Mayor's Office

Press Release

Mayor Parker Names Blue Ribbon Task Force on Building and Standards


October 6, 2010 -- Houston Mayor Annise Parker announces the creation of a Blue Ribbon Task Force on Building & Standards to oversee the reorganization of the responsibilities related to enforcing building ordinances in the City of Houston.


“Houston needs to have a strong Building and Standards Commission to protect homes, businesses and, most importantly, the people who live or work in these buildings,” said Mayor Parker. “This Blue Ribbon Task Force is made up of experts such as architects, engineers and lawyers. I am also especially grateful that both State Representatives Farrar and Bohac will take an active role in advising this group in the improvement of multifamily housing standards and strengthening of neighborhoods.”


The Building and Standards Commission was created in 1993 for the purpose of hearing and determining cases concerning alleged violations of ordinances relating to dangerously damaged or deteriorated buildings or improvements, or conditions caused by accumulations of refuse, vegetation, or other matter that creates breeding and living places for insects and rodents. The Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force will make recommendations to reinforce the effectiveness of the Building and Standards Commission.


The responsibilities of the task force will include the following functions:


  • Review (and revise, if necessary) the proposed reorganization of responsibilities for enforcement of article IX of Chapter 10 of the Code of Ordinances. In particular, consider revised, more targeted duties for the Building and Standards Commission
  • Review (and revise, if necessary) the draft of the ordinance to implement the reorganization
  • Develop recommendations for operational, personnel, and budgetary changes required to implement the reorganization.


Members of the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on Building & Standards are:

Bea Link (Chair)
Tom Allen, City of Houston Legal DepartmentState Representative Dwayne Bohac (TX-138)
Maria Casanova. City of Houston Municipal Court Judge
Terry Cheng
State Representative Jessica Farrar (TX-148)
Jenifer Rene Pool, Current Building & Standards Commissioner