The South Central Waterfront Initiative builds upon more than three decades of waterfront planning along the south shore of Lady Bird Lake. Since 2013, the initiative engaged thousands of Austinites and numerous city departments and stakeholders to create the South Central Waterfront Vision Framework Plan. This Vision Framework was adopted by Austin City Council in 2016, and serves as the beginning of a larger city-led effort to ensure that, as the area evolves, every increment of investment by the city and its partners will contribute to making this a great new district. The goals of the Framework include:
Establish a lively, attractive pedestrian environment.
Expand open space and create great public spaces.
Enhance connections to and along the waterfront.
Include 20% new housing units as affordable.
The South Central Waterfront (SCW) encompasses 118 acres, comprised of 32 separate properties. The SCW is located along Lady Bird Lake, just south of downtown. Here is a map of the area.