Mayor Annise, D. Parker has directed the Houston Planning Commission to create the City’s first general plan. The approach for preparing a general plan builds on existing plans, studies, policies, practices and regulations that make Houston a prosperous, healthy and sustainable city.
A subcommittee of the Commission will serve as the Steering Committee for this effort which is slated to conclude by the summer of 2015. Planning Commissioners on the Subcommittee include, Mark Kilkenny, Susan Alleman and Antoine Bryant.
Organizations that will have representation on the Subcommittee are, BluePrint Houston, Center for Houston’s Future, Greater Houston Builders Association, Greater Houston, Houston Endowment, Houston Galveston Area Council, Houston Independent School District, Houston Parks Board, Houston Real Estate Council, Houston Tomorrow, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Super Neighborhood Alliance, Urban Land Institute, Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce, Indo-American Chamber of Commerce, Asian Chamber of Commerce and the Houston Housing Authority.
Individuals who will serve on the Subcommittee include the Minnette Boesel, Mayor’s Assistant for Cultural Affairs; Bob Eury, Central Houston, Inc.; Guy Hagstette; Mary Lou Henry; Steven Kleinberg, Rice University; Carol Lewis, Texas Southern University; and Peter Brown.
“Houston is constantly changing and growing. We have to have a better way to plan for that growth,” said Mayor Annise D. Parker. “A general plan will allow us to better coordinate our resources, create opportunities for innovative partnerships and provide a path to achieving our goals.”
The goal of the General plan is to create a citywide vision and create collaboration across city departments, address projected growth and finds new and better approaches to manage projected growth, create continuity across changes in city leadership and create a strategic regional vision necessary for Houston to fully realize global opportunity and potential.