Integrating Capital Improvements Planning With the Comprehensive Plan

PAS Memo — September-October 2018

By Stevie Greathouse, Liane Conte, AICP, Ming-ru Chu


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In an ideal world, a jurisdiction's comprehensive plan and capital improvements program are well integrated, with planners engaged in making sure the vision and goals of the comprehensive plan are shaping the community's investments through the CIP. But in reality, even with the best of intentions (and policies on the books), this is an area in which most local governments fall short.

This PAS Memo explains how the City of Austin, Texas, developed a new model for the capital improvements program planning process to better involve planners and integrate comprehensive planning into the CIP.


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Sept. 1, 2018
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About the Authors

Stevie Greathouse
Stevie Greathouse is an urban planning professional with 25 years experience managing land use and transportation planning projects and programs at the local and regional level. Stevie currently serves as a division manager over small area planning and code development for the City of Austin Housing and Planning Department. After receiving her BA in English Literature from Reed College, Stevie earned her Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University, and worked as a long range planner for the City of Portland for almost a decade before returning home to Texas in 2003. In Austin, Stevie has held multiple planning positions in local and regional government, and is known as a collaborative, effective leader and project manager. In her current role, Stevie manages the city efforts to deliver equitable transit oriented development to the Austin community in concert with build out of the Project Connect transit system.

Liane Conte, AICP
<p>Liane (Miller) Conte, AICP is a Planning and Policy Program Manager with the Systems Development Division of the Austin Transportation Department. In this role, she leads a team working on transportation planning and policy initiatives, such as the development of the Austin Strategic Mobility Plan, the City&#39;s first integrated, multimodal transportation plan. She is also developing the City&rsquo;s first Street Impact Fee program and improving development regulations through an updated transportation criteria manual. She has previously worked in other City of Austin departments on long-range infrastructure planning, zero waste programming, and the City&rsquo;s award-winning comprehensive plan, Imagine Austin. Liane has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and Master&rsquo;s degrees in Planning and Public Administration from the University of Southern California.</p>

Ming-ru Chu