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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.

Upcoming Events

October 19-21, 2022 – Save the Date! APATX Annual Planning Conference

The 2022 Texas State Planning Conference will be held in El Paso, TX October 19-22, 2022. The conference program includes breakout sessions, pre-conference and mobile workshops, as well as keynote speakers. The APA Texas chapter conference is always a great opportunity to reconnect with fellow planners and learn from planners across the state!

Important Dates:

• Call for Sponsors is open

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September 28, 2022 – Happy Hour at Bishop Arts | TXAPA North Central Section

TXAPA North Central Section is hosting a Happy Hour at Bishop Arts on Wednesday, September 28th at 5pm! We look forward to seeing you at Oak Cliff Social Club in Dallas, TX!

July 27, 2022 – Join WTS Greater D/FW & APA for LAGERS & Leadership Featuring Sandy Wesch, PE, AICP

Spots are still available for Lagers and Leadership with Sandy Wesch!

Join us our a very special joint WTS/APA Lagers & Leadership program featuring Sandy Wesch, PE, AICP, advisor and consultant to the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG), who will share about her career path and experiences as an engineer. Lagers & Leadership is small group mentoring and development opportunity in a more intimate setting. We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, July 27 at 5:30 PM at Bitter Sisters Brewery in Addison, TX! Event registration is $5, but includes two drink tickets, a tour of the brewery, and optional networking at the end of the event. Click the link below for additional information and to register.

Registration link: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ejasvq9k71a92f38&oseq=&c=&ch=

June 17, 2022 – Speed Networking

Come polish your networking skills with the Midwest and North Central sections! We will be hosting a Speed Networking event at J. Gilligan’s in Arlington on Friday, June 17th. The format will be in the style of “speed dating”. Networkers will engage with section officers through quick five-minute conversations on their professional background before rotating to the next officer. The goal is for all networkers to interact with all section officers. Appetizers and drink tickets will be provided to all attendees. If you have them, please bring business cards! Space is limited so make sure to RSVP at the link below!

https://events.eventzilla.net/e/speed-networking-2138581013

May 25, 2022 – Grandscape Project Tour & Happy Hour

May 26, 2022 – Malcolm X Plaza Better Block

The Better Block Foundation is partnering with the City of Dallas to redesign an empty lot (4507 S. Malcolm X Blvd.) into a welcoming and vibrant public space for surrounding neighborhoods. This project aims to reenvision and reimagine a vacant lot through a 90-day neighborhood-led placemaking event to help residents and small businesses get creative with their public space. This trial will help create a safe, welcoming neighborhood space for all ages and backgrounds and incorporate the current residents’ vision for Malcolm X Blvd. Additionally, the Better Block Foundation hopes to test some ideas and get feedback on improvements to incorporate into the long-term vision for the neighborhood.

The North Central Section has coordinated with the Better Block Foundation to help with this undertaking! Below is when and what time the section is volunteering. Feel free to attend for half or the entire day. Please notify Eleana Tuley (eleanatuley@gmail.com) by Friday, May 20, 2022, if you are interested in participating.

Malcolm X Plaza Website

Volunteer Workshops:

Thursday, May 26th

9AM-12PM

4507 S. Malcolm X

Please bring water, sunscreen, and wear clothing that can get paint on it! We will be building pergolas, hanging string lights, painting murals, and assembling furniture for the 3 month demonstration park along Malcolm X in South Dallas!

Please also sign up in the link below.
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040e48aaa823a3fe3-better3

May 9-10, 2022 – FHWA’s Designing Pedestrian Facilities for Accessibility 
Virtual Two-Day Course for Local Government Officials

This workshop is offered FREE of charge and will be held virtually. To ensure your seat please register at: https://lnkd.in/eyNGg9ny

This two-day virtual course facilitated by staff with the Federal Highway Administration is designed to ensure pedestrian facilities and access routes are properly designed, constructed, and maintained for individuals of all abilities. The course will focus applicable laws and guidelines related to the design and maintenance of pedestrian access routes in new construction or when existing facilities are altered. Participants will be engaged through a power point presentation, discussion, video demonstrations, and small group activities. Also discussion will occur with individuals representing the disabled community. The training is important for those involved in the planning, design, and maintenance of pedestrian facilities. 

Please share this training opportunity with your colleagues involved in the planning and/or design of pedestrian facilities. Contact Megan Dere at megan.dere@dot.gov or (512) 536-5916 for additional information.

Seven AICP certification maintenance credits for planners are approved.

April 28, 2022 – Emerging Planning Leader Happy Hour with Mike Grace

Please join us for our Emerging Planning Leader Happy Hour featuring Mike Grace, Assistant City Manger for the City of Ferris, on Thursday, April 28, 2022 at 6PM at Written By the Seasons (380 Melba Street, Dallas, TX 75208).

Mr. Grace is the Assistant City Manager & Chief Economic Development Officer with City of Ferris where he manages Economic Development, Engineering, and Planning & Community Development operations as well as Capital Improvement Planning. He has over 20 years experience in intergovernmental relations, urban planning and public policy.

April 27-29 – 2022 Texas Trails and Active Transportation (TTAT) Conference

Don’t miss this opportunity to attend the 2022 Texas Trails and Active Transportation (TTAT) Conference April 27-29. This year’s conference will be held virtually so grab a colleague and plan on attending.

Experts from across the state and the nation will present best practices to support and encourage active transportation. Continuing education credits will be available for most sessions.

Registration is $370 (including fees) which is comparable to many nationwide conferences for biking and walking.

More information and registrations can be found here https://ttatconference.org

April 22, 2022 – APA TX Midwest Section Event – Lattes & Leadership with Erica Marohnic

Please join us for our Lattes & Leadership meet up on Friday, April 22, 2022 from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM at Redefined Coffee House in Grapevine. To register, people can RSVP via Facebook or email Brian Campbell (brian.campbell@farmersbranchtx.gov).

Lattes and Leadership is a free opportunity to meet the state’s best and brightest planners in a casual setting. Don’t expect a pre-set agenda, presentation or speech at Lattes and Leadership. You will be part of a round table discussion in a relaxed environment.

Our guest speaker will be Erica Marohnic, AICP, Director of Planning Services for the City of Grapevine.

Erica Marohnic, AICP, has 17 years of planning expertise and joins us most recently from the City of Denton where she was the Development Project Facilitation Manager leading a team responsible for coordinating the application and multidisciplinary review process for development applications and ensuring compliance with local, state, and federal legal and regulatory requirements. Prior to her work in Denton, she worked for the City of Plano as a Lead Planner and was responsible for the delivery of special projects such as ordinance rewrites and case management of large-scale developments including Legacy West and Rosewood/Heritage Creekside.

Originally from Sarasota, Florida, Erica is a graduate of the University of Florida (B.S. ’03 and M.A.U.R.P ’05). She moved to Texas is 2008 with her husband Jim, a Business Development Associate with Intoxalock. Erica resides in McKinney, Texas with Jim and their two sons, Reagan 11 and Everertt 8; and their geriatric dogs, Alberta and Sir Francis Bacon (aka Bacon). Erica and family enjoy watching the Gators win football games; children participate in Jiu Jitsu and wrestling; she dabbles in yoga and her family attends Hope Fellowship.

March 9, 2022 – Networking Happy Hour

You are invited to a networking happy hour at Sidecar Social in Addison this Wednesday, March 9, 2022 at 6:00 PM (5100 Beltline Rd, Addison, TX 75254). This will be a great opportunity to meet the new Section Officers and connect with other planners.

Join us afterwards for live band karaoke starting at 8pm!

March 31, 2022 – How You Can Help with the NCTCOG Regional Parking Utilization Database

How much parking does Dallas-Fort Worth need as it continues to grow? Are there some areas of the region that need more spaces? Others that might need fewer?

The North Central Texas Council of Governments is developing a database to answer these and other parking-related questions as the region continues to welcome new residents. NCTCOG is launching a study to inform the Regional Parking Utilization Database, a tool intended to help developers and policymakers determine the right amount of parking for apartments, restaurants, retail establishments and other commercial buildings in a region with increasing demand. Previous studies indicate parking could be planned more efficiently, but additional information is needed. More local data on parking utilization could ultimately lead to more-walkable developments in a region expected to add nearly 4 million residents by 2045.

NCTCOG is calling on property managers and owners from across the region to volunteer properties for parking utilization counts. Parking use will be observed on-site by NCTCOG staff during peak hours over two to three days in 2022 or 2023. Data collection methods and study conditions will vary according to site-specific needs. Data will be provided to property managers and owners at the end of the study for their own parking management and operations use.

Additionally, if interested parties have completed their own studies or data collection, they are encouraged to share their findings with NCTCOG so the database becomes a central clearinghouse of parking data.

To participate, submit a property to be included in the study by filling out the Property Owner/Manager Survey


Deadline: March 31, 2022


Survey now available on NCTCOG’s website: www.nctcog.org/parking

February 26, 2022 – AICP EXAM PART II WORKSHOP

The AICP Exam Part II Workshop is conducted by Dr. Jennifer Cowley, FAICP, the nation’s leading AICP exam preparation instructor. During this 6-hour workshop, Dr. Cowley will take you on a deep dive on how to approach the questions on the AICP exam and will guide you through the thought process needed to select the correct answers.

Saturday, February 26, 2022

10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Instructor: Dr. Jennifer Cowley

UT Arlington; CAPPA Building Auditorium Room 204

Registration Fee: $60 (includes lunch)

To register, please use the following link:

https://lnkd.in/eHFqhE_Y

For Questions, contact:

Richard Luedke, AICP
Texas Chapter Professional Development Officer
rluedke@cityoflewisville.com
(817) 938-4409

January 29, 2022 – AICP EXAM PART I WORKSHOP

Saturday, January 29, 2022

1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

University of Texas at Arlington

CAPPA Building Auditorium
Room 204

Sponsored by the University of Texas at Arlington, College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs

Registration fee: Free of charge

Workshop Presenters:
Richard E. Luedke, AICP, City of Lewisville, TxAPA PDO
Clayton Comstock, AICP, CNU-A, City of North Richland Hills, TxAPA Midwest Section
Staron Faucher, AICP, WSP, TxAPA North Central Section

The AICP Exam Part I Workshop will provide an overview of what to expect from the AICP Exam. We will cover helpful tips on how to study and test taking strategies. The major topic areas of the exam will be outlined and sample test questions will be presented. The CAPPA Building Auditorium is a large venue and will allow attendees to spread out and facilitate social distancing.

To register, please send your name, email address and phone number to:

Richard Luedke, AICP
Texas Chapter Professional Development Officer
rluedke@cityoflewisville.com
(817) 938-4409

January 29, 2022 – Future City NTX – Call for Judges

The Future City Competition – sponsored by DiscoverE (National Engineers Week) – inspires young students about engineering by challenging them to solve the real-world problems associated with building a livable city of the future. Through a series of fun, hands-on applications, student teams will apply the principles of every branch of engineering to address their future cities’ issues. This year’s theme is “Waste-Free Future.” More than 50 schools are working hard on their city concepts and their solutions for eliminating waste and pollution from future cities.

THE 2021-22 FUTURE CITY PROGRAM IS COMPLETELY VIRTUAL

North Texas conducts two parallel activities:

• The Future City Competition – the original DiscoverE middle-school program, and

• Future City Junior – pioneered by NTX to introduce 4-5th graders to engineering.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

1. Team Mentors – (https://www.dfwfuturecity.org/part_mentor.html) Guide and advise the student teams as they design their future lunar cities. Future City and Future City Junior.

2. Virtual Judges – (https://www.dfwfuturecity.org/part_judge.html) Score a variety of deliverables, including

3. General Coordination – Technical and non-technical volunteers welcome. Contact regional@dfwfuturecity.org.

For additional information: https://www.dfwfuturecity.org/part_vols.html or contact Jean Eason, regional@dfwfuturecity.org.

January 28, 2022 – Opportunity for CM Credits

As part of the 2022 Safe Routes to School Webinar Series, the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) is hosting a webinar on connected street network and subdivision design. The virtual webinar will be Friday, January 28, from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Additional details and registration information is below.

Topics Covered:
• Benefits of more connected street networks for walkability, increased safety, and more direct routes
• Designing street networks to encourage Safe Routes to School programs
• Strategies for codifying street connectivity and subdivision design
• Local examples to encourage connected street grids and increase active transportation trips to schools

To register, visit www.nctcog.org/saferoutestoschool

January 27, 2022 – ForwardDallas Live

Dallas Planning & Urban Design department is hosting a virtual event on January 27th featuring 3 dynamic speakers: Dr. Lorin Carter, Suzan Kedron & Theresa O’Donnell! The event will provide an update on the ForwardDallas Land Use Plan update and also the panel will discuss equity in land use planning. While it is open to all, the conversation is geared toward Dallas Planning, Design and Real Estate professionals.

December 16, 2021 – North Central Section Holiday Party

The North Central Section Holiday Party will be Thursday, December 16 at 6:30 at Topgolf Dallas! The party will include Topgolf, food, two drink tickets, games and prizes, and an Ugly Sweater Contest! This will be the first real in-person event for our chapter in nearly two years. We can’t wait to see you!

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.

Presentation Link

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.

Presentation Link

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.