LAND USE / GREEN SPACES / GREEN BUILDING
"We will develop specific strategies to promote efficient use of our land while protecting our natural resources. We will promote open and green space as a prominent component of our community character." --> Green College Station White Paper
College Station’s park system includes 51 parks totaling over 1,300 acres of land. Most of these parks include some natural areas. The park site planning process deliberately avoids the destruction of existing natural areas as much as possible to maintain the native habitat.
These park areas help reduce the overall heat effect, reduce runoff and help with the absorption of the effects of emissions. In addition, the Greenways Master Plan identifies designated areas for future conservation.
TREE & NATIVE PLANTINGS
The Department utilizes native and adaptive plantings as much as possible. The Department also plants hundreds of trees annually in conjunction with new park developments; public improvement projects and volunteer efforts such as the annual "Aggie Replant".
The Department has a nice interpretive program along the Wolf Pen Creek Trail system. This provides helpful information about local plant and animal species in addition to information about wetlands and greenways. This educational component is a small step in encouraging responsible behavior regarding the creeks, parks and greenways within the community.
COMPREHENSIVE PLAN - On May 28, 2009, the City Council unanimously approved a new Comprehensive Plan for the City of College Station!
GREEN HOUSE VALUES - Green building's "cool" quotient is on the rise.
BUILDING CODES - The City of College Station has adopted the family of International Building Codes to regulate construction.