Ideas & Innovation

Relevant insights from our subject matter experts


What to Know as You Grow

City leaders: Feeling growing pains in your community? Here’s timely advice for managing growth by planning for it together with your constituents.

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Wendy Shabay Bonneau

Urban Planner


Mark Evans

TWDB Opens Solicitation for Lead Service Line Replacement Projects

Texas public water systems have a new opportunity to pay for the replacement of lead pipes in their districts, as part of the distribution of funds from the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA).

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EPA Proposes New PFAS Regulations for Drinking Water

New PFAS limits could significantly impact vulnerable public water systems. Learn more about the proposal and how Freese and Nichols can help you.

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Rebekah Gates

Current Drought Conditions in the United States

Learn the details of drought conditions in states across the Southwest and Southeast.

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Bioengineering and Sustainable Tools for Emergency Streambank Repair at Salem Creek

The City of Winston-Salem was able to successfully use bioengineering and a variety of other natural and sustainable tools to restore the Salem Creek stream after emergency erosion, as well as resolve sediment challenges and reduce future erosion issues.

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Rhys Wilson

How to Simplify Your Development Code Update

These tips can help make the challenging code-revision process more manageable.

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Hazardous Roadway Overtopping Mitigation (HROM): Managing a Multitude of Road Flood Hazards

After roadway flooding led to multiple deaths in 2018, the City of Fort Worth stepped up its efforts to improve public safety. The City reevaluated priorities for its Stormwater Division and enlisted help from Freese and Nichols to reduce roadway overtopping. Read more about this ACEC Texas award-winning project.

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Boiling Springs: New Ideas For Upgrading Old Dams

Inventive design to help a dam meet higher regulatory requirements produced a cost-effective solution.

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Innovation: Aspire Pflugerville 2040 Plan

The Aspire 2040 Plan is a trailblazer and model for creative community engagement, a healthy community, and it is an APA Texas Comprehensive Planning Award winner. It represents an unconventional means of incorporating health and wellness, including a unique Wellness Wheel as the cornerstone, and is truly a people-centered plan.

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Frisco Water: Big-Picture Planning to Absorb Big Growth

Well-coordinated master planning for their water, wastewater, reuse and roadway systems has helped the city flourish amid booming growth.

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Julie Huerta
David Munn

New TCEQ Tool Ready For Lead and Copper Rule Compliance in Texas

LCRR Reports: Here are new details about the Texas service line inventory template. Learn how Freese and Nichols can help your utility meet the Oct. 16, 2024, deadline.

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Innovation: Cleburne Zoning Ordinance and Future Land Use Plan

Cleburne’s community-supported project that addressed critical land development issues, supported the community’s desire for quality development and fulfilled the community’s vision for how it wants to develop.

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Jason Steele

How the Tricolored Bat Federal Listing Could Affect Your Project

A proposal to list the wide-ranging tricolored bat as an endangered species could require more approvals for projects that involve clearing trees, working on bridges and culverts, or impacting other places the bats roost. See how our environmental scientists can help you navigate this development.

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