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In West Texas, Project Manager Brandon Gonzalez has helped the City of Odessa energize public participation for the Envision Odessa Comprehensive Plan. “As we started the project we scoped out a number of meetings, and at first we didn’t have good attendance,” he says. Then they tried a completely different approach to public involvement. The team reached out to different sections of the community, holding meetings with African American and Latino residents as well as a downtown walking tour, changing...

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​Shad Comeaux, Urban Planning + Design, Pearland, spoke to nearly 70 Sam Jamison Middle School students about his work on Friday, March 13. The school held a career day for fifth and sixth graders with about 25 professionals speaking about their career paths. Shad’s wife is a fifth grade math teacher at the school.

Shad's presentation provided an overview of urban planning, examples of projects, and the educational path needed to make it a career. He said the students asked excellent questions and seemed to understand what it takes to develop cities in which they live.


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Matt Milano Landscape ArchitectCongratulations to Matt Milano, Urban Planning + Design, Fort Worth, for passing all four sections of his Landscape Architecture Registration Examination to become a licensed landscape architect. His license was issued in March from the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners.


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Wendy Shabay Longview Comprehensive Plan
The Longview City Council unanimously adopted the The Long View Comprehensive Plan on Thursday, March 12, receiving applause and even a cheer from the audience. The plan has been covered extensively by the Longview News-Journal since our Urban Planning + Design Group was selected for the work in summer 2013.

After the plan...

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Congratulations to our three Planners, Chelsea Irby, Shane Pace and Wendy Shabay, who received awards at the 25th Anniversary Midwest Section American Planning Association (APA) Banquet on Friday, Jan. 23.

Chelsea and Shane received the student project award for their South Cooper Street Corridor Strategy group project. Shane graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington in May with his Master's in City and Regional Planning and joined Freese and Nichols in January. Chelsea is attending...

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The Envision Odessa Comprehensive Plan, which aims to revitalize the City’s downtown area, was featured in an Odessa American article following a Comprehensive Planning Action Committee (CPAC) Meeting on Jan. 29. This most recent article focuses on plans to make affordable housing a central focus of the draft, which will be finished this spring and will serve as a guide for the City’s growth over the next 20...

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On the day Port Arthur's new City Manager, Brian McDougal, began his new position, Freese and Nichols was approved for a new project in Port Arthur.

The Comprehensive Plan project was approved unanimously by Council, and will replace the City's existing plan, which was last updated in 1989. This win is the fourth project with the City in almost two years.

New City Manager Brian McDougal comes to Port Arthur from Shawnee,...

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Lewisville comprehensive planOur series on our 2014 Texas Chapter, American Planning Association Awards starts with the Lewisville Vision 2025 plan, which won in the category of Comprehensive Planning.

The City of Lewisville aimed big when developing a comprehensive plan for serious improvements before its hundred-year anniversary.

Our team helped the City expand the conventional three-...

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