Regional Planning promotes sustainable growth and livability of the CAPCOG Region by assisting in the development of transportation systems integrated with land use patterns that offer residents and travelers choices and convenient access to goods, services, jobs, schools, recreation and civic engagement. CAPCOG staff is responsible for professional activities necessary for the planning and coordination of improvements to the region's major road network, public transportation, airports, and bicycle and pedestrian facilities.
CAPCOG focuses efforts on two transportation committees and a County Planning Process that involves partnerships with several entities:
- The Capital Area Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CARTPO)
- Regional Transit Coordination Committee (RTCC)
- County Comprehensive Transportation Plans
CAPCOG Assessment of Growth and Development
The Capital Area Council of Governments Growth Assessment Subcommittee released its November 2010 Assessment of Growth and Development report examining four key areas: Water, Land Use, Transportation, and Economic Development. The report documents regional assets, identifies issues and challenges and offers policy recommendations for each key area. The effort was an initiative originally identified in CAPCOG's strategic plan.
CAPCOG Greenprint for Growth
The Central Texas Greenprint for Growth is a tool for balancing sustainable conservation goals with the infrastructure needs of our rapidly urbanizing region. The process combines community stakeholder input about conservation goals and priorities with Geographic Information Systems mapping and modeling technology to produce graphic illustrations highlighting opportunity areas for conservation that meet multiple goals.
Regional Planning Staff
Community Development Block Grant
Every year, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development provides federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds directly to states, which in turn provide the funds to small, rural cities with populations less than 50,000 and to counties that have a non-metropolitan population under 200,000 and are not eligible for direct funding from HUD. These small communities are called "non-entitlement" areas because they must apply for CDBG dollars through The Texas Department of Rural Affairs (TDRA). (Larger cities, such as Dallas, Houston and others, receive CDBG monies directly from HUD, and are called "entitlement" areas.)
TDRA's CDBG program is the largest in the nation. The rural-focused program serves approximately 1,015 eligible rural communities, 244 rural counties, and provides services to over 365,000 low to moderate income beneficiaries each year. Of the 1,015 cities eligible for CDBG funds, 763 have a population of less than 3,000 and 431 have a population of less than 1,000. The demographics and rural characteristics of Texas have shaped a program that focuses on providing basic human needs and sanitary infrastructure to small rural communities in outlying areas.
> See the score sheet for 2013-2014 CDBG applications in the capital area
> Learn about the statewide CDBG program and application-scoring
CAPCOG Capital Area Regional Review Committee
The Governor's Capital Area Regional Review Committee was created as a voluntary, unincorporated association by the Governor of Texas. The committee's primary purpose is to assist the Governor, in conjunction with the Office of Rural Community Affairs, in reviewing funding applications submitted in State Planning Region 12 under the Texas Community Development Program.
20010/2011 Applicant Guidebook