Thursday, September 15, 2011
Friday, September 9, 2011
First, I want to invite Texas APA members to help us identify and understand the mixed use centers in North Texas. We’ve developed an online tool that makes it easy to comment on the centers we’ve identified so far, and to suggest new centers. This is important because these mixed use centers are an essential part of a successful 21st century community. They are places where people can live, work, play, shop, learn and take care of other daily needs without driving and parking a car between each destination. Comments are requested by August 10, 2011. You can get involved at: http://www.visionnorthtexas.org/Centers/index.asp.
Second, I’d like to be sure Texas APA members join Vision North Texas at the 2011 Regional Summit on October 28, 2011. The Summit will feature Keynote Speaker Richard Florida, an internationally known author and expert on economic competitiveness. New tools for creating a better future for North Texas will also be released. Information and online registration are at: http://www.visionnorthtexas.org/2011summit/index.html.
Third, I want to ask for your assistance in communication with your members and leaders. Please include links to Vision North Texas on your website (the main address is www.visionnorthtexas.org), talk us up on your blog, and include information on these items in any electronic or print communications you use. The text below is an example you can use or modify to fit your communication methods.
Thanks so much for your past support! I look forward to continuing our work together. Should you need more information on any of these, please email me or call 214-320-1154.
Karen Walz FAICP
Vision North Texas Project Manager
Monday, August 22, 2011
Planning & Development Department - Denton, Texas
Salary: $4,042.13 - $4,959.07 month
Closing Date: September 11, 2011
More information: http://www.dentonjobs.com/
Summary of Duties
- Manages development applications, and perform field inspections to ensure conformance with approved plans, policies and standards.
- Participates in the City’s multi-disciplinary or multi-departmental development review process relative to the preparation of plans, review of development proposals or other projects.
- Reviews and processes comprehensive plan amendments, development code amendments, Planned Developments (aka PUD), Master Planned Communities, rezonings, annexations, site plans, and plats.
- Manages complex planning studies, gathers relevant data, and performs statistical reports and analytical land-use research associated with physical, social & economic issues.
- Presents reports and other findings to staff, Planning & Zoning Commission, the City Council, the Zoning Board of Adjustment, and serves as liaison to such committees.
- Leads and coordinates neighborhood meetings, schedules and conducts meetings with advisory boards, commissions, and elected officials as needed.
- Participates in the development of work priorities and task coordination decisions relative to the Department’s Strategic Plan.
- Evaluates section performance and provides recommendations for improved efficiency and effectiveness. Performs complex planning tasks as assigned such as conducting reviews consultant proposals.
Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning or Community and Regional Planning and five (5) years of progressively responsible experience working as a City Planner or in an occupation involving urban/regional planning; or
Master’s degree in Urban Planning or Community and Regional Planning and three (3) years of experience working as a City Planner or in an occupation involving urban/regional planning.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
- Basics of planning and development review (zoning and subdivision ordinances)
- Revitalization of commercial corridors
- Ethics (Roles and Responsibilities of Officials)
- Land use and the law
The workshop includes a catered lunch and opportunities to meet officials from other communities to network and discuss challenges and opportunities in the development process. See attached brochure and agenda for more details.
When: Monday, August 29, 2011 – 10 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Brookside Convention Center, 1244 Brookside Drive, Hurst
Cost: $25 per person. Please make checks payable to: Midwest Section TX Chapter of APA. Credit cards cannot be accepted for payment at this time. Payment may be made at the event.
RSVP: Email names of attendees by August 25 to Karla Weaver at email@example.com or 817-608-2376.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
- Nuts and Bolts of Development Regulations (Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances)
- Ethics (Roles and Responsibilities of Officials)
- Legal Responsibilities
- Revitalization of Commercial Corridors
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Director-Elect: Douglas McDonald, AICP
Treasurer: Richard Schell, AICP
Secretary: Clayton Husband, AICP
Communications Coordinator: Clayton Comstock, AICP
Additional candidates may be placed upon the official ballot following the submission of a petition containing the signatures of at least ten or more of the qualified Section Members received by the Director by August 18, after which nominations will be closed. Petitions may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, August 1, 2011
All inquiries regarding this process should be directed to the consultant who is working with the City of Seabrook. Applications should be submitted electronically.
Strategic Government Resources
P.O. Box 1642, Keller, TX 76244
Monday, July 25, 2011
If you have any questions about the bylaws, please email Clayton Husband, AICP or call 817-459-6668.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
The Transportation Department of the North Central Texas Council of Governments is seeking a qualified individual to assist the Regional Transit Coordination and Operations Team in administering, managing, and overseeing Federal Transit Administration programs, including the Urbanized Area Formula Program, Job Access/Reverse Commute Program, and New Freedom Program. These programs are complex due to the type and number of projects funded, the multitude of customers served, coordination of a variety of transit needs, and the involvement of multiple jurisdictions.
This position will provide assistance throughout the life cycle of these programs and projects, from grant approval through project implementation leading to grant closeout. This individual will assist in the review, analysis, and evaluation of the overall direction and effectiveness of project and program oversight. Applicants wishing to be considered for this position should apply online. To be considered for any other NCTCOG position that may currently be open, applicants need to apply online separately for those postings. All submittals should include a cover letter summarizing work experience, as well as a current resume.
- Bachelor’s degree in analytical, quantitative methods
- At least one year of related experience
- Previous experience with Federal Transit Administration programs desired
Job Location: Arlington, TX, US
Position Type: Full-Time/Regular
Website: NCTCOG Job Application
- Bachelor's degree in analytical, quantitative methods such as urban/transportation planning, design or landscape architecture or other related field of study.
- At least one year of related experience.
- Experience using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and developing layers and shapefiles.
- Experience working with public and elected officials desired.
The successful candidate must possess a Bachelor's Degree in Urban/City & Regional Planning, Geography, Business, or a closely related field. Masters degree, AICP and/or PMP a plus. Applicant must have five + years experience in transit planning and/or in urban or city planning with experience managing the planning of complex capital projects.
Starting salary range: $54,019 - $64,524. Benefits include medical, dental, a 457b plan with 3-6% company contribution, tuition reimbursement program, scholarship program for employees and their dependents, an onsite wellness center, employer paid life insurance, long term care, and long term disability. THIS POSITION WILL CLOSE ON JULY 25, 2011.
Applicants must apply online at http://www.the-t.com/ . You must have an email address to apply online. A kiosk in Human Resources is available Monday - Friday from 8:30pm-4:00pm in Human Resources at the Fort Worth Transportation Authority, 1600 East Lancaster, Fort Worth, TX 76102.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
CNU North Texas along with USGBC, The Dallas Center for Architecture, ULI, and The Dallas Architecture Forum presents two lectures by Dhiru Thadani and Anne Ricker followed by a panel discussion on creating a sense of community through the built environment.
July 28, 2011 from 1p-5p at the Dallas Center for Architecture
Registation is $75 at www.cnuntx.org
Continuing Education Credit available for USGBC, CNU, AIA, and AICP members
Architect, urban designer, and author Dhiru Thadani will discuss and illustrate solutions found in the urban paradigm of the built environment to prescriptively solve several current global crises. He will argue the need for a common design language, which is the subject of his book, The Language of Towns & Cities: A Visual Dictionary -- Book signing to follow event.
Anne Ricker is a member and speaker for the Urban Land Institute, International Downtown Association and American Planning Association. With extensive experience in real estate market analysis, urban redevelopment and vision building for public and private sector clients, Anne focuses on assisting communities and the investors within them by preparing strategies for development and redevelopment and identifying partner roles and resources. Anne is a founding principal with consulting firm Ricker Cunningham.
Friday, July 8, 2011
$4,645 - $5,806 per month depending on experience. Full-Time position available - M-F 8am to 5pm.
Under general direction, leads and manages the activities of planning teams responsible for performing planning assignments such as long-range plans and studies and current planning activities, including preparing and presenting staff reports, ordinance revisions and providing technical planning and zoning assistance to the public and city departments. Bachelor's Degree in urban and regional planning, architecture, or related fields plus two (2) years related experience. Prefer a Master's Degree in related field. AICP preferred. Must successfully complete a pre-employment screen including criminal background check.
For more information and to apply please visit www.arlingtontx.gov The City of Arlington is proud to be EOE.
The theme for the conference is "The New Frontier", generally focusing on the concept of "Texas Then & Now" as it relates to planning. The conference logo will be used on a variety of materials, from the conference program and banners to session signage, shirts and giveaway items. The files available to the right have some sample logos from previous conferences.
Some quick parameters for designing the logo:
Needs to be scalable and recognizable at different scales for printing/use on giveaways and materials.
Needs to be usable in b/w or two-color printing as well as four color printing (would prefer no gradient fills).
Needs to be relevant to Fort Worth area - planning as well as thematic.
If you have further questions or want to submit a logo design for consideration, please contact Stephen Cook at email@example.com or Lyndsay Mitchell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, June 24, 2011
Cathy and Jonathon will provide a brief overview of the legislative process and political happenings during the session. In addition, they will provide an update on the 82nd Texas Legislature regular and special sessions and cover issues related to the planning profession. Amanda will provide an update on how transportation issues were addressed during the session. Speakers will also discuss issues that may return during future legislative sessions.
When: POSTPONED. Due to a speaker scheduling conflict, this session will be rescheduled for September. Registration 11:30am - noon, presentation: noon-1:30pm.
Where: Transportation Council Room - North Central Texas Council of Governments
Cost: $10.00 APA Members / $15 non-members. Box lunch from Jason's Deli included
RSVP: Amanda Wilson at email@example.com or 817-695-9284
AICP: CM Legal credits have been requested. Approval is pending.
These workshops will cover the following areas:
Monday: Spatial Autocorrelation (Concepts & Examples; Excercises & Case Studies)
Tuesday: Spatial Autocorrelation (Continuation) Identification & Visualization of Univariate and Multivariate Outliers
Wednesday: Classification & Visualization of Georeferenced Information and Intro to Spatial Regression.
When: Monday - Wednesday, June 27-29, 2011 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Where: Room UH 004 at University Hall, UT-Arlington
Cost: Free for students
RSVP: Majorie Dick at firstname.lastname@example.org or 817-272-3301
INFO: Ard Anjomani at email@example.com
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
A copy of the proposed bylaws is linked - both a clean copy and a tracked-changes version. A general summary of the proposed changes is below.
The organization and section numbering is changed. Bylaws are considered “amended and restated”.
Article II Purpose. This section was expanded to better describe the mission of the Section.
Article III Membership. Members are now classified as “Section Members” rather than “Regular Members”. The section regarding termination of membership is deleted.
Article IV Fiscal Administration. The fiscal year was changed from the calendar year to the same fiscal year calendar used by the Texas Chapter. Budget and financial reporting requirements were amended to be consistent with directives from the Texas Chapter. The portions of this section regarding special assessments, vouchers and restrictions and dissolution were deleted.
Article V Elected Officers, Appointed Officers and Executive Board. Terms of office were expanded to two years as directed by the Texas Chapter. The position of “newsletter editor” is changed to “communications coordinator” to reflect expanded use of the internet and social networking tools. The professional development officer and student representative are moved from ex-officio positions to executive board positions. Duties of the officers is expanded to reflect actual duties and coincide with Texas Chapter position duties. Quorum is expanded from 3 to 4 board members.
Article VI Elections and Voting. The Section director is charged with administering elections. A specific election process and detailed calendar are added. Allowances added for electronic or written ballots. Officers assume elected position at the conclusion of the Chapter conference every October in odd-numbered year (instead of January each year) as directed by the Texas Chapter. A process is added to fill vacancies on the executive board should the need arise.
Article VII Meetings. Executive board meetings must be noticed via electronic or other means at least 15 days prior to the meeting, as directed by the Texas Chapter.
Article VIII Committees. Three standing committees are created to further Section business – programs committee, awards committee and conference planning committee. Members of these committees are appointed by the Section Director.
Article IX Amendment of Bylaws. Expanded the section related to the procedures for the amendment of the bylaws.
Access the ballot: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MWAPA-Bylaws-Election
Friday, June 17, 2011
Applications are available from and returnable to: Personnel Department, 911 Winscott Road, Benbrook, Texas 76126. Application deadline 4:00 p.m. Thursday, July 7, 2011. www.ci.benbrook.tx.us
Friday, June 10, 2011
When: Thursday, June 23, 2011, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Where: Fort Worth ITC - 1001 Jones Street - Downtown Fort Worth
Cost: $10.00, light lunch included
RSVP: June 17 to firstname.lastname@example.org
More Info: Brett Schock at email@example.com or 817-987-4912
When: Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: Austin City Hall - 301 W 2nd St - Austin, TX 78701
More Info: Kirk D. Fauver at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, June 2, 2011
FORT WORTH (June 2, 2011) - The T (Fort Worth Transportation Authority) will hold open house meetings to give neighborhood residents and riders along East Lancaster Avenue a preview of the new enhanced bus corridor and related bus service improvements scheduled to begin operation this fall.
The meetings will be on Wednesday, June 8, from noon to 1 p.m. at The T's headquarters on 1600 E. Lancaster Ave. 76102 and Thursday, June 9 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Handley United Methodist Church on 2929 Forest Ave. 76112. They will include a presentation and a question and answer period.
"Enhanced bus corridors are a major project of The T's long -range strategic plan to make bus service along its busiest corridors, faster, more efficient, with more passenger amenities and more advanced technology," said Dick Ruddell, president of The T. "The goal of such corridors is to provide better public transportation experiences for the customer both at the stops and in the vehicles," Rudder said.
East Lancaster Avenue will be the first enhanced bus corridor in The T's service area. The Lancaster Avenue corridor that operates from Handley to the downtown Intermodal Transportation Center is the most heavily traveled corridor in The T's bus system.
Major improvements along enhanced bus corridors generally include transit signal priority for more immediate access through traffic signals at intersections to improve travel time; higher level passenger amenities at stops and shelters; 60-foot low floor buses to accommodate greater passenger loads; improved passenger information, more advanced technology, and a distinctive brand that differentiates the corridor from other bus service routes. The T's E. Lancaster enhanced bus corridor will result in changes to Route 2 and the addition of a new connecting bus route.
For more information, contact The T at 817-215-8600 or visit www.The-T.com.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Three national stormwater and LID experts will be speaking: Mr. Larry S. Coffman, Dr. Michael Barrett and Mr. David Dods. National LID expert Mr. Coffman has over 36 years of experience in stormwater management and is considered the nation's foremost expert on LID technologies and programs. Dr. Barrett has been a leader in stormwater and LID research for many years, focusing recently on pervious pavements and pollutant uptake by plants and media in biofiltration systems. Mr. Dods is a senior environmental engineer with the URS Corporation and leads the 10,000 Rain Gardens Initiative in Kansas City.
The D/FW Region workshop will discuss how LID can help address impairments in the Upper and West Forks of the Trinity River. A detailed agenda and flyer are linked.
When: Wednesday - Thursday, May 11-12, 2011 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: Arlington City Hall
More Info: Julia Raish at email@example.com
AICP: CM Credits have been requested. Approval is pending.
If you are interested in volunteering for a conference subcommittee or have general questions about the conference, please call or email one of the following conference committee co-chairs:
Clayton Husband - 817-459-6668 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Wendy Shabay - 817-735-7259 or email@example.com
Craig Sykora - 214-289-8440 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
When: Monday, May 16, 2011 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Where: Southlake Town Center
RSVP: Clayton Comstock at email@example.com or via Facebook
More Info: Craig Sykora at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Posted Date: 4/5/2011
Deadline to Apply: 4/15/2011
Hours: Flexible - 19 hours per week between Monday-Friday 8am - 5pm.
Job Summary: The Planning Intern position will provide customer service (telephone, emails, and "walk-ins"); assist with Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council packet preperation; participate in project review meetings and development meetings; maintaining and enhancing our department's web pages; performing research for special studies, policies, and potential ordinace amendments; and scanning of site plans, plats, and zoning cases into Laserfiche (the City's electronic document management system.) The Planning intern position also provides graphic arts, database, and web page assistance to the Economic Development department.
Minimum Requirements: Bachelor's or Master's degree in Planning, Urban Development, or related field, or currently pursuing a Bachelor's or Master's degree in Planning, Urban Development, or related field. Good oral/written communication skills. Interact with customers professionally and provide good customer service.
City of Keller HR Department
1100 Bear Creek Pkwy - 2nd Floor
Keller, TX 76248
Mail to: PO Box 770, Keller TX 76244 Attn: HR
Friday, April 1, 2011
Department: Planning and Development Salary: $51,770-$64,713/yr DOQ
Opening Date: 4/1/2011
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
Job Summary: The purpose of this position is the coordination of community-wide development projects, maintenance of the Comprehensive Plan, and the implementation of the Zoning Ordinance. Emphasis on infill and redevelopment with a special focus on coordinating new development requests in the Home Town new urbanist district and Smithfield and Iron Horse transit oriented development districts. This is accomplished by providing information to the general public and property developers regarding planning, land use, zoning and platting issues; and coordinating the research, development and presentation of various planning research projects. Other duties include coodinating revisions to the Zoning, Sign, and Landscape Ordinances; providing support for the Planning and Zoning Commission, Zoning Board of Adjustment and City Council meetings; and interacting with other City employees and citizens. This position does not provide direction to other employees and reports to the Director of Planning and Development. REQUIRES: Bachelor's degree in urban/regional planning or other related discipline; five to seven years municipal planning experience; valid Texas Class C Drivers License; Certification in American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and Congress of New Urbanism (CNU-A) - Accredited.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
$4,529 - $5,661 per month depending on experience. Full-Time position available - M-F 8am to 5pm. Under general direction responsible for performing gas well site inspection for the purpose of issuing gas well and drilling productions permits, perform other technical gas well inspections to ensure compliance with the gas well ordinance, other regulations and ordinances, and city zoning code during the productive life of gas wells; to provide information and assistance to developers, contractors and the general public regarding gas wells, resolve issues relating to building or gas well code compliance; and to perform a variety of technical tasks in the assigned area of responsibility. Bachelor's degree in Petroleum Engineering, Geology, Physical or Earth Sciences, or a related discipline plus 2 years experience in gas exploration, drilling and production. Possession of a valid Texas Operator's License, required.
For more information and to apply, please visit http://www.arlingtontx.gov/. The City of Arlington is proude to be an EOE.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
REQUIREMENTS: BS in Information Technology, Database Management, Geographic Information Systems or a related discipline and completion of a graduate level degree in Urban Planning or IT related field of study is preferred. Working towards a graduate level degree in these fields of study will also be considered. The starting salary range is between $22.36 and $33.54 with a maximum of 29 hours per week.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
For more information and to apply please visit www.arlingtontx.gov. The City of Arlington is proud to be EOE.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
An organizational meeting will be scheduled in late April. If you are interested in volunteering for a conference committee, please call or email one of the following people:
Clayton Husband - 817.459.6668 or email@example.com
Wendy Shabay - 817.735.7259 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
The 2010 Midwest Section Awards Banquet was held at The Ashton Hotel in downtown Fort Worth on January 14, 2011. Section members enjoyed a cocktail reception and dinner with friends and colleagues. As an added treat, caricaturist Ty Walls entertained guests with flattering portraits of themselves.
The awards review committee had an exciting and challenging time reviewing all the nominations. The committee presented awards honoring several projects: two planning project awards, a student planning project award, a planning advocate award, and one special award.
Thanks to the awards committee members for taking time during the holidays to review and discuss the submittals: Clayton Comstock, City of Southlake; Douglas McDonald, City of Keller; and Clayton Husband, City of Arlington.
Arlington Urban Design Center
The City of Arlington is experiencing a significant amount of development activity, primarily due to the opening of the new Cowboys Stadium, the success of the Texas Rangers, the expansion of the University of Texas at Arlington, and the selection of Arlington as the site for Super Bowl 2011. In order to capitalize on this surge of reinvestment, the City’s Community Development and Planning Department collaborated with the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) School of Urban and Public Affairs to create a unique planning studio staffed with six graduate students studying architecture, landscaping, and urban planning. This joint effort, called the Arlington Urban Design Center, creates public awareness about the importance of sustainable urban design and its impact on quality of life, the environment, and economic investment; and provides high-quality urban design solutions at no cost to its clients.
During its first year, the Center completed approximately 30 projects. The City’s and University’s financial commitment, along with $46,500 in grant funding and private donations, allows staff to provide services free of charge. The ability of the students to use their personal and school equipment and software significantly reduces the amount of investment needed for the program and allows the Center to function with very low overhead. In addition, Center staff educates users about sustainable development techniques such as solar energy, porous paving, rain harvesting, and energy efficient building materials.
The program is distinctive in that it provides clients with direct access to professional design staff and guidance on development proposals, creating a range of mutually beneficial outcomes:
- Students benefit extensively from real project experience.
- New students are attracted to UTA because of the unique, hands-on opportunity to be part of a successful Design Center.
- City departments are able to utilize students’ skill sets for public projects and studies, and
- Businesses, neighborhoods, and residents benefit from the availability of free professional services.
The Arlington Urban Design Center provides a model to follow for creative collaboration with local partners, and has become a strong advocate for how the planning process shapes the physical, social and economic environment of Arlington.
Imagine Burleson: Roadmap to 2030
The City of Burleson, with the help of Freese and Nichols, prepared a dynamic Comprehensive Plan that set goals to preserve the City’s history and natural resources while facilitating growth management and encouraging sustainable, desirable development. From the visioning phase to its adoption and current implementation, the goal was to facilitate an inclusive process and to develop a plan that would preserve the past, realize current potential and guide the future.
The project team implemented a progressive and thorough public participation program. Overwhelming buy-in for the Plan was achieved through a series of open houses, town hall meetings, stakeholder meetings, advertising, and high school and college student participation. The City used its resident alert system to advertise public meetings, drawing in citizens that may not have normally participated. With two colleges located in Burleson, educational organizations and college students were included in the process, revealing the desire to locate student housing in both the campus district and historic downtown.
Six key core values emerged from diverse and widespread public input: land use, complete streets, community enhancement, environmental sustainability, economic diversification, and urban design. Goals and strategies were developed that address current issues and future initiatives such as transit, livable streets, strong neighborhoods, and reinvestment into the community.
Since the Plan was adopted in April 2010, 21 associated projects have been initiated, including 14 completed code amendments. Some of these accomplishments include:
- Seeking HUD grants for redevelopment in Old Town
- Creating a mobility plan and context sensitive solutions manual
- Developing a Land Conservation Program to preserve open space and rural character
- Promoting sustainable development and urban design in a new transit oriented development district, the Interstate 35 and Highway 174 corridors, and High Point Business Park; and
- Drafting the city’s first lighting and night sky ordinance
With wide support from City leaders, Burleson ISD, the Burleson Area Chamber of Commerce and the private development community, Imagine Burleson will have a significant impact on livability for the community at every stage of life, and will become a source for best practices in the North Texas region.
North Texas 2050
Vision North Texas is a private, public and academic partnership created to serve as a forum for dialogue and action on these important issues. Beginning with a regional visioning workshop in 2005, the partnership has involved people from all parts of the 16-county area surrounding Fort Worth and Dallas in the consideration of choices for the region’s future.
The North Texas 2050 document is the first policy document that integrates recommendations for typical planning issues – land use, transportation, housing, water infrastructure and parks – at the scale of the 12,800 square mile region. It also incorporates health, education, climate resilience and economic development. This comprehensive and coordinated approach means the entities responsible for all these investments can share North Texas 2050 so their decisions all support a sustainable preferred future.
Contained in the document are a set of policy recommendations and an action package with specific priority action items that begins to implement the shared vision of the region. The plan identified a list of ‘top 20’ priority actions that should be implemented in 2010. The policies and action tools can be used by cities, developers, neighborhood groups and other individual decision-makers as they make their own investments. It uses a set of five geographic policy areas and eight investment areas to organize these recommendations so they relate to the unique characteristics and needs of each place within
Currently members of the Vision North Texas partnership are meeting with various local city councils, planning groups, and private developers to continue outreach efforts for the project. Cities such as Southlake, Fort Worth and Midlothian have already begun using the specific policy recommendations contained in North Texas 2050 in their own local land use policies and development regulations.
Through the work of Vision North Texas, a new vision for the future has emerged that accommodates anticipated growth and offers a higher quality of life and a better future. The North Texas 2050 document presents this preferred future and proposes action to make it a reality.
Student Planning Project
Vidor Comprehensive Land Use Plan
Each year the Midwest Section honors a student project that makes a significant contribution to the planning profession. The city and regional planning program at the University of Texas at Arlington provides opportunities for research on issues of concern to local governments, public agencies and nonprofit organizations in a wide range of areas. The research is conducted by graduate students working under the supervision of a qualified professor. There are scores of graduates of the UTA program working in the Arlington-Fort Worth area.
The City of Vidor approached the University to seek assistance with creating a comprehensive land use plan as a precursor to enacting the city’s first zoning ordinance. A team of seven graduate students, under the supervision of Dr. Ard Anjomani, began the project in January 2010, and presented the plan to the Mayor, City Council, and citizens of Vidor in October 2010. The plan has since been adopted unanimously by the City Council.
Despite previous attempts, the City of Vidor had never had a zoning ordinance. Historically, the city has managed land use through deed restrictions and covenants. This created a fragmented built environment, with undesired land uses mixed within existing residential neighborhoods. Additionally, Vidor has experienced two hurricane strikes (Rita and Ike) in the last several years, which greatly affected the city.
The planning process also focused on developing a planning vision and population and employment growth scenarios for Vidor, not simply a template for creating a zoning ordinance. The project team used aerial images, on‐site observations, and Orange County Appraisal District data to establish a base map of natural and built features, land uses, and existing infrastructure. Students researched and analyzed population, employment, housing, and other data for Vidor, Orange County, and the southeast Texas region.
Public input included a day‐long presentation and work session in May 2010. This included presentation of a “State of the Community Report”, a visioning and goal setting session, and an interactive map exercise. The results of this meeting validated background data and identified a preferred growth scenario. The vision statement, planning goals, and land use policies were reviewed and revised over time in consultation with City staff and elected officials in order to finalize the plan.
The planning document itself utilizes descriptive imagery, figures, and tables. In addition, the plan makes extensive use of GIS mapping capabilities. The report concludes with a discussion of suggested next steps for Vidor to implement land use regulation in conformance with the new plan. Extensive appendices provide background information and detailed supporting analysis.
These students distinguished themselves in their contributions to the profession and to the city and regional planning program at UTA.
Each year the awards committee recognizes the outgoing director for their service and dedication as Director of the Midwest Section, and for representing the Section on Texas Chapter board. Being director is a three-year commitment of planning programs and events, managing all activities of the section, attending state board meetings, and ultimately, serving as advisor to the Board. As all past directors can attest to, it’s the final duty as advisor that is most satisfying, as all those other duties are over with.
The awards committee was pleased to recognize Curvie Hawkins for his service as director of the Midwest Section for 2010.
Monday, January 24, 2011
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Real Projects, Incentives & Answers - January 27, 2011 $45 ($30 for students) 8:00am-10:30am - Discussion regarding benefits of sustainability projects and a panel discussion on real projects, real answers and lessons learned.
Summit Breakfast - Show Me the Money - February 16, 2011 $45($30 for students) 8:00am-10:30am
Discussion on venture capital and who is funding green development.
For registration and more information please consult the flyer.
The 2010 Midwest Section Texas APA award winners include:
Project Planning Award
North Texas 2050
Vision North Texas
Project Planning Award
Imagine Burleson: Roadmap to 2030
City of Burleson
Planning Advocate Award
Arlington Urban Design Center
City of Arlington
University of Texas at Arlington
Student Project Award
Vidor Comprehensive Land Use Plan
School of Urban and Public Affairs
University of Texas at Arlington
Thanks for all nominations. The Section looks forward to seeing new and innovative projects again as nominations for next year's awards.
Monday, January 3, 2011
Planning Intern Job Description
- Provide support to staff in the Development Services and Strategic Planning Divisions
- Assist with the update, input and compliation of data for various City of Arlington reports
- Assist with the administration of zoning and platting applications
- Research various planning and zoning issues including, but not limited to, comprehensive planning, transportation, neighborhood planning, housing, economic development, gas drilling, design standards
- Ability to attend meetings and seminars as needed
- Ability to research and organize thoughts and ideas in a concise manner
- Ability to use the internet and various computer software (i.e., Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, PhotoShop, Adobe InDesign)
- Will involve driving of a City vehicle for site visits.
Bachelor's Degree in urban and regional planning, geography/GIS, political science/public administration, architecture, landscape architecture, environmental science, business or related field required. Pre-employment screening will include criminal background and motor vehicle record.
The City of Arlington's Department of Community Development and Planning provides a great learning environment for planning and public administration. The City of Arlington is proud to be an EOE. This position closes on January 12, 2011.
To be considered for this position, candidates must apply online at the City of Arlington's website at: http://www.ci.arlington.tx.us/employment/erecuiting.html