Sustainable Places Project
Discover CAPCOG's Sustainable Places Project, a regional initiative to help Central Texas cities make the most of their resources, manage future growth and realize their community vision with the help of tomorrow's tools today.
The Big Picture
The Capital Area Council of Governments and regional partners have teamed with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to host the Sustainable Places Project, an initiative integrating planning, analytics tools and community visioning to help Central Texas maximize public-sector return on investment. The project includes Austin, Dripping Springs, Elgin and Lockhart demo sites.
It all began a decade ago with a planning effort to help the region manage future growth. The "activity centers" concept emerged as a preferred vision: nodes of growth, connected by transportation options, with pedestrian-oriented housing, employment, education and retail opportunities. The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) 2035 Plan continued that vision, aligning transportation funding with activity centers.
Carrying the activity centers concept forward, CAPCOG - working with a regional consortium of local governments and other regional stakeholders - garnered $3.7 million as one of only 45 HUD Sustainable Communities Planning grants awarded nationwide and only two in Texas. The Consortium, which has been named the "Capital Area Texas Sustainability Consortium" or "CATS," includes the cities of Austin, Round Rock, and San Marcos, CAMPO, the former Envision Central Texas and the University of Texas Center for Sustainable Development.
From engaging individual communities to showcasing key analytics tools during regional forums, the Sustainable Places Project has included extensive outreach, focusing on mobility, housing, economic development and other factors of future prosperity. Learn more about the project's milestones, background and next steps at its website.