Michele Haussman, Principal Download vcard »

Michele Haussmann started Land Use Solutions consulting firm to continue representing clients in Central and South Texas for the purpose of obtaining municipal land development entitlements. She has twenty years of experience working in the land use and land development area of real estate development. After graduating from college, she worked with the City of Austin Development Review and Inspection Department, and the City of San Marcos Planning and Development Services Department. Prior to starting Land Use Solutions, Michele served as Director of Planning and Development for several law firms in San Antonio and Austin. READ MORE »

    Michele represents clients in the entitlement process, including rezoning, city code interpretations, neighborhood plan amendments, vested rights, major thoroughfare plan amendments, and economic development agreements. She represents clients in Austin and San Antonio, as well as many other municipalities in Texas. She has a working knowledge of local land development regulations as well as municipal comprehensive plans. She specializes in developing strategies and solutions to address complex issues associated with securing approval of entitlements. She has worked on all forms of residential, commercial, mixed use, and industrial developments that entailed complex environmental, transportation and drainage issues.

    Michele works with the community to build consensus in connection with rezoning requests, neighborhood plan amendments and ordinance amendments. She has established long term relationships with city and county leaders, board members and commissioners, governmental staff, environmental interest groups, neighborhood associations, and other stakeholders involved with the land development and permitting process. Michele and her team of professionals strive to provide comprehensive solutions resulting in project approval in a timely and respectful manner. She is a registered lobbyist with the City of Austin and City of San Antonio.

    Education

    Texas State University-San Marcos, Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Urban and Regional Planning, Political Science

    Honors & Awards

    Downtown Austin Alliance Economic Development Corporation Task Force (2015), Music Commission Creative + Real Estate Working Group (2015), Austin Business Journal Profiles in Power (Top 25 Women, 2012), Real Estate Council of Austin Leadership Development Council (2003), American Planning Association Director's Award for Outstanding Service in the Planning Profession (2000)

    Organizations

    American Planning Association (1991-present), Anti-defamation League Board of Directors (2015-2017), ADL 2011-2012 Glass Leadership Institute Class, Austin Parks Foundation Board of Directors (1999-2002) (Board Secretary), Heritage Society of Austin Board of Directors (2000-2007), International Council of Shopping Centers Member (2000-Present), Real Estate Council of Austin Board of Directors (2011-Present), Real Estate Council of Austin (2000-Present), Real Estate Council of San Antonio (2006-Present)

Kris Bentkowski, Project Manager Download vcard »

Kris Bentkowski is the Project Manager for Land Use Solutions and represents clients in the Central and South Texas areas. She is responsible for all administrative duties in both the San Antonio and Austin Offices. She coordinates the requests for any land development entitlements required for a project from the pre-submittal stage through the development of the presentations displayed at Planning Commission and City Council public hearings. This includes the submission and preparation of applications, the preparation of exhibits, and the organization of the presentations. READ MORE »

    Her extensive involvement in the organization provides her with a working knowledge of local land development regulations as well as municipal comprehensive plans. Kris directs the preparation of materials to support requests for rezoning, neighborhood plan amendments, ordinance amendments, vested rights requests, and many other requests for entitlements. Office records are maintained and organized under her supervision. Kris is also the point of contact for clients to ensure all projects are thoroughly completed within a reasonable time frame.

    Education

    Bachelors in Business Management, Penn Foster College

    Organizations

    Project Management Institute (2016-Present)

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