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Freese and Nichols is honored to be planning Fort Worth's Downtown Master Plan for 2023. Every 10 years Downtown Fort Worth, Inc., the City of Fort Worth and Fort Worth Transportation Authority engage in a planning process to refresh the vision and organize the steps to take during the next decade to fulfill that vision.

Plan 2023 is an opportunity for Fort Worth citizens to provide their creativity, perspective and insight for the project....

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Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD) is more often recognized for its water supply and flood protection efforts, but the District is also in charge of providing recreation for the beautiful Trinity Trail system. Near the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth, accessing the Farmers Branch Creek waterfalls (also known as Airfield Falls) off the Trinity River from the existing trail system has been difficult. To address this issue, Freese and Nichols began...

Read More - Unique Airfield Falls Trailhead Design Reflects Local Military History and Sustainability

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A construction milestone for the City of Fort Worth’s Phyllis J. Tilley Memorial Pedestrian Bridge took place on Monday, April 23 at 2:30 p.m. Construction crews positioned the bridge’s 163-foot-long arch across the Trinity River as the bridge nears completion. The $2.5-million bridge is the first arch-supported stress-ribbon bridge in the United States, and is named for local community advocate Phyllis J. Tilley who helped found Fort Worth Streams and Valleys, Mayfest and numerous other...

Read More - Phyllis J. Tilley Memorial Pedestrian Bridge Steel Arch Now Placed

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This week, Freese and Nichols completed a three-day forum focused on the future development plan for the Highway 191 Corridor connecting the Cities of Midland and Odessa, Texas. The Midland-Odessa Transportation Organization (MOTOR) – the Metropolitan Planning Organization for the Midland-Odessa metropolitan area – retained Freese and Nichols to prepare a plan for the approximately 14- mile corridor that considers multiple forms of transportation, adjacent land uses and the connecting street network; and respects and...

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Dan Sefko, Freese and Nichols' Urban Planning Group Manager, presented at the annual TML conference in Houston on Oct. 13 along with Todd Gottel, Mayor of Rowlett; Douglas Athas, City Council member, Garland; and John Lettelleir, Director of Development Services, Frisco. Dan spoke about improving planning process and responses to concerns about the United Nations' issuance of Agenda 21 sustainability policies.

The emphasis of the presentation centered around how cities should accurately clarify any...

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The 2011 Zoning Ordinance for the City of Frisco received the Current Planning Award from the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association. The Urban Planning team of Daniel Harrison (PM), Dan Sefko and Erica Craycraft worked on updating the ordinance for Frisco.

The project team transformed the existing ordinance into a usable document that is easy to navigate and understand – including hyperlinks, illustrations, and clear tables for permitted land uses and development...

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Wendy Shabay, Freese and Nichols Urban Planning Group Assistant Manager, was elected president-elect of the Texas American Planning Association. She will remain president-elect for two years before becoming presdent. This is the first time that the Texas American Planning Association has had a completely female executive board.

The executive members committee consists of: Wendy Shabay, AICP, Freese and Nichols, President-Elect Lindsey Guindi, AICP, City of Bryan, Treasurer Veronica Soto, AICP, City of El Paso,...

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What’s a Unified Development Code?

These are two very good questions to which planners need to know answers in an effort to broaden our understanding of the options available to communities for land regulations.

A UDC or Unified Development Code is a collection of codes emphasizing zoning and subdivision regulations (such as sign, fence and other regulations). A UDC is a holistic glimpse at a city’s development regulations ensuring land regulations...

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