Sent: Friday, September 04, 2015 6:38 AM
Subject: APA Meeting Notes
We had a good meeting last night, and well
attended, too! Thank you to everyone who came, and to those who missed it, I
hope we see you next time! (You don’t know what you’re missing!)
We covered a number of topics:
The City of Houston is entertaining the addition of several new TIRZs (that is Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone) to help with infrastructure and development at a local level. Montrose is being considered for a TIRZ, and I believe it will be a good thing for those of us here in the neighborhood. I will be available for anyone who wants to talk about this, or learn more about TIRZs and their consequences. I have attached the presentation that the City made to the Neartown organization
The City is updating the
Historic District Ordinance to make it clearer and easier to conform to. There
was a Quality of Life Committee meeting this week where the changes were
presented. I have attached the redline document to this email.
It is important to note
that Audubon Place has two different organizations covering our properties. One
is the Audubon Place Historic District, which is a City of Houston designation,
and the City decides the form of what can, and cannot be built. These are
covered in the Historic District Ordinance (above). We also have Deed
Restrictions, which are controlled by a group called the Historic Montrose
Organization. You can see the Deed Restrictions here. Not all
properties are covered by deed restrictions (you have to opt in) but all properties
are covered by the Historic District rules. But if you have a “contributing”
structure, the rules are stricter than if you have a “non-contributing”
structure. Again, if anyone wants more details about this, contact me or better
yet, come to the next meeting!
Jim Cue (our Secretary)
attended the Rebuild Houston meeting where the reconstruction of Alabama
was discussed. I have attached the description of the changes that are
proposed. The construction on our part of Alabama won’t start until 2018, but
they are coming.
There was an easy, free flowing discussion about
other neighborhood issues. As always, it was good to catch up.
Our next meeting will coincide with Houston’s
Neighborhood Night Out, which is October 6th. I’ll send out
invitations in advance.
Audubon Place Association
Visit our website:www.audubonplace.net