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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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Exciting things are happening in the Freese and Nichols Urban Planning Group. We have gained significant exposure from a number of different outlets, and we are proud of our committed planners who continuously take active roles in their communities and within our profession.

The following Freese and Nichols projects have recently been featured in various publications and newspapers:

  • City of Aledo, Strategic Plan
  • City of Denton, Update to the Bicycle and
  • ...

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The demand for fresh foods to support healthy communities is increasing across the country. Nationwide, the number of farmers markets increased 17 percent from 2010 to 2011, with the second largest rate of growth occurring in Texas at 38 percent.

Farmers markets support the local agricultural economy, encourage social interaction and provide more environmentally friendly produce with reduced transportation and packaging needs. These markets can also supplement local health initiatives, particularly in lower income...

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Wendy Shabay , Freese and Nichols Urban Planning Assistant Group Manager and Associate and Shai Ross, AICP, Director of Community Development, City of Burleson, will be speaking Thursday, October 6. Their session, Successful Planning – The City/Consultant Dialogue, addresses the expectations and perceptions of each stakeholder's side and proposes a formula for reconciling expectations to create a successful relationship.

Read More - Shabay Speaking at the Texas American Planning Association Conference in Austin, Texas

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Brandon Gonzalez has been elected as the Young Planning Group representative to the North Central Texas American Planning Association (NCTAPA) Executive Board for the 2011-2012 fiscal year. Mr. Gonzalez served as Networking Coordinator for NCTAPA during the 2010-2011 fiscal year.

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Eddie Haas , Urban Planning Group Assistant Group Manager, has been appointed to his fourth term on the City of Coppell Planning and Zoning Commission. Mr. Haas is currently serving as Vice-Chair for the Commission.

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Wendy Shabay , Freese and Nichols Urban Planning Assistant Group Manager, was recently elected President of the Texas American Planning Association. Ms. Shabay will serve two years as President-Elect, two years as President and two years as Past President. This significant achievement will allow her to continue to take an active role in planning in the State.

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We are proud to announce that Erica Craycraft and Shad Comeaux have passed the March 2011 AICP Exam. Congratulations to you both! With these two new additions, 70 percent of the Urban Planning group is now professionally certified. Planning group team member Cody Richardson has passed three of the five sections of the Landscape Architectural Registration Exam. He will take the final two sections of this extensive process in the coming months....

Read More - Comeaux, Craycraft Earn American Institute of Certified Planners Accreditation

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