ULI Local Research and Content

ULI Members are some of the smartest people we know.  We are proud to showcase the work produced while working with one of the many committees, councils or workgroups here at ULI Austin.

Housing Blueprint Implementation Plan

ULI ASC Comments_Affordability Housing Imp Plan

Members of the ULI Austin Affordability Strategic Counsel took time to review the City of Austin Housing Blueprint Implementation Plan and offer their comments. The Plan was divided amongst ULI ASC’s members to review sections in small groups and reporting to the full council for similarities and themes.

Community Land Trusts

Permanent Affordable Housing for Central Texans

Throughout cities, families and individuals in the workforce increasingly fall into the gap between those qualifying for low-income housing and those who can afford market-rate housing. While there is not a single solution, Community Land Trusts (CLTs) offer a unique tool to fill that gap in the housing continuum. Land trusts are not a novel concept. They have been used for conservation purposes to protect land for public benefit, such as wildlife preservation or open space. More recently, they have been used to advance community interests, such as long-term affordable housing and stabilization of rapidly changing neighborhoods.

City of Austin 5 Sites Considered for Affordable Housing

ULI Affordability Strategic Council Ranking

The City of Austin Office of Real Estate Services (ORES) presented to City Council twelve “opportunity” sites divided into “initial” and “long term” sites that could be developed to include Affordable Housing. The five sites designated as “Initial Sites” are mapped in  the White Paper HERE and have the following addresses:

  1. McKalla – 10414 McKalla Place
  2. Justin Lane – 6909 Ryan Drive
  3. Home Depot/Chrysler – 7211 N IH 35
  4. HealthSouth – 1215 Red River
  5. Winnebago – 4711 Winnebago Lane

Utilizing ULI member expertise, ULI Austin’s Affordability Strategic Council has ranked the five sites for viability as affordable rental housing. The rankings looked at Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program criteria, proximity to amenities, and zoning attributes. The two top ranked sites were then further studied to consider unit counts and financial ramifications. ThisWhite Paper provides the ULI Affordability Strategic Council’s findings and recommendations.

Read the White Paper HERE

Case Studies

Mobile Loves & Fishes: Community First! Village

The Community First! Village is a 27-acre master planned community that provides affordable, permanent housing and a supportive community for the disabled, chronically homeless in Central Texas.

CodeNEXT Position Papers

As a non-partisan research organization, ULI is uniquely positioned to offer land use advice, based upon sound principles and best practices. Because ULI represents a steadfast commitment to responsible public policy, we can leverage our members’ vast expertise to inform and advise City leaders on the rewrite of the code.

Between November 2016 – April 2017 ULI Austin hosted a series of member-led roundtable discussions to examine CodeNEXT and focus on specific aspects of the Code where ULI can have the most impact.

Five work groups met monthly to do a deep dive into specific areas of the code and produce recommendations.  The work groups’ position papers, listed below, have been shared with City leaders and consultants advising CodeNEXT:


CodeNEXT and the Program Priorities in Imagine Austin

An analysis of the CodeNEXT 1.0 draft, and an action plan to align the new code with the Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan.