A second and final hearing about the new design guidelines for homes in Heights historic districts will be held on Thursday, May 17.
The hearing will be part of the Houston Archeological and Historical Commission (HAHC) meeting which starts at 3 p.m. on May 17 and will be held at the City Hall Annex council chambers (public level), 900 Bagby St.
This hearing has been pushed back due to a posting error, in which the meeting date was inadvertently omitted from meeting notices sent to residents. The first hearing was held in October 2017.
Margaret Wallace Brown, Deputy Director of the city Planning Department, said comments from that first hearing were used to make changes to a revised draft of the design guidelines. The latest version of the guidelines has been public since early February.
The proposed design guidelines are available for review at the Heights Library reference desk, or online on the project webpage at http://www.houstontx.gov/planning/HistoricPres/Design-Guidelines-Heights.html.
In addition to the hearing, comments are being taken through email at firstname.lastname@example.org or through US Post Office at: Design Guidelines Comments, Planning & Development Department, P.O. Box 1562, Houston, TX 72251-1562.
“We will collect comments from now until the close of the public hearing on May 17, 2018,” states a letter sent to Heights-area residents.
Wallace Brown said that the commission could vote on the guidelines on the night of the hearing, but this was unlikely. The commission could elect to re-convene on May 31 to allow time to analyze new comments.
The guidelines are encompassed in a 222-page document which includes nearly 50 pages of a home inventory for the three historic districts. Eight sections detail a wide variety of subjects related to the Heights, rationale for the guidelines, the guidelines themselves and procedures for obtaining a “Certificate of Appropriateness.”