Rewire Your Development Review Process and Get Developments that Perform

APA Texas Chapter


Friday, October 19, 2018
2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. CDT

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The successful land development process requires many staff members from multiple departments to be in sync. Additionally, a smooth development process requires applicants to understand procedures as well as the city's requirements. What does this take? This session will teach proven methods local governments can use to assess and improve their overall development review process, with the goals of enhancing customer service, improving productivity, and bringing projects to speedier closure. We will start with speakers communicating the importance of efficient development review, breaking down its components and identifying a range of issues that can hinder smooth performance. Speakers on the panel will describe the recent case of a comprehensive development process audit in the City of Denton, where quick fixes implemented immediately are leading to both better plans and a significantly streamlined process to get “shovels in the ground” faster. Other speakers will then focus on the critical role of pre-development/pre-application meetings in reducing “downstream” obstacles in the City of Pearland, and will explain how their participatory process has helped to propel forward development that brings a high degree of quality to the built environment.

Attendees will:

1. Learn tips and best practices for streamlined and successful development reviews, from pre-development meetings through the review process to permitting.
2. Learn how to evaluate your community’s development review process, engaging reviewers and the development community for a streamlined approach.  
3. Learn effective ways to gather feedback and track and measure results of the development process, starting with the pre-development meeting. 


Clarence Sirmons

Clarence Sirmons serves City of Pearland, Texas in the role of Development Coordinator. In this position, Mr. Sirmons guides commercial projects from pre-development to completion while providing support to developers and citizens. Clarence also works as an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas Houston, teaching courses in urban ... Read More

Martin Griggs

The City of Pearland's senior planner, Martin Griggs was graduated from Texas A&M with his Bachelor’s of Science in university studies architecture in 2009 and immediately continued his education with a Master’s in Urban Planning. He graduated in May of 2011 with two certificates in historic ... Read More

Paul Grohman

Paul Grohman has experience in both the public sector and private sector of land development. A total of 18 years in government includes tenures as the City Manager of New Braunfels, TX, Rockport, TX, Pearland, TX, and Denver City, TX. In the private sector, he has developed over 7,000 ... Read More

Sarah Sinatra Gould

Director of Planning; Calvin, Giordano & Associates Mrs. Gould has provided planning director services to municipalities for over 13 years including land use plan amendments, site plan reviews, plats rezoning petitions, variances, vacation/abandonments and all other development application reviews. She holds a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Florida ... Read More

Sylvia Vargas

Principal Planner; Calvin, Giordano & Associates Ms. Vargas is a professional planner with over 25 years of experience in the creation of innovative plans and implementation tools for communities throughout the U.S. and abroad. She focuses on generating innovative solutions to the ongoing and emerging issues faced by communities in ... Read More

Richard Cannone

Richard Cannone, Planning Director, City of Denton, TX. Mr. Cannone has over 20 years experience throughout Florida, Pennsylvania and Texas. He has extensive knowledge in all aspects of planning including serving as a planning director in multiple jurisdictions where he implemented development and management strategies. Mr. Cannone has also developed ... Read More

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