Vision for Houston’s Future
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,
An educated and skilled workforce, with lifelong
A vibrant, internationally recognized center of
artistic and cultural excellence.
Municipal Management Districts
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
|A City Council initiative to
create a general plan
for Houston's future is underway
YOU'RE A CITIZEN OF THE CITY OF HOUSTON:
|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
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)
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)
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, 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)
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.
(a Word document)