City of Houston strengthens its preservation ordinance

Houston City Council passed a temporary law yesterday that represents the strongest protection of historic property in the city’s history.

Previously, a property owner could proceed with a proposed renovation, demolition, or relocation in one of Houston's historic districts after a 90-day waiting period, even if that proposed change had been rejected by the Houston Archaeological and Historic Commission.

For now, the commission’s ruling will stand while the city goes about making permanent changes to the law. Stay tuned for what could prove to be one of the most heated debates in years over land use and the character of Houston.

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