Jennifer Ostlind, AICP
Thursday, March 10, 9:00 am.
In the summer of 2014, Mayor Parker initiated a whirlwind process to create Houston’s first ever general plan: Plan Houston. Using a unique approach backed by the city’s leading planning experts, city staff, and a consulting team created an easy to use plan that sets a course for Houston’s future while allowing much needed flexibility down the road. The adopted Plan Houston policy document is web based and is supported by a powerful GIS tool that allows city staff, agencies, businesses and others to find out what is planned for any area of the city. This innovative Planning coordination tool will help improve communication among agencies and with the public. This session will cover unique aspects of the planning process, how the city will take advantage of the electronic format to maintain momentum and relevancy, and, most importantly, how the city is going about plan implementation.
Inclusion of this session was suggested and aided by the Greater Dallas Planning Council.
Deputy Assistant Director of Development Services,
City of Houston Planning and Development Department
Jennifer has over 20 years experience planning in Houston including visioning, neighborhood planning, demographic analysis, urban design, and development review. She is currently serving as the project manager for Plan Houston, the City’s first general plan. Ms. Ostlind earned both Bachelor and Master degrees in Public Administration and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.