"I SEE THE INCENTIVES AS AN INTEGRAL PART OF MY VISION OF A SUSTAINABLE, SAFER, STRONGER, AND SMARTER HOUSTON THAT WILL HELP MEET THE GOALS OF THE CITY'S EMERGING RESILIENCE STRATEGY, CLIMATE ACTION PLAN, BUILD HOUSTON FORWARD PROGRAM, AND HARVEY RECOVERY EFFORTS."
-- MAYOR TURNER

Incentives for Green Development

Creating Houston's Green Development Incentives is the first step toward achieving a robust green infrastructure program, which includes municipal and private projects.

Through funding from Houston Endowment, the City’s Chief Recovery Office commissioned a one-year study to identify and recommend incentives to encourage the use of green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) in private land development, leading to economic, social, and environmental benefits as well as resilience.

Green infrastructure strives to mimic how rain falls on undeveloped, green landscape.  Typical design elements include green roofs, rain garden bio-retention systems, permeable pavements, rainwater harvesting, urban forests, constructed wetlands and other strategies to manage rainwater. It improves the performance of drainage systems and can make real estate projects safer and more attractive to buyers.

After interviews with cities with GSI programs, external stakeholders, and city leadership, and analysis of costs and benefits, the following incentive programs are recommended:

  • Integrated GSI Development Rules
  • Property Tax Abatements
  • Award and Recognition Program
  • Increased Permitting Process Certainty and Speed

Please see the documents below for more information.

Incentives for Green Development Report

Click graphic above to read the IGD Report (.pdf). These incentives will be further developed through extensive stakeholder engagement and fully implemented in phases over the timeline proposed in the report.