TEI helped Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) 27 develop a shared vision and an action plan to make Montrose the premier walk- and bike-friendly neighborhood in Houston. The adopted plan is helping the TIRZ build a network of safe neighborhood streets, high comfort bikeways, and great sidewalks to support its vision.
Montrose is an historic community with a unique character and a full slate of amenities which allow residents to accomplish daily needs without relying on a vehicle, all within 20 minutes. However, the existing infrastructure is in poor condition – unsafe and uncomfortable – discouraging many people from walking or bicycling.
TEI completed an extensive assessment of baseline conditions, to create a GIS-based Network Planner Tool that maps, tracks, analyzes, and communicates progress of this Plan and future reconstruction projects. The Network Planner Tool includes a detailed review of area destinations, transit activity, crash hotspots, and community characteristics to define network importance and project prioritization. The Tool can be used to help prioritize investments by the TIRZ, and collect feedback from the community about new project opportunities.
The Action Plan details short-term projects to be implemented within the next five years, followed by long term visions for key corridors. The plan was developed with an eye towards building out a network to improve connectivity instead of piecemeal project development.
The plan highlights opportunities to collaborate with key agencies and stakeholders. The TIRZ is currently developing future funding partnerships.