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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 Platting Workshop

City of Houston Platting Workshop for the Professional Surveyors Education Foundation, Inc. Thursday, October 8. For details and registration form click here.

2015 Major Thoroughfare and Freeway Plan Amendments

The 2015 Major Thoroughfare and Freeway Plan (MTFP) amendment process is currently underway!
For more information, 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 HOUSTONHouston is at the final step in the adoption of 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. Once adopted, the plan will help the City make better public policy decisions. Visit for more information.

Houston City Council will hold a public hearing on Plan Houston:

September 16, 2015
9:00 a.m.
City Council Chambers
901 Bagby

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...