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Center of Development Excellence

Development ExcellenceWhat is Development Excellence?

To prepare for the road ahead, the North Central Texas Council of Governments' Strategic Plan for 1999-2003 called for the creation of the Center of Development Excellence. The Center is envisioned as a comprehensive effort to bring together public- and private-sector experts in the environmental, transportation, development, and information analysis fields to address the regional issues and infrastructure concerns of the future.

New Items

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.

We welcome your updates and comments: Access the Library of Technical Tools

Annual Public Works Roundup

The 18th Annual Public Works Roundup will be held on May 10, 2017, at the Grapevine Convention Center. This year’s Roundup presentation topics will include Water and Wastewater Risk Assessment, ROW Management, among other public works related topics. Be sure to join us to participate in multiple demonstrations! More information and how to register available here.

integrated Stormwater Management (iSWM)™

iSWM Program for Construction and Development is a cooperative initiative that assists cities and counties to achieve their goals of water quality protection, streambank protection, and flood mitigation, while also helping communities meet their construction and post-construction obligations under state stormwater permits.

Development and redevelopment by their nature increase the amount of imperviousness in our surrounding environment. This increased imperviousness translates into loss of natural areas, more sources for pollution in runoff, and heightened flooding risks. To help mitigate these impacts, more than 60 local governments are cooperating to proactively create sound stormwater management guidance for the region through the integrated Stormwater Management (iSWM) Program.

The iSWM Program is comprised of four types of documentation and tools. These are used to complement each other and to support the development process. For more information>>>.

2017 CLIDE Awards

Celebrating Leadership in Development Excellence (CLIDE) awards. Begun in 2003, the Map of Past CLIDE Awards RecipientsCLIDE Awards recognize projects, developments, andprivate or publicprograms that exemplify the region's Principles of Development Excellence. For more information, look here.

During the 2017 CLIDE Awards Cycle 9 recipients from among 21 applicants were honored at the North Central Texas Council of Governments' General Assembly in June 2017. View 2017 the awardees.

Applications for the CLIDE Awards are accepted every two years. A select jury of nationally recognizd experts reviews and choses the awardees. These awardees will be recognized throughout the year and beyond. We invite you to learn more about CLIDE and previous CLIDE recipients.

Sustainable North Texas

Helping North Texas meet the needs of today while planning sensibly to meet future needs. Give us your ideas of Best Practices.

Other Programs

Texas Community Development Block Grant Program

The Texas CDBG plays a critical role in helping smaller communities in our region meet infrastructure needs in low to moderate income areas. For more information>>>.

More about the Center of Development Excellence

Programs associated with Development Excellence



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