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Planning Foundations Course

February 22 - April 5, 2017

This Week

Wednesday, March 8. Legal Foundations of Community Planning, II

Planning officials, commissioners, or councilpersons have a range of important duties. Learn their roles and the groups they will work with on local planning matters, as well as procedural issues, conflicts of interest, and ethics.


Kim Mickelson is an attorney and certified planner whose practice is concentrated in the representation of governmental and non-profit corporations. Ms. Mickelson practices land use and historic preservation law, economic development, airport law, special districts, cemetery, and non-profit corporation law.

Click here for Ms. Mickelson's online profile.


Practical Basics of Zoning, Subdivision and Land Development Law in Texas for Appointed and Elected Officials by Kimberly Mickelson.

A copy of the following .pdf document will be printed for your class binder and available Wednesday evening.

.pdf download

Guide to Urban Planning in Texas Communities, 2013.

online document

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?

“I loved all the topics, and I sincerely appreciated the speakers as they were all educated professionals in their respective disciplines which gave great insight to the material being presented.”


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, 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


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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Houston, TX 77058

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