East Riverside Drive is a highly traveled roadway located a few minutes from downtown Austin. In addition to being a primary route to and from the Austin Bergstrom International Airport, it is an important commercial corridor to the diverse group of residents living in proximity to the roadway. Due to its proximity to downtown and Lady Bird Lake, change is underway in the area. To ensure that future development is intentional and high quality, the City of Austin recognized that a focused and comprehensive planning effort was needed. The adopted Master Plan encourages the transformation of the East Riverside Corridor (ERC) area, emphasizing the importance of transit-oriented and walkable development, while also maintaining housing options for people with a range of incomes.
The area near East Riverside Drive between I-35 and SH-71 epitomizes the car-dominated environment that is typical of much of the modern American landscape, but recent redevelopment interest created an opportunity to change the rules for new development so that it will be more people-oriented. Following an extensive public input process, the Austin City Council adopted the East Riverside Corridor Master Plan and adopted new design and zoning regulations for the area,
East Riverside Corridor Master Plan
On Feb. 25, 2010, the City of Austin adopted a master plan for the East Riverside Corridor (ERC) from Interstate 35 to State Hwy 71/Ben White Boulevard. The master plan was developed through a community involvement process and established a vision, plan and implementation strategy for East Riverside corridor, including specific land use, urban design, and transportation recommendations. The ERC Master Plan is the basis for the ERC Regulating Plan, which will establish a design-based code and new zoning for the area.
The East Riverside Corridor (ERC) Regulating Plan was adopted by City Council on May 9, 2013. The ERC Regulating Plan lays out the rules that will guide new development and redevelopment to help realize the vision of making East Riverside a more vibrant, functional and beautiful environment. Tailor-made for East Riverside Corridor, the regulations address the physical relationship between development and adjacent properties, streets, neighborhoods, and the natural environment in order to implement the vision of an urban mixed-use neighborhood that supports current and future transit options.