Westchase District "380 Agreement"

Houston, Texas

Westchase District’s wish list for public improvements was well-established when the City of Houston agreed in 2014 to assign the District millions from property tax growth revenue for City-approved infrastructure projects via what is known as a “380 Area Agreement.” At the top of that wish list is a strategy to convert three key streets into more attractive and functional places. Westchase District partnered with civil engineers Binkley & Barfield and urban design and community planning firm Design Workshop. The two firms developed master plans for strategic improvements along Westheimer Road, Meadowglen Lane and Walnut Bend Lane. The general public was invited to attend three open meetings discussing the district's plans to convert these three key streets into more attractive and functional spaces. The meetings allow for an opportunity for members of the community to provide feedback on such topics as public landscaping, signage, upgraded crosswalks and improved bus stops. As part of Westchase District's long-range plan, these three key corridors have been identified as signature streetscapes to transform in order to support and encourage dense, mixed-use development. The studies will position Westchase to successfully apply for city and federal funding for construction. Subsequent phases will include final design and construction and will be scheduled as funds are secured.