Over the past decade, the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce has called for the creation of Scenic Districts. Today, our area of the county boasts more scenic roadways than any other area of Houston. This county designation protects and preserves the aesthetic beauty of roadways by limiting and defining signage restrictions. Print a listing and map of our areas scenic districts and join the community in enforcing existing sign laws. Interested parties may also join the Chamber’s Sign Coalition to offer a concerted effort. Scenic Districts
FM 1960 Access Management Study
Under the leadership of Jack Searcy, TXDOT conducted a study of FM1960 and determined that renovation could be conducted to improve ingress and egress of this important commercial roadway. In the spring of 2006, funding was approved to begin the process. Construction of raised medians began in early 2010 and was completed that same year.
FM 2920 Access Management Study
The Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce and other community organizations partnered with TXDOT to conduct a study of FM 2920 in 2007. This road has the unsafe center turn lane and will likely receive raised medians when funding becomes available.
Highway 6 Access Management Study
In 2010, the Houston Northwest Chamber participated in the TXDOT study of State Highway 6, focusing primarily on the areas north of I-10 extending to Mills Road, where the FM 1960 study ended.This community has a strong interest in landscaped spaces and as their road project is funded, we will want to take a look at resources to beautify Highway 6.
The Chamber’s Green Medians Committee, under the leadership of Barbara Schlattman, has raised over $515,000 to install irrigation and landscape medians along FM 1960.The medians were dedicated on May 6, 2011 and the names of the donors and the names of those honored and memorialized through giving were all buried under the Giving Tree oaks near the Chamber office.
As a follow-up to Green Medians, Green Medians chair Barbara Schlattman is launching an effort to beautify the sides of FM 1960 / Cypress Creek Parkway. This effort will utilize students needing community service hours. More to come!
Advocacy and Activism
The Houston Northwest Chamber takes an active role in improving the business climate or our area and to improve the community. This is accomplished through the work of the Alliance of North Houston Chambers of Commerce, the Chamber’s Government Affairs-Transportation Committee, the Economic Development Committee and the Chamber Board and Staff.