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Posted on: October 30, 2019

Planning Initiatives/Efforts Honored By Council, Highlighting the Proactive Comprehensive Plan


One of the reasons MCTX is recognized as a Platinum Scenic City is its ongoing commitment to innovative planning initiatives that have resulted in the “Show Me City”:

  • Proactively updating the Comprehensive Plan every five years;
  • Enacting zoning laws to assure a balance of residential and commercial developments in all sectors of the City;
  • Being home to two of the nation’s top 20 master-planned communities—Riverstone and Sienna. The communities are also ranked among the top 15 subdivisions in Fort Bend County at No. 13 and No. 14, respectively;
  • Attracting two of Fort Bend County’s five industrial hubs—Lakeview Business Park and Park 8Ninety—both are Trammell Crow developments; and 
  • Managing future growth, development and redevelopment by continuously analyzing demographic trends, community-wide issues and internal/external goals that impact infrastructure, mobility, public safety, and enforcement of local codes and ordinances

Key examples of the City’s land use, transportation and environmental planning efforts involve projects that improve traffic flow and congestion, the repair of streets, sidewalks and bridges; the maintenance of parks and trails; and initiatives such as transit services offered through the METRO 364 MCTX Flex Route and 363 Community Connector; collaborative tree and grove plantings at Buffalo Run Park and the Edible Arbor Trail; the future construction of a Veterans Memorial in the City Hall Complex and the state-of-the-art Regional Surface Water Treatment Plant.

“All of these projects benefit our residents’ health and well-being by making transportation systems, amenities and municipal services more accessible,” said City Manager Anthony J. Snipes. “As we are nearing the end of National Planning Month, we want to take this time to remind citizens that these and other critical areas will remain ongoing priorities as staff strives to continually improve the quality-of-life for residents.”

CC Planning Month

In honor of the sound planning and planning implementations made year-round by the dedicated team members in the City’s Development Services Department, Mayor Yolanda Ford presented a Community Planning Month proclamation to Director Otis T. Spriggs at the Monday, Oct. 7 Regular Meeting, recognizing the “valuable contributions of City staff.” (In photo above: Spriggs is on the left, Mayor Ford is in the center and Planner II Thomas White is on the right)

Director Spriggs thanked Mayor Ford and added: “Missouri City is a thriving community that has great planning principles and a Comprehensive Plan that is live and active. The 2019 theme for Community Planning Month is ‘infrastructure that benefits all’ and we, too, are focused on transportation leads, housing leads, broadband, internet and technology.” He added: “We are thinking ahead and looking at current technologies and we ask that the public join us in recognizing the importance of these trends and the impact or potential impact they may have on citizens and business citywide.”

Planning Manager Jennifer Thomas-Gomez reiterated the importance of planning to the sustainability of municipalities and reiterated the importance of this year’s theme as it relates to Missouri City’s Comprehensive Plan and some of its key components: Residential Areas, Public Input, Demographics, Commercial Corridors, and Implementation.

“The ‘Show Me City’ has a long-standing policy of working with our stakeholders and partners to make sound planning choices that address our community’s challenges and opportunities and help sustain our City overall,” Gomez said. “Over the years, the Comprehensive Plan has evolved and adapted with ongoing public input and we rely on this vital feedback to maintain local growth and development. This consistency, along with our development regulations, earned us a Platinum Scenic City designation, which is an achievement the City takes into account for current operations and future planning.”

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