Every neighborhood’s assets, challenges and vision are unique. However, the goal of Complete Communities is the same: to improve neighborhoods so that all of Houston’s residents and business owners can have access to quality services and amenities. The Complete Communities Planning Process is designed to create an Action Plan that will guide how communities and their partners will reach that goal. This collaborative community-driven method will achieve consensus on a vision and goals, identify projects and strategies, set priorities, engage partners, create benchmarks to measure success over time and adopt the Action Plan. The final step is to implement the goals that completes the community’s vision. Acres Home embarks on creating a Community Plan to support its Action Plan. Acres Home’s planning process will include steps 1-5.
For more information on meeting specifics in Acres Home that are planned or have occurred, click:
October 18, 2017
Public Meeting #2
November 16, 2017
Public Meeting #3
December 12, 2017
Public Meeting #4
January 20, 2018
Public Meeting #5
January 30, 2018
Acres Home Complete Communities Plan
There are currently three known plans in Acres Home:
- Acres Home Revitalization Strategies Plan
- Near Northwest Livable Centers Study
- Northwest Mobility Study
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Team Lead: Christa Stoneham, Planner II
Arica Bailey, Planner I
City of Houston Planning & Development Department
PO Box 1562
Houston TX 77251
The Acres Home Complete Community boundaries include Acres Home and Greater Inwood.
Acres Home, commonly referred to as the “44”, is located approximately 10 miles northwest of downtown Houston. In the early 1900s, the Wright Land Company and W.W. Mount platted and recorded several subdivisions such as the Highland Acre Homes subdivision and the Highland Acre Home Annex. Subsequently, the subdivisions were sold as acres instead of lots. Hence, Acres Home derived its name from land acquisition.
Acres Home was known as the largest unincorporated African American community in the south prior to annexation by the City of Houston. The community was annexed in four stages from 1967-1974 to install municipal services such as sewer and water lines.
Greater Inwood was founded in the 1860’s by eight German immigrants and families who farmed in the area in the 1860’s along White Oak Bayou. The Fuchs family bought the land where Inwood Forest is today. They built their home in the northeast part of the property and established a dairy farm. For over a hundred years they lived, worked and prospered. Greater Inwood area was developed in the early 1960s for oil executives during the Houston oil boom. During this period, the Inwood Forest Country Club was built, a private golf course, later became a community gathering place. The remaining family members began selling parts of the farm in 1963. Greater Inwood was annexed by the City of Houston in 1976.
The Acres Home Complete Communities boundary is comprised of 3 school districts; Aldine ISD, Houston ISD, and Klein ISD, in addition to over 250 subdivisions. The land use characteristics consists of urban, suburban, and rural developments. Additionally, there are several vacant lots and untapped resources that can be enhanced through the Complete Communities initiative.
Neighborhood Support Team (NST)
It is vital that the Complete Communities initiative connect with each neighborhood's civic leaders and organizations to understand their strengths, their connections within the community, and their perspectives on the needs of the neighborhood. Local civic leaders have the pulse of the community and know the assets and concerns better than the City alone.
We will rely on the NST to be our partners in this process by providing guidance to the public engagement approach in the area. We need to hear their voices and depend on the NST to ensure widespread participation from the community. Leaders should represent a constituency, are supported by that group and have some engagement capacity.
To see a list of the leaders and organizations the City has contacted or will soon contact, click Acres Home NST. The attached list is by no means exhaustive. If you know of leaders and/or organizations that should be included in this dialogue, please contact the Team Lead listed below.
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