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February 1, 2012

Public Meetings on Proposed Changes to the Land Development
Ordinance, Chapter 42

The City of Houston Planning Commission is holding four public meetings on the proposed changes to the City's Land Development Ordinance, Chapter 42. The public is invited to attend any of the meetings, learn what these changes will mean for their community as well as comment on the proposal.

One key provision in the proposed amendments is to extend the urban designation out to Beltway 8. The primary reasons are to allow for obsolete commercial and multi-family areas to be redeveloped and to provide a variety of housing styles and prices for close-in housing. Neighborhoods with deed restrictions that prevent the further subdividing of lots, establish minimum lot size and restrict to single family residential uses are not impacted by this provision. In addition, communities without such deed restrictions can apply to establish a minimum lot size and special building line in order to preserve the character.

All four meetings will be held from 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Monday, February 13, 2012
Sunnyside Multi-Service Center
4605 Wilmington
Houston 77051

Thursday, February 23, 2012
Northeast Multi-Service Center
9720 Spaulding
Houston 77016

Thursday, March 1, 2012
Sharpstown Community Center
6600 Harbor Town Drive
Houston 77036

Thursday, March 8, 2012
Trini Mendenhall SOSA Community Center
1414 Wirt
Houston 77055

Proposed amendments to Chapter 42 will address the following topics:

  • Average lot size/lot width in new subdivision plats
  • Creation of guest parking for certain single-family residential units
  • Redefining the width and length of shared driveway developments
  • Requiring sign posting in residential subdivisions w/certain reserves
  • Establishing a protocol on naming of partial replats
  • Extending the Urban Area beyond the 610 Loop to the Beltway
  • Building line overhangs encroach 30 inches, five foot for outside stairs
  • Require surveyed site plans for single-family residential plats
  • Resolve the conflict between Chapter 42 and the Design Manual for Lift Station Sites

To see the exact language of the exisiting and proposed ordinances, visit and look under "Proposed Changes for Chapter 42", for the appropriate link.

For questions or comments, email For more information about the City of Houston Planning Department, visit

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