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March 6th, 2008
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Envision Central Texas to host Regional Growth Meetings for Hays County on March 24 and April 2

Envision Central Texas (ECT), an area non-profit visioning and planning organization, is hosting Regional Growth Meetings for Hays County on Monday, March 24 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the San Marcos Activity Center, Room 3, at 501 Hopkins Road in San Marcos and on Wednesday, April 2 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Dripping Springs ISD Administration Building at 510 West Mercer Street in Dripping Springs. The purpose of the meetings is to gather input from Hays County citizens about important growth-related issues in the Central Texas Region.

Five years ago, Envision Central Texas asked citizens to weigh in on how they would like to see the region grow, including how and where land is developed for housing and jobs, the types of homes we live in, how we travel around the region, and how we treat our environment. The input from many thousands of Central Texans formed the basis of a regional Vision which describes the principles, features and priorities that citizens deemed critical to preserving and enhancing our quality of life, today and in the future.

Envision Central Texas is currently conducting a Vision Progress Assessment to determine how the region has changed since 2002, if it is moving toward the concepts described in the Vision and the key priorities for moving forward. Input gathered from Regional Growth Meetings in each of the five Central Texas counties will be included in the Vision Progress Assessment report to be completed in May.

Presenters at the ECT Regional Growth Meeting for Hays County will summarize key changes that have occurred in Hays County and the rest of the region over the past five years, discuss some of the significant opportunities and challenges that are emerging and gather input from citizens on issues like transportation, the local economy, land use and the environment.

Citizens are invited to attend this significant meeting and voice their opinions about how they would like to see their community grow. No reservations are required for the meeting. Refreshments will be served. For questions, please call Wendy Peeples at Envision Central Texas at 512-916-6012 or visit the ECT website at www.envisioncentraltexas.org.

Regional Growth Meetings Schedule

Caldwell County

Date: Thursday, March 20

Time: 6:30 pm – 8 pm

Location: Lockhart City Hall

Room: The Sam Glosserman Room

Address: 308 W. San Antonio St., Lockhart

Hays County #1

Date: Monday, March 24

Time: 6:30 pm – 8 pm

Location: San Marcos Activity Center

Room: Meeting Room 3

Address: 501 Hopkins, San Marcos

Bastrop County

Date: Wednesday, March 26

Time: 6:30 pm – 8 pm

Location: Bastrop Public Library

Room: Meeting Room

Address: 1100 Church Street, Bastrop

Williamson County #1

Date: Monday, March 31

Time: 6:30 pm – 8 pm

Location: Cedar Park Public Library

Room: Community/Conference Room

Address: 550 Discovery Blvd., Cedar Park

Williamson County #2

Date: Tuesday, April 1

Time: 6:30 pm – 8 pm

Location: Round Rock Stony Point 9th Grade Center

Room: Cafeteria

Address: 1901 Sunrise Road, Round Rock

Hays County #2

Date: Wednesday, April 2

Time: 6:30 pm – 8 pm

Location: Dripping Springs ISD Administration Building

Room: Board Room

Address: 510 West Mercer Street, Dripping Springs

Travis County #1

Date: Monday, April 7

Time: 6:30 pm – 8 pm

Location: Austin Community College Eastview Campus

Room: Multi-Purpose Room

Address: 3401 Webberville Rd., Austin

Travis County #2

Date: Wednesday, April 9

Time: 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Location: City of Sunset Valley Municipal Building

Room: Council Chambers

Address: 3205 Jones Road, Sunset Valley

The Key Elements of the Regional Vision are:

· An effective transportation system that improves mobility throughout the region, increases choices of how we get around – including roads, rail, trails and bikeways – and is coordinated with land use planning.

· Protection of our environment and natural resources so we will have the open space, parks and trails that people cherish, preserve our ecologically sensitive land and ensure sustainable clean water and air for future generations.

· A diverse and thriving economy with a robust base of businesses throughout the region and quality job opportunities for our citizens.

· A variety of housing choices that are affordable for everyone in the region and offer a mix of styles, such as neighborhoods with pedestrian-friendly streets or housing within walking distance of transit and stores.

· Preservation of our region’s unique character by protecting and enhancing our neighborhoods, towns, rural areas, historic sites and special sense of place.

· An understanding that social equity and racial harmony are core values that strengthen us and actions that foster respect, civility, and opportunities for all.

· A region-wide understanding that our fortunes are tied together requiring planning, participation and collaboration by stakeholders throughout our region to ensure a successful and livable Central Texas in the future.

Envision Central Texas, 6800 Burleson Road, Building 310, Suite 165, Austin, Texas 78704

Phone: 512.916.6037, Fax: 512: 916.6001

Email: dmiller@envisioncentraltexas.org

Website: www.envisioncentraltexas.org

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