|What is Blueprint Houston?
A non-profit organization that serves as a resource
and catalyst for better long term planning for Houston’s
future growth and development:
||• Building support
for a strategic general planning process to implement
a vision of future growth that reflects the citizens’
values and goals.
• Serving as a non-partisan facilitator of
public dialogue about planning issues.
• Committed to principles of inclusiveness
and informed citizen participation in the planning
process on a timely basis.
|What Is Blueprint Houston’s
Mission & Strategy?
Blueprint Houston’s mission is to assure the
creation of a general plan for the City of Houston
based on citizens’ vision, values, and goals.
Blueprint Houston has built community support for
a long term planning process that makes improvements
to Houston’s quality of life and place. We
work with citizens and policy makers to increase
understanding of and support for comprehensive planning
||• Increasing civic
awareness and engagement
• Conducting research
• Organizing opportunities for citizens to
make their voice heard in the planning process.
• Building strategic partnerships with civic
associations, Super Neighborhoods, management districts,
in Blueprint Houston?
Houstonians interested in being involved in the
decision making process that affects their city’s
future quality of life. Participants are broadly
representative of the population, matching voting
patterns as measured by gender, level of income,
ethnic group, or place of residence.
|What are Blueprint Houston’s Plans
Work with Peter Park, planning and urban
design consultant, the Department of Planning and
Development, and the Mayor’s Office to support
the completion of a “plan to plan” that
will include a work plan, resource plan (internal
and external to the City), schedule, and budget
for creating a Framework Plan for the City to be
included in the City’s FY15 budget and to
be prepared in 2014-2015.
|What do we want
Adoption by Houston City Council of the Framework
or General Plan to guide public and private development
decisions in the future. Periodic review and update
should be included in the plan to assure that is
a dynamic guide for the City’s growth.
|What have we done?
The Time Is Now, 2013
|| An advocacy paper and
power point presentation urging action now on a
|Engagement of Peter Park,
city planner and urban design consultant, 2013-2014
|| Park is working from
the Mayor’s office with the Department of
Planning and Development, a citizen’s advisory
committee, and other stakeholders to develop the
“Plan to Plan.”
|Municipal Management District
|| An examination of the
activities, achievements and best practices of local
|Urban Geography, 2012
|| A pilot program at Milby
High School to provide enhanced resources and teacher
support for the urban geography unit in 9th grade
social studies focused on the value of planning
in the growth and development of cities.
|Sustainable Communities Regional
Planning Grant, 2010-2013
|| Selected as a member
of the 25 organization consortium to apply for the
federal grant funded by HUD, DOT, and EPA. Participated
in preparing the successful proposal for the $3.75
million, three year grant.
|Leader Conference, 2009
|| Training session for
more than 100 individuals to serve as facilitators
for Citizens’ Congress III.
|Citizens’ Congress III,
|| A gathering at the Brown
Convention Center of about 400 people to review
the history of planning in Houston and analyze the
application of the principles of a general plan
at the region, area, and neighborhood scales. Mayoral
|Candidate Forum, 2009
|| Discussions with each
of the four major candidates for Mayor of Houston
to determine their support for a general plan for
Houston. All supported the concept.
|Neartown Technical Advisory
|| A structured analysis
of the needs of the area around the Westheimer/Montrose
Involving residents, business owners, and professionals
from the Urban Land
|Leader Conference, 2008
|| A gathering of more
than 50 community leaders to evaluate the City’s
general plan website.
|| A conference of more
than 100 people to refine and affirm citizens’
vision for Houston.
|Publication of Citizens’
|| In October the Houston
Chronicle published The Citizens’ Vision for
Houston in a full page ad.
|Citizens’ Congress II,
|| A public forum of 500
plus community leaders to consider the options generated
by Envision Houston Region and to discuss the trade-offs
implicit in the building blocks.
|Envision Houston Region with
|| A regional initiative
co-sponsored with H-GAC to engage the public in
examining alternative scenarios of how Houston could
grow for the purpose of creating a vision for the
next Regional Transportation Plan. Over 700 citizens
participated in five workshops.
|Leaders Conference: What’s
the best approach to planning?, 2004
|| A conference of two
hundred and fifty leaders to review Blueprint Houston
studies of the current planning process in Houston
for the top ten goals approved at the Citizens Congress
and best planning practices in other cities.
|Compendium of Plans, 2003
|| A review and analysis
of 35 plans addressing the urban conditions and
growth of the City of Houston.
|Citizens Congress, 2003
|| A public forum of 1,000
plus community leaders to prioritize the citizens’
values and goals for creation of a vision for long
term planning purposes.
|Who Funds Us?
Blueprint Houston has been generously funded by
the Houston Endowment. Other supporters include:
|| • Jacob and Terese
• The Kinder Foundation
• The Larry and Katherine buck Fund of the
Houston Jewish Community Foundation
• An array of corporations and individuals
|Why is Blueprint
While other organizations such as the League of
Women Voters and Houston Tomorrow support the concept
of a general plan for Houston, Blueprint Houston
is the only one to focus its entire energies toward
the goal of a general plan by the City of Houston
based on citizens’ vision, values and goals.