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.

Regional Transportation Survey

The Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC), the region’s transportation planning organization, is conducting a survey regarding unmet community transportation needs, perceptions and attitudes. CDS Community Development Strategies, a consulting firm based in Houston, is assisting H-GAC with this survey. The survey asks respondents to contribute a few short minutes of their time to help provide a stronger understanding of how the residents of the Houston-Galveston region access transit services, view transit services and what future efforts they would or would not like to see. The survey is scheduled to close February 15, 2017.

The survey can be accessed at the following link:

New Committees: Walkable Places and Platting Standards
The City of Houston Planning Commission has created two committees – Walkable Places and Platting Standards – to review and consider potential changes to the City’s Code of Ordinances (Chapters 26 & 42) pertaining to walkability and platting. These two committees are chaired by members of the Commission and comprised of a broad-spectrum of stakeholders from the community.

The Walkable Places Committee will consider issues and potential revisions to Chapter 26 and 42 related to planning environments that facilitate walking, and create amenities for the public. A number of areas in Houston are attracting higher density commercial, office, and multifamily residential developments. These developments present an opportunity to create more vibrant, walkable streets that support alternative modes of transportation.

The Platting Standards Committee is comprised of neighborhood, development and other technical representatives. The committee will consider and make recommendations on potential changes to the platting standards in Chapter 42; and make recommendation on establishing a predictable process for regularly reviewing and revising development codes administered by the Planning and Development Department.

2017 MTFP Amendment Requests
The Planning and Development Department is now accepting applications requesting amendments to the 2016 Major Thoroughfare and Freeway Plan. The submittal period for the annual amendment process will close on Friday March 3rd at 5 PM. A pre-submittal meeting with department staff is required before an application can be submitted. To download the 2017 application form, please click here. For more information on the 2017 MTFP amendment process, please go to the 2017 MTFP Amendment Requests Page.

2017 MTFP Application

Proposed Amendments to Chapter 26, Article VIII
The City of Houston is proposing amendments to Article VIII of Chapter 26 of the Code of Ordinances related to Off-Street Parking and Loading. The intent of the changes is to correct a typo, clarify bike rack standards, and allow for reasonable administrative flexibility within the rules similar to the flexibility already found in other sections of the existing ordinance. To view the changes, please click here. Public comments on the changes will be accepted until Sunday, September 18th. Please submit comments on the online comment form. A public hearing on the amendments will be held by the Planning Commission on Thursday, September 29, 2016. The Commission meets at 2:30pm in the City Hall Annex Public Chambers at 900 Bagby Street (downtown).

Proposed Amendments to Chapter 33
The City of Houston is proposing amendments to Chapter 33 of the Code of Ordinances related to the Major Thoroughfare and Freeway Plan and the Bicycle Master Plan. Public comments were accepted and a public hearing was held by the Planning Commission on August 18th. To view a summary of the public comments and related staff recommendation, please click here. The modified amendments will be considered by the Planning Commission on Thursday, September 1st. To view a “clean version” of the final document under consideration, please click here. For questions on the proposed amendments, please contact Brian Crimmins at

Special Parking
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.

A Planning Commission public hearing for this item has been established for January 19, 2017. The hearing will be held at 2:30 p.m. in City Hall annex chambers, 900 Bagby.

Historic PreservationHistoric Districts Design Guidelines
Historic preservation design guidelines are being developed for nine historic districts in the City of Houston. Phase 1 of this project will produce design guidelines for the following districts: Houston Heights East, Houston Heights West, Houston Heights South, Freeland, Norhill, Woodland Heights, and Old Sixth Ward. Phase 2, which will begin in 2017, will include design guidelines for Main Street/Market Square Historic District and Glenbrook Valley Historic District. 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.

Please visit to view the plan and sign up for email updates.