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Jeff Taebel Handout Gulf Coast Green Symposium 2009, Houston, Texas

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Jeff Taebel Handout

  1. 1. Smart Planning for Inevitable Growth
  2. 2. Livable Centers: A Strategy for Sustainable Mobility Jeff Taebel, FAICP Director, Community & Environmental Planning
  3. 3. Sustainable Mobility?
  4. 4. Sustainable Mobility? $157 billion investment in 2035 RTP
  5. 5. Sustainable Mobility? • High Gas Prices • Environmental Impacts – Air quality – Carbon emissions – Stormwater runoff • Funding Shortfalls – State – Federal
  6. 6. RTP Goals Improved access Coordinated planning Regional Transportation Plan Healthier environment More transit
  7. 7. Paradigm Shift • Reduced Congestion • Reduced Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) • Reduced Single-Occupant Vehicle (SOV) Trips
  8. 8. Livable Centers
  9. 9. Livable Centers
  10. 10. Livable Centers
  11. 11. Regional average 51 miles Downtown 9 miles 1 2 5 3 4 Westchase Medical 27 miles Center Uptown 5 miles 16 miles Greenway 14 miles Daily Vehicle Miles Traveled per Employee
  12. 12. Centers and Transit Downtown: 36% work trips via transit TMC: 8% work trips via transit
  13. 13. Types of Centers center type pop. + jobs range Neighborhood 3,000 – 10,000 Center Museum District Town Center 10,000 – 50,000 Galveston Regional Center 50,000 – 100,000 Uptown Urban Core 100,000+ Downtown
  14. 14. Measuring Impacts SOV Trip 10% Reduction:
  15. 15. 10% = 250 Neighborhood Centers OR 85 Town Centers OR 18 Regional Centers OR 10 Urban Cores
  16. 16. 10% = 50 Neighborhood Centers AND 25 Town Centers AND 7 Regional Centers AND 1 Urban Core
  17. 17. H-GAC Livable Centers Projects: 2008-2011 TIP Planning Implementation • East End Mgmt Dist: • Woodlands Town Center Navigation/S. Jensen • McGowen Improvements • Houston: Code • Midtown Phase V Enforcement • Galveston Seawall Building/EnsembleTOD Ped/Transit Connections • Houston: Gillette Street • Uptown Street • Houston: Urban Corridors Improvements* • Tomball: Downtown • Upper Kirby District* Urban Design Plan • East End District* • Waller: Town Square * Currently on contingency list for federal stimulus funding
  18. 18. The Woodlands Town Center
  19. 19. Livable Centers: Uptown
  20. 20. Main Street TOD/Code Enforcement Bldg
  21. 21. Greater East End Management District
  22. 22. Greater East End Management District
  23. 23. Subregional Planning Initiative • Coordination – Integrating local plans • Strategies – Creating an implementation toolbox • Investments – Funding projects aligned with RTP goals • Local actions, regional benefits
  24. 24. Smart Planning
  25. 25. Questions? Jeff Taebel, FAICP jeff.taebel@h-gac.com 713-993-4560 www.h-gac.com/livablecenters
  26. 26. 2005 Population
  27. 27. 2035 Population
  28. 28. 2035 Population – Alternative Scenario
  29. 29. Reliant Stadium Parking Area
  30. 30. Greenfields Preserved = 14 Reliant Stadium Parking Areas

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