Economic Growth & Redevelopment Services Offi ce
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9City of Austin
Downtown Austin Plan
City staff has issued a Request for Qualifi cations (RFQ) for a consultant with extensive experience in urban
downtown planning and fi nancial modeling, to assist the City and the community in the creation of a vision
for the development of downtown Austin for the next 20 years, and to develop an implementable strategy
to achieve that vision.
The RFQ was issued April 10. Responses are due May 19.
On December 15, 2005 the Austin City Council adopted a resolution directing City staff to initiate a
planning process for Downtown Austin.
The resolution calls for the hiring of a national consultant with downtown expertise to develop the
Downtown Austin Plan, working with stakeholders, including but not limited to State, Federal and local
government, Capital Metro, downtown neighborhood associations and downtown business groups, affordable
housing advocates, parks groups and environmental organizations.
The Downtown Austin Plan should be fi nancially feasible, responsive to community goals and market forces,
and refl ect best practices for creating a vibrant, transit-oriented, mixed use downtown where people live, work
and shop. The plan should also incorporate recommendations, as appropriate, from previous plans as well
as recommendations that address the changing dynamics of Downtown Austin. Consultant teams should
include a diverse team of planners and designers to ensure that the plan refl ects local character.
As a baseline the Consultant will examine:
Environmental and watershed conditions
Cultural and historic resources
Infrastructure conditions (utilities, drainage)
Transportation network connectivity and conditions (streets, sidewalks, bike, transit facilities)
Parks and open space
Land use, zoning, and other