After a lengthy discussion and strategy session with residents, City of Houston Planning Staff and Planning Commissioner Bryant it was unanimous that applying for minimum lot size was the best course of action to manage development in our neighborhood. Minimum lot size protection gives property owners a tool to manage the development in the neighborhood since there aren't any deed restrictions. This way developers and investors are encouraged to build in the spirit and likeness of the existing houses. Several residents stepped up to lead their block in collecting petition signatures and coordinating with President, Jason Hyman in getting applications completed and submitted. The process is pretty simple and the civic association will cover the cost associated with the application. If you'd like a blank application and petition to champion your block contact us.
Its been several years to get taken care of, but it's finally done. Some think its a waste, but having an identity puts us on the map. Looking forward to more wins like this one. A special thanks goes out to the City of Houston Department of Neighborhoods and Councilman Dwight Boykins. Also take time to thank your neighbor Karen Braiser for designing and assisting in managing this project. Without her help this would not have happened. If you need a marquee or brick work done, call Bill Sharrett with Hardscape, Inc. His crew was easy to work with and took care of us quickly.
https://youtu.be/0D5EAu91rXE They caught us slipping this time 3rd Ward, but well be ready next time around. Minimum lot size application filed and signs posted. No more subdividing this block of homes into a sea of roof tops and people fighting for a view of the Houston skyline. Download application - https://www.houstontx.gov/planning/Min-Lot_Size-Min_Bldg_Line.html Check to see if your neighborhood has minimum block size protection - https://cohgis-mycity.opendata.arcgis.com/datasets/coh-minimum-lot-size #development #community #character #realestate #houston Washington Terrace Civic Association is a non -profit membership organization that serves the Washington Terrace subdivision in Houston, TX. The neighborhood is located in 3rd Ward, which is undergoing increased development activity and gentrification. We meet monthly to strategize on ways to preserve our neighborhood's character and contribute to it by fostering positive growth via the form of programs, partnerships, and community development. Our meetings are held the last Wed [...]
https://youtu.be/1l5igll9FHU I couldnt believe it. It was just a week or two ago we reached out for their help. Dont know if this was a personal project or favor to his colleague, but it was a real blow to their own Homes for Houston housing program and the fight for housing for everyone.
Power and property are up for grabs. Last week the Washington Terrace Civic Association (WTCA) made a power play at Houston planning commission and walked away with a two-week deferral for a pending townhome development. Residents made the case for preserving affordable single-family homes in their rapidly gentrifying community. They also presented a three-pronged approach to slowing gentrification city-wide in the process. The community protection standards include: Establishing minimum lot size protections for established neighborhoods (blocks with at least 75 percent consistent housing stock). This places the burden of petitioning on developers rather than residents. City-supported Complete Communities plans Diverse representation on the mayor-appointed planning commission “This city puts the burden of responsibility on people who have no knowledge or experience navigating the planning process to protect themselves.Meanwhile, developers have a low barrier of entry and sophisticated teams to [...]
Take a moment to sign our petition to support community driven development. We are proposing the following as solutions for residents to combat gentrification. 1. Require developers to seek approval from neighborhood civic associations or local organizations when the proposed development is not in line with the prevailing character in the neighborhood. 2. Encourage the City of Houston Planning Commission to support the adopted complete communities plan for Third Ward by judging proposed developments on long term impact to stakeholders as well regulatory standards. 3. Consider appointing individuals to the commission that have background in working with underserved communities. Sign Petition