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Newsletter | February 2020
A Bright Spot in My Day

NPC20 Volunteer Opportunities: From April 25 through 28 , Houston will be epicenter for all things Planning related, as Houston hosts the American Planning Association’s (APA) National Planning Conference . To apply to volunteer for this national event, contact Shad Comeaux at

If you’re a Planning nerd like me, this event should make you giddy with excitement. More than 6,000 people will be here to learn first-hand about planner's challenges, our successes, and our forward momentum. As the host city, we are responsible for developing and delivering a citywide tour to showcase great developments happening in Houston, highlight our unique planning opportunities and challenges, and break those pesky Houston stereotypes. Read more about NPC20.
Public Input Now on Chapter 42 Amendments
We want your input! A 30-day comment period on proposed amendments to Chapter 42 is open until February 22. These proposed changes are related to three areas: 1) subdivision naming standards, 2) public notification, and 3) notice requirements for replats. Read more about Chapter 42 amendments.

Walkable Places & TOD Public Hearing

The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on February 20 on the proposed Walkable Places and Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Ordinances. These ordi-nances encourage walkable, safe pedestrian-friendly development. The public comment period also ends February 20. Read more about Walkable Places/TOD.
I-45 Virtual Community Workshop & Survey

TxDOT's North Houston Highway Improvement Project (NHHIP) I-45 alternatives were presented at three recent community workshops. If you were unable to attend, you can provide feedback on these alternatives via the “I-45 Virtual Community Workshop" survey . The survey closes on February 14. Read more about NHHIP.

Houston Bikeways:
Pop-up a Success!

Thanks to all who helped test a new street design on Jackson Hill Street at Scotland Street on January 25! The Pop-Up Bike Lane was a big hit with Buffalo Bayou trail users and passersby. Want more bike news? Read more bikeways news.
Map of the Month: Harrisburg TIRZ

Interested in economic investment areas around Harrisburg? The Tax Investment Zone map for Harrisburg is the featured GIS ( Geographic Information System ) map this month. 
Say YES to Census 2020: April 1st!

Get ready to say yes to what's rightfully ours. Yes to what you need. Yes to building our future. Yes to only nine responses in 10 minutes on April 1. Help spread the word about saying YES! to the 2020 Census! read more about the census.
Planning Turns 80!

The Department is celebrating its 80th birthday anniversary on Valentine's Day! PD fact: On February 14, 1940, the  Planning & Development Department was created by city ordinance and the Planning Commission was re-formed.

Development Reports

Stay up to date on Houston platting and permitting activity with the Plat  and Permit Reports. View reports here.

Department Calendar

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