TexasPlans Legislative and Advocacy Summit
Connect with planners from across Texas on important planning policy issues and help advocate for stronger communities. #TexasPlans Texas Planners Head to Austin
The APA-Texas Chapter is hosting its first ever Legislative and Advocacy Summit in conjunction with Planners' Day at the State Capitol. Topics from this Summit were selected based on feedback from the Chapter's legislative priority survey.
As planners, we must advocate for stronger communities by engaging on local, state, and federal legislative issues that affect planning. While the Texas Legislature is not currently in session, it is important for Chapter members to stay engaged and use this time to connect with legislative staff to share the stories of exemplary planning that have resulted in stronger and healthier communities. The Chapter is preparing for a strong and effective presence during the 87th Texas Legislature in 2021, and we need your help.
Don't miss a chance to see the great planning stories in the Texas State Capitol!
Day 1: Monday, March 30, 2020 - Legislative & Advocacy Summit
Location: Texas Capitol Legislative Conference Center | Capitol Extension, Room E2.002
Light Breakfast and Lunch Provided
8:00am - Check-in begins
8:30am - Welcome by APATX President
8:45am - Land Use Case Law Update & Outlook
10:00am - MUDs, SUDs, and other Special Districts
10:45am - BREAK
11:00am - Affordable Housing
12:30pm - Lunch Speaker: Demographic Characteristics and Trends in Texas - Implications for Land Use
1:15pm - BREAK
1:30pm - HB 2439 - What Next
2:30pm - Navigating State and Federal Politics as a Municipal Planner
3:00pm - Advocacy Training: Using Stories for Advocacy
4:00pm - BREAK
4:15pm - Planners' Day at the State Capitol Training
6:30pm - Evening Reception and Dinner Recognizing the 2020 Great Places in Texas with Chet Garner of The Daytripper (Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol, 701 E. 11th Street - Capitol View Terrace Room)
Day 2: Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - Planners' Day at the State Capitol
Attendees who wish to participate in Planners' Day must indicate on the registration form. Meetings with legislative staff (both House and Senate) will be scheduled by APATX between 9am and 4pm and will typically last between 15-30 minutes each. Availability and time depends on the legislative staff, so you would need to plan to be available from 9am to 4pm. Exact meeting times will be provided two weeks in advance. Training for these meetings will take place on March 30th at 4:15pm.
Location: Texas State Capitol
8:30am - Group Photo (Meet at South Capitol Steps MAP)
9:00am - 4:00pm - Individual Meetings with Legislative Staff
Lunch is on your own.
Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol
701 E. 11th Street | Austin, TX 78701
APA Discounted Rate: $189/Night Excluding Taxes
Direct reservation link to be provided soon. Cut-off for discounted hotel room rates is Friday, March 6, 2020.