The people of Houston overwhelmingly agree on one thing, according to the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) Our Great Region 2040 survey of 8,000 people across race, gender, and urban or rural boundaries. 81% of respondents say they agree or strongly agree with the following statement related to strategies for preserving the region’s wetlands, forests, prairies and shorelines:
“I would support stricter regulations to prevent development in these areas, even if it meant there would be less land available for new housing and businesses.”
However, the H-GAC Transportation Policy Council (TPC) will vote whether to supply $500,000 of a necessary $2,000,000 to study the development of a newly proposed road across the Katy Prairie. This road would be 10 miles further away from the job and population centers of the Houston region than the Grand Parkway. The proposed Highway 36A would threaten the entire historic Katy Prairie and may also threaten the health of conservation lands.
The Transportation Policy Council will meet this Friday, February 28, 9:30 am at 3555 Timmons to discuss this proposal:
Action is needed now.
You can attend this meeting and will have an opportunity to speak during the public comment period or you can write an email.
The Katy Prairie Conservancy and other conservation groups insist upon the following:
+ Under no circumstances should the roadway cross conservation lands.
+ No proposed roadways should negatively impact or degrade current or projected conservation lands.
Houston Tomorrow and others do not believe that this proposed study is a wise use of public funds. Write the TPC today to oppose another wasteful highway across the Katy Prairie. We oppose this public expenditure.
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