Members of the ULI North Texas advisory board gathered at the Lakeside house on January 22 for their monthly meeting to learn more about Lakeside DFW from town officials.
ULI North Texas is an organization of over 800 practicing land use professionals and community leaders who represent the best practices of planning and land use. Around the globe, ULI has more than 30,000 members.
Mayor Tom Hayden briefed the 15 board members in attendance on the status of Lakeside DFW as well as Flower Mound’s fresh approach to economic development. He was joined by Town Manager Jimmy Stathatos, Council Member Kendra Stephenson and Council Member Jean Levenick.
“We enjoyed learning of the plans and the pubic-private partnership that is working to make it happen,” said Robert Folzenlogen of Hillwood Properties. “This significant project in the heart of North Texas certainly captured our attention.”
According to the organization’s local web site, the ULI mission is “to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. ULI North Texas carries forth that mission by serving the North Texas Metropolitan Area’s public and private sectors with pragmatic land use expertise and education.”
“We are accustomed to seeing new projects,” said Folzenlogen, who serves as chair of the North Texas board, “as well as the evolution of land uses and patterns across different markets.”
“Lakeside DFW is a tremendous example of the utilization of ULI best practices in land use and sustainability,” he added. “But perhaps just as important, there is a clear desire to build community interest and ultimately a strong partnership for the long term.”
As a non-partisan organization, ULI has long been recognized as one of America’s most respected and widely quoted sources of objective information on urban planning, growth and development.
Members come from a spectrum of land use and development disciplines, including developers, builders, investors, designers, public officials, planners, real estate brokers, attorneys, engineers, lenders, academics and students.
In addition to Folzenlogen, local board members include luminaries such as Frank Bliss of Southlake Town Square and Frank Turner of the City of Plano.