City of Allen, Texas

 

PROJECT
Ms. Walz assisted the City of Allen, Texas by conducting a City Council Development Character Workshop and follow-up policy session soon after the City hired a new City Manager. These sessions were designed as a forum for City Council and staff discussion about large lot development, new urbanism and related community development patterns. They resulted in agreement on direction for a new downtown Master Plan, zoning ordinance revisions and related policy research.

Ms. Walz has conducted strategic planning sessions for the City of Allen in 2006, 2007 and 2008. She led a City Council Strategic Planning Session for the City of Allen in February 2006. The session defined overall goals for the year, with a special emphasis on economic development. For Allen’s 2007 strategic planning process, Ms. Walz conducted the first strategic planning workshop for the City’s senior management staff as well as a City Council Strategic Planning Session. This session included a special focus on water issues and an update of the city’s overall goals for 2007. For the 2008 strategic planning process, Ms. Walz conducted a strategic planning session for senior management staff and a City Council strategic planning session. Both sessions included the use of book synopsis presentations, small group discussions and keypad polling of participants. They resulted in an updated set of goals for the City for 2008.

OBJECTIVE
Provide a forum for City Council and staff discussion about large lot development, new urbanism and related community development patterns.

RESULT
An agreement on the direction for a new downtown Master Plan, zoning ordinance revisions and related policy research.

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