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What is ARCS?
The Aldine Region Comprehensive Study (ARCS) consolidates past planning efforts for community improvement to create a prioritized list of projects for Harris County to implement.
There have been several studies conducted for the Aldine Region over the last 20 years, offering a variety of recommendations for infrastructure and community improvement. Not all of these recommendations have been implemented. Through public input and technical analysis, ARCS will revisit these past proposals and deliver the Aldine Region a plan for project implementation.
Throughout this process, your input is needed to reach a vision, define goals, fill in gaps, and prioritize past proposals.
The first outreach meeting was held in January 2022 and the second set of meetings will be held in the early spring.
The main goal of the public meetings is to understand where gaps exist. All meetings present the same materials, and consist of a presentation followed by breakout group discussion. You can view a recording of the meetings in the links below.
Public input and metrics for the goals will determine how we measure and prioritize. The projects, policies, or programs with the most public support and positive impact to the Aldine area will top the list.
T1 Increase the accessibility, reach, and frequency of regional transportation services.
T2 Increase safety and accessibility of bike and pedestrian networks.
T3 Develop a connected transportation network within the district.
H1 Offer more accessible and affordable housing.
H2 Increase home ownership and maintenance.
H3 Increase density.
P1 Provide an equitable distribution of quality public spaces.
P2 Increase access to and connectivity between parks.
P3 Preserve and protect natural resources, ecosystems, and waterways.
C1 Invest in resident education and social engagement.
C2 Cultivate a robust sense of place through cultural and artistic expression.
C3 Foster a prosperous regional economy.
C4 Build community wealth at a local scale.
Q1 Reduce impacts of flooding and other climate emergencies.
Q2 Improve community safety.
Q3 Improve public health.
Q4 Improve water and sewer systems.
Q5 Beautify neighborhoods and improve nuisance abatement.
Goals and Metrics
We are using metrics to measure the impacts of potential projects, policies, and programs.
A good set of metrics leads to the following list of results:
ADDRESSING COMMUNITY NEEDS
Setting goals helps us define metrics that we can use to measure how well projects meet the needs of the community.
When goals and metrics accurately portray the needs of the community, they will help us select and prioritize projects that will do the most good in the places with the most need.
COLLABORATIVE & TRANSPARENT RELATIONSHIPS
Metrics that help select and prioritize projects build trust when they can be easily explained to the public and other partners [local and regional governments, non-profits, etc.] through the framework of community consensus around goals.
ACCOUNTABLE PROCESSES & IMPLEMENTATION
These metrics can also be used for monitoring progress, not just making initial decisions. By using metrics to set priorities, we are able to track the success of projects and ensure that future project proposals align with the needs of the community.
The ARCS goals are designed to help project partners decide which projects to build. For example, a street construction project can meet more than one goal and benefit the community in many ways.
Project Study Area
Aldine is a diverse region with many organizations representing residents and businesses
The project study area consists of three Management Districts:
Although this study is being led by Harris County, recommendations will also be included for parts of the study area that are within the City of Houston and labeled as partnership opportunities between the County and the City.
There are multiple phases for this study, each with a different focus that builds toward creating the prioritized list of projects.
Some of the projects that have been proposed through various studies over the last 20 years have been implemented, but some have become obsolete or are still waiting to be started years later. To maximize the community benefit of the investment in the Aldine Region going forward, we need to consolidate these recommendations into a single list, deconflict them, and identify where the gaps are or where additional projects are needed. We will identify gaps through a combination of public input and area analysis.
The final goal of the study is to present a prioritized list of projects, policies, and programs that are ready to be implemented, but we cannot do this without your help.
Throughout the process, we will be meeting with elected officials, local stakeholders, advocacy groups, and area residents. We will host several rounds of public outreach, which will include a series of public meetings for Aldine residents, tenants, businesses, and community groups and leaders to weigh in and influence County decisions that will impact this community’s quality of life for many years to come.
Learn More About Your
ARCS Project Team
Harris County Department of Engineering
HillDay Public Relations, Inc.
Get Involved & Stay Informed!
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