Small Town Planning Priorities

APA Texas Chapter


Friday, November 4, 2016
8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. CDT

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Small town are often strapped for resources in terms of staff and money.  Some small towns are facing tremendous growth pressures due to their locational context and need a strong planning foundation to set the framework for sustainable growth and development.  Other small towns may be facing declining or stagnant growth.  Each of these contexts has unique needs and challenges.  In fast growing small towns, prioritizing both short and long-term planning needs at the same time is of primary importance.  In slow growth towns, attracting more growth and economic development is more critical.  This session explores the ways small towns in differing contexts can prioritize and focus their planning efforts to get the best bang for their buck and leverage critical assets.  How can fast growing towns keep up with the day-to-day development review tasks while still keeping the big picture in mind?  How can stagnant towns incentivize development without giving everything away?  What are the comprehensive planning, downtown planning, zoning, and day-to-day development review challenges in small towns?  Come and learn from planning practitioners on the on-going challenges of planning in small towns.


Francois de Kock

Invited Speaker

Francois de Kock is the Manager of Planning, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture at KSA Engineers. He practiced in South Africa for 10+ years, after which Francois pursued a graduate degree at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Francois gained tremendous professional experience during the last 16 years in ... Read More

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