On October 17, 2013, the Austin City Council passed a new Watershed Protection Ordinance, completing Phase 1 of the new ordinance. There's still work to be done on Phase 2, Green Stormwater Infrastructure.
The ordinance improves creek and floodplain protection; prevents unsustainable public expense on drainage systems; simplifies development regulations where possible; and minimizes the impact on the ability to develop land.
The City held a series of stakeholder meetings from August 2011 through July 2014 to obtain public input. A new Green Infrastructure Working Group will begin meeting in January 2015 as part of the City's land development code rewrite process, CodeNEXT, to discuss how we can achieve the Imagine Austin goals of integrating nature into the city and creating complete communities through revisions to our zoning and environment codes.
Functional Assessment of Zones 1 & 2 – explains the Functional Assessment for Zones 1 and 2. Zone 1 includes the 100-year floodplain outside of the Critical Water Quality Zone and Zone 2 includes the Critical Water Quality Zone. 16 minutes
Functional Assessment of Zone 3 – explains the Functional Assessment requirements for a project that proposes modification in Zone 3, the active channel. 15 minutes