Dallas Directors of Housing and Planning Announces Resignations

Dallas is to lose its director of planning and urban design as well as its director of housing and neighborhood revitalization.

Dallas is losing its director of planning and urban design and its director of housing and neighborhood renewal, City Manager T.C. Broadnax said in a notice on Friday. This comes as the city works to approve its budget and overhaul the development code, and as advocates fight for housing funds in the 2024 bond package.

The director of planning and urban design, Julia Ryan, will manage through Sept. 20. Davíd Noguera, the housing and neighborhood rejuvenation, will leave two days after the fact, Broadnax said in the notice.

“I need to thank Julia and Davíd for their support of Dallas,” Broadnax said in a message proclamation. “They play had a fundamental impact in progressing basic tasks and drives during their residencies. They will be remembered fondly. However, we hope everything works out for them.”

Ryan joined the city in May 2021 as partner director of planning and urban design division and was named chief in January 2022, per the Friday notice. During her experience with the city, Ryan’s specialization finished a few plans, including the including the Hensley Field Master Plan and the West Oak Cliff Area Plan. Environmental justice and equity have been key goals of the department during this time.

Noguera, who didn’t comment, joined the city in 2017 and joined the housing and neighborhood revitalization department, Broadnax said in the memo. The outgoing director also resolved almost $50 million in audit findings without financial penalties and designed programs, financial incentives and processes to develop and preserve mixed-income housing.

During his time with the department, Noguera generated new revenues and a pipeline of nearly 20,000 housing units through the Dallas Housing Finance Corporation, Dallas Public Facility Corporation, the Dallas Housing Acquisition and Development Corporation and the Mixed Income Housing Development Bonus Program.

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