Envision Central Texas strives to provide as many helpful resources as we can about the future of our region and how we can grow in ways that will preserve and enhance our quality of life. Click on any of the links below to explore these issues and ideas. We encourage you to check the Resources page each month for updated materials and presentations.
| Envision Central Texas - The Vision|
The Vision, which was unveiled in May 2004, has been derived from the informed expressions of the desires of the citizens of the region, and serves as a guide for ECT as we assist residents, regional planners, and policy makers with voluntary implementation strategies for realizing this common vision
| Preferred Scenario: 2003|
The Preferred Scenario 2003 utilizes results from the previously modeled ECT scenarios and weights these with public input from the Regional Vision Survey, resulting in a scenario that can be used as a benchmark for future planning and to illustrate the public's response to the four scenarios published in 2003. By downloading the documents below, you agree to the terms in the usage agreement below.
| Leadership Workshop|
On February 11, 2004, ECT hosted a workshop with elected officials and other community leaders to discuss and gather input on the ECT Vision, critical issue areas for the region, and ECT's ongoing role.
| Regional Vision Survey|
In October 2003, over 12,500 Central Texans responded to the Regional Vision Survey, which asked for their input on four different growth scenarios and how well each scenario would address the region's growth challenges.
| Scenario Briefing Packet|
The Scenario Briefing Packet was published in July 2003 and provided detailed information regarding the development of the four regional growth scenarios and the results of the transportation and land use modeling of those scenarios.
| Community Test Site Workshops|
In the spring of 2003, ECT hosted a series of six Community Test Site Planning Workshops in which local citizens explored ways to create and enhance their own communities and examined different planning tools for addressing typical issues within the Central Texas region.
| Advocacy Positions|
ECT has conducted an internal advocacy exploration process on two critical issues related to the long term ECT Preferred Vision: local funding options for transportation and county growth management authority. ECT views these issues as having particular timeliness, bearing and relevance to the principles of the ECT Vision. ECT formed Working Groups to examine each issue and gathered feedback from the 67 member ECT Board of Directors. On March 2, 2009, the ECT Board voted to approve the two "Statement of Position" documents listed below. Also below you will find the background report compiled by the Working Group.
| 2010 Regional Forum Series|
The 2010 ECT Regional Forum Series will examine the Region's current and future needs in the context of resource constraints and how to turn these challenges into opportunities
| Mixed Use Matters|
ECT's Community Design Committee has created the "Mixed Use Matters" paper to initiate a regional conversation about how we can better design mixed-use, walkable, bikable communities. The document highlights benefits, opportunities, challenges, and Texas examples, as well as principles and standards that communities can use to inform their thinking. Click below to download the PDF file (approx. 4MB).
| From Boom to Best? The Future of Central Texas|
On October 19, 2007 ECT co-sponsored From Boom to Best? The Future of Central Texas
luncheon featuring preeminent planning experts Andrés Duany and Hank Dittmar. The focus of this event was to explore how we can make our region one of the most dynamic and sustainable places in the country, even in the face of rapid growth. Click on the link below to see Mr. Dittmar's presentation.
| Central Texas Greenprint for Growth|
The Greenprint for Growth is a proactive tool for conservation planning that involves sophisticated computer modeling which integrates geographic data with local conservation goals to help communities make strategic, objective decisions about land conservation priorities.
| Changing Demographics in Central Texas: Riding the Wave or Wiping Out|
On October 6, 2006, more than 350 Central Texans gathered for a presentation by Texas State Demographer, Steve Murdock, and small-group discussions about how the population of our region is growing and changing and the implications of these demographic trends on the fabric of our communities.
| Impact of Regional Rail Seminar|
On April 25, 2006, ECT, along with nine other Central Texas community organizations, co-sponsored a rail education seminar featuring Cal Marsella, general manager of Denver's Regional Transportation District, and a local panel to discuss the pros and cons of building additional rail capacity in Central Texas.
| SH 130 Corridor Summit|
Nearly 500 business and civic leaders and citizens attended the November 19, 2005 SH 130 Corridor Summit hosted by ECT and the Greater Austin-San Antonio Corridor Council. The Summit provided an opportunity for a wide ranging group of stakeholders to hear about and discuss the critical issues related to development along the SH 130 Corridor.
| Transit-Oriented Development Seminar|
On September 29, 2004, ECT hosted a seminar featuring national and local subject-matter experts to discuss transit-oriented developments and their implications for our region.
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