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Wendy Shabay and Chance Sparks, Urban Planning + Design, have been hard at work on behalf of the American Planning Association Texas Chapter (APATX).

A few years ago, APATX started the Great Places in Texas Program, which recognizes the Lone Star State’s Great Places – neighborhoods, streets and public spaces – and celebrates how planning has played a vital role in making these beloved places what they...

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In response to the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, as well as six other federally-declared flood emergencies in the state since 2015, the Texas House Committee on Natural Resource s was commissioned to evaluate the roles of public entities in flood control and to incorporate recommendations from the Texas Water Development Board ’s State Flood Assessment. The State Flood Assessment identified three pillars of flood management: mapping, planning...

Read More - In Wake of Harvey, Texas House of Representatives Issues Recommendations on State Flood Protection Planning

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Following the close of the legislative session , a few less widely publicized bills are poised to make significant changes to Texas’ State and Regional Water Planning Process.

The planning process was first established by the legislature in 1997 with Senate Bill 1 (SB1). To implement SB1, the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) divided the state into 16 Regional Water Planning Areas (RPWA). Each RPWA has a Regional...

Read More - Here are 5 things you need to know about Senate Bill 1511

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H2O Counts is an Freese and Nichols initiative to identify, monitor, and disseminate information related to water conservation efforts within Texas and other states. As Water Resource Planners, we are continuously looking for ways to conserve water before investing in expensive water supply projects. The H2O Counts blog posts will include information that is relevant to ongoing and/or future water conservation efforts.

As you may be aware, the Texas legislative session is currently...

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The historic 84th Legislative session, operating with a new Governor for the first time in 14 years and a new Lieutenant Governor for the first time in 12 years, has been called a “Groundwater Session.” The reality is that many more changes came from the session than just laws related to groundwater.

It is important that elected officials, government and private practice engineers, planners, constructors, and other folks doing business for or with state...

Read More - Laws of the 84th Legislature ... are you in compliance?

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The Texas Legislature is back in session! You can find updates on proposed infrastructure bills and other legislative activity on a variety of websites, including:

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The Texas Legislature is back in session! You can find updates on proposed infrastructure bills and other legislative activity on a variety of websites, including:

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