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Posts published in “Day: November 27, 2007”

Imperial Valley residents win battle over new subdivision

An overflow crowd of Imperial Valley residents packed a community room in their neighborhood to hear State Representative Kevin Bailey question city officials on their approval of a new subdivision being built on a vacant tract of land in the deed restricted community without any public notice. The tract was previously listed in the deed restriction as an oil company reserve.
Bailey told the crowd, “An hour before this meeting, I was notified that the city attorney has determined that the newly replatted area will have to comply with existing deed restrictions for the neighborhood.” He went on to explain, “City officials said that their decision not to require a legal posting on the property or notices to be mailed to property owners within two hundred feet was based on inaccurate information provided by the developer.”
It was good news for the residents who were very concerned about the developer’s intentions. The plat plan that he filed with the city redefined a single family dwelling to include one that contains two separate living units. The developer, who attended the community meeting, said that although his original plan was to build 30 homes on the 2.7-acre property he understands that he will be limited to building one home per lot. He said he would build 16 single-family homes that will be approximately 1600 to 2000 square feet. The new residential structures will have to comply with the existing deed restrictions for Imperial Valley. Currently the only permit that has been issued for the residential site is to grade the property.

“It is a victory for the neighborhood to have the deed restrictions remain intact,” said Bailey. “ I will be meeting with the board of directors for the Homeowners Association to assist them in the planning process. The City of Houston has approved a design that allows for two private street easements on the property without a plan for the long term maintenance of the streets.” A city official quickly stated that the city would not be responsible for the private streets.
City Council Member Jarvis Johnson attended the meeting and supported the position taken by Bailey and the Homeowners Association.
He said many neighborhoods are facing similar problems and it is time that the city should adopt stricter measures to keep it from happening in the future.
City officials in response to a question about the impact on flooding in the neighborhood said that they had approved a unique design for the replatted area. The storm water drainage system will be designed to hold six inches of water over the entire tract of land. The houses will be constructed at an elevation that will allow the yards to become part of the storm water detention system without flooding the houses. A restricting device will prevent the water from flowing into the storm water system on Cotillion during heavy rain events. Once the subdivision has drained then the water being held back by the restrictor will begin to drain.
Several city officials joined Rep. Kevin Bailey in the meeting with residents including Jarvis Johnson, City Council Member District B; Marlene Gafrick, the Director of Planning for the City of Houston; Jonathan Michaels, Asst. City Attorney and Andrew Icken, the Deputy Director and Public Works.

The right word makes the difference

Are you as tired as I am of listening about all of the sub prime loan problems? Those big banks should have sharpened their pencils instead of rubbing a crystal ball loaded with dollar signs. It keeps on and on and on, enough already.
You know you learn something every day and I learned a new word this morning.
While looking through the big city paper REAL ESTATE section, there was an eight million dollar house for sale over in the big city. The description of this high dollar six holer house besides the 6 bedrooms, wine cellar, carriage house and pool included a loggia.
Never heard of a loggia so GOOGLE was utilized to find out what a loggia is. GOOGLE says it’s “An open-sided, roofed or vaulted gallery”.

By crackie that ain’t nothing more than a porch but reckon that sounds more uppity than the word porch and I’ll bet’cha it doesn’t have a swang.
Maybe we can get a place similar to that when my ship comes in. I know the Mrs. would get mad if I stocked the pool with white perch.
Have been called tight before, but yesterday, my old friend in Wilmington, NC said I was cheap. Inquiring what he meant he went on to say it again “You are cheap”.
Adding, he said rather than go out to eat; you just go to the store and buy it, take it home and fix it. You save a lot of money that way but not like us, we are lazy so we go out to eat.
Never thought being called “cheap” could be meant as compliment.
One of our twins flew into town (from Pennsylvania) over the weekend. He took a test Saturday seeking employment with Exxon but told him not to hold his breath. Of course he likes these fall trips down to Texas so he can load up on canned goods to take back.
Slipped a ringer in on him with all the chowchow he took back. One jar had a T on top indicating Tabasco Peppers and a whole lot of them in the batch. That should help keep him warm when he is out shoveling snow; time will tell.
The twin works for a plant in York, Pennsylvania that makes plastic bottles for large companies. He said the security guard at the plant is from Highlands, Texas so he picked up a copy of the STAR COURIER to take back to the gentleman. Small world, eh?