Tuesday, July 29, 2008
City of Bryanís Developerís Guide Recognized
Receives Innovative Planning Award from American Planning Associationís Central Texas Section
The City of Bryanís Developerís Guide: A Guide to Building and Development in the City of Bryan, Texas, a handbook published by the Cityís Planning and Development Services Department, was recognized by the American Planning Associationís Central Texas Section with the 2008 Innovative Planning Award during the professional associationís annual banquet in Driftwood, Texas. ďIt is a great honor to be recognized by your peers,Ē said Senior Planner Martin Zimmermann who accepted the award on behalf of the City during the event on July 25, 2008 which was attended by more than 100 planning professionals from central Texas.
In the Developerís Guide, readers find information on completing a development project in the City of Bryan. A simple-to-read narrative, attractive graphics, short summaries, flowcharts, six question-and-answer sections and project checklists make the Guide an easy to navigate, user-friendly handbook. The Developerís Guideís goal is to make the Cityís development processes transparent and accessible to first-time developers as well as seasoned development professionals, by providing up-to-date information even after hours when Planners, Engineers or Plan Reviewers are not available to answer questions. ďThe Guide is one of the many ways we seek to provide quality customer service,Ē said Planning Manager Lindsey Guindi.
The Developerís Guide is divided into seven chapters that discuss the various steps in the development process. The chapters are arranged in a sequence that a project would go through: from zoning approval and site plan review to platting, the installation of infrastructure and building plan review, concluding in the issuance of a certificate of occupancy. In addition, topics that may not apply to all projects but that may still be of interest to the development community, such as annexation, historic preservation, corridor overlay standards and street abandonment are also briefly discussed. While the chapters are often cross-referenced, they are suitable for individual reproduction as handouts, depending on the readerís interests and the needs of a development project.
The Guide can be downloaded from the Cityís website at www.bryantx.gov and is also available on CD and in printed form in the Planning and Development Services Department in offices at 300 S. Texas Avenue.
The American Planning Association is a nonprofit public interest and research organization representing over 39,000 practicing planners, officials, and citizens involved with urban and rural planning issues. The Mission of the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association is to advocate the profession of planning, providing expertise and processes that empower citizens to be engaged in the development and sustainability of Great Communities in Texas. The Central Section of the American Planning Associationís Texas Chapter is one of the organizationís nine Texas sections and includes the following Texas counties: Bastrop, Bell, Blanco, Brazos, Burleson, Burnet, Caldwell, Calhoun, Coryell, Dewitt, Fayette, Goliad, Gonzales, Grimes, Hays, Jackson, Lampasas, Lavaca, Lee, Leon, Limestone, Llano, Madison, Mason, McCulloch, McLennan, Milam, Robertson, San Saba, Travis, Victoria, Washington, and Williamson.
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