Paul Voltz

We have undertaken a year long project with a City Hall Fellow (CityHallFellows.org) to capture our institutional knowledge regarding development ordinances in Houston. To research the origins of our ordinances we are interviewing long-time employees, retirees, appointed officials and community stakeholders and collecting audio and video. We recently brought together our five most recent planning directors and will soon gather former chairs of the Houston Planning Commission and other groups. In some cases the interviews can be used as stand alone training, but all are condensed down to a narrative that captures the intent of our regulations. Ultimately, we hope to use this content to build an online, multi-media site where future planners, regulators, appointees and citizens can access this content in a kind of Noah’s Ark of our institutional knowledge.