GDPC STRATEGIC PLAN

The GDPC considers various perspectives of important topics critical to future growth and prosperity of Greater Dallas. The primary focus of the Council is to provide a voice for those interested in topics regarding infrastructure, city planning, sustainability and regional economic growth. It focuses its programs on the broad range of issues dealing with planning for the future of the Dallas region. These issues include infrastructure needs, the built environment, governance, city planning and the region's economy.

2012 STRATEGIC PLAN

Mission

The Mission Statement of the Greater Dallas Planning Council (GDPC) as established by the Board of Directors is— To shape, promote and advocate a creative sustainable future for the Dallas Region. The GDPC considers various perspectives of important topics critical to future growth and prosperity of Greater Dallas.

The primary focus of the Council is to provide a voice for those interested in topics regarding infrastructure, city planning, sustainability and regional economic growth. It focuses its programs on the broad range of issues dealing with planning for the future of the Dallas region. These issues include infrastructure needs, the built environment, governance, city planning and the region’s economy. The Council is a “thought leader” in creating sustainable development in the Dallas Region.

It tracks issues and initiatives and raises public awareness of these issues through public forums by viewing them through the “lens” of “are they sustainable?” Sustainable Development is positive change which does not undermine the environmental or social systems on which we depend. It requires a coordinated approach to planning and policy making that involves public participation. Its success depends on widespread understanding of the critical relationship between people and their environment and the will to make necessary changes.

Unique Mission

There are several organizations in the community that address growth, development and design issues. However, other organizations tend to focus on specific areas which relate directly to their specialized audiences, such as real estate and development, design, etc. The Greater Dallas Planning Council is the only organization with a focus on the issues shaping regional growth and with a broad-based membership of community leaders, and civic, business and design professionals. The GDPC recognizes the importance of the socio-economic strength of the central city to the region’s future. Thoughtful community revitalization through urban planning, major infrastructure projects, and economic development initiatives are vital to the future health of the city of Dallas and emphasis is taken to focus programming and position statements for a sustainable central city. Strengths of the GDPC. The strengths of the Planning Council are many:

  • Diversity of membership, talents and disciplines, including community leaders, public policy-makers, designers, developers and builders.
  • An organization that reflects different points of view on topics and can have productive discussions on various issues.
  • Attraction of quality speakers to address issues associated with the organization’s mission

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