Department Directory

Department Divisions:

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

  • Larry Nierth, GIS Manager 832.393.6567
  • GIS Hotline/Order a map 832.393.6555

GIS is a computer system capable of capturing, storing, analyzing, and displaying geographically referenced information or data. The P&D Department has developed an enterprise level GIS to serve the entire City of Houston. The goal of the GIS division is to serve the geographic information system and geospatial needs of the City of Houston across departments and among all staff and citizens.

Management Services

  • Roger Hamilton, Account Manager, 832-393-6546

Management Services manages the day to day operations and providing administrative support of the Department including purchasing, payroll, personnel services, accounting and budgeting. Management Services also includes the Director’s Office and the Public Affairs Office.

Development Services

  • Mike Kramer, Assistant Director 832.393.6553
  • Planner of the Day 832.393.6624
  • The Development Services Division reviews subdivision plats submitted for consideration at upcoming Planning Commission meetings for compliance with Houston’s land development ordinance, Chapter 42. Staff also reviews development site plans for compliance with Chapter 42, parking regulations and the tree and shrub regulations. The Division reviews applications for the locations of certain type of development such as hotel/motels, hazardous material storage facilities and cellular towers.

Transportation Planning

  • David Fields, Assistant Director 832.393.6573

The Division also performs a role in transportation planning and coordination. Staff liaisons with and coordinates mobility plans with other agencies including Public Works and Engineering, METRO, Harris County, Texas Department of Transportation, the Harris County Toll Road Authority and other related entities. Responsibilities will include the Major Thoroughfare and Freeway Plan and access management policy.

Community and Regional Planning

  • Jennifer Ostlind, Assistant Director, 832.393.6569
    Lynn Henson, Planning Manager, 832.393.6548

The Community and Regional Planning Division works to sustain the long term viability and character of communities through programs such as minimum building line and lot size program, prohibited yard parking and Houston Office of Preservation (HOP)program. The Division addresses issues of growth through annexation policies and other related activities. Community Sustainability is responsible for demographic analysis.


Planning and Development Department, 611 Walker, 6th Floor, Houston, TX 77002-4903

Mailing Address

City of Houston
P.O. Box 1562
Houston, TX 77251-1562