Cafe Urban - South Central Waterfront Initiative

Please join CNU-CTX and DANA as we co-host Alan Holt for a special Cafe Urban featuring the South Central Waterfront Initiative Plan.  

The South Central Waterfront Initiative Plan will establish a framework to coordinate a coming wave of redevelopment to achieve compact and connected, mixed-use development with greatly expanded open spaces and trails, green streets, and hundreds of units of affordable housing.

The Council will vote on the SCW Plan in June. If adopted, the Plan would guide public and private investments through defined goals and potential incentives, partnerships and creative finance.

Alan Holt is a Principal Planner with the City of Austin's Planning and Zoning Department in the Urban Design Devision. Spanning his career as an architect in municipal government, in education, and in private practice, Alan Holt has promoted well planned, vibrant, healthy communities through urban design. After obtaining his Master of Architecture from Columbia University, Alan spent his early career working for architectural offices in NYC. From there he went on to practice in Massachusetts, Vermont, and Maine. In 2010 he left New England for Austin, Texas, to become a Principal Planner for the Urban Design Division of the City of Austin.

In his role as a Principal Planner for the City of Austin, Alan is currently leading the South Central Waterfront Initiative. Waterfront planning has been a consistent thread in his career, beginning in the early 90s in the historic seaport city of New Bedford, Massachusetts, where he was Deputy Director of Design. He carried this theme of waterfront planning forward in his career as Urban Designer for the City of Portland, Maine, where he led the Eastern Waterfront Master Plan effort. And waterfront planning continued on in his subsequent private practice around New England.

Alan is active in the American Institute of Architects, and he has served as the co-chair of the AIA Austin Urban Design Committee. He served as the 2015 chair of the Texas Society of Architect’s Urban Design Committee, and is on the national AIA Regional and Urban Design Committee Leadership Group for 2016.

AIA Austin awarded him the 2015 John V. Nyfeler Community Service Award for his leadership with the South Central Waterfront Initiative.