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Planning and Development

PD logoHouston, 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.


PLEASE NOTE: The Planning & Development Department has a new phone number.


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About the Director
PatrickWalshPatrick Walsh, P.E., is the Director of the City of Houston’s Planning and Development Department. Walsh brings 18 years of experience in community development, planning, engineering, and municipal infrastructure management to the position.


2015 Major Thoroughfare and Freeway Plan Amendments

The 2015 Major Thoroughfare and Freeway Plan (MTFP) amendment process is currently underway! 

For more information and to provide comments, click here

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. Click to follow along with the process.

PLAN HOUSTONThe Plan Houston website is live. Go to and give your input on Houston's General Plan.

Planning Commission will hold 4 meetings to discuss the draft policy directives and to hear from residents and business owners. All meetings are from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. The meetings are:

Monday, July 29
Northeast Multi-Service Center
9720 Spaulding
Houston, TX 77016

Tuesday, July 7
Sunnyside Multi-Service Center
4605 Wilmington
Houston, TX 77051

Tuesday, July 14
Tracy Gee Community Center
3599 West Center Drive 
Houston, Texas 77042

Tuesday, July 21
Trini Mendenhall Community Center
1414 Wirt 
Houston, TX 77055

Historic Preservation Ordinance Review

The City of Houston Planning and Development Department and the Houston Archaeological and Historical Commission are seeking to refine the Historic Preservation Ordinance. The ordinance was updated in 2010 to create permanent protections for historic structures in designated districts and to establish a new process for creating an historic district. Citizens can email to sign up to receive updates about the process, meetings and proposed amendments. For additional questions, call 832-393-6556. Read more...