November 2013, Mayor Annise Parker issued an Executive Order (E.O) to develop a Complete Streets and Transportation Plan (HCSTP).
This Plan is meant to provide safe, accessible and convenient use by motorists, public transit riders, pedestrians, people of all abilities and bicyclists. The new policy, detailed in the E.O., will be achieved over time as improvements to existing roadways and redevelopment occur.
The ultimate goal, where appropriate, is walkable and bike-friendly neighborhoods with amenities such as trees and landscaping, public art and street furniture. However, the HCSTP also recognizes that all streets are different. The function of the road, current and projected adjacent land use and travel demands, availability of right-of-way, community input and the level of vehicular, pedestrian and bicycle traffic must all be considered in decisions regarding enhancements.
The Plan will build upon and utilize tools such as the City’s Mobility Planning already underway. The context-sensitive approach identified in the E.O will be incorporated into the City’s annual process for amending the Major Thoroughfare and Freeway Plan. The HCSTP will also ensure that all future roadway construction, led by the City’s ReBuild Houston program, will follow the principles laid out in the E.O.
The City’s Planning and Development Department (P&D) and the Department Public Works and Engineering (PWE) will be responsible for administration of the plan in coordination with METRO and other departments/entities. Since signing of the E.O., the City has made significant progress towards accomplishing the E.O.’s objectives. This progress includes near-term accomplishments as well as progress towards a longer-term implementation strategy and is documented in the HCSTP 2016 Annual Report.