Save the Date
Thursday, October 16, 2014
6 – 8 pm
celebrate the launching of a process to develop
a General Plan for the City of Houston at a cocktail
reception honoring Mayor Annise Parker for her
initiative. In creating a steering committee for
the effort, she said: ““A
general plan is about good governance. Practical
innovative, consensus-based planning can improve
collaboration, enhance partnerships, improve policymaking,
and ultimately deliver higher quality outcomes
more quickly and at reduced cost. It is time for
Houston to join a host of other cities that enjoy
the benefits of a general plan.”
Chairs of the event include the Honorable Ellen
Cohen, the Honorable Stephen Costello, the Honorable
Ed Gonzalez, and the Honorable David Robinson.
A large and diverse Host Committee urges you
to join them in the celebration. The reception,
which will benefit Blueprint Houston, will be
held in the Tudor Gallery and Reading Room of
the Julia Ideson Library. In addition to delicious
food and drink, the event will feature an exhibition
of significant projects that illustrate the
benefits of planning.
reservations are $150 and sponsorships are available
from $1500 - $5000. Click
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Vision for Houston’s Future
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
An educated and skilled workforce, with lifelong educatonal
A vibrant, internationally recognized center of artistic
and cultural excellence.
The Quiet Revolution
The Growing Role of Municipal Management Districts
|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
FOR A GENERAL PLAN
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
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
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.
Blueprint Houston is a 501c3 tax-exempt
organization and is eligible to
receive deductible contributions.