The Houston-Galveston Area Council conducted a series of Strategic Planning Initiatives to provide funding and planning assistance to areas in order for those areas to evaluate how they would best implement the Regional Transportation Plan. As a sub-consultant to AECOM with another firm, Ms. Donatto (now a partner at Anthem, LLC) was responsible for overseeing Transportation Modeling, Land Use Scenario Development, and Implementation Strategy.
Ms. Donatto’s key tasks completed included attendance at stakeholder/public meetings and the detailed analysis of Traffic Analysis Zone (TAZ) data and census data for employment and demographics to determine the most appropriate location for Transit-Oriented Development. Ms. Donatto worked directly with AECOM and CDM Smith to provide TAZ projection data for three different modeling scenarios and evaluated ordinances for the cities of Pearland, Alvin, and Manvel to determine any impediments to potential TOD efforts. This effort required extensive research of and cultural familiarity with each area in order to provide realistic land use scenarios.