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Bastrop County Parks and Open Space Master Plan Update
Bastrop County is currently updating its Parks and Open Space Master Plan. The document is being developed in partnership with the National Parks Service, Texas Agri-life A&M Extension Office, and Keep Bastrop County Beautiful. The Master Plan will focus primarily on identifying short and long term needs of the County Park system which includes Cedar Creek Park, Stony Point Community Park and the Bastrop County Nature Park in Tahitian Village (see map of park locations here.)
Please visit the Parks and Open Space Master Plan webpage at https://www.co.bastrop.tx.us/page/par.openspace for further information.
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.
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!
CAMPO 2045 Regional Transportation Plan
The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) is working to develop the 2045 Plan, a long-range Regional Transportation Plan to address transportation needs over the next 25 years in Bastrop, Burnet, Caldwell, Hays, Travis, and Williamson counties. This multimodal plan includes a variety of transportation modes including driving, walking, biking, transit, and emerging technologies. As part of this they are reaching out to the public to determine local needs and priorities.
You can find more details and give feedback on the 2045 Plan https://www.campo2045.org/.
Air Quality Planning
Bastrop County is a member of the Capital Area Council of Governments Clean Air Coalition and a signatory to the Austin-Round Rock-Georgetown MSA 2019-2023 Regional Air Quality 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.
As part of these air quality planning efforts, Bastrop County also
participates in the CAPCOG
Regional Transportation Demand Management Coordinating Committee who
oversee the implementation of the Commute Solutions program, a ”one-stop”
transportation resource in Central Texas promoting sustainable options that
reduce traffic and improve mobility. Please visit https://commutesolutions.com/ and https://mycommutesolutions.com for
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.
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 – Trust for Public Land
· Healthy Parks Plan for Travis, Bastrop & Caldwell Counties - Trust for Public Land
· 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
Bastrop County Courthouse
804 Pecan Street
Bastrop, TX 78602
Phone: (512) 581-7100
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