Blanco County partnered with the Capital Area Council of Governments and other agencies to develop a plan for the county’s economic development and transportation into the future, and the plan is in a draft stage for review. The plan creates a vision for economic growth and transportation improvements in Blanco County through the year 2040, encouraging civic leaders, business interests and citizens to play a meaningful role in sustaining the community and enriching people’s lives.
To date, the process has received public input from a meeting held in Johnson City April 25, economic development focus groups, a questionnaire provided throughout the county, and analysis of transportation data. This information has led to development of a draft plan that the public is invited to provide comments on. The public’s input will be used to finalize the plan for consideration by the Blanco County Commissioner’s Court.
The public meeting for input on the plan will be held September 26, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Old Blanco County Courthouse in downtown Blanco. Anyone who is interested in learning more or providing input to the plan is encouraged to attend. This is the second of two public meetings planned to receive input either verbally or in writing to help guide development of the plan. Light refreshments will be served. For those that cannot attend the meeting, the project website is updated with the draft plan and additional information at www.blancocountyplan.org, and project planner Mark Sweeney, AICP, is available via phone (512-916-6030) or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org). The website includes results from 182 responses to the community questionnaire, maps and more information on the planning process.
The Texas Department of Transportation is actively engaged in the process, and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute is supporting the plan through data analysis and report assistance. The people of Blanco County benefit from cooperative involvement with local officials, planning for the county’s future transportation and economic development. Local citizens, workers and the Central Texas community all stand to benefit from their collaborative contributions to leverage quality transportation and economic development planning for a Blanco County.