Congress for the New Urbanism - North Texas

Congress for the New Urbanism - North Texas CNU is working to change the practices and standards of urban design and development to support healthy regions and diverse, complete neighborhoods.
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UPDATED: Stay Tuned*** Our joint ULI series continues with:  Forest District Esplanade, How to Mitigate an Elevated High...
06/23/2021

UPDATED: Stay Tuned***
Our joint ULI series continues with: Forest District Esplanade, How to Mitigate an Elevated Highway Through a Neighborhood.

***Coming in September (due to overwhelming excitement to hopefully meet in person!)***

The project is being developed as a ULI TAPs (Technical Assistance Panel) along with other projects across DFW in various stages of development. Join us to hear about this project coming together to create great places for the community.

UPDATED: Stay Tuned***
Our joint ULI series continues with: Forest District Esplanade, How to Mitigate an Elevated Highway Through a Neighborhood.

***Coming in September (due to overwhelming excitement to hopefully meet in person!)***

The project is being developed as a ULI TAPs (Technical Assistance Panel) along with other projects across DFW in various stages of development. Join us to hear about this project coming together to create great places for the community.

Bike commuting and the 15-minute city
06/07/2021
Bike commuting and the 15-minute city

Bike commuting and the 15-minute city

Source: Bike Advisor Got A Minute Bike commuting and the 15-minute city ROBERT STEUTEVILLE    JUN. 3, 2021 Bicycling is important to the 15-minute city, because it extends the range of human-powered transportation to about three miles in that time frame. This range is especially help...

Climate goals translate to work for new urbanists
05/25/2021
Climate goals translate to work for new urbanists

Climate goals translate to work for new urbanists

Daybreak, Utah. Source: UDA Sustainability Climate goals translate to work for new urbanists ROBERT STEUTEVILLE    MAY. 21, 2021 A recent report by Brookings sums up the challenge for US climate goals: It can’t be done without moving much more decisively to compact, mixed-use, walk...

Registration open! Our May 26th zoom Urban Conversations event in collaboration with ULI DFW will showcase how DFW is So...
05/18/2021

Registration open! Our May 26th zoom Urban Conversations event in collaboration with ULI DFW will showcase how DFW is Solving Urban Complexities: ULI Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) working on two projects
- Ash Creek Greenbelt (Ferguson Road Corridor) and
- St. Albans Arlington
RVSP for Zoom link at https://bit.ly/3feB5W6

Registration open! Our May 26th zoom Urban Conversations event in collaboration with ULI DFW will showcase how DFW is Solving Urban Complexities: ULI Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) working on two projects
- Ash Creek Greenbelt (Ferguson Road Corridor) and
- St. Albans Arlington
RVSP for Zoom link at https://bit.ly/3feB5W6

Timeline Photos
05/05/2021

Timeline Photos

Join us at CNU 29.Design for Change for our opening plenary: UNBUILDING RACISM with Deanna Van Buren, Executive Director and Design Director of Designing Justice + Designing Spaces. She will share the initiatives of recent work in her practice as it relates to addressing racial equity and the role of the designer in unbuilding racism in the U.S. https://www.cnu.org/cnu29

Growing up, not out
05/03/2021
Growing up, not out

Growing up, not out

Memphis 3.0 Comprehensive Plan in Memphis, Tennessee, is reversing the city’s late 20th Century growth patterns to now support walkable, mixed-use centers. Opticos Design won a 2021 CNU Charter Award in the Metropolis, City, and Town category.

Growing up, not out
05/03/2021
Growing up, not out

Growing up, not out

Memphis 3.0 Comprehensive Plan is reversing late 20th Century growth patterns to support walkable, mixed-use centers. The City of Memphis in collaboration with Opticos Design won a 2021 CNU Charter Award in the Metropolis, City, and Town category.

A mixed-use plan for former industrial waterfront
04/30/2021
A mixed-use plan for former industrial waterfront

A mixed-use plan for former industrial waterfront

The Central Waterfront in San Francisco, California, is an opportunity for sustainable development. A UC-Berkeley team won a student merit award in the Neighborhood, District, and Corridor category of the 2021 CNU Charter Awards.

Sustainable Futures Conference
04/23/2021
Sustainable Futures Conference

Sustainable Futures Conference

The Sustainable Futures Conference is a four-day virtual event that will mainstream public discourse around the concept of sustainable practice.

Anticipated ‘car-free’ development moves forward
04/22/2021
Anticipated ‘car-free’ development moves forward

Anticipated ‘car-free’ development moves forward

Culdesac in Tempe, Arizona, a model community that combines urbanism with technology, is demonstrating an untapped demand for car-free living. Opticos Design won a merit award in the Emerging Projects category of CNU's 2021 Charter Awards.

I am truly sorry to hear the passing of one of CNU NTX Board Members. He will certainly be missed in North Texas and bey...
04/04/2021

I am truly sorry to hear the passing of one of CNU NTX Board Members. He will certainly be missed in North Texas and beyond!

APATX is saddened by the passing of Dennis Wilson, FAICP, MRAIC, CNU-A.

Dennis Wilson’s work throughout North America was at the leading edge of integrating physical design with policy planning, standards and ordinances. His urban design and planning skills helped transform Toronto’s industrial waterfront into a world class destination, and as a Planning Director, led Dallas’s City Center renaissance and transit-oriented development. He was inducted into the FAICP in 2008.

We will share his obituary when available.

Plight of the family-owned store
03/29/2021
Plight of the family-owned store

Plight of the family-owned store

New York storefront, photo by James T. and Karla L. Murray Community Plight of the family-owned store ROBERT STEUTEVILLE    MAR. 25, 2021 Philip Langdon’s Common\Edge article, The Precarious State of the Mom-and-Pop Store, highlights the beauty of, and challenges facing, an America...

CNU 29.Design For Change | Registration Pricing
03/29/2021
CNU 29.Design For Change | Registration Pricing

CNU 29.Design For Change | Registration Pricing

Registration for CNU 29.Design for Change is now open, with the Early Bird Member rate being the best deal of any Congress registration price in decades. Register Here Type Early Bird by March 7, 11:59pm ET Regular by April 30, 11:59pm ET Late through the end of CNU 29 Member $150 $200 $225 Non-Memb...

Exam & Course Registration
03/25/2021
Exam & Course Registration

Exam & Course Registration

The University of Miami course and CNU-A exam are offered three times a year. The University of Miami course is highly recommended, but not required. The CNU-A exam is required for accreditation. University of Miami: Course Registration and Access 21A Course Registration: Course registration opens:....

Timeline Photos
03/19/2021

Timeline Photos

CNU has compiled four principles essential for successful, community-focused highway removal. We’re calling on the U.S. Department of Transportation to incorporate these principles into a federal program as well as any removals that local and state agencies undertake independent of a federal initiative. www.cnu.org/highways-boulevards/principles

Time to move beyond the style wars
03/16/2021
Time to move beyond the style wars

Time to move beyond the style wars

A humanist framing, prioritizing the public, returns beauty to its rightful place as an essential component of good architecture.

How to use building types in zoning
03/05/2021
How to use building types in zoning

How to use building types in zoning

Building types are useful in defining a variety of house-scale buildings in a mixed neighborhood, and where neighborhoods are near main streets. Here's how to apply them.

THE MAPPING INEQUALITY PROJECT
03/03/2021
THE MAPPING INEQUALITY PROJECT

THE MAPPING INEQUALITY PROJECT

THE EPA ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE AND SYSTEMIC RACISM SPEAKER SERIES FEATURES THE MAPPING INEQUALITY PROJECT

The Strange, Troubled History of Pedestrian Malls
02/26/2021
The Strange, Troubled History of Pedestrian Malls

The Strange, Troubled History of Pedestrian Malls

A few of them have worked out well. Most of them have been failures. But the idea of building new ones has never died, and there are signs of still another incarnation.

Learn about the regional and local Comprehensive Climate Action Plan (CECAP) strategy from speakers Susan Alvarez and Ph...
02/12/2021

Learn about the regional and local Comprehensive Climate Action Plan (CECAP) strategy from speakers Susan Alvarez and Pharr Andrews!
Join us at - https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAqdeGqqDgtE9K-NI3jvkI4oouttQKvXcs3
Feb 18th 4:30-5:30pm
#CNUNTX #CNU #urbandesign #AIA #ASLA #APA

Learn about the regional and local Comprehensive Climate Action Plan (CECAP) strategy from speakers Susan Alvarez and Pharr Andrews!
Join us at - https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAqdeGqqDgtE9K-NI3jvkI4oouttQKvXcs3
Feb 18th 4:30-5:30pm
#CNUNTX #CNU #urbandesign #AIA #ASLA #APA

Senate Considering $10B for Highway Removal
02/12/2021
Senate Considering $10B for Highway Removal

Senate Considering $10B for Highway Removal

Cities might soon get the kind of federal money they need to tear down the downtown highways that federal dollars paid them to build — and to reinvest in communities of color that those highways de…

Free Publication - A Handbook for Improved Neighborhoods
02/11/2021
Free Publication - A Handbook for Improved Neighborhoods

Free Publication - A Handbook for Improved Neighborhoods

Small-scale zoning code and land use changes can help communities revitalize and thrive. Learn how in this free publication by AARP and the Congress for the New Urbanism

Apply for a Charter Award, and help build a movement
01/09/2021
Apply for a Charter Award, and help build a movement

Apply for a Charter Award, and help build a movement

A vision for a revitalized Harrison Avenue in downtown Panama City. Source: Dover, Kohl & Partners Design Apply for a Charter Award, and help build a movement ROBERT STEUTEVILLE    DEC. 18, 2020 CNU is now seeking applications for the 2021 Charter Awards. Going back to 2001, the Char...

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This week are the ZOAC public engagement meetings regarding potential amendment to parking ordinance. To sign up to speak please contact Donna Moorman at 214-670-4130 or by email at [email protected]. Details below: Wednesday, May 19, 2021 6:00 – 8:00 pm Videoconference: http://bit.ly/ZOAC05192021 Teleconference: (408) 418-9388 Event number (access code) 187 043 5388 Thursday, May 20, 2021 8:30 – 10:00 am Videoconference: http://bit.ly/ZOAC05202021 Teleconference: (408) 418-9388 Event number (access code) 187 624 8279 Please also e-mail your statements to staff: Donna Moorman, Chief Planner [email protected] Andreea Udrea [email protected]
Good morning, everyone, Please join the discussion on parking reform in Dallas! https://www.facebook.com/groups/416883583513351/ As many of you are aware, the City of Dallas is considering amending off-street parking minimums. This is significant for Dallas. These standards are severely out of date and as you know contribute heavily to preservation issues and the economics of re-using old buildings, the affordable housing equation, urban heat island, water runoff issues, and quality of life issues, etc. Would you be willing to write a brief statement (and share with your network) to city staff in support of reducing or eliminating minimum parking requirements in favor of parking maximums, market driven solutions, and parking management districts? If so, you can e-mail your letter/comments to City staff below. Donna Moorman, Chief Planner [email protected] Andreea Udrea [email protected] Thank you!!
Participate in the Interactive Sidewalk Map and Sidewalk Survey! https://engagekh.com/dallassidewalks/map#/sidebar/tab/about
Friends, & Fellow Urbanists, For the past nine months the City of Dallas has been considering some significant Development Code amendments, specifically around a re-evaluation of citywide required parking minimums, and a by-right option for allowing accessory dwelling units (ADU's). The considerations by staff are currently under discussion by the Zoning Ordinance Advisory Committee (ZOAC), a committee I have been on since 2018. These two ordinances are significant in shaping the future of our city, its form, accessibility and affordability. Now is the window of time to participate before the items go to Plan Commission and City Council. I also encourage you to e-mail or call your City Plan Commissioner and/or Councilmember. Please let me know if you need that info. . . . . . ZOAC meets at 8:30am on the 1st and 3rd Thursday's of the month. If you would like to speak to an agenda item staff asks you contact them at 214-670-4127 by 5:00 p.m. on the Tuesday's before the meetings. You can watch tomorrow's meeting via videoconference here: http://bit.ly/ZOAC02042021 or via teleconference by calling (408) 418-9388 Event number (access code): 146 677 3494 . . . . . Our current methodologies to determine parking are significantly outdated back to the 1940/50's, and do not fit the rapidly changing demographics of American cities. The "free" parking we see abundantly is not actually free (Economics 101). The cost is passed down to the landlord, then the tenant and user. Moreover, there are significant costs to our well being, land use, housing affordability and natural environment (think water runoff, and heat island). Two great resources are Donald Shoup's book "The High Cost Of Free Parking" and APA study "The Pseudoscience of Parking Requirements" (links below). https://www.researchgate.net/.../235359727_The_High_Cost... https://dallascityhall.com/.../APA_%20Practice_Parking... During these nine months city staff has presented a wonderful mountain of research to ZOAC (links below). You can find staff parking research is here: https://dallascityhall.com/.../parking-code-amendment.aspx And current ADU ordinance and research here: https://dallascityhall.com/.../Accessory_Dwelling_Units.aspx For the time being the discussion around ADU's (also known as granny flats, garage apartments, etc.) has been tabled until the results of the Short-Term Rental Task Force (i.e. Airbnb) are known. I will post more on that issue when the times comes. I am happy to discuss either of these items anytime, and appreciate you making your voice heard! Thank you, Ryan
Dallasites: The City of Dallas is gathering feedback on allowing ADUs (accessory dwelling unit/granny flat/garage apartment) by-right citywide. They are currently soliciting feedback via a survey at the below link. Jump in and tell them we want ADUs! A few things to like: -Reduced environmental impact from increased density and commuting -Bigger tax base from increased property values -Increased opportunity for diversity and multi-generational households -Opportunity for people on fixed incomes to share costs -Increased housing options Let 'em hear from you! https://dallascityhall.com/departments/sustainabledevelopment/planning/Pages/ADU_Survey.aspx Some background: In 2018 Dallas "reformed" its ADU ordinances, making them merely impractical rather than completely illegal. Since the reform, only a handful of ADUs have been completed. This is another chance to make them more feasible.
I'm taking a poll: if we had a Matrix-like brain uplink ("I know kung fu") and could learn anything Monte knows about development, what would be the most valuable skill(s) for us?
While much in agreement with Agenda for A New Dallas, it's time to stop blaming DART for its rail system being under-utilized. My comments are posted onto the bottom of the article.
This is a followup to tonight's happy hour