Welcome to the Sustainable Places Project

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The Capital Area Texas Sustainability (CATS) Consortium, through a grant from HUD and a regional partnership of local governments and other stakeholder groups, is developing a new approach to planning in Central Texas through the Sustainable Places Project. The project will examine several growth scenarios for activity centers in Austin, Dripping Springs, Elgin, Hutto, and Lockhart. An innovative analytics tool is being developed to identify the long-term effects of the various scenarios on municipal budgets and the health of communities. We’ll use this analysis to develop plans that align housing, jobs, and transportation options in a way that complements existing community values.

The Sustainable Places Project is focused on the Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos five-county MSA, a region that, while experiencing ongoing economic success, must also face trends that could threaten this success as it becomes less attractive to employers interested in quality of place for their workforce. The region is adding over 60,000 new residents annually, housing affordability is decreasing, and traffic congestion is worsening. Our cities must change how we plan for growth in order to beneficially impact these regional trends. Our plans will demonstrate that sustainable activity center growth will benefit these communities and the entire region.

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