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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.


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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.


City Considers Updates to Development Ordinances

The Planning and Development Department is proposing amendments to Chapters 10, 33, 39, 40, and 42 of the Code of Ordinances related to subdivision plat and site plan applications. The Houston Planning Commission will hold a public hearing for comments on the proposed changes on Thursday, April 16th at 2:30pm in the Public Level Chambers of the City Hall Annex (900 Bagby Street). 

To view a summary of the proposed changes, click here
To view the proposed ordinance language, click here

For additional information, please contact Brian Crimmins at (832) 393-6600 or

City Considers Chapter 33 Update to Pave Way for General Plan

The Planning and Development Department is proposing amendments to Chapter 33 of the Code of Ordinances, which formalizes the path forward for the general plan effort. These amendments to Chapter 33 do not include a specific plan nor do they prescribe the contents of the plan. The process to develop the plan, called Plan Houston, is still underway and is expected to be complete in mid-to-late summer. click here

Houston NUSA 2015

Houston is the Host City for the 2015 Neighborhood U.S.A. (NUSA) conference. This will bring the nation’s largest neighborhood organization and an estimated 1,000 grass-roots community leaders from across the country to Houston. The conference will be the 40th anniversary of the organization.

Houston NUSA 2015 - May 20 to 23, 2015.
Check web site for updates.

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

City to Update Bicycle Master 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.

New Procedure for Site Plan Review

New procedure for site plan review office at 1002 Washington.  Due to the large number of plans in the system and to be more responsive to customers, the Planning Department instituted a new policy that allows priority review for plans in the system that have planning as the only remaining approval. 

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 713-837-7963. Read more...