Council Place 1
Stuart Gillaspie has been an active part of the City of Burleson government for almost 25 years. He was appointed to the National League of Cities (NLC) 2013 Transportation Infrastructure & Services Committee. This committee has the lead responsibility for developing NLC federal policy positions on issues involving transportation, including planning, funding, safety and security of public transit, streets and highways, aviation, railroads and ports.
Small Cities Council
Gillaspie was appointed to the Small Cities Council of the National League of Cities, and became chairman in 2014. This council was created in 1976 to ensure that the interests of small communities are reflected in the NLC’s overall policies and programs, serving as NLC’s “voice for all small cities.” Burleson hosted the summer meeting in 2014. Gillaspie was also appointed to the NLC Policy Committee on Transportation to assist in railroad issues.
Planning & Zoning Commission
The Place 1 council member served on the City of Burleson’s Planning and Zoning Commission for almost 7 years, from October 1992 to June 1999. His last year on P&Z, Gillaspie served as the chairman. Gillaspie was elected to city council in 1999.
Comprehensive Land Use Plan
In 1992, Gillaspie considered Burleson’s impending growth and decided he wanted to be a part of it. He was instrumental in establishing the City’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP). “I wanted to make a positive difference,” he said. “Growth is good, if it is managed properly.”
Since his election to the City Council, Gillaspie has been appointed as a member of Burleson’s 4B Community Service Development Committee and the 4A Economic Development Committee.
Projects he feels strongly about include:
- completion of the business park and commercial complex fronting I-35W, which was ratified as an economic development project in September 2007
- construction of the City’s hike and bike trail system
- completion of the new parks and sports complexes
The council member envisions more growth for Burleson, and he is looking forward to promoting Burleson as a City of Character. Gillaspie strongly supports the City of Character initiative and currently serves on the Character Council. Councilmember Gillaspie was honored with the Byron Black Character Award in 2016.
Gillaspie is a 1981 graduate of Burleson High School. He works as a transportation manager for Union Pacific Railroad. Gillaspie earned an associates degree in business management / administration from Hill College and a bachelors degree in business administration from Dallas Baptist University.
Gillaspie and his wife, Tina, have 3 children: Shane, Whitney, and Christin.