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Houston City Council delays vote on first-ever TIRZ policy for a second time due to missing document
August 9, 2023 | Axios
City Council has delayed for a second time a vote on Houston’s first-ever framework on Tax Increment Reinvestment Zones because Mayor Sylvester Turner’s staff declined to release a white paper explaining the new rules in detail, saying the document is incomplete.

Houston clamps down on noisy nightclub
August 28, 2023 | Axios
Houston's new and improved noise ordinance appears to be doing its job.

Houston City Hall weighs tighter security after belligerent man berates workers on two floors
July 12, 2023 | Houston Chronicle
Houston City Hall is weighing measures to bolster security at the facility after an audit identified lapses in procedures and an elected official said a belligerent man with a criminal past berated city workers last week.

Houston considers regulating short-term rentals as tensions grow among neighbors
July 10, 2023 | Community Impact News
Short-term rental properties, or STRs, found on platforms such as Airbnb, are in a legal gray area; they are unregulated by local law in the city of Houston, raising concerns among some residents.

Proposed charter amendment aims to give city greater representation on Houston-Galveston Area Council
July 6, 2023 | Houston Public Media
Houston has by far the largest population in the Southeast Texas region, but it holds only a small number of votes on the 37-member board of directors for the Houston-Galveston Area Council – two to be exact.

Houston only has 2 seats on the H-GAC regional planning body. This November, voters can change that.
July 5, 2023 | Houston Chronicle
This November, Houstonians are expected to vote on whether the city should hold more sway in the Houston-Galveston Area Council, after more than 23,000 residents signed a petition to address what they consider unfair distributions of federal funds by the regional planning body.

Houston gives $45M, eco-friendly Memorial City tower project second-ever green building tax break
June 29, 2023 | Houston Chronicle
Houston granted a green design tax break to a nine-story office tower under construction in the Memorial City area, the second such incentive given by the city after revamping an unused program two years ago.

Houston City Council approves 6 amendments to FY 2023-24 budget, refers 9 more back to committees
June 7, 2023 | Community Impact News
At a weekly meeting of the Houston City Council on June 7, nine of the 16 council members shared amendments they wish to add to the city's budget for fiscal year 2023-24, which begins in July.

New Houston Area Women’s Center facility will address ‘alarming rates of violence’
May 18, 2023 | Community Impact News
An official groundbreaking ceremony was held May 17 for the Houston Area Women’s Center’s new Emergency Supportive Housing Facility. The new facility will triple the capacity from 120 to 360 units for individuals seeking housing, CEO Emilee Whitehurst said.

The Standard Bar loses noise permit, continues playing loud music in Fourth Ward neighborhood
May 17, 2023 | ABC13
The city of Houston's new noise ordinance implemented last September has led to a neighborhood bar losing permission to play loud music late at night.

City of Houston approves $5 million for Houston’s arts sector to help recover from pandemic
May 10, 2023 | Houston Public Media
The City of Houston approved $5 million in the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding on Wednesday to help the city's arts community continue a slow recovery.

Proposed Houston ordinance could regulate large vehicles parked in neighborhoods
May 5, 2023 | Houston Public Media
The City of Houston’s rules on large vehicles are not clear when it comes to enforcement on street parking and residential neighborhoods, but that could change with a new proposal.

Turner wants to fight Houston gentrification with conservation districts. Critics say it won't work.
March 13, 2023 | Houston Chronicle
Mayor Sylvester Turner is seeking City Council support for a conservation district program he and city planners say could help lower-income neighborhoods preserve their character and fend off gentrification.

Advocates say Houston is underrepresented on regional council. They have a petition to change that.
March 3, 2023 | Houston Chronicle
Local advocates have launched a petition drive aimed at increasing the city's voice on the Houston-Galveston Area Council, a 13-county regional planning council that has been criticized by Houston leaders for what they consider unfair federal fund allocation.

Houston’s Solid Waste Department to hire contractors to help with bulk waste, illegal dumping
February 9, 2023 | Houston Public Media
The city's Solid Waste Management Department is getting some help after city council approved on Wednesday, an $8 million contract to hire additional resources for the department.

Houston's plan to avoid orphan sidewalks would let developers opt out of building them
January 24, 2023 | Houston Chronicle
Some homeowners and developers soon may be able to opt out of requirements to build sidewalks and instead pay a fee into a new fund the city would use to build sidewalks across Houston.

Metro could take over Houston's BCycle, spending $500K to help people get to bus and train stops
January 20, 2023 | Houston Chronicle
The Houston area’s biggest bus operator is considering getting in the bike business, infusing up to $500,000 into the city’s network of docked two-wheelers ...

Houston spent $1.3M on the largest moving sculpture in the world. Why doesn't it move?
December 20, 2022 | Houston Chronicle
The sprawling, $1.34 million "Wings Over Water" sculpture outside the city’s convention center was designed to be a draw to a newly renovated downtown plaza, unveiled shortly before Houston welcomed an estimated 150,000 visitors to Super Bowl LI in 2017 ...

Houston road striping backlog details over 350 requests
December 19, 2022 | Community Impact News
Blank roads without adequate striping to identify lanes are raising concerns about safety for several members of Houston City Council ...

Houston will compost your pumpkins for free
November 1, 2022 | Axios
The city's Solid Waste Management Department will accept rotten jack-o'-lantern carcasses and other pumpkin remnants today through Friday ...

City of Houston collecting Halloween pumpkins for composting
October 31, 2022 | Houston Public Media
Used pumpkins were among the most popular items last fall when Houstonians were invited to drop off their food waste as part of a citywide pilot program for composting ...

Smashing pumpkins coming to Houston: Sorry, folks -- pumpkin composting, not the band
October 28, 2022 | KPRC2
Bad news and good news, friends: The beloved band is not coming to Houston, but the green effort designed to create nutrient-rich compost with your discarded gourds is most definitely coming to H-Town this fall ...

Only a few tickets written in Houston noise ordinance's first month, HPD data shows
October 10, 2022 | ABC13
The City of Houston's new noise ordinance went into effect on Sept. 6, so how do residents of the often-noisy Washington Corridor feel about the job it's doing? ...

The future of Houston airports, and how cities take shape
September 13, 2022 | Houston Public Media
Houston City Council Member Sallie Alcorn answers your questions about issues facing the city ...

New nighttime noise rules take effect in Houston, doubling fine for rowdy bars
September 7, 2022 | Houston Chronicle
New rules regulating nighttime noise in Houston took effect Tuesday, aiming to limit the volume of music coming from bars and clubs in residential neighborhoods ...

Houston's new noise ordinance is now in effect
September 7, 2022 | Axios
Bars and venues that play amplified sound within 300 feet of a residence are now required to obtain a special permit ...

HPD's 'loud-noise unit' now enforcing ordinance to stem Washington Corridor nuisance
September 6, 2022 | ABC13
Officials from the City of Houston held a press conference to discuss the new noise ordinance that went into effect Tuesday. The ordinance was passed in May and is a welcome relief for residents of the Washington Corridor who have been urging officials for years that something needed to be done about the noisy bars in the neighborhood ...

Houston violent crime down 10% so far in 2022 compared to same time in 2021, HPD data shows
August 31, 2022 | ABC13
In a presentation to the Houston City Council on Wednesday morning, the Houston Police Department went council district by district, reporting a 10% overall drop in violent crime citywide compared to this time in 2021 ...

City approves $3 million in ARPA funds for Houston Forensic Science Center
July 28, 2022 | Community Impact News
On July 27, Houston City Council members approved $3 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds in an agreement between the city and the Houston Forensic Science Center for partnership in forensic lab enhancements ...

Facing pushback from residents and council, Turner adds $20M for neighborhood drainage projects
June 22, 2022 | Houston Chronicle
With meteorologists predicting another busy hurricane season, Mayor Sylvester Turner committed an additional $20 million Wednesday to fixing neighborhood drainage problems across the city as climate change threatens to further strengthen storms in the years to come ...