The Houston Heights neighborhoods deemed “historic” by the city now have something no other historic neighborhood in this city has: A draft document detailing design guidelines for officials to use when deciding home alteration or construction permits.
By a vote of 8-2 in favor, the Houston Archaeological and Historical Commission sent the guidelines up the chain to the city’s Quality of Life Committee. The QLC will discuss the guidelines at 10 a.m. on June 28 at the City Hall Annex. If approved, the measure will go before the full city council for possible approval.
It has been a long and laborious process to reach the Thursday, June 14 vote – and that meeting was no different. What was to be a quick review of changes made to the document and an up-or-down vote became a 75-minute discussion of eave heights and more wording changes.
Approval of the draft guidelines is a major step forward after three years of public input, community meetings and the creation and alteration of the 200-plus page document. HAHC Chairperson Minnette Boesel again expressed gratitude for the public input as well as staff and commission efforts on the guidelines.
More details and reaction to the passage of the draft Historic Heights Guidelines will appear in the June 23 edition of The Leader.