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Mar 20, 2018 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
David R. Gattis, FAICP, CFM, ICMA-CM is currently serving as Interim Planning Director for the City of Bastrop, Texas. He was Deputy City Manager for the City of Benbrook, a suburban community of 22,000 on the southwest side of Fort Worth, Texas until his retirement in December 2016. Mr. Gattis was responsible for planning, engineering, building inspection, capital improvements, geographic information systems, public works, information technology and economic development activities in the city. He was also a member of Benbrook’s Tax Increment Finance District Board of Directors.
Mr. Gattis authored the Benbrook Comprehensive Plan, which was recognized as the best Comprehensive Plan by the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) in 1991. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in city planning at the University of Texas at Arlington and has provided consulting and training services to many small cities ranging in population from 200 to 2,000. He has degrees from both Texas Christian University and the University of Texas at Arlington.
He is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners, is a Certified Floodplain Manager and is recognized as a Credentialed Manager by the International City/County Management Association. He was named as Distinguished Alumnus of UTA’s School of Urban and Public Affairs in 2001 and named a Fellow of AICP in April 2008. He is currently Immediate Past Chair of the national APA Divisions Council, has served as Chair of both the Small Town and Rural Division and the Environmental Planning Division of APA, a member of APA’s Legislative and Policy Committee, was President of the Texas Chapter of APA (and currently is Historian) and a former member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Municipal League.
Mr. Gattis is a Fellow and Past President of the Texas Academy of Science. Prior to coming to work for Benbrook in 1988, Mr. Gattis served on Benbrook’s Home Rule Charter Commission, and served on Benbrook’s Planning and Zoning Commission for five years, the last four of which as Chairman. He has served the North Central Texas Council of Governments as Chair of the Regional Storm Water Management Coordinating Council, Chair of the Demographics Task Force, Vice Chair of the Regional Hydrologic Hazard Coordinating Council, Chair of the Integrated Storm Water Management (iSWM) Implementation Committee, and as a member of the Regional Training Advisory Committee, Surface Transportation Technical Committee, and Integrated Storm Water Management Task Force. He is a member of the Board of Advisors for the John V. Roach Honors College at Texas Christian University.