Sustainable Infrastructure in 2060
We have just published our West Houston 2060 Plan and in it we tackle some of the challenges and opportunities the region may face when reaching the year 2060. Below is the committee’s event board which gives an overview of the plan section, but visit www.westhouston2060.org to view the entire committee section and for a complete version of the 2060 plan.
GREATER WEST HOUSTON’S INFRASTRUCTURE SUPPORTS GROWTH AND ADDS TO A FIRST CLASS LIVING & WORKING ENVIRONMENT
The West Houston Association advocates aggressively for first class new and rebuilt drainage, water and wastewater systems that meets the needs of a growing Greater West Houston
GWH area flood control systems are becoming a model for addressing growing suburban locations. Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD) has implemented the “Frontier Channel” flood control program on Langham Creek, with the best characteristics of quality growth meeting a critical public need in a cost-effective manner. South Mayde and Little Cypress Creek are the next watersheds to be addressed. The concept institutes “linear”, “on-line” detention as opposed to traditional “off-line” systems and will be financed through development impact fees. The system will include active open space and park land in addition to performing their drainage function.
City System Rebuilding: City of Houston drainage systems are recognized as old and in need of updating. A proposal for a City Charter Amendment has been advanced as a ballot measure in November, 2010 that would establish a dedicated fund for drainage and roadway improvements. If passed, this fund would include a drainage fee on existing residential and commercial properties in the City of Houston and an impact fee on new development in the City of Houston in addition to capturing a portion of the City’s ad valorem tax currently servicing debt on bonds for these improvements after existing bonds are paid off.