And with that, Council is done for the year.
After four years of planning and discussion, the Houston City Council on Wednesday approved new restrictions on residential high rises.
The restrictions, which passed after a failed proposal to delay a vote on the ordinance, would require that neighborhood high rises be built at least 30 or 40 feet from surrounding homes, depending on street sizes.
Council members Oliver Pennington, Brenda Stardig, James Rodriguez, Mike Sullivan and Jolanda Jones voted against the ordinance.
They argued that many residents had not had appropriate feedback in the process of crafting the legislation.
This had been tagged last week. Other agenda items, including parking requirements, Chapter 42 revisions, and auto repair rules, will be put off till next year so they can be taken up by the new Council. I don’t know if that will make any difference, but that was a sentiment echoed by some Council members. As for the high rise ordinance, as we know some neighborhood activists were not satisfied with it, but I have a feeling we have not heard the last of this. When that happens, and when the new Council gets to the Chapter 42 revisions, neoHouston has a simple suggestion for how to proceed.