s3mh Posted January 23, 2014 Share Posted January 23, 2014 1. "Infill construction must be similar in size to existing homes.." WHERE?? on the block or in the district. Who gets to decide?2. "New construction must be compatible." Where is the definition of compatible outlined? If prevailing setbacks and minimum lot sizes are used why can't a 4000 sqft house be next to a 2000 sqft house? Who gets to decide?3. Mayor Parker said the same thing. Be careful what you ask.I however do not accept the premise that objective guidelines couldn't be developed. 1. HAHC decides. Block and district are both relevant for the determination. 2. Compatible is a subjective standard and is used to avoid inflexible one size fits all rules that will just send everyone to the planning commission to seek variances. Every historic district in the United States (and there are hundreds of them) has a commission that is charged with applying a subjective standards. Those who desire to build and renovate in those districts have to be able to have the ability to adjust their designs to gain approval of the commissions they deal with. Predictability is a value, but can only go so far when dealing with historic preservation. 3. I am all for tighter standards. I live near several homes that will inevitably renovated within the next decade. They all have great potential to be stunning examples of craftsman architecture. Without the ordinance or with a poorly enforced ordinance, they could be destroyed and replaced with more gratuitous square footage to make a quick buck for a builder and realtor, while destroying the character of the neighborhood. http://www.houstontx.gov/planning/HistoricPres/HistoricPreservationManual/historic_districts/heights_features.html And there are plenty of objective guidelines and there are guidelines for the Heights. The above link has Heights specific guidelines. But there will always be the need for subjective review because you cannot put a definition on "scale" and "compatible". Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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