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Houston Planning Director Walsh dies

November 26, 2018 GMT

Patrick Walsh, who served as director of the city of Houston’s Planning and Development Department since November 2013, died Friday at age 45.

Walsh was diagnosed with cancer in June and took leave from his city post shortly afterward.

As planning director, Walsh oversaw regulations on city codes governing development and parking, programs for neighborhood protection and preservation, transportation planning and other topics.

His largest projects at City Hall were the development and approval of Houston’s first general plan, known as Plan Houston, and the first comprehensive update to the city’s bike plan in two decades.


Walsh, who was a civil engineer as well as an urban planner, had led transportation and long-range planning efforts for the City of Sugar Land prior to joining Houston.

The Carnegie Mellon University and University of Texas at Austin graduate was a native Houstonian and a Bellaire High School alumnus.

Family members, in Facebook posts, said they are discussing scheduling a celebration of his life in early 2019.