What is Development Excellence?
The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG), together with private and public partners, works to help create a sustainable North Texas region that is recognized nationwide as a center of development excellence. Our goal is a region where residents, businesses, and visitors enjoy a built environment that creates a true sense of place; uses water, energy, and environmental resources effectively and efficiently; protects a diversity of habitats; reduces Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT); and supports public health and quality of life. To achieve these aims, regional leaders have adopted Principles of Development Excellence and NCTCOG carries out various strategic initiatives, including support for Vision North Texas, the CLIDE Awards Program, a Regional Repository of Best Practices, Sustainable Development activities, and many others.
Library of Technical Tools
We have a new Library of information which contains sustainable planning documents and best practices, including but not limited to, zoning ordinances, form-based codes, comprehensive plans, thoroughfare plans, transit-oriented development, design guidelines, incentives, and other innovative local and regional government practices from the North Central Texas region, as well as around the country, that might serve as practical examples of tools to aid you in providing sustainable planning and development and advance our mission.
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Announcing the 2013 CLIDE Awards!
The 2013 CLIDE Awardees have been announced! The Center of Development Excellence received a great response in applications for the 2013 Celebrating Leadership in Development Excellence (CLIDE) Awards. Public and private entities, including cities, developers, architects, planners, engineers, and others, submited applications for this prestigious regional award program. More...
Vision North Texas
Vision North Texas is a private-public partnership, headed by Charter Sponsors the Urban Land Institute, the North Central Texas Council of Governments, and the University of Texas at Arlington.Vision North Texas is making an important contribution to the future quality of life, economic desirability and long-term sustainability of the 16-county North Central Texas region. It is increasing public awareness about important regional land use issues that affect mobility, air quality, water supply and other economic and environmental resources. Vision North Texas recently held its 2013 Annual Conference - Designing Healthy Communities on February 15, 2013 at the University of Texas at Arlington's School of Architecture. This year's conference featured Dr. Richard Jackson, Chair of the Environmental Health Science Department at the UCLA School of Public Heath, and author of Designing Healthy Communities, as the keynote speaker.
If you would like to become involved with Vision North Texas, follow the link above or visit www.visionnorthtexas.org.
Among the key components of NCTCOG's Sustainable Development program are consideration of the interface between land use and transportation, planning for bicycle and pedestrian modes of transportation, and the evaluation of alternative future demographic scenarios.
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