Envison Houston Region
Explore growth alternatives for Houston and the region
Make Your Voice Heard!
- Houston Public Workshop
- George R Brown Convention Center
- Saturday, September 17, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm.
- RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org
- A partnership of Blueprint Houston and H-GAC
Public officials expect the Houston region
to grow from 3.5 million to 7 million by 2025. Where will they live
and work? How will they travel from place to place? Today’s investments
in transportation will affect the shape of our region and the future
of our neighborhoods as well as our mobility, air quality and housing
choices. Attend the public workshop on September 17 th and map your
version of a livable Houston region with 3 million more people. The
results of this workshop and 4 additional workshops in Baytown, Katy,
Conroe and Alvin will be compiled and considered by H-GAC in the development
of the Regional Transportation Plan. For more information see Press
Release and Frequently
Asked Questions. For information on additional workshops, go to www.envisionhoustonregion.org
June Kickoff Reception Generates Interest in Value of Visioning
200 community leaders attended the Blueprint Houston kick off reception
for Envision Houston Region. Students from the University
of St. Thomas demonstrated the mapping exercise for the fall public
workshops. John Fregonese, a nationally known consultant selected by
H-GAC to lead Envision Houston Region, addressed the value
of visioning for planning future growth (see comments below) All were
encouraged to make sure their part of Houston is represented at the
workshops. Please contact email@example.com if
you can forward email announcements about the project or make announcements
at meetings of your civic or professional organizations.
Regional Planning Practices Start with Visioning
Decisions about capital improvements can affect how and where a region
will grow and, in turn, its quality of life and potential for economic
development. The state of the art in planning for specific public investments
begins with a visioning process that facilitates citizen involvement,
according to John Fregonese, Calthorpe Associates, a firm with international
experience in regional planning.
Visioning is valuable because it “helps the public and the
decision makers understand the consequences of their choices by developing
and analyzing high level long term scenarios or visions for a region.” The
process engages the public in evaluating growth alternatives and selecting
a vision that will guide the allocation of public resources over time.
The process promotes a cost effective approach to accommodating future
growth and produces a common ground of public support for specific
infrastructure proposals. Fregonese’s comments on the visioning
process and success in other cities can be found at Blueprint
What is our Current Vision for Growth?
Transportation networks are a major determinant of where people choose
to live and work. Major transportation projects are being planned now
to accommodate the needs of 3 million more people. See proposed tollroad
and federally funded projects in the H-GAC
2025 Plan; and METRO
Solutions for new rail and bus rapid transit proposals. What are
the combined implications of these projects for future mobility, for
air quality, for housing choices, for open space? What are our alternatives? Envision
Houston Region is your chance to provide input to public officials.
Please plan to attend the September 17 th workshop at the George R. Brown