OPPOSITION TO NEW ZONING It’s just the tip of the iceberg

Tulsa’s Form-Based Code may be doomed. Consideration of the Pearl District’s form-based-code and its expanded regulating plan continues ad infinitum. Or does it? After several years of public meetings, planning commission work sessions, countless staff revisions and seemingly endless public hearings, it appears the Tulsa Metropolitan Area Planning Commission has kicked the can down a…

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OUR TRANSPORTATION FUTURE – Part III Justifying transit investments

Do you agree Pubic Transportation should be considered a “core” service? Our comprehensive plan maintains unequivocally that an improved transit system can help us realize our vision for Tulsa because it enables the City to increase tax revenues without extending infrastructure and enables denser development because of a reduced need for parking and roadway widening.…

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OUR TRANSPORTATION FUTURE – Part II We have plans, lot of transportation plans

Transportation strategies, changing gears for the 21st Century Expanding the range of transportation options in the Tulsa area will require a radically different approach to the traditional, auto oriented facility planning and design strategies of the past which primarily focus on auto capacity and relieving traffic congestion. A high level of harmonization must be established…

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OUR TRANSPORTATION FUTURE – Part I Multi-Modal Streets

Let our plan guide future transportation strategies. Tulsa’s road-building legacy and policies of the past have proven to be fiscally unsustainable. Prior to passage of the current Fix Our Streets program, Tulsa’s Complete Our Streets Advisory Council identified approximately $1.1 billion dollars in needed repairs to maintain the city’s streets over the next decade. That…

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A VISION 2 ANALYSIS Haste makes waste

Poor timing, hastefully conceived, suspect priorities. All well-conceived capital improvement plans are necessarily tempered by fiscal realities that demand a rigorous evaluation and prioritization of candidate projects. The City of Tulsa is currently sitting on an unfunded capital improvement wish list in the range of $7 billion dollars, not including the Vision 2 proposals. Obviously…

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LET’S POLISH THE PEARL Despite the vote, form-based code still needed in the Pearl District

Planning Commission Decision is regrettable. PlaniTulsa’s Vision Document describes the kinds of places, economy, housing, parks, open spaces and transportation choices that the city’s policies should be designed to create. It was a product of unprecedented public engagement, developed with the guidance of one of America’s most prestigious planning consultants who led thousands of Tulsans,…

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RENEWING ENTHUSIASM FOR THE “PEOPLE’S PLAN” Seeking a sustainable approach to economic development

  The Vision 2 proposal (extending the Vision 2025 sales tax to the year 2029) includes an economic development component and a quality of life component which begs the question… is there really a difference between the two… economic development and quality of life? The term “economic development” has often been used to describe the…

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HISTORIC PRESERVATION: A NEW PERSPECTIVE Actively securing Tulsa's identity for future generations

I have a new appreciation for historic preservation, here’s why. Historic preservation, smart growth, sustainable development, and new urbanism are terms we seldom hear bandied about by our elected officials in Tulsa. This is an unfortunate fact that needs to change if we are going to meet future challenges for economic growth and development. Make…

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