2010 County Authority News

December 8, 2010

Water, Land Use, Transportation and Economic Development

CAPCOG has released the long-awaited Regional Growth Assessment. The report includes an analysis of growth in four key areas – water, land use, transportation, and economic development – then makes policy recommendations about what communities in the region should consider if they are experiencing the challenges identified. Water availability is the most prominent issue for the region. Download the report here.

October 20, 2010

Travis County commissioners ban development that uses Trinity Aquifer water

Travis County commissioners unanimously approved a one-year ban Tuesday on nearly all new development in western parts of the county that would rely on water from the Trinity Aquifer. Read full Statesman.com article here.

September 24, 2010

ECT Forum highlights two best opportunities for regional infrastructure planning

Consolidating planning agencies and establishing county growth management authority top the list of recommendations at the most ECT forum. The third in a series of four forums brought together a diverse group of public and private sector participants to learn innovative regional planning ideas. View the program summary here.

March 17, 2010

A small step for protecting land

Wimberley is on the verge of becoming just a bit too idyllic. It’s grown from a hamlet into a small town because its Hill Country charm is a temptation to many. Maybe it has lured too many, given the inability of local government to regulate land use. Read full Statesman.com article here.

March 15, 2010

Attorney general says Hill Country cities have power to regulate development on their fringes

Small cities in the Hill Country have the power to regulate development in areas just outside their limits, state Attorney General Greg Abbott said in an opinion Monday. Abbott issued the opinion in response to a question by the City of Wimberley on whether it had the authority to enact construction rules in its extraterritorial jurisdiction. Read full Statesman.com article here.