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 a long-range planning professional with 25 years progressively-responsible experience managing complex land use and transportation planning projects and programs at the local and regional level. Stevie currently serves as a manager within the City of Austin Planning and Zoning Department where she oversees the Long-Range Planning and Urban Design Divisions. Stevie holds a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University. Prior to joining the Planning Department in 2012, Stevie managed the regional multi-modal transportation planning program at the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, and worked as a long range planner for the City of Portland, Oregon. Stevie didn’t own her first car until she moved back to Texas in her mid-thirties, and dreams of transforming Austin into a region where opportunity for all is only a bus ride away.

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