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The Colony Park Sustainable Community Initiative began as a three-year master planning process supported through a $3 million U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Sustainable Communities Challenge Grant and led by the City of Austin Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Department. The culmination of this planning process was the adoption of the Colony Park Master Plan and Design Guidelines for the 208-acre parcel of publicly-owned land located on Loyola Lane between Johnny Morris Road and Decker Lane.
With the adoption of the Master Plan and Design Guidelines, the City of Austin Economic Development Department has taken the lead in focusing attention toward building partnerships that can make this vision a reality. The City of Austin Economic Development Department is actively searching for a master developer partner to work with city staff and the community to plant seeds of change for a more complete community in this part of Austin. By working together, we can develop the 208-acres of publicly-owned land to help transform it into a complete community with vibrant opportunities to live, shop, work, and play.
“The Colony Park project represents a huge step forward on so many of Austin’s toughest challenges: automobile dependence, affordability, racial equity, and actually walking the talk on sustainability. This is a truly historic demonstration of what sustainable development can mean in an area that has gotten far too little attention in the past.” -Chris Riley – Former Austin City Council Member
SAVE THE DATE!
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Turner-Roberts Recreation Center, 7201 Colony Loop Drive
We invite you to attend our next community meeting for Phase II of the Colony Park Sustainable Communities Implementation Process. The event will feature a health fair followed by a public meeting on the development process. Organizations that are interested in participating in the Health Fair can contact email@example.com. For additional information about the event please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The American Planning Association Texas Chapter awarded a Project Planning Award to the Colony Park Sustainable Communities Initiative at their annual conference in San Antonio, Texas on November 4, 2016.
Council Member Ora Houston honored Urban Design Group for being awarded the 2016 Project Award by the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association. Mayor Steve Adler proclaimed December 10, 2016, as Colony Park Sustainable Community Initiatives Day.
Colony Park Master Plan
On December 11, 2014, the City of Austin approved and adopted the Colony Park Master Plan and Planned Unit Development zoning. The master plan was developed through a community involvement process that documented the existing conditions, and established the vision of the master plan. The Colony Park Master Plan is the basis for the Colony Park Planned Unit Development zoning district, which establishes the design-based code development standards and entitlements for the 208 acres. On October 6, 2016 the City of Austin amended the Imagine Austin comprehensive plan to include the Colony Park Master Plan.
Nearby City Initiatives
District Park Master Plan: 93-acres of parkland located at the heart of the Colony Park Master Plan will soon offer open spaces for families to enjoy. Development of the District Park was made possible by the City of Austin 2008 Bond, including matching grants from a Texas Parks and Wildlife Local Park Grant and a St. David’s Healthy Living grant provided by Austin Parks Foundation. Colony Park District Park is expected to offer outdoor recreation opportunities that promote physical activity and healthy living.