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Conservation livestream event with Randall Arendt

Hays County will be hosting a livestreamed event online with acclaimed landscape planner, author, and lecturer Randall Arendt on October 6 at 4:30 p.m. as part of the county’s Hays County Conservation Development Guidelines project. This is exciting news for Hays County!

This event will explain important information about the benefits of protecting Hays County’s natural resources through creative conservation development. The presentation will walk through landscape features worth conserving, lot sizing, and suggested site features to design around, as well as examples from around the country where this type of design and development has succeeded. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session.

“We’re thrilled to have someone like Randall Arendt educate county officials and public on best practices for conservation design. We look forward to this exciting event to learn about tools we can use in our development guidelines in the future,” said Precinct 3 Commissioner Lon Shell.

The event is free and open to the public, but city staffs, local planning commissioners, homebuilders, and conservation organizations are all particularly encouraged to attend. You can register and submit questions for Mr. Arendt or the planning team at

The presenter, Randall Arendt, is the founding president of Greener Prospects and Senior Conservation Advisor at the Natural Lands Trust in Media, Pennsylvania. He is the former Director of Planning and Research at the Center for Rural Massachusetts, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he also served as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning. In 2003, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Town Planning Institute in London, and in 2004 he was elected as an Honorary Member of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Among his books are Rural by Design, Conservation Design for Subdivisions, Growing Greener, Crossroads, Hamlet, Village, Town, and Envisioning Better Communities: Seeing More Options, Making Wiser Choices.

This livestreamed event will be recorded and archived on the project website at

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