Rebecca served on the Imagine Austin planning commission and later served on the Citizen’s Task Force to create this plan for the city’s growth and an ongoing need for a comprehensive plan. The document provides a road map for the city to navigate the challenges of the 21st century, including core principles for action to achieve a sustainable future, and how we will use those principles to turn the plan into reality.
The comprehensive plan is organized into five chapters:
Chapter One: The Roadmap and The Road Ahead describes the need for a comprehensive plan providing a roadmap for Austin to navigate the challenges of the 21st century, core principles for action to achieve a sustainable future, and how we will use those principles to turn the plan into reality. It is useful for those who may not wish to read the plan “cover to cover.”
Chapter Two: Experiencing Austin: Who Are We Today? contains information on the current state of Austin and what it means for the city’s future, such as how affordable it is to live here, how people are getting around, and how our parks and City services are performing.
Chapter Three: Imagining Austin: Our Vision of a Complete Community presents the Imagine Austin vision statement, developed with the input of thousands of residents. It describes the Austin we aspire to be in 2039, the 200th anniversary of the city’s founding. Our city will be a city of “complete communities” that is natural and sustainable, prosperous, livable, mobile and interconnected, educated, creative, and that values and respects all Austinites. The vision statement defines the destination that the plan policies, actions, and programs are designed to reach.
Chapter Four: Shaping Austin: Building the Complete Community sets a two-part framework for action to realize our vision of a city of complete communities. The Growth Concept Map shows in general terms where new development over the next 30 years should be located. The building blocks define specific policies to guide decisions on topics ranging from land use and transportation to economy to creativity. The core concepts of Imagine Austin—complete communities and compact, connected centers—are two sides of the same coin. These policies are the foundation of the action ideas and programs contained in Chapter Five.
Chapter Five: Implementation and Measuring Success addresses how Imagine Austin’s vision and framework will be implemented. It identifies eight priority action programs based on hundreds of ideas developed by public working groups, provides guidance for decision-making, and defines the ongoing process that will be used to monitor implementation progress.