The Equitable Transit-Oriented Development (ETOD) Overlay was approved by City Council on May 17, 2024. Visit SpeakUpAustin.org/TransitLDC for a summary of the adopted changes.

What Is Equitable Transit-Oriented Development (ETOD)?

 

The image shows what an equitable transit-oriented development, or ETOD, could look like as part of Project Connect. It is an active, vibrant space with lots of people doing different activities; many services and local businesses, housing, and several transit options, all centered around a CapMetro light rail station. In the foreground of the image, many people use the space in different ways. At the center is a person cycling in the bike lane and approaching a crosswalk. At the crosswalk is a visually impaired person using a mobility cane to cross safely. At one end of the crosswalk is a person in a hijab using a wheelchair. To their right is a bike docking station. On the other side of the crosswalk is a park, where an adult and two children gather around a paleta cart. Behind all this activity, a bus using a lane designated especially for buses pulls into a CapMetro bus station. Next to that bus station is a CapMetro light rail station, with a light rail car pulling in. In the background, several buildings surround the stations. There are apartments for rent, with a health clinic on the ground floor, a barbershop, an Indian restaurant, a grocery store, a library, and a recreation center where a music festival takes place outside on a lawn.

 

Equitable transit-oriented development, or ETOD, builds upon the planning approach known as transit-oriented development, or TOD. TOD places jobs, housing, goods, and services within walking and biking distance of transit stops. TOD planning can reduce car use while giving the community more transportation options, resulting in more sustainable neighborhoods.

TOD planning, however, has not always benefitted everyone, as these efforts can cause gentrification. ETOD acknowledges this and works to achieve equitable outcomes by creating opportunities and building communities in which all Austinites are safe, supported, and have the resources to thrive. ETOD advocates that people of all incomes and backgrounds experience benefits from dense, mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented development near transit hubs.

The City of Austin is working in partnership with CapMetro (Austin's transit authority), the Austin Transit Partnership (ATP), and the community to support equitable transit-oriented development as the Project Connect transit system is built. Learn more about the multi-agency ETOD effort on the Project Connect ETOD website.

  

What is the ETOD Overlay? 

An overlay is a zoning tool that applies additional requirements to a specific area on top of those that already exist. The ETOD Overlay consists of two combining districts. Combining districts are zoning districts that provide additional regulations that combine with the base zone regulations. The combining districts in the ETOD Overlay will apply to properties within generally a ½ mile of the Project Connect Austin Light Rail Phase 1 alignment and Priority Extensions (parts of the light rail corridor identified as priorities for light rail transit but without funding identified as of now). There are several pieces that make up the ETOD Overlay. To learn about each of these pieces, click the tabs at the top of the page.

 

ETOD Overlay Notice 

A notice for the ETOD Overlay is being mailed to about 40,000 addresses in the vicinity of where the new regulations would apply (generally within a 1/2 mile of the Project Connect Light Rail corridor and priority extensions). The notice includes maps of where the regulations would apply, and lists land uses that would be prohibited under the proposal. The notice includes language required under state law related to prohibiting uses. The proposal would not prohibit single-family housing and would not require the discontinuation of existing businesses.

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Public Hearing Information and Timeline

Public hearings are an opportunity to have your voice heard on proposed changes to the Land Development Code.

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Joint City Council and Planning Commission Public Hearing

When: Thursday, April 11 at 9 a.m.

Where: Austin City Hall, 301 W. 2nd Street

Video: Watch a Recording of the Joint Meeting

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Open House #1 (In-Person)

When: Wednesday, April 17 from 6-8 p.m.

Where: Central Library, 710 Cesar Chavez Street

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Open House #2 (Virtual)

When: Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m.-noon

Video: Watch a Recording of the Virtual Open House

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Joint Housing and Planning Committee and Mobility Committee Meeting

When: Tuesday, April 23 at 1 p.m. 

Where: Austin City Hall, 301 W. 2nd Street

Video: Watch a Recording of the Joint Housing and Planning and Mobility Committees

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City Council Work Session

When: Tuesday, April 30 at 9 a.m.

Where: Austin City Hall, 301 W. 2nd Street

Video: Watch a Recording of the Work Session

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Planning Commission Meeting

When: Tuesday, April 30 at 4 p.m.

Where: Austin City Hall, 301 W. 2nd Street

Video: Watch a Recording of the Planning Commission Meeting 

Amendment on Agenda:

  • Equitable Transit-Oriented Development (ETOD) Overlay
  • Downtown Parking

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Open House #3 (In-Person)

When: Monday, May 6 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. 

Where: Anderson High School8403 Mesa Dr., 78759

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Open House #4 (In-Person)

When: Wednesday, May 8 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. 

Where: George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina St., 78702 

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City Council Work Session

When: Tuesday, May 14 at 9 a.m.

Where: Austin City Hall, 301 W. 2nd Street

Video: Watch a Recording of the Work Session

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City Council Meeting

When: Thursday, May 16 at 10 a.m.

Where: Austin City Hall, 301 W. 2nd Street

Video: Watch a Recording of the City Council Meeting


Contact Information

Email: LDCupdates@austintexas.gov 

Call: 512-974-7220