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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. The culmination of this planning process was the adoption of the Colony Park Master Plan and Design Guidelines and Planned Unit Development (PUD) zoning district for the 208-acre parcel of publicly-owned land located on Loyola Lane between Johnny Morris Road and Decker Lane.
The City of Austin Economic Development Department is working to ensure that the next phase of the project, the Implementation Phase, is successful. During this phase, the City is working with community partners to secure a Master Developer through a formal Request for Qualifications (RFQ) and Request for Proposal (RFP) process. We believe that with this two-step process we can secure a Master Developer who will work with city staff and the community to realize the Colony Park vision.
On March 2, 2019 the City of Austin held a Family Resource Fair that featured exhibitors from a wide range of local organizations and workshops offering support in home repair, health care eligibility, job training, tax preparation and more. The festivities also included free health screenings, child identification cards, animal services, and updates on City-wide mobility and health efforts.
On December 8th, 2018 the Colony Park team, including community members, City staff, and consultants, attended the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) Central Texas Chapter annual luncheon held at the JW Marriott Austin. The event featured speaker Doug Farr, President and Founder of Farr Associates, who worked with their local Austin partner, Urban Design Group now Dunaway/Urban Design Group to develop the Colony Park Master Plan.
On October 18th, 2018, the recommendation to authorize negotiation and execution of an Exclusive Negotiation Agreement (ENA) between the City of Austin and Catellus was approved by Austin City Council on consent. Moving forward, the City anticipates a 6 month process for completion of the Exclusive Negotiation Agreement before beginning the creation of a Master Development Agreement (MDA).
More information on Phase II - Implementation milestones for the project, CLICK HERE.
Nearby City Initiatives
Colony Park 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. The Park will also be home to the City of Austin - Art In Public Places (AIPP) Peace and Harmony Mural. For more information about this exciting community art peice, CLICK HERE.
Walter E. Long Master Plan: The Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park Master Plan will help determine the long-range vision for the entirety of the park, including areas currently used by other organizations. Potential improvements in the park could include elements such as enhanced trails, additional water-related recreation, fitness opportunities, camping, special event venues, and educational and cultural exhibits.
Project Connect: The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority (CMTA) or Cap Metro has a created a plan for mobility investments in Central Texas looking out to the year 2040. This plan includes a vision for a complete system of reliable and frequent transit with services that operate free from other traffic. One piece of this vision includes the Green Line Commuter Rail investment, which would repurpose a freight line owned by CMTA into high-capacity commuter rail running from Downtown Austin to Manor. As currently planned, this line would include a station stop of the Colony Park Sustainable Community site.
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