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Regulatory and Neighborhood Affairs Committee

Over the past few months, I’ve heard from numerous Houstonians about nuisance problems associated with bad-actor bars and nightclubs. These issues include noise, parking, capacity, disorderly conduct, crime, and more. To address these growing and persistent issues in several Houston neighborhoods, I convened a special-called meeting of the Regulatory and Neighborhood Affairs Committee on Monday, November 2, 2020. At the meeting, committee members heard from relevant city departments and state agencies including: the Houston Fire Department Fire Marshal; the Houston Police Department; the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission; the Administration and Regulatory Affairs Department; and the Legal Department. 

Following the presentations, nearly 30 residents addressed the committee to provide comments. It was clear from their remarks, and from additional emails and calls received on this matter, many residents are dissatisfied with the city and TABC’s inability to effectively and consistently enforce rules to bring relief. It’s important to note, most of the complaints center around larger nightclubs and not smaller, responsible neighborhood bars. During the Covid-19 pandemic, many Houston bars have suffered significant economic loss, and it is important not to paint all establishments with one brush. I look forward to working with the administration to explore setting up a separate city classification for nightclubs, improving enforcement of laws on the books, and strengthening noise and other regulations to improve quality of life for nearby residents.

The presentations from Monday's meeting may be found on the RNA website and a recording of the meeting has been archived on HTV's website. Please continue to let me know your thoughts on this issue.

Time to Get Your Judging Hat On!

Our Adopt-A-Drain naming contest ended a couple of weeks ago, with over 260 drains adopted during the contest period, a nearly 18% increase! Now we need your help selecting our community choice winner. Our partners helped us select a first place winner (to be announced next week) and narrowed down our ten finalists for the community choice poll. The poll champ will win a shrub rake and drain spade from the Houston ToolBank. The poll closes this Friday, November 6 at 5 pm so please vote here!

(Note: We did receive multiple submissions with the same name. As stated in the contest rules, the first person to submit a name would be the only one considered. All finalists have been emailed, so please check the email you provided with your contest entry to see if your submission has made it to the final 10.)
Deadline Extensions
 
  • Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the North Houston Highway Improvement Project:
    • TxDOT released the FEIS in late September, with an original deadline for comment on November 9. The deadline has now been extended to December 9. Council Member Alcorn, along with the mayor and several of her colleagues, requested an extension of that deadline in order to provide residents more time to read through the lengthy document. If you're interested in reading the FEIS you may find it here. The city's Planning & Development Department has provided fact sheets, comment guides, and presentations on the project at letstalkhouston.org
  • USACE Buffalo Bayou and Tributaries Resiliency Study:
    • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Galveston District, released an Interim Feasibility Report for the Buffalo Bayou and Tributaries Resiliency Study (BBTRS). This report sets forth recommended actions for further study to increase capacity and storage in the Buffalo Bayou watershed. The deadline to submit comment has been extended to November 20. The study and contact information for USACE may be found here.
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