Owned by members of the Goodnight Family since the 1960s, this 700-acre ranch in southeast Austin has been transformed into a vibrant, walkable, tree-lined urban hub. The Goodnight Ranch neighborhood currently features a variety of housing options, parks and trails, an amenity center, and three AISD school sites.

RVi was recently contracted by the Onion Creek Metropolitan Park District to create a Parks District Master Plan for the presently undeveloped southern half of the community. All open spaces in this area will tie into the mostly completed northern half and will feature two pedestrian underpasses on Slaughter Lane, providing essential connection between the sections and allowing for continuous and safe paths that avoid major street crossings.

The parks and open spaces throughout Goodnight Ranch are unique, as a sort of Municipal Management District was created to promote, develop, and maintain the public open spaces and streetscapes. This means the District can levy a tax to help fund the programming, operation, and maintenance of the public open spaces located within Goodnight Ranch based on the community’s needs. In addition, the District will play a part in the operation and maintenance of Onion Creek Metropolitan Park, a 550-acre master planned regional park located directly north of Goodnight Ranch. The premise is that having public parks and open space right out your front door to wander, refresh, and learn is a value and adds value.

In order to seamlessly continue the build out of Goodnight Ranch, RVi will start by assessing the open space land, studying its best attributes and determining what its best uses are. We will then compare our findings with the needs and desires of the current and future residents and prepare a plan that optimizes the new parks, trails and open spaces. Our planning process is guided by several key principles including listening to clients and stakeholders, caring for the land, being well versed in real estate economics, and knowing the buyer and the marketplace. As the needs assessment is completed, it will help guide the final master plan by providing insight on park locations, phasing, amenities such as trails, playgrounds and sports fields, and cost estimates.

We are excited to be working with the Onion Creek Metropolitan Park District, Austin Goodnight Ranch, the Goodnight family, and Benchmark Development on this awesome new phase. We set ourselves apart by continually pushing the team to think outside the box – to find creative solutions that help developments become beautiful, compelling, and thriving destinations that are sources of pride for the communities they serve.