Provide recommendations to the council and city boards that assist in promoting excellence in design, development and protection of the City's waterfront; and help provide harmonious interaction and transition between urban development and the parkland and shoreline of Lady Bird Lake and the Colorado River. Provide recommendations on: project-level recommendations regarding proposed development within the Waterfront Overlay (WO) combining district, as required under Section 25-2-715 (Review and Recommendation of the Waterfront Planning Advisory Board). Planning-level recommendations regarding proposed amendments impacting the WO combining district, as required under Section 25-2-715 (Review and Recommendation of the Waterfront Planning Advisory Board.) Section 2-1-187 of the City Code.
The Waterfront Planning Advisory Board (WPAB) had provided leadership since 2012 on grant-funded and pro bono studies that focused on the challenges and opportunities in an area called the South Central Waterfront (comprised of the South Shore Central sub-district and three adjacent western parcels of the Travis Heights sub-district of the Waterfront Overlay Combining District Ordinance). In August of 2013 the Austin City Council passed a resolution to officially initiate a comprehensive small-area planning process for this area. To learn more, click here.