Tools for Successful Streetscape Planning and Projects

APA Texas Chapter


Thursday, October 18, 2018
3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. CDT

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Texas municipalities have long recognized that the character of a community is most often defined by its functional, well-designed, vibrant streetscapes and public spaces. To support all stakeholders invested in the proposition that great streets “don’t just happen,” Scenic Houston, a chapter of Scenic Texas, Inc., has published the Streetscape Resource Guide. A new tool that’s useful to communities of any size, this easy-to-navigate compendium is organized across the three major streetscape realms – pedestrian, travelway and shared. The Streetscape Resource Guide supports optimal planning design and construction, illustrates top-flight design standards for successful projects and depicts the unintended consequences that can result from lack of cohesive planning. Experts in streetscape planning who wrote the Streetscape Resource Guide will describe its usefulness in moving the best possible streetscapes from concept to reality. They will also share information about the Scenic City Certification Program, which cities access for a low-cost diagnostic assessment of existing infrastructure standards for public roadways and public spaces.


Attendees will: 

1. Learn to use the Streetscape Resource Guide as a tool that supports optimal planning design and construction utilizing accepted municipal code standards.


2. Learn to utilize the Streetscape Resource Guide with various stakeholders, referencing its illustrations of enhanced design standards that can result in better streets and smarter investment of both public and private dollars. 


3. Understand how to tap into the Scenic City Certification Program for an assessment of your city’s current codes and ordinances, to identify strengths and gaps.


Kim Mickelson

Kim is the Senior Ass't City Attorney for Planning and Development at the City of Houston. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, the immediate past president of the Texas Chapter of APA, a member of the APA Legislative and Policy Council, the Chapter President ... Read More

Chance Sparks

Chance Sparks, AICP, CNU-A is the current Chapter President-Elect and Previous Legislative Affairs & Texas Municipal League Affiliate Representative for the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association (TxAPA) and Assistant City Manager for the City of Buda, Texas. He led the TML/legislative coordination for TxAPA during the 84th and ... Read More

Christopher Looney

Christopher Looney, AICP, Director of Planning at the City of New Braunfels, Texas and is the current Legislative Affairs & Texas Municipal League Affiliate Representative for the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association (TxAPA). Prior to the City of New Braunfels, Christopher was the Policy Administrator for the City of ... Read More

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