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The Community and Environmental Planning Department (C & E) improves the quality of life in the H-GAC region by providing for orderly growth, encouraging economic development, and guiding local and regional planning to maintain and enhance the region's natural environment.

  • Socioeconomic Modeling

    Socioeconomic Modeling

    We develop, analyze, and disseminate information on land use, economy, and population of our region.


  • Community & Economic Development

    Community & Economic Development

    Community & Economic Development oversees federal and state grant programs in rural communities and small cities, supports regional workforce initiatives, and downtown revitalization and community beautification projects.


  • Livable Centers

    Livable Centers

    Livable Centers promotes walkable, mixed-use places that provide multimodal transportation options, improve environmental quality and promote economic development


  • Quality Places

    Quality Places

    View information about our Pedestrian-Bicyclist, Parks and Natural Areas, Urban Forestry, and PlanSource programs.


  • Sustainability


    View information about the Our Great Region 2040 plan.


  • Community & Environmental GIS

    Community & Environmental GIS

    These GIS applications are intended for general reference and planning purposes only. Mapping may not reflect on the ground conditions. The Houston-Galveston Area Council makes no further claims as to the accuracy or reliability of the data, and neither assumes, nor will accept liability for their use.


  • Environmental Stewardship

    Environmental Stewardship

    Access our Eco-Logical GIS, read about the Foresight Panel on Environmental Effects, and Green Schools.


  • Public Awareness & Involvement

    Public Awareness & Involvement

    Get involved in environmental activities and see presentations from our workshops.


  • Solid Waste

    Solid Waste

    H-GAC is the State designated planning agency for solid waste management issues in the region. The H-GAC Solid Waste Program reviews applications for landfill permits and solid waste grants.
    H-GAC provides technical assistance to local governments on solid waste issues, as well as continuing education opportunities for local governments and solid waste professionals.


  • Water Resources

    Water Resources

    H-GAC runs several Water Resources programs and initiatives in cooperation with local communities state and federal agencies. Activities range from identifying and resolving water quality issues, providing data and technical assistance, to public outreach activities and volunteer opportunities.


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