Announcement: Beginning in May, all proceedings of the Houston Archaeological and Historical Commission, Houston Preservation Appeals Board will be conducted in person only.

All meetings will adhere to previously stated schedule and location, but there will no longer be a virtual Microsoft TEAMS option available for the public to join or address the Commission. Anyone wanting to provide comments may continue to do so in person or via email, phone or mail. To watch a live broadcast, please visit www.houstontx.gov/htv.

Board Meetings

Historic Preservation Appeals Board
Monday, June 17, 2024 at 9:00 a.m.

The Historic Preservation Appeals Board (HPAB) will conduct this meeting in-person at City Hall Annex, 900 Bagby St., Public Level, Houston TX

Current Agenda

Chair’s Report
Director’s Report
Consideration of the May 6, 2024 HPAB Minutes
Adoption of Speaker’s Guidelines and Procedures

I. Consideration of and possible action on an appeal of the decision of the Houston Archaeological and Historical Commission on May 09, 2024 for a Certificate of Appropriateness for 807 Woodland St in Woodland Heights Historic District.

II. Consideration of and possible action on an appeal of the decision of the Houston Archaeological and Historical Commission on May 09, 2024 for a Certificate of Appropriateness for 443 Columbia St in Houston Heights South Historic District.

III. Public Comments

IV. HPAB Comments


The Historic Preservation Appeals Board reserves the right to convene an Executive Session on any item listed on this agenda as authorized by the Texas Open Meetings Act, Texas Gov’t Code Chapter 551, under any applicable exception, including but not limited to Sec. 551.071, Consultation with Attorney.

Public Comments

The public may address the Historic Board on agenda items. Please submit comments or sign up to speak at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting. All comments are made part of the public meeting record.

  • Submit comments on an item via email to historicpreservation@houstontx.gov.
  • You may also call the Historic staff at 832-393-6556. A staff member will take your comments, which will be read and included in the public record.
  • The Appellant will be allowed to speak first and is allowed five minutes for an opening presentation. All other speakers will be called on in the order of sign up and can speak for one minute. See agenda for speaker guidelines.


If you have materials or graphic information for the Historic Board to consider, submit it via email to historicpreservation@houstontx.gov 24 hours in advance of the scheduled meeting for it to be included in the final agenda packet.

About the Board

The Historic Preservation Appeals Board (HPAB) is a 5-member board that hears appeals of decisions by the Houston Archaeological & Historical Commission (HAHC).

An applicant may appeal the decision of the HAHC by filing a written notice of appeal within 10 days of the HAHC decision (for demolitions, between 90-120 days after the HAHC decision). The written notice of appeal must include the grounds for the appeal and any supplemental material the appellant wishes the Board to review. The HPAB will not consider new information introduced at the hearing itself. Please see the adopted HPAB Procedural Rules (.pdf).

An email to the Planning & Development Department Houston Office of Preservation (HOP) staff is sufficient as written notice. Once an appeal request is received, staff schedules the hearing within 45 days, and notifies all parties of the date and time. The appellant is required to post a public notice sign on the property no later than 10 days prior to the hearing. See sign requirements (.pdf).

The HPAB may find in favor of the appellant, or uphold the decision of HAHC. In order to preserve the right to further appeal to City Council, the appellant may choose to hire a court reporter at the applicant’s expense.

Board Members

  • Truman Edminster, Position One
  • J.D. Bartell, Position Two, Chair
  • Douglas Elliott, Position Three, Vice Chair
  • Rob Hellyer, Position Four
  • Libby Viera Bland, Position Five

Executive Secretary

  • Jennifer Ostlind - Interim Director, Planning and Development

Meeting Documents


2024 HPAB Meeting Minutes

March 11, 2024

2023 HPAB Meeting Minutes

February 27, 2023 | May 18 Training Minutes June 26, 2023 | July 31, 2023 |

November 28, 2023

2022 HPAB Meeting Minutes

February 28, 2022 | October 10, 2022

2021 HPAB Meeting Minutes

February 8, 2021 | March 15, 2021 | May 10, 2021 | June 21, 2021 | September 13, 2021

2020 HPAB Meeting Minutes

January 13, 2020 | August 10, 2020

2019 HPAB Meeting Minutes

| September 30, 2019 | June 24, 2019 | April 29, 2019 | April 8, 2019 | October 21, 2019

2018 HPAB Meeting Minutes

| July 10, 2018 | April 5, 2018

2017 HPAB Meeting Minutes

| November 20, 2017 | March 9, 2017

2016 HPAB Meeting Minutes

| September 29, 2016 | May 26, 2016 | March 3, 2016


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