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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 enhances the natural and human environments. The plan will help...

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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 misinformation about Agenda 21 and sustainability efforts, especially early in the...

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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 regulations. The ordinance also incorporates a form-based code manual for mixed-use planned developments,...

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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, Immediate Past-President

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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 (including definitions) work in concert without conflicting, confusing or overlapping existing regulations and...

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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 Linkage Component of the Denton Mobility Plan
  • City of Greenville, Small Area Plan
  • City of
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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 areas often referred to as “food deserts” that have less access to...

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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.

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