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.


Study AreaLower Westheimer Corridor Study begins. The city of Houston is seeking public input for improvements to the Lower Westheimer corridor. Public meetings will solicit community input on corridor design alternatives. Results from the study will be incorporated into the final recommendations and design concept for improving the street. Visit for details.

Learn about the 2016 Major Thoroughfare and Freeway Plan amendments (MTFP) and timeline for adoption.

Green Corridor
The City received and is processing an application for a Green Corridor for a portion of Yale Street between 6th and 20th street. This presentation provides background on green corridors and this application.

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.

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.

View the Presentation on the Proposed Bike Plan pdf

The City of Houston has updated its Bikeways website with new maps and links to make it more user friendly. Visit to see the changes.

PLAN HOUSTONHouston adopted 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.

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