Using Accessible Tools to Address Strip Commercial Patterns

APA Texas Chapter


Friday, April 26, 2019
3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. CDT

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Event Details: Friday, April 26th, 3pm - 4:30 pm (75 min presentation, 15 min Q&A)

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Summary:  Cities throughout Texas have created corridors with blankets of commercial zoning patterns, which are often accompanied by complex long-term issues that are often difficult to tackle.  Two experienced planning practitioners will explore the nuances of the phenomenon known as "strip commercial zoning" - the disadvantages of this development pattern, the fiscal realities, the ever-familiar strip centers, and how cities can move forward with approachable modifications to the tools already in their arsenal.


This session will include:

  • Laying a foundation by answering these questions:

    • What do we mean by “strip commercial zoning”?

    • Why is this land development pattern so prevalent?

    • How did we get here?

    • Why is this contrary to good planning?

  • Main areas of discussion:

    • The vocabulary necessary to remedy the problem

    • Tools for cities to utilize

    • How codes and comprehensive plans are involved

    • Public & outdoor spaces

    • Restructuring commercial strips



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Alex Hoffman

Alex Hoffman, AICP, CNU-A   Alex Hoffman, AICP, CNU-A manages Capital & Long Range Planning, Real Estate and Urban Design for the City of El Paso, Texas, the 19th largest city in the US. In this role, he has worked to implement various aspects of the City’s Comprehensive Plan, Strategic Plan ... Read More

Lata Krishnarao

Lata Krishnarao, AICP, LEED AP ND Lata Krishnarao has over 28 years of experience in city planning, zoning, urban design, architecture, community development, and administration in the states of Connecticut and Texas. She retired as the Director of the Community Development Department, Pearland, Texas after 13 years with the City ... Read More

AJ Fawver

Moderator Bio: AJ Fawver, AICP, CNU-A, CPM AJ Fawver currently serves as the Planning Director for the City of Lubbock, Texas, and previously held positions in her 15 years of experience as the Planning Director for the City of Amarillo, and as the Development Services Director, Planning & Development Administrator, & Planning ... Read More

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