I am deeply honored to tell you that on October 9, the Houston City Council confirmed Mayor Turner’s appointment of me to be the new Director of Houston’s Planning & Development Department.
I am grateful for this opportunity to continue working every day for the city I love. Houston is an amazing gumbo of energy, ideas and passions where anything is possible. I marvel every day at you, who are strong advocates for your communities. Whether you’re a native, someone who like me was brought here as a child or someone who chose to make Houston your home as an adult, you are what makes Houston strong. And, you are great partners for our team in Planning.
I am proud of the work that we have already accomplished. Efforts such as Plan Houston (2015), the Houston Bike Plan (2017), the Heights Historic District Design Guidelines (2018) and the first round of Complete Community Action Plans (2018) are just a few examples of our ability to work collaboratively and improve Houston.
As I look to the future, I am excited about the possibilities before us. We have a lot to do together. We must find better mobility solutions for all Houstonians, regardless of how they traverse our city. We must find a way to increase opportunities for Houstonians of all means to find a safe and attainable home in their choice of neighborhoods. And we must build up, not out in order to maximize the investment we’ve made in our urban core.
Together, we can accomplish all this and more.
Sincerely, Margaret Wallace Brown
City of Houston
Planning & Development Director