Catch Our Presentations at the APA Texas Conference

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Wendy Shabay

Urban Planner

Freese and Nichols will have five presentations Nov. 1-3 at the American Planning Association Texas Chapter conference. Catch Freese and Nichols’ presentations below.


Doing Your Job – Commissioner Roles and Ethical Behavior

Who: Edmund Haas, AICP, Freese and Nichols 
Ann Bagley, FAICP, Bagley Associates 
Douglas P. Schomburg, AICP, City of Sugar Land
When: 2-3:30 p.m. Thursday
What: As appointed and elected officials, you have certain roles and responsibilities in your community’s planning process. Come join the discussion to learn more about these roles along with guidelines for ethical behavior.

Harrison                                       Herrig

Taking Control in a Driverless Future

Who: Daniel Harrison, Freese and Nichols
Daniel Herrig, Freese and Nichols
Thomas Bamonte, NCTCOG
Alicia Winkelblech, City of Arlington
Felipe Castillo, Hall Structured Finance
When: 3:45 – 5:15 p.m. Thursday
What: Our lives and communities are defined by experiences and places, but how do we manage an autonomous vehicle future that enables rather than consumes our experiences and places? Like the introduction of automobiles in the early 1900s, today’s evolution of mobility through transportation-as-a-service, such as ride-hailing, car-sharing, bike-sharing, and autonomous vehicles, will redefine how cities operate. It is the city’s response through policy and planning that will determine whether these advancements work for or against our communities. As technology continues to advance, how do cities need to prepare? What new concepts need to be considered in our planning process to help accommodate changes to how we live and travel?

Retzsch                                        Herrig                                            McLeod

Planning + ? = Urban Design: Demystifying the
Urban Design Equation for Better Outcomes

Who: David Retzsch, RLA, Freese and Nichols
Daniel Herrig, EIT, Freese and Nichols
Tiffany McLeod, Freese and Nichols
Paris Rutherford, Catalyst Urban Development 
Evan Sheets, City of Dallas
When: 10:15 – 11:45 a.m. Friday 
What: Planners recognize the importance of urban design, but it is still largely perceived as an accessory to developers who are thinking of the bottom line. This session will feature a panel representing the planning, development, engineering, and design fields. Panelists will discuss how a design-first focus improves planning outcomes, how cities can better apply urban design to their projects, and how different disciplines bridge professional gaps in the design process. 


Doing Good vs Doing Well: Gauging the Overall Impact of Community Plans & Decision Making

Who: Staron Faucher, AICP, Freese and Nichols 
Glenn E. Larson, AICP, AICP Commission
When: 10:15 – 11:45 a.m. Friday
What: This session examines recent trends in planning that shift the interest of plans from the needs and desires of the people living within a community to the interest of development pressure from outside the community, and offers tips on improving development opportunities within a community so that stakeholders’ voices can be heard. The five sections of the AICP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct are each discussed, especially Section A.1: Our Overall Responsibility to the Public. 


Aging Beautifully: Addressing Corridor Revitalization

Who: Shad Comeaux, AICP, Freese and Nichols
Nathaniel Barnett, AICP, City of Garland
Jennifer Thomas Gomez, AICP, City of Missouri City
Todd C. LaRue, RCLCO
When: 3:45 – 5:15 p.m. Friday
What: Commercial and retail corridors are traveled in cities across Texas every day, many thriving, but many facing challenges threatening their long-term survival, such as online shopping. This session will address appropriate solutions to revitalize mature and aging corridors. Topics include case studies of how municipalities respond proactively and reactively to corridor redevelopment challenges, market realities, and tools and regulatory approaches for corridor revitalization. 

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Wendy Shabay, FAICP, leads a team of 24 planners and landscape architects across multiple states. She is a Vice President in our Dallas office.