City of Texarkana TXTEXARKANA, TX– The City of Texarkana, Texas is pleased to announce that it has received recognition from the American Planning Association for its Comprehensive Plan completed earlier this year.


This prestigious award will be presented by representatives from the American Planning Association (APA) Texas Chapter at the City of Texarkana, Texas Council meeting tonight at 6:00 p.m.

City Manager Shirley Jaster traveled to Galveston with the Planning and Community Development Department to receive the award at the APA-Texas Chapter Annual Planning Conference on Friday, October 19, 2018.

“Our Planning and Community Development Department staff alongside our Comprehensive Plan Steering Team worked so hard on our updated comprehensive plan,” said Jaster. “Their hard work and dedication to seeing this project through at such a high level gained the attention of statewide planning groups, which is really a testament to how outstanding our steering team and staff really is.”

This award represents a significant achievement for the City, as it is the first of its kind received in Texarkana. The Texas Planning Awards Program recognizes outstanding efforts in planning achievements and planning leadership in Texas. These awards represent the state’s highest planning honors. The Awards Selection Committee evaluated nominees based on originality and innovation, engagement, implementation and effectiveness, quality, and promotion of planning.

The City’s comprehensive plan is an important guiding document that sets the tone for how the City will develop, grow, and change over the next 25 years. It provides clear direction for the development of the community, including land use, transportation, parks and recreation, downtown, urban design and more. It replaces the City’s previous plan, which was adopted in 2001.


For more information about the Comprehensive Plan, visit

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