Last spring, new development rules were adopted that will allow developers to build additional housing on smaller lots than are typically found in most suburban style neighborhoods. This will increase the availability of housing in the city and provide residents with more housing options. However, if your neighborhood is residential and would like to retain its larger lot character, the City adopted tools to help.
These tools include the ability for residential areas to preserve the existing lot size or building line character of the area providing there are no deed restrictions that address building line or lot size on the lots they seek to protect. These tools are commonly used in areas to prevent the further subdivision of lots for townhome style developments.
Information about these tools can be found online at: http://www.houstontx.gov/planning/Neighborhood/prevailLotBldg.html. If you have questions, please contact Kevin Calfee at 713.837.7701 or Kevin.Calfee@HoustonTX.gov.