Planning in Gulfton
The Gulfton Kick-Off was successful! It was held on Thursday, November 9, 2017. Attendance was estimated to be 180 or more. Thank you to all who participated in the event! Lots of partners 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 February 2018.
“A Complete Community Is . . . ”
We heard the voices of Gulfton, and this is what they said
Mayor Sylvester Turner addressing the audience
Team Lead: Tonya Sawyer, Planner IV
Abraham Zorrilla, Planner I
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. Gulfton has existing community plans rich with neighborhood participation and support. Because of its extensive planning work, Gulfton will begin with steps 2-5.
For more information on meeting specifics in Gulfton that are planned or have occurred, click:
November 9, 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 Gulfton 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
Gulfton Super Neighborhood is located just outside of Loop 610, south of US 59 in Southwest Houston. Gulfton is a culturally diverse, international community with over 50 languages spoken and is home to 40,000 residents. Although it includes two small areas of single-family homes, its large apartment complexes dominate the area’s landscape along with scattered commercial and light industrial uses. Most of Gulfton was originally developed as a rural subdivision called Westmoreland Farms. The large acreage parcels and widely-spaced grid pattern of roads made it possible for very large apartment complexes to be built in the area starting in the 1960s.
Often described as the Ellis Island of current time, Gulfton is the most densely populated community in Houston, with about 90 apartment complexes with more than 15,000 units and 71 percent Hispanic residents including immigrants from Mexico and Central America. Although traditionally a Salvadoran and Mexican neighborhood, many immigrants have begun coming from different Latin-American and Middle Eastern countries.
Gulfton is known for its compassion to help new comers into the country, city and area. Gulfton is home to many schools and agencies that provides resources and services to the community.
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