Dear Chamber Members,
The Chamber’s LDR Committee has worked tirelessly reviewing and communicating updates to our membership and city staff for well over two and half years now. The Chamber’s Mission since 1845 is to Promote and Advocate for Business and Community Development…it’s the reason we were established and we take that seriously. These regulations could affect our businesses ability to do business now and in the future. Our members are not just business owners, but neighbors, employees, young professionals and individuals who have a vested interest in the future of property rights in Galveston. Many members of the City Council made a commitment to the business community to promote a pro-business environment and we are hopeful that they keep their promises. We encourage all businesses to attend the City Council meeting this Thursday at 9:00 a.m. to voice their support of the Chamber’s Resolution.
Here’s what you need to know about Thursday’s meeting:
- http://www.cityofgalveston.org/159/Planning-Department – On this page is a running list of the edits being made to the originally proposed recommendations presented by the Planning Commission. These edits are Council recommendations.
- At the meeting Thursday they will first make a motion to adopt the Planning Commission’s recommendations. Once carried they can then make a motion to make amendments to the document. Those amendments will likely be the edits you see on the website above and any new edits that Council brings forward in the meeting.
- Once approved the new regulations, and the amendment’s recommended by Council that are approved, will immediately take the place of the currently adopted regulations that have been in place since 1991. This is why it is so important to make your voice heard at this meeting! If you cannot attend the meeting in person you can watch it online at http://www.cityofgalveston.org/420/G-TV.
See you Thursday,
Gina M. Spagnola, IOM
RESOLUTION BY THE GALVESTON REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE | REGARDING THE PROPOSED NEW LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS FOR THE CITY OF GALVESTON
At a special called meeting of the Board of Directors of the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce on March 2, 2015 at 3 p.m. with special guests representing the Advocacy Committee and the C-Crew, those in attendance participated in a long a spirited discussion on the current status of the proposed Land Development Regulations for the City of Galveston.
It was the consensus of those in attendance that the process currently underway by the Galveston City Council to modify the LDR as originally presented by the Galveston Planning Commission last fall was clearly not in the best interest of the business community and would negatively impact individual property rights and values.
In keeping with the unanimous support of those in attendance the following resolution is presented for consideration by the full Board of directors of the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce for presentation to the Galveston City Council.
RESOLUTION BY THE GALVESTON REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
REGARDING THE PROPOSED NEW LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS FOR THE CITY OF GALVESTON
The Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce is committed to its mission to Promote and Advocate for Business and Community Development. In keeping with this commitment The Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce believes that the proposed Land Development Regulations will have a significant long term impact on both business development and community development in Galveston. In support of local business development, residential property rights, encouraging new investment and expanding the local tax base the following resolution is presented to the Galveston City Council.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED:
That the Board of Directors of the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce:
Strongly Recommends that the City of Galveston adopt the Land Development Regulations and Maps as originally proposed by the Planning Commission to City Council last fall
Further Recommends that the Galveston City Council maintain the Urban Neighborhood designation for those neighborhoods so identified in the originally recommended maps presented by the Planning Commission to the City Council. The Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce has determined that the designation of Urban Neighborhood for these areas is in the best interest of both the property owners and the taxiing entities for the maintenance and improvement of these properties, flexibility of use and to encourage expanded investment and redevelopment in these areas.
Further Recommends that the City of Galveston adopt appropriate procedures for any neighborhood desiring to restrict certain uses such as short term rentals with a new zoning designation subsequent to a 75% vote by parcel of the impacted property owners.
SIGNED THIS 3 day of March, 2015
Prior Resolutions Passed and Taken To Council:
October 21:Resolution on Short-Term Vacation Rental Registration
October 21: Resolution on City Council Committee and Board Appointments Policy
September 16: Resolution on Proposed New Land Regulation for the City of Galveston