The newest member of The Energy Corridor District team has hit the ground running, ready to tackle a full plate of initiatives designed to improve transportation, pedestrian-bicycling safety and access, infrastructure enhancements, master plan concepts and more.
Fabiana DeMarie – hired for the newly created position of urban planner – is already well versed in those initiatives, having interned with The District and spending months crafting master plan visions for The Energy Corridor as part of a Texas A&M University (TAMU) graduate students project.
“Brought up in Turin, Italy, Fabiana was raised without being dependent upon a car; that background – coupled with her urban planning accomplishments at TAMU – makes her an ideal person to help The District create a more livable place,” says Clark Martinson, general manager for The ECD. “We face a transformative future, becoming a more dense urban place rather than a suburban one as more people and jobs are on their way. The new urban planner position will help lead that transformation, which involves a complex list of master planning initiatives.”
DeMarie earned her Master of Urban Planning from TAMU by focusing on low impact development practices in The Energy Corridor. While earning a 4.0 GPA, DeMarie was awarded a 2015 Sustainable Urbanism Certificate from TAMU’s Center of Housing & Urban Development. She received her Bachelor of Territorial, Urban, Environmental and Landscape Planning degree from Polytechnic University of Turin.
Martinson created the new urban planner position to help The District implement a wide variety of initiatives – including advocating for The District’s new master plan concepts with City of Houston, METRO, county and Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) officials; overseeing traffic analysis; redesigned street grids; creating guidelines and plans for infrastructure improvements such as trail connections, bicycling access, pedestrian bridges and safer intersections; assisting The District’s transportation planning team on grants and letters of support; and facilitating public engagement on metamorphic master plan concepts for the Addicks Park and Ride, Grisby Square and Eldridge Parkway.
The urban planner will also work on annexation for areas interested in taking advantage of The District’s services.
“The next 10 years will be a pivotal and exciting time for The Energy Corridor,” says Martinson. “We’re excited to have an urban planner who is steeped in The Energy Corridor and its culture, and has invested a great deal of time working on ways that could make this special place even more livable in the future.”