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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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Walkable Places & Transit Oriented Development

The City of Houston Planning Commission created the Walkable Places Committee to to review and consider potential changes to the City’s Code of Ordinances ...Read More

Complete Communities

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

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...Read More

2019 Major Thoroughfare & Freeway Plan Amendment Requests

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

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...Read More

Southeast Houston Mobility Plan

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

Historic Presevation Tracker

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

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...Read More

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...Read More

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...Read More

Want To Build A Carport?

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

Amendments Approved to Off-Street Parking Ordinance (Chapter 26)

On March 1, 2017, City Council approved amendments to Article VIII of Chapter 26 of the Code of Ordinances related to Off-Street Parking and Loading...Read More

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...Read More

Recent Changes to Chapter 26 CBD

On July 17, City Council voted to approve an ordinance amending Chapter 26 of the code of ordinances, regarding off-street parking exemptions for certain...Read More

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...Read More

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...Read More

Historic District Design Guidelines

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