City Council approved an interlocal agreement with the Houston-Galveston Area Council for a Livable Centers study during Tuesday night’s regular meeting.
Livable Centers are defined as safe, convenient, and attractive areas where people can live, work, and play with less reliance on their cars. They feature open spaces, such as parks, plazas, and marketplaces that accommodate public gatherings and foster a sense of community.
H-GAC's Livable Centers Program works with local communities to identify specific recommendations, such as pedestrian and bicycle facilities, that can help facilitate the creation of Livable Centers. Through the study process the local community identifies a vision for the study area. The studies contain an implementation plan to realize this vision. H-GAC’s Livable Centers program has completed studies in urban, suburban, and rural areas throughout the 8-county region.
The study is estimated to cost $185, 685.88, with H-GAC funding $145,549 and the city covering the remaining $38,500.
Council also agreed to continue working on a code of conduct for elected and appointed officials.
The Council approved appointments to the City’s Parks and Recreation Commission; the Historical Preservation and Museum Committee; and appointed an ex-officio member to the Planning and Zoning Commission.