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

February 3, 2022 – SAVE THE DATE! Social Event

You are invited to a social event with the APATX North Central Section on February 3rd at 6:00 p.m. This will be a great opportunity to meet the new Section Officers and connect with other planners. Please mark your calendars and stay tuned for additional details in the coming weeks!

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.