Near Northside

Public Meeting #1

Thur, Nov 2, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Marshall Middle School
1115 Noble Street
Houston, TX 77009

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Houston’s Near Northside saw its first development in the late 1800s with the growth of the city’s railroad industry. The Hardy Rail Yards drew residential and commercial development to the area just north of White Oak Bayou and Downtown Houston. The Near Northside is still home to a variety of small, locally owned businesses, many Victorian style homes, and a variety of social services and healthcare agencies.

The Near Northside is serviced by METRORail’s Red Line, extending along North Main and Fulton streets. Home to a largely Hispanic population, the Near Northside features its culture through the neighborhood’s annual Sabor del Northside festival.

There are currently six known plans in Near Northside:

  • Greater Northside Management District – Pedestrian/Transit Access Master Plan
    • The Greater Northside Management District (GNMD) is a Municipal Management District located north of Houston’s downtown, covering about 25 square miles within metropolitan Houston. The Pedestrian/Transit Access Master Plan updates the information from the following previous studies:
      • H-GAC Northside Livable Centers Study (2010)
      • Airline Drive Design Study (2011)
      • H-GAC Independence Heights/Northline Livable Centers Study (2012)
  • This master plan consists of an in-depth analysis of pedestrian and transit infrastructure along 11 corridors throughout GNMD

  • Northside Livable Centers Study – Houston-Galveston Area
    • The Northside Livable Centers Study seeks to provide a framework for future growth and improvements in the Northside neighborhood area. This study recommends factors relating to neighborhood composition, pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, traffic circulation, green spaces, land use, and design guidelines.
  • Quality of Life Agreement – Northside, 2010
    • The first Quality of Life Agreement for Near Northside summarizes the process and creation of the document for the Northside super neighborhood. It serves as a roadmap for future development.
  • Quality of Life Agreement – Near Northside, 2015
    • The most recent Near Northside plan, updated from the 2010 original document, governs the action that Avenue CDC, the Community Design Resource Center (CDRC) at the University of Houston, and other groups take in the neighborhood. It describes a vision for the neighborhoods future and outlines projects and policy recommendations for measuring the plan’s success over the next five years. Avenue CDC and the CDRC received the 2017 National Planning Excellence Award: Advancing Diversity & Social Change (In Honor of Paul Davidoff) for this comprehensive plan.
  • Heights/Northside Mobility Study – 2015
    • This City of Houston study was performed by the Planning and Development and Public Works and Engineering departments. The plan is a sub-regional analysis of the Heights-Northside area evaluating the corridor and bicycle and transit networks.
  • TIRZ 21 Hardy/Near Northside Ordinance – 2008
    • This is a city ordinance establishing a Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) in a southern portion of Near Northside. This ordinance is less of a plan, but establishes and outlines needed infrastructure improvements.

Neighborhood Support Team (NST)

It is vital that the Complete Communities initiative connect with each neighborhood's civic leaders and organizations to understand their strengths, their connections within the community, and their perspectives on the needs of the neighborhood. Local civic leaders have the pulse of the community and know the assets and concerns better than the City alone.

We will rely on the NST to be our partners in this process by providing guidance to the public engagement approach in the area. We need to hear their voices and depend on the NST to ensure widespread participation from the community. Leaders should represent a constituency, are supported by that group and have some engagement capacity.

To see a list of the leaders and organizations the City has contacted or will soon contact, click Near Northside NST. The attached list is by no means exhaustive. If you know of leaders and/or organizations that should be included in this dialogue, please contact the Team Lead listed below.

List of Civic Leaders and Organizations (.pdf)

Neighborhood Profile

The following data and maps provide information on Near Northside. The PDFs may be viewed onscreen or easily printed in 8.5 x 11 format on most printers. A portable document reader, such as Adobe Reader is needed to display the documents.


Resource Assessment

Land Use Map

Near North Side
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Public Facilities Map

Schools Map

TIRZ and Management District Map

Civic Clubs Map

Coordinating Team

Team Lead: Christopher Andrews, Planner II
Davonte Caldwell, Planner I

Phone: 832.393.6600
Fax: 832.393.6647

Near Northside Complete Communities Plan

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