Land Use Planning and Financial Planning
For most governments, a large part of their revenues and expenditures are determined by how land is used within the jurisdiction. However, land use planning usually happens with little consideration given to how land use choices will impact the long-term financial health of the local government. In this session, you will hear about how to bridge the divide between land use planning and financial planning in order to build communities that are both livable and that have a strong financial foundation in the future.
Assistant City Manager, City of Fate
Justin Weiss, MPA, is the Assistant City Manager for the City of Fate, Texas. Justin first joined the City of Fate team in January, 2013 as the Assistant to the City Manager, Economic and Community Development. In June of 2015 he was promoted to serve as the Assistant City Manager and oversees Economic and Community Development, Public Works, Engineering, Planning & Development, Building Safety, and Information Technology.
Prior to his career in local government, Justin worked in the private sector as a department head for a fast-growing telecommunications company in Utah. He also has experience in Healthcare Administration from when he served as the Executive Director of a Skilled Nursing Facility in Carrollton, Texas. He received both his MPA and BA from Brigham Young University. Justin and his wife, Shannon, have been married for 11 years and have two children, a daughter and son.
Assistant City Manager, City of Georgetown
Laurie has served as Assistant City Manager since August 2011. She began her career in the City of Georgetown as a staff accountant and has more than 20 years of governmental finance experience both in Georgetown and in Hutto, where she served as Director of Finance from 2006-2009.
Laurie has given back to her profession through mentoring and service to professional organizations. She serves on the Government Finance Officers Association’s national committee on Economic Development and Capital Planning. Laurie is a member of the Texas City Management Association and the International City Management Association. She has also served on the revenue legislative policy committee for the Texas Municipal League.
Laurie graduated Cum Laude from Sam Houston State University and also received her Masters of Public Administration from Sam Houston. She is a Certified Government Finance Officer (CGFO) through the Government Finance Officers Association of Texas and is an International City Management Association Credentialed Manager Candidate.
Joe Minicozzi is an urban planner imagining new ways to think about and visualize land use, urban design and economics. Joe founded Urban3 to explain and visualize market dynamics created by tax and land use policies. Urban3's work establishes new conversations across multiple professional sectors, policy makers, and the public to creatively address the challenges of urbanization. Urban3's extensive studies have ranged geographically from over 30 states, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Joe holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Miami and Master of Architecture and Urban Design from Harvard University. In 2017, Joe was recognized as one of the 100 Most Influential Urbanists of all time.