Planning in the Second Ward
The Second Ward Kick-Off was a great success! It was held on Monday, November 6, 2017. More than 200 community members attended the event and participated in prioritizing the projects they wanted to see completed in their community. Thank you to all who participated in the event! Lots of projects were identified paving the way to Action Plan creation.
Once the next public meeting is scheduled, the logistics will be posted here. You can sign up to receive an email announcing the meeting information. The anticipated date will be in January 2018.
Mayor Sylvester Turner addressing the audience
Team Lead: Misty Staunton, Planner IV
Every neighborhood’s assets, challenges and vision are unique. However, the goal of Complete Communities is the same: to improve neighborhoods so that all of Houston’s residents and business owners can have access to quality services and amenities. The Complete Communities Planning Process is designed to create an Action Plan that will guide how communities and their partners will reach that goal. This collaborative community-driven method will achieve consensus on a vision and goals, identify projects and strategies, set priorities, engage partners, create benchmarks to measure success over time and adopt the Action Plan. The final step is to implement the goals that completes the community’s vision. Second Ward has existing community plans rich with neighborhood participation and support. Because of its extensive planning work, Second Ward will begin with steps 3-5.
For more information on meeting specifics in Second Ward that are planned or have occurred, click:
November 6, 2017
Neighborhood Support Team (NST)
It is vital that the Complete Communities initiative connect with each neighborhood's civic leaders and organizations to understand their strengths, their connections within the community, and their perspectives on the needs of the neighborhood. Local civic leaders have the pulse of the community and know the assets and concerns better than the City alone.
We will rely on the NST to be our partners in this process by providing guidance to the public engagement approach in the area. We need to hear their voices and depend on the NST to ensure widespread participation from the community. Leaders should represent a constituency, are supported by that group and have some engagement capacity.
To see a list of the leaders and organizations the City has contacted or will soon contact, click Second Ward NST. The attached list is by no means exhaustive. If you know of leaders and/or organizations that should be included in this dialogue, please contact the Team Lead listed below.Neighborhood Profile
The Second Ward Super Neighborhood is located east of Downtown Houston and south of Buffalo Bayou. Along with the bayou, the neighborhood boundaries are the railways to the east, south, and west. The area is served by METRORail’s Green Line Coffee Plant/Second Ward, Lockwood/Eastwood, and Altic/Howard Hughes rail stations that runs along Harrisburg Boulevard. Second Ward was predominantly Mexican-American in the early 20th century, current area residents continue to share this heritage and culture today. Recent projects, including the construction of Navigation Esplanade and the rehabilitation of Guadalupe Plaza Park have improved the community, while historic Settegast Park and Eastwood Park still need updating. New townhome construction and reclaimed industrial spaces are beginning to attract new residents and businesses to the neighborhood.
Complete Communities is the first planning process led by the City of Houston in Second Ward since 1996, however several organizations have taken the lead in neighborhood planning since then.
With several completed and ongoing neighborhood plans in Second Ward, the Complete Communities effort will be focused on creating an action plan to help implement and support the projects identified by the community. The City will lead a community engagement effort with the assistance of the Second Ward Super Neighborhood and other community leaders to develop the action plan.
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