City Place

Vision & Planning

Building a beautiful place takes planning and design. Setting the stage for how that place will come alive and thrive takes authenticity, big ideas, and purpose.  

City Place is situated about an hour north of Houston, Texas, just far enough for a breather from 

the hustle, but still close enough to embrace the energy and creativity of one of the most diverse cities in the US. City Place is a “city in the garden” where the best of urban living is mixed with equal parts innovation, culture, sustainability, and natural beauty.

In 2020, we jumped on board with renowned place maker and residential developer, DMB Development, to help bring to life the budding residential side of City Place, alongside its already thriving commercial core. 

“We may not be architects or land planners, but we’re the ‘people’ people. We bring to the table the resident voice long before residents arrive,” says Todd Hornback, Cohere Chief Advancement Officer. 

Along with our 20-plus years of working with top-notch developers from around the country, we bring the people perspective. We look at the land plans and we visualize the way people will live and play. From 50,000-foot big picture planning to zeroing in on specific amenities, we’re able to set the foundation for community life and cultivate a place that drives value and is built to last. 

At the heart of planning and visioning is authenticity. It’s understanding the land, its heritage, and the culture of the place. It’s looking at how people are living their lives there today, and it’s asking how we can leverage what already exists. 

We help set the stage for a community design that brings people together where neighbors can connect organically and intentionally. And we make sure the amenities are activated from day one. 

“We say, ‘let’s have an amazing place, but let’s also have it be a space people are going to love to use,’” says Todd. 

And while we’re full of big ideas, we’re also grounded in the reality of what works, and what doesn’t. Our experience and expertise let us think outside the box, while staying mindful of budget and return on investment. We know a community that inspires people to live fuller, more enriched lives is a place that’s sought after and highly valued. It’s a place where people want to invest and put down roots. 

At City Place, we found inspiration from the natural spring swimming holes that are a way of life in Texas. We thought beyond the standard swimming pool and supported the vision of an amenity that would look and feel like a bona fide, Texas-style swimming hole. We saw the space to incorporate a fountain that would serve as the well spring from which the swimming hole would emanate, launching a “well spring” of ideas and aspirations for all other aspects of the community. 

As we collaborate with developers, we look at the amenities from every angle, even down to the square inch. In City Place, it’s looking at how residents will best enter and exit the swimming hole. It’s thinking about how the amenity can be activated in the evening hours and where a power source is needed for lighting. In the cooler months when residents won’t be in the water, it’s planning to activate the space with unique, unexpected opportunities like a floating obstacle course or live music on the water. 

“It’s more than just presenting ideas. It’s guiding the way the built environment is planned so that it can be activated for resident use,” says Todd.  

We’ve also envisioned how to activate City Place’s network of parks, gardens, and tree-lined trails. We thought beyond the typical trail, and imagined sky bridges, tree houses (for young and old) that could not only be places to play, but also cool spaces to hold board meetings or conference calls.  

When current and prospective residents arrive at City Place, what’s the initial experience like? We helped the developer envision a mashup of public and private spaces where someone looking to buy a home might bump into a happy resident who just spent the day at the swimming hole. They may even strike up a conversation over a latte from an onsite coffee shop. These are the plans we will continue to cultivate as the built environment comes to fruition.

At Cohere, we take great care in crafting and fulfilling the vision of a community at every stage of development, whether we’re there from day one, jump in mid-way through, or get to celebrate the vision coming to life. And our measure of success?  A place where people’s lives are enriched through authentic connections, shared experiences, and collective purpose. 

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Great places don’t happen by accident.  Great places are the result of a thoughtful vision that is cared for and nurtured as the community matures.  Based on a long history of design excellence and a deep understanding of how communities evolve, Cohere is committed to preserving and enhancing the built environment of the communities it manages with the objective that each community gets better with time.

JT Elbracht

Architect, Elbracht+Company, LCC


Rarely do you meet a collaborator who shares the dream and then turns it into a reality. The Cohere Team does just that. From the early discovery of “localness” of place to the universals of enlightened community management, the Cohere team listens, explores, questions, and creates.

Sandra Kulli

Owner, Kulli Marketing


Cohere has been a great partner in the management of our associations at McWhinney. While they are more than adept at traditional association management, the secret sauce lies in their unique ability to promote community engagement through creative events and programming.

Kyle Harris

Vice President, Community Development; Baseline General Manage, McWhinney


When executed well, a strong sense of Community is a significant competitive advantage in the master planned community business.  But, when executed with thoughtful planning followed by intentional action, a sense of Community is the legacy of great development.

Brad Chelton

President, Texas I Land & Housing Development, Brookfield Properties Development


The Cohere team are master creators and connectors of people, places and everlasting memories that transform real estate to the forever fabric of our lives.

Denise Resnik

Founder, President & CEO, First Place AZ; CEO, DRA Collective


Cohere's unique approach to community building created a vibe and energy that attracted homebuyers and was well received by residents. They cemented Eastmark amongst the top best-selling and best-living communities in the nation. Given Cohere’s success with Eastmark, we have engaged at two of our new master planned communities to provide the community building. We really appreciate and value what Cohere brings to our projects.

Dea McDonald

SVP & GM, Brookfield Properties Development


I’m a big believer in the community-building model that Cohere has perfected. Grounded in the full spirit of community and enriching people’s lives, this unique, collaborative approach was key in distinguishing and growing the value of communities developed by DMB Associates during my tenure there.

Charley Freericks

Catellus Development Corp.