Livable Places

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What is Livable Places?

The Livable Places initiative is a continuation of the Planning Department’s effort to update portions of Houston’s development codes to enhance walkability, affordability and equity.

Following City Council's approval of the Walkable Places and Transit-Oriented Development ordinance amendments in August 2020, the Livable Places Action Committee will focus on updating the City’s development codes to encourage the development and preservation of affordable, quality housing for all.

The committee aims to create opportunities to:

  • build housing on existing vacant lots within neighborhoods that are largely developed
  • increase housing options with access to alternative transportation, such as bicycling and mass transit
  • improve safety
  • preserve great neighborhoods

This effort draws from community preferences identified through several previous planning initiatives including Plan Houston, Resilient Houston and others.

Use this page to provide input and feedback to the committee. Visit here often to find out about meetings, ask questions, participate in discussions and surveys, and to learn more. Your participation is important to help guide how Houston develops.

Livable Places Action Committee Meeting


ADU Design Competition: The Planning and Development Department is seeking architects and design professionals to submit schematic designs and concepts for an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) under the current City of Houston’s current building code and development standards. Public voting opens October 4th. Click here to learn more.

Workshop 2 - How to ADU | HOU: The City of Houston Planning & Development Department is hosting a series of virtual workshops focused on Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU’s) funded by a 2021 Community Challenge Grant from AARP. The second workshop, scheduled on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at 6 p.m., goes more in depth into the steps necessary to build an ADU. Register for the How to ADU | HOU workshop.

Watch past ADU Workshop 1 - Benefits and Basics.


Learn More

In the Articles Tab, you will find various reading material that can provide context and definitions to support and provide meaning to the work the Livable Places Action Committee will discuss during its monthly meetings.

In the Proposed Amendments Tab, you will find information on various amendments proposed through the Committee's work. You can send us your comments or questions if any or start a forum discussion.

Thank you for your participation!

What is Livable Places?

The Livable Places initiative is a continuation of the Planning Department’s effort to update portions of Houston’s development codes to enhance walkability, affordability and equity.

Following City Council's approval of the Walkable Places and Transit-Oriented Development ordinance amendments in August 2020, the Livable Places Action Committee will focus on updating the City’s development codes to encourage the development and preservation of affordable, quality housing for all.

The committee aims to create opportunities to:

  • build housing on existing vacant lots within neighborhoods that are largely developed
  • increase housing options with access to alternative transportation, such as bicycling and mass transit
  • improve safety
  • preserve great neighborhoods

This effort draws from community preferences identified through several previous planning initiatives including Plan Houston, Resilient Houston and others.

Use this page to provide input and feedback to the committee. Visit here often to find out about meetings, ask questions, participate in discussions and surveys, and to learn more. Your participation is important to help guide how Houston develops.

Livable Places Action Committee Meeting


ADU Design Competition: The Planning and Development Department is seeking architects and design professionals to submit schematic designs and concepts for an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) under the current City of Houston’s current building code and development standards. Public voting opens October 4th. Click here to learn more.

Workshop 2 - How to ADU | HOU: The City of Houston Planning & Development Department is hosting a series of virtual workshops focused on Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU’s) funded by a 2021 Community Challenge Grant from AARP. The second workshop, scheduled on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at 6 p.m., goes more in depth into the steps necessary to build an ADU. Register for the How to ADU | HOU workshop.

Watch past ADU Workshop 1 - Benefits and Basics.


Learn More

In the Articles Tab, you will find various reading material that can provide context and definitions to support and provide meaning to the work the Livable Places Action Committee will discuss during its monthly meetings.

In the Proposed Amendments Tab, you will find information on various amendments proposed through the Committee's work. You can send us your comments or questions if any or start a forum discussion.

Thank you for your participation!

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    The Houston Planning Commission is accepting comments on proposed amendments to Chapter 42 of the Code of Ordinances, the City’s standards for subdivision platting. The public hearing and comment period opens Thursday, March 18, 2021 and closes April 18, 2021. These proposed amendments will eliminate inconsistencies, clarify and/or codify some requirements and policies to make the subdivision platting process more efficient. The Livable Places Action Committee reviewed these amendments last fall and have referred them to the Planning Commission for consideration.

    The proposed amendments will address the following in Chapter 42. Click to view the draft ordinance language.

    1. Time period for submitting plat applications
    2. Street Width in Place ordinance boundaries
    3. Clarify the term “nonresidential”
    4. Special Minimum Lot Size and Special Minimum Building Line variance requirements
    5. Temporary access easement for utility facilities
    6. Identifying floodplains on General Plans

    Provide your comments on the proposed amendments on this form.

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