The Greater Dallas Planning Council’s mission statement is simple and to the point:

Mission is to shape, promote, and advocate a creative, sustainable future for the Dallas region.

The Greater Dallas Planning Council (GDPC), founded in 1946, is the oldest Dallas area civic organization that focuses on issues shaping regional growth. The members of the GDPC address a range of issues from a broad range of community and professional perspectives. The GDPC's membership is comprised of a group of successful professionals from architect design firms, planning consultants, construction and engineering firms, developers, real estate industry leaders, community and civic organizations, corporations and municipal entities. The GDPC membership also includes elected or appointed officials. The GDPC members evaluate local and regional policies in order to promote the long-term sustainability of the City of Dallas and surrounding region.

Urban design issues, economic development, transportation, water issues, energy and education remain a core focus of the organization. A variety of issue task forces bring together professionals concerned about the future of the region and evaluate policies and new design concepts. The members of the task forces evaluate information, invite area leaders to their meetings and develop policy recommendations that are forwarded to local leaders and the media.

In order to promote a better understanding of issues facing the region, the GDPC sponsors monthly breakfast meetings open to members and non-members. These breakfast meetings include a presentation by local politicians and leaders on issues ranging from urban development, education reform, transportation changes, water planning and other timely issues.

The Greater Dallas Planning Council Major Accomplishments:

  • Major supporter of the development and implementation of the Dallas Plan
  • Underwriting the feasibility study for the outer loop freeway system
  • Creation of Dallas long-range water plan
  • Support and planning of both Love Field and DFW Airports
  • Leadership in environmental projects such as a clean White Rock Lake and "Keep Dallas Beautiful" (once a GDPC effort, now a separate organization)
  • Contributed significant time and talent to the Trinity River Corridor Project for 20 years
  • Participation in a triumvirate of organizations which produced the Planning Policies Issues
  • Papers, resulting in a massive overhauling of the city's zoning ordinances
  • Support for Vision North Texas
  • Presented peer review conclusions on Alignment Alternatives for DART’s D2 2nd Downtown Light Rail Transit Line
  • Wrote a position paper on the Proposed Trinity Toll Road Alternative

Accomplishments from 2017:

  • GDPC launched a new membership management system and website. New capabilities added to improve membership experience and more:
    • Automate most of our processes
    • Maintain real-time membership data
    • Provide a secure online presence for each member to help showcase your profile
    • Keep our membership connected and collaborate online
    • Social networking support with simple tools for staying in touch
    • Share documents, and other resources to support committees and task-forces
    • Market our association and highlight great work being done
    • Collect member dues, and support event registration and online payments
  • GDPC launched the new year with Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins swearing in the 2017 GDPC Board of Directors at the first monthly Membership Breakfast Meeting - The Texas Bullet Train: The right project, being done the right way at the right time! Holly Reed, managing director, external affairs for Texas Central Partners, LLC discussed the ongoing project for a state-of-the-art, high-speed passenger train to move people between two of our state’s economic powerhouses – North Texas and Houston – in less than 90 minutes
  • Charlene Heydinger, President of Texas PACE Authority, discussed Sustainable Growth through the PACE program financing for energy and water efficiencies
  • Brent A. Brown of AIA, founding director of the Dallas City Design Studio, founder of building community WORKSHOP and Trinity Trust Interim President, shared the vision and the mission of the Trinity River Park Project]
  • Held a thought-provoking panel discussion at Fair Park, Texas Discovery Gardens – Grand Hall on an array of recent successes and aspirations within the North Central Texas region - Reshaping Urbanism in North Texas - An Earth Day Perspective. Moderated by Betsy del Monte, FAIA, LEED BD+C, Founding Principal of Transform Global. Panelists included Paris Rutherford, Principal of Catalyst Urban Development, Robert Kembel, Principal of The Nehemiah Company and Paul Chapel, RA, LEED AP, Principal at Paul Chapel + Associates
  • Hosted the 2017 GDPC Annual Luncheon - A New Downtown Dallas: Reshaping Urbanism and Preserving History! A panel discussion moderated by David Preziosi, Executive Director Preservation Dallas, with participation from Kourtny Garrett, CEO of Downtown Dallas Inc., Adam Jones, Team Leader, Principal, Merriman and Rachel L. Roberts, Director of Branding and Marketing Centurion American Asset Management - The Statler


    Innovative Communities “Lunch & Learn” on May 3 and hear our presenter Nan Ellin, Dean of the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs (CAPPA) at the University of Texas at Arlington, present on the Trinity Innovation Corridor for North Texas
  • Stephen L. Salin, AICP, Vice President of Capital Planning, Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) discussed Dart: The D2 & Cottonbelt Update
  • Summer Social at the 32nd Floor of the LTV Tower, 1555 Elm Street
  • Hosted the Honorable Van Taylor for an update on the Texas Legislature
  • David Noguera, Director of Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization provided perspective on initiatives in Dallas, and an update on housing and neighborhood revitalization
  • We concluded the year with our annual Urban Design Awards for 2017 celebrating excellence in local urban planning and design, along with our annual meeting and after party


  • Dallas Visions: Toward a 21st Century Urban Design
  • Designs for Dallas = civic planning concepts in conjunction with the Dallas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Visions for Dallas – an update of Designs for Dallas
  • Visions/Dreams/Decisions – issue paper on the future of the inner city
  • First Ring Suburbs – an issue paper exploring the future of the region's suburbs

Signature Events:

  • Annual Urban Design Awards Host (2002 - present) – from 1990 GDPC co-hosted with City of Dallas
  • Four Metromorphosis Symposia – conference highlights regional planning opportunities
  • Annual Luncheon – GDPC hosts dynamic, thought provoking topic and speaker
  • Lunch & Learn Series – members and taskforce subject speakers interact in 2-way in-depth small group luncheon presentations