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September 23, 2014

First Meeting Set to Review Historic Preservation Ordinance

The City of Houston Planning and Development Department and the Houston Archaeological and Historical Commission are seeking to refine the Historic Preservation Ordinance. The ordinance was updated in 2010 to create permanent protections for historic structures in designated districts and to establish a new process for creating a historic district.

The first committee meeting will be on Monday, September 29, 2014, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Council Annex Chambers, 900 Bagby Street, Houston, Texas 77002. At that meeting, the committee will determine the time, date and location of additional meetings. All meetings will be open to the public.

The goal of this process is to correct and clarify targeted items and create greater consistency for the applicants and for the commission. The amendments will provide applicants with additional options for a streamlined approval, provide the commission with improved guidance on which to base their decision and create a more efficient process.

"My direction is for the committee to look for tweaks that will make the ordinance easier to understand and more user-friendly," said Mayor Annise Parker. "We are taking a scalpel, not a hatchet, to the ordinance. There is no intention of a wholesale reconsideration of the changes adopted in 2010."

The results of Committee meetings will be posted on the Department's website, Citizens can email to sign up to receive updates about the process, meetings and proposed amendments. For additional questions, call 713.837.7963.

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