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Houston’s CIP Process Is Underway; Here’s What That Means

Every year around this time, the city of Houston starts looking at its Capital Improvement projects for the next five years.


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The Capital Improvement Plan, or CIP, is a five-year plan for infrastructure projects in the city. The City Council votes on the mayor's proposed budget for the CIP in June.

For the last two weeks, district council members have been holding townhall-style meetings to get residents' input.

Council member Karla Cisneros, whose District H includes part of the East End and North Houston, said what came up the most at her meeting was the city's bike plan.

"A lot of our district, they're not just recreational riders," she said. "People ride bikes to get to work. So having a plan that identifies safe routes and can help at intersections, to cross busy streets and make it safer with those crosswalks and signage will make it safer."

The billions of dollars for projects are distributed among the council districts.

Janice Evans, Mayor Sylvester Turner's communications director, said it's based on an area's needs.

"You'll tend to see a lot more of the dollars spent in the inner city," she said. "That's because that's where the oldest infrastructure is. If you go to the districts that are on the outer edge of the city, they have newer infrastructure and so the need is not as great."

Last year, council member Dave Martin tried to get the city to distribute the funds equally. His District E includes suburban Kingwood and Clear Lake, but he said it has plenty of needs.

There are CIP meetings for three more council districts:

Tuesday, March 8
DISTRICT D – Council member Dwight Boykins
Metropolitan CME Church Sanctuary
8955 South Freeway, Houston, TX 77051

Wednesday, March 9
DISTRICT C – Council member Ellen Cohen
Metropolitan Multi-Service Center
1475 W. Gray, Houston, TX 77019

Thursday, March 10
DISTRICT K – Council member Larry Green
Willowridge High School
16301 Chimney Rock, Houston, TX 77053

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