Guidance for building Katy over the next nearly 20 years—addressing its growth capacity; land use and development; mobility; economy; recreation and amenities; and implementation processes—has been decided by city officials, hundreds of residents and planning firm Kendig Keast Collaborative.

March 27 drew the conclusion of Katy’s 2040 comprehensive plan, which had been ongoing since January 2022. It was propelled forward by the approval of the Parks Master Plan that finalized in fall 2022.

Council Member Janet Corte commented during the meeting that the plan will provide a framework for future works within Katy proper.

“This is going to be a guide for the future and paints a vision for how we want Katy to look,” Corte said. “I think it’s going to be really helpful when we develop our strategic plan.”

According to the plan’s documents, two key actions are outlined for completion within the next two years, with nine more planned for the next five years.

The most immediate action items address land use and development and transportation.

Within the first two years, the city will complete a thorough review of all aspects of Katy’s current zoning regulations to identify potential standards updates to advance priorities of this new comprehensive plan. This will involve the city's planning, public works and engineering departments, as well as the city attorney.

This could involve the future land use and character map developed during this process, which provides an overview for developers looking within the city for new business ventures.

In the first two years of the 2040 comprehensive plan, city officials will also work with the Texas Department of Transportation to provide input on its current Brookshire-Katy Mobility Study.

This coordination includes ongoing dialogue with TxDOT to ensure the agency-maintained roadways and area projects reflect Katy’s needs and design preferences.