Livable Centers Planning Studies

H-GAC's Livable Centers Program works with local communities to identify specific recommendations, such as pedestrian and bicycle facilities, that can help facilitate the creation of Livable Centers. Through the study process the local community identifies a vision for the study area. The studies contain an implementation plan to realize this vision. H-GAC’s Livable Centers program has completed studies in urban, suburban, and rural areas throughout the 8-county region.

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Studies Underway

The City of Angleton Livable Centers Study provides recommendations for the downtown and county courthouse area in Angleton. Study currently underway.

The Seabrook Livable Centers study provides recommendations that focus on Oldtown Seabrook District. This historic and charming area of Seabrook encourages a complementary mix of land uses perfect for small businesses and residents alike. Study is currently underway.

The East Aldine Livable Centers study provides recommendations for the East Aldine Management District roughly bounded by the Hardy Toll Road to the west, Beltway 8 to the north, Hirsch to the east and Langley Road to the south. The study area includes a 61 acre Town Center and Keith-Wiess Park which offers the largest recreational space in the region with an extensive trail system. Study is currently underway. 

The Montrose Livable Centers Study provides recommendations for the Montrose TIRZ, which is bounded by W. Dallas to the north, Spur 27 to the east, IH 69/US 59 to the south and S. Shepherd Dr. to the west. Study currently underway.

Studies Completed

The Airline Improvement District study provides recommendations for the Airline Drive corridor in Harris County. Local partners included the Harris County Community Services Department and the Airline Improvement District. Completed in 2011.

The Cypress Creek Parkway study provides recommendations for the area near the intersection of Cypress Creek Parkway (FM 1960) and Kuykendahl Road in Harris County. Local partners included the Ponderosa Forest Utility District, the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce, and the Cypress Creek Parkway Property Owner’s Association. Completed in 2014.

The Downtown/EaDo study provides recommendations for the area bounded by Pease Street, St. Charles Street, Commerce Street, and Austin Street and includes such major destinations as the George R. Brown Convention Center, Minute Maid Park, Toyota Center and Discovery Green in the City of Houston. Local partners included the Houston Downtown Management District and East Downtown Management District. Completed in 2011.

The East End study provides recommendations for a portion of the East End area of Houston, bounded by Harrisburg Boulevard, York Street, and Clinton Drive in the City of Houston. Greater East End Management District served as the local partner. Completed in 2009.

The Eastwood Livable Centers Study provides recommendations for the Eastwood area in East End District Houston. Study completed in 2020.

The Energy Corridor study provides recommendations for a portion of Energy Corridor near the Addicks Park and Ride Lot along SH-6 between Grisby Road and Park Row Drive and along both sides of I-10 from SH-6 to West Lake Boulevard, in the City of Houston. The Energy Corridor District served as the local partner. Completed in 2011.

The Fifth Ward/Buffalo Bayou/East End study provides recommendations for the area bounded by Capitol Street, York Street, Lyons Avenue, and Lockwood Drive in the City of Houston. Local partners included the Buffalo Bayou Partnership, the Fifth Ward CRC (TIRZ 18), and the Greater East End Management District. Completed in 2015.

The Fourth Ward study provides recommendations for the Fourth Ward area of Houston, bounded by Allen Parkway, Heiner Street, Dennis Street, and Taft Street in the City of Houston. Local partners included the Fourth Ward Redevelopment Authority and the City of Houston. Completed in 2010.

The Fulshear Study provides recommendations for the City of Fulshear in Fort Bend County. Completed in 2018.

The Galveston study provides recommendations for the area between the Strand and the University of Texas Medical Branch, bounded by 14th Street and 19th Street in the City of Galveston. Local partners included the Galveston Housing Authority and the Historic Downtown Strand Seaport Partnership. Completed in 2012.

The Hempstead study provides recommendations for the Downtown Hempstead area in the City of Hempstead. Local partners included the City of Hempstead. Completed in 2012.

The Hobby Study provides recommendations for the neighborhoods surrounding the William P. Hobby Airport. Completed in 2017.

The Independence Heights-Northline study provides recommendations for the Independence Heights area west of I-45 and the Northline Commons area in the City of Houston. Local partners included the Greater Northside Management District, the Independence Heights Redevelopment Council and Northline Development. Completed in 2012.

The International Management District Study provides recommendations for the Alief area in southwest Houston. Local partners include the International Management District. Completed 2019.

The Kashmere Gardens Study provides recommendations for the area bound by I-610 to the north, I-10 to the south, Lockwood Drive to the east, and Jensen Drive to the west. Study partners included the Near Northside Management District and the City of Houston. Completed in 2017.

The League City Study provides recommendations for the Main Street corridor, generally bounded by Clear Creek, Reynolds Street, Walker Street, and SH-3 in the City of League City. Local partners included the City of League City. Completed in 2012.

The Midtown study provides recommendations for the area around the Ensemble/HCC light rail station in Midtown in the City of Houston. Local partners included the City of Houston. Completed in 2010.

The Mont Belvieu Study provides recommendations for the City of Mont Belvieu in Chambers County. Study completed 2018.

The Museum Park Study provides recommendations for the area south of Downtown and Midtown, north of the Texas Medical Center, and between Rice University and the Third Ward in the City of Houston. Local partners included the Museum Park Super Neighborhood, Houston Southeast (Greater Southeast Management District), and the City of Houston. Completed in 2016.

The NASA Area study provides recommendations for the commercial area of Nassau Bay, bounded to the north by NASA Parkway/NASA 1 Bypass in Harris County. Local partners included the NASA Area Management District and the City of Nassau Bay. Completed in 2012.

The Near Northwest study provides recommendations for the Antoine Corridor area in the City of Houston, bounded approximately by West Gulf Bank, Pinemont, TC Jester Boulevard, and Bingle Road. Local partners included the Near Northwest Management District. Completed in 2012.

The North Houston/Greenspoint Livable Centers Study provides recommendations for the North Houston Management District's northwest sector.

The Northside study provides recommendations for the Northside area in the City of Houston, directly north of Downtown Houston, bounded approximately by 1-10, 1-45, Patton Street, and Elysian Street. Local partners included the Greater Northside Management District. Completed in 2010.

The Pasadena Livable Centers study will provide recommendations for the area roughly bounded by Richey Avenue, Shaw Avenue, Red Bluff Road, and Southmore Avenue in the City of Pasadena in Harris County. Study completed in 2020.

The Rosenberg/90A study provides recommendations for the Avenue H/90A corridor in the City of Rosenberg. Local partners included the West Fort Bend Management District and the City of Rosenberg. Completed in 2015.

The Spring Branch Study provides recommendations for the Long Point Road corridor in the City of Houston. Local partners included the Spring Branch Management District and the City of Houston.

The overall goal of the study is to create a Livable Centers plan for the Texas City study area that will promote pedestrian accessibility, increase access to transit, promote a range of quality housing options and increase opportunities for private investment. Completed in 2016.

The City of Tomball study provides recommendations for  a suburban residential mix along the FM 2920 commercial corridor in Tomball. Various educational and civic, as well the Tomball Regional Medical Center, are in proximity to the downtown focus area.  Completed in 2009.

The Upper Kirby study provides recommendations for the area bounded by Buffalo Speedway, W. Alabama, Greenbriar, and U.S. 59, in the City of Houston. Local partners included the Upper Kirby District. Completed in 2010.

The Waller study provides recommendations for the original Downtown Waller area in the City of Waller. Local partners included the Waller Economic Development Corporation and the City of Waller. Completed in 2009.

The Washington Avenue study provides recommendations for the Washington Avenue Corridor from Washington & Westcott to I-45 in the City of Houston. Local partners included the City of Houston, TIRZ 13, and Better Houston. Completed in 2013.

The Westchase Study provides recommendations for the eastern portion of the Westchase Management District in the City of Houston. Completed in 2018.