Monday, August 23, 2010

Houston Land\Water Sustainability Forum - LID Design Competition

Date: Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Time: 8:30am registration - 9:00am to 11:00am program.
Location: City of Arlington City Hall 101 W Abram Street Arlington, TX

The City of Arlington, Walter P. Moore and the Houston Land/Water Sustainability Forum is sponsoring a discussion at the City of Arlington City Hall on Wednesday, September 1, 2010. This presentation is a discussion of Low Impact Development (LID) Design competition held in Houston. Founded in 2007, the Houston Land/Water Sustainability Forum (HLWSF) was formed to provide exposure to sustainable practices, encourage adoption through education, encourage adaption of sustainable practices to Texas condistions, and to foster creativity in both sustainable development and regulatory structure.

Earlier this year, the HLWSF held a LID Design Competition to promote learning through design, coordination, presentation and recognition. The challenge consisted of the preliminary design of real projects including a residential development, an urban re-development site, and a roadway. The prizes were small, but the effect on Houston was huge.

The purpose of the presentation is to de-mystify the concepts of LID and to encourage municipal planners to consider adoption of LID principles in their standard development codes.

The event is free. Please RSVP on or before August 27, 2010 to be a part of this event.

AICP members: 2.0 Certification Maintenance hours were approved for this event.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Elected and Appointed Officials Workshop

Each year, the Midwest Section - Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association hosts a workshop for local Elected and Appointed Officials regarding the basics of development regulations, the role officials play in the urban planning process and an overview of challenges and innovations facing planning and development deparments within our communities. This year, the Section has put together a panel of speakers that will provide insight and moderate discussion among attendees concerning a variety of topics facing those who deal with the development process. Speaker topics will include:

  • Nuts and Bolts of Development Regulations (Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances)
  • Ethics (Roles and Responsibilities of Officials)
  • Alternative Energy
  • Retail Sustainability
  • Legal Responsibilities

The workshop includes a catered lunch and opportunities from other communities to network and discuss challenges and opportunities in the development process. See the flyer link in the documents section for more details.

When: Monday August 30, 2010 - 10am to 4:30pm

Where: Brookside Convention Center 1244 Brookside Drive Hurst

Cost: $25.00 per person

RSVP: by August 24, to Amanda Wilson at or 817-695-9284


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