Mayor's Office

Press Release


Mayor parker announces proposed historic preservation ordinance amendments

public urged to comment



July 20, 2010 -- The City of Houston is proposing amendments to the Historic Preservation Ordinance that will protect historic properties within city-designated historic districts.  The proposed changes include:


  • Elimination of the 90-day waiver for historic properties when a Certificate of Appropriateness is denied by the Houston Archaeological and     Historical Commission
  • A revised historic district designation process
  • Clarifications regarding the use of new building materials


“The amendments are in keeping with my pledge to provide permanent protection for our historic districts,” said Mayor Annise Parker.  “These neighborhoods are living examples of Houston’s early beginnings.  We have a responsibility to preserve this architecture and character for future generations.”


 A series of public meetings are planned through September to receive comments on the proposed amendments. Information about these meetings and a draft of the proposed ordinance can be found online at  In addition to the public meetings, the Houston Archeological and Historical Commission, the Planning Commission and City Council must review any changes before adoption.


Meeting Dates


July 27, 2010

6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.
All Existing and Proposed Historic Districts

Houston Community College Central College
San Jacinto Auditorium
1300 Holman


July 29, 2010

6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.
Avondale East and West, Courtlandt Place, Audubon Place, First Montrose Commons, Boulevard Oaks, Broadacres, Shadow Lawn,
West Eleventh Place, Main Street/Market Square, Old Sixth Ward and Westmoreland Historic Districts


St. Stephens Church
1805 Alabama
August 3, 2010

6:00 P.M. To 8:00 P.M.
Norhill, Woodland Heights and Freeland Historic Districts


Proctor Plaza Community Center
803 West Temple
August 5, 2010

6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.
Glenbrook Valley Historic District


Glenbrook Methodist Church
8635 Glen Valley
August 10, 2010 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.
Heights East, West and South Historic Districts
United Way
50 Waugh



Residents who are unable to attend one of the public meetings, but would like to comment may email to or mail comments to Historic Preservation, City of Houston, Planning and Development Department, P.O. Box 1562, Houston, Texas  77251-1562.  Comments must be received by August 10, 2010.