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Proposed Conceptual Master Plans Report for Brackenridge Tract now Online

The project report on the conceptual master plans for the Brackenridge Tract are now available for public viewing on the dedicated website. The proposed plans, prepared by the architecture and urban design firm Cooper, Robertson & Partners, LLP, initially were presented to the public during a meeting of The University of Texas System Board of Regents meeting in June 2009.

The plans are divided into three volumes and include analyses on a variety of issues, including traffic, regulatory laws and design principles, among others. A special advisory committee was formed in August to review the plans and final report. A final decision by the Board of Regents on how to proceed is expected to take several years.  The members of the special advisory committee are Regent Printice L. Gary, Regent Janiece Longoria and Regent Gene Powell.

The public may submit feedback on the master plans and the report to a dedicated e-mail address (bracktract@utsystem.edu).  Written comments will be submitted to the Board and a public comment session will be scheduled later in the academic year so that individuals may provide comments and direct input.

The land along Lady Bird Lake was donated in 1910 by George W. Brackenridge, who was then a UT System regent from San Antonio, for the benefit of The University of Texas at Austin. Since that time, some acreage was conveyed for streets and similar public purposes and for residential development. Today, the tract consists of approximately 350 acres of undeveloped and developed land that includes a municipal golf course, UT Austin student housing, a biological field laboratory for the campus, a youth sports complex and various commercial buildings and enterprises on property leased from the Board.

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