View this email in your browser

Planning Foundations Course

February 22 - April 5, 2017

This Week

Wednesday, February 22. Introduction to Planning 101.

The introduction class is an introduction to how communities and local officials use the planning powers of local government to improve neighborhoods, promote economic development, preserve open space, and protect public safety. Development and placemaking issues concerning sprawl, smart growth, and new urbanism will be covered through an exploration of the planning process to help local officials better understand their options and their impacts.


Dr. Shannon Van Zandt is a professor and Interim Head for the Department of Landscape Architecture & Urban Planning at Texas A&M University. She is also a Nicole & Kevin Youngblood professor of Residential Land Development.

Dr. Van Zandt's areas of interest include housing policy, sustainable community development, and social vulnerability following disasters. Her research examines ways to improve neighborhood stability and produce positive outcomes for households, particularly those that are lower-income.

Click here for Dr. Van Zandt’s online profile.


None This Week!

Winter 2013


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

“The program helps us understand what goes into decisions about water projects, road projects, easements and project with our neighboring communities. With a $192 million budget, it’s important for the city council to be better informed so we can make better decision for our community.


Houston-Galveston Area Council
3555 Timmons Ln #120
Houston, TX 77027
Google Map

     Building Parking Garage - FREE

     Parking Entrance off Timmons Lane


Wednesday, Feb. 22, 6-8:30pm:
Introduction to Planning 101
Wednesday, Mar. 1, 6-8:30pm:
Legal Foundations of Community Planning, I
Wednesday, Mar. 8, 6-8:30pm:
Legal Foundations of Community Planning, II
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


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.

Copyright © 2017 Texas Coastal Watershed Program, All rights reserved.

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

Our mailing address is:
Texas Coastal Watershed Program
1335 Regents Park Drive, Suite 260
Houston, TX 77058

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list

This email was sent to <<Email Address>>
why did I get this?    unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences
Texas Coastal Watershed Program · 1335 Regents Park Drive · Suite 260 · Houston, TX 77058 · USA

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp