Built This City
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
Houston Parks Board
Studio Red Architects/Lake Flato Architects
Walter P. Moore
Time Is Now:
Thursday, October 16, 2014
6 – 8 pm
Houston reached a crucial and important milestone
in 2014. Mayor Annise Parker directed
the City to undertake the development of a General
Plan, something Blueprint Houston has
advocated since our inception in 2002. As the
General Plan initiative advances, Blueprint
Houston’s advocacy must continue.
Why Keep Blueprint Houston going? Public support
for a General Plan is overwhelming: the annual
Kinder Houston Area Survey regularly records
84% support. Community leaders know that now
is the time to move the City forward. The City’s
initiative would not have been possible without
the sustained efforts of our Board of Directors
and many supporters like you.
As Mayor Parker said: “A general plan
is about good governance. Practical, innovative,
consensus based planning can improve collaboration,
enhance partnerships, improve policy-making
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.”
Blueprint Houston has a seat at the table for
this initiative. We are committed to acting
as the champion of the public’s vision,
values, and goals. Our work is not over. Join
us to sustain our efforts and support “The
Time Is Now” campaign to guide our city
along this new path. Blueprint Houston has already
provided meaningful financial and technical
support to the City, support that will need
to continue and grow. Join your voice to ours
by supporting Blueprint Houston as the advocate
for your vision, values, and goals.
Thank you for your past support. Please continue
in that effort by supporting Blueprint Houston
with a tax deductible year end contribution.
Click on www.blueprinthouston.org, Donate Now;
or send a check to Blueprint Houston, 3015 Richmond
Avenue #201, Houston, Texas 77098.
On behalf of the Board,
Joe Douglas Webb, AIA, Chair
Board Members: Victor Alvarez, Keiji Asakura,
Rogene Calvert, David Crossley, Bob Eury, Tony
Garcia, Jr., Don Glenn, John Guess, Guy Hagstette,
David Hawes, Jim Hill, Gregory Knight, Clark
Lord, Rene Martinez, Clark Martinson, Jackie
Mayhorn, Mike McEnany, Robert Muhammad, Theola
Petteway, Rebecca Reyna, Randhir Sahni, Jonathan
Smulian, Martha Murphree, Executive Director
Advisory Board: Rey de la Reza, Bill Neuhaus.
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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.