City of Blanco

Resource Guide

NOTE — The Comprehensive Master Plan was created in 2004 to help the City of Blanco plan for its future. While the city still follows the plan, the factual information in this plan may have changed (such as the current land use map). Please keep this in mind when reading the plan.
General Information

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People:

Center for Community Support
Texas A&M University
(979) 458-3239
http://ccs.tamu.edu

Rural Information Center
www.nal.usda.gov/ric

Civic Plus (website maintenance)
www.civicplus.com

Funding:

Federal funding opportunities for rural areas
http://www.nal.usda.gov/ric/ruralres/funding.htm

Grants for rural communities
www.conservationgrants.com

Neighborhoods On-line Fundraising
http://www.libertynet.org/nol/Funding/funding.html

State of Texas Grant Alert Program
http://www.governor.state.tx.us/divisions/stategrants

Funding Solutions
www.funsol.com

STELLAR Fundraising
www.stellarfundraising.com

Land Use

General Information:

US Department of Energy Center of Excellence for Sustainable Development
http://www.sustainable.doe.gov/landuse/luintro.shtml

Urban Land Institute
www.uli.org

Institute for Local Self-Government Community Land Use Project
http://www.ilsg.org/index.jsp?displaytype=§ion=land&zone=ilsg

EPA Smart Growth Initiative
http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/index.htm

Law:

State of Texas Property Code
http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/statutes/pptoc.html

Legal Information Institute at Cornell University
http://www.law.cornell.edu/topics/land_use.html

Land Use Law
Washington University
http://www.landuselaw.edu/

Pace University Land Use Law Center
http://www.pace.edu/lawschool/landuse/

Examples:

City of Cedar Park Comprehensive Plan
http://www.ci.cedar-park.tx.us/Miscellaneous/compplan/index.html

Flatonia, TX Comprehensive Plan
http://www.destinationflatonia.com

City of Austin
http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/development/

City of Victoria
http://www.ci.victoria.tx.us/planning/index.htm

Housing

Websites:

Assorted Housing Links
www.nal.usda.gov/ric/faqs/housin~1.htm#afford

Regulatory Barriers to Developing Affordable Housing
http://www.huduser.org/rbc/

USDA Rural Development Housing Programs
http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/rhs/

HUD Rural Housing and Economic Development
http://www.fedgrants.gov/Applicants/HUD/ODGMO/AT/FR-4932-N-01/Modification1.html

Housing Assistance Council
(202) 842-8600
www.ruralhome.org

People:

Rural Development Office, USDA
www.rurdev.usda.gov
www.rurdev.usda.gov/tx

Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs
Community Development Programs
(512) 475-3900
www.tdhca.state.tx.us

Cen-Tex CDC
www.grandcentraltexas.org

Capital Area Housing Finance Corporation
http://www.cahfc.org/

Texas Low Income Housing Information Service
(512) 477-8910
www.texashousing.org

Habitat for Humanity
www.habitat.org

Enterprise Foundation
David Danenfelzer
(888)533-2244
http://www.enterprisefoundation.org/

Funding:

Information on funding sources can be found at the "people" websites listed above Economic Development

Websites:

Rural Information Center
www.nal.usda.gov/ric

SBA Online Library
http://www.sba.gov/lib/library.html

Small Business Information Sites
www.INC.com

Tip Sheets for Tourism Development
www.travel.state.tx.us

Succession Planning Information
http://dept.kent.edu/oeoc/SPP/Index.htm

People:

Service Corps of Retired Executives
(800) 634-0245
www.score.org

Small Business Administration
www.sba.gov

Small Business Development Centers
www.sbaonline.sba.gov/sbdc

Small Business Survival Committee
www.sbsc.org

National Retail Foundation
www.NRF.com

Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center
(800) 625-4876
www.tmac.org

Funding:

Skills Development Funds Program
Texas Workforce Commission
(512) 936-3120
www.twc.state.tx.us/customers/bemp/bempsub6.html

Other funding available on the websites listed

Downtown Revitalization

General Information:

Downtown Research & Development Center
http://www.downtowndevelopment.com/

An Annotated Webliography of Downtown Revitalization Resources
(Compiled by the University of Hawaii at Mano)
http://sustainable.state.fl.us/fdi/fscc/news/world/0009/drr.htm

National Main Street Center (Main Street USA)
http://www.mainst.org/

International Downtown Association
http://ida-downtown.org/

Texas Downtown Association
http://www.texasdowntown.org/

Pew Partnerships
http://www.pew-partnership.org/viableeconomies/downtown.html

Examples of Revitalization:

City of Huntsville, TX
http://www.huntsvillemainstreet.com/

City of Bertram, TX
http://www.bertramchamber.org/Community/Preservation/DowntownRestoration.asp

City of La Grange, TX
http://mainstreet.fais.net/

City of Summerside, Canada
http://www.investinsummerside.com/projects/facade.cfm

St. Croix Valley Development Design Study
http://www.metrocouncil.org/planning/stcroixvalley/stillwater_drse.htm

City of Oakland, Maine
http://www.oaklandmaine.com/downtown.html

Town of Paradise, West Virginia
http://www.townofparadise.com/downtown_revitalization.htm

Funding:

National Park Service
(Mainly for historic preservation)
http://www.ncptt.nps.gov/fundingopps/
http://www2.cr.nps.gov/hpf/hpf-fund.htm

Texas Department of Agriculture Rural Economic Development Division
http://www.agr.state.tx.us/eco/rural_eco_devo/economic_development/fin_smalltown.htm

US Department of Agriculture Rural Development
http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/

Parks and Recreation

General Park Information:

Texas Parks and Wildlife
www.tpwd.state.tx.us (General Information)

Lower Colorado River Authority
www.lcra.org

National Park Service
www.nps.gov

Trust for Public Land
http://www.tpl.org/

Rails to Trails Conservancy
www.railstrails.org

Greenspace Design
E-mail:
http://www.greenspacedesign.org/home.html

Texas Trails Network
www.texastrails.org

Playground and Other Equipment:

(This is not an endorsement of a particular company, just an information resource)
South Texas School Furniture

1-800-353-3685
www.texaslibrary.com

Gametime, Inc.
1-800-235-2440
http://www.gametime.com/

Landscape Structures, Inc.
1-888-438-6574
http://www.playlsi.com/

Playground Equipment.Com
This is a site sponsored by several manufacturers of playground equipment
http://www.playground-equipment.com/

Funding:

Lower Colorado River Authority
Paul Scallon
1-800-776-5272
www.lcra.org

Texas Department of Transportation / TEA-21
www.txdot.state.tx.us

Gametime, Inc.
1-800-235-2440
http://www.gametime.com/funding.htm

Texas Parks and Wildlife
www.tpwd.state.tx.us/grants

The Urban Parks Institute
http://urbanparks.pps.org/topics/funding/

The Trust for Public Land
http://www.tpl.org/

Infrastructure

Water:

Texas Water Development Board
http://www.twdb.state.tx.us/

Lower Colorado River Authority
www.lcra.org

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
www.tceq.state.tx.us

Water Infrastructure Network
http://www.win-water.org/

American Water Works Association
http://www.win-water.org/

Texas Office of Rural Community Affairs (ORCA)
www.orca.state.tx.us

USDA Rural Development
http://www.usda.gov/rus/

Wastewater:

Public-Private Partnerships in Water and Wastewater Infrastructure
http://www.ip3.org/water2000.htm

National League of Cities
http://www.nlc.org/nlc_org/site/policy_legislation/win/index.cfm

WaterWorld
http://ww.pennnet.com/

Texas Office of Rural Community Affairs (ORCA)
www.orca.state.tx.us

USDA Rural Development
http://www.usda.gov/rus/

Electricity:

Lower Colorado River Authority
www.lcra.org/energy

Fayette Electric Co-op
http://www.kilowatt.com/

American Public Power Association
www.appanet.org

Electric Reliability Council of Texas
www.ercot.com

The Electricity Forum
http://www.electricityforum.com/

Streets:

Texas Department of Transportation
www.dot.state.tx.us

State Infrastructure Bank
http://www.dot.state.tx.us/revexp/sib/sibtoc.htm

Capital Area Regional Transportation Planning Organization
http://www.capco.state.tx.us/CARTPO/CARTPO_Home.htm

Fayette County
http://www.co.fayette.tx.us/

US Department of Transportation
www.dot.gov

Emergency Services:

Firefighting.com
http://www.firefighting.com/

Fire and EMS Network
http://www.Fire-EMS.net/

Texas Department of Public Safety
http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/

Texas Department of Health Bureau of Emergency Management EMS Standards
http://www.tdh.state.tx.us/hcqs/ems/stndhome.htm

Schools:

Texas Education Agency
www.tea.state.tx.us

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