COMPLETE COMMUNITIES IS HOUSTON’S FIRST NEIGHBORHOOD-BASED PLANNING EFFORT FOCUSED ON EQUITY
The CDRC worked in partnership with the City of Houston to shape the Complete Communities planning effort starting in 2017. The five pilot neighborhoods—Acres Home, Gulfton, Near Northside, Second Ward, and Third Ward—are now in the implementation stage. The second round of Complete Communities partners, announced by Mayor Turner in June of 2019, are Alief-Westwood, Fort Bend Houston, Kashmere Gardens, Magnolia Park-Manchester, and Sunnyside. Over the last four years, stakeholders in these neighborhoods have developed a shared vision for a complete community. Across the ten neighborhoods almost 6,000 people shared their insights, values, and visions. More than 4,000 participants attended one of the 37 public meetings, and nearly 1,800 leaders representing faith-based organizations, business owners, non-profit and community-based organizations, and civic, educational, and institutional leaders attended one of the dozens of listening sessions with community planners. A Neighborhood Support Team, composed of locally identified leaders, residents, and allies, has guided each Complete Community effort.
Project Team: Susan Rogers, Director; Adelle Main, Assistant Director; Barbara Venegas, Angélica Lastra, José Mario López, Pooja Shetty
Project Sponsor: City of Houston Planning and Development Department