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HBA Goes Local: Travis County
June 4, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
The First Tuesday of each month, HBA hosts general membership meetings around our six-county region – coming where you are!
Topic: Travis County Transportation Blueprint
The Blueprint is Travis County’s first comprehensive, countywide transportation planning document. It complements the planning work of the 21 cities and state agencies that contribute to our county’s transportation system, while focusing on county-specific concerns in unincorporated parts of the County (63% of the County is unincorporated). The final Blueprint will be a fiscally constrained plan that defines multi-modal transportation priorities through 2045. It will be updated every five years and may be amended by the Commissioners Court as needed.
Travis County is taking public comment on its draft Transportation Blueprint through June 15, 2019. Visit www.traviscountyts.gov/blueprint to learn more and to complete a short survey. You can review individual projects, express your support or opposition, and identify your project priorities.
Cathy Stephens – Sr. Planner Travis County Transportation and Natural Resources (TNR) Department
Cathy currently is a Senior Planner with the Travis County Transportation and Natural Resources (TNR) Department, where she is working on the County’s first local transportation plan. Prior to joining Travis County in December 2015, Cathy served as the Planning and Environmental Manager for the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO), the area’s regional transportation planning agency. Cathy worked at CAMPO for 15 years. While at CAMPO, she coordinated the development of the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan and supported development of the CAMPO 2035 and 2030 Regional Transportation Plans. She also co-chaired the region’s Clean Air Coalition Advisory Committee, and helped develop and implement three regional air quality improvement plans. Prior to serving at CAMPO she worked for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) on transportation and air quality issues.
Charlie Watts, AICP – Planning Project Manger
Mr. Watts graduated with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Texas Tech University in 1984. He received his Masters of Science in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Austin in 1992. He is a certified planner of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and a member of the American Planning Association.
He has over thirty years of professional planning experience spanning both public and private sectors. He began his career in 1985 as a landscape and irrigation designer for the David Bost Group in Round Rock, Texas. In 1987, prior to joining Travis County, he worked as a Planner for Community Land Resources, Inc. (CLRINC), a planning consulting firm in Austin, Texas. While at CLRINC, he provided Geographic Information System (GIS) support, graphic design and plan element development for comprehensive plans in small municipalities throughout Texas.
Mr. Watts joined Travis County’s Transportation and Natural Resources Department (TNR) in 1993. His responsibilities include planning support for the development of Travis County’s first multi-modal, local transportation plan. Prior to this, he provided planning support to the County’s first comprehensive plan for public facilities, the Land, Water & Transportation Plan (LWTP). Other long-range planning responsibilities include an emphasis in transportation planning, capital improvements planning, and project coordination and liaison to city and State agencies.
Scheleen Walker, AICP, CNU-A – Long Range Planning Manager Transportation & Natural Resources Department Travis County (TX)
A fifth generation Texan, Scheleen received her undergraduate degree in English/Policy Studies from Rice University. Following graduation she worked for Dallas Congressman John Bryant for 9 years as a Senior Legislative Aide in Washington, DC, then returned to Texas to pursue a Master of Science degree in Community and Regional Planning at UT-Austin in 1996. Scheleen has lived and worked in Travis County ever since.
In 2001, Scheleen joined the Travis County Transportation and Natural Resources Department (TNR) as a planner, serving as the Executive Team’s community and Commissioners Court liaison, as well as TNR’s legislative manager. In 2004, she became the County’s first Air Quality Program Manager. In 2006, she joined Texas Representative Donna Howard’s staff as her first Legislative Director. Scheleen returned to Travis County in 2014 to replace the retired Long Range Planning Manager and help implement the county’s Land, Water & Transportation Plan.Register