Scoring! How to Do the Math on Proposed Development in Your City



At Strong Towns, we talk a lot about doing the math to figure out whether highways, big box stores, and other developments are really worth building and what tax base they'll really contribute to your communicate, compared with the maintenance they'll require. But how do you actually do that math in your town? In this webcast, staff from the City of Fate, Texas will share their approach to doing Planning Commission and City Council briefings on new proposed developments that include a basic, yet effective, fiscal sustainability analysis.

Michael Kovacs, Justin Weiss and Will Rugeley will share actual staff reports and advise webcast attendees on ways they can approach their local city councils, planning commissions, city managers, and planning directors with solid numbers from their cities' own financial statements and budgets to promote fiscally sustainable development and deter unsustainable development (and the formulas to know the difference).

Q & A

Following the presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a live question and answer period with the presenters. In order to make the question and answer period productive for everyone, we are limiting this webcast to Strong Towns members only. If you're not yet a member, join us and we'll send you information on registration promptly.

If you’re a member but did not receive an invitation for the webinar in your inbox, please contact Kea, our Director of Community Engagement, and she’ll make sure you get it.

The webcast attendance is capped at 100 people so please sign up ASAP if you want to participate. The recording of the webcast will be published afterward for everyone to watch.

This webcast is based on a popular presentation given by Fate staff at the 2017 Strong Towns Summit. Read more about it here.


Webcast Speakers:

Michael Kovacs

Michael has served as Fate’s City Manager for nearly 3 years, and has over 19 years of experience in city management.  He has directly supervised departments responsible for public works, police, fire, EMS, parks and recreation, finance, building, planning, engineering, and public information.  Kovacs describes his management style as being a servant leader who is personally invested in the mission of the City, knowing and helping the staff, and focusing on the needs of the community and its elected officials. Michael was last City Manager in Galveston, Texas, where he worked to further the city’s recovery from Hurricane Ike.  Prior to Galveston, Michael was Asst. City Manager in Park City, Utah, the City Manager for Port Aransas, Texas, the Town Administrator in Surfside Beach, South Carolina, and the City Administrator for Presidio, Texas.  Michael has a MPA and BA from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi.  Michael and his wife, Fonya, have been married for 20 years.  They have one son attending the University of Texas at Dallas and 2 sons in public school.

Justin Weiss

Justin first joined the City of Fate team in January, 2013 as the Assistant to the City Manager, Economic and Community Development. As of June, 2015, he now serves as the Assistant City Manager and oversees Economic and Community Development, Public Works, 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 for 4 years where he led a newly created department and was later promoted to manage the residential and small business sales teams. Justin also has experience in Healthcare Administration. Justin has a MPA and BA from Brigham Young University. Justin and his wife, Shannon, have been married for 7 years and have one daughter. 

Will Rugeley

Will M. Rugeley, II, BS, MAG, is the Director of Planning & Development Services for the City of Fate, Texas.  Mr. Rugeley’s focus is on implementing sustainable and fiscally productive developments through sound land use policies and informed decisions that encourage high density and interconnected open spaces and trails systems.  He is currently serving as the team lead working on an update to the Fate zoning and subdivision ordinance while also managing all planning and zoning and code compliance activities.  Mr. Rugeley has a Masters of Applied Geography from Texas State University – San Marcos with a concentration in Land Management and Development.