News Flash

City News

Posted on: December 14, 2016

City of Buda Planning Director Takes on New Role

Headshot of Chance Sparks

City of Buda Planning Director Chance Sparks is taking on a new role with the City. Sparks, who previously served as Interim Assistant City Manager, has been appointed Assistant City Manager.  

Micah Grau, who comes to us from Hutto, was also recently named Assistant City Manager. The City will now have two Assistant City Managers and responsibilities will be split between Sparks and Grau.  

 “I’m looking forward to continuing my relationship with the City of Buda, a community that I must admit I’ve fallen in love with over the last six years,” said Sparks. “We are blessed with a great community, great leadership and great staff, and I’m looking forward to working with Micah as we seek new  and better ways to meet the needs of our citizens and rise to the challenge of new community expectations. I know our team can not only preserve, but enhance the quality of life that has brought so many here over the last several years.”

During his time with the City, Sparks has overseen planning, development services, code enforcement, building services and tourism. Upon his hiring, he was tasked with creating a department and implementing best practices in the face of tremendous growth in Buda.

Sparks has also led the adoption or revision to several long-range plans, including:

  • Buda 2030 Comprehensive Plan, which won the 2012 Comprehensive Planning Award for Texas
  • Downtown Master Plan
  • Transportation Master Plan
  • Facilities Master Plan & Space Needs Assessment
  • Historic Preservation Design Standards & Guidelines

In large part to these efforts, the City of Buda was named Community of the Year by the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association in 2015 . The City was recognized for developing  and implementing plans in a responsible, thoughtful and innovative manner.

Sparks is currently leading implementation of the new Main Street Program, supporting a transition to provide in-house rather than contracted building services, establishing a more robust geographic information systems data mapping service, and managing the comprehensive revision to the Unified Development Code. In addition, he is heavily involved in oversight of the 2014 bond program.

Prior to joining Buda in 2010, Sparks was the Senior Program Analyst for the State of Texas Disaster Recovery Program in response to Hurricanes Ike & Dolly, where he led the drafting of the State Action Plan to promote long-range planning and resiliency, managed a variety of professional services contracts, developed funding models for the distribution of Federal disaster recovery funds, and worked with a team to create the application and business processes for the disaster recovery infrastructure programs. Sparks also served as the Planning Manager for the City of San Marcos and the Planning and Development Services Director for the City of Bulverde.

Sparks is highly respected within the Texas planning profession. He has served in regional and state leadership in the American Planning Association for more than a decade, and as a peer reviewer for the American Institute of Certified Planners. He is currently the American Planning Association Texas Chapter Texas Municipal League Affiliate and Legislative Affairs Liaison. A recognized expert in the planning field, Sparks is called upon to provide fellow planners training in the areas of ethics, legislative and legal issues, comprehensive planning and personnel management.

“Chance Sparks has done yeoman’s effort for the City of Buda and I am glad to be in a position to reward his dedication and faithfulness to the City. It is always fulfilling to reward existing staff members with a promotion,” said City Manager Kenneth Williams. “Chance’s skill set brings valuable attributes to us as an Assistant City Manager while we plan and construct the future of the City of Buda. We look forward to working with him, Mr. Grau and City Staff in achieving the goals that are identified by the Buda City Council. Although small in numbers, we feel we have a staff that can compare results with any city in the country.”

Sparks holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geography — Urban and Regional Planning and a Master of Public Administration from Texas State University. He holds a certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners and is an Accredited Member of the Congress for the New Urbanism.



Download Press Release
Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in City News

Old San Antonio Road is Open

Posted on: September 19, 2019
boo da pumpkin

17th Annual Boo-Da Halloween

Posted on: September 11, 2019
Transportation and Mobility Master Plan Generic

Transportation & Mobility Master Plan

Posted on: September 6, 2019
1668733_onMyBallotB_Standard_GDE

New Hays County Voting Machines

Posted on: September 5, 2019
SCAM ALERT 2

SCAM ALERT

Posted on: September 3, 2019
labor day

Labor Day Holiday - Sept. 2, 2019

Posted on: August 27, 2019
Irrigation Pic 2

Maintaining Your Irrigation System

Posted on: August 21, 2019
Image of Indoor Volleyball Court

Sunfield Station Ribbon Cutting

Posted on: August 16, 2019
water smart 2

Water Smart Customer Portal

Posted on: August 16, 2019
road construction

REMINDER: Back to School Traffic Safety

Posted on: August 15, 2019
budafest 1

Budafest Canceled for 2019

Posted on: August 9, 2019
flame image

Hays County Burn Ban In Effect

Posted on: August 6, 2019
flame image

Prescribed Burn on Tuesday, July 30

Posted on: July 29, 2019
Main Street 2

Bond Project Updates - July 26, 2019

Posted on: July 26, 2019
modular home page portal and mobile

WaterSmart Customer Portal Open

Posted on: July 16, 2019
Buda Tower

The Big Picture Weekly Newsletter

Posted on: July 5, 2019
IMG_0036

Red, White & Buda - July 4, 2019

Posted on: July 1, 2019
Red, White and Buda Newsletter

Red, White & Buda Information

Posted on: June 27, 2019
Fireworks Photo

Fireworks Prohibited in City of Buda

Posted on: June 19, 2019
Buda Sportsplex

Buda Sportsplex Open

Posted on: June 18, 2019
fireworks Dec. 17

Red, White & Buda - July 4, 2019

Posted on: June 11, 2019
IMG_3739

The Harper Family Reunion

Posted on: June 9, 2019
Main Street Week Picture

Buda Main Street Week - April 14-20

Posted on: April 15, 2019
Green Meadows Splash Pad

Green Meadows Splash Pad NOW OPEN

Posted on: April 11, 2019
road construction

Traffic Alert: Main Street and RM 967

Posted on: February 25, 2019
water drop 2

City of Buda Annual Sewer Averaging

Posted on: February 19, 2019
Annaul Report 2

City of Buda Annual Report 2017-18

Posted on: February 11, 2019
Trash Off Image Trees

Buda Trash-Off - April 6, 2019

Posted on: February 4, 2019
Construction Sign

The Big Picture - Week of Jan. 21, 2019

Posted on: January 25, 2019
frozen

Freezing Temperatures This Weekend

Posted on: January 16, 2019
Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

Posted on: January 14, 2019
P1022412

Bond Project Updates - Jan. 7, 2019

Posted on: January 7, 2019
Year In Review Video

The Big Picture - Week of Dec. 31, 2018

Posted on: January 4, 2019
Year In Review Video

City of Buda 2018 Year in Review

Posted on: January 2, 2018
TDS Trash Twitter 2

Texas Disposal Systems New Year's Schedule

Posted on: December 29, 2018
fireworks Dec. 17

Fireworks Prohibited In City Of Buda

Posted on: December 20, 2018
TDS

TDS Holiday Trash and Recycling Schedule

Posted on: December 19, 2018
1654482_offHeGoes_Canvas_Square

Christmas Holiday Schedule

Posted on: December 17, 2018
Trail 50

The Big Picture - Week of Dec. 10, 2018

Posted on: December 14, 2018
Trail of Lights Date Flyer w_ Make-Up

Trail of Lights at Stagecoach Park

Posted on: December 12, 2018
Trail 50

The Big Picture - Week of Dec. 3, 2018

Posted on: December 7, 2018
Flash Flood Watch

Flash Flood Watch

Posted on: December 6, 2018
Trail 50

Trail of Lights at Stagecoach Park

Posted on: December 3, 2018
IMG_9843

The Big Picture - Week of Nov. 26, 2018

Posted on: November 30, 2018
Budafest Parking

Budafest Parking/Shuttles - Dec. 1 & 2

Posted on: November 27, 2018
budafest

Budafest Still Accepting Sponsors!

Posted on: November 19, 2018
tree lighting

The Big Picture - Week of Nov. 12, 2018

Posted on: November 16, 2018
City Park Sponsorships

Buda City Park Sponsorship Opportunities

Posted on: November 9, 2018
american flag

The Big Picture - Week of Nov. 5, 2018

Posted on: November 9, 2018
Trail 52

Trail of Lights at Stagecoach Park

Posted on: November 2, 2018
american flag

Veterans Day Holiday - November 12, 2018

Posted on: November 2, 2018
voter box 2

The Big Picture - Week of Oct. 29, 2018

Posted on: November 2, 2018
The Antioch Colony Pic

Buda History: The Antioch Colony

Posted on: October 30, 2018
Public Comment

City of Buda Public Comment Procedure

Posted on: October 31, 2018
IMG_9138

The Big Picture - Week of Oct. 22, 2018

Posted on: October 26, 2018
voter box 2

The Big Picture - Week of Oct. 15, 2018

Posted on: October 19, 2018
josh award 1

The Big Picture - Week of Oct. 8, 2018

Posted on: October 12, 2018
City Seal Logo Converted

Zoning Change Request Information

Posted on: October 12, 2018
voter box 2

November 6, 2018 Election Information

Posted on: October 9, 2018
IMG_0347

The Big Picture - Week of Oct. 1, 2018

Posted on: October 5, 2018
Buda FD Logo 1

Buda Fire Department Class 1 ISO Letters

Posted on: September 21, 2018
fajita fiesta - sportsplex

The Big Picture - Week of Sept. 17, 2018

Posted on: September 21, 2018
shareyourwisdom

May is Older Americans Month!

Posted on: May 9, 2017
National Drug Take-Back Day Pic

Buda PD/DEA Drug Take-Back Day

Posted on: April 10, 2017
Good Friday Holiday

Good Friday Holiday

Posted on: April 10, 2017
Easter Egg Hunt 11 - City of Buda

City of Buda Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Posted on: March 21, 2017
Municipal Site Live Camera Pic

Municipal Site Live Camera

Posted on: March 7, 2017
Austin Capitol Building

Buda Legislative Day at the Capitol

Posted on: March 2, 2017
Municipal Building Rendering

The Big Picture - Week of Feb. 20, 2017

Posted on: February 24, 2017
Big Picture Feb. 13.jpg

The Big Picture - Week of Feb. 13, 2017

Posted on: February 17, 2017
Presidents Day Holiday Pic

All City Offices Closed On President's Day

Posted on: February 13, 2017
Picture of Tommy Poer

The Big Picture - Week of Feb. 6, 2017

Posted on: February 10, 2017
Public Works Crew

The Big Picture - Week of Jan. 30, 2017

Posted on: February 3, 2017
Jan 23 Big Picture.jpg

The Big Picture - Week of Jan. 23, 2017

Posted on: January 27, 2017
Heritage Tree

Tree Relocation on Municipal Site

Posted on: January 26, 2017
Pic of Crew Working on Municipal Site

The Big Picture - Week of Jan. 16, 2017

Posted on: January 20, 2017
Buda City Seal

CITY PUTTING FLUORIDATION ON HOLD

Posted on: January 19, 2017
Picture of West Goforth Work

The Big Picture - Week of Jan. 9, 2017

Posted on: January 13, 2017
Christmas decorations taken down

The Big Picture - Week of Jan. 2, 2017

Posted on: January 6, 2017
Flyer of Focus Group on Aging

Focus Group on Aging

Posted on: January 4, 2017
Picture of Inside of Parks and Maintenance Building

The Big Picture - Week of Dec. 26, 2016

Posted on: December 30, 2016
Picture of Fireworks in the Sky

Fireworks Prohibited in City of Buda

Posted on: December 29, 2016
Animated Picture of a Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree Disposal Information

Posted on: December 27, 2016
Lee Urbanovksy Being Sworn-in

The Big Picture - Week of Dec. 19, 2016

Posted on: December 22, 2016
Flyer With Christmas Schedule Information

Christmas Holiday Schedule

Posted on: December 19, 2016
Crew Paving Interstate Drive

The Big Picture - Week of Dec. 12, 2016

Posted on: December 16, 2016
Picture of Stagecoach Park Pond Surrounded by Lighted Christmas Trees

The Big Picture - Week of Dec. 5, 2016

Posted on: December 9, 2016
The Big Picture Graphic

The Big Picture - Week of Nov. 28, 2016

Posted on: December 2, 2016
Event Cancelled Graphic

Budafest Cancelled

Posted on: December 2, 2016
Picture of Wiley Hopkins being sworn-in by City Secretary

The Big Picture - Week of Nov. 21, 2016

Posted on: November 23, 2016
Photo of Ray Creswell Sitting at Desk

City of Buda Hires First Project Manager

Posted on: November 23, 2016
the big picture week of nov. 14.JPG

The Big Picture - Week of Nov. 14, 2016

Posted on: November 18, 2016
Friends of the Buda Library Flyer

Friends of Buda Library Annual Book Sale

Posted on: November 14, 2016

The Big Picture - Week of Oct. 31, 2016

Posted on: November 4, 2016
Big Picture Graphic

The Big Picture - Week of Oct. 24, 2016

Posted on: October 28, 2016

Golf Cart Ordinance Reminder

Posted on: March 31, 2015

FAQs: Electro Purification Agreement

Posted on: February 9, 2015