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Dallas wants to be the leader of major U.S. cities when it comes to protecting the environment. The City has already adopted one of the most progressive green building ordinances to address the design of structures, and now Freese and Nichols is working with Dallas to implement the Integrated Stormwater Management Design Manual for Site Development (iSWM) to better handle stormwater runoff from the land around those buildings.

Future Development City leaders want...

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As part of the firm’s Bee Cave Parkway project, Freese and Nichols designed a two-span pedestrian and cyclist crossing under Bee Cave Parkway and alongside Freitag Creek to provide access to the city park. Throughout the project, keeping close to Freitag Creek’s natural features was crucial to the City.

Innovative Creek Crossing under Bee Cave Parkway Freese and Nichols innovatively designed Freitag Creek’s two-span pedestrian crossing under Bee Cave Parkway as a multi-purpose...

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For more information, contact Lesley Brooks .

Traditional planning and design of stormwater management systems focuses on minimizing construction costs and maximizing developable land. Decades of using the traditional method and micro-designing stormwater management systems has created a chaotic network of pocket detention ponds and stressed pipe and channel systems, which municipalities are struggling to obtain sufficient funding to repair. The impacts on these systems are further exacerbated by increases in projected population and...

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United States in a Stormwater Funding Crisis According to Steve Allbee of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, our nation is underfunding necessary stormwater, wastewater and water infrastructure improvements by at least $540 billion. Considering that most cities typically maintain only water and wastewater utility funding sources, this nationwide funding deficit is particularly alarming for those of us in stormwater management.

New Requirements Result in Growing Costs With Phase II MS4 stormwater quality...

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Mitigating flood hazards has become a necessity for many municipalities pursuing a more sustainable community and increased environmental quality. Fortunately, federal funding is available, usually in a 75-percent/25-percent federal/local cost share arrangement, through the authorization of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act. In Texas, most of the flood hazard mitigation grants are administered through the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) and the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM). Applying for and...

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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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