Plan Houston

Houston is Adopting its First General Plan
Posted on 08/18/2015
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In 2014, Mayor Annise Parker directed the City's Planning and Development Department to develop Plan Houston, Houston's first general plan. Through early 2015, the project team, including three community leadership committees, engaged Houstonians to develop a draft community vision and goals statement. In June 2015, the City released core strategies for public input. These strategies identify the City's priorities for achieving the community vision.

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. It’s time Houston joined the crowd and created a general plan. 

Like everything else, our plan should be a “Houston style” plan. A plan unique to our needs and ideas. The initial plan should be a starting place. We can build on it as our future unfolds. Houstonians should know where their city is headed and how we hope to get there. We may not always agree, but at least we can say we were part of the effort. I think Plan Houston is a good first step. Won’t you join with us and help us Plan Houston.

Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Plan Houston:

August 20, 2015
2:30 p.m.
City Council Annex Chambers
901 Bagby

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