Building This City



Save the Date

Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Cocktail Reception
The Silos at Sawyer Yards

1502 Sawyer
Houston 77007

Honoring James # Furr, FAIA
Celebrating Plan Houston


Why Celebrate Plan Houston?

On October 20 Blueprint Houston will not only honor Jim Furr, FAIA, but also celebrate adoption of the first city ordinance creating a general plan for Houston in 180 years.

Plan Houston was adopted last year by the City of Houston. It provides the vision and goals for the entire community. In addition it provides 12 Core Strategies and Actions for each strategy that the City needs to undertake to achieve the community’s vision and goals. Now Plan Houston should specifically address how it will take these Actions to the next step of defining specific policies, plans and programs that can be applied on the ground.
A few of the defined Actions in the approved General Plan are as follows:

  • Ensure that long term growth supports the City’s fiscal viability (Spend money wisely)
  • Engage with the community to identify local needs and pursue local goals (Grow Responsibly)
  • Anticipate growth and plan for it, ensuring that infrastructure and services accommodate growth (Grow responsibly)
  • Adopt policies supporting existing and future activity centers that enable a combination of live, work and play options (Grow responsibly)
  • Encourage development of a transportation network that considers all modes of transportation and context sensitive design principles (Grow responsibly and Mobility/Accessibility)

Blueprint Houston will work with Mayor Turner and the Planning and Development Department to encourage action on these and other initiatives.

For more information on Plan Houston see


Citizens’ Vision for Houston’s Future

A 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 creative.
An educated and skilled workforce, with lifelong educatonal opportunities.
A vibrant, internationally recognized center of artistic and cultural excellence.

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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 here.


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 voters.
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 decisions.
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.


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