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Planning Foundations Course

February 22 - April 5, 2017

This Week

Wednesday, March 22. Building Communities: From Vision to Policy

The comprehensive plan, public participation, zoning and other major policy tools are available to municipalities. These tools form the backbone for how communities shape where and how development happens, promote the efficient use of municipal services, and protect public health and safety.


Matt Lewis, president of simplecitydesign, is a geographer, city designer and development policy expert. Matt has extraordinary ability to create nimble, lovely and simple solutions for complex city issues.

Before launching simplecitydesign, Matt led the planning and development services departments in the three fastest growing communities in the nation. From 2004-2016 his leadership guided exploding growth into positive changes in Hutto, San Marcos and Austin, Texas. Matt earned a degree in Geography with an emphasis on Urban & Regional Planning from Texas State University in 2003.

In 2015, Matt received the Distinguished Alumni Award by Texas State University Geography Department and was elected to the National Board of Directors for the Congress of New Urbanism. Matt’s approach to redefining our communities has received national awards and recognition. He now travels across the world assisting communities in creating places people love.

Click here for Mr. Lewis' online profile.

cheese and cold cut assortment with crackers
vegetables and dip


Winter 2013


QUOTE OF THE WEEK - What did winter 2013 students enjoy most about the program?

“The creative ways that cities got money and improved.  Loved hearing from the people who actually pulled off the changes”


Houston-Galveston Area Council
3555 Timmons Ln #120
Houston, TX 77027
Conference room B & C on the 2nd floor
Google Map

     Building Parking Garage - FREE

     Parking Entrance off Timmons Lane


Finding the H-GAC Garage - when driving North on Timmons Lane, turn right into the driveway just before the H-GAC building. The garage will be on your left.

Park in the Visitor lot - when you enter the garage at H-GAC, take a right to access visitor parking, then enter the building through the lobby doors.

After 6:00 p.m. you cannot enter the main garage - the gate arm will be down, you will have to enter the visitor area.

Garage elevators are locked around 6 p.m. - At the end of the meeting, the upper levels of the garage can be accessed from the lobby elevators.



Wednesday, March 22, 6-8:30pm:
Building Communities: From Vision to Policy
Wednesday, March 29, 6-8:30pm:
Plan Implementation and Development Review
Wednesday, April 5, 6-8:30pm:
Hazard Mitigation and Planning for Resilient Communities


Number of Individuals:

Baytown, Bellaire, Brookside Village, Dickinson, La Marque, Lake Jackson, La Porte, Magnolia, Midtown, Pasadena, Rosenberg, Tomball, West Columbia.

management district board member, city council member, community development technician,city manager, planning technician, city administration, economic development corporation (EDC) executive director, public relations, planning and zoning (P&Z) commissioner, P&Z vice chairman, P&Z chairman, emergency management, code compliance supervisor, public works director, public services director, development coordinator



The vision for Citizen Planner is simply to place the tools of community resilience into the hands of local officials, our citizen planners.


Every year across Texas hundreds of locally elected and appointed officials enter public life. They bring with them an ethic of service, but  few have the training in the art and science of community planning.

Texas and its 1,200 cities and towns are growing at an unprecedented rate, and our elected citizens must be properly trained to enhance the quality of life, economic opportunity, and sound environmental stewardship.

Planning and land use decisions made today will determine how resilient our critical facilities are for decades to come. The Citizen Planner program was created to address this need for knowledge and awareness by municipal leadership.



The Texas Citizen Planner program is supported in part by our project partners, including FEMA Region VI, NOAA’s Coastal Services Center’s Gulf of Mexico Research Competition administered through Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, and the Houston-Galveston Area Council.

Educational programs of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service are open to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status.

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We appreciate your participation in the Texas Citizen Planner program and events.

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1335 Regents Park Drive, Suite 260
Houston, TX 77058

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