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Posted on: September 26, 2011

[ARCHIVED] City Council Approves Key Upgrades To Architectural Design Standards

Maintaining strong development principles set in Missouri City’s 2009 Comprehensive Plan; Council members have approved amendments to the City’s Architectural Design Standards in the Zoning Ordinance.

After receiving feedback from business partners and holding several public hearings on the issues, City Council gave final approval at its July 18 meeting for the following improvements that will provide additional creative options to businesses:

*Expansion of the list of primary materials allowed on structures—brick and stone—to include architectural masonry units, which are concrete products.

*Use of business identity colors for exterior designs; and the incorporation of business identity colors on awnings and bollards.

*Requirement for uniformity of awnings within an integrated business development or shopping center; all awnings will need to be uniform in shape, material, color and design.

Architectural design proposals for new construction and redevelopment will continue to be reviewed within the City’s 10-business day building permit review period.

The “Show Me” City is respected state- and nationwide for its adherence to superior codes and maintaining ordinances and regulations aimed at premium development requirements. For this commitment to public spaces such as roadways, parks and open expanses, the City earned a bronze designation from the Scenic City Certification Program. Scenic City, a project started in 2010 to combine a comprehensive set of model standards into one program, awarded inaugural certificates to 14 cities, including Missouri City.

“The visual appearance of our community is a priority with residents, City officials and local businesses,” said Director of Development Services Gary Smith. “In keeping with our high standards, we regularly examine our development requirements to assure they produce the aesthetics our citizens and businesses expect.”

For more details on the City’s Architectural Design Standards, residents and businesses can call City Planner Jennifer Thomas at 281-403-8547. For updates on businesses in Missouri City, view the City’s website,, and watch Missouri City Television (Channel 16 on Comcast and Channel 99 on AT&T U-verse).

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