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Long Range Planning & Transportation Planning

Development Services | 211 Jackson Street | Bastrop, Texas 78602 | (512) 581-7176

 

Hours of Operation:  Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

 

Julia Cleary

County Planner

(512) 581-7185

julia.cleary@co.bastrop.tx.us

County Planning Activities

    

Opportunity Bastrop Strategic Plan Progress Report 2017

In 2007, Bastrop County adopted “Opportunity Bastrop County” – a Strategic Plan which set out priorities for the County in the areas of Economic Development, Education, the Environment, Public Safety, Health Care and Transportation.

 

Ten years later, a progress report has been undertaken documenting the extent to which these objectives have been met. This report is not a plan, and does not adopt any additional actions, rather it aims to provide an objective overview of the progress of the adopted strategic plan and act as a reference point and basis for discussion going forward.

 

Bastrop County Transportation Plan

The Bastrop County Commissioners Court adopted the 2016 Transportation Plan on December 27, 2016.  One of the key components of the Transportation Plan was the identification of 29 project corridors for development, subject to funding availability. The corridors address problems of safety, congestion and resiliency in the County road system. Landowners seeking to subdivide property which contains one of the indicative corridors may be requested to incorporate the Right of Way into their master plan under Section VI(2) of the Bastrop County Subdivision Regulations, and should contact Bastrop County Development Services early in the project planning process to discuss their options.

 

Regional Planning

 

The 2010 Census showed that over 50% of Bastrop County residents commute to Travis County for work. This number is likely to increase as growth and affordability issues in Central Austin cause more home buyers to look outside the City limits for somewhere to live. At the same time, Bastrop County employers now have access to a growing and diverse workforce, making the County an attractive place for businesses seeking growth and investment opportunities. Given these relationships, it is becoming more and more important to address planning and growth on a wider regional scale, and not only at the County level.

 

Bastrop County participates in a number of regional organizations for the Austin and wider Central Texas area, including the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) and the Capital Area Council of Governments (CAPCOG).

 

Below are some of the regional planning initiatives currently underway. We encourage you to get involved!

 

 

Project Connect

 

Do you work or study in Austin?  Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority (CMTA) and its regional planning partners are currently updating Project Connect  - a High-Capacity Transit study focusing on the Greater Austin Area.

 

You can find out more about Project Connect by visiting their website.

 

CAMPO Regional Arterials Plan

 

 

The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) is undertaking a Regional Arterials Plan which will feed into their 2045 Regional Transportation Plan, with the objective of providing mobility choices that are safe, convenient, reliable, and efficient.  Arterials are roadways that connect to freeways, local streets, and destinations.

 

Visit the CAMPO website at this link for further information.

 

Air Quality Planning

Bastrop County is a member of the Capital Area Council of Governments Clean Air Coalition and a signatory to the Central Texas 8-hour Ozone Flex Plan, a regional initiative to reduce ozone pollution and ensure that the Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) is not designated “nonattainment” under the Clean Air Act by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 

“Nonattainment” occurs when the MSA fails to meet the National Air Ambient Quality Standards (often referred to as NAAQS) for any of the pollutants considered to pose a danger to public health by the EPA. There are six pollutants regulated by the EPA (including Lead, Sulfur Dioxide and Particulate Matter) however Ozone (O3) and Particulate Matter (P.M2.5) are the pollutants in the region which are closest to breaching the regulatory standard.  The region’s Ozone “design value” in 2017 was 69 ppb, only 1 ppb less than the EPA standard of 70 ppb.  Being designated “nonattainment” would mean additional restrictions for Bastrop County businesses and residents, and could potentially cost the Central Texas economy between $24 and $41 billion dollars. Further details can be found in CAPCOG’s Report The Potential Costs of an Ozone Nonattainment Designation to Central Texas.

Click on the Infographic below to be directed to the Air Central Texas website for more details on the different types of pollutants, their impacts, and what you can do to help tackle the problem. 

 

 

Parks Planning

 

Bastrop County is currently participating in the Healthy Parks Plan, a project led by the St David’s Foundation in partnership with the Trust for Public Land.  The Plan seeks to improve community health by expanding access to the benefit of parks, including increased opportunities for physical activity. 

Click on the logo below to be directed to the Plan website where you can find more details on the project as well as dates for upcoming public consultation opportunities.

 

Third Party County Wide Planning Studies

 

Below are links to some unaffiliated County wide plans and land use studies which have been prepared by third parties. Although not all of these documents have been formally adopted by the Commissioners Court, they nevertheless provide valuable information and context for those looking to develop in the County.

 

·         Opportunity Bastrop County – Lower Colorado River Authority

·         Bastrop County Greenprint – Texas Trust for Public Land

·         Bastrop County Technology Action Plan and Maps – Connected Texas

·         Bastrop County Community Health Needs Assessment – Seton Healthcare Family and Community Health               Coalition of Caldwell County

·         Camp Swift Joint Land Use Study – Camp Swift Military Installation

·         Bastrop County Affordable Housing Assessment – Texas Target Communities/ Bastrop Community Cares

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