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About the Planning and Development Department

Houston, 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.


Projects and Announcements

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Projects

Complete Communities

Mayor Sylvester Turner kicked off a new program on April 17, 2017 that aims to improve quality of life for residents...

Vision Zero

Mayor Sylvester Turner signed an executive order on August 13, 2019, to adopt Vision Zero with a goal to end traffic deaths and serious injuries caused by crashes on ...

North Houston Highway Improvement Project (NHHIP)

The North Houston Highway Improvement Project (NHHIP) is a project of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to reconstruct...

2019 Major Throughfare and Freeway Plan Amendment Requests

As part of the annual Major Thoroughfare and Freeway Plan (MTFP) amendment request process, the City of Houston Planning Commission...

Proposed Amendments To Chapter 33 (Historic Preservation)

The City seeks input on proposed changes to the rules for Historic Preservation found in Chapter 33 of the Code....

Southeast Houston Mobility Plan

The 2018 Southeast Mobility Plan, through collaboration with community and regional stakeholders, will identify...

Historic Presevation Tracker

As of July 30, 2018, all Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) Applications must be submitted online ...

Walkable Places and Platting Standards

The City of Houston Planning Commission has created two committees – Walkable Places and Platting Standards – to review and consider ...

Houston Bike Plan & Bicycle Advisory Committee

The Houston Bike Plan was adopted by City Council on March 22, 2017. The Plan’s vision calls to transform Houston...

BCycle Program Expansion

The Planning & Development Department sponsored a grant application to expand the Houston BCycle program and was awarded a $3.5 million federal grant....

Want To Build A Carport?

P&D has released an updated brochure on carport guidelines and permitting. The brochure is printer-friendly...

Proposed Amendments To Chapter 28

The City seeks input on proposed changes to the rules for Hazardous Enterprises found in Chapter 28 of the Code...

Lower Westheimer Corridor Study

The Lower Westheimer Corridor Study is the City of Houston’s first Enhanced Pre-Engineering Study, a process applied to corridors ....

Proposed Changes to Chapter 26 CBD

The Planning Department is proposing to expand the boundaries of the current parking rules in Downtown, known as the Central Business District (CBD)...

Proposed Amendments To Chapter 28

The City seeks input on proposed changes to the rules for Hazardous Enterprises found in Chapter 28 of the Code...

Amendments Approved to Chapter 33

On March 22, 2017, City Council approved amendments to Chapter 33 of the Code of Ordinances related to the Major Thoroughfare...

Historic District Design Guidelines

City Council adopted the Houston Heights Historic District Design Guidelines for the three Houston Heights Historic Districts...