Giving Vision a Voice
To achieve The Real Estate Council’s vision of a world-class and livable North Texas, TREC advocates for public policy issues that impact our industry and promote long-term economic growth and vitality throughout the region. Your support of our Public Policy Committee and Political Action Committee is critical to helping us amplify our voices, support candidates, and impact policy.
If you have questions about TREC’s public policy initiatives or would like to get involved, please contact our Director of Public Policy Bryan Tony.
Development Process Improvement
A clear and streamlined process for growth and development helps developers big and small participate in building unique, inviting, valuable places that in turn contribute to the vibrancy of our neighborhoods and city centers alike. TREC was instrumental in instituting a quarterly stakeholder meeting with City staff to address ongoing challenges and opportunities within the development process.
We advocate for policy tools that stimulate the economy and promote responsible and sustainable development such as Tax Increment Financing and Public Improvement Districts, programs that provide tools for retrofitting existing infrastructure, public-private partnerships, and tax abatement. Additionally, we advocate for important policy categories including mobility, education, housing, and land use regulation that significantly impacts economic development.
Public Finance, Investment, & Taxes
TREC tracks state and local tax policy, including property tax, franchise tax, and sales price disclosure. A moderate, balanced and stable tax structure contributes to the positive business climate necessary for Texas to compete in a world economy.
Reasonable Land Use Regulation
TREC is dedicated to protecting and expanding our land resources and promoting a healthy, growing city while avoiding undue burden on the development community. As part of a coalition of stakeholders, TREC worked with the City of Dallas to ensure the Article X Tree and Parkland Dedication Ordinances provide developers the flexibility to reach the mutually agreeable result of tree preservation and providing park land and amenities to Dallas residents.
Mobility & Transportation
TREC prioritizes visionary thinking on transportation, particularly as it relates to the economic growth of our region. Future planning must promote multimodal transportation options that encourage vibrancy, sustainability, and inclusivity in our city. TREC supports the City of Dallas’ efforts to adopt a Strategic Mobility Plan and monitors several future projects, including regional highway planning, DART’s D2 subway and bus systems, the Dallas Streetcar, and statewide transportation funding legislation.
Access to attainable housing for all members of our community is essential to a healthy economy. Addressing the continuous gap in and growing need for adequate housing at a range of incomes requires neighborhood-specific strategies, a variety of tools, and a comprehensive approach. In the last few years, TREC has offered the City ideas and strategies to encourage mixed-income housing that were incorporated in the Comprehensive Housing Policy adopted in 2018.
Public education is important to TREC members, as strong schools are vital to a healthy business climate, sustainable development, and thriving neighborhoods. TREC supports strategies that improve student outcomes, track progress, and provide transparency and accountability as well as access to quality schools for all.
Public Policy Committee
The Public Policy Committee leads efforts to research, understand and educate members on current regulations, best practices, and new strategies in public policy that may improve outcomes for the Dallas region. As specific policy issues arise, ad hoc working groups are formed. Existing working group focuses include mobility and affordable housing.
- 2019 Chair: Gerald Dunn, Benchmark Title
- Meets every two months as full committee. Working groups scheduled as needed.
Political Action Committee
The PAC is crucial to helping us amplify our voices, support candidates and impact policy. PAC membership is open to all TREC members and requires a financial contribution.
- 2019 Chair: Kevin Bryant, Crow Holdings Capital Partners, L.L.C.
- Meets for biennial lobby days, policy briefings, candidate interviews and other programs as scheduled.
Public Policy Events
Public Policy Briefings
Attend policy briefings with our region’s elected officials and provide feedback as an active member of the Public Policy Committee or PAC.
Join us for receptions with local elected officials and decision makers. Guests discuss their priorities and answer questions from TREC members.
Public Policy 101
In these hour-long workshops, you’ll gain fundamental knowledge in public policy and learn the skills needed to serve on a city board, commission, or task force.
Public Policy Roundtable
Enjoy intimate luncheons with industry and policy experts, analyzing the intersection of policy and commercial real estate. Past topics include the political anatomy of a real estate deal and the latest legislative updates.
TREC Think Tank
TREC Think Tank analyzes all parts of the Dallas and regional community, identifying city-planning initiatives for up to 50 years in the future. TREC Think Tank regularly reports back to the Public Policy Committee and TREC board with vision statements and action items. Please note: This program is application-based and not open to all members.