Greater Houston Partnership (GHP)

Certified Property Program

Certified Property Program

Certified Property ProgramThe Greater Houston Partnership's Certified Property Program allows land owners and brokers to promote select properties to businesses and site selectors, consultants and other decision makers through the Greater Houston Partnership and its economic allies' digital, printed, and physical networks.

This program will complement the services provided by GHP and its allies (e.g. tax incentives, permit expedition) to companies evaluating the Houston region in order to relocate or expand, and it will improve the competitiveness of Certified Properties by mitigating many of the risks associated with relocation and development. Learn more about the benefits and process of certification, and view the application. Certified Property Application

Benefits

Participating properties are marketed by GHP's economic development managers through the Governor's office and to site consultants, often for buyers that are unknown to Houston's commercial real estate brokerage community. GHP will list Certified Properties on its web site's GIS map, will include Certified Properties in Opportunity Houston publications used to market the Houston region, and GHP's economic allies will promote Certified Properties to businesses in proposals. The Certified Property seal can also be used by owners and brokers in their listings, marketing materials, and signage.


Certification Process

To be certified, a property must be available for immediate sale or lease at an established price, have supporting documents that describe available utilities and services, and unimproved sites must be physically and technically developable. Retail properties are not Certifiable.

CPP Certification

Third-Party Verification

  • Cobb, Fendley & Associates, Inc.
  • Privately-held, Houston-based consulting engineering firm providing civil engineering, real estate and surveying services since 1980
  • The firm offers traditional engineering related development services (Site Development, Surveying, etc.) as well as public financing and public-private partnership services
  • CobbFendley Offices: Austin, Dallas, Frisco, Houston, League City, San Antonio

Process of Certification



  1. Property Identification: Local economic development organization, landowner, and/or broker identify a select property appropriate for certification, and download application from Partnership or ally's web site.
  2. Criteria Self-Review and Document Compilation: Owner or Broker and economic development organization complete application and checklist by conducting a self-directed comparison of the property to the minimum standards for property certification. Letters from utility and service distributors are arranged. An aerial photo, site vicinity map, flood insurance rate map (FIRM) panel, zoning maps (if applicable), city GIS utility map (if available), stormwater detention requirements, and survey are also required for unimproved properties.
  3. Application Submittal: Complete application, checklist items, permission letter from owner (if applicant is not owner), and non-refundable application fee are submitted to GHP.
  4. Application Verification: Third-party consultant reviews application documents to verify that all of the certification criteria have been met.
  5. Property Certified: Upon third-party approval, property is officially 'Certified'. Certified Property is listed on Partnership's GIS, given a premium designation and listing on Commercial Gateway, and included in Opportunity Houston marketing materials. Certified Property seal may be used in marketing materials to promote the site.

Certification suitability is determined by meeting the following criteria:

  1. Established pricing
  2. Conformity to minimum size and quality requirements
    • Unimproved land: 25 contiguous acres, developable, and zoned where applicable
    • Existing industrial: 100,000 square feet and built or renovated in the last 5 years
    • Existing office: 100,000 square feet of contiguous class A or B
  3. Authorization letter from owner if different than the applicant
  4. Letters from providers specifying the following (for unimproved land and existing industrial properties):
    • Stormwater
      • Name of controlling entity (MUD, City, etc.)
      • Location of stormwater outfall
      • Distance to nearest connection of petential outfall and size of the receiving pipe (if applicable)
      • Stormwater detention requirements
    • Water
      • Name of service provider
      • Current average daily use of the system at the property (existing industrial only)
      • Distance to nearest connection point
      • Pipe size at nearest connection point
      • Projected use and available capacity
    • Wastewater
      • Name of service provider
      • Current average daily use of the system at the property (existing industrial only)
      • Distance to nearest connection point
      • Pipe size at nearest connection point
      • Projected use and available capacity
    • Electric
      • Name of electric provider
      • Current average daily use of the system at the property (existing industrial only)
      • Distance to connect to the power grid
      • Number of grids serving the site of in the vicinity
      • Line size in KVA that serves the site
      • Projected use and available capacity
      • Distance to nearest and next nearest substations
    • Natural Gas
      • Name of the natural gas provider
      • Current average daily use of the system at the pro[perty (existing industrial only)
      • Distance to nearest connection
      • Pipe size and pressure rating at nearest connection
      • Projected use and available capacity and pressure
  5. Required documents
    • Unimproved land
      • Boundary survey (Category 1A or comparable)
      • Aerial photograph of property
      • Site vicinity map
      • Public and private utility availability letters (see above, 4a-e)
      • Flood insurance rate map panel
      • Zoning map (if applicable)
      • City of Houston GIMS map or other municipality GIS maps showing utilities
      • Authorization letter (see above)
    • Existing industrial and office properties
      • Boundary survey (Category 1A or comparable)
      • Aerial photograph of property
      • Site vicinity map
      • Public private utility availability letters (see above, 4a-e)
      • Flood insurance rate map panel
      • Zoning map (if applicable)
      • Detailed site photographs showing all amenities discussed in application
      • Floor plans
      • All current marketing material
      • Authorization letter (see above)

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