Elgin Adopts Plan for a Sustainable Future

Thank you for your time and support during the past 18 months! The City Council adopted a draft plan on December 3rd that is the culmination of over a year of work with city staff, stakeholders, and several rounds of public participation. Highlights include a vision of new, walkable residential and commercial uses, revived civic spaces along the railroad right-of-way, a network of roads and trails to connect the high school, downtown, and ACC, and development ideas for food-related businesses and the local economy. Cost assessments, financing strategies, recommended code revisions, and implementation steps are discussed.

We are concluding the planning process and look forward to making the vision a reality.

please use the following links to download the plan:

Elgin Report

Elgin Appendix

Project Background

Elgin envisions itself as a community with a diversified foundation in sustainable agriculture, community development, and economic development that can be successful for the long haul. The Elgin project site is primarily located in the historic downtown and includes the Austin Community College Elgin Center, Union Depot Museum, Elgin Medical Center, Elgin Library, municipal government, post office, businesses, a grocery store, restaurants, churches, and several small manufacturers. The site has a diverse mix of housing that meets the needs of all ages and types of families.

The site area is already home to mixed-use development and multi-modal transportation with a variety of development options near CARTS transit service. The existing infrastructure can support future growth. Development here will include adaptive reuse, infill, and residential development with street level uses that maximize pedestrian activity.

The city is interested in a plan to help create transit oriented development within the area. An analysis of the current and proposed CARTS and Capital Metro transit stops is needed, including TOD urban design guidelines, recommended street cross-sections and concept plans, before-and-after illustrations and maps, and future action items with potential sources of funding.

Outdated zoning in the downtown district costs the city potential new businesses and sustainable development. Light industrial uses are grouped with heavy uses and must go through a laborious process to locate and remain in compliance. The city seeks a new draft code for a business district overlay that will provide options to encourage mixed-use, walkable developments, economic growth, and transit-oriented forms.

The application by the city to become a planning demonstration site is available below.