Vision Galveston brought over 8,000 Galvestonians together to envision the future of their island. A community-based, equity-driven vision to enhance quality of life and create a resilient future for Galveston
In addition to an active steering committee, the broad outreach engaged over 15% of the population- or 8,600 interactions with member of the public. We reached people online, through surveys, at schools, at social service organizations, at civic clubs, at parks, bars, and local events.
Providing a diversity of housing types will attract existing workforce and new residents to inhabit Galveston, rather than living in other communities. Local foundations and local, state, and federal programs were identified to help improve the existing housing gaps.
Opportunities to build green infrastructure, enhance ecotourism, create connections to nature, and establish businesses focused on coastal resilience will address challenges such as sea level rise, severe storms, and nuisance flooding.
The plan is organized around five vision statements that describe Galvestonians’ vision for the future:
The City of Galveston and other public agencies will incorporate Vision Galveston’s action items in their adopted plans. A non-profit organization, also called Vision Galveston, has been created to convene, coordinate, and advocate for implementation of the plan. Immediate objectives include improvement of the island’s green spaces, addressing the availability of affordable housing, and establishing an incubator for resilience-oriented businesses. Read the full report here.