This is not a drill! This Friday marks the end of Phase 3 of the quest for design guidelines in Houston Heights and other historic districts. Watch the video from the second and final community meeting that took place last month, read our first post on the draft phase, and check out our update on the second draft to get up to speed. In the grand scheme of things, this basically means that the long-awaited design guidelines that will govern what virtually all property owners in the Houston Heights historic districts can and can’t do are nearing the “adoption” phase and are inching toward a City Council vote that would make them the law of the historically significant land.
If, before you even dig into the whole Design Guidelines rigamarole, you even just want to understand what’s going on here, we recommend you read this FAQ on Historic Districts Design Guidelines from the City Planning & Development Department: Click here
So, here’s what you should do as a Houston Heights resident or property owner:
- Skim this document outlining the basic process of where we are in the grand scheme of design guidelines and what brought us to this point.
- Review this document highlighting the changes made to the Draft Guidelines following this summer’s community meeting.
- Submit your feedback to the Planning Department by Friday, October 6th.
- Send comments and questions to Steph McDougal at firstname.lastname@example.org or Steph McDougal, Attn: Planning Department, P.O. Box 1562, Houston, TX 72251-1562
While we’re not saying what opinion you should have on the draft, if you suspect you fall on the side of wanting to avoid guidelines that will considerably limit what you can do with your property, here is a template for public commenting published by Responsible Historic Preservation, a group of historic district residents who seek “responsible” (AKA less restrictive) administration of the Heights historic districts.
Click here for Responsible Historic Preservation’s template to oppose current draft of Houston Heights Design GuidelinesThis entry was posted in Resources
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