Regional Planning focuses on plans and reports addressing regionwide issues, including community and environmental planning projects.
Publications include forward-looking plans with aims to make the Houston-Galveston region an even greater place to live, work, and succeed; a report gauging potential changes in the region's climate and associated environmental effects; a tool for considering the environment during transportation planning projects; and tips for keeping trees healthy and galleries of the importance of urban forestry in the region.
As communities face growth-related challenges, a need for professional planning services arises. Houston-Galveston Area Council's PlanSource is committed to assisting local governments in reducing costs and streamlining their procurement processes.
This 8-page brochure offers an overview of PlanSource, a cooperative purchasing program for professional planning services. Highlights include information about the program, how to use the program, planning services available, and success stories.
Long-range plans create a consensus of what the future should look like, allowing communities to develop a "roadmap" for the of actions to share growth and investment.
Published in 1998, Goals for Tomorrow as a comprehensive set of long range goals for the H-GAC region, with cross references to all H-GAC policy plans.
Published in 2011, Vision for Tomorrow provides a guiding framework for the region based on emerging issues, opportunities, trends, and local values. The document identifies specific priorities, actions and available tools that can move the region toward its desired goals.
Our Great Region 2040 is a high-level plan with an aim to make the Houston-Galveston Region on for the world's greatest places to live, work and succeed by the year 2040. The overall plan includes a number of reports and guides, including the plan overview, a complete strategy playbook, an assessment of fair housing, and a report on the region's conditions at the inception of the plan.
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Our Great Region 2040 is a 36-page PDF document available for download in English and Spanish. A summary of the report is also available for download in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean and Chinese.
The Existing Conditions Report is baseline regional data, and the County Profiles offer information for each of our region's 13 counties.
The Strategy Playbook, contains more than 80 voluntary strategies and more detailed information, including examples from communities in this region and elsewhere.
The Fair Housing Equity Assessment which examines linkages between housing, socioeconomic, and demographic factors across Our Region's rural, suburban, and urban transects.
Environmental stewardship projects look at ways local governments can adapt to a changing environment and consider possible environmental impacts of future planning efforts.
Published in 2016, this guide explains LID functions, benefits, best management practices, and ways to overcome obstacles to implementation.
Published in 2015, this paper provides information that can be used in the development and improvement of parks in the Houston-Galveston region. The information presented is a synthesis of best management practices employed in parks and greenspaces around the United States and can be viewed as a successful park’s toolkit, used to address park creation and improvement in the realm of planning, design, maintenance, and programming.
In 2007 the H-GAC Board of Directors established the Foresight Panel on Environmental Effects from experts in climate change and local infrastructure planning. These experts were tasked with developing recommendations for local governments to adapt to potential changes in the region's climate and associated environmental effects.
The Eco-Logical brochure provides an overview of the functionality and uses of the Eco-Logical Interactive Decision-Making Tool for Long-Range Transportation Planning. This online mapping tool lets project managers consider the impact transportation projects could have on environmental resources.
The regional urban forestry program strives to improve the health and diversity of the region's urban forests and increase public awareness about the environmental benefits of trees in the urban setting.
Publsihed in 2011, this guide provides tips for keeping trees properly watered, including information on how much water a tree needs, techniques for watering during a drought and affordable solutions for watering.
The Houston Area Urban Forest Council provides information about some benefits of trees and why it's important to preserve or plant trees.
A photo essay by Chuck Wemple and Mary Burlingame, 2005.
A photo essay by Chuck Wemple and Chris LaChance.
This presentation from 2008 looks at the value of trees in terms of energy savings, safety, stormwater management and air quality.
A presentation about tools and systems that help state and local groups monitor and guide the development of green infrastructure to improve the quality of live in Houston.
Presented as part of the 2005 Regional Urban Forestry Summit.