News From Houston City Council District K (May/June 2016)

June 16, 2016

Pack Your Bags Challenge on location at Willow Water Hole

willow waterholeIf you missed the airing of Great Day Houston’s Pack Your Bag Challenge at Willow WaterHole on May 27, 2016, featuring Mayor Sylvester Turner, Council Member Larry Green and several District K residents you can see it here.

Great Day Houston reporter Courtney Pena hits the streets every Friday with fun challenges. Two people compete for the grand prize of a Houston weekend getaway. This challenge will run for 12 weeks and there will be 24 winners.

“It was great to showcase Willow Waterhole Park with the viewers of Great Day Houston. Residents of Houston should know about this gem we have in District K. The recreational opportunities as well as relief from flooding concerns make this 290 acre development an extremely valuable resource in our area,” states Council Member Green.

Willow Waterhole Conservation Reserve is located in the Westbury area near the intersection of South Post Oak Road and South Main St. The expanses around the ponds are designed for wildlife conservation, passive recreation, and include walking trails and gazebos. Native plants are being nurtured on the site and additional trees will be planted as ongoing construction projects are finished.

Click here to watch the segment.

Northfield I & II HOA Poised for Special Minimum Lot Size Area Approval

planning and devlopment departmentOver the course of 3 years, Council Member Green facilitated District-wide community meetings to inform District K civic leaders about the amendments of Chapter 42 (City of Houston land development ordinance) and tools which might be available to help protect and preserve your neighborhoods. Most District K neighborhoods have the appropriate language within their current deed restrictions protecting them from these new changes; whereas others didn’t have the minimum lot size protection noted.

Northfield I&II have taken the proactive step to protect their neighborhood character by applying for the special minimum lot size area (MLSA) designation. Glenshire and Braeburn Valley successfully applied and received designations last year.

Revisions to Chapter 42 extending the minimum lot size and minimum building line requirements to neighborhoods within the corporate boundaries of the City of Houston that do not have a minimum lot size or minimum building lines established in their deed restrictions went into effect last month.

For those neighborhoods thought to already have language in their restrictions addressing the minimum lot size and/or minimum building line requirements, the District K office encourages you to consult with a private attorney to ensure your restrictions are valid and provide the protections set forth therein. The applications and information about this development tool can be found online at: http://www.houstontx.gov/planning/Neighborhood/prevailLotBldg.html.Contact Misty Staunton at 832-393-6582 or Misty.staunton@Houstontx.gov to schedule a meeting prior to submitting an application.

Bankside YMCA Hosts Open House

Bankside ymcaOn Thursday, May 19, 2016 the District K staff members were special guests at the Open House held at the Bankside YMCA After School program. The Reserve at Bankside Apartment complex, located at 10700 Fondren Rd, 77096 is now home to the latest Bridging the Digital Divide Computer Center led by Johnny Molock.

CASE for Kids, a division of Harris County Department of Education in collaboration with Council Member Larry Green funded the computer lab. The Safe Haven computer lab will be used for after school homework assistance and computer literacy training for middle and high school students. Students will also have the opportunity to make videos and learn to transform their videos into short movies.

“We are excited to be able to offer this level of computer training and digital access to our students and the residents in District K. It is these types of programs that will help to ensure our students are competitive, states Council Member Green.”
The computer lab will also be used for GED, ESL, computer literacy and job training classes.