Livable Centers Call for Planning Study Partners

2021 Livable Centers Sponsor Call

The Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) sought proposals from local governments and other eligible study sponsors to conduct Livable Centers planning studies. The proposed studies were required to be in Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, or Waller counties.

Livable Centers are places where people can live, work, and play with less reliance on their cars.  The studies encourage a complementary mix of land uses that are designed to be walkable, connected, and accessible by multiple modes of transportation. Livable Centers Implementation can take many forms, including on the ground projects, policies and programs.

Sponsors proposed one of the following study types: 

  • Full Livable Centers Studies - Aims to create walkable live, work, play environments at a neighborhood or district level.

  • Focused Livable Centers Studies - Targets small areas such as a community-node or destination, or focus on a specific livable centers goal.

Application Assistance

Pre-Submittal Q&A Meeting

H-GAC staff provided a presentation on the process and required steps on April 15, 2021. Staff was available to answer questions, including clarifying questions regarding Full and Focused Livable Centers studies.

Submitting an Application

The deadline to submit an application was July 30, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.. Applications are no longer being accepted at this time.


Sponsoring agencies must demonstrate their financial commitment to the matching fund level required for the proposed study. Based on the Livable Centers Need Index (LCNI) for the proposed study area, sponsor’s cash match requirements will be defined by a percentage of the total study cost, not to exceed 10% of total study cost. 

Details regarding match may be found in the Application Guidance Document.


If you have any questions regarding the application, please contact us at [email protected].