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Over the past 20 years, a clear community vision has emerged for the Robert Mueller Municipal Airport site. As early as 1984, the CARE plan called for a new town in-town, promoting compact and higher density development, compatible with the surrounding single-family neighborhoods. In 1996, a 16-member Task Force representing a complete spectrum of Austin interests reiterated this vision, calling for the creation of a compact and pedestrian-oriented, mixed-use community.
The Task Force challenged the City to create a district that would be a model for responsible urban development - an alternative to land-consumptive and automobile-dependent development patterns throughout the region that could influence the form and pattern of growth within Austin as it entered the new millennium. With this vision, the Task Force and the City Council articulated some clear goals, stating that the redevelopment of RMMA must marshal long-term market forces through an effective public-private partnership to promote the vision and goals.
To create a district that would be a model for responsible urban development - an alternative to land-consumptive and automobile-dependant development patterns throughout the region that could influence the form and pattern of growth within Austin.
Fiscal Responsibility: Redevelopment must create a positive revenue stream that will fund on-site infrastructure and increase the City’s tax base for the benefit of all citizens.
Economic Development: The project should serve to reinforce Austin’s role in an increasingly global marketplace and create a wide range of employment opportunities for a diversity of the community’s citizens.
East Austin Revitalization: The project must promote economic development opportunities within East Austin, giving local residents a direct stake in redevelopment.
Compatibility with Surrounding Neighborhoods: Development must maintain and enhance the quality of life in adjacent neighborhoods, providing complementary linkages, land uses and transportation patterns.
Diversity & Affordability: Redevelopment must offer a wide range of housing choices in order to create a new community of socially and economically diverse residents.
Sustainability: Development should be planned in a way that promotes energy and water efficiency, resource protection, reduced auto dependency, watershed protection and green space preservation.