What is Development Excellence?

The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG), together with private and public partners, works to help create a sustainable North Texas that is recognized nationwide as a center of development excellence. Our goal is for North Texas to be a region where residents, businesses, and visitors enjoy a built environment that creates a true sense of place; uses water, energy, and environmental resources effectively and efficiently; protects a diversity of habitats; reduces vehicle miles traveled (VMT); and supports public health and quality of life. To achieve these aims, regional leaders have adopted Principles of Development Excellence and NCTCOG carries out various strategic initiatives. These include support for Vision North Texas, the CLIDE Awards Program, a regional repository of best practices, sustainable development activities, and many others.

2013 CLIDE Award Winner - Duncanville

Library of Technical Tools

Technical ToolsOur Library of Technical Tools includes practical examples to aid you in your sustainable planning and development. It contains sustainable planning documents and best practices such as zoning ordinances, form-based codes, comprehensive plans, thoroughfare plans, transit-oriented development, design guidelines, incentives, and other innovative local and regional government practices. We have collected documents from the North Central Texas region as well as around the country. We welcome your updates and comments.

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CLIDE Awards

2017 CLIDE Awards

Public and private entities, including cities, developers, architects, planners, engineers, and others, were invited to submit applications for the 2017 CLIDE Awards. Winners were announced at the North Central Texas Council of Governments' General Assembly on June 16, 2017.

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Vision North Texas

Vision North Texas is a private-public partnership, headed by charter sponsors the Urban Land Institute, the North Central Texas Council of Governments, and the University of Texas at Arlington. Vision North Texas is making an important contribution to the future quality of life, economic desirability, and long-term sustainability of the 16-county North Central Texas region. It is increasing public awareness about important regional land use issues that affect mobility, air quality, water supply, and other economic and environmental resources.

VNT Progress ReportIf you would like to become involved with Vision North Texas, visit www.visionnorthtexas.org.

Sustainable Development

Among the key components of NCTCOG's Sustainable Development program are consideration of the interface between land use and transportation, planning for bicycle and pedestrian modes of transportation, and transit-oriented development.

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