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Newsletter | November 2020
Downtown Business Boost: More Space: Main Street

The City of Houston, METRO and the Houston Downtown Management District partnered to launch More Space: Main Street, a downtown economic revitalization initiative that mirrors the Planning Department's More Space program launched in August. The program will temporarily close select blocks along Main Street between Commerce and Rusk to vehicular traffic to allow restaurants and bars to expand protected dining space into the roadway. The initiative makes it safer and more comfortable for patrons to return to Downtown establishments, helping the food and beverage industry recover from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more in the press release and on the More Space: Main Street website.
Council Approves No Parking in Bike Lane Ordinance

City Council adopted an ordinance prohibiting vehicles from stopping, standing, or parking in bike lanes. This ordinance will help ensure bike lanes remain safe and accessible to bicyclists of all ages and abilities. The ordinance supports the Houston Bike Plan, protects the City’s investment in the bikeway infrastructure and supports the City’s Vision Zero goal to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2030. Warnings and educational flyers will be given for the first 90 days, after which a citation with a $100 fine will be issued on first offense. Drivers will have the option to take an online Bicycle-Friendly Driver Training Class in lieu of paying the fine on first offense. Read more about the new parking violation
Livable Places Explores Affordable Housing

The Nov. 17 Livable Places Action Committee meeting introduced committee members and virtual meeting viewers to critical issues related to affordable housing with special video presentations on Dan Parolek’s concept of “Missing Middle Housing,” and a Lionhart presentation on Residential Development Best Practices Study. Watch the Nov. 17 meeting recording or visit www.letstalkhouston.org/livable-places. The next Livable Places Action Committee meeting is
Dec. 8 from 3-5 p.m. 
NHHIP Review Period Ends in Early December

The Texas Department of Transportation posted their Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the North Houston Highway Improvement Project (NHHIP), which is one of the largest infrastructure projects the City of Houston will see in a generation. After a request by Mayor Sylvester Turner and partner agencies was granted, the review period now runs through December 9, 2020. The City and Harris County are working together to help the public understand the FEIS. Visit the NHHIP/TxDOT
joint webpage for more information.
Now Reviewing:
Sidewalk Regulations

The City of Houston has modified sidewalk standards to enhance walkability of our city and improve safety and accessibility in the pedestrian environment. As of Oct. 1, 2020, the Planning and Development Department began regulating sidewalk widths and reviewing applications for sidewalk modifications within the city limits of Houston. The new sidewalk widths allow more room for two people to walk side-by-side and provide greater access for those who use mobility aids such as wheelchairs, walkers and strollers. Read more about sidewalk regulations.
Historic Spotlight: LULAC Council 60 Clubhouse
City Council recently designated the LULAC Council 60 Clubhouse, 3004 Bagby St., as a City of Houston Protected Landmark. The clubhouse was Council 60's first meeting facility and gave the group a home base from which to advocate for equal social, economic, and political rights for Mexican Americans in Houston. The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Council 60 building may seem modest in style, however, the two-story stucco building, originally built in 1907, was at the center of Mexican American political organizing in Houston during the 1950s and 1960s. The LULAC 60 building has been home to Project Head Start, SER-Jobs for Progress, and the National LULAC Housing Commission. The building, already in need of repair, was even more so damaged by Hurricane Harvey in 2017. American Express awarded the LULAC Clubhouse a $140,000 grant to support the Clubhouse’s rehabilitation efforts. The LULAC Council 60 and C 60 Inc, in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is working to assess the condition of the Clubhouse as well as a plan for reuse. As the National Trust for Historic Preservation says, “the LULAC Clubhouse proves that some of Houston’s old and seemingly ordinary buildings are anything but, and they deserve increased protection as irreplaceable landmarks of local history and community identity.”
Department Calendar and Information

12/3 Planning Commission
12/8 Livable Places Action Committee Meeting
12/16 Historic Commission
12/17 Planning Commission
12/24-25 City Holiday, Offices are closed
1/1 City Holiday, Offices are closed

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