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June 3, 2009

Notice of Public Hearing

The City of Houston Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Thursday, June 11 at 2:30 p.m. in City Hall Annex, 900 Bagby to consider two items.

1)     The proposed transit corridor ordinance. This ordinance establishes mandatory and optional rules along Houston's designated light rail corridors. This work is the result of an effort begun in 2006 to enhance pedestrian mobility and achieve transit supportive development. More information, including a summary of the proposed ordinance and the draft ordinance, is available on the Urban Corridor Planning website

2)     Amendments to Chapter 42 that address the following topics. The proposed ordinance can be found on the Planning Department's website at

Average lot size/lot width in new subdivision plats
Creation of guest parking for six-plus residential units
Redefining the width and length of shared driveway developments
Requiring sign posting in residential subdivisions with certain reservesEstablishing a protocol on naming of partial replats
Expanded notification on replats and variances
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

These ordinance amendments will also result in changes to the Building Code and PWE Infrastructure design manual.

Following the public hearing, the items will be considered at the Regulation, Development and Neighborhood Protection Committee of City Council on Monday, June 22 at 3:00 p.m., City Council chambers, 901 Bagby, 2nd floor.

City Council will hold a public hearing on the proposed ordinance in early July.

For more information, contact Michael Schaffer at 713-837-7780 or email