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The City of Houston has an opportunity to fundamentally enhance its approach to planning and foster a healthier, happier and more prosperous Houston community.

What is this opportunity? It is Plan Houston, which could soon become the City’s first-ever City Council-adopted general plan. 

Read the full op-ed here.

The City adopts its first ever general plan, Plan Houston.

City Council will consider adopting Plan Houston at their regularly scheduled meeting:

Wednesday, September 30, 2015
9:00 a.m.
City Council Chambers, 2nd Floor
901 Bagby Street
Houston, TX 77002

On August 20th, the Houston Planning Commission unanimously approved a motion to forward Plan Houston to City Council for adoption. Click here to view the presentation and public hearing, or watch the sequence below.

Houston is a city of opportunity, innovation and industry as well as one of community and culture. Above all, it’s a city of growth. Over three and a half million people are set to call Houston home in the next 20 years and we have to create a strategy for how to best serve this growth.

Publications across the city have been weighing in on Plan Houston—see what they have to say:

Most cities have a general plan or a comprehensive plan – a document that sets forth the city’s priorities and how to coordinate and ensure that a city grows according to those priorities and vision.  While I believe Houston has managed fairly well over the years, the dynamics of our city have changed. Our population is rapidly growing. We have challenges to address such as aging infrastructure and how to provide adequate services to everyone. The digital landscape is creating new opportunities but also new situations to handle.

Houston Planning Department staff will be at all Capital Improvement Plan meetings to tell you about Plan Houston.

Feel free to stop by and check it out. Click here to find a meeting near you.

HOUSTON, August 4, 2014 – The City of Houston launched a new era in planning this week with the kickoff for the General Plan. The approach for preparing a general plan builds on existing plans, studies, policies, practices and regulations that make Houston a prosperous, healthy and sustainable city.