Land Use & Transportation

Changing residential housing preferences, the proliferation of mixed-used developments, and the negative effects of unmanaged growth have caused governments agencies to rethink their public policies about land use, urban development, and transportation. Successful land use planning, whether it be for a rural district, downtown high-rise, or suburban market, should be sensitive to socioeconomic shifts, economic opportunities, cultural assets, and surrounding developments.

TXP has successfully helped clients manage the balance between traditional economic development, land use planning, and infrastructure development to ensure overall community prosperity. We believe that efficient land use will stimulate local markets and generate new economic activity. Our team provides in-depth analysis on the connection between tax base enhancement and service cost reduction, and works with communities, state agencies, local governments, universities, and developers to facilitate growth and redevelopment.

Sample Projects

Placemaking Initiative for Downtown Owensboro, Kentucky

Greater Owensboro Economic Development Corporation

Gateway Planning and TXP were hired by the Greater Owensboro EDC to generate a market-based master plan and a comprehensive package of catalyst projects intended to jump-start downtown revitalization. With its emphasis on mixed-use land use and development, the concept behind the revitalization of Downtown Owensboro was designed to reflect current market trends and conditions. TXP analyzed the market environment by evaluating the market conditions under which revitalization would occur, as well as an assessment of the potential size,...


The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Region & New Urban Development

City of Charlotte, North Carolina

TXP, as part of the Citistates Team, was asked to evaluate and project the economic and fiscal implications of urban planning and implementation in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region. The team effectively illustrated that sustained economic growth is the product of a variety of interrelated factors, and that the effects of "placemaking" have become increasingly important in that calculus. The study demonstrated that the benefits of smart urban planning outweigh the costs, and that the Charlotte region will be more economically prosperous for...


Sustainable Places: Redevelopment Analysis for Communities in Central Texas

Capital Area Council of Governments

As part of a larger consulting team, TXP was contracted to participate in an ambitious regional planning initiative aimed at helping communities create livable spaces consistent with their local goals and values. The Sustainable Places project combined extensive stakeholder interviews and community outreach with an innovative, GIS-based analytic tool for scenario planning to refine an action plan for future growth in each community. TXP participated in the local forums to review the feasibility of the analytic tool and refine early plans for...


Economic Development Implications of Commuter Rail in Central Texas

Austin-San Antonio Intermunicipal Commuter Rail District

Tasked with evaluating the economic development implications of implementing commuter rail between Austin and San Antonio, TXP built a custom econometric model that determined whether or not this region could support this type of transit system. Specifically, the Austin-San Antonio Corridor was compared to other U.S. regions to determine the likelihood that a rail project would have positive long-term economic impacts on the region.