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.

A City Council initiative to create a general plan
for Houston's future is underway


Last summer, Houston City Council passed a budget amendment that called for the Planning Commission to create a “plan to plan” that would define how to move toward a general plan for etc (need language). Now a committee of the Commission is working on that and it will be ready by the end of the year. The goal is within reach!
Through your participation in Blueprint Houston events, you've helped set the stage for this moment. You've told us - and your elected officials - about the kind of future you want. You've said there's a lot about Houston you want to preserve, and there's a lot you want to fix.
Now we need your help again to make this plan happen.
This is not about zoning, it's not about draconian government regulations, it's not about tax increases. It's about setting a direction for the spending of all the public resources we already have - toward a vision we all share. It's about making sure that all the dots are connected, and that the values we all share are supported by our spending, and are not diminished by that spending.
Blueprint Houston has championed a general plan for more than four years, and along the way it's spent a lot of money to discover what values we all share in Houston. We have a clear picture of that now, and we see it affirmed in many other visioning exercises in the region. The set of values and goals recorded by Blueprint is a $750,000 gift to the City, mostly provided by Houston Endowment
with help from many others and tremendous work by hundreds of Blueprint staff and volunteers.
Now this is getting serious, because if a planning process begins, we know you'll want it to be a good one that is based on citizen values. Our job is to support those values.
This means our initiative needs money. We've been supported mostly by organizations and people with a lot of money. Now it's time for the beneficiaries of all this work - the citizens of Houston - to help pay for it as best they can. We ask for whatever you feel good contributing. One dollar? Okay, one dollar. It's your support that's necessary. $5? $20? $100? $1,000? $10,000? What can you do to help?
Please hit the Donate button. Give this important movement to a better future for all Houstonians some financial help. It's about your future.

Committee chair and members (send them a letter of support!)
Council Resolution
What is a General Plan?
(presentation by David Crossley, Gulf Coast Institute)
Compendium of Plans (for more about general planning and the history of this initiative)

Tribute to John Sedlak

Download Final Report in pdf format

June 30 Next Steps Meeting (verbatim notes, Word doc)
Statement 1 (Council adopt agenda)
Statement 2 (Council begin process for plan)
Statement 3 (Agenda before candidates)
Statement 4 (Reorganize Blueprint Houston)
Best Ideas

Citizens' Agenda for Houston's Future Draft greensheet (pdf)

Five public meetings
All ideas (pdf)
Goals and strategies -draft (pdf)
Final Goals Strategies Actions (pdf)
Public Meetings, Download flyer (pdf)
Public Meetings, Download flyer (Word doc)

Leaders Conference
Leaders Conference, Read the Chronicle story
All results (pdf)
Revised values (pdf)

Blueprint Houston hires consultant

Task force meeting
Values - verbatim (pdf)
Values - edited (pdf)
Critical questions - verbatim (pdf)
Critical questions - edited (pdf)

Blueprint Houston Executive Summary (Word doc)
Memorandum of Understanding with Center for Houston's Future (Word doc)

Blueprint Houston Reports

Reports on Planning Processes in Houston.
A series of reports by University of Houston, Texas, Southern University and University of Texas School of Public Health

A Citizens' Agenda for Houston's Future
Originally titled "Vision, Values and Goals of the Citizens of Houston," this document was derived from a consensus of what is important to the community based on broad public outreach, extensive research, demographic analysis, and surveys.

The Houston General Plan: Proposal by Gulf Coast Institute

What is a General Plan?
Presentation by David Crossley, Gulf Coast Institute

Compendium of Plans
A document that synthesizes a range of existing City and region plans and includes an analysis of the overlaps, discrepancies, and gaps among the plans. (a Word document)

Houston Profile
Current demographic data and forecasts. The two links download a handout and a handout insert from the Citizens' Congress and the other public meetings that contains small versions of most of the maps and charts. Handout insert. (both pdf documents)

Survey of Voters
Blueprint Houston conducted a random telephone survey of over 1,000 registered voters in the City of Houston between May 9 and May 23, 2003. Executive summary. (a Word document)

Blueprint Houston Newsletters

July 2006 Table of Contents

Editor’s Note: News Alert: The city is one step closer to an official plan for Houston’s future! Blueprint Houston applauds the City Council’s amendment to the FY 2006-2007 budget directing the Planning Commission to submit within 180 days a scope of work for developing a General Plan!… more

Heidi Sweetnam, Executive Director


June 2006 Table of Contents

Editor’s Note: Houston is getting ready to address challenges of future growth. In the past month, two significant things happened that indicate the City will act to position Houston as a highly desirable place to live and work in the 21st century. At Citizens Congress II, Houstonians suggested ways the city could be configured to accommodate a 30% increase in population and the Planning Commission announced committees will explore new f tools for future development similar to concepts embraced at Congress II… more

Heidi Sweetnam, Executive Director

CITIZENS’ CONGRESS II – Growth Strategy Needed!

February 2006 Table of Contents

Blueprint Houston
Envision Houston Region
Government Meetings on Plans and Planning
FYI on Planning
Trends & Demographics
Meet New Council Members
Additional Community Meetings
Other Links

December 2005 Table of Contents

Envision Houston Region
Government Meetings on Plans and Planning
FYI on Planning
Additional Community Meetings
Other Links

November 2005 Table of Contents

Planning Commission and Committees
Good Overview of Houston
High Speed Rail and Evacuation Plans for Houston
Draft Vision for Dallas Comprehensive Plan Under Review

October 2005 Table of Contents

Envison Houston Region
Government Meetings on Plans and Planning
FYI on Planning
Additional Community Meetings
Important Links

July 2005 Table of Contents

Envison Houston Region
Government Meetings on Plans and Planning
FYI on Planning
Additional Community Meetings
Important Links

May 2005

May Newsletter (DOC Format)

October 2004 Table of Contents

Blueprint Houston Calendar

Issues and Actions Related to Planning

Opportunities for your Involvement

September 2004

September Newsletter (Word Doc Format) or (Adobe PDF Format)

May 2004

May 2004 Table of Contents:

Upcoming Activities :

Opportunities for Citizen Involvement:

Update on Blueprint Houston :

March 2004

March 2004 Table of Contents:

Message from the Chair:

Upcoming Activities:

Opportunities for Citizen Involvement:










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