Sustainable Public Rights of Way

The Sustainable Public Rights of Way Subcommittee provides support and technical advice to NCTCOG's Public Works Council on sustainability issues associated with public works infrastructure. The Subcommittee's activities are reported regularly to the Public Works Council. View SPROW committee information.

The goals of the program are to compile best practices for sustainable public rights of way, review real examples of best practices within the region and hold workshop(s) in order to educate on and discuss best practices for sustainable public rights of way.

The goals of Sustainable Public Rights-of-Way are to improve infrastructure within public rights of way including but not limited to:

  • To promote multi-modal forms of transportation
  • Improve air and water quality
  • Provide walkable communities
  • Provide safer and healthier neighborhoods and improve quality of life
  • Improve infrastructure life cycle and performance
  • Streamline construction
  • Ensure regulatory compliance
  • Promote economic development
  • Promote integration of rights of way and surrounding land use
  • Promote context-sensitive design
  • Balance environmental, scenic, aesthetic, cultural and natural resources, as well as community and transportation needs.

The Roadmap to a Sustainable Public Right of Way is a document intended to be a resource to both public officials and private developers to improve the sustainability of their projects constructed within the public rights-of-way.

View Roadmap to a Sustainable Public Right of Way

The NCTCOG Environment & Development Case Studies web mapping application allows you to explore case studies related to development excellence, solar energy, water, and solid waste in the North Central Texas region.

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2017 SPROW Education Forum

The 2017 SPROW Education Forum was held on December 4, 2017 at the AIA Office in Dallas, TX. The morning forum session was followed by afternoon site visits around Dallas. For more information on the forum, please see the below materials:

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2016 SPROW Education Forum

The 2016 SPROW Education Forum was held on March 31, 2016 at NCTCOG. The agenda included presentations on:

2015 SPROW Education Forum

The 2015 SPROW Education Forum was combined with the Public Works Roundup, view presentations/videos from the event.

2014 SPROW Education Forum

The 2014 SPROW Education Forum was held on October 30, 2014 at NCTCOG. Click here to view presentations/videos from the event. The agenda included presentations on:

  • City of Dallas Complete Streets
  • Dallas Count Utility Coordination Program
  • Maintenance of Low Impact Development (LID) Stormwater Controls

2013 Public Works Roundup / SPROW Forum

The 2013 Public Works Roundup and SPROW Forum was held on May 23, 2013. Click here to view videos of presentations from the event. All videos may be of interest, however, the following topics are most relevant to Sustainable Public Rights of Way:

  • LID Competition – Green Roadway Category
  • Envision Infrastructure Sustainability Rating System Application in Public Works Projects
  • Dallas' 2012 Bond Program & Impacts of Sustainable Public Right-of-Way
  • Roadway Construction and Recycled Asphalt Paving Mixes


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