January 13, 2017
New Planning Committees: Walkable Places and Platting Standards
Mayor Turner Invites You To Attend
The City of Houston Planning Commission has created two committees - Walkable Places and Platting Standards - to review and consider potential changes to the City's Code of Ordinances (Chapters 26 & 42) pertaining to walkability and platting. These two committees are chaired by members of the Commission and comprised of a broad-spectrum of stakeholders from the community.
Mayor Sylvester Turner stated, "Houston is growing in record numbers. More than ever, our citizens want walkable places that connect to parks and activity centers. Our city needs to grow and develop responsibly and efficiently, under the guidance of the Code of Ordinances."
Mayor Turner invites interested citizens to follow the committee's work in the development of recommended changes to the Code over the course of the year by attending committee meetings in the City Hall Annex Chambers, 900 Bagby Street, Public Level. The committee process can also be followed on the Planning and Development Department (P&D) website which will provide information on upcoming meetings, video links, updates, and opportunities for comment.
The Walkable Places Committee will consider issues and potential revisions to the Code of Ordinances related to planning environments that facilitate walking, and create amenities for the public. A number of areas in Houston are attracting higher density commercial, office, and multifamily residential developments. These developments present an opportunity to create more vibrant, walkable streets that support alternative modes of transportation. The next committee meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 8 , 2017, from 4 PM to 6 PM.
The Platting Standards Committee is comprised of neighborhood, development and other technical representatives and is charged with considering potential changes to the platting standards in Chapter 42; and establishing a predictable process for regularly reviewing and revising development codes administered by the Planning and Development Department. The next committee meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 9 , 2017, from 4 PM to 6 PM.