Austin's greatest asset is its people: passionate about our city and committed to its improvement.

What is Imagine Austin?

Imagine Austin is the city's comprehensive plan, created by the people of Austin to guide the city's growth and answer the question "what sort of city do we want Austin to be?" 

This new vision for Austin engaged thousands of residents over a nine month period beginning with the kickoff of the Imagine Austin planning process in October 2009.

Residents described their ideas for the city’s bicentennial in 2039 through community forums, social media, surveys, focus groups, small meetings between neighbors, and special events.

In 2012, Austin's City Council voted unanimously to adopt the Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan, a living, working document driven by public participation to chart a future of opportunity, community, and inclusiveness. 

Read a PDF of the entire Imagine Austin comprehensive plan, or head to the City of Austin's website for Imagine Austin.

Compact and Connected

The emphasis on compact and connected underscores Imagine Austin’s goal of reversing the sprawl development pattern of the past decades. 

Promoting compact and connected growth patterns is essential to achieving the other priorities of Imagine Austin and is the foundation of an affordable, mobile and healthy city.

Increase in Median Rent and Median Housing Prices, 2000-2009. From page 29 of Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan

Increase in Median Rent and Median Housing Prices, 2000-2009. From page 29 of Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan

Complete Community Matrix. From page 141 of the Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan

Complete Community Matrix. From page 141 of the Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan

Changing Isn't Easy

As we grow and evolve, how can we preserve and amplify the special things we value about Austin?  How can we improve the city and meet our challenges head-on?

Top banner images courtesy of the City of Austin. Graphs Imagine Austin logos courtesy of the Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan.

What Austin do you imagine?