Our plan for Houston's future.

Update: January 20, 2017
What issues should the City focus on next year?

In 2015, Houston's City Council took the groundbreaking step of adopting the city's first general plan, Plan Houston. The Plan describes a vision and goals for our community and identifies twelve core strategies that represent the City’s approach for achieving the vision.

The City of Houston is now actively working towards achieving the community goals laid out in Plan Houston. Last Fall, Houstonians were asked to Identify three priorities that the City should focus on in the next budget year which begins July 1, 2017. The list was derived from the core strategies and actions identified in Plan Houston. The purpose is to understand the community's interests so that policy makers can consider them as they develop City priorities for the budget. The short survey was available on line and in paper format in four different languages from October 14th through December 16th. Approximately 6,100 people responded to the survey from all parts of the City. The results of the survey, which are simply a snap shot in time, are posted below.

The Plan Houston Steering Committee, which includes representatives of organizations with a broad planning focus on the City of Houston, also took the survey and discussed their priorities for the coming budget year. The report posted below summarizes the committee’s discussions. The community snap shot and Steering Committee feedback will help City leaders make decisions for the for fiscal year 2018.

PDF Priorities Survey Results
PDF Steering Committee Meeting Summary

Plan Houston

About This Project

Houston is a great city. From its winding greenways, to its thriving arts and cultural scene, to its bold entrepreneurialism, Houston is a city of tremendous opportunity.

Even so, Houston faces many challenges, including managing growth, maintaining infrastructure, enhancing neighborhoods and overcoming fiscal hurdles. Addressing these challenges requires strong and effective local government – a City that confidently charts its course and works with its partners to achieve success.

Realizing this potential is the ambition of Plan Houston. Plan Houston describes a vision for Houston’s future and identifies the policies, plans, and programs that represent the City’s long-term priorities for achieving the vision. This plan was developed by looking at prior planning efforts, then listening to residents and community leaders who described their image of a successful Houston.

It’s important to note that Plan Houston is not about establishing land use controls. Instead, this plan supports Houston’s continued success by providing consensus on goals and policies, thus enabling more effective government: one that is better coordinated, more proactive, and more strategic. Plan Houston ensures a healthy, prosperous future for Houston.

Vision Statement

Houston offers opportunity for all and celebrates its diversity of people, economy, culture, and places. Houston promotes healthy and resilient communities through smart civic investments, dynamic partnerships, education, and innovation. Houston is the place where anyone can prosper and feel at home.

Houston: Opportunity. Diversity. Community. Home.

Community Goals

This page lists Plan Houston's 32 goals for the Houston community, broken down into 9 topics. To see the list of all 32 goals together, click here.


People includes topics such as access to health care, equal opportunity, social services, and celebrating the cultural diversity of Houston.


Place includes topics such as vibrant neighborhoods, parks and open spaces, quality built environments, safety and security.


Culture includes topics such cultural heritage and diversity, historic preservation, and celebrating Houston’s unique history and character.


Economy includes topics such as access to jobs, local business support services, entrepreneurism, innovation, economic development and revitalization.


Environment includes topics such as natural resource protection and conservation, water quality, disaster preparedness and resiliency.

Public Services

Public Services includes topics such infrastructure, growth and redevelopment planning, civic investments, fiscal sustainability and regional cooperation and collaboration.


Education includes topics such as early childhood education, job skills development, high quality educational facilities, libraries and related support services.


Housing includes topics such as equitable access to prosperity, housing and community facilities that provide for the diverse needs of residents.


Transportation includes topics such as mobility, safety and access to modes of transportation including bicycling, walking and transit.

Planning Coordination Tool

The Planning Coordination Tool is an interactive web-based application that identifies the plans of various local, regional and state entities in one place. These plans can be queried via a search engine and are displayed in a simple, easy-to-use map for your use. Plans may be layered with other City data in order to provide basic analysis.

Click here for more information.

Performance Indicators

The performance indicators measure the progress the city has made in achieving the vision and goals as identified by the community. Each indicator links back to one or more of Plan Houston’s goals and provides a regular assessment of progress and trends. You may also track Plan Houston’s progress by accessing the indicator from each individual goal page or visit the Indicators page.


Plan Houston is a starting point for better governance for the City of Houston. The Plan’s findings must be actively used and integrated into the City organization to fully realize the plan’s benefits. Plan Houston includes three components to enable implementation:

  • Performance indicators that track the progress towards achieving the community’s vision and goals and inform policymaking; and
  • A planning coordination tool that displays local plans, helping neighborhoods, developers, and officials leverage planning efforts; and
  • An annual work plan that identifies the City’s major planning and policy priorities for the coming budget year. The annual work plan will identify the scope, lead and supporting departments, and the anticipated schedule of each initiative. It will include input from the Mayor, City Council, City departments and the public.

The City of Houston has an opportunity to fundamentally enhance its approach to planning and foster a healthier, happier and more prosperous Houston community.


The City adopts its first ever general plan, Plan Houston.


City Council will consider adopting Plan Houston at their regularly scheduled meeting:

Wednesday, September 30, 2015
9:00 a.m.
City Council Chambers, 2nd Floor
901 Bagby Street
Houston, TX 77002