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.


The City received and is processing an application for a Green Corridor for a portion of Yale Street between 6th and 20th street. This presentation provides background on green corridors and this application.

A Special Parking Area application for a portion of the Montrose area has been submitted and is under review by the Planning Department. Consideration by the Planning Commission will come after we have heard from the community and the plan has been revised. Citizens are encouraged to express their comments and concerns by filling out the online comment card.

2015 Annual Report
The Planning and Development Department tackled some fairly big projects and made great strides last year. To mark those achievements and celebrate the work we do each day, please enjoy the 2015 Annual Report: Planning Houston’s Story

Planning & Development Department Fee Modifications
Please note the new fees that were effective Tuesday, March 1, 2016. To view the fee modifications, please click here.

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.

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