Vision North Texas, Dallas-Fort Worth Region, Texas
The population of the ten-county Dallas-Fort Worth region is expected to grow from approximately 5.1 million in 2000 to 9.1 million in 2030, according to the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG). This growth creates important challenges for the region's quality of life, economic vitality and environmental sustainability.
Karen Walz FAICP is the Project Manager for the Vision North Texas regional visioning effort sponsored by the ULI North Texas District Council, the University of Texas at Arlington and the North Central Texas Council of Governments. Ms. Walz leads the fund-raising, community involvement, research and other activities.
The coalition held a major regional event on April 25, 2005. Ms. Walz designed the event, coordinated involvement of almost 100 volunteers and directed analytical work, logistics and other aspects of the project. The workshop used computer technology, gaming tools and other techniques to engage a diverse, representative group of regional stakeholders – elected officials, developers, community leaders – in evaluating the choices facing the region.
Create concepts to address the 4.1 million additional residents and 2.3 million additional jobs expected in the Dallas/Fort Worth region by 2030.
Phase 2 included a Leadership Summit for elected and appointed public leaders in the region, two subregional workshops and a ‘greenprinting initiative’, as well as numerous presentations and other communications efforts.
Broaden the initiative’s public involvement and impact on regional policy decisions.
Phase 3 is an ambitious effort to create “North Texas 2050”, to be completed in 2009.
Create a vision and action package to guide the growth of the region (the 4th largest in the nation) through 2050.