Our History

To Provide Exemplary Service to Clients and be the Industry Leader in Texas for a Broad Range of Land Use and Development Services

Land use consultants since 1981

Masterplan provides consultation to businesses, individuals, utilities and government agencies in all matters relating to land use, including zoning, subdivisions, building permits and other development approvals.

Established in 1981, Masterplan has successfully obtained thousands of governmental approvals for clients. The firm also provides political consultation and representation for all types of local and regional government issues.

Focused on Three Service Areas

Led by CEO Dallas Cothrum, our practice is divided into three sectors: (1) zoning and land use, (2) building code and permitting, and (3) lobbying and economic development. The largest sector of work is zoning and land use cases. This sector includes due diligence and providing information to adjacent stakeholders on their zoning requests in addition to zoning applications done on our client’s behalf. Masterplan’s experienced building code team works to ensure expedited approval of all permitting matters.

Complete, Turnkey Services

We also represent tenants and owners on issues such as required parking reductions and problems relating to certificates of occupancy. Many clients, including ONCOR, DART and the Dallas Independent School District, have tasked Masterplan to obtain all approvals from the point of application through passing final inspection to receiving a certificate of occupancy. Finally, Masterplan consultants have successfully negotiated abatements and other entitlements from local governments for new projects as well as assisted in corporate relocations.

Our Expertise is Your Success

Masterplan consultants are highly accomplished experts who come from diverse backgrounds including planning, architecture, engineering, business and public administration. Our mastery of technical issues combined with job-tested communication skills and a long standing reputation of excellence makes Masterplan a reliable force working on your behalf.

Our Leadership


“In the screwed-up, implacable, totally amoral haunted house that is City Hall, you’re nuts if you go in there on an important issue without a gladiator in front of you. The Cothrums aren’t the only gladiators. But let me tell you. If my house ever catches on fire, I’m not calling 911. I’m calling the Cothrums so they can negotiate a truck for me. It’ll get there faster …”