We Built This City


Webb Architects

Bud Light/Silver Eagle Distributers
Central Houston, Inc.
Lance and Jennifer Gilliam
Greater East End Management District
James H. Greer and Mark Nini
Guy Hagstette, FAIA
Michael McEnany, AIA
Millis Development and Construction
RS&H, Inc.

Buffalo Bayou Partnership
Civic Design
Houston Parks Board
Studio Red Architects/Lake Flato Architects
Lovett Homes
Walter P. Moore



Save the Date

Mayoral Candidate Forum
Plan Houston : A Roadmap to Success?
Craig Cohen, Moderator
Saturday, September 26, 2015
9:00am – 9:30 am Coffee and Danish in Room 112 off the patio
9:30 - 11:30 am Forum

Houston Community College Main Campus Auditorium
Free and Open to the Public
Free Parking; entrance off Alabama
METRO Red Line Ensemble/HCC Station

Nightingale Interpreting will provide American Sign Language interpretation.

Candidates participating include: Chris Bell, Stephen Costello, Adrian Garcia, Ben Hall, Bill
King, Victoria Lane, Marty McVey, and Sylvester Turner

Co-Sponsors include:

AARP, the American Institute of Architects, the American Planning Association, the American
Society of Landscape Architects, Bike Houston, Citizens Environmental Coalition, Citizens
Transportation Coalition, Complete Streets Coalition, , Houston Tomorrow. Kinder Institute, the
League of Women Voters/Houston, Super Neighborhood Alliance


Questions? martha@blueprinthouston.org or 713-870-2881

What is Plan Houston?

Plan Houston is a guide to the City's future. Having this guide improves the City's effectiveness by providing consensus on community goals and on the actions the City should pursue to help achieve these goals.

What are Plan Houston's Draft Recommendations?

Plan Houston's draft recommendations include 12 policy directives for the City of Houston. These directives are simple statements that provide consensus on the priorities the City should pursue to help achieve the broader community's goals. They are:

1. Spend money wisely
2. Grow responsibly
3. Nurture safe and healthy neighborhoods
4. Connect people and places
5. Support a global economy
6. Sustain quality infrastructure
7. Champion learning
8. Foster an affordable city
9. Protect and conserve our resources
10. Communicate clearly and with transparency
11. Build partnerships
12. Celebrate what's uniquely Houston

What Else Will Plan Houston Do?
In addition to establishing a community vision and goals and setting policy directives, Plan Houston will include the following:

  • Performance Indicators that track the community's progress towards achieving the vision and goals.
  • Planning Coordination Tool that displays local plans, helping neighborhoods, developers, and officials leverage planning efforts.

To learn more about these draft policy directives and the strategies needed to implement them, go to Plan Houston. For questions or comments, please email PlanHouston@houstontx.gov.

We are accepting comments through July 24th


Citizens’ Vision for Houston’s Future

A diverse city of opportunity where we live in harmony in a healthy environment.
Choices for home, work, and play in healthy and beautiful neighborhoods with self-determination.
Sustainable prosperity and development that balances economy, community, and environment.
Coordinated land use and transportation plans to create andmaintain a high level of access for all.
A government that is wise, efficient, accountable, and creative.
An educated and skilled workforce, with lifelong educatonal opportunities.
A vibrant, internationally recognized center of artistic and cultural excellence.

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What are Plan Houston's Draft Recommendations?

Most Houstonians are not aware of the work of municipal management districts (MMDs) and of their growing importance to our city. By adding an increased level of services beyond what city government can provide, MMDs are making a real difference as Houston evolves into a multi-dimensional global city. In fact, a discussion about governance in Houston that excludes the role of MMDs will lead to misguided conclusions about our city in the 21st century. The outcomes and style of work of MMDs also could be a model for a “Houston style of planning” that serves the visions, values and goals of our citizens with progress toward such coordination already becoming evident during the course of preparing this report.

For the full report, click here. For the Executive Summary, click here.


This document outlines a vision and a set of principles and goals based on citizen values in the City of Houston. It was developed over a period of eight years as the basis for a General Plan for Houston’s Future. It was distilled from several years of public visioning processes and a scientific survey of likely voters.
The need for a true General Plan is clear. It would serve as a management tool that city government, city departments, developers, business leaders, and citizens could use as they make infrastructure and other investment decisions.
A General Plan for the City’s future is consistently supported by 83% of respondents in the Houston Area Survey, which was last conducted in February 2009 by Dr. Stephen Klineberg of the Rice University Sociology Department. It is also required by law in Chapter 33 of the City’s Code of Ordinances.


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