In 2002 I got an idea that came out of a passion for helping people understand the maze of land use regulations in Tulsa. Our systems and processes are confusing and the available resources are not as accessible as they should be.
Over 6,000 individual Tulsans took their opportunity seriously when invited to attend numerous workshops and have their opinions heard openly during the past two years of PLANiTULSA. The result is a world class Comprehensive Plan proposal that an unprecedented number of people have helped create in a healthy, open, engaging, and democratic process. It has
March 10, 2010 Madam Chair, Members of TMAPC: My name is Jim Beach. I have served on the PLANiTULSA Citizen’s Committee since its beginning. I work at Wallace Engineering as a land development consultant and have worked in this industry in Tulsa since 1980. Nine of those years were as an INCOG employee serving as
I’ve heard it said that the results from the Land Use Education and Communication Task Force must be far reaching. It will take significant cultural changes, abandonment of dysfunctional mental models, and vast improvements in public notification systems to turn this ship in a positive direction. It was mentioned at a recent task force meeting
I was invited to present my ideas about online delivery of land development rules and processes to the Mayor’s Task Force this evening (4/13/09). You can view the slides I used below. If you want a copy to keep in the bathroom, download a Power Point or PDF copy in the footer under “Downloads –
From some early LandRules musings when the idea looked to me more like an independent website…. Usable online development resources in Tulsa are missing or inadequate at best. Land regulations and processes are essential to many people across the country for a wide variety of reasons. Area residents need to make decisions about their real
Tulsa Development Online 2.0 must begin with a solid, well conceived information architecture road map. Information Architecture is a distinct discipline of designing and organizing an information space to facilitate task completion and intuitive access to content. It is the combination of organization, labeling, and navigation schemes within an
The task force appointed by Mayor Taylor to make recommendations on planning and development processes had it’s first meeting March 11, 2009. It was an open meeting, although not very well publicized. I read about it in the Tulsa World and decided I’d go. Good Stuff; l-o-n-g overdue. As I listened to discussions about this
Real estate due diligence is for everyone contemplating a home remodel, addition, new house, or purchase of land you plan to build on. You don’t have to be a professional developer, you just have to want to save money and avoid headaches.