What 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.
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 16th Annual Public Works Roundup will be held on July 16, 2015, at the Colleyville Center in Colleyville. This year’s Roundup presentation topics will include SSO prevention and Green Infrastructure Economics, among other public works related topics. Be sure to join us to participate in a hands-on flood simulation activity! 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>>>.
2015 CLIDE Awards
Celebrating Leadership in Development Excellence (CLIDE) awards. Begun in 2003, the CLIDE Awards recognize projects, developments, andprivate or publicprograms that exemplify the region's Principles of Development Excellence. For more information, look here.
During the 2015 CLIDE Awards Cycle 10 recipients from among 28 applicants were honored at the North Central Texas Council of Governments' General Assembly in June 2015. View 2015 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.
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