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Austin Guide to Zoning



Our fundamental desire is that the rules governing our buildings and cities are more accessible and efficient.


Because of that, we go to great pains to publish our Guides to Zoning for people who wish to go through the process of discovering the zoning for themselves without UrbanForm.


So whether or not you choose to use UrbanForm, you can still find guidance, authoritative sources, and best practices for getting the information that will help you understand what the zoning allows.


More accessibility, efficiency, and engagement with zoning means that the professionals who work on our built environment can spend their time solving problems, building consensus, and designing inspiring spaces.


Our latest Guide to Zoning, for Austin, Texas, has just been published to UrbanForm's website.


Previously, if you wanted to do the zoning analysis yourself, you had only two options: 1) spend the time to learn it yourself; or 2) spend the money and time to hire a professional.


For those who don't know what doing the zoning analysis yourself takes, I often compare it to what life was like before Google Maps.


Do you remember what it took to find directions to a place before Google Maps?


I'm old enough to remember.





You had to have the big, fat, yellow pages phonebook, a landline phone, road maps and atlases, and pen and paper.


Maps in one place, text in another, and landlines, paper, and pens to put it together. One location at a time.


It took all of these things to just understand if where you wanted to go was open and how to get there.


That's basically where we are with zoning information: in a pre-Google Maps world.


UrbanForm's interest is in making sure people can get where they want to go.


Check out our Guides to Zoning here, available for Portland, Seattle, and now, Austin.

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