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What is Planned for Vision North Texas Phase 3 (2008-2009)?

This page was originally psoted in the fall of 2007. This is what we planned on doing at the start of this phase. Actual results can be found on the Home page and Activities page.

Creating North Texas 2050: A Regional Vision and Action Package

Vision North Texas is now building on the alternative development scenarios and public input generated in the partnership's first five years, creating a shared vision for the region's future and developing the action steps needed to achieve that vision. North Texas 2050 will be the result of this innovative and inclusive effort.

North Texas 2050 will provide a vision and preferred pattern of growth for the entire 16-county region. It will change the region’s future, giving decision-makers new ways to contribute to the vitality of North Texas. For the first time, a regional infrastructure framework will provide a coordinated and comprehensive approach to investment in transportation, water and wastewater facilities, open space networks, and other systems that support the region. North Texas 2050 will detail the tools and techniques that are needed to achieve the vision and support sustainable growth. Vision North Texas will continue to provide assistance to local governments and regional stakeholders during the development of North Texas 2050. Case studies of “best practices”; efforts to promote green building and similar products will be available to regional decision-makers even before North Texas 2050 is completed.

Vision North Texas is following this six-step process to create North Texas 2050.
1. Mobilizing Resources. Secure professional expertise, financial and other material resources, and support from stakeholders. Complete partnership agreements between VNT and other groups that will provide necessary resources.

2. Examining Regional Choices. Research issues facing North Texas through 2050 and the implications of regional, national and global trends for our region’s future. Engage the region’s people and organizations in this discussion of choices. Define and analyze alternative scenarios for future use of land and other limited resources.

3. Creating A Regional Vision Statement. Draft and discuss the statement of vision and goals, preferred development scenarios, regional infrastructure framework, and guiding principles for growth.

4. Detailing an Action Package. Produce the package of tools to allocate limited resources and incentives so they support the preferred, sustainable regional future.

5. Approving North Texas 2050. Consider and debate the drafts of the Regional Vision Statement and the Action Package. Conclude with the adoption of North Texas 2050 by the North Central Texas Council of Governments and the Urban Land Institute North Texas District Council.

6. Implementing Results. Solicit the adoption or endorsement of North Texas 2050 by public agencies, private sector organizations, and entities such as the Regional Transportation Council and regional Water Planning Groups. Create a structure for continuing collaboration to shape North Texas’ future.

Our goal is the adoption of North Texas 2050 in 2010.

During Phase 3, Vision North Texas will also continue the four major initiatives undertaken during 2007.

The budget for these initiatives will come from public and private sponsorships, including the value of in-kind assistance. The ULI North Texas District Council will continue leading the private sector fund-raising effort. The public sector support will come from voluntary contributions to NCTCOG by cities and counties based on their size. The public-private Development Excellence Steering Committee will provide direction.