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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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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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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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Eddie Haas , Urban Planning Group Assistant Group Manager, has been appointed to his fourth term on the City of Coppell Planning and Zoning Commission. Mr. Haas is currently serving as Vice-Chair for the Commission.

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Wendy Shabay , Freese and Nichols Urban Planning Assistant Group Manager, was recently elected President of the Texas American Planning Association. Ms. Shabay will serve two years as President-Elect, two years as President and two years as Past President. This significant achievement will allow her to continue to take an active role in planning in the State.

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