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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...

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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...

Read More - Obtaining Flood Hazard Mitigation Grants

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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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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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