The City of Richardson has earned a 2021 Celebrating Leadership in Development Excellence (CLIDE) Award from the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) for its Collins/Arapaho Transit-Oriented Development & Innovation District Form Based Code. The code, which was adopted unanimously by Richardson City Council in December 2019, was developed over a 12-month period with property owner and stakeholder engagement, including input from the district’s award-winning Block Party. In 2020, the Collins/Arapaho area was rebranded as the Richardson Innovation Quarter, the 1,200-acre urban hub focused on innovation and entrepreneurship.

The project was identified as one that greatly exemplifies the 12 Principles of Development Excellence, and one the jurors felt provided an example of Development Excellence in the North Central Texas region. The City was awarded a CLIDE Award in 2019 for the Collins/Arapaho study that led to the form based code.

Created in 2003, the biennial CLIDE Awards program encourages innovative development projects and practices that help accommodate expected population growth and ensure a sustainable North Texas for generations to come. This year’s CLIDE Award was Richardson’s 10th overall. Richardson has been recognized with at least one CLIDE Award in each of the five award program categories.