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Promoting & Advocating for Business and Community Development Since 1845

Chamber Advocates For Pro-Business Environment Regarding New Land Development Regulations

Dear Chamber Members,

DocumentThe 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

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Advocacy. The Business Advocacy Committee shall be charged with the primary responsibility to promote a positive and pro-active business environment in the Galveston area through the following activities:

  1. Developing and supporting local governmental action which promotes a strong business climate and job growth opportunities.
  2. Opposing local governmental action which inhibits a strong business climate and diminishes job growth opportunities.
  3. Establishing productive relationships between business interests and public officials.
  4. Providing forums to inform public officials and candidates for public office on issues impacting the business community.
  5. Providing forums to educate the membership on issues impacting the business community.
  6. Communicating official Chamber positions to the appropriate public officials prior to their action on the issue.
  7. Identifying and supporting individuals to serve on public Commissions and Boards.
  8. Endeavoring to hold public officials accountable for their actions and the resulting impact on the business community. This may be accomplished by the circulation of public official voting records to the Chamber membership on any issue on which the Chamber has communicated an official position.

Advocacy Committee meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month, in conjunction with Legislative Affairs, 8:00 am, in the Chamber Board Room.

Comite de Negocios (Spanish Businesses Committee). This committee's mission is to advocate and act as a liaison for the hispanic owned business community within the region.

The Comite de Negocios meets the 2nd Monday of every month, 8:00 am, in the Chamber Board Room.

C-Crewe. The C-Crewe’s objective is to engage professionals under forty in the Galveston business community, as well as the Chamber of Commerce.

C-Crewe meets the 2nd Friday of every month, 10:00 am, at various locations.

Doolin Maritime Career Pathways. As a committee of the Galveston Chamber of Commerce, the Doolin Maritime Pathways Crew is a coalition of educators, organizations, and businesses that promote local workforce development for the maritime industry.

The Doolin Maritime Career Pathways Committee meets the 3rd Friday of every month, 7:30 am, in the Chamber Board Room.

Education. The mission of this committee is to enhance the quality, accessibility, choice, and usefulness of education for all students, and to support the economic, social, and political viability of Galveston Island.

Education Committee meets the 1st Friday of every month, 7:30am, various locations.

Executive Committee. This committee meets the 2nd Friday of every month, 8:00 am, Chamber offices.

Golf Tournament. The Golf Tournament is a fundraiser for the Chamber.

This committee meets monthly beginning in May, with the exact scheduled to be determined at that time.

Legislative Affairs. The mission for this committee is to advocate through the Legislature for member businesses, providing a voice to not only the State, but at a National level as well.

This committee meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month, 8:00 am, in the Chamber Board Room.

Lemonade Day. Lemonade Day Galveston County, which is an initiative of the Galveston Regional Chamber’s Education Committee, empowers today’s youth to become tomorrow’s entrepreneurs. Youth of all ages – from pre-K through high school, across Galveston County can register.

Lemonade Day Committee meets the 1st Friday of every month, 10:00 am, Chamber Board Room.

Membership Development. This committee is tasked with growing and retaining the membership base, through continual review of membership levels and benefits, and listening to the members, their requests, and requirements.

This committee meets the 1st Thursday of every month, 2:00 pm, Chamber offices.

Pelican Island and Galveston Channel Advocacy. This committees mission is promoting and advocating for existing and future land owners and businesses on Pelican Island and the Port of Galveston and its tenants.

This committee meets the 2nd Monday of every month, 11:30 am, at various member locations.

Women’s Conference. The mission of this committee is to give women in the region an opportunity to come together, share and learn from each other.

Women’s Conference Committee meets the 1st Thursday of every month, 3:00 pm in the Chamber Board Room.

Work Force Development. The mission of this committee is to identify skill sets that match employment opportunities in the Galveston Region.

Work Force Development Committee meets the 3rd Wednesday of every month, 9:00 am in the Chamber Board Room.