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.


Take our survey on what issues the City should focus on next year!

In 2015, Houston's City Council took the groundbreaking step of adopting the city's first general plan, Plan Houston. The Plan describes a vision and goals for our community and identifies twelve core strategies that represent the City’s approach for achieving the vision.

The City of Houston is now actively working towards achieving the community goals laid out in Plan Houston. The next step is to understand the community's interests so that policy makers can consider them as they develop City priorities for the next budget year. The City's next fiscal year begins July 1, 2017. You can share your thoughts on what the City should be focusing on by responding to a brief survey:

Your input, coupled with Plan Houston's strategic guidance, ensures that the City will use its limited resources in the most effective means possible to improve our community. The survey is open through December 16, 2016. Call 832-393-6600 if you have questions or would like to request one or more paper copies of the survey.

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


Public Workshop Announcement
As part of ReBuild Houston, the City of Houston is seeking input for improvements to the Lower Westheimer Corridor. At this public workshop and open house, residents and stakeholders will receive a summary of the survey results and public comment received thus far, and will be asked to consider various options for the corridor. These options will align with the objective and principles for Lower Westheimer. Please save the date and attend the upcoming workshop to share your suggestions for the Lower Westheimer Corridor!

Public Workshop
Wednesday, November 16th at 5:00 pm
Metropolitan Multi-Services Center
1475 W Gray St, Houston, TX 77019

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.

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.