I hope you enjoyed a safe and celebratory July 4th weekend. This week’s newsletter contains essential information regarding the city and your community that requests public input.
As always, much is happening at city hall, and I want to address the General Land Office’s recent decision regarding Hurricane Harvey and our current sub-agreement. As chair of the housing and community affairs committee, I have penned a statement for your review and records.
At the 2nd Annual Public Safety Town Hall meeting, I mentioned that Councilmember Sallie Alcorn and I plan on addressing the ongoing issue regarding parking violations, particularly with 18-wheelers and trailers at the scheduled Regulatory Neighborhood and Affairs (RNA). I have a growing list of stakeholders. If you are interested in signing up, please email email@example.com with the subject line RNA Meeting.
Let’s talk about redistricting.
As discussed on May 17 at our joint CIP and redistricting meeting, the city was in the process of reviewing the lines per the census 2020 survey results. District F recorded 204K residents, 2% less than the previous count. The proposed maps released decrease the count from 204K to 201K, and the substantial changes are below:
REMOVAL of PCT 566, the southeast corridor of Richmond and Beltway 8, includes First United Methodist Church, The Quillian Recreation Center, Westchase Management District offices, Tracey Gee Community Center, and several apartment complexes where we have a deep relationship.
ADD PCT 727, which is currently in District G from Kirkwood to Wilcrest, north of Westheimer Rd.
MINOR ADJUSTMENT: Where District F/J meets at Beechnut and Wilcrest, the boundary line includes all Imperial Point sections to the Glenshannon neighborhood.
There are three opportunities for you to comment on the proposed maps and even present an alternative:
The Proposed Redistricting Plan maps (citywide and district) are now available on the Let’s Talk Houston page https://www.letstalkhouston.org/redistricting.
The full resolution PDFs are posted on the right navigation.
As a reminder, two of the three scheduled public hearings will take place next week. The public is invited to speak at the hearing and may reserve a specific amount of time by contacting the City Secretary’s Office at 832-393-1100, by 3 p.m. the day before each hearing is scheduled to begin. Details for signing up to speak in-person or virtually are posted at https://www.houstontx.gov/council/meetingsinfo.html
Wednesday, July 13, 2022, at 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, July 13, 2022, at 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, July 20, 2022, at 9:00 a.m.
For the last 18 months, I have encouraged residents to help me prioritize my council district budget by receiving requests for projects that qualify for public use. Thank you. The city’s fiscal year closed on 6/30. I will soon provide a snapshot of our overall investment in public safety, quality of life, neighborhood revitalization, economic development, and youth programming. This method has worked so much that more than $500,000 in projects are ready to initiate this fiscal year. Stay tuned for more activity in our district.
In closing, I want to encourage you to participate in public comments regarding the proposed redistricting maps – which ultimately affect the district. I have made my intentions known to keep our diverse network of neighborhoods and neighbors together – so we can continue our excellent work.
Councilmember Tiffany D. Thomas