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Complete Communities is Houston’s  neighborhood-based planning effort focused on equity. A signature project of Mayor Sylvester Turner, Complete Communities aspires to be simultaneously grounded and transformative.



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 year, stakeholders in these neighborhoods have developed a shared vision for a complete community. 

Across the five neighborhoods 3,500 people shared their insights, values, and visions. More than 2,300 participants attended one of the fourteen public meetings, and nearly 1,200 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, comprised of locally identified leaders, residents and allies, has guided each Complete Community effort.       


Project Team: Susan Rogers, Director; Adelle Main, Assistant Director; Angélica Lastra, José Mario López, Gabriela Degatau, Kaede Polkinghorne, Maria Noguera, Cynthia Cruz



Project Sponsor: City of Houston Planning and Development Department

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