Below is a summary of Diane Miller’s report on the Envision Central Texas greenprint project. Several SMGA members have participated in one way or another in bringing this to fruition.
Update for Hays County Greenprint Stakeholders – April, 2009
Thanks to everyone who attended the Hays County Greenprint Stakeholder meeting on April 1 in Wimberley. During this meeting, attendees reviewed a series of maps illustrating lands in the county that may meet the park and conservation goals established by the stakeholder group last year. After discussing each of the individual goal maps, attendees were asked to decide which goals they felt were most important. Each participant registered their priorities using an electronic keypad device that Trust for Public Land staff used to generate a composite map displayed in real-time at the meeting. The purpose of this composite map is to show areas where overlapping priorities exist, thereby creating an “opportunity map” that the community can use when choosing where to concentrate efforts and resources for park and land conservation. Visit http://envisioncentraltexas.org/Hays_County_Stakeholder_Meeting_4-1-09_Summary.pdf to read a detailed meeting summary, including rankings of the individual goals and next steps. The Hays County Greenprint Stakeholder Group will re-convene in early June to evaluate the refined goal and composite maps and discuss action items to conclude the planning aspects of this initiative. Similar Greenprint planning processes are underway in Bastrop and Caldwell Counties , and their stakeholder groups also met last week to discuss the goals and composite maps for their county. Thank you again for your involvement in creating this important tool for Hays County and we look forward to seeing you in June!
The Central Texas Greenprint for Growth (the “Greenprint”) is a tool to help communities identify the best opportunity areas for new parks and land conservation, while also balancing the growth and infrastructure needs of our rapidly urbanizing region. The project includes counties in the Central Texas metropolitan area and expands on the Travis County Greenprint for Growth completed during the fall of 2006. For more, visit the Greenprint website at http://centexgreenprint.webexone.com. Once at the website, simply click on “enter as a guest” on the lower left side of the screen to access a variety of documents in the “public links” section, as well as by clicking on the “documents” section on the left side.