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Projects

Redistricting Town Hall Meetings

Redistricting Town Halls

Town Hall meetings will be held in April and May in each district to obtain public input on how the districts should be reconfigured. The City wants your input before drawing the new maps; no new maps will be presented at the town hall meetings. ... View More

Chapter 28 Hazardous Enterprises

Chapter 28 Hazardous Enterprises

Recent changes to Chapter 28 of the Code of Ordinances related to the Hazardous Enterprises Ordinance increase the regulation of hazardous operations and materials in our city by strengthening enforcement language ... Read More Chapter 28

 

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ADU Design Competition

The Planning and Development Department is seeking architects and design professionals to submit schematic designs and concepts  for an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) under the current City of Houston’s current building code and development standards ... View More

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Off Street Parking Requirements

The 2021 version of the Off-street Parking guide is now available. It provides guidance on when and how much parking is required for your build. It provides direct links to frequently used sections of our website for your convenience. The downloadable PDF can be saved for later reference, or printed and posted at 11x17.

 

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Livable Places

The Livable Places Action Committee will continue the Planning Department’s effort to update the City of Houston’s development codes to create more opportunities for walkability, affordability and equity ... Read More Livable Places

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More Space and More Space: Main Street

The More Space and More Space: Main Street programs were established to help Houston restaurants around the city and along downtown’s Main Street accommodate more customers while maintaining social distancing during COVID-19. … Read more about the More Space and More Space: Main Street programs

 

Sidewalk Requirements

Sidewalk Requirements

The Planning and Development Department reviews sidewalk widths and applications for sidewalk modifications within the city limits of Houston. ... Read More Sidewalk Requirements

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Vision Zero

On August 13, 2019, Mayor Sylvester Turner signed the Vision Zero Executive Order committing to end traffic deaths and serious injuries on Houston streets by 2030 ... Read More Vision Zero

 

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Walkable Places and TOD Ordinance Requirements

City Council approved the Walkable Places and Transit Oriented Development (TOD) rules on August 5, 2020 to enhance the pedestrian experience throughout Houston’s neighborhoods ... Read More Walkable Places Requirements

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North Houston Highway Improvement Project (NHHIP)

The North Houston Highway Improvement Project (NHHIP) is an ongoing 2020 project of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to reconstruct ... Read More NHHIP

 

Complete Communities

Complete Communities

Mayor Sylvester Turner's signature program started on April 17, 2017. It aims to improve quality of life for residents ... Read More Complete Communities

2022 Major Thoroughfare & Freeway Plan Amendment Requests

2022 Major Thoroughfare & Freeway Plan Amendment Requests

The City of Houston’s Major Thoroughfare and Freeway Plan (MTFP) is an effective instrument in guiding development ... Read More MTFP

 

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Houston Office of Preservation (HOP)

HOP a has created new application and worksheet documents and functionality on Preservation Tracker for Certificates of Appropriateness (COA) and nominations for Protected Landmarks, Landmarks, Historic Districts, and pre-application design review ... Read More Office of Preservation

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BCycle Program Expansion

The Planning & Development Department sponsored a grant application in 2015 to expand the Houston BCycle program and was awarded a $3.5 million federal grant. The expansion project will more than triple the size of bike share ... Read More BCycle

 

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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 into a safer, more accessible, gold level bicycle-friendly city by 2027 ... Read More Houston Bike Plan

Building a Carport

Want to Build a Carport?

PD's 2021 brochure on carport guidelines and permitting is available. The brochure helps homeowners understand the permitting process and importance of getting their carport permitted. ... Read More Build a Carport (.pdf, English), or Read More Build a Carport (.pdf, Spanish)