What We Do
Our activities include:
- Presenting our members’ viewpoints at City Council meetings and other public forums.
- Bringing disparate groups together to develop solutions to downtown challenges.
- Participating in long-range planning efforts to shape downtown’s growth and infrastructure.
- Asking for specific policy or infrastructure changes.
- Surveying our membership to understand their needs.
- Providing our members with opportunities to express their opinions constructively.
- Working over years and even decades to keep important projects on our collective agenda and moving forward toward completion.
Recent and Ongoing Issues
Homelessness Outreach Street Team (HOST)
Affordable Housing Advocacy
I-35 PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT
The Downtown Alliance led an extensive public engagement campaign to give a voice to those in support of lowering I-35 through downtown. TxDOT is planning a dramatic overhaul of the I-35 corridor, and will be deciding to either raise or lower the lanes. We advocated for community members to submit a letter to TxDOT in support of the lowered option. The campaign generated more than 2,440 letters.
Multimodal Community Advisory Committee (MCAC)
After-Hours Concrete Installation
In November 2016, Austin City Council adopted new rules for overnight concrete pours downtown. The Downtown Alliance worked with construction industry stakeholders, downtown residents, and city staff for more than two years to find a solution that allows development to continue without disrupting residents’ and visitors’ sleep. The new regulations reflect the Downtown Alliance-brokered compromise position. They allow projects to obtain 72-hour permits for late-night concrete installation, with an 83-decibel limit before midnight, a 73-decibel limit from midnight to 6 a.m., and a different type of permit for special circumstances such as a mat slab, which requires continuous pouring of concrete for structural integrity. Sound is measured 75 feet from the pump or truck.