The existing Historic Preservation Ordinance has a very large loophole. If an existing structure is designated a Landmark or Protected Landmark, then it cannot be altered or demolished without a Certificate of Appropriateness from the Houston Archeological and Historic Commission – which makes recommendations to Houston City Council. However, if permission is not granted, then the changes may proceed following 90 days.
Mayor Parker is proposing amendments to the Historic Preservation Ordinance that would close the 90-day waiting period loophole.
Other items for review include possible revisions to the Historic District designation process and clarifications to the list of new building materials for existing landmarks.