Archive for July, 2013

Public Hearing July 18th on University Transit Corridor Streets and other MTFP amendments

Saturday, July 13th, 2013

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Proponents of better mobility options for Houston and the University Line in particular have another opportunity to influence their public representatives to “do the right thing” to support good transit for our city. Houston’s Planning Commission is holding a hearing on July 18th to take community input on the 2013 proposed amendments to Houston’s Major Thoroughfare and Freeway Plan (MTFP). Included are requests to designate the segments of Richmond Ave., Westpark, and the other streets that make up the University Corridor as “Transit Corridor Streets.” (More info on MTFP amendment request process.)

You can express your support at the public hearing, as well as online using the City’s comment form. Reference amendment applications #20-29 University Corridor - METRO.

What: Houston Planning Commission MTFP Public Hearing (notice -pdf)
When: 2:30 pm, Thursday, July 18, 2013
Where: City Council Chambers, Public Level, City Hall Annex, 900 Bagby Street

METRO Workshop Presentation

RichmondRail.org strongly supports these Transit Corridor Street designations (and has been pushing for them to happen sooner rather than later). This will better enable the City and METRO to ensure that new development/redevelopment along the corridor (like that happening on Richmond right now) accommodates the future transit line and needed pedestrian amenities. For example, the “Transit Corridor Ordinance” (info) that will apply to development on the Transit Corridor Streets, as well as to key streets leading to the future transit stations, call for sidewalks providing a minimum pedestrian clear space 6 feet wide by 7-1/2 feet high. Performance standards enable property owners who wish to “opt in” to provide a 15-foot pedestrian realm, along with related amenities, in exchange for reduced building setback. The Transit Corridor designation also enables the City and METRO to address right-of-way requirements in advance of new development.

For more information, contact support@richmondrail.org.

University Corridor in the hopper for classification as Transit Corridor

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

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This summer, the parts of Richmond Avenue and the other streets that make up the University Light Rail Corridor are up for consideration to be officially classified as Transit Corridor Streets in the City of Houston Major Thoroughfare and Freeway Plan (MTFP).  That’s great news, because it means that the “Urban Corridor” ordinance that was adopted by the City in 2009, can be applied to future new development along these street segments as well as key intersecting streets.  The ordinance establishes performance standards for property owners who “opt in” that begin to define an urban pedestrian environment, specifying a minimum 15 foot pedestrian realm with provisions for what can be in and adjacent to the pedestrian realm.

The City Planning and Development Department is hosting an open house to provide more information on all of the requested amendments to the MTFP:

MTPF Open House

6:00 - 8:00 pm, Tuesday, July 2, 2013

United Way Community Resource Center, 50 Waugh Drive, 77007

For additional details, including a timeline for the approval process, visit the City Planning website on the 2013 MTFP Requests.  Materials submitted by METRO on the University Corridor request can be viewed here:  Preliminary Report, Workshop Presentation.