Austin is the second fastest growing metro area in the nation, according to data from the US Census Bureau, with the 14th biggest population, according to an analysis by the Business Journals' On Numbers. With 790,390 residents and a staggering growth rate of 51% from 2000 to 2010, Austin's rapid growth sparked concern from the City of Austin which heightened the need for a strategic plan.
Local urban planning non-profit, Imagine Austin, introduced a new comprehensive urban plan to address the rapid growth and help capture the Austin of the future. Imagine Austin's blueprint is just one of the many proposals to manage Austin's growth and remain competitive among other cities which have already adopted strict plans by which to develop. City officials understand that in order for Austin to be competitive amongst other buzz cities, Austin must be livable with solutions to traffic congestion, adequate transit to give way to sprawl, water and energy consumption and attractive amentities. Goals including density, livability, community and sustainability are part of the City of Austin's plan to manage continued growth in Austin.