In 2007, the Trust responded to an enquiry from the famous American shopping center developer Henry S. Miller. In conjunction with the City of McAllen, Texas, the Trust organized a charette and acted as the Development Manager and Master Planner for a new Town Center for McAllen, Texas.
Working with the Town and knowing the practicalities of the development world, The Trust was able to create a pre-charette atmosphere, in which virtually all groups within the Town participated in and impacted the planning process. Topography, geology, natural systems and the natural history of the Rio-Grande area were studied. These ideas were synthesized into design directives, which together with The Trustís practical experience resulted in a new Town Center Plan that won the support of the entire community. The plan incorporated an urban beach, tourism, public buildings, migratory bird flyways protection, residential and shopping locations all around a central lake and river system for the public and visitors alike.