The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization
oversees transportation planning for the greater Austin region.
CAMPO’s jurisdiction includes Bastrop, Burnet, Caldwell, Hays, Travis, and Williamson counties. Every urban area with a population of 50,000 or greater is federally-required to have a metropolitan planning organization.
As part of its federal mandate, CAMPO works with all the local governments within its jurisdiction as well as the Texas Department of Transportation to produce a 25-year long range plan
for transportation in the area. As part of its duties, CAMPO also approves federal and state fund use in the region.
Beginning with the adoption of its 2035 plan in 2010, CAMPO focused planning out the region’s growth around the centers concept
. Rather than allowing the city to spread out, the centers concepts plots specific areas for higher density development. Under the idea, the centers would all be connected by public transportation.