About Projects

Projects are a collection of communication elements on this site and allow SpeakUpAustin to gather public input using a variety of channels - Forums, Discussions, Meetings, and Surveys. Weigh-in on a larger initiative in your community by participating in an online Project.

People are moving to Central Texas at a rate of 150 people per day. This explosive population growth means more people using our transportation system, and more challenges keeping Central Texans safe on roads, sidewalks, bike paths, rail lines, and buses. Help us identify the top transportation safety challenges in our region and how we should address them.

Speak up, Austin!

East Sixth Street is getting a new look.  Tell us what you think one of Austin's best-known streets should look like!  Speak up, Austin!

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Art in Public Places: A new Consolidated Rental Car Facility at the Austin‐Bergstrom International Airport will include a public art component. Acclaimed artist Vito Acconci has been commissioned to create a transformative new work at the rental car facility. Acconci is working closely with Aviation staff and Demattei Wong Architects to design a pedestrian pathway that will lead travelers from the terminal to the new facility. 

The South Central Waterfront Area (SCWA) encompasses 97 acres bounded by South First Street on the west, IH-35 on the east, Lady Bird Lake on the north, and East Riverside Drive and East Bouldin Creek on the south. Through “walkabouts” and “talkabouts” designed to help the community engage in discussions about the area, the city of Austin has developed the South Central Waterfront Plan Initiative. This aims to establish a vision and provide recommendations to guide public and private development over the next 20-plus years.

There is currently very little walkability in the area and very little waterfront accessibility. Over many years this area has been under continuous change. The city of Austin is engaging to the community to ensure that over the next 20-plus years there is a vision and a guide for development. A team from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) studied the area in 2012 and provided the framework to increase public access along the Lake; increase pedestrian connections to the shore; improve water quality through green infrastructure; and to have significant affordable Housing.

To learn more about this Initiative please visit: http://austintexas.gov/waterfront

To learn more about past Walkabouts and Talkabouts please visit:http://austintexas.gov/page/past-presentations

-Now, we’d like to hear your input. Follow the prompts below and speak up, Austin!

The City of Austin and the Parks and Recreation Department is looking for your ideas on the adaptive reuse of the Seaholm Intake Facility and the surrounding park land. Give us your comments and ideas on Speak Up Austin and at the Open Houses. Come to the Open House to see inside the space and give us your ideas and better understand the sounding district developments. The most prominent and feasible ideas will then be incorporated into a Design Ideas Competition.

For more information please see the Parks and Recreation Department project website, www.austintexas.gov//department/seaholm-intake

The Austin City Council authorized creating a South Central Waterfront Plan in December 2013 after several years in the making. This plan, being guided by the volunteer Waterfront Planning Advisory Board and community input, will establish a vision and provide a cohesive set of recommendations to guide public and private development over the next 20-plus years.

Learn more at www.austintexas.gov/waterfront

The Pease Park Master Plan process is underway and your feedback is desired. If you haven’t already, please take a few minutes to take this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VWX5XCX

The next meeting for the Pease Park Master Plan process will be Thursday, February 27, 2014 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Lamar Senior Activity Center, 2874 Shoal Crest Avenue, 78705.

The City of Austin is figuring out how to ensure safe, livable housing conditions across Austin. When an apartment is reported to be unsafe, the City’s Code Compliance Department inspects the property and issues a violation notice for any hazards discovered. The property owner is required to bring the property up to safe standards in a set amount of time. This can be a long process and only addresses problems after they occur. The City is looking at ways to address sub-standard or even dangerous living conditions earlier.

Resolution No. 20130606-049: a resolution directing the City Manager to initiate code amendments to create enhanced penalties and a rental registration program applicable to owners of residential rental property that repeatedly violate public health and safety ordinances; and supporting the Building and Standards Commission's and City prosecutor's consideration of repeat offenses when considering penalties for public health and safety violations. (SPONSOR: Council Member William Spelman, Co-sponsor: Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole)

Resolution No. 20130606-050: a resolution directing the City Manager to develop a one-year pilot registration program for residential rental properties located in certain neighborhoods and to explore the feasibility of a code amendment for enhanced fines after the first conviction of a city code violation related to property maintenance. (SPONSOR: Council Member Kathie Tovo, Co-sponsor: Council Member Mike Martinez)

Austin Youth Council (AYC) serves as the representative voice for the high school student population in Austin, Texas. 

We want your ideas on how to improve Austin for its young adults! 

Speak up, Austin!

What is your vision for Onion Creek Metro Park?

Project: Elevate Austin

Recognizing that small businesses are the foundation of our local economy, the City of Austin embarked on a City-wide project with a mission to encourage organizational changes that establish Austin as the Best Managed City with regard to small business development.

ElevateAustin: taking small business to new heights, began in March 2010 when the City Council, the Small Business Development Program (SBDP) and the Austin Independent Business Alliance (AIBA) invited 50 small business owners to a summit to share their perceptions of how the City serves the needs of local small business owners.

In April 2013, with the help of several community partner organizations, the City hosted another Small Business Summit to gather feedback that would help the city staff to prioritize continued efforts to address small business issues.

Thank you to our partnering community organizations - see the attached documents below for a full list of these organizations.

2013 Small Business Summit Partner Organizations
Summary of prioritization, key issues and small group discussions

The City would like to share the ideas and priorities surfaced through the latest Small Business Summit and create a forum for continued discussion that will allow City staff to update the small business community on related issues while facilitating ongoing feedback and discussion.

Below you will find forums for generating ideas and discussion around the top three areas of concern as determined by voting at the most recent Small Business Summit.

The City of Austin, Capital Metro, Lone Star Rail and the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning organization came together to create Project Connect, a high-capacity transit system vision for Central Texas. Project Connect incorporates multiple modes of transportation including express lanes, bus rapid transit (BRT), urban rail, regional rail and commuter rail, in addition to existing local bus service to create a system that will help get Central Texas moving again. There are many projects that are part of the Project Connect Vision, all of which have unique timelines and goals to benefit all areas of our region, but one of the most active projects right now is called the Central Corridor High Capacity Transit Study.

The Project Connect: Central Corridor Study will define the next high-capacity transit investment for our community as the next step toward implementing the Project Connect vision. We are working to serve current and future transportation needs with convenient, reliable and affordable transit service that connects our region. The Central Corridor Study priority area includes East Riverside, downtown Austin, the Capitol Complex, UT Campus and ACC Highland area (click here to see a map of the priority area). 

As part of the study, the project team, with help from the community and the Central Corridor Advisory Group, has already identified the top two contenders for the type of transit (Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and Urban Rail) as well as the level of service needed and general alignment through the priority area. We now need to select between BRT and Urban Rail, how the project would cross Lady Bird Lake, and how the project could cross the MetroRail Redline at Hancock Center?

We need you to help us answer these questions! Speak up now in the Project Connect: Central Corridor discussions about these alternatives, their trade-offs and what it could mean for a rapidly growing Austin. Let’s get moving!

Visit projectconnect.com for more information about the overall vision, and visit projectconnect.com/connect/central-corridor for more information about the Central Corridor Study.

Capital Metro is in the process of implementing MetroRapid, Central Texas’ initial investment in bus rapid transit.

The Austin Transportation Department, Capital Metro, Lone Star Rail have been working together through the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization Transit Working Group to define a regional high capacity transit system for Central Texas. The working group recommended a regional system consisting of bus rapid transit, express bus, and rail technologies feeding the Austin core. A key element of this plan is the concept that high capacity transit should be provided with technologies or policies that prioritize it through local traffic, making it “traffic proof or traffic resistant”. By prioritizing transit, the goal is to provide a competitive alternative to the private automobile, thus attracting greater ridership (LINK)

Capital Metro has requested the City consider designation of a Transit Priority Lane downtown along both Guadalupe and Lavaca Streets between Cesar Chavez Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard.(LINK) The proposed action would designate the outside right-most travel lane on each street as a transit priority lane, with limited to no parking to the right of the lane, but still allowing vehicles to turn right from the lane and having the possibility of bike lanes where street parking existed, with the hope that the lane will provide improved schedule reliability and safety for bus routes using the corridor.

In addition to MetroRapid service, Capital Metro intends to relocate a number of local and express bus routes from Congress Avenue and other downtown streets to the Guadalupe and Lavaca Street corridor, resulting in bus volumes reaching as high as 60 buses per hour.

The MetroRapid service is anticipated to begin testing in November of this year, with full service as early as January 2014.

For more information about this project, please visit (LINK).

The City and Capital Metro are asking you how you would direct lanes of traffic through the corridor to ease congestion and improve transportation times for all drivers and travelers in the area. This Project has room for feedback on IDEAS and DISCUSSION topics, so speak up and post your thoughts on this project now!

The City of Austin is seeking resident input and feedback on City services and budget priorities as part of the FY 2017-18 budget development process. To have your voice heard, use the Austin Budget Simulator to provide your funding preferences on 11 City departments that are primarily funded through property taxes.

Click here to complete the Austin Budget Simulator

The City is accepting input from the simulator through next Saturday, July 15. Results from the exercise will be compiled and included in the annual Public Engagement Report, which will be presented to City Council and available to the public at 
Austin Finance Online in early August.

For more information about how the budget impacts all Austin residents, watch our short video: You Tube VIdeo

We would like your help getting the word out to your networks.
Please feel free to forward this communication to influencers, change makers, and those who are civic minded. Please also add this information to your newsletters, bulletin boards, and websites.

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We have exciting news: The FY 2017-18 Public Engagement Report is now available online!

Thanks to Austin residents like you, this year we have received community feedback on City services and residents’ budget priorities through a multitude of venues. This feedback is documented in detail in the Public Engagement Report and includes:

  • Results from the 2016 Austin Community Survey,
  • Results from the Budget Priority Survey,
  • Summaries of 17 Boards and Commissions meetings,
  • Complete Austin Budget Simulator 2.0 data for both Citywide and District-Level results, and
  • Public comments from Austin Budget Simulator 2.0 participants.

To read the full report, please visit the Budget Engagement webpage at www.austintexas.gov/budget  

There’s still time to provide feedback on next year’s budget. The City Council currently is considering the proposed budget, found at Austin Finance Online. The public is invited to provide feedback at two upcoming City Council meetings at City Hall:


  • 4 p.m. Aug. 17
  • 4 p.m. Aug. 31

Thank you for taking the time to help us create a budget that works for you!