Abra Nusser has a passion for planning cities and providing services centered around great ideas. Abra is a Senior Project Manager at Kimley-Horn, specializing in city and systems planning, design, placemaking, and community engagement. This site is to provide links for social media, post articles of interest, and serve as Abra's digital hub to provide contact and portfolio info.
"When you do engagement right, and truly listen, the plan writes itself."
Abra Nusser, AICP
living the dream,
doing the people's work
Abra Nusser has over 17 years of experience in government and law-related fields, and over 12 years of experience in city planning. She is a certified planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). Her planning experience covers multiple facets including, but not limited to: development review, neighborhood planning, corridor/mobility planning, small area/sector planning, comprehensive planning, historic preservation, grant writing, and community engagement.
During her municipal career, she managed large, complex budgets and was responsible for several areas including planning, building permitting and inspections, gas wells, and trees/urban forestry. She has led numerous neighborhood and community planning efforts and implemented zoning ordinances, comprehensive plans, small area plans, corridor plans, overlay districts, and city policies. Abra has also led and coordinated multiple interdepartmental strategic planning sessions, process improvements, management enhancements, training sessions, and efficiency audits.
She previously served as the President & CEO of Ideation Planning. At Ideation Planning, a boutique planning firm she created in Southlake, Texas, she worked on numerous public and private planning projects, such as the Celina Downtown Master Plan, Farmers Branch East Side Comprehensive Plan, and Lavon Community Vision Assessment. As the Director of Community Development for the City of Colleyville, Texas, she oversaw the City’s Building Inspections, Planning, Gas Wells, and Trees Divisions while leading the Colleyville comprehensive plan to adoption in late 2015. Prior to working with the City of Colleyville, Abra worked for the cities of Denton and McKinney, Texas in various planning roles. Abra was a lead for Denton’s Comprehensive Plan update, begun in 2012 and adopted in early 2015, and drafted the first language in a city comprehensive plan in the country to address gas well and pipeline impact and compatibility.
Abra holds a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs (MPA) and Graduate Certificates in City Planning and Local Government Management from The University of Texas at Dallas. She also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Texas State University. She is a member of the American Planning Association and has served in various American Planning Association leadership positions at the local and state levels. She is currently Director of the Midwest Texas Section of the American Planning Association covering the following counties: Archer, Bosque, Brown, Clay, Coleman, Comanche, Cooke, Denton, Eastland, Erath, Hamilton, Hill, Hood, Jack, Johnson, Mills, Montague, Palo Pinto, Parker, Somervell, Stephens, Tarrant, Wichita, Wise, and Young.
GLIMPSE OF SERVICES
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DOWNTOWN MASTER PLANS
The award-winning Celina Downtown Master Plan deployed an innovated Design Thinking methodology to produce a new Vision for Downtown Celina with extensive community buy-in. Rendering to the left was done by team member Robin Frye to illustrate the new vision for the Pecan Street-Founders Park area in Downtown. Visualizations are everything!
INTEGRATED LAND USE & MOBILITY
Future Land Use Plan on the left is an example of how Abra and her teams integrate land use and mobility, focusing on what the community wants and needs, but also how it should function and be branded. Key corridors, like the Lake Connector Boulevards in blue here, can be their own Future Land Use Designations. Lavon's Community Vision Assessment was done to get key pieces of a comprehensive plan drafted with limited City resources.
The award-winning Farmers Branch East Side Comprehensive Plan sets forth a bold Vision for a vibrant destination on the east side of the city. Feedback from the community and the stakeholders indicated a genuine interest in defining a new identity for the area. The search for a strong new identity led to pioneering concepts woven throughout the five goals of The Plan, which were developed to be mutually reinforcing. Branding a new identity for East Side, the Plan capitalizes on the existing dynamics and character already existing in the District to create a new Innovation District with the undercurrent of art, culture, design, education, and technology.
PARKS AND RECREATION MASTER PLANS
Abra and her teams create Parks and Recreation Master Plans that treat parks not only as leisure and activity places, but also as destinations and key components to a city's green infrastructure. Every city is different, and each city deserves its own unique Parks and Recreation Master Plan that identifies what else is needed in the System and how to achieve it.
Community surveys are the oxygen that can breathe relevant life into planning projects. Abra and her teams do online community surveys with often more than double the rate of return expected and much higher quality analysis than typical. Finding out what the community and stakeholders want, and then using that feedback to make strategies moving forward, is essential to great planning.
Abra and her teams believe in the Good to Great strategic planning process whereby a community or group can define three key things: what are we deeply passionate about, what drives our economic engine, and what can we be the best at. At the center of that process should be the exploration of "the why" behind operation of the organization. Provided at the button below is latest Celina's Strategic Plan to illustrate our style.
CODES AND ORDINANCES
From Parkland Dedication ordinances to planned development districts to Downtown Form-Based Codes to UDC's, we have you covered! Abra's municipal experience translates well to the creation of useful, simple, and effective codes and ordinances.