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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.

> Visit the Sustainable Places Project website.
> Explore CAPCOG's Community & Economic Development Division.
> Read CAMPO's 2035 Plan, and learn about the upcoming 2040 update.
> Download the CAPCOG Housing Opportunity in Central Texas report.

The Milestones

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.

Next steps

Thanks to the pioneering work of the Sustainable Places Project, a new initiative - The Prosperous Places Program - has emerged in its place, offering  an innovative suite of planning and analytics tools built to identify opportunities for development and evaluate the long-term effects of various growth scenarios on communities across a wide range of important issues. Learn more about the the new program, and get started with its P3 tools today.

> Go to the Prosperous Places Porgram web page.


> Contact Chad Coburn, project manager