How a small Texas city rewrote the rules of development - Architecture Blogs

How a small Texas city rewrote the rules of development



An intersection in downtown Bastrop, Texas. Last month, the city adopted a new building code, known as Bastrop Building Block, or B3, which radically alters how the city will approach development | Courtesy City of Bastrop, Texas.

Bastrop, Texas found that updating the building code meant getting back on the grid A small town outside Austin, Texas, took a big step toward becoming a more sustainable and walkable community. In many ways, it was as simple as getting back on the grid.
Last month, Bastrop, Texas, adopted a new building code, known as Bastrop Building Block, or B3, which radically alters how the city will approach development. Instead of using the one-size-fits-all approach common to land-use policy, the new flexible system was designed to address three interrelated issues hitting municipalities across the county: population growth, aging infrastructure, and outdated development patterns. While the details of local zoning code may seem technical, Bastrop?s change is far from boring. The shift, according to proponents, may help reshape the city at little to no cost to local government, and even serve as a sustainable model for thoughtful development in a state known for a sprawl-centric development culture. It all starts with water.
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Located just 20 minutes east of the booming city of Austin, Bastrop leaders knew that ?the growth was coming,? says city manager Lynda Humble. So Bastrop decided to change its poli...
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