Purpose and Scope
Purpose: To preserve, protect, and enhance the Hill Country’s scenic vistas by educating the region on the values and principles of the Scenic City Program. We will promote the Scenic City Program by helping municipalities achieve Scenic City status; providing workshops and training sessions to interested cities; and providing additional planning, legal, and other professional services to communities in furtherance of the Scenic City Program. We may also promote the Dark Skies Initiative and assist municipalities by improving their lighting regulations. The Scenic Hill Country Chapter will also promote the Scenic Roadways Program.
Geographic Scope: The geographic scope will initially focus on Bandera, Blanco, Burnet, Gillespie, Hays, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, Llano, Mason, Travis, and Williamson counties, with the possibility of future expansion within the Hill Country as needs arise. See Map.
Alan represents cities across the state as City Attorney or Special Counsel. Before going into private practice, he was a staff attorney for the Texas Municipal League. Alan graduated from Texas Tech University with his Bachelor of Arts in English, Master of Public Administration, and Doctor of Jurisprudence. He is on the Board of Directors of the Texas City Attorneys Association, and is Texas Chairperson for the International Municipal Lawyers Association. Alan is the 2015 Chairperson of the University of Texas School of Law’s annual Land Use Planning Conference. He authors the Texas Municipal Law & Procedure Manual (6th Ed.).
Michelle Fischer-Vice President
Michelle Fischer has served the City of Dripping Springs as the City Administrator for over 15 years. During her tenure, the City has experienced tremendous growth, and Ms. Fischer has worked closely with its elected officials to promote and preserve the quality of life of its citizens. She has played a role in many of the City’s accomplishments including being recognized as the first International Dark Sky Community in Texas, constructing the first wastewater treatment plant and collection system, receiving recognition as a gold certified “Scenic City,” and revitalizing the downtown Historic District and listing it on the National Register of Historic Places. Outside her role as City Administrator, Ms. Fischer serves on the Board of the Driftwood Economic Development Municipal Management District. She is also a member of the International Dark Sky Association. Ms. Fischer received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with honors from St. Edward’s University and earned her Master of Public Administration with honors from Texas State University. In her spare time, Ms. Fischer and her husband enjoy attending their two daughters’ ukulele band performances and equestrian events.
Sean Compton is a Principal and Director of Planning with TBG Partners, a landscape and planning firm founded in Austin in 1987. Through his professional practice and extensive community involvement, Sean is dedicated to promoting conservation and advancing sustainable development across Texas. A primary focus of his practice is to design conservation developments, mixed residential communities and mixed-use developments that are carefully planned and designed in response to their local context. Sean also has expertise in the design of context-sensitive, ecologically focused roadway projects. The common theme to all of Sean’s work, which spans the transect and the incredibly diverse character of Texas, is promoting and retaining an authentic environmental and cultural identity. Throughout his career Sean has enjoyed working with municipalities throughout the state as well as with prominent non-profit organizations to establish conservation easements on ecologically sensitive and majestic lands. Sean received his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture with Honors from Texas A&M University.
Ashby is a City Planner for the City of West Lake Hills, and has several years of municipal planning experience. His work has included helping the City of West Lake Hill re-write their sign ordinance and short-term rental ordinance, and helping the City achieve Scenic City Certification. Prior to working for the City of West Lake Hills, Ashby was a planner for the City of Pasadena, where he worked to help the City regulate billboards. Ashby received his Master of Public Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington, and his Bachelor of Science in Urban Planning from Texas A&M University.
Lindsey Oskoui is the Director of Planning & Development for the City of Bee Cave. In that capacity, she has overseen the City's update to its Comprehensive Plan, adoption of its Hike and Bike Connectivity Plan, and designation as a gold-certified Scenic City. During her tenure, she has advised the City on how to balance the objectives embodied in its adopted plans and awards with the tremendous growth pressure facing this region. Prior to joining Bee Cave, Lindsey worked for Ontario County, New York on transit, solid waste, and parks projects and for Wallace Roberts & Todd drafting Comprehensive Plans and Zoning Codes for municipalities throughout the country.
Sheila Lehmann, M.Ed., LPC-Coordinator
Sheila Lehmann is the Coordinator of Education and Training at the Bojorquez Law Firm. She has extensively served the communities in which she has lived throughout the past twenty years as well as held offices on several executive managing boards. She is currently an active member of the Scenic Texas Strategic Visioning Committee, Junior League of Austin, The Georgetown Project, Round Rock Area Aggie Moms Club, Texas Counseling Association/Capital Area Chapter, Round Rock/Williamson Country LifeSteps Coalition, and MENSA/Georgetown, She also serves as Coordinator for City Hall Essentials(TM) and the Texas Center for Municipal Ethics. Her passions include protecting Texas' water and rural landscapes.
Sheila R. Lehmann, M.Ed., LPC
P. O. Box 170327
Austin, TX 78717
Texas experienced unprecedented economic growth during the automobile era, with a vast highway network developing across the state as a result. Scenic Texas has worked successfully for years to encourage landscaping of Texas highways and to foster context-sensitive design of highway construction projects. However, the visual quality of many Texas roadways has deteriorated because of the proliferation of billboards. Scenic Texas works to reduce billboard blight in Texas, and to stop the construction of new billboards wherever possible. Scenic Texas is committed to restoring a positive image and preserving the legendary vistas that have made the Lone Star State famous. Scenic Hill Country is an affiliate of Scenic Texas, which is an affiliate of Scenic America.
We strive to avoid duplicating services of other excellent organizations, instead finding ways to support their efforts. These are some of the organizations doing excellent work in the Hill Country: