There will be three Heights Area replat applications requiring variances heard by the Planning Commission this week. Links to each replat can be found below. More information regarding the variance requests will be posted here.
1) Bell Heights: The applicant is replatting to create 20 lots and one .62 acre unrestricted reserve on the West side of the block bound by W. 18th, W. 17th and Ashland. This is the land where the AT&T building sits.
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2) Light Hill Homes on Yale: The applicant is replatting two lots to make 8 lots with a shared driveway. The new subdivision would be on the East side of Yale between 16th St. and 15th St.
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3) West 20th Street Manor: The applicant is seeking to replat the existing lot to provide for 10 single family lots with a shared driveway.
Dear Planning Department-
I am writing to follow up on a variance request that was heard by the Planning Commission yesterday (Item 139, Yale Heights).
I watched yesterday’s planning commission meeting and was concerned to see that issues raised by my neighbors and I were not passed on to the commissioners.
At the meeting, Commissioner Jard specifically inquired about the nature of neighborhood protests. Your office responded that the protests focused on the addition of the multiple homes on the lots. As mentioned in the email below, our primary concern was that the variance would break the existing block face. In my previous email, you will see that I provided an overhead view of the properties (attached) which clearly illustrated how the variance would interrupt the current block face. No such information was presented at the meeting. I thought this material was relevant because the applicant argued the variance would bring the property in line with the surrounding area.
Given that the Planning Commission considers variances related to our neighborhood at almost every meeting, it is very difficult to be present for every issue that impacts us. We had thought that by contacting your office via email we could ensure the commission would hear our concerns related to the development. Please let me know how to better reach you in the future. I look forward to your response. Have a nice weekend.
Yesterday (11/14/2013) the Houston Planning Commission approved the Yale Heights’ variance request.
You can watch a video of the meeting by clicking here. This item is heard around the 38th minute of the “Platting Activity D” section.
Disappointingly, this organization’s concerns (which centered primarily around block face) were unaddressed when Commissioner Jard asked the city planner about the nature of citizen protests. The planner instead stated the complaints focused primarily on the number of residences planned (which was not an item mentioned by this group).
We will be reaching out to the planning department to clarify how we can more clearly express concern and provide materials to the committee in the future.
To Whom it may concern:
I am writing to indicate my opposition to the variance requested by David Weekly Homes related to 816 and 822 Yale St. in the Heights.
I am opposed to the variance for the following reasons:
1) Granting the 15’ set back would bring the applicant’s property out of line with the current block face. Please see the below link for an overhead view: http://www.westheightscoalition.com/post/66885065738/davidweeklyhomesheights
2) The applicant cannot demonstrate a non-economic hardship
I will be unable to attend the planning commission meeting on November 14th, so please accept this email as my formal protest and provide its contents to the planning commissioners.
Email the planning department at: firstname.lastname@example.org
and be sure to copy Council Member Cohen’s office at: email@example.com