APA Texas Chapter


Friday, November 4, 2016
1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. CDT

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 This session will analyze the facts and issues that have appeared related to the Dallas-Houston High Speed Rail (HSR) so far. The variation of support for this project in urban and rural areas, property owners and commuters would also be looked into. This might help planners to learn what kind of aspects they need keep in mind when designating public transport through private property. This includes legal issues such as transparency of information and use of eminent domain; public awareness and education, public transport connectivity with local destinations at the HSR stops, cost-benefit analysis considering social, environmental and economic aspects etc. Communication among the developers, government and general public has proved to be fatal point in case of this HSR development which created agitation among various parties. Planners could be advocates for the environment and impoverished section of the population. They can work to devise better common grounds that benefit all. 


Douglas Melnick, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Douglas Melnick, AICP, CNU-‐A, was named the San Antonio's first Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) in March 2014 and as the City’s CSO, Doug is responsible for the overall leadership of the Office of Sustainability, as well as the City’s sustainability efforts & environmental policy. Mr. Melnick has ... Read More

Trish Wallace, AICP CTP

Confirmed Speaker

Trish Wallace, AICP-CTP, is the Transportation Planning Manager for the City of San Antonio. An urban planner with the city for the past 12 years she has worked in all aspects of planning and is now leading the city's first Transportation Planning effort since 1978. Read More

Rudy Nino

Confirmed Speaker

Rudy Nino, Jr., AICP is currently the Interim Assistant Director of the City of San Antonio’s Department of Planning & Community Development. In this role he oversees the Planning and Development Division, which includes Comprehensive Planning, Annexation, and the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zones. Most recently, he served as the Project ... Read More

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Michael McAnelly, administrator@apatexas.org