H-GAC's Livable Centers Workshops provide resources, training and information to help communities and local governments enhance their quality of life. You can find information on upcoming workshops in various topic areas at the links below, as well as presentations and materials from past workshops.
Whether in a small town or big city, parking is a key component to how we conduct business in the Houston-Galveston region. The Houston-Galveston Area Council's annual Land Use/Transportation Workshop will focus on Facilitating Parking for Livable Centers.
This year, the event will be presented online on Friday, September 18, for a half-day workshop and will kick off with a virtual evening forum on Thursday, September 17. Both events will be held virtually and separate registration is required.
On Thursday, September 17, join H-GAC, local parking experts and your local community partners as we explore how the current environment and future innovations are affecting how we plan for parking, and how parking may change how we develop in the Houston-Galveston region. Come learn what topics are changing the way we think about parking and hear from our expert panel regarding COVID, Autonomous Vehicles, Rideshare, and more.
Date and TimeThursday, September 17, 20204:30 PM - 6:00 PMOnline
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Join H-GAC, local parking experts and your local community partners as we kickoff our 2020 Land Use & Transportation Workshop Focused on Facilitating Parking for Livable Centers. This kick off event provides an opportunity to explore how the current environment and future innovations are affecting how we plan for parking, and moreover, how parking may change how we develop in the Houston-Galveston region.
Come learn what topics are changing the way we think about parking and hear from our expert panel regarding COVID, Autonomous Vehicles, Rideshare, and more.
This kickoff event is flexible and scheduled at the end of your workday to get you thinking all things parking.
So come unwind with us at 4:30 on Thursday as we gear up for our full workshop on Friday, September 18, where will hear from folks moving the parking needle from Tomball to Sugar Land, as well as dive into Houston’s Parking new initiative to update its parking codes.
Workshop Organizer: Anita Hollmann, Principal Planner, Houston-Galveston Area Council
Moderator: Mike Burns, Principal Planner, Houston-Galveston Area Council
Speakers:Maria Irshad, Assistant Director, ParkHouston, and President, Texas Parking & Transportation AssociationKimberly Williams, Chief Innovation Officer, Houston METRO Lisa Nisenson, Vice President, New Mobility and Connected Communities, WGIBrian Lozano, Director of Parking Services, Walter P. Moore
On Friday, September 18, join us to learn how you can invigorate your Main Streets, Downtowns, or Town Centers with parking solutions that leverage your community’s existing resources, enhance community context, and build community partnerships that incentivize new investment based on your community needs. Gain free-expert insight, hear local case study examples, and find opportunity for future partnership.
Date and TimeFriday, September 18, 20209:00AM - 1:00PMOnline
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Parking, we all need it. Whether in a small town or big city, parking is a key component to how we conduct business in the Houston-Galveston region.
Join us to learn how you can invigorate your Main Streets, Downtowns, or Town Centers with parking solutions that leverage your community’s existing resources, enhance community context, and build community partnerships that incentivize new investment based on your community needs. Gain free-expert insight, hear local case study examples, and find opportunity for future partnership.
9:00 a.m. - Welcome and IntroductionsJeff Taebel, Director of Community & Environmental Planning, Houston-Galveston Area Council
9:10 a.m. - Parking Trends: Main Streets, Downtowns, & Town Centers: Real Need, Misconceptions, and Opportunities Travis Liska, Senior Transportation Planner, North Central Texas Council of Governments (General Trends in Parking and Why Parking Reform Matters)
Nicole Chinea, Senior Project Manager, WGI (Parking Consideration for Our H-GAC Region)
David Fields, Chief Transportation Planner, City of Houston (Parking Considerations at a City Level)
10:03 a.m. - Needs and Tools: Surface Parking, Garage Parking, and Curb ManagementJeremy Rocha, Senior Project Manager, WGI (Right Size Parking and What You Need to Consider)
Evan Peterson, Development Director, Radom Capital, LLC, Real Estate (Parking From an Investment Perspective, Main Street Historic vs. Montrose Collective Parking Garage)
Kirk Myers, Associate Engineer and Planner, The Goodman Corporation (Parking From A Municipal Lens and Toolbox)
11:00 a.m. - Break
11:15 a.m. - Parking Tools Utilized: See How Our Region Is Innovating the Parking Landscape at a Local LevelCraig Meyers, Community Development Director, City of Tomball (Shared Use Parking and Pedestrian Connectivity for Small Towns)
Doug Schomburg, City Planner – Development, City of Sugar Land (Town Center Special Zone for Parking and Future Development of Old Sugar Mill Site)
Marlon Marshall, Director of Engineering and Construction, Midtown TIRZ (Midtown Parking Adaptations to Induce Development and Investment)
Lindsay Hackett, Project Planner, City of Bryan (Pattern Zoning and Pre-approved Housing Development Templates in Midtown, Bryan)
12:20 p.m. - Stump the Expert: Parking Panel You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers. Dive into questions as we expand on our speakers’ knowledge. With your Parking Toolbox in hand, explore scenarios to success and find your future partners in the process. Listen in as our local communities ask the tough questions. (Submit your questions on the registration page or email email@example.com.)
Participants in this workshop gained insight on how to incorporate housing into planning strategies and learn about the tools available in our region to help promote successful housing development. They also had a chance to join in a conversation with an expert panel to see what it takes to make a housing development “pencil,” and ask questions about localized housing strategies in their communities.
H-GAC's Livable Centers Program Jeff Taebel, FAICP, H-GAC
Plan Development: Livable Centers Study Nick Finan, Executive Director of Management Services, City of Texas City
Toolbox Development: What's available in our region? Alexandra Miller, Managing Principal, Asakura Robinson
Resources and upcoming events
Toolbox Implementation: 3 Tools & 3 Partners, Houston Examples
Community Redevelopment Corporation (CRC) Kathy Payton, President, Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation
Community Development Corporation (CDC) William H. Merrick, Real Estate Projects Coordinator, Neighborhood Recovery Community Development Corporation
Community Land Trust (CLT) Ashley Allen, Executive Director, Houston Community Land Trust
Toolbox Test Case: 1 Developer & 1 Property, A Small-town ExampleLance Gilliam, Partner, Waterman Steele Real Estate Advisors
View Facilitating Housing Toolbox
Participants at this workshop gained insights from experts on retail trends and future opportunities. They learned how communities like Navasota, Rosenberg, Huntsville are attracting and retaining retail tenants while rebranding their retail destinations through practical policies, programs and projects.
H-GAC's Livable Centers ProgramJeff Taebel, FAICP, H-GAC
Retail TrendsSteven R. Spillette, CDS Community Development Strategies
Local Examples - NavasotaBrad Stafford, City of Navasota
Local Examples - HuntsvilleAron Kulhavy, City of Huntsville
Retail ToolboxAustin Farmer, The Retail Coach
Uses and Benefits of Instant ImpactLayne Ferguson, Team Better Block
Instant Impact in Small TownsTanvi Sharma, Huitt-Zollars
Instant Impact through PartnershipsLuis Guajardo and Alexandra Miller, Asakura Robinson
Introduction to the Instant Impact GuideClint McManus, Houston-Galveston Area Council
Participants at this half-day workshop learned how communities can create more walkable places by investing in sidewalks and other pedestrian facilities.
The Houston-Galveston Area Council hosted a three-part workshop series focused on how to attract private development for our Livable Centers Study Sponsors. Workshop 1 'Land/Property and Regulation/Permitting' was held on Friday, May 10, 2013 followed by 'Finance, Incentives and Value Added' on June 21st. A third workshop was held on September 7, 2013. Workshop presentations have been posted below.
Livable Centers Speed Dating Friday, September 27, 2013
Finance, Incentives and Value Added Friday, June 21, 2013
This workshop focuses on the financial side of development and funding mechanisms and concludes with a reality check.
Agenda Workshop Recording
The Competitive Edge: The Added Value of Livability Jeff Taebel, Houston-Galveston Area Council Amy Harbert, SWA Group
We Are Open for Business: Getting Public Infrastructure Right Rebecca Leonard, Design Workshop
Reality Check: Your Communities' Development Market Doug Childers, Morris Architects
Terra Firma: Land as an Incentive Todd LaRue, Robert Charles Lesser & Co.
The Basics – The Development Financing Process Bill Odle, Cobb, Fendley & Associates
The Role of Public Entities - Cities, Counties, 4A and 4B Corps and Special Districts Alan Mueller, Marsh-Darcy Partners
Non-Traditional Finance: CDFIs, CDCs and more Amanda Timm, Local Initiatives Support Corporation
Land/Property and Regulation/Permitting May 10, 2013
Creating your development team, Land and Property, Regulations and Permitting.
What is the purpose of this workshop and what should you expect? Jeff Taebel, Houston-Galveston Area Council
The Livable Centers Coach Bill Odle, Cobb, Fendley & Associates
Just Do It: Case Study - Nassau Bay Town Center Sue Darcy, Marsh Darcy Partners
Property Acquisition, Assembly, and Partnerships Matt Stovall, Crosspoint Properties
Local project sponsors and interested parties discussed Livable Centers challenges and opportunities in a roundtable forum.
Houston-Galveston Area Council