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.
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Notice:How to preserve a neighborhood's character
The Planning Department is holding community meetings across Houston to help neighborhoods learn about tools available to help protect their residential character as part of the adoption of Chapter 42, the City’s Land Development ordinance. To find a location near you, download the flier at http://www.houstontx.gov/planning/docs_pdfs/pres_neighb_meetings.pdf. To learn more about this program and download applications, visit http://www.houstontx.gov/planning/Neighborhood/prevailLotBldg.html.
Receive plat and permit reports by e-mail
Keep up with development and construction projects in your neighborhood. Sign up for the e-plat summary report and the e-permit report to find out about plat and permit applications. To sign up, go to http://www.houstontx.gov/planning/Publications/listsrv/subscribe_enewsletters.htm.
Learn about Houston's 610 Loop
Interstate 610 is an urban freeway that forms a 42-mile loop around Houston's inner city. Plans to put a highway around Houston began during World War II. Things have changed. Did you know that Loop 610 accounts more than 35 percent of the city's jobs? Learn more fun and interesting facts about the Loop at http://www.houstontx.gov/planning/Demographics/Loop610Website/index.html.
Plaques available for historic landmarks
Own a designated Protected Historic Landmark or Historic Landmark building/home? Purchase a plaque to commemorate its part in Houston’s history. Download form at http://www.houstontx.gov/planning/Forms/hist/Historic_Plaque_Order_Form.pdf.
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About the Director
As Houston’s top planning and development official,
Marlene Gafrick brings more than 30 years experience in land development that includes ordinance development, implementation and enforcement, permitting and coordination with public agencies and special districts.
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Planning & Development (P&D) Department
611 Walker St, 6th Floor
Houston, TX 77002
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