Planning & Development

About Our Department


In Fate we embody a Strong Towns approach which advocates for development that results in a financially strong and resilient community beyond the first life-cycle of any given development. Strong Towns' principles include: 
  • Relies on small, incremental investments (little bets) instead of large, transformative projects;
  • Emphasizes resiliency of result over efficiency of execution;
  • Is designed to adapt to feedback (seamless conversion of development to another purpose);
  • Is inspired by bottom-up action (chaotic but smart) and not top-down systems (orderly but dumb);
  • Seeks to conduct as much of life as possible at a personal scale (emphasizes places for people - vehicles are a subordinate consideration); &
  • Is obsessive about accounting for its revenues, expenses, assets and long term liabilities (do the math).

Who We Are


The Planning & Development Department is managed by Will Rugeley [pronounced roo-ja-lee] who has served the City of Fate since May 2013. In 2008 Mr. Rugeley earned his Bachelor’s degree in Geography from Texas State University – San Marcos. In 2011 Mr. Rugeley earned his Master’s degree in Land Management and Development from Texas State University – San Marcos. Prior to working for the City of Fate Mr. Rugeley worked for the City of Plano and Army Corps of Engineers.

Mr. Rugeley oversees all planning, development, and zoning activities and also manages the Property Standards Department.