Colony Park Master Plan
Client: City of Austin
Location: Austin, Texas
Funding: HUD Sustinable Communities Grant Awardee
Farr Associates led the master planning effort for Colony Park, a 208-acre community in northeast Austin, Texas. The site, which will be served by a planned extension of MoKan, Austin’s commuter rail, will become a walkable residential area with mixed use nodes to provide for commercial space for residents. A goal of the project is to transform Colony Park into a model sustainable neighborhood through energy efficient building design, water conservation strategies, and zero-waste technologies. Austin City Council adopted the master plan in 2014.
While the illustrative Master Plan provides the “what” desired for future development, design guidelines provide the “how” by offering specific guidance on future development. The Design Guidelines are descriptive and suggestive in support of broader planning policies and do not dictate architectural style. Rather, they are intended to communicate the desired quality of a place. Design guidelines, without further action, are not codified into law but can be as appropriate. They offer a balance of specificity and flexibility to create high quality development on the site.
The team convened three charrette-style public meetings that engaged community members in the design process. This included small-table design exercises, site visits to areas within the site such as hilltop vistas to discuss urban design ideas, and a floor-sized vinyl master plan graphic that allowed participants to “walk the plan.”