Monthly Planner
Updates from your City of Houston
 

 
February 2019
Happy Valentine's Day!    
   

The Planning & Development Department is celebrating 79 years as a department on February 14!
On the Move
 
Do you want to help shape mobility plans for how you move in southeast Houston? If you live or work within the Southeast Houston Mobility Plan boundaries, we will be discussing transportation and mobility challenges that affect your community and need your input!

Please attend the public meeting on Wednesday, February 6, 6-8 pm, at Sunnyside Multi-Service Center, 9314 Cullen Blvd. The presentation will begin promptly at 6:30 pm. Or attend on Saturday, February 9, 9:30-11:30 am, at Charleston Community Center, 8200 Park Place Blvd. Presentation will begin at 10 am. The meetings are kid-friendly, and refreshments will be provided! For more information, visit the plan project page.


Southeast Houston Mobility Plan study area
Census 2020 Initiatives
The U.S. Census Bureau will conduct a national count of all people within the United States beginning April 1, 2020. The Planning & Development Department (P&D), along with other civic partners, is planning a multi - level campaign that will reach all Houstonians. The national count provides the basis for reapportioning congressional seats, redistricting, and distributing billions of dollars in federal funding to communities, cities, counties, and states across the nation. P&D will be working with a Census engagement consultant to increase the completion response rate for the count. Contact Bala Balachandran at 832-393-6600 or visit census.org for more information. 

Historic Workshops
 
Window repair and preservation is a frequent concern expressed by applicants to our Historic Preservation team. Staff is pleased to report that a wood window workshop is being hosted by the AIA Houston Historic Resources Committee. Through demonstrations and hands-on experience, participants will learn the basics behind window restoration methods, including skills needed to confidently repair and maintain wood windows. The event will be held on March 2 and 3, at 1548 Heights Blvd. To register, visit AIA.  
 
Also, the AIA Houston Historic Resources Committee is launching a spring speaker series to promote exceptional historic preservation, adaptive reuse projects and lessons learned when working with historic buildings. For details, contact Sarah Fanelli at 832-393-6600.  
Super Neighborhood Alliance
 

  
At the January monthly meeting of the Super Neighborhood Alliance (SNA), Mayor Sylvester Turner spoke about some of his administrative priorities for the city of Houston. Complete Communities, resiliency and flooding mitigation, effective solid waste removal, and budget considerations were addressed. For information about the SNA, or to see if a super neighborhood is active within your community, visit their webpage or email snacoh@gmail.com.
Program Updates
 
Complete Communities: Mayor Turner recently announced the creation of the Office of Complete Communities. This new mayoral office will be key to assisting the community with implementation of the action plan in each area. For more general information on the program, click here. You can also visit the Complete Communities University webpage to view the recent presentations from session speakers on various topics of value to communities.  
 
Major Thoroughfare & Freeway Plan: P&D is now accepting applications for amendments to the 2018 Major Thoroughfare & Freeway Plan (MTFP), regarding planned road right-of-ways in the region. The submittal deadline for formal applications regarding proposed changes is March 15, 5 pm. A pre-submittal meeting is required. The 2019 MTFP meetings will begin on May 9 and continue through the summer. Visit the MTFP page for more information. 


Bicycle Advisory Committee: The Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC), pictured above, was appointed to advise city staff on Houston Bike Plan implementation and other recommendations to encourage bicycling in Houston. The Committee seeks to improve bicycle-riding safety, increase ridership, increase bicycling access to pathways and development of more bicycle facilities. Visit the BAC website to follow the committee's work.
 
Walkable Places:  The next Walkable Places Committee meeting will be held on March 6, from 4-6 pm, in the City Hall Annex Chambers, at 900 Bagby. Visit the Committee webpage to learn more about Walkable Places and follow the work in the pilot areas: Emancipation Avenue, Midtown, and Near Northside.