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March 2006 Issue

Director's Corner

I thought I already knew a lot about ULI - the Urban Land Institute from our activities together over the past two years in the first phase of Vision North Texas. But wow, was I even more impressed when I had the chance for the first time to meet with some of their staff "luminaries" (my term) in Washington, DC recently - Executive Vice President, Senior Resident Fellows and the like. FULL ARTICLE >>>

NCTCOG Signs Partnership Agreement with ULI

The successful Vision North Texas public-private partnership has been further strengthened with the recent signing of a partnership agreement between NCTCOG and ULI - the Urban Land Institute.

Got drought? SmartScapeŽ!

 With current drought conditions expected to affect our region, North Texans are asking how they can maintain beautiful lawns and gardens that still thrive during harsh drought conditions without putting a dent in their wallets. Texas SmartScapeŽ provides the answers! FULL ARTICLE>>>

Celebrate Earth Day's 36th Anniversary

Starting as a national day of environmental recognition, Earth Day has evolved into a worldwide campaign to protect our environment. Twenty million people celebrated the first observed Earth Day on April 22, 1970. It is estimated that currently more than a half billion people worldwide participate in Earth Day Celebrations. FULL ARTICLE>>>

EMS Initiative in North Central Texas is Underway!

In mid-January, the City of Dallas contacted NCTCOG to elicit assistance sponsoring and promoting an Environmental Management System (EMS) working group to provide a forum for the entities in our region to learn more about EMS, discuss and share issues, and solve problems pertaining to instituting an EMS program. FULL ARTICLE>>>

Storm Water Permits and the RDI

The RDI is a Regionally Developed Initiative, and a useful tool for North Central Texas municipalities that are getting ready for a storm water discharge permit expected to be issued by the state sometime in the next few months. More than 100 municipalities in the DFW area will be required to obtain a permit to discharge storm water this year. FULL ARTICLE>>>

4th Edition of Corridor Development Certificate Manual Being Developed

The Corridor Development Certificate Manual is being revised to a 4th Edition. The new manual is being developed to address technological advances, linear projects, exemptions, hydraulic modeling and other relevant topics since the 3rd Edition was adopted in 2002. FULL ARTICLE>>>

Fire Code Survey Results

The North Central Texas Council of Governments has recently conducted a voluntary survey regarding specific elements of the Fire Codes in our region's jurisdictions. FULL ARTICLE>>>

FYI - In and Around the Region

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