Houston Tomorrow – Plan Houston vote Wed, TPC vote on TIP Fri – Livability News – Sep 22, 2015

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City Council considers Plan Houston, may vote tomorrow
Houston City Council and Mayor Parker discussed Plan Houston last week in a public hearing at City Hall.

Houston’s first general plan establishes a vision, strategies and goals to guide Houston’s future. When adopted, it will be instructions for every employee of the City of Houston for what they should seek to achieve in their work.

Council is scheduled to vote on Plan Houston tomorrow, Sep 23.

Please email your council representatives right now and let them know that you support Plan Houston and want them to vote yes.

Revised draft of PlanHouston PDF

Commentary: Todd Litman
Opportunity Urbanists’ bias

The Center for Opportunity Urbanism recently released a report by Tory Gattis, Maximizing Opportunity Urbanism With Robin Hood Planning, which advocates various policies to increase economic opportunity for disadvantaged residents…However, the report primarily advocates more automobile dependency and sprawl, and the research Gattis uses to justify his conclusions is terrible.

The report’s main argument is that Smart Growth policies reduce affordability, ignoring extensive research…which indicates that total housing and transport costs tend to be lowest in compact, multi-modal neighborhoods.

PlanHouston: A Roadmap to Success

Saturday, Sep 26, 9:00-11:30 AM
Houston Community College Central Campus Auditorium

Come hear the major candidates discuss their views on Houston’s newcomprehensive general plan. Moderated by Craig Cohen of Houston Public Media, “Houston Matters”.Co-sponsored by Blueprint Houston, AARP, American Institute of Architects, American Institute of Landscape Architects Houston Chapter, American Planning Association Houston Section, BikeHouston, CEC, Citizens’ Transportation Coalition, Complete Streets Coalition, Houston Tomorrow, League of Women Voters, and the Superneighborhood Alliance.

Free and open to the public.

TAC Proposes spending $700 million of $783 million on roads
The Houston – Galveston Area Council Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) has approved recommendations to spend 90% of regionally discretionary transportation improvement funds on roadway projects mostly for cars.

$86 million, or about 11%, of funds will be spent on pedestrian, bike, livable centers and transit projects. These allocations could be decided by the TPC on Friday, Sep 25.Livable Houston Initiative – TIP Talk 2015 Wed, Sep 23, Noon-1:30 pm

You can talk at the TPC meetingFriday, Sep 25, 9:30 am, H-GAC building, 2nd floor during the public comment period.

Come on out Thursday for Houston Tomorrow’s 17th Birthday Party
Celebrate with us 17 years of improving the quality of life for all the people of the Houston region.

Enjoy a drink or a sandwich and please vote for the Houston Access to Urban Sustainability Project to win OKRA’s charity of the month!

Thursday, Sep 24, 6:00 pm – 
OKRA Charity Saloon
924 Congress
Houston, TX 77002

Livable Houston Initiative
TIP Talk 2015Final allocations are about to be made for regionally discretionary spending of $783 million on the 2015 Transportation Improvement Projects.

We are providing one more forum to discuss the current project recommendations, examine potential allocations and outline alternative proposals for balanced multimodal spending to create more jobs and healthier communities.

Wednesday, Sep 23 12-1:30 pm

H-GAC building, 2nd floor
3555 Timmons Ln, Houston, TX 77027
Register Free

The 2015 Houston Tomorrow Catalyst Awards will honor John and Dominique de Menil with the Emeritus Award. We will also honor finalists and winners in three other categories, which will be announced this week.Wednesday, Oct 7, 6:30 – 9 pm
CenterPoint Energy Plaza
1111 Louisiana

$150 – regular ticket
Reserve your seat today

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