April 13, 2007
Urban corridor planning events this weekend

From Metro:

The City of Houston Planning & Development Department will be conducting an Urban Corridor Planning initiative. The findings of this study will modify the City's policies and regulations to facilitate the development of attractive, walkable, and transit supportive communities along existing and proposed METRO Solutions transit corridors.

Please note that Urban Corridor Planning is distinct from METRO's decisions about transit alignments or station locations.

Communities along METRO's planned light rail and guided rapid transit corridors will change not only as a result of the transit improvements, but also due to increased population growth. According to the Houston-Galveston Area Council, the Houston region's population is expected to double in 30 years.

The way the city grows is directly related to the rules that govern land development and the standards for infrastructure that support development. Changes to these regulations and standards can positively affect how growth is distributed, the way the city looks and how we get around.

Urban Corridor Planning is working on ways to handle the projected growth by developing new regulations and setting new standards for areas along METRO's light rail and guided rapid transit corridors: Main Street, Uptown, East End, North, Southeast and University.

There's a kickoff meeting tomorrow at the George R. Brown Convention Center at 8:30, then there will be a series of meetings for each individual corridor through the week. The one for the North Corridor, which is of interest to stakeholders of the I-45 expansion, will be Wednesday & Thursday, April 18 & 19, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Reid Memorial United Methodist Church, 5203 Fulton St. Details for all other meetings are at the link above.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on April 13, 2007 to Planes, Trains, and Automobiles