Planning & Development DepartmentHouston, the 4th largest city in the United States, is a dynamic, growing city, rich in culture and diversity. The Planning and Development Department's mission is to work to ensure that it remains a vibrant and sustainable city by partnering with decision makers and the community to balance a spectrum of needs and interests while addressing the dynamics of growth and change.


Planning & Development Department Fee Modifications

The Planning & Development Department, in coordination with the Finance and Legal Departments, completed a comprehensive review of existing and authorized development-related fees administered by the Department. The purpose of the review was to align the fees collected with cost accrued by the City for providing the service. A review of this scope and detail has not been completed in over a decade.

City Council adopted the changes to the Department’s fees in December 2015. The new fees go into effect on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. To view the fee modifications, please click here.

2016 Major Thoroughfare and Freeway Plan Amendments

Applications for the 2016 Major Thoroughfare and Freeway Plan (MTFP) amendment process are now available here!
All applications must be submitted by February 29, 2016.

Historic PreservationHouston Heights Historic Districts Design Guidelines
Work is underway for the creation of Design Guidelines for the East, West and South Houston Heights Historic Districts. For more information and updates go to the project page.

City to Update Houston Bike Plan

The Planning & Development Department (P&D) in coordination with the Public Works & Engineering Department and Houston Parks and Recreation Department is leading this comprehensive update to address the City’s current and future bicycling needs.

The City of Houston has updated its Bikeways website with new maps and links to make it more user friendly.
Visit to see the changes.

PLAN HOUSTONHouston adopted its first general plan known as Plan Houston. Plan Houston includes a vision and goals for Houston’s future, and the City’s strategies for achieving that vision.

Visit for more information.