The Indicators Project is a partner in the Sustainable Places Project, a region-wide effort to help Central Texas communities align their planning and investment choices with their community values to create healthy and sustainable activity centers. As the five-county region adds 60,000 new residents each year, we need to create and maintain livable places and provide housing, jobs, and transportation options that are feasible, affordable and desirable for individual communities and for all of Central Texas.
The SPP involves a consortium of more than 20 local and regional partners, led by the Capital Area Council of Governments (CAPCOG). Some of the key partners include the five counties of Central Texas (Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis, Williamson); the cities of Austin, Round Rock, and San Marcos; the University of Texas and Austin Community College; the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO), Capital Metro, and CARTS; and the demonstration-site cities of Dripping Springs, Elgin, Hutto, and Lockhart.
The SPP is funded by a $3.7 million grant from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which is working with other federal departments in what’s known as the Partnership for Sustainable Communities. Central Texas competed against more than 200 regions across the country to receive this funding, which was awarded in 2010.
The SPP has two main components:
The Indicators Project has provided support for both components of the SPP, including the development of the analytic tool and of scenario indicators for the demonstration sites, along with public engagement in the demonstration site cities. Learn more about the SPP at sustainableplacesproject.com.