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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.