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This site is for the North Central Texas (NCT) section of the Texas Chapter in the American Planning Association (APA).  NCTAPA is a nonprofit, professional organization for urban planners in the north central Texas area.  A newsletter (NCTAPA News in a Minute) is sent out periodically that will link to new pages added to the site.

The need for planners to shape a community vision has never been greater. The American Planning Association (APA) brings together thousands of people – practicing planners, citizens, elected officials – committed to making great communities happen.

APA is a nonprofit public interest and research organization committed to urban, suburban, regional, and rural planning. APA and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), advance the art and science of planning to meet the needs of people and society.

Where in the World is the North Central Texas Section?

The North Central Texas Section of the Texas APA Chapter is located in 11 counties, to the north, east and south of Dallas County. The two biggest counties, in terms of population, are Dallas and Collin Counties.  Rockwall County has the distinction of being the smallest county in land mass in the state.

Collin County’s major cities are Plano, McKinney, Frisco, Richardson, Allen and Wylie.  Grayson County, north of Collin, is home to Sherman, Denison, Van Alstyne and Pottsboro.  To the south of Dallas County, along the I-35 corridor, are Ellis County (Waxahachie), Navarro County (Corsicana), and Freestone County (Fairfield).  East of Dallas County are Rockwall and Kaufman Counties.  Kaufman County is located directly east of Mesquite (and a small portion of Mesquite is in Kaufman County) and includes Forney and the City of Kaufman.  East of Collin County is Hunt County (Greenville) and Hopkins County (Sulphur Springs).  And finally, east of Grayson County, along the Red River, is Fannin County (Bonham).

While Dallas and Collin Counties are largely urban in character, the other nine counties making up our Section are predominately rural in nature, with several towns and small cities located along the interstate highways.  As a section, we need to be mindful to meet the needs of the rural planners in our section, as well as the needs of planners in major metropolitan areas.