A priority program in Imagine Austin is to revise Austin's development regulations and processes to promote a compact and connected city.

Demographically speaking, Austin continues to experience profound change.  Keeping up with how these demographic shifts affect the City is essential to successful operations and planning.  This page acts as a portal to a large collection of demographic maps and a wide array of demographic data. 

Austin's demographic story continues to revolve around the three major themes of: 1) rapid and sustained job and population growth; 2) transformative demographic diversification; 3) and, stubborn structural and spatial socioeconomic separations.

The Downtown Density Bonus Program (DDBP) was established in 2014 to promote a vibrant, dense, and pedestrian friendly downtown area while also encouraging the development of affordable housing and other community benefits. A downtown density bonus can be requested as part of a site plan review process. .

The Historic Preservation Office encourages the preservation of Austin’s historic buildings, structures, sites, and districts; promotes awareness of our cultural and architectural heritage; and helps shape a more sustainable, equitable, and livable city in collaboration with other City departments and community partners.

Imagine Austin is our city’s comprehensive plan for the future. Fueled by ideas and contributions from the Austin community, this 30-year plan for the city is based on Austin's greatest asset is its people: passionate about our city, committed to its improvement, and determined to see this vision become a reality.

Imagine Austin is our plan for the future. The citywide comprehensive plan defines where Austin is today and where the community wants it to go.

The Planning and Zoning Department (PAZ) supports implementation of of long range plans, including adopted neighborhood plans through various activities.

Long range planning provides an opportunity for community members to shape the neighborhoods where they live, work or own property, while addressing  land use, zoning, transportation and urban design issues.

Resources regarding changes to city boundaries and special districts located within the City’s jurisdiction.

These programs below help manage traffic and parking across the City of Austin.

Urban Design is the process of shaping a city’s physical form. The principal elements that Urban Design examines include: parks, open space, and other places that people may gather: streets, sidewalks, and walkways; bridges and water bodies; historical features; trees and landscaping; and lighting and signage.

Zoning is the division of land within a jurisdiction into separate districts within which uses are permitted, prohibited or permitted with conditions. Brief definitions of the different types of uses and structures as relates to zoning are explained here.