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 oportunity 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 on Feb. 25, 2010. We now have draft design and zoning regulations for the area available for public review.
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.
View more information about the master plan and access the draft ERC Regulating Plan document here.