Planning

The City of Houston is investing in a wide range of planning initiatives to make the City and its residents more prepared for future disaster events. These initiatives include short-term studies to determine next steps for specific programs as well as long-term, multifaceted discussions with local and regional stakeholders to develop mitigation strategies. Our goals for this planning process include:

  • Protecting residents and the built environment from natural hazards
  • Developing sustainable, long-term, resilient, and equitable approaches to housing
  • Updating building and development codes
  • Preparing and protecting populations that are least likely to recover from disasters

HCDD works closely with other City Departments, along with the City of Houston Recovery Office and Resilience Office on a variety of planning initiatives which will align with The City of Houston’s Resilience Assessment.

Completed Studies

The Harvey Data Project was a newly created data platform to show the full impact of Hurricane Harvey on at-risk neighborhoods, using new metrics for calculating damages and social vulnerability. This data was instrumental in creating our Local Housing Needs  study, which is at the basis of all our programs’ goals. In 2019, Fast Company recognized the Harvey Data Project within their 2019 World Changing Ideas -- both as an Honorable Mention in the AI & Data Category and a Finalist in the Spaces, Places, & City Category.

The Report on Houston’s community engagement strategy for Hurricane Harvey outlines the new approaches the City took to reach more Houstonians and gather input about the disaster recovery process in 2018.

The State of Housing Affordability and Vulnerability in Houston  is a preliminary analysis about housing trends related to housing affordability and vulnerability due to the impacts of Hurricane Harvey.

Proposed Studies

The Building Code Updates study will assist in the development of a modern and comprehensive building and construction code that is accessible and easily utilized. Creating these codes will include a holistic review of building, fire, energy, mechanical, plumbing, and other development criteria applicable to Houston.

Living with Water Phase II will advance recommendations from the City’s Living with Water Houston report (January 2020) and focus on creating a flood recovery and resilience neighborhood plan for the Greenspoint area.

Our next Market Value Analysis will study neighborhood change in terms of housing and land costs, vacancies, and other metrics. These studies are conducted regularly in order to understand the direction and consequences of economic development in neighborhoods across Houston. The most recent previous Market Value Analysis was completed in 2016.

On-Call Planning services will utilize consultants on an as needed basis to assist the Housing and Community Development Department with planning initiatives including public engagement, data collection, and analysis.

The Sidewalk Study will assess the state of sidewalks, prioritize highest need areas, develop scalable solutions to improve mobility within communities impacted by recent disasters. The study will focus on developing neighborhood-specific strategies through case studies and comparison.

The Stormwater Master Plan will study infrastructure needs to address flooding in future disasters.

Consulting and analytic services are procured from qualified organizations when needed. Learn more about available Requests for Proposals and Requests for Qualifications.