By Marty TooheyÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Austin American-Statesman February 28, 2011
Members to vote March 10 on whether to endorse concentrating new residents between I-35 and MoPac.
Austin city planners have drawn a long-anticipated blueprint that they say would guide Austin to the more densely populated, urban-feeling future city leaders have long envisioned.
According to a 30-year, formal plan the city is creating, Austin would accommodate an anticipated 550,000 more people with more and sometimes taller buildings concentrated between Interstate 35 and MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1).
Over time, most of the new arrivals would live and work between the highways, mainly in clusters or corridors encouraged by new city rules. For instance, Austin would see more of the mix of shops, apartments and condominiums emerging in places such as South Congress Avenue.
Meanwhile, a similar pattern would emerge immediately to Austinâ€™s east along Texas 130, where the city hopes another 200,000 or so newcomers will work and take up residence.