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City of Del Rio Comprehensive Plan

Combining bi-national cultural heritage with unique natural assets

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  • Del Rio, Texas

    Del Rio, Texas

Identifying strategies to strengthen infrastructure, enhance investment, and develop an attractive, lifelong, community

A community on the United States-Mexico border, Del Rio, Texas, boasts a rich cultural heritage, proximity to one of west Texas’s most abundant fresh water supplies, and an important agricultural sector. The city also hosts Laughlin Air Force Base, which brings new residents and families to Del Rio, and is a strong economic presence. However, despite these assets, Del Rio has not been positioned to capture Texas’ recent growth in jobs and population. Its military population is static as members and their families rotate out to other postings. Completion of the Highway 79 outer loop will enhance commercial transport, but traffic will by-pass the city.

Wanting to update its Comprehensive Plan, the City of Del Rio sought our expertise in community development, urban planning, and public consultation to create a robust and actionable document. The updated Plan was created through an inclusive, participatory public process. Our community engagement efforts sought to earn the buy-in of those who have invested in Del Rio and empower community members to become stewards of the Plan. Our methodology included a three-day design charette—a participatory planning process where an interdisciplinary team collaboratively drafts a plan through hands-on activities to engage community members and articulate their wants and needs.

Based on consultations and the design charette, our team’s Comprehensive Plan for Del Rio defines a vision-based set of goals and policy objectives that recognizes Del Rio’s assets and helps position the community to attract new economic opportunities. The plan recommends streamlining land development processes, repurposing streets and other infrastructure to be more resilient and sustainable, and harnessing the economic opportunities of Laughlin Air Force Base, strengthening the military community’s long-term contribution to Del Rio. 

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  • City of Del Rio, Texas
Meet Our Team

Mark Maldonado, Senior Principal, Landscape Architecture/Planning Discipline Lead (US Central South)

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Thomas Leighton, Senior Urban Planner

I like to do work that sets the stage for real world change.

Jared Beck, Principal, Senior Planner

Our job is to lay the roadmap, and when needed, find the funding for greater value—social, cultural, environmental, or financial—in a community.

Joel Mann , Principal

The excitement of cities drew me to planning; seeing how much that excitement relies on streets built for people drew me to transportation.

Bradley Cowan, Design Director, Landscape Architecture/Urban Design

I find that landscape architecture is most successful when it blends art, nature, science, engineering, and people together.
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Ismael Segovia, Senior Project Manager

I believe that meeting challenges head-on can be the fuel that fosters growth and innovative planning solutions.

Colt Yorek, Senior Associate, Senior Landscape Architect

We know a design works well when we can see a community enjoying and fully utilizing the space we’ve created.
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Mark Maldonado

Senior Principal, Landscape Architecture/Planning Discipline Lead (US Central South)

Thomas Leighton

Senior Urban Planner

Jared Beck

Principal, Senior Planner

Joel  Mann


Bradley Cowan

Design Director, Landscape Architecture/Urban Design

Ismael Segovia

Senior Project Manager

Colt Yorek

Senior Associate, Senior Landscape Architect

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