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[1. CALL TO ORDER]

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ALL RIGHT.

THE TIME IS NOW 7:00 PM STRAIGHT UP.

UH, I GUESS WE WILL MOVE STRAIGHT ON INTO THE MOOD MEETING AND WE WILL CALL OUR MARCH 10, 2021 CITY AND MISSOURI CITY PLANNING AND ZONING MEETING TO ORDER AT THIS TIME, I'LL DO A ROLL CALL OF ALL THE COMMISSIONS.

AND IF YOU'RE HERE, WHICH IS SIGNIFIED BY SAYING AYE OR PRESENT COMMISSIONER SILVA.

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER OVERTON.

HELLO.

HOW ARE YOU? I'M GREAT.

GOOD COMMISSIONER BRIGHTWELL.

HELLO? I BEAR PERMISSION TO LUCAS.

HELLO, DR.

RASMUS.

ALL RIGHT.

GOOD TO HAVE YOU AND COMMISSIONER BAILEY.

HELLO, SIR.

WE DO HAVE A FULL PANEL ON TONIGHT AND MYSELF, SONYA BROWN, MARSHALL CHAIR.

I AM PRESENT AS WELL AT THIS TIME.

WE'LL HAVE THE, UH, WE'LL CONSIDER APPROVING THE MINUTES FOR FEBRUARY 10, 2020 21.

IS THERE A MOTION? SO MOVE.

THAT WOULD BE COMMISSIONER LUCAS.

YES.

ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

IS THERE A SECOND, SECOND, BUT COMMISSIONER OVERTON, THANK YOU.

ALL THOSE IN FAVOR, SIGNIFY BY SAYING, AYE.

ARE THERE ANY NAMES AND I WILL ABSTAIN FROM THE VOTE AND THAT MOTION CARRIES.

THANK YOU TONIGHT.

WE'LL MOVE FORWARD WITH REPORTS.

UM, CHAIR.

I,

[3. READING OF MINUTES]

IT SURE WAS.

YES.

THANK YOU, HANEY.

YES.

CAN WE PLEASE DO THAT? I MISSED IT.

UM, CAN WE PLEASE HAVE A MOTION TO ACCEPT THE, UH, SPECIAL MEETING MINUTES ALSO FROM FEBRUARY 10? THANK YOU, HANEY.

IS THERE A SECOND? SECOND, SECOND.

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER LUCAS FOR THE SECOND.

ALL THOSE IN FAVOR.

ARE THERE ANY NAYS AND SONIA THE LEFT, THE FIRST THAT WERE APPROVED COMMISSIONER OVERTON DID NOT SECOND THEM.

WHO IS THAT? SOMEBODY ELSE? OH, IT WAS NOT YOU.

OKAY.

OKAY.

SO THE MINUTES WERE REFLECT THE CORRECT THING.

UH, VERY WELL.

THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT, SO WE'VE GOT OUR MOTION AND OUR SECOND ON, ON THE SPECIAL MEETING MINUTES.

UM, AND WE HAVE ALL THOSE IN FAVOR.

THEY DID THAT.

WERE THERE ANY NAYS? OKAY.

NONE.

AND THEN I'LL ABSTAIN AS WELL FROM THOSE MINUTES, MR. GINA.

OKAY.

RIGHT.

WELL AS WELL, THANK YOU.

MA'AM AND THAT MOTION CARRIES AS WELL.

UH, JIMA, WOULD YOU PLEASE DENOTE THAT CORRECTION? I MISSPOKE ON THE FIRST SET OF MINUTES.

THAT WAS COMMISSIONER ERASMUS THAT MADE THE SECOND.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

WE'LL

[4. REPORTS]

MOVE FORWARD NOW.

UH, REPORTS, I DON'T HAVE A REPORT ON TONIGHT.

I DO APOLOGIZE FOR MY ABSENCE ON LAST, UH, LAST MONTH.

AND I GOT A COUPLE OF PHONE CALLS TO SOME PEOPLE I WILL BE RETURNING THIS WEEK.

SO SORRY ABOUT THAT GUYS.

ARE THERE ANY OTHER REPORTS FROM ANY OTHER COMMISSIONERS ON SEEING THEM WE'LL MOVE FORWARD? UM, NOW WE'RE AT THE ITEM FOR STAFF REPORTS, UM, DIRECTOR, INTERIM DIRECTOR.

UH, JENNIFER, CAN YOU HEAR ME? YES, MA'AM.

UM, I JUST WANTED TO SHARE WITH THE COMMISSION AT THE RECERTIFICATION OF THE CITY C SCENIC CITY, UH, CERTIFICATION.

UM, IT'S A VERY EXCITING, UH, CERTIFICATION THAT THE CITY HAS HELD, UM, FOR ABOUT 11 YEARS NOW.

UH, THE CITY WAS PART OF THE INAUGURAL SCENIC CITY CLASS.

UM, AND WE HAVE RECERTIFIED OVER THE YEARS UP TO THE TOP LEVEL.

UM, AND SO WE ARE AT THE PLATINUM LEVEL, UH, THE VERY HIGHEST RECOGNITION THAT THEY PROVIDE.

UM, AND THIS IS A RECOGNITION OF, UH, THE CITY'S POLICIES AND REGULATIONS THAT ARE IN PLACE, UM, ON STREETSCAPES SIGN CONTROLS, LANDSCAPING, OPEN SPACE, UM, INFRASTRUCTURE,

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DESIGN, UH, SCREENING, AND OTHER PROGRAMS THAT WE PROVIDE, UM, ALL THAT, UH, HELPED SHAPE OUR COMMUNITY IN THE QUALITY OF LIFE, IN OUR COMMUNITY, AS WELL AS, UM, OUR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROSPECTS, UM, AND OPPORTUNITIES.

SO THIS IS A RECOGNITION THAT THE CITY SHOULD BE PROUD OF.

UM, YOU'LL SEE IT IN DIFFERENT, UH, MARKETING AROUND THE CITY.

UM, THERE'S USUALLY SIGNS UP AT THE CITY LIMITS OF THE SHERIFFS, UM, OUR SCENIC CITY CERTIFICATION.

UM, SO IT'S A REALLY, UH, HONOR, UH, FOR THE CITY TO BE ABLE, UH, TO, UH, BE RECERTIFIED AT THIS LEVEL.

SO JUST WANTED TO SHARE THAT WITH THE COMMISSION.

I THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORK.

UM, IN REGULATIONS, ADOPTING REGULATIONS, INPUT ON REGULATIONS, UM, THAT ALL PLAYED A ROLE, UM, IN THE CERTIFICATION.

UM, AND THEN I WANTED TO SHARE ONE MORE THING IF I CAN.

I JUST WANTED TO SHARE WITH THE COMMISSION THAT, UH, THIS IS THOMAS WHITE'S LAST MEETING, UM, UH, IN, AS A PLANNER TO, UH, WITH THE CITY, UH, THOMAS IS MOVING ON TO OTHER OPPORTUNITIES.

AND SO I JUST WANTED TO SHARE THAT WITH THE COMMISSION, UM, AND JUST BE ABLE TO PUBLICLY THANK HIM FOR HIS TIME AND COMMITMENT TO THE CITY.

HMM, GREAT CONGRATULATION, MR. WHITE.

YEAH.

THANKS JENNIFER FOR THAT.

AND CONGRATULATIONS TO MR. WHITE.

UM, THAT, UH, THANKS.

ALL RIGHT.

WE'LL MOVE NOW TO ENGINEERING.

UH, THIS ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT HAVE A REPORT ON TONIGHT.

THIS IS JEREMY DAVIS.

CAN EVERYONE? YES, SIR.

WE HEAR YOU WELL.

OKAY.

YES.

UM, SO, AND TO ADD MEDIANS TO FMT FROM STATE HIGHWAY 60 U S 50, THE ENGINEERING DIVISION MEETINGS WITH TEXTILES TO HELP ADDRESS, UH, FROM THE PUBLIC.

SO, UH, ON MARCH, THERE WILL BE A MEETING YOUR, YOUR MIC IS GOING IN AND OUT.

OH, SORRY ABOUT THAT.

MY WIFI MIGHT BE A LITTLE SPOTTY.

OKAY.

NO PROBLEM.

SO WE HEARD TEXTILE IS PUTTING IN MEDIANS 10 92, TWO.

DID YOU SAY 59? THE MEDIANS ARE GOING TO BE ON FM 10 FROM HIGHWAY SIX TO 59.

OKAY.

YEAH, IT'S SUPER SPOTTY.

I AM SO SORRY.

UM, W W IF IT'S OKAY WITH THE COMMISSIONERS, MAYBE WE CAN KIND OF PUT A PIN RIGHT HERE AND GIVE, GIVE HIM AN OPPORTUNITY TO GET HIS, UM, WIFI MAY BE A LITTLE BIT BETTER AND LET'S JUST MOVE TO PARKS AND RECREATION.

IS THAT OKAY? AND THEN WE'LL COME BACK UP TO JEREMY.

IS THAT OKAY GUYS? YES, THAT'S FINE.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

THANKS JEREMY.

UM, I DO UNDERSTAND TONIGHT THAT WE HAVE THE CITY FORESTER ONLINE IN REGARDS TO TREAT ORDINANCE.

YES.

GOOD EVENING.

CAN EVERYBODY HEAR ME? YEP.

WE HEAR YOU WELL, WONDERFUL.

THANK YOU FOR PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSIONERS FOR LISTENING TO ME AND PAUL WHERE'S VICKIE, I'M YOUR CITY FORESTER.

I'M SURE MOST OF YOU DIDN'T EVEN KNOW THAT WE HAD A CITY FOREST HERE IN MISSOURI CITY, LET ALONE WHAT MY JOB ENTAILS, BUT, UH, THE CITY FORESTER POSITION IS REALLY DIFFERENT FOR EVERY COMMUNITY, BUT FOR US IN MISSOURI CITY, I'M HOUSED IN THE PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT.

AND MY PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY IS TO MANAGE TREES AND LANDSCAPE AREAS ON CITY OWNED PARKS AND CITY OWNED FACILITIES.

SO FROM TIME TO TIME, I GET TO WORK WITH THE GOOD FOLKS IN PLANNING OVER CODE ENFORCEMENT OR PUBLIC WORKS AND OTHER TREE RELATED ISSUES, UH, THROUGHOUT THE CITY.

AND THAT BRINGS ME HERE TONIGHT TO, UH, SPEAK TO YOU A LITTLE BIT ABOUT TREE ORDINANCE.

I PROBABLY, I PROMISE I'LL KEEP IT SHORT AND SWEET AND NOT BORE YOU GUYS TO DEATH.

LET'S FLIP SIDES, PLEASE.

DO WE HAVE A SLIDE SHOW UP JIMA? THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT.

SO AS YOU KNOW, TEXTING IS JUST LOVE TO BE TOLD WHAT TO DO BY THEIR GOVERNMENT, RIGHT? I DON'T THINK SO.

UH, SO FOR THOSE COMMUNITIES, SO THAT TAKE A FEW EXTRA SIMPLE STEPS TO ADVANCE THEIR TREE CARE MANAGEMENT.

UH, THEY CAN ACTUALLY QUALIFY FOR TREE CITY USA, WHICH IS A NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED PROGRAM, KIND OF LIKE THE SCENIC CITY PROGRAM, OR KEEP TEXAS BEAUTIFUL PROGRAM.

A TREE CITY USA ACTUALLY HAS FOUR DIFFERENT STANDARDS THAT THEY LIKE TO SEE TO QUALIFY.

ONE OF THEM IS TO HAVE AN ARBOR DAY PROCLAMATION, WHICH WE PLAN ON DOING AT CITY COUNCIL ON APRIL, THEN ALSO AN ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION.

IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE REAL ELABORATE,

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JUST SOMETHING AS SIMPLE AS CELEBRATING THE TREE OR PLANTING A TREE.

WE'RE ALSO PLANNING THAT FOR APRIL.

UH, WE HAVE TO SHOW A $2 PER CAPITA EXPENDITURE ON OUR PUBLIC TREE CARE, WHICH, UH, WHICH WE DO CAUSE, UH, WE CAN ALSO COUNT IN KIND TIME WITH VOLUNTEERISM, FOR CERTAIN PROGRAMS AND STAFF SALARIES AND SO FORTH.

AND, AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST, WE NEED TO HAVE A TREE ORDINANCE IN PLACE.

AND REALLY WHAT THEY'RE LOOKING FOR AN ORDINANCE IS YOU HAVE TO NAME A PUBLIC AUTHORITY OVER THE TREES AND ALSO HAVE SOME KIND OF OUTLINE OR MENTION OF A STANDARD OF MAINTENANCE FOR PUBLIC TREE CARE.

SO ACHIEVING ALL OF THESE WOULD GET US QUALIFIED FOR TREE CITY USA, WHICH WOULD BASICALLY BE ANOTHER FEATHER IN THE CAP FOR THE CITY.

AND WE GET SIGNS AND PLANS FOR THE COMMUNITY AND WE'LL ALL LIVE LONG HAPPY LIVES.

UM, WHEN I GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE, ALL RIGHT.

SO CONSTRUCTION IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE BIGGEST KILLERS OF TREES.

I THOUGHT THE BULLDOZER DISEASE, AND UNFORTUNATELY FOR A LOT OF PROPERTY OWNERS, THE WORST DAMAGE MANIFESTS ITSELF IN THE SOIL AND THE DAMAGE TO THE ROOTS AND THE SOIL REALLY ENDS UP BEING, UH, RESULTING IN DECLINE.

AND UNFORTUNATELY, USUALLY TWO OR FOUR YEARS LATER FOR MATURE TREES.

AND THAT'S LONG AFTER YOUR CONTRACTOR IS GONE AND YOUR HOUSE IS SOLD AND ALL THAT, THAT STUFF.

SO IF YOU LOOK AT THE PICTURE ON THE RIGHT OVER THERE, IT LOOKS LIKE SOMEBODY MADE A LITTLE BIT OF EFFORT.

THEY'LL PUT IN SOME CHICKEN WIRE AROUND THE TREE TO PROTECT IT.

I GUESS THE ANGRY BEAVERS CAN'T GET AT IT, BUT YOU CAN SEE ALL THAT SOIL DAMAGE AROUND THERE.

AND, UH, THAT POOR HOMEOWNER, HE'S GOING TO BE PAYING A FEW THOUSAND DOLLARS TO REMOVE THAT TREE IN ABOUT FOUR YEARS.

UH, IF YOU LOOK OVER ON THE PICTURE ON THE, ON THE RIGHT AND THE NEAR, RIGHT, THAT'S AN EXAMPLE OF SOMETHING THAT WE DID WHEN WE WERE REDEVELOPING TURTLE CREEK DRIVE THROUGH ROWAN PARK, WE SPECIFIED IN THOSE CONSTRUCTION SPECIFICATIONS THAT WE HAD TO HAVE A TREE PROTECTION ZONE, WHICH, WHICH ENTAILED THE ROOT ZONE OF THE TREE.

SO WE HAVE THAT FANCY.

NOW WE HAVE TIE-INS AND VIOLATIONS IN PLACE.

IF THEY DEFINE THAT FENCE OR DAMAGE TO THE TREE, AND GUESS WHAT THAT TREE IS HEALTHY.

IT'S STILL SITTING THERE AND SHADY AND OUR BEAUTIFUL NEW PLAYGROUND.

SO ALL THESE TECHNIQUES CAN BE REQUIRED BY ORDINANCE.

AND USUALLY IT'S SPECIFIED IN AN URBAN FOREST MANAGEMENT PLAN, WHICH WE DO HAVE A NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

SO THIS IS THE KIND OF THING THAT USUALLY SPARKS A TREE ORDINANCE AND MOST COMMUNITIES, IF YOU TAKE A LOOK AT THE PHOTO ON THE LEFT EAR, I'M STANDING IN COMMUNITY PARK AND I'M TAKING A PICTURE OF, UH, THAT NEW SUBDIVISION COMING IN BY THE FORT PENN TOLL ROAD.

I FORGET THE NAME OF IT, BUT, UH, IT USED TO BE THICK CANOPY OF TREES OVER THERE.

AND THIS IS KIND OF THAT TRADITIONAL MODEL OF CLEAR AND START FROM FRESH AS FAR AS LANDSCAPING.

BUT THEN YOU HAVE SITUATIONS LIKE ON THE RIGHT THERE, THAT'S A BIT SHORT OF SIENNA PLANTATION, WHICH IS, UH, THE MORE OF THE CONSERVATION BASED APPROACH AT DEVELOPMENT.

SO I'M SURE IF YOU ASK MOST PEOPLE, YOU KNOW, ON THIS COMMISSION OR EVEN IN THE COMMUNITY WHERE THEY WOULD PREFER TO LIVE OR WHERE THEY THINK THERE MIGHT BE HIGHER PROPERTY VALUES, I'M SURE YOU ALL KNOW THE ANSWER TO THAT ONE.

SO AS A CITY, WE CAN DECIDE, YOU KNOW, WHETHER OR NOT WE WANT TO LEAVE IT UP TO THE DEVELOPER, HOW THAT IS GOING TO LOOK, OR IF WE WANT TO REQUIRE REPLIER THE MORE CONSERVATION APPROACH FOR WHATEVER REMAINING SPACE WE HAVE LEFT IN THE CITY.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

OKAY.

GOOD STUFF.

ONE OF THE BIGGEST, A PROPERTY ONLY FOR PROPERTY OWNER FOR US STATIONS AND ALSO CITY EXPENSES IN THE LONGTERM IS DEALING WITH INFRASTRUCTURE CONFLICTS BETWEEN, UH, HARDSCAPE UTILITIES, YOU KNOW, TRAFFIC, CLARENCE, AND TREES.

AND A LOT OF THESE PROBLEMS STARTED WELL BEFORE THE TREES WERE EVEN PLANTED.

IT WAS THE PROBLEM STARTED IN THE PLANNING PHASE.

UM, KNOW SOMEBODY DECIDED, OKAY, YOU KNOW, IT'S A GOOD IDEA TO PUT A BIG SHADE TREE, TWO FEET FROM THE SIDEWALK OR UNDERNEATH THE POWER LINE, SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

SO I CALL THAT THE, UH, LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE DISEASE, UH, SINCE, SINCE, UH, THAT STUFF DOES HAPPEN AND CONTINUES TO HAPPEN.

YOU KNOW, THAT'S WHY WE HAVE OUR SECTION 30 IN OUR EXISTING CITY CODE, WHICH HANDLES ENVIRONMENTAL NUISANCES AND I'VE COME TO A COST TO THE CITY.

SO AT THE TOP RIGHT PICTURE THERE SHOWS YOU JUST ONE OF THE TECHNIQUES THAT YOU CAN DO TO, TO FIT TREES INTO AN AREA THAT'S HIGHLY PAVED, A LOT OF SOIL COMPACTION AND SO FORTH.

THERE'S A MILLION DIFFERENT TECHNIQUES YOU CAN USE.

I'M NOT GOING TO GET INTO DETAILS, BUT, UH, YOU CAN PUT ALL THESE SPECIFICATIONS IN AN URBAN FOREST MANAGEMENT PLAN AND SAY, AND SAY THROUGH OUR ORDINANCE THAT WE WANT DEVELOPERS AND LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS TO FOLLOW THOSE GUIDELINES.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

OKAY.

WELL, WHY WANT YOU GUYS TO MY DAILY NIGHTMARE THERE, THAT'S THE CORNER OF TEXAS PARKWAY AND CARTWRIGHT ROAD.

IF YOU LOOK AT THAT TOP LEFT PICTURE, UNFORTUNATELY, ANYONE IN THIS WORLD WHO HAS A CHAINSAW AND A PICKUP TRUCK AND CALLED HIMSELF A PROFESSIONAL ARBORIST, THERE IS NO REGULATORY AGENCY FOR TREAT CARE PERFORMANCE.

UH, THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT A CITY CAN REQUIRE THROUGH ORDINANCE TO SET THEIR OWN STANDARDS AND FOLLOW

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NATIONAL OR INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS FOR TREE WORK ON PUBLIC PROPERTY.

SOME COMMUNITIES EVEN REQUIRE A PERMIT ARE AN ARBORIST TRAINING, SOMETHING LIKE THAT, UH, THROUGH THE CITY BEFORE THEY CAN FORM WORK WITHIN THE CITY.

NEXT SLIDE.

SO YEAH, MONEY DOESN'T GROW ON TREES, BUT IT CAN GROW BECAUSE OF TREES.

I THINK ABOUT THAT.

SO THEY DO HAVE FINANCIAL VALUE AND THERE IS SCIENCE AND TECHNIQUES FOR QUANTIFYING THAT VALUE.

UH, ONE OF THE, ONE OF THE GREATEST DECISIONS, I THINK THAT THE CITY FOUNDERS MADE HERE IS PUTTING IN THE PARKLAND DEDICATION ORDINANCE, UH, WHICH GIVES THE OPTION OF THE DEVELOPER EITHER DONATING PARK LAND, OR GIVING CASH IN LIEU FOR SOME TYPE OF PARK DEVELOPMENT WITHIN THAT ZONE RESULTED IN THE BEAUTIFUL PARKS THAT WE HAVE TODAY.

WELL, A TREE ORDINANCE CAN WORK IN A SIMILAR WAY.

YOU CAN SAY, HAVE A PROPERTY WITH 10 TREES THAT ARE DESIGNATED LARGE ENOUGH, UH, ENOUGH QUALITY, ENOUGH SPECIES THAT WE WANT TO PROTECT.

UH, THE ORDINANCE CAN SAY, WELL, USE YOUR TO USE OUR TECHNIQUES, OUR RECOMMENDED TECHNIQUES TO EITHER PRESERVE THOSE TREES OR PAY US IN THE VALUE OF THOSE TREES INSTEAD.

AND THEN YOU CAN GO AHEAD AND REMOVE THEM.

AND, UH, HOPEFULLY THAT REIMBURSEMENT, WE CAN ALSO REQUIRE REIMBURSEMENT.

IF SAY, THOSE TREES ARE DAMAGED DURING CONSTRUCTION.

SO MANY CITIES LIKE HOUSTON, SUGARLAND PARALLEL, AND THEY'VE EMPLOYED THESE TYPES OF REGULATIONS AND THEIR ORDINANCE.

THEY'VE BEEN ABLE TO PUT THOSE FUNDS BACK INTO GENERAL REVENUE, OR EVEN SPECIFICALLY FOR TREE CARE ON THEIR COMMUNITIES.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

WE DO HAVE SOME MENTION OF TREES IN OUR CITY CODE, BOTH ON THE DEVELOPMENT SIDE AND ALSO THE CODE ENFORCEMENT SIDE.

HERE'S THE DEVELOPMENT SIDE.

AS YOU GUYS ARE PRETTY WELL VERSED WITH.

I HOPE WE DO REQUIRE THOSE BUFFER YARDS SCREENING BETWEEN LAND USE.

UM, THERE IS A REQUIREMENT FOR TREES SPACING, THE NUMBER OF TREES FOR SCREENING AND PARKING LOTS.

UH, WE DO REQUIRE IN-GROUND IRRIGATION, UM, TREE PRESERVATION.

WE ENCOURAGED TREE PRESERVATION BY ISSUING CREDITS FOR TREES THAT ARE RETAINED.

AGAIN, WE ENCOURAGE, UH, PLANTING INDIGENOUS PLANTS.

UH, WE REQUIRE THOSE LANDSCAPE PLANS TO BE SUBMITTED ALONG WITH THE PERMIT PROCESS AND WE REQUIRE ONGOING MAINTENANCE.

AND THEN WHEN YOU GET INTO SECTION 30, THAT TALKS ABOUT, YOU KNOW, HEIGHT OF TREE CANOPY OVER SIDEWALK, SIDE OF OVER STREETS AND WEEDS AND ALL OF THAT KIND OF STUFF.

SO IN MY OPINION, THIS IS A PRETTY DECENT START.

UH, THERE ARE DEFINITELY A FEW HOLES IN IT, AND THERE ARE SOME NEEDS FOR UPDATES, BUT, UH, RIGHT NOW IT'S NOT ADEQUATE ENOUGH TO ADDRESS OR TO QUALIFY FOR THE TREE CITY USA.

AND THAT'S ONE OF THE REASONS WE'RE HERE TONIGHT.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

OKAY.

SO THIS IS WHERE YOU GUYS COME IN.

UH, THANK YOU GUYS.

THANK YOU.

ALL THAT ACTUALLY FILLED OUT THAT SURVEY, THAT JENNIFER EMAILED TO YOU SOME GOOD INFORMATION THERE.

I ALSO SURVEYED THE, THE PARKS BOARD LAST MONTH DOES THIS EXACT SAME SURVEY.

AND SO THIS IS REALLY THE HIGHLIGHTS THAT I TOOK OUT OF THE RESULTS OF YOUR SURVEY.

AND MOST, MOST OF YOU FELT IT WAS IMPORTANT TO PRESERVE LARGE TREES, AT LEAST DURING ALL TYPES OF DEVELOPMENT IN THE CITY.

UM, YOU FELT THAT MOST SHOULD BE AUTHORIZED TO REMOVE A REVENUE HAZARDOUS TREES ONLY AFTER NOTICE WAS SERVED TO THE PROPERTY OWNER, WHICH IS THE CASE IN THE CITY.

NOW, A LOT OF YOU THOUGHT THAT IRMA, I THINK ALL OF YOU THOUGHT THAT SIDEWALKS DAMAGE WAS PROBABLY THE BIGGEST ISSUE OF TREE AND INFRASTRUCTURE CONFLICTS THAT WE HAVE.

UH, SOME, UH, MOST OF YOU THOUGHT THAT IT SHOULD BE A PERMIT PROCESS FOR TREE PLANTING AND CARE ON A, AT LEAST THE PUBLIC RIGHT AWAY.

AND RIGHT NOW THAT'S LARGELY UP TO THE INDIVIDUAL HOS WE DON'T REQUIRE THAT THROUGH THE CITY.

UH, THERE SHOULD BE PLANS FOR NATURAL DISASTER.

UH, WE DO HAVE SOME PLANS IN PLACE ACTUALLY FOR SPECIFIC NATURAL DISASTERS LIKE SPECIFIC INSECTS.

UH, IT'S HARD TO REALLY PLAN FOR ANY FINANCIAL DISASTER BECAUSE YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT KIND OF DAMAGE IS GOING TO DO TO A TREE, BUT WE DO HAVE A LOT OF AGREEMENTS IN PLACE.

LET'S SAY FORT BEND COUNTY FOR DEBRIS REMOVAL, TREE REMOVALS, THINGS LIKE THAT.

UH, THERE SHOULD BE A LIST OF TREES THAT SHOULD NOT BE PLANTED ON PUBLIC PROPERTY.

YOU KNOW, AN ORDINANCE.

I SEE THE ONE OF TWO WAYS EITHER SAY WHAT YOU DON'T WANT, OR YOU MAKE A VERY SPECIFIC LIST OF WHAT YOU DO WANT.

UH, THERE'S NO THOUGHTS IN EITHER WAY.

AND, UH, ONE THING THAT'S BEEN STOOD OUT IN YOUR SURVEY AND ALSO THE PARK BOARD ONE IS IT'S NOT REALLY CLEAR TO A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR STREET AND PARK TREE CARE.

UM, REALLY, UH, THE PARKS DEPARTMENT IS ONLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CITY OWNED PARKS.

WE WON'T TOUCH ANY OF THE HOA PARKS, ANY OF THE RANDOM GREEN SPACES THAT ARE OWNED BY THE TOWNIE OR ANY OF THE MUD DISTRICTS, THINGS LIKE THAT.

AND WE REALLY MAINTAIN ONLY A FEW OF THE STREET MEDIAN RIGHT AWAY.

THERE'S ONLY SEVEN OF THEM LIVE WITHIN THE CITY THAT THE CITY ACTUALLY HAS ACTIVE MAINTENANCE ON THE REST IS UP TO THE HOA OR THE INDIVIDUAL HOMEOWNERS.

UH, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

ALL RIGHT.

SO HERE'S WHERE WE GO FROM HERE.

WE'VE GOT YOUR, YOUR INPUT.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

AND THE PARK BOARD'S INPUT, UH, NEXT, UH, HELPED TO DEVELOP A TREE ORDINANCE WORKING

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GROUP.

AND THAT'S, THAT'S GONNA HOPEFULLY INCLUDE MYSELF, SOMEBODY FROM LEGAL, UH, SOMEBODY FROM PLANNING, SOMEBODY FROM CODE ENFORCEMENT, PUBLIC WORKS, AND MAYBE EVEN A POLITICIAN.

THESE ARE ALL THE PEOPLE THAT WOULD BE INVOLVED IN DEVELOPING SOMETHING LIKE THIS.

OBVIOUSLY PRESENT A DRAFT ORDINANCE TO THE COUNCIL AND SEE WHAT THEY DECIDED TO DO AND GO THROUGH THAT WHOLE PROCESS.

SO THAT'S ALL I HAVE FOR YOU TONIGHT.

AND I HOPE EVERYBODY'S STILL AWAKE.

I'LL ENTERTAIN ANY QUESTIONS THAT YOU HAVE FOR ME, OTHER QUESTIONS.

THIS IS COMMISSIONER OVER DINNER.

I HAD A COMMENT, UH, IN THAT, UH, I'M FROM AUSTIN, TEXAS.

AND WHEN I WAS SELLING MY GRANDMOTHER'S HOME, SHE HAD A LARGE TREE IN THE FRONT YARD IN THE CITY, UH, GAVE ME A NOTICE SAYING THAT I COULD NOT REMOVE THAT TREE BECAUSE OF THE AGE.

AND THAT WAS GIVEN TO ME THROUGH THE LISTING AGENT THAT WAS HANDLING THE SALE.

AND I THOUGHT THAT WAS SO GREAT.

I'M A BIG TREE LOVER.

SO YOU HAVE MY UNDIVIDED ATTENTION.

AND DO YOU THINK SOMETHING LIKE THAT COULD BE POSSIBLY LOOKED AT AS FAR AS THE AGE OF CERTAIN TREES THAT THEY'RE NOT HAVING, THEY DON'T HAVE ANY, UH, DAMAGE OR DISEASE THAT THEY CANNOT BE REMOVED? YEAH, CERTAINLY, UH, YOU KNOW, A LOT OF COMMUNITIES THEY'LL GO A COUPLE OF WAYS.

SOME OF THEM WILL SAY, YOU KNOW, WE'RE ONLY IN THE BUSINESS OF PRESERVING AND SAY A HERITAGE TREE AND A HERITAGE TREE, THEY WOULD OUTLINE AS SOMETHING LIKE YOU MENTIONED SOMETHING OF A CERTAIN SIZE, A CERTAIN SPECIES AND A CERTAIN CONDITION THAT'S WORTH SAVING.

UH, CERTAINLY YOU DON'T WANT TO HAVE TO PUT THAT BURDEN ON THE HOMEOWNER FOR ANY OLD TREE OR AN INVASIVE TREE, SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

UM, I LIKE TO HAVE A REAL GENERAL GUIDELINES TO SAY, HERE'S THE LIST OF TREES THAT WOULD QUALIFY FOR TREE PRESERVATION OR REQUIRING A PERMIT, SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

AND IF IT, AGAIN, IT MEETS THAT CERTAIN SIZE THAT CERTAIN HEALTH STANDARD, AND THEN, UH, YOU WOULD HAVE TO REMEDY THE SITUATION AND, AND WHATEVER THE CITY DECIDED THAT YOU NEED TO DO.

YEAH.

YEAH.

THE CITY OF AUSTIN WENT A LITTLE FURTHER THAN THAT SAYING THAT YOU COULD NOT REMOVE, NOT MOVE THAT TREE OTHERWISE I WOULD BE FINE.

YEAH.

YEAH.

AUSTIN IS PROBABLY THE, THE MOST RESTRICTIVE OF ALL THE TEXAS COMMUNITIES THAT I KNOW OF, UH, WHETHER OR NOT THAT'S SOMETHING THAT'S APPROPRIATE FOR OUR CITY.

ULTIMATELY ONLY CITY COUNCIL CAN DECIDE THAT THAT'S THEIR JOB.

UH, WE CAN MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS BASED ON WHAT YOU GUYS SAY AND WHAT OUR WORKING GROUP COMES UP WITH AS FAR AS THE DRAFT AND WE'LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS.

OKAY.

UM, ONE NOTE, UM, MR. PAUL, COULD YOU PLEASE, UH, ALL MAKE THAT AS ONE OF, YOU KNOW, COMMISSIONER OVERTURNS, A RECOMMENDATION TO CONSIDER THAT IF AT ALL POSSIBLE, SINCE WE'RE STILL IN THE PLANNING PHASE OF IT, I DON'T WANT US TO GET LOST ON THAT.

ABSOLUTELY.

YEAH.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

ARE THERE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? I BELIEVE SOME OTHER COMMISSIONERS HAD SOME AS COMMISSIONER BRIGHTWELL.

UM, SO NOT SEEING THE URBAN FORESTRY PLAN THAT WE HAVE.

MY QUESTION IS, IS DO WE HAVE DEFINITIONS FOR PUBLIC AND PRIVATE TREES AND OR DEFINITIVE BOUNDARIES OF STREET TREES? MY BACKGROUND I'VE DEALT WITH THAT IN THE CITY OF HOUSTON, BEL AIR WEST U, WHICH PROBABLY BEHIND AUSTIN IS THE MOST RESTRICTIVE IN THE REGION.

UM, THAT'S MY FIRST QUESTION.

AND I'LL LET YOU COMMENT ON THAT WITHIN OUR URBAN FORESTRY MANAGEMENT PLAN AT ONLY OUTLINES THE AREAS THAT ARE SPECIFICALLY UNDER THE PARKS DEPARTMENT, UH, MANAGEMENT, UH, WE DON'T GET INTO MENTION OF ANY OF THE RIGHT OF WAYS, UNLESS IT'S A PARKS DEPARTMENT RIGHT OF WAY.

AND LIKE I SAID BEFORE, WE ONLY HAVE ABOUT SEVEN OR EIGHT RIGHT AWAY SO THAT THE CITY ACTIVELY MANAGES THAT.

SO I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND THAT WE NEED TO DEFINE STREET TREES BECAUSE EVENTUALLY ALONG WITH THE SIDEWALK ISSUES THAT HAVE GONE BACK AND FORTH THE YEARS YOU ARE GOING TO BE DEALING WITH THAT.

AND I'M SURE MR. O'MALLEY COULD PROBABLY PIPE IN HERE AS WELL.

YEP.

SO THE PICTURE YOU SHOWED OF THE TREES ON THIS IS COMMISSIONER LUCAS, THE PICTURE YOU SHOWED US, THE TREES ON CARTWRIGHT AND, UM, WHAT WAS, WAS IT 10 92 OR 22? IT WAS A TEXAS PARKWAY AND CARTWRIGHT.

OKAY.

NOW, ARE THOSE TREES PRIVATELY OWNED OR DO YOU KNOW, YOU KNOW, IF THEY ARE, YEAH.

THOSE IN THE PICTURE ARE PRIVATELY ON THEIR OWN BY THE, UH, THE OWNER OF THAT BUSINESS PARK ON THE CORNER THERE.

OKAY.

SO IF THIS, UH,

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IF, IF, IF THIS PASSED, THEY WILL BE FORCED TO KIND OF REDESIGN OR MAKE THE TREE LOOK BETTER BECAUSE IT WAS LOOKING KIND OF CRAZY THERE, THE WAY IT WAS CUT.

YEAH.

PRETTY MUCH ANYTHING BAD YOU COULD DO TO A TREE, THEY HAVE ACCOMPLISHED THAT.

UNFORTUNATELY YOU CAN'T TURN BACK THE CLOCK WHEN IT COMES TO, UH, ENFORCING ORDINANCE AND THINGS LIKE THAT.

SO WHAT WE COULD TRY TO DO IS PREVENT THINGS LIKE THAT FROM HAPPENING IN THE FUTURE.

IF THAT'S AN ELEMENT THAT CITY COUNCIL WANTS TO DO, THEY MIGHT DECIDE, YOU KNOW, WE DON'T WANT TO DO ANY ENFORCEMENT ON THE PRIVATE SIDE.

IT'S, IT'S ENTIRELY THEIR PRIVILEGE TO DECIDE THAT THAT'S SUCH A GOOD, GOOD POINT.

YOU KNOW, BECAUSE THE ENFORCEMENT ON THE PRIVATE SIDE IS WHERE I, FOR YEARS, WE'VE SAT HERE AND GONE OVER THIS, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU SHOWED THE PICTURE OF THE TOTAL CLEARING OF THE LAND.

AND FOR YEARS, AND I KNOW HANEY AND SOME OF THE OLDER ONES THAT HAVE BEEN HERE WITH ME, WE HAVE SAT IN HER DEVELOPERS HOW HARD IT IS FOR THEM TO GO THROUGH AND MARK THE TREES THAT ARE OF GOOD STOCK, IF YOU WILL, AND TRY THE BEST TO PRESERVE THOSE, IT'S EASY.

IF THEY CAN PRESERVE THE ONES, YOU KNOW, AT LEAST ON THE OUTSIDE SKIRTING OF WHATEVER PROJECT IT IS.

BUT, YOU KNOW, IT'S, IT'S PRETTY TOUGH WHEN YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT CLEARING EVERYTHING OUT AND THEN IT SLEPT TO START OVER AGAIN.

SO I'M HOPING THAT SOMETHING WILL BE DONE TO LOOK CLOSER AND, AND I'M GLAD TO SEE THAT THIS IS STARTING TO HAPPEN NOW, BUT, UM, WE HAVE A FEW VERY, VERY, VERY FEW LARGE PRACS LEFT NOW.

SO BE GOOD TO GET THAT IN FOLLOW ON THAT, THAT ALSO GOES BACK TO THAT THE CLEARING OF THOSE TREES WOULD END UP NEEDING TO BE, OR REQUIREMENT FOR A TREE SURVEY AND, OR ALSO A LIST OF ACCEPTABLE TREES OR NON-ACCEPTABLE TYPE TREES, WHICH IS, WHICH IS GOING TO NEED TO BE DONE.

AND THIS IS COMMISSIONER OVERTON.

YOU HAD TALKED ABOUT, UH, ENCOURAGING, UH, TREE PRESERVATION AS FAR AS ISSUING A CREDIT.

SO MAYBE SOMEBODY COULD, I MEAN, THE, THE WORK GROUP WORKING GROUP THAT LOOKED AT IF A CREDIT IS GIVEN A, WOULD IT BE GIVEN TO THE I'M SURE.

TO THE DEVELOPER TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO SAY TREES AND I'M ON THE RIGHT TRACK ON THAT WHEN YOU SAID EACH YOUR CREDIT.

YEAH, ABSOLUTELY.

THAT'S WHAT'S IN OUR EXISTING CODE RIGHT NOW.

UM, IT'S, IT'S IN OUR SCREENING ELEMENTS AS FAR AS VEGETATION, IF A DEVELOPER BUYS A PARCEL AND IF THEY PRESERVE A TREE OF A CERTAIN SIZE OF A CERTAIN SPECIES THAT WE OUTLINED IN OUR CITY CODE, THEN THEY DON'T HAVE TO REPLACE TWO OF THE TREES THAT THEY NORMALLY WOULD HAVE TO REPLACE.

SO AGAIN, THAT'S AN ENCOURAGED THING AND IT'S UP TO THE DEVELOPER, WHETHER WHAT THEY WANT TO DO THAT, I HONESTLY DON'T KNOW HOW MANY, IF I'VE TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF THAT, THAT WOULD BE A BETTER QUESTION FOR JENNIFER AND HER TEAM, BUT THAT IS IN PLACE.

UM, LIKE I WOULD SAY, I WOULD SAY WHATEVER THE INCENTIVE IS NOT ENCOURAGING THEM TO DO IT, GET SHELTERS AND SELL MAYBE A CREDIT THAT NEEDS TO BE ISSUED NEEDS TO BE MUCH, UH, MUCH MORE ENCOURAGING OR DO THEY KNOW ABOUT THE CREDIT THAT I COULDN'T ANSWER.

I'M NOT PART OF THAT PLANNING PROCESS WHERE JENNIFER MIGHT HAVE THE ANSWER TO, THAT COULD BE, YEAH, I'M, I'M HERE.

UM, SO THE, THE TREE CREDIT, VERY FEW TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT, AND IT DOES REQUIRE A TREE SURVEY, UM, IF THEY ARE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF IT, UM, THEY TYPICALLY, UH, WITH THE PRE-DEVELOPMENT MEETING THE INITIAL, UH, CONVERSATIONS WITH STAFF, UM, IF IT'S A HEAVILY, YOU KNOW, FORCED IT OR VEGETATED, UM, UH, PROPERTY, UH, THEN THAT WOULD COME UP OVER THE COURSE.

AND THEN, UM, ALSO THROUGH THE PERMIT REVIEW, UM, AS THEY'RE DOING THEIR SITE, UH, DEVELOPMENT PLANS, UM, THAT OPTION IS ALSO DISCUSSED, YOU KNOW, JUST KIND OF BASED ON WHAT, WHAT, UH, THEY'RE PREPARING TO DO.

UM, BUT AS YOU CAN SEE, UH, PARK SAGE IS THE SUBDIVISION, UH, THAT YOU ALL RESTORE ON THE, OF, UH, WITH THE TOTAL CLEARING.

UM, IT'S.

AND AS THE CHAIR MENTIONED, UM, IT'S USUALLY THE EASIER OPTION, UM, YOU KNOW, TO CLEAR AND, UH, STARTED NEW.

SO WE, WE DO HAVE THAT.

IT IS AN ENCOURAGEMENT.

UM, WE DO PROVIDE THE INFORMATION, UM, BUT AS OF RIGHT NOW, VERY FEW PEOPLE OR VERY FEW DEVELOPMENTS ACTUALLY TAKE, TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT.

SO THE CURRENT ORDINANCE,

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UM, I MEAN, IF WE ADOPT A TREE ORDINANCE WHAT'S CURRENTLY BEING DONE BY THE DEVELOPERS AND PRIVATE OWNERS, IT CAN'T BE CHANGED OR MODIFIED.

IS THAT CORRECT? SO ANY, YEAH.

ANY, ANY DEVELOPMENT THAT'S ALREADY BEEN PERMITTED OR STARTED THE PLAN REVIEW? UM, THE REGULATIONS THAT THE CITY HAS IN PLACE AT THE TIME THAT THEY'VE SUBMITTED THOSE APPLICATIONS OR BEEN APPROVED, UH, WOULD APPLY.

UM, SO IT WOULD BE SOMETHING THAT ANY NEW REGULATION, WHETHER IT'S THIS REGULATION, UM, OR OTHERWISE THAT THE CITY ADOPTS THE CITY CAN'T GO BACK AND RETROACTIVELY, UH, REQUIRE, UH, DEVELOPMENT TO COME INTO COMPLIANCE WITH THAT.

IF YEAH, I WAS THINKING OF THE ONES THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN ISSUED THE PERMIT.

YEAH.

YEAH.

ANY, ANY DEVELOPMENT CURRENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION, UM, OR CURRENTLY IN PLAN REVIEW, UM, ANY EXISTING DEVELOPMENT, UH, THIS WOULDN'T BE SOMETHING THAT WE WOULD, UM, RETROACTIVELY APPLY TO THEM.

SO JENNIFER, THIS COMMISSIONER OVERAGES, THE PREDATOR THAT'S BEING GIVEN IT IS THE AMOUNT OF THE CREDIT, AND YOU DON'T HAVE TO GIVE ME THE NUMBER, BUT IT APPEARS BECAUSE THEY ARE DEVELOPERS.

THEY'RE GOING TO BE LOOKING AT THE BOTTOM LINE.

SO MAYBE IF IT'S POSSIBLE, TAKE A LOOK AT THE AMOUNT OF THE CREDIT SO THAT THEY WOULD BE MORE ENCOURAGED TO DO IT.

I KNOW THEY'RE BUSINESS PEOPLE, AND THEY WOULD LOOK AT IT TO THEIR ADVANTAGE.

SO IT MAY BE THE CREDIT IS NOT, UM, LARGE ENOUGH FOR THEM TO EVEN CONSIDER IT WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE EXPENSE OF, UH, SURVEYING THE LAND AND KEEPING THE TREE.

SO, YOU KNOW, I DON'T KNOW IF THAT CREDIT CAN BE REVISED OR LOOKED AT WHAT HAVE YOU, BUT BASED ON HOW PEOPLE, HOW THE DEVELOPERS ARE NOT RESPONDING TO IT, IT LEADS ME TO BELIEVE THAT THAT CREDIT IS NOT AT AN AMOUNT THAT ENCOURAGES THEM TO DO IT AS A BUSINESSMAN.

YES.

AND I WOULD AGREE.

I THINK, UH, TODD MENTIONED THE CREDIT.

IT'S TWO, THEY GET TEACH THREE CREDITS FOR, UM, EVERYONE, A TREE THAT THEY PRESERVE OF A CERTAIN SIZE, UM, AND SPECIES.

AND SO SAY, YOU KNOW, IF, IF, YOU KNOW, TYPICALLY LIKE THOSE TRANSITIONAL BUFFER YARDS ALONG THE STREET, UM, WITHIN PARKING AREAS, IF THEY'RE REQUIRED TO HAVE, UM, A CERTAIN NUMBER OF TREES, THEN IT WOULD REDUCE THE NUMBER THAT THEY WOULD BE REQUIRED TO HAVE IN THOSE STRETCHES.

UM, SO YEAH, DEFINITELY NOTED THAT, UM, THAT, YOU KNOW, TWO FOR ONE, UM, YOU KNOW, OFFSET MAY NOT BE ENTICING ENOUGH.

UM, AND SO WE CAN DEFINITELY ADD THAT TO THE LIST, TO PROVIDE OUR INPUT TO PAUL AND HIS TEAM ON THAT.

GREAT.

YEAH, BECAUSE THE, THE RISKS YOU RUN THAT IS NOT THEM NOT BEING ABLE TO MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF, OF COVERAGE RIGHT.

FOR, FOR, ESPECIALLY IN A BUFFER AND EVERYTHING LIKE THAT.

SO, UM, AND, AND TO BE CLEAR, IT'S NOT A MONETARY, IT'S NOT A, IT'S NOT A CASH SITUATION.

IT'S A, IT'S A CREDIT FOR ADDITIONAL LANDSCAPING THAT MIGHT NORMALLY BE REQUIRED.

CORRECT? CORRECT.

YEAH.

PAUL, DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING ELSE TO SHARE WITH US ON TONIGHT? NO, THAT'S IT.

AND YOU KNOW, OBVIOUSLY IF YOU GUYS HAVE MORE QUESTIONS AFTER TONIGHT, FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME AGAIN.

LAST NAME IS WHERE'S BECKY AND OR YOU CONTACT JENNIFER.

SHE KNOWS HOW TO FIND ME.

SHE KNOWS ALL MY HIDING SPOTS.

I HAVE A QUESTION YOU'VE PRESENTED THIS TO US.

WHAT WOULD BE YOUR NEXT STEP? WHAT WOULD HAPPEN AT THIS POINT? UH, THE NEXT STEP, WE'RE GOING TO TRY TO DEVELOP A WORKING GROUP OF FOLKS WITHIN THE CITY OF REPRESENTING DEPARTMENTS THAT AN ORDINANCE WOULD AFFECT.

AND AGAIN, THAT WOULD BE A PARKS DEPARTMENT, PUBLIC WORKS, CODE ENFORCEMENT PLANNING, OBVIOUSLY A LEGAL DEPARTMENT.

AND, UH, I'M RECOMMENDING THAT WE HAVE ONE OF OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS ON THERE.

THAT'LL, THAT'LL ULTIMATELY BE UP TO MY BOSS TO DECIDE, BUT, UM, THAT WORKING GROUP WILL KIND OF PUT OUR HEADS TOGETHER, TAKE YOUR INPUT AND ALSO THE PERSONAL CHALLENGES OR RECOMMENDATIONS THAT THEY HAVE THE PARTS OF MENTALLY.

AND, UH, WE'LL DEVELOP OUR ORDINANCE FROM THERE, OUR DRAFT ORDINANCE AND THAT DRAFT ORDINANCE.

WOULD YOU PRESENT IT TO THE COUNCIL MEMBERS OR CAN YOU COME BACK TO US AND PRESENT IT TO US AS WELL? I DON'T SEE.

WHY NOT? I MEAN, OBVIOUSLY IT WILL GO TO THE CITY COUNCIL.

YES.

BUT, UM, YEAH, IF YOU GUYS DESIRE TO SEE THAT, UH, I HAVE NO PROBLEMS WITH THAT.

I CAN'T IMAGINE MY BOSS WOULD EITHER BETTER FOR DONOR ORDINANCES USUALLY COME FOR PNC

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ANY, YEAH.

ANY CHANGES TO THE ZONING BOARD MINUTES, THE REGULATIONS OF THE ZONING BOARD MINUTES, OR IF WE HAVE TO MAKE ANY CHANGES TO THE SUBDIVISION ORDINANCE, THEN THAT'LL COME BEFORE A PNC.

IF THE CHANGES ARE OUTSIDE OF THE ZONING ORDINANCE, UM, WE'LL MAKE SURE THAT WE KEEP YOU ALL UPDATED ON IT.

UH, BUT THOSE CHANGES DON'T HAVE TO COME DIRECTLY THROUGH PMC.

OKAY.

I WOULD LIKE TO SEE YOUR RESULTS OF YOUR TREE, A TREE ORDINANCE WORKING GROUP.

I MEAN, SO WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE ON THAT GROUP COMMISSIONER? WE WOULD ANYBODY FOUND PLANNING AND ZONING BE, UM, ELIGIBLE TO BE ON IT SINCE WE WOULD, IT WOULD PROBABLY COME TO US TO MAKE SOME DECISIONS.

JENNIFER SENT IT ONE MORE TIME.

UM, MADAM CHAIR ASKED THE QUESTION TO COMMISSIONER OVERTURN IF SHE WOULD LIKE TO BE ON THAT, UH, PART OF THAT GROUP.

UM, AND I ASKED THE QUESTION, WOULD ANYBODY ON THE PLANNING AND ZONING BE ELIGIBLE TO, SINCE IT MAY COME BACK TO US, THE ORDINANCE TO VOTE AND MAKE DECISIONS? YES.

AND I'M, UM, JOE OR JAMES, ARE YOU ALL ON THE CALL FROM LEGAL? I, I BELIEVE SO.

IT'S NOT A, A CONFLICT OF INTEREST.

UM, YOU WOULD BE PROVIDING INPUT ON THE COMMITTEE AND THEN, UH, YOU'D BE ABLE TO SHARE THAT WITH OTHER COMMISSIONERS, BUT, UH, YOU KNOW, UNLESS YOU HAVE LIKE A FINANCIAL STAKE IN IT, WHICH SHOULD NOT BE WITH THIS TYPE OF ORDINANCE, UM, THERE SHOULD NOT BE A CONFLICT.

OH, I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO ASK IF COMMISSIONER O'MALLEY WOULD BE INTERESTED.

UM, HE, OVER THE YEARS HE HAS TAUGHT US A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT ABOUT TREES, JOHN CHAIR.

YES, ABSOLUTELY.

I APPRECIATE IT.

THAT THAT WOULD BE COMMISSIONING IF Y'ALL NEED ONE MORE.

I WOULDN'T MIND BEING ON IT OR IF, UH, MADAM CHAIR PREFERS SOMEONE ELSE.

NO.

MA'AM IF YOU WANT TO VOLUNTEER, YOU'RE MORE THAN WELCOME RIGHT NOW, PAUL THEY'RE THEY'RE IN THE DEVELOPMENT STAGES OF PUTTING THE GROUP TOGETHER.

SO PAUL, IF THAT'S OKAY WITH YOU.

YEAH.

THIS, THIS IS THE PERFECT TIME TO GET INVOLVED.

YEAH.

GO FOR IT.

GO FOR IT.

COMMISSIONER LUCAS.

I APPRECIATE IT.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

Y'ALL WORK HARD PLEASE.

ON THE RIGHT OF WAY TREES, THOSE GET ON MY NERVES THE MOST.

OKAY.

THANK Y'ALL.

ALL RIGHT.

DOES ANYONE ELSE HAVE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS OF MR. BRUCE BRISKY OR PAUL? LIKE, I LIKE TO CALL HIM CAUSE IT'S EASY.

ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR PRESENTATION TONIGHT, SIR.

ALL RIGHT.

AT THIS TIME, WE'LL MOVE INTO THE PUBLIC COMMENT.

THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THOSE SITTING.

YES.

THERE'S ANOTHER ITEM ON THE AGENDA BEFORE THAT.

WHERE WAS IT? THE PARK DEPARTMENT.

YEP.

THE ASSISTANT PARKS DIRECTOR WANTED DIDN'T HE PARKS AND RECREATION MASTER PLAN.

YUP.

ANGLE.

DO WE HAVE, UM, THAT REPORT READY, QUEUED UP HERE.

I DON'T HAVE ANY PRESENTATION, BUT JUST TO BE A QUICK VERBAL.

SO THAT'S A TOUGH ACT TO FOLLOW.

PAUL DOES A GREAT JOB AS OUR CITY FORESTER.

HE'S ALSO OUR HORTICULTURALISTS, UH, AND HE'S VERY ACTIVE IN A LOT OF COMMUNITY EVENTS LIKE, UH, PARTNERING WITH MISSOURI CITY GREEN.

WE DID THE ELECTRONICS RECYCLING THIS PAST WEEKEND.

A LOT OF THOSE THINGS BEYOND JUST THE TREES AND PLANTS ARE THINGS THAT POLICY ACTIVELY INVOLVED WITH.

SO WHEN TO RECOGNIZE HIM FOR HIS SERVICE AND EVERYTHING HE DOES FOR MISSOURI CITY.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

AND WHILE WE'RE AT IT, DID YOU HAVE ANYTHING ELSE FOR US ON TONIGHT? YES, SIR.

YEAH.

I'M GOING TO GIVE YOU A BRIEF UPDATE ON THE MASTER PLAN.

OKAY.

SO PARKS AND RECREATION IS, UH, WE'VE HIRED A CONSULTANT MH AS PLANNING AND DESIGN, UH, TO HELP US DO A NEW MASTER PLAN.

THOSE ARE IN THE WORLD OF PARKS AND REC.

IT'S ABOUT A 10 YEAR STUDY AND IT GIVES US KIND OF A ROADMAP, YOU KNOW, GUIDELINES OF WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO OVER THOSE NEXT 10 YEARS.

UM, AND THEN IT'S REVISITED AT THE FIVE TO SEVEN YEAR MARK BECAUSE A LOT OF THINGS CHANGE OVER THE COURSE OF THOSE YEARS AS HAS THIS MOST RECENT ONE.

SO THE CITY HAS AN EXISTING MASTER PLAN FOR PARKS AND RECREATION AND THAT'S, SYSTEM-WIDE, THAT'S ALL PARKS FACILITIES, UH, RECREATION PROGRAMS. IT'S A, IT'S A BROAD SCOPE LOOK AT OUR TOTAL OPERATIONS

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AND IT ACTIVELY HAS, UH, IT SOLICITS COMMUNITY INPUT AS WELL.

THE LAST ONE WAS DONE IN 2015.

SO WE WERE DUE TO TAKE ANOTHER LOOK NOW AND WE FELT IT WAS A GOOD TIME TO CHANGE AND, AND, UM, UPDATE THE NEW ONE.

SO WE ARE FAIRLY NEW INTO THE PROCESS.

UM, MEANING WE HIRED THE CONSULTANT, I BELIEVE IN DECEMBER.

THAT'S WHEN I STARTED WITH THE CITY.

UH, WE HAD AN EXECUTED CONTRACT BY JANUARY AND THEN WE HAD A GAME PLAN BY THE BEGINNING OF FEBRUARY.

SO ESSENTIALLY WHAT WE'VE DONE SO FAR IS, UH, PRETTY MUCH FOLD.

SO THE FIRST WAS WE STARTED DOING COMMUNITY FOCUS GROUPS BECAUSE WE COULDN'T ACTIVELY HAVE COMMUNITY, UH, FORUMS WHERE THEY GATHERED IN PERSON.

UH, AND WE HAD SEVEN OF THOSE DURING THE FIRST WEEK, FIRST, A WEEK AND A HALF OF FEBRUARY.

AND VERY THANKFUL WE DID THAT AHEAD OF TIME, UH, BEFORE THE WINTER STORM, BUT THAT GAVE US A LOT OF GREAT FEEDBACK FROM A DIFFERENT CROWD AND A LOT OF DIFFERENT CROSS SECTIONS.

UH, THROUGH THE CITY, THERE WAS LOTS OF DIFFERENT GROUPS.

UM, FROM THERE WE STARTED OUR COMMUNITY SURVEY AND THAT WENT OUT THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNELS THROUGH OUR, UH, PARKS AND RECREATION EMAIL DATABASE, WHICH HAS OVER 6,000 NAMES.

UH, WE SENT IT OUT THROUGH A, THE PEACH JAR, WHICH IS THE WAY THE SCHOOLS ALLOW OUTSIDE ENTITIES TO, UH, ADVERTISE PROGRAMS AND THINGS THEY HAVE GOING ON.

AND I'M PLEASED TO SAY THAT THAT SURVEY JUST ENDED, UH, YESTERDAY, UH, AFTER ABOUT FOUR WEEKS.

AND WE HAD ALMOST A THOUSAND RESPONSES, WHICH SPEAKING WE WERE VERY PLEASED WITH.

SO WE JUST PRESENTED THAT TO THE, UH, TWO MHS TODAY, THERE'LL BE COMPILING THAT.

AND THE THIRD THING IS THEY WERE PUTTING TOGETHER WHAT WE CALL A LEVEL OF SERVICE PLAN FOR US.

WE HAD AN EXISTING ONE IN THE 2015 MASTER PLAN.

AND BASICALLY WHAT THAT, WHAT THAT SAYS IS A, HOW, HOW MUCH, HOW FREQUENTLY DO WE MOW CERTAIN PARKS ARE SOME OF THEM HIGHER, HIGHER FREQUENCY.

UH, SOME OF THEM METAL, SOME OF THEM LOWER, UH, THINGS LIKE THAT, BUT IT'S ALSO, UM, GETS INTO NUMBER OF FACILITIES, A NUMBER OF, UH, CERTAIN TYPES OF PARKS PER ACRE OR PER THOUSAND PEOPLE.

SO THERE'S DIFFERENT METRICS THAT COME OUT OF THEM.

UM, THEY'VE PUT TOGETHER THAT LEVEL OF SERVICE PLAN WITH THE HELP OF THE PARKS MAINTENANCE DEPARTMENT, AS WELL AS URBAN FORESTRY.

AND THAT WILL BE INCORPORATED INTO THE FOURTH POINT I'LL MAKE.

AND FOURTH AND FINAL POINT IS THEY'RE PUTTING TOGETHER A DRAFT OF THE FINAL MASTER PLAN.

NOW IT HAS STILL HAS A LONG WAY TO GO.

WE FIGURED IT'S GOING TO BE ABOUT A SIX MONTH PROCESS.

UH, WE WERE EXPECTING TO FINISH, UH, HOPEFULLY HAVE A, AN APPROVED, FINISHED PRODUCT, OR AT LEAST BEFORE, UH, UH, BOARDS AND CITY COUNCIL BY JUNE OR JULY.

UH, AND RIGHT NOW IT LOOKS LIKE WE'RE ON TRACK FOR THAT.

SO THAT PRETTY MUCH CONCLUDES, UH, MY VERBAL PRESENTATION UPDATE OF THE PLAN.

BUT IF ANY OF YOU TOOK THE SURVEY OR PARTICIPATE IN THE FOCUS GROUPS, WE CERTAINLY APPRECIATE YOUR HELP AND YOUR ACTIVE PARTICIPATION.

AND WE'LL BE BACK WITH MORE INFORMATION SOON AS WE HAVE.

THAT CONCLUDES MY REPORT FOR TONIGHT.

AND IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, I WELCOME.

I JUST HAVE ONE, ONE COMMENT.

AND IF THE OTHER COMMISSIONERS DO, THEN WE'LL DEFINITELY HEAR FROM THEM.

YOU MENTIONED THAT YOU GUYS ARE WORKING ON A MATRIX, SO THAT YOU'RE, YOU HAVE ONE, BUT YOU'RE SHORING IT UP.

AND THAT IT, THAT MATRIX DETERMINES WHEN YOU'RE GOING TO MOW OR WHEN YOU'RE GOING TO CLEAN UP.

I FREQUENTLY WALK ALMOST ALL OF THE PARKS AND, BUT MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE PARKING, YES, I'M GOING TO DO A SELFISH PLUG HERE IS, IS THE BUFFALO RUN PARK.

IT IS JUST VERY, VERY NATURE RISK, AND IT'S BEAUTIFUL, BUT OFTENTIMES I AM OUT THERE AND IT IS SO OVERGROWN AND IT LOOKS BAD.

SO I DON'T KNOW IF MAYBE IN THE MATRIX YOU GUYS CAN CONSIDER PUTTING SOMETHING IN PLACE, YOU KNOW, BASED ON, YOU KNOW, THE, THE NATURE RISTIC VALUE OF THESE PARKS, BECAUSE THAT ONE IS IT'S LARGE AND THEN IT'S JUST A LOT OF IT.

SO IT QUICKLY OVERGROWS.

IS THAT SOMETHING YOU CAN CONSIDER? YEAH.

I, AND A FOLLOW UP QUESTION THAT, ARE YOU, ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT, UH, LIKE THE MORE FORESTED AREAS THAT PERHAPS HAVE A LOT MORE, UM, MORE DENSE GROWTH IN THE UNDERSTORY? YES, YES.

EVEN, EVEN ON THE TRAILS, UM, THAT MOST OF THE TRAIL LANES, UM, ESPECIALLY IN THE MORE FORESTY PARTS OF THEM, THE GRASS, THE CRAB GRASS, IF YOU WILL, HAS GROWN SO FAR OVER ONTO THE TRAILS, IT'S NARROWED THEM.

IT'S MADE THEM SMALLER AND SMALLER, UNLIKE THE DIRT TRAILS YES.

ON THE DIRT TRAILS.

WELL, I CAN TELL YOU THAT'S A, I MEAN, IT'S A VALID POINT.

BOTH OF THEM, UH, IT I'LL START WITH THE TREES FIRST.

THAT'S KIND OF A FOREST STREET ASPECT.

AND TO BE PERFECTLY HONEST, UH, WE JUST DON'T HAVE ENOUGH STAFF TO KEEP UP WITH ALL

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THE WORK THAT WE NEED TO DO.

WHAT I CAN TELL YOU THOUGH, IS THAT PAUL AND JOSE AND OUR PARKS CREW, THEY DO THEIR BEST TO KEEP ON TOP OF THOSE AREAS AND GET TO THOSE AREAS.

NOW THERE'S ALWAYS SOME KIND OF A COMPETING, UM, PROJECT THAT TENDS TO COME UP AND DIVERTS OUR ATTENTION TO.

SO I'M JUST GIVING YOU A CONTEXT THAT SOMETIMES WE DON'T GET TO THOSE AREAS AS MUCH AS WE'D LIKE, BUT CERTAINLY BRING IT TO OUR ATTENTION.

IF YOU EVER HAVE QUESTIONS ON SPECIFIC AREA, PERHAPS WE HAVE A PLAN FOR IT, PERHAPS IT'S ON A ROTATION AND WE JUST HAVEN'T GOTTEN TO IT, BUT AT LEAST WE CAN EDUCATE YOU AS TO THE PLANS, OR IF WE DON'T HAVE AN EXISTING PLAN, MAYBE IT'S SOMETHING WE CAN INCORPORATE.

AND ON THE TRAILS, UH, THAT'S A, THAT'S A NEVER ENDING BATTLE THERE.

UH, AND I TOTALLY UNDERSTAND IT.

THE DIRT TRAILS TYPICALLY DON'T GET AS MUCH OR AS MUCH FREQUENT, UH, MAINTENANCE ATTENTION IS SAY A GRASSY AREA NEAR A PLAYGROUND, A PAVILION, OR A RESTROOM, A PARKING LOT OR SIDEWALKS.

UM, IT'S KIND OF A THING WHERE THERE'S PASSIVE USAGE AND THERE'S MORE ACTIVE USAGE.

AND THE ACTIVE USAGE USUALLY HAS MORE HEAVY USAGE.

AND JUST STATISTICALLY SPEAKING ABOUT NUMBER OF PEOPLE, THOSE, THOSE ARE MORE LIKELY TO GET THE MORE FREQUENT USAGE OR MORE FREQUENT MAINTENANCE VERSUS A PASSIVE TRAIL.

THAT DOESN'T MEAN THAT TRAIL DOESN'T GET USED, BUT THAT'S KIND OF THE THINKING AT THE BROAD OVERVIEW OF THE WAY WE PUT THAT IN, BUT IT'S SOMETHING WE ALWAYS WANT TO TAKE A LOOK AT AND REEVALUATE, REEVALUATE JUST IN CASE, YOU KNOW, MAYBE THINGS.

YEAH, WE'LL DEFINITELY PUT THAT INTO THE, TO THE THOUGHT PROCESS.

I SURE WOULD APPRECIATE IT, ESPECIALLY WITH US, UM, TRYING TO FIND A WAY TO GET MORE FAMILY.

WELL, WE HAVE A LOT OF FAMILIES, BUT MORE YOUNGER PEOPLE THIS WAY.

THEY LOVE TO WALK.

AND SO IT'S JUST THE THOUGHT PROCESS.

MY 2 CENTS I'M DONE.

NO, I APPRECIATE THAT.

YOU BRING UP AN INTERESTING POINT AND I'LL END WITH, THIS IS ONE OF THE BLESSINGS.

ONE OF THE REALLY GOOD THINGS THAT I THINK IS A PARKS AND REC CREATIVE PRACTITIONER FOR OVER 20 YEARS.

ACTUALLY, I HAVE SOME FORESTRY BACKGROUND TOO, IS ONE OF THE COOL THINGS THAT CAME OUT OF THIS COVID THING IS PEOPLE STARTED TO REALLY START TO RECONNECT WITH NATURE AND UNDERSTAND THAT I NEED A RESPITE.

I NEED A PARKS AND OPEN SPACE, A PLACE, UH, IF NOT FOR EXERCISE, BUT FOR MENTAL HEALTH.

AND JUST BEYOND THAT, THERE'S GENERAL EMPLOYMENT ENJOYMENT FOR THE FAMILY.

SO I THINK THERE'S A REAL OPPORTUNITY FOR PARKS AND RECREATION, PREK PRACTITIONERS, UH, TO RECONNECT WITH COMMUNITIES AND BRING IT BACK TO PEOPLE'S FOREFRONT.

THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT AND YOU SHOULD ACTIVELY BE A PART OF THE PROCESS AND ENJOY WHAT YOU HAVE.

MISSOURI CITY HAS A GREAT PARK SYSTEM.

DOES COMMISSIONERS, DOES ANYONE ELSE HAVE ANY QUESTIONS? UH, I HAVE ONE REAL QUICK.

THIS COMMISSIONER LUCAS, UM, ARE THE PARKS DEPARTMENT, THE ONES THAT MAINTAIN THE PARKS IN THE ESPANADE, OR IS IT, UM, PRIVATE CONTRACTORS THAT THE CITY HIRED IT CUT OUT JUST FOR A SECOND.

WHERE WAS THE LOCATION AGAIN? NO, JUST THE PARKS DEPARTMENT, UM, MAINTAIN THE PARKS AND ESPLANADES, OR DOES THE CITY HIRE PRIVATE CONTRACTORS TO DO THAT? UM, IT'S A LITTLE BIT OF BOTH.

WE DO HAVE A CONTRACT WITH, UH, WITH THE LANDSCAPE COMPANY THAT DOES A LOT OF THE, WHAT WE CALL MOBILE AND GO, UH, THEY HANDLE THE BULK OF IT, BUT WE DO HAVE SOME FOLKS IN INTERNALLY THAT HANDLE THAT AS WELL, MOWING, TRIMMING, BLOWING.

UM, IT'S A LITTLE BIT OF A MIX I CAN TELL YOU THAT CITYWIDE.

I THINK WE HAVE, ACCORDING TO OUR CONTRACT WITH THAT COMPANY, WE'VE IDENTIFIED WHAT WE CALL 67 AREAS.

NOW THAT DOESN'T MEAN WE HAVE 67 PARKS.

IT'S JUST SOME OF THAT, UH, IS THE, A FEW RIGHT OF WAYS, UH, THAT PAUL HAD MENTIONED MAJORITY OF HIS PARKS, SOME OF HIS FACILITIES, UH, SOME OF IT, OUR CITY FACILITIES THAT ARE NOT OVERSEEN OR OPERATED BY THE PARKS DEPARTMENT, SUCH AS CITY HALL, BUT WE STILL MAINTAIN THOSE OR AT LEAST A PORTION OF THOSE GROUNDS.

DO YOU THINK YOU CAN ASK SOME OF THOSE, UM, PRIVATE CONTRACTORS AS A FAVOR FOR GIVING THEM BUSINESS FOR SO LONG TO MAYBE DO SOME OF THAT FREE OF COST? I'M NOT SURE WHAT YOU'RE ASKING.

I'M SORRY.

I DIDN'T QUITE FOLLOW.

UH, I WAS ASKING, DO YOU THINK, UH, YOU COULD ASK SOME OF THOSE CONTRACTORS TO COME IN SINCE YOU SAID THEY'RE SHORT ON STAFF.

IF THEY WILL COME IN AND DO ONE OR TWO AREA FREE OF COST.

OH, UH, FREE OF COST.

SORRY THAT PART HAD CUT OUT.

I MEAN, IT'S CERTAINLY SOMETHING WE CAN LOOK INTO.

I CAN TELL YOU THAT IT'S NOT A GENERAL PRACTICE OR SOMETHING THAT WE TYPICALLY DO.

UM, HEY, BUT YOU KNOW, FREE LABOR IS FREE LABOR AND YOU NEVER KNOW.

SO MAYBE THAT'S SOMETHING WE'RE LOOKING AT.

UM, YOU KNOW, MAJORITY OF OUR PROPERTIES ARE PRETTY MUCH ON A SET, WHAT WE CALL A SEVEN DAY CYCLE.

MOST OF OUR, WHAT WE CALL A CATEGORY ONE AND THEY GET THE MOST FREQUENT ATTENTION, BUT THERE ARE OTHER AREAS THAT, UH, ARE NOT AS POPULATED AND NOT USE AS MUCH.

AND THEY KIND OF GO DOWN TO TIER TWO AND TIER.

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OKAY.

THANK YOU.

YOU BET.

THANK YOU.

ARE THERE ANY OTHER COMMISSIONER QUESTIONS? OKAY.

SEEING NONE.

I WANTED TO CIRCLE BACK TO, UM, THE CITY ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT, UM, TO SEE IF HE WAS ABLE TO GET HIS MIKE BACK TOGETHER.

YES, SIR.

HI, JEREMY.

UH, SORRY ABOUT THAT.

I'M ON MY PHONE NOW.

SO THINGS SHOULD BE BETTER.

ALL RIGHT.

SO, UM, GOOD EVENING COMMISSIONERS.

UH, TXDOT HAS PLANS TO ADD MEDIANS TO FM 10 92, UH, FROM HIGHWAY SIX TO US, 59, UH, THE ENGINEERING DIVISION ON JANUARY 19TH PRESENTED THE PROJECT TO CITY COUNCIL AND GOT A LOT OF FEEDBACK.

UH, SINCE THEN, WE'VE ALSO HAD MANY COMMUNICATIONS WITH TECH STOCKS TO HELP ADDRESS, UH, MANY CONCERNS FROM THE PUBLIC.

SO ON MARCH 17TH ON MARCH 17TH, THERE WILL BE A PUBLIC MEETING HELD CONCERNING THIS PROJECT.

UH, IT WILL BE HELD AT COMMUNITY CENTER AND THERE'S, UH, SIGNS POSTED THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY.

SOME OF YOU MAY HAVE NOTICED, UH, THIS IS THE PROJECT THAT THOSE SIGNS WERE REFERRING TO.

UH, BUT MORE INFORMATION ON, UH, THIS MEETING CAN BE FOUND ON THE WEBSITE.

AND, UH, IF ANY OF THE COMMISSIONERS HAVE ANY ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS, I'M HERE TO ANSWER THEM.

ANYONE HAVE QUESTIONS OF JEREMY DAVIS? NO, I RECEIVED THE EMAILS, SO I READ UP ON IT.

SO, NO, I DON'T HAVE ANY QUESTIONS.

THIS IS COMMISSIONER OVERTON.

TELL ME AGAIN ABOUT THE MARCH MEETING ELLIS.

I WAS DRIFTING OFF, SORRY.

OH, NO.

SO WE'RE HAVING A PUBLIC MEETING ON MARCH 17TH, UH, WHERE THE PUBLIC AND BUSINESS OWNERS THAT ARE GOING TO BE EFFECTED BY THE FM 10 92 PROJECT, UH, TO ADD MEDIANS ARE ALLOWED TO COME.

UH, IT'LL BE HELD IN THE CENTER AND WE'LL HAVE THE FORT BEND AREA ENGINEER FROM TXDOT.

AND, UH, HE'LL BE ATTENDING VIRTUALLY THAT SOMEBODY NOT IN THE FIRST STATEMENT, UH, BUT MORE INFORMATION ON, UH, THIS MEETING WILL BE ON THE WEB, THE MISSOURI CITY WEBSITE.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

THIS IS COMMISSIONER BRIGHTWELL.

I ADD A QUICK QUESTION IF I MAY.

YES, SIR.

PLEASE.

SO THE REQUEST FOR MEDIUMS IS THAT FROM MISSOURI CITY AND STAFFORD, OR IS THAT TXDOT DECIDING TO DO THAT? UH, SO THAT WAS TECH STOCK.

UH, THEY DECIDED TO DO THAT BASED OFF OF, UH, UH, FOR THEM IT'S A SAFETY PROJECT.

UH, THEY, I GUESS THEY RAN A, UH, A STUDY AND SHOWED A LOT OF CRASHES THAT MANY OF THE INTERSECTIONS ALONG FM 10 92, AND THEY DECIDED TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THIS PROJECT.

OKAY.

SO THEN DOES THAT INCLUDE EXPANSION EXPANSION OF PAVING INTO THE EXISTING RIGHT-A-WAY PARTICULARLY DOWN, UM, TOWARDS HIGHWAY SIX OR TOWARDS, UH, SIX? NO.

SO THIS PROJECT WILL ONLY AFFECT THE MEDIANS.

UH, THERE'LL BE RAISED MEDIANS THROUGHOUT THE ROADWAY, AND WE ALSO WERE ABLE TO ADD IN A LANDSCAPE ART, WELL, NOT THE LANDSCAPING ITSELF, BUT THE PREPARATION FOR LANDSCAPING.

SO IN A FEW AREAS THROUGHOUT THE MISSOURI CITY SIDE, THEY'RE GOING TO BE EXCAVATING THE ROAD AND ADDING SOME IRRIGATION, PLEASE FOR US, UH, FREE OF CHARGE.

RIGHT.

SO BASICALLY WE'RE GOING TO GET WHAT WE HAD DONE ON HIGHWAY SIX UNTIL WE GO INTO THE, CLEAN IT UP AND DIG IT BACK OUT AND PUT IT LANDSCAPING.

UH, YES, WE WOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE LANDSCAPING.

THEY'RE JUST PUTTING EVERYTHING IN PLACE.

SO, UH, WE CAN COME BACK IN THE FUTURE FOR THAT PROJECT.

ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU, SIR.

AND WHAT TIME IS THAT MEETING? IS IT AT SEVEN? I MEAN, OR IS THAT THE ONE IT'S TWO O'CLOCK.

UH, SO IT'S FROM TWO TO FOUR AND IT'S REALLY MORE OF A, UM, UH, WE'LL HAVE THE PLANS SPREAD OUT THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY CENTER AND PEOPLE ARE FREE TO COME IN AND OUT AS THEY PLEASE AND ASK THE QUESTIONS.

WE'LL HAVE A QUESTION PODIUM.

UM, YES, THAT IS THE MEETING TWO TO FOUR.

HEY JAMIE, CAN YOU JUST SEND THE EMAIL OUT TO THE COMMISSION SO THEY'LL HAVE IT.

COOL.

THANKS.

THANKS PROBABLY.

WELL, I APPRECIATE THAT.

AND THANK YOU JAMIE FOR THAT.

ARE THERE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS OF JEREMY, MR. DAVIS, AS ALWAYS? I THANK YOU SO MUCH.

OKAY.

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HANEY.

I THINK WE'RE BACK IN OUR RIGHT SPOT.

ALL RIGHT.

AT THIS TIME, THIS IS THE PUBLIC COMMENT TIME.

UM, IF THERE'S ANYONE IN THE AUDIENCE OR THAT'S ON THE CALL THAT WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK WITH THE COMMISSIONER IN REGARDS TO SOME MATTER THAT MAY NOT BE ON THE AGENDA.

NOW'S THE TIME, UH, JIMA IS THERE ANYONE? WE DO NOT HAVE ANYONE TO SPEAK.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

ITEM SIX.

[CONSENT AGENDA]

THE PLATS WERE AT THE CONSENT AGENDA ON TONIGHT.

ALL THESE CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS ARE CONSIDERED ROUTINE BY THE PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION.

MOUSEOVER.

HOLD ON.

I CAN'T SEE MY SCREEN.

ALL RIGHT.

ONE WILL CONSIDER AN APPLICATION FOR A PRELIMINARY PLAT FOR SIANNA PLANTATION, SECTION 45 EIGHT TO CONSIDER AN APPLICATION OR A FINAL PLAT FOR SIANNA SECTION 19 THREE.

CONSIDER AN APPLICATION FOR A FINAL PLAT FOR SIANNA SECTION 36 FOR CONSIDER AN APPLICATION FOR A FINAL PLAT FOR SHIPMENTS CODE, SECTION TWO FIVE, CONSIDER AN APPLICATION FOR SEATTLE DEVELOPMENT CENTER.

REPLAT NUMBER ONE.

IS THERE A MOTION? OKAY.

WAS THAT HANEY THAT MOVED IT? YES.

OKAY.

OKAY.

THANK YOU, MR. BRIGHTWELL, IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION, ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SIGNIFY BY SAYING AYE.

AYE, AYE.

AS WELL.

ARE THERE ANY KNOWS VERY WELL THAT MOTION CARRIES UNANIMOUSLY.

[7.A. PLANNED DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT]

WE'LL MOVE NOW TO ITEM SEVEN, A ZONING MAP AMENDMENTS NUMBER EIGHT ON TONIGHT, WE'LL CONSIDER APPROVING A FINAL REPORT FOR A REQUEST BY H PAUL DODD NUQUEST PROPERTIES TO ZONE AND APPROXIMATE 75.58 ACRE TRACT OF LAND TO PD DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT TO ALLOW FOR MIXED USE.

JENNIFER YOU MEAN COMMISSIONERS? CAN YOU HEAR ME? YES, MA'AM.

OKAY.

UH, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

THANK YOU.

THIS IS, UH, A REQUEST FOR A PLAN DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT, UM, FOR A PROPERTY AT THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF THE FORT BEND PARKWAY AND HIGHWAY SIX.

UH, THE PUBLIC HEARING FOR THIS ZONING AMENDMENT, UH, WAS HELD IN OCTOBER.

AND, UH, THIS WAS PRESENTED TO YOU THEN, UH, SINCE THAT TIME, UH, THE DEVELOPER NEWQUEST PROPERTIES, UH, HAS WORKED WITH STAFF, UH, TO DEVELOP, UH, PROPOSED REGULATIONS THAT ARE BEING PRESENTED TO YOU TONIGHT, UH, FOR THE MIXED USE DEVELOPMENT, UM, FOR THIS PLAN DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT.

UH, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO THIS IS THE OVERALL CONCEPT THAT, UH, NUQUEST IS LOOKING TO ADD TO, UH, AT THAT INTERSECTION.

UH, THE COMMISSION IS, UH, VERY FAMILIAR WITH THE VERY FIRST A FOUR GRAND TOWN CENTER THAT WAS CONSTRUCTED, UM, PROBABLY ABOUT 15 YEARS AGO, UH, WITH THE PROGRESS CENTER OR THE KROGER, A GROCERY STORE AS THE ANCHOR OF THAT SHOPPING CENTER.

IT'S ON THE SOUTHWEST CORNER AND INCLUDES A COMMERCIAL PATH SITES ALONG A HIGHWAY SIX, AND THEN THE, UH, KROGER ANCHOR IN INLINE, UH, COMMERCIAL RETAIL STORES, UM, ACROSS FROM THAT ON THE NORTH WEST CORNER, UM, OF THE SAME INTERSECTION, UH, NUQUEST IS WORKING TO DEVELOP, UH, WHAT IS BEING CALLED THE FORT BEN TOWN CENTER TO, UH, WITH CINEMARK THEATER, UM, AS THE PRIMARY ANCHOR OF THAT CENTER.

UH, IT WOULD ALSO HAVE, UH, IN WINE STORES AS WELL AS, UH, PAD SITES, UH, OPPORTUNITIES FOR A RESTAURANT, A RETAIL AND COMMERCIAL, UM, TO, UH, PROVIDE, UH, FOR THE REGION AND ALSO FOR OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY.

AND THEN THE SUBJECT OF THIS SONY CASE TONIGHT, UM, IS GOING TO BE THE THIRD PIECE, UH, TO WHAT A NEW QUEST IS TERMING AS THE REGIONAL ESSENTIAL CENTER.

UM, AGAIN, YOU KNOW, PROVIDING A MIX AND RANGE OF COMMERCIAL RETAIL USES THAT, UH, RESIDENTS HAVE A DESIRED, UM, AND THAT ALSO FIT INTO A LARGER NOTE, UM, FOR THIS MARKET THAT'S TO PROVIDE ENTERTAINMENT, UM, OPPORTUNITIES, UM, AS WELL AS WORK CREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES, UM, UH, IN A CRITICAL, UH, PIECE, UH, IN OUR CITY.

UH, SO THIS IS THE OVERALL VIEW OF, OF THAT REGIONAL ESSENTIAL CENTER.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

SO LOOKING AT THE BROAD PICTURE OF HOW THIS PIECE FITS INTO, UH, THE DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITY IN THE CITY, UH,

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THE COMMISSION SHOULD CONSIDER THIS, UM, AS YOU'VE LOOKED AT OTHER PIECES ALONG THAT FORK PARKWAY CORRIDOR, UM, INCLUDING OTHER PLANNED DEVELOPMENT DISTRICTS, UH, THAT HAVE BEEN PROPOSED ALONG WITH CORRIDOR OR MIXED USE, UH, NOTED ON THIS MAP AS THE PARKWAY CROSSING, UM, AS EVERYONE'S FAMILIAR WITH THE AMAZON FULFILLMENT CENTER, THAT'S CURRENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION, UM, IN THE EMPLOYMENT GENERATING USES THAT, UH, THE CITY EXPECTS TO SEE, UH, FROM THAT, UH, DEVELOPMENT ALONG THE CORRIDOR, UH, THIS WILL BE AN ADDITIONAL PIECE, UH, THAT, UH, PROVIDES NEEDED INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS, UM, AS WELL AS THOSE DESIRED AMENITIES, UH, THAT KIND OF FIT INTO, UH, THE, THE CITY'S OVERALL PICTURE FOR, UH, DEVELOPMENT WITHIN THE CITY AND IN OUR REMAINING, UH, AREAS THAT HAVE NOT BEEN DEVELOPED OUT AS YET.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

SO I'M GOING TO GO OVER THE STAFF RECOMMENDATIONS.

UM, WE DO HAVE REPRESENTATIVES FROM NUQUEST, UM, ON THE LINE.

UH, SO IF THERE ARE ANY QUESTIONS OR NEED FOR CLARIFICATION, UM, THEY ARE HERE TO PROVIDE THAT AS WELL.

UM, BUT I'M GOING TO GO THROUGH THE RECOMMENDATIONS WITH, UM, SOME SLIGHT CHANGES TO THE STAFF REPORT, UM, THAT HAVE RESULTED FROM THE CONVERSATIONS