Proposed Ordinance Amendments Available for Public Review/ Comment

Planning and Development Department has worked closely with Legal Department, Houston Public Works, Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, METRO, and other key stakeholders to develop the proposed ordinance amendments and a Users’ Guide for the proposed Walkable Places and Transit-Oriented Development framework.

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Project Introduction

Walkable Places

Mayor Sylvester Turner stated, “Houston is growing in record numbers. More than ever, our citizens want walkable places that connect to parks and activity centers. Our city needs to grow and develop responsibly and efficiently, under the guidance of the Code of Ordinances.”

Houston is a city of tremendous opportunity. As the fourth largest city in the United States, a number of areas in Houston are attracting higher density commercial, office, and multifamily residential developments. These developments present an opportunity to create more vibrant, walkable streets that support alternative modes of transportation. The City’s development ordinances should maximize these opportunities. In this context, City of Houston Planning Commission Chair convened the Walkable Places Committee to explore how these ordinances should be amended to achieve this objective in January 2017.

The Walkable Places Committee met monthly to have a broad discussion regarding how to promote walkable places and transit-oriented development in Houston. After two and a half years of intensive research and discussion, the committee formed a consensus on regulatory tools that encourage high density, mixed-use development along corridors with appropriate context. These tools are the Walkable Places Ordinance and the Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Ordinance. Both tools implement the core strategies of Plan Houston and achieve the community’s vision and goals.

Auto-centric Suburban Style Development Encouraged by Current Ordinances

    Auto-centric suburban style development

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Pedestrian Friendly Urban Style Development Encouraged by the Proposed Ordinances

    Pedestrian Friendly Urban Development

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Walkable Places Committee
The committee considered issues and potential revisions to Chapter 26 and 42 related to planning environments that facilitate walking, and create sense of places by encouraging walkable development where appropriate.

A number of areas in Houston are attracting higher density commercial, office, and multifamily residential developments. These developments present an opportunity to create more vibrant, walkable streets that support alternative modes of transportation. The City’s development ordinances should maximize these opportunities. The Walkable Places Committee explore how these ordinances should be amended to achieve this objective.

Walkable Committee Members Graphic

2019 Walkable Places Committee Members, from left to right: Front Row: Cynthia Reyes-Revilla, Susan Alleman, Isabel Longoria, Bill Baldwin, Margaret Wallace Brown, Veronica Chapa Gorczynski, Kim Mickelson Back Row: Ron Lindsey, James Llamas, George Levan, Truman Edminster, Marty Stein, Greg LeGrande, Michael Huffmaster, Clark Martinson


Committee Members

  • Marty Stein
  • Bil Baldwin
  • Susan Alleman
  • Truman Edminster
  • Bolivar Fraga
  • Veronica Chapa Gorczynski
  • David Kim
  • Greg LeGrande
  • George Levan
  • Ron Lindsey
  • James Llamas
  • Clark Martinson
  • John Mooz
  • Bradley Pepper
  • Cynthia Reyes-Revilla
  • Abbey Roberson
  • Irma Sanchez
  • Josh Sanders
  • Jane West