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    Cyburbian Salmissra's avatar
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    New poster, not new planner

    I'm a practicing planner in the Houston area. I moved here from Dallas last year, to stay with my husband when he transferred to the Bayou City. So far things appear normal, but the bugs are huge and the weather hot. The lack of zoning in Houston threw me for a loop at first, but I think I've adjusted my thinking and am plowing forward with subdivision controls and major thoroughfare plans. Metro (transportation agency) gets me to and from work without too much hassle, and the housing prices are reasonable. I hope to stay a while, but it all depends on the hubby's company.
    Cheers!
    "We do not need any other Tutankhamun's tomb with all its treasures. We need context. We need understanding. We need knowledge of historical events to tie them together. We don't know much. Of course we know a lot, but it is context that's missing, not treasures." - Werner Herzog, in Archaeology, March/April 2011

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    Welcome from Central NY State, we yes we also have no zoning in many of our communities.

    Prepare to educate us on how a city the size of Houston zoning regulates land use without zoning. We'll try our best to comprehend this - really.
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    Welcome from the Florida panhandle.
    Annoyingly insensitive

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    Welcome from
    North of the Ohio and East of the Wabash Rivers.

    Here in SW Indiana there are a couple of Counties w/o county wide zoning or a very active Plan Commission.
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    Welcome from the suburban wastes of Northwest Metro Chicago.
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

    The ends can justify the means.

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    Welcome! We'll definitely appreciate your contribution to the site. Finally. We have a Houston Planner!

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    Quote Originally posted by Downtown
    Finally. We have a Houston Planner!
    I thought they were just myths - you know, made up to scare the kids

    Welcome aboard Salmissra

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    Quote Originally posted by SGB
    Prepare to educate us on how a city the size of Houston zoning regulates land use without zoning.
    They don't?

    That's why Houston is an Urban Paradise full of beautiful architecture; Ablarc's dream city.

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    So you're in the belly of the urban beast that is Houston. When you get off a plane in another city, does the air smell different? Welcome and don't be afraid to contribute -- we won't bite ....












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    welcome
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    Welcome from the Prairie State, land of Lincoln.
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    Quote Originally posted by Budgie
    we won't bite ....hard.
    Welcome and don't believe him. They do sometimes bite hard...but not too often.

    Overall, we are really tame bunch...except for..oh, Never Mind! :-P

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    Quote Originally posted by Michele Zone
    Welcome and don't believe him. They do sometimes bite hard...but not too often.

    Overall, we are really tame bunch...except for..oh, Never Mind! :-P

    I've enjoyed the responses from everyone. Thank you for making me feel special! I didn't realize Houston had such a reputation - you know, no controls, pollution, sprawl . . . All I really knew about Houston before moving here was that people drive to maim and kill, and that it gets so muggy you can chew the air. So far, nothing's proven these beliefs wrong.
    I'll be happy to add my two (or ten) cents to any discussion, as long as it's not during Commission week. Those are crazy times around here! Reviewing a double-digit amount of plats every two weeks really adds stress, and in my case add on public hearings for residential replats and my hair stands up on end. And believe me, that's a sight to see!

    And in case anyone wants to know, the best beer is Shiner Bock, and the second best is Dos Equis Lager.
    "We do not need any other Tutankhamun's tomb with all its treasures. We need context. We need understanding. We need knowledge of historical events to tie them together. We don't know much. Of course we know a lot, but it is context that's missing, not treasures." - Werner Herzog, in Archaeology, March/April 2011

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    Welcome...

    I think that you need to expand your beer tastes!
    "A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. Time makes more converts than reason." - Thomas Paine Common Sense.

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    Houston planning system?

    Quote Originally posted by Salmissra
    I'm a practicing planner in the Houston area. I moved here from Dallas last year, to stay with my husband when he transferred to the Bayou City. So far things appear normal, but the bugs are huge and the weather hot. The lack of zoning in Houston threw me for a loop at first, but I think I've adjusted my thinking and am plowing forward with subdivision controls and major thoroughfare plans. Metro (transportation agency) gets me to and from work without too much hassle, and the housing prices are reasonable. I hope to stay a while, but it all depends on the hubby's company.
    Cheers!
    A Houston planner! Are you possibly able to guide me through your development control processes? I'm preparing a comparitive analysis of Perth, Western Australia vs Houston, TX planning processes - not much problem finding analysis of the implications etc of Houston's lack of zoning, but much harder finding bare bones description of the development control process that exists.
    Apologies if my etiquette is lacking - no experience in using forums until now...
    Cheers

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    Where the stars are bright on a moonlit night, deep in the heart of Texas!!! Welcome Salmissra!! We hope you like it here.

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