Comprehensive Planning off the Beaten Path

Liven up your comprehensive planning effort Texas style. Matthew Lewis, Development Director for the city of San Marcos, used everything from Legos to "design rodeos" (i.e. Texas charrettes) to get to common ground.
May 21, 2013, 6am PDT | Hazel Borys
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"I tend to take the road less traveled. For whatever reason, conventional approaches have never interested me. And the process I came up with for my city’s comp plan was no different. Why? Well, first off, conventionalism leads to….. 'BORING!' (Yell it out like no one can hear you!)"

"San Marcos, Texas, where I serve as development director, is a quaint, progressive community of 50,000 with a university of 32,000 and expectations for Texas-sized creativity. Though tarnished by previous unpopular land use and transportation decisions, we’re best likened to a great grandfather’s old pocket-watch: Potentially good as new when cleaned up well and geared in the right direction."

Lewis goes on to discuss some unusual approaches to comprehensive planning, along with some contemporary tools repackaged as a Texas planning party.

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Published on Monday, May 20, 2013 in PlaceShakers
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