2016 Summit Details

Kent Butler Summit
Toward a Regional Plan for the Hill Country

Hosted at the:
Wimberley Community Center
14068 Ranch Road 12
Wimberley, Texas 78676 (scroll down to view map)

Friday, April 22, 2016
8:30am – 4:00pm (Social Hour after the conference at The Leaning Pear)

Registration: $25 – Lunch included
(Registration deadline: April 20)

Purchase your ticket by clicking here.

Click here to read the University of Texas press release about a study conducted by the Hill Country Design Studio which addresses threats to water resources, scenic beauty and cultural heritage in the face of rapid population growth in the Hill Country region.



08:30 – 09:00      Coffee and Registration

09:00 – 09:15    Welcome and Overview, Moderator Karen Ford, WaterPR

09:15 – 09:35      Presentation:  Toward a Regional Plan for the Texas Hill Country

Introduction to the plan by Real County Judge Garry Merritt

09:35 – 10:15      Panel Discussion:  The Plan

Moderated discussion between Judge Merritt and four of the students who developed the plan with audience Q&A. 


  • Real County Judge Garry Merritt
  • Nick Kincaid
  • Britin Bostick
  • Laura Keating
  • Doug Norman

10:15 – 10:25      Break

10:25 – 12:00      Presentation:  Perspectives on the Hill Country Design Studio from Regional Leadership

Elected officials weigh in on the proposed regional planning framework, moderated by Judge Garry Merritt


  • San Antonio Councilmember Ron Nirenberg
  • Austin Councilmember Leslie Pool
  • Real County Judge Garry Merritt
  • Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt
  • Blanco Mayor Bruce Peele
  • San Marcos Mayor Daniel Guerrero
  • Hays County Commissioner Will Conley

12:00 – 1:25        Lunch at the Wimberley Community Center, included with registration

Featuring keynote speaker Robert Yaro, President Emeritus of the Regional Plan Association.  Also featuring an update on the Cypress Creek Watershed Protection Plan by Meredith Miller of the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment   

1:30 – 2:40           Panel Discussion:  Reactions

Reactions from subject-matter experts on the plan and response of the elected officials


  • Brian Kelsey, Principal at Civic Analytics
  • Joe Lessard, Senior Planning Director, Knudson LP
  • Angela Kennedy, Buda City Council Member
  • Francine Romero, Associate Dean at the UTSA College of Public Policy

2:40 – 2:45           Announcements

2:45 – 3:55           Panel Discussion:  What next?

Where do we go from here to begin implementation of the plan?


  • John Dupnik, General Manager, Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District
  • Terry “Tex” Toler, Main Street Manager/Historic Preservation Officer, City of Llano
  • David Baker, Executive Director, Wimberley Valley Watershed Association
  • Todd Voetteler, Executive Manager of Science, Intergovernmental Relations and Policy, Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority
  • Matt Hollon, City of Austin Watershed Protection Department

3:55 – 4:00           Closing, Moderator Karen Ford

Social Hour at The Leaning Pear (111 River Road, Wimberley)