Margaret Wallace Brown
Interim Director, Planning & Development Department, City of Houston
As Interim Director of the City of Houston’s Planning & Development Department, Margaret is Houston’s top planning and development official. The position includes oversight of the City’s land development regulatory functions and neighborhood character preservation programs, including historic preservation and the Mayor’s signature Complete Communities Initiative. The position also includes oversight of many of the City’s geographic mapping efforts. Acting Director Wallace Brown serves as a non-voting member of the City’s Planning Commission and the Houston Archaeological and Historical Commission.
During her thirty-three year tenure in the City’s Planning Department, Wallace Brown has participated in a diverse array of projects that have had a profound effect on Houston. In the 1990s she oversaw the creation of Houston’s first visioning process, Imagine Houston. In 2010, she managed the City’s U. S. Census Complete Count effort that brought additional Federal funding and representation into the city. In 2011 she led the city’s landmark redistricting process that increased the number of City Council members from 9 to 11. In 2015, she provided leadership to the creation of Houston’s first General Plan, Plan Houston. In addition, she has overseen numerous city limit expansions and annexations through utilizing Strategic Partnership Agreements, a program that taps into a revenue source that now equals seven percent of all City sales tax collections.