Friday, August 21, 2015

Float to Work Day in San Marcos, Texas: Promoting Alternative Forms of Transportation

Planners in San Marcos, Texas and Jason King of DKP, took the San Marcos River in to the office today as part of San Marcos’ first annual Float to Work Day: no traffic, free flow conditions, right into the Downtown. DKP is in town to unveil CodeSMTX, a Unified Development Ordinance for the city that will help make San Marcos pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use, and more multimodal (in the broadest possible sense).

Learn more about Float to Work Day around the country.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

"Zoning for Character" Workshops Being Held this Week

Dover, Kohl & Partners’ principal, Jason King, has been leading a series of workshops this week in San Marcos, Texas. These “Zoning for Character” workshops are allowing property owners and residents to learn additional details about the new “character”-based zoning districts and regulating plans being proposed in each of the six Vision San Marcos Intensity Zones.

Beginning in October 2014, the City of San Marcos, Texas and Dover, Kohl & Partners joined by The Street Plans Collaborative, helped re-envision downtown utilizing tactical urbanism—yielding low cost/high gain, long-term change. The Dover-Kohl team effectively engaged the city, the public, and transportation engineers and, in the end, the City of San Marcos presented a recommendation of changes in full detail that were publicized in the SMTX project, ready for permanent implementation.

As one of the fastest growing cities in the nation—for cities with a population of over 50,000 people—Long Range Planning Efforts, including the Code SMTX process to update the Land Development Code, are necessary steps in helping the City ensure positive growth within its community.

The remaining two workshops will be held today as follows: 

San Marcos Activity Center - Room 2
Thursday August 20, 2 - 4pm
Thursday August 20, 6 - 8pm

To learn more about CodeSMTX and the City's Long Range Planning Road Map , visit their website.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

CNU 23 Art-Room Sessions Now Online

Art-Room session videos from this past April’s CNU 23 event are now available online. An engaging and instructive part of each yearly CNU, the Art-Room sessions aim to inform and educate participants in a wide range of topics including techniques, tools, and interdisciplinary themes from illustration to urban design.

Dover, Kohl & Partners’s James Dougherty—a leader in new urbanist design & illustration—has served as both organizer and a presenter of these sessions for the past three years.

The session topics include: “Modeling New Urbanist Building Types in SketchUp,” “Presentation Rendering Techniques for SketchUp,” and “The Art of Courtyard Design.”

You can view the videos here.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Walton Family Foundation Announces Design Excellence Program

A new initiative, the Northwest Arkansas Design Excellence Program, was recently announced by the Walton Family Foundation. The foundation aims to promote the highest level of design excellence for public buildings and spaces. 

Victor Dover, principal of Dover, Kohl & Partners, is among the distinguished panel of professionals who form the program’s selection committee. The panel will review the submissions of local, national, and international designers to be considered for future work within the program.

Designers interested in the Northwest Arkansas Design Excellence Program will be able to apply through Sept. 16. The program expects to support up to three projects per year. 

You may read the foundation’s complete release, and also visit to learn more.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Dover-Kohl to Attend the Fly-in Event "Destination Denver"

Dover, Kohl & Partners is excited to be among the invited delegates to attend the Transportation Fly-in event, “Destination Denver.” Jason King, a principal of Dover-Kohl, will represent the firm at this event, collaboratively hosted by The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Miami Downtown Development Authority, Miami-Dade County, and the Citizens’ Independent Transportation Trust.  As an outgrowth of the recently held 2015 Transportation Summit, the Fly-in seeks to find solutions and study financing options for Miami-Dade’s pressing transit and transportation issues.

During the Fly-in, delegates will meet with political, business and community leaders from Denver and learn first-hand how the area has successfully implemented their transportation vision—the Denver FastTracks program.  FastTracks includes 122 miles of new commuter rail and light rail, and 18 miles of bus rapid transit implemented through innovative joint development and public private partnerships.

Destination Denver will take place August 5-7, 2015. For more information about the event, and a list of participants, visit: