District F News from Councilman Al Hoang

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DISTRICT F NEWS
MARCH 2012
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Al Hoang
Houston Council Member
District F
  
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Houston, TX 77002
 
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Dear Residents and Friends of District F,

 

I want to remind you about this year’s District F CIP meeting which will take place next Wednesday, March 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the Tracy Gee Community Center. Our office has already received and submitted several CIP requests from residents and neighborhood groups. Mayor Parker will be present along with Public Works representatives to provide an update on the Rebuild Houston initiative as well. More information on the CIP process is available below.

 

Mid-West SN 20 

I attended last month’s Mid-West Super Neighborhood 20 (SN 20) meeting along with Council Members Oliver Pennington and Mike Laster, whose council districts also cover parts of SN 20. It was a pleasure meeting the representatives from the various neighborhoods that make up this group, including Briarmeadow, Piney Point, Westmont, and Tanglewilde, and from other neighborhoods that were added to District F after last year’s redistricting process. I look forward to working with them.

 

Occupy Houston Campers Ordered to Leave Park

Last month the mayor announced that HPD would begin enforcing city rules that forbid overnight camping at public parks. I support her decision and, though I wish it could have been done sooner, believe it was the right one.

 

The occupy Houston movement began camping at Tranquility Park in downtown last October and cost taxpayers over $300,000 in round-the-clock police supervision. Despite police presence, I heard from Houstonians who felt unsafe walking past their campsite on their way to work or nearby attractions.

I have great respect for freedom of speech and assembly, but that does not mean one can simply camp on public property whenever, however, and for any length of time at taxpayers’ expense. The Parks Department now estimates it will cost more than $13,000 to clean up and lay new sod at the park.  

Citations Issued to Illegal Itinerant Vendors 

I want to thank HPD’s Differential Response Team (DRT) for their work to crack down on several unpermitted itinerant vendors who had set up shop in vacant and abandoned lots along major thoroughfares in District F. DRT officers will continue to regularly monitor problem sites to ensure compliance. 

 

The DRT unit is made up of specially trained officers that focus primarily on nuisance abatement and other neighborhood specific crimes. Their work is profoundly important and I appreciate their assistance to crack down on these illegal vendors. 
 

Serial Burglary Suspects Arrested

Westside Police Captain Michael Skillern informed me last month that his officers arrested four suspects who were caught burglarizing several homes in a District F neighborhood. The arrests resulted in the recovery of over $18,000 worth of stolen property which was returned to the victims. I commend the captain and his officers for a job well done. 

 

Respectfully,

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Al Hoang  

Houston Council Member
District F

 

DISTRICT F CIP MEETING 

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Council Member Al Hoang will be hosting the annual District F Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) meeting on Wednesday, March 7 beginning at 6:30 p.m. This year’s meeting will be held at the Tracy Gee Community Center, 3599 Westcenter Drive.

 

The CIP is a forward looking document outlining the city’s infrastructure improvement strategy. This plan organizes projects by priority, project capacity and timing constraints, and identifies funding sources for all anticipated projects. The five-year CIP is revised annually to include new projects, reflect changes in priorities, and extend the plan an additional year. Public meetings are held every year to inform citizens of upcoming projects scheduled in their respective communities and to take input on future capital needs. 

 

If you wish to speak at the upcoming CIP meeting, please contact our office at 832-393-3002. If possible, neighborhood associations and super neighborhoods should select one speaker to present requests on behalf of their respective neighborhoods.

 

For additional information, please contact Cecilia Ortiz with the Citizens’ Assistance Office at 832-393-0955. The City of Houston can provide reasonable accommodations to citizens with disabilities/special needs if requested one week in advance.

WESTCHASE BREAKS GROUND ON NEW HIKE & BIKE TRAIL

Westchase District General Manager Jim Murphy and Board Chairman Mark Taylor buried their shovels deep in the ceremonial dirt last month in celebration of the groundbreaking of Westchase District’s new Library Loop Trail.


“This trail has been ten years in the making,” said Murphy. “We’re excited to bring this great new amenity to the residents and businesses of Westchase District.”


The 1.35 mile trail is being built on a Harris County Flood Control District drainage way, with support from the adjacent landowners. The trail loops east and west between the Robinson-Westchase Library (on Wilcrest) and the United State Post Office (on Rogerdale). The trail runs north of and parallel to Richmond Avenue.


The $700,000 trail will be made of concrete and will vary in widths between 8 and 10 feet. Trail enhancements will include water fountains, benches, exercise stations, and landscaping. Design work was provided by Brown & Gay and SWA. 


“This trail is funded entirely by Westchase area landowners through the Westchase District and the Westchase Community Association,” noted Murphy. “No city, county, state, or federal money has been allocated for this trail.”


Murphy and Taylor were joined at the groundbreaking ceremony by Houston Council Members Al Hoang and Oliver Pennington; Mike Alford, district engineer for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), as well as Andy Lear, president of the Westchase Community Association II (WCA).


“This will be a great amenity that will improve the surrounding community and give residents of all ages a great place to exercise,” said Council Member Hoang. “The trail will eventually be able to tie into other hike and bike paths and provide pedestrians and cyclists a great opportunity to get out and enjoy the area,” he added. 


This is the first phase of a trail system that will eventually connect Terry Hershey Park at Buffalo Bayou to Art Storey Park and the Brays Bayou trail system. Westchase District is currently designing the next phase of the trail which will run from Richmond south past Bellaire to Art Storey Park.


This trail will be constructed by Millis Construction & Development and is expected to be complete in six months.

MEETINGS ON CHANGES TO LAND DEVELOPMENT ORDINANCE

 

Planning Dept. Seal The Houston Planning Commission is holding four (4) public meetings on the proposed changes to the City’s Land Development Ordinance, Chapter 42. The proposed ordinance, and the complete list of meeting locations, can be found on the Planning Department’s website, www.HoustonPlanning.com.

 

All meetings are from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. In our area, the meeting will be:

 

Thursday, March 1 (Tomorrow)

Sharpstown Community Center

6600 Harbor Town Drive

Houston, TX 77036

 

Amendments to Chapter 42 will address the following topics:

  • Average lot size/lot width in new subdivision plats
  • Creation of guest parking for certain single-family residential units
  • Redefining the width and length of shared driveway developments
  • Requiring sign posting in residential subdivisions w/certain reserves
  • Establishing a protocol on naming of partial replats
  • Extending the Urban Area beyond the 610 Loop to the Beltway
  • Building line overhangs encroach 30 inches, five foot for outside stairs
  • Require surveyed site plans for single-family residential plats
  • Resolve the conflict between Chapter 42 and the Design Manual for Lift Station Sites

These are important changes that will affect the way the city grows. The public is invited to attend any of the meetings and learn what these changes will mean for their community.

PLANNING FOR SPRING BREAK VISITORS
 

COH LogoThe City of Houston has partnered with the Texas Medical Center, Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, Houston Museum District, Hermann Park / Houston Zoo and METRO to create easy access to Houston’s hottest spring break destinations – the rodeo, museums and zoo.

 

“With the numerous attractions Houston has to offer during spring break including the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Museum District, and the Houston Zoo, we want all visitors to enjoy these attractions while having a pleasant experience with their route and parking,” Mayor Annise Parker said. 

 
For Spring Break, Saturday, March 10, thru Sunday, March 18, visitors are urged to use suggested routes and parking plans, which will help provide a continuous flow of vehicles coming and going throughout the week.  
 
The week of spring break typically attracts an average of 350,000 people daily (number attributed to average daily attendance of Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, Houston Museum District and TMC). 
 
With a large number of people expected to converge on this area of the city throughout the week, the city recommends visitors use suggested driving directions, park in recommended parking locations and ride METRORail, which stops frequently throughout the Museum District, Hermann Park / Houston Zoo and continues to Reliant Park for the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo.
 
You can find a list of driving directions and various parking options by visiting www.houstontx.gov/specialevents.
FREE CHILDHOOD IMMUNIZATIONS
 

The Houston Fire Department and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Care Van program have teamed up again in 2012 to provide free childhood immunizations to Houston area children 18 years of age and younger. This is the perfect time to get your children up-to-date on their immunizations.

 

A parent or guardian with identification must accompany the child. A copy of the child’s current immunization records is also required.

 

 

Clinic hours are 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. For more information call 832.394.6636 or email Paul Box at paul.box@houstontx.gov.