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Updates from your City of Houston

October 2018
100 Resilient Cities
Houston is now participating in the 100 Resilient Cities Network, a $164 million global effort to build urban resiliency around the world. This program helps cities prepare for both chronic issues, such as homelessness and traffic, as well as one-off events, such as Hurricane Harvey or cyber-attack. Participating cities receive grant funding to hire a Chief Resilience Officer to work with leaders and stakeholders to develop a comprehensive resilience strategy and access to critical tools, services, and technical assistance. The Office of Resilience will complement work conducted by the City's Flood Czar Office and other ongoing efforts across the city to achieve flood resilience in our region. Houston's participation in the 100RC Network is made possible with a sponsorship of $1.8 million in funding by Shell Oil Company. For more details, read Mayor Sylvester Turner's press release or visit the 100 Resilient Cities website.
Complete Communities City Council Resolution
Complete Communities Lead Planners and colleagues celebrate the City Council resolution 
A signature program of Mayor Sylvester Turner, the Complete Communities initiative is about improving neighborhoods so that all of Houston's residents and business owners can have access to quality services and amenities. It began in 2017 with the naming of the first five pilot communities- Gulfton, Acres Home, Second Ward, Third Ward, and Near Northside. Houston City Council passed a resolution supporting the five Complete Communities Action Plans on August 29.
The Complete Communities Action Plans may be found on the PD website. The Action Plans detail goals, projects, priorities, timeframe, metrics, and partners identified by the communities and supporting organizations. This Council resolution of the Mayor's signature program can help communicate City support to possible funders, philanthropists and grantors.
Proposed Changes to Parking Requirements
Attention East Downtown and Midtown residents! The Planning Department is proposing to expand the boundaries of the current parking rules in Downtown, known as the Central Business District (CBD), to include the East Downtown and Midtown Management Districts. If approved, the CBD will be renamed to Market-Based Parking Area. Planning staff will present the proposed changes to Planning Commission for consideration on October 11 at the City Hall Annex Chambers, 900 Bagby, 2:30 PM. You can sign up to speak on this item at the Planning Commission meeting. For questions, please contact Hector Rodriguez at 832.393.6600 or via email at 
Employee Recognitions 
The annual Planning and Development Department meeting was held September 5, where department leadership presented employee service awards and recognized staff for their years of service. This year, four awards were presented for Rookie of the Year, Outstanding Collaboration, Exemplary Achievement and Performance, and Excellence in Customer Service. We thank these employees for their hard work and dedicated service to the city of Houston. 

Outstanding Collaboration 

Donella Gomillion
Exemplary Achievement and Performance
Matthew Kriegl
Excellence in Customer Service
Abraham Zorrila
Rookie of the Year
John Cox and Braniff Davis
Twenty Five Years of Service

Jennifer Ostlind

Hector Rodriguez 

Ten Years of Service

Suvidha Bandy            Nicole Smothers 

Muxian Fang               Misty Staunton

Milady Quintanilla       Sona Sunny

Kevin Shuff 

Five Years of Service

Geoffrey Butler

Aracely Rodriguez 

Chapter 19 Floodplain Ordinance updates
Houston Permitting Center has a new Residential Pre-requisite Checklist (Form CE-1301) and a Commercial Pre-requisite Checklist (Form CE-1105). Chapter 19 changes and Design standards changes (Chapters 9 and 13) are also available. For more information, contact Houston Public Work's Floodplain Management Office or 832-394-8854.   
Program Updates
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Transportation Planning: A proposed amendment to the Major Thoroughfare and Freeway Plan concerning Ellington Road has triggered a  public hearing on October 25, 2:30 pm, at the City Hall Annex Chambers. More information can be found here.
Houston BCycle Expansion: Two more bike stations were added to the BCycle network in September, bringing the total number of bike stations in operation to 72. The new stations are conveniently located in Rice Village. These stations are part of the City's Houston BCycle expansion project that is funded by a federal transportation grant. Visit the P&D project page for information about the expansion project and ride a Houston BCycle today!

Historic Preservation: Proposed changes to Chapter 33, regarding ordinance enforcement language, establishment of double fees for work performed without the required approval, and modifying how publicly owned land is considered when establishing a historic district are now available for public comment. To view the proposed changes, please click here . You can submit public comment via email here.

The City of Houston is encouraging departments to use neighborhood social-media site Nextdoor. This site allows neighbors to connect with each other in a more moderated environment. By using this forum, City departments will be able to target communications to specific neighborhoods for projects or meetings taking pace in their community. Sign up at
Planning & Development

611 Walker Street, 6th Floor
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: 832.393.6600