixed use structures from the later years. 

2. Single family residential development comes in second, averaging 35% over the years. Though it comes in second, it is a steadier contributor to the overall unit supply than multifamily even through some historically rough patches for development overall. 

3. Duplexes were more popular in the first 20 years; their share of the supply almost disappears from 1987 through 1999 and then forms a small share of the overall supply. 

 
Disclaimer: 
There is no guarantee that the all the building permits were built out and all the units were constructed. It is assumed that the each development was built out, which might not be the case for all the permits. It is also assumed that the information reported by the developers and / or retrieved from the different data sources is accurate and complete, although no warranty is made by the City of Austin regarding specific accuracy and completeness.
 

 

Growth Watch
Jun 28, 2012 - 03:46 pm CDT

The primary purpose of Emerging Projects is to aid in regional planning efforts by documenting the various prominent development projects in and around Austin. The data includes information about the geographical location, the extent and the general use of  various major development projects in and around Austin. With a few exceptions, only projects that are more than 10 acres and/ or will include 20 or more residential units have been included . Some of the exceptions include smaller sites in the urban core which will be more densely developed or larger sites with fewer units that cover large land areas. This report is a compilation of data from various sources like newspapers, websites, blogs, and the City of Austin’s permit recording database AMANDA. The information is a snapshot in time and might not depict the actual current status of the project, and is usually updated every quarter.

Growth Watch
Jun 15, 2012 - 10:07 am CDT

The Multifamily Report can be found on the Demographic Data page. It is a quarterly snapshot of Austin's apartment and condominium market as these projects move through the development pipeline - from the initial submission of the site plan all the way through project completion.  The report also includes a summary of units and projects in the pipeline, a graphic depicting the ups and downs in the supply of multifamily units that Austin has experienced over two decades, as well as an analysis of overall market trends.   Please contact Ryan Robinson or call (512) 974-6443 for questions about this report.

Growth Watch