Comprehensive Plans: Procurement, Preparation, & Implementation

APA Texas Chapter


Friday, July 19, 2019
10:30 a.m. - noon CDT

Levelland, TX, United States

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One of the most important tools for any community is the Comprehensive Plan, a cohesive visioning document with the strategies, tools, and actions necessary to achieve that vision for the future. Cities with adopted plans are required through the Local Government Code to make zoning decisions in accordance with them. The process of completing such a plan for communities generally involves the procurement process (writing a scope, publishing an RFQ/RFP, interviewing consultants & contract negotiation), the preparation process (research, mapping, community engagement, drafting, presenting & adopting), and the implementation process (carrying out the tasks and actions itemized in the document). Experts with experience in both the private and public sector will provide information, tips, and advice on all of these portions of the comprehensive plan process. Attendees can expect to obtain additional information, background, and insights that they can utilize in their own experiences with their organization(s). The presentation has been tailored to the experience level of those who have signed up for the session, and will be useful to both new and experienced planning professionals.




·         Prepare planners new to this process for the steps in procuring a consultant, including the differences between RFQs and RFPs;

·         Provide insights on how to properly write a scope;

·         Share tips on the process of selection;

·         Address best practices for internal and external communication that make for a smoother process;

·         Review the typical components of a traditional comprehensive plan, as well as the trends in modernizing the approach;

·         Provide focused discussion on land use, transportation, and open space elements of a comprehensive plan;

·         Implementation plans, specifically:

o   Driving implementation

o   Institutionalizing implementation

o   Monitoring implementation

o   Documenting implementation

o   Reporting implementation

o   Updating implementation


AJ Fawver

Invited Speaker

AJ Fawver, AICP, CNU-A, CPM AJ Fawver currently serves as the Community Consulting Planning Leader for Verdunity and has been in that position since mid-May of 2019. Prior to this role, she served as the Planning Director for the City of Lubbock and the City of Amarillo, and as the ... Read More

Kimberly Miller

Invited Speaker

Kimberly Miller, AICP Ms. Miller is a Certified Professional Planner with 23 years of experience in the public and private sectors. She joined Halff Associates in 2019 as the Senior Resilience Planner of the Landscape Architecture and Planning Division and is currently assisting with the development of a comprehensive plan ... Read More

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