About

The North Central Texas (NCT) Section, Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) is a nonprofit professional organization devoted to advancing the art and science of planning in the greater Dallas area.

Past and Upcoming Events

June 15, 2021 – APA North Central Texas – Legislative Update Webinar

Lunch hour virtual conversation about the 87th Texas Legislature Regular Session. Members of the APATX Advocacy Committee reviewed the Chapter’s new advocacy approach, updated attendees on the outcomes of major bills that impact planning in Texas, and previewed how you can be involved to make the next session better for planning.

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May 13, 2021 – APA North Central Texas – Exam Casual Chat

The APATX North Central Section hosted a virtual event on May 13th for recently certified planners to share their study tips with other section members looking to take the AICP exam this year. If you are registered to take the exam in May or just started the application process to become AICP certified, review the presentation below.

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January 20, 2021 – APA North Central Texas – UTA Virtual Panel Discussion

The APATX North Central Section hosted a virtual event with UTA planning students and a panel featuring professional planners from various specializations.

Panelists: Casey Carlton (WSP), Esmeralda de la Cruz (City of Plano), Jennyfer Mesa (Community Framework & Latinos in Spokane), Kim Dresdner (Gensler)

December 16, 2020 – Virtual Holiday Happy Hour 

Let’s end the year with some cheer! The APA Texas North Central Section hosted a virtual happy hour. Expect light-hearted conversations with your planning friends and a look-ahead to 2021 events. Attend for a chance to win a $50 gift card!


Where in the World is the North Central Texas Section?

The North Central Texas Section of the Texas APA Chapter represents planners in 11 counties in North Texas, and includes the cities of Dallas, Plano, Garland, Frisco, and McKinney.

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.