A quick question - I hope - that is we are a small but fast growing area near Austin, and are not blessed with a lot of cash to spend on a full scope transportation plan, but are trying in a strong effort to begin laying lines (or potential routes) on paper for adoption by our Council.
We formed a committee consisting of several transportation engineers, and an transportation planner/engineer, and other local entities for input (school district) and EMS/Fire.
What I am encountering is a lot of concerns and questions of why we weren't doing the studies and impact analyses for this plan before adopting something. However, we as staff and the Council feel that doing nothing before the developers arrive leaves us at the mercy of the developers not having to help construct infrastructure; and at the same time creating tension within the City by neighbors who are afraid of loss of value in their properties where the potential routes may come.
So, the primary question for the day is: are their regional or national funding organizations that anyone is aware of that can provide funding assistance for a plan, or is there anyone else who has gone through something like this that can offer advice that will help us with working with the neighbors on providing some proactive planning in advance of the City's ability to afford the full blown planning of transportation needs, along with drainage, and a revision to our Comp plan?