City Council voted April 5 to approve an amendment to Chapter 33 of the Code of Ordinances that will enable the process of creating Conservation Districts in six pilot Houston neighborhoods: Independence Heights, Freedmen’s Town, Acres Home, Magnolia Park/Manchester, Pleasantville and Piney Point (located in District F, not Piney Point Village).
The Conservation District designation will allow property owners in these select neighborhoods to identify the important aspects of their community, to promote new compatible development, and to encourage the harmonious, orderly, and efficient growth and redevelopment of Houston neighborhoods.
“There is an urgent concern in Houston neighborhoods – particularly among historical neighborhoods of color that do not have established deed restrictions. These neighborhoods are rapidly losing their character and historical significance from demolition and increased development that conflicts with the look and feel of their community,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner.
“Conservation Districts are another tool to give property owners a say about the future of their neighborhood,” Turner said. “This is not a one-size-fits-all approach, and this is not imposed on neighborhoods. The pilot neighborhoods have shown considerable interest in having a flexible preservation tool. From here, we will work with residents and property owners and provide notification and multiple engagement opportunities.”
Conservation Districts may be tailored to the needs of the specific district. Read more about the menu of available standards that each neighborhood can consider.