East Austin's Colony Park is a typical quiet suburban neighborhood, but the residents living there feel isolated.
It's easy to feel that way. The neighborhood is surrounded by more than 200 acres of the city's undeveloped land.
Long time resident Barbara Scott says she and her neighbors don't have an easy drive to everything Austin has to offer.
"We work just like everybody else,” Scott said. “It is our right to have the same things that everybody else has."
The city had plans for developing the area around Colony Park, but the residents quickly spoke up.
"Instead of allowing the city to tell us what we'll have out here, we are telling them what we want," Scott said.
Chicago developer Farr Associates was hired for the development project. Saturday morning, the community spoke with the president of the company.
He said the input of neighbors is the most important to hear.
“The quality of any plan really depends on that kind of engagement,” Doug Farr said. “We can't make a plan for a community that we don't understand. So we absolutely rely on this input."
The developers took note of complaints from the community.
"The transportation is not good out here,” Scott said. “There are no restaurants where you can sit down and have a decent meal -- everything is fast food."
To get their plan right, the developer asked people about their preferences on almost every aspect of their community, from business they'd like to see to what kind of streets they’d prefer.
"I think Colony Park is a neighborhood poised for betterment really fast," Farr said.
Farr Associates and the Colony Park residents will host another meeting on Dec. 9.