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CAPCOG regional forum tackles growth, housing trends

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

With the Central Texas five-county metropolitan area population expected to double by 2035 – adding about 1.7 million new residents – where will people live, what will housing look like and how can governments prepare for such robust change? Join the discussion at a free regional forum presented by the Capital Area Council of Governments’ Sustainable Places Project (SPP), 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the Thompson Conference Center, University of Texas at Austin, 2405 East Campus Drive, Austin.

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The presentation, “Central Texas Market Trends, Preferences and Opportunities,” marks the third in a series of SPP regional forums and will explore the future of housing and real estate market trends for the area based on projected population and demographic changes in the next 20 years. The event will feature two renown experts in land use, transportation, housing and community planning:

•  Dr. Arthur Nelson, presidential professor of city and metropolitan planning at the University of Utah and director of the Metropolitan Research Center, is a scholar, consultant and prolific author of nearly 20 books and more than 300 other works. His work, which has helped shape the field of urban and regional planning, currently focuses on how demographics, economics and housing preference choices will reshape America's metropolitan areas over the next generation.

•  Scott Polikov, a town planner and finance consultant, is president of Fort Worth-based Gateway Planning Group. Polikov has directed multiple planning efforts in Central Texas, integrating  transportation economics in community planning. He will share his ideas on design and implementation of walkable urban neighborhoods in rural communities, suburban areas and downtowns.

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John Hockenyos, local economist and founder of TXP Economics, has been invited to moderate the discussion and tie the speakers’ concepts to the challenges facing cities in the region.

The Sustainable Places Project is hosted by the Capital Area Council of Governments and a regional consortium of local governments and organizations that have been collaborating since November 2011 to implement a $3.7 million Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Key components of the project include working directly with selected demonstration sites in Elgin, Dripping Springs, Lockhart, Hutto and Austin and developing an analytic tool to help local governments maximize public-sector return on investment.

Registration is required. RSVP to Ange Kogutz at, and learn more about the free event. > Go

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