"I SEE THE INCENTIVES AS AN INTEGRAL PART OF MY VISION OF A SUSTAINABLE, SAFER, STRONGER, AND SMARTER HOUSTON THAT WILL HELP MEET THE GOALS OF THE CITY'S EMERGING RESILIENCE STRATEGY, CLIMATE ACTION PLAN, BUILD HOUSTON FORWARD PROGRAM, AND HARVEY RECOVERY EFFORTS."
-- MAYOR TURNER
Incentives for Green Development
Creating Houston's Green Development Incentives is the first step toward achieving a robust green infrastructure program, which includes municipal and private projects.
Through funding from Houston Endowment, the City’s Chief Recovery Office commissioned a one-year study to identify and recommend incentives to encourage the use of green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) in private land development, leading to economic, social, and environmental benefits as well as resilience.
Green infrastructure strives to mimic how rain falls on undeveloped, green landscape. Typical design elements include green roofs, rain garden bio-retention systems, permeable pavements, rainwater harvesting, urban forests, constructed wetlands and other strategies to manage rainwater. It improves the performance of drainage systems and can make real estate projects safer and more attractive to buyers.
After interviews with cities with GSI programs, external stakeholders, and city leadership, and analysis of costs and benefits, the following incentive programs are recommended:
- Integrated GSI Development Rules
- Property Tax Abatements
- Award and Recognition Program
- Increased Permitting Process Certainty and Speed
Please see the documents below for more information.
GSI Tax Abatement Program
Through this program, an applicant can incorporate GSI in exchange for a tax abatement. For more information on the program, please refer to the documents below.
- GSI Tax Abatement Application and Evaluation Process (.pdf, February 2021)
- Houston City Council Approves New Green Stormwater Infrastructure Tax Abatement Program and Updates Existing LEED Tax Abatement Program to Improve Houston's Climate Resilience and Sustainability (12.16.2020 Mayor's Office Press Release)
- GSI Tax Abatement Ch. 44 Code Amendment Council Committee and Public Comment Blackline Draft (.pdf, December 2020)
- TO APPLY -- VISIT www.houstontx.gov/ecodev/tax_abatements.html
- For more information, contact 832.393.1123
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