Thanks to all who came out to the wonderful holiday party Tuesday night at Penny Quarter and to the CCA Social Committee (especially Laura Beatty for coordinating). It was a fun event! Walking over, passing yet another burned out park light, some neighbors and I were reflecting on lighting in Cherryhurst. December is the BRIGHTEST month of the year here! Yes, we're talking about Christmas lights! While leaving our porch lights on or adding lights in the alley are in our control, the Centerpoint street lights—often blocked by foliage from our beautiful oak trees—are not in our control. Several years ago a sub-committee was formed for lighting as the CCA addressed serious security concerns in the neighborhood (pre-Constable). We continue to keep the conversation going about this in our CCA meetings as well as to look for solutions with Centerpoint and the City, including reporting burned out lights to 311. They have provided us with options to lower our light posts, but would require the entire neighborhood to be done at one time, and—shocker—we would have to pay for it. This is something we could raise money for over a period of years, perhaps asking for help from the Montrose TIRZ for our streets that fall within their borders. Lowering our street lights would provide a safer place to walk in the evening as well as an aesthetic upgrade from the generic metal pole. Similar lighting can be seen in the Heights, along Heights Boulevard and surrounding neighborhood, Southampton (along Sunset Boulevard and the surrounding neighborhood), West University, and many more Houston neighborhoods. Centerpoint and the City have agreed to replace one fixture (instead of the entire neighborhood) as an example fixture for us to see what kind of difference is made, again at our cost. If you have a street light near you that you think you or your close neighbors might want to sponsor as an example fixture, feel free to email us at email@example.com for more details. Happy Holidays!
Who will you vote for to represent you on Houston City Council?
Please join Neartown for the District C Candidate Forum,
7:00 pm, Wednesday, October 16th
at The Montrose Center, 401 Branard @ Bute St.
Eleven candidates have accepted the invitation to participate.
Each candidate will introduce themselves and present their priorities as prospective District C Council Member. Each will also respond to questions on five topics crucial to Montrose, as well as the City as a whole:
Early voting begins the Monday following - October 21st - and Election Day is Tuesday, November 5th.
Be informed and vote!
All City officers are up for election. View the complete line-up of candidates for City of Houston offices on the City's 2019 General Election web page.
Find out when and where to vote. Check out the Harris County Election Division for complete information on your ballot and the early voting dates/times and locations as well as where to vote on election day, November 5, at HarrisVotes.com.
Learn about METRO Proposition A. On the METRONext.org website, view the ballot language for the METRO bond referendum, and learn specifics of the METRONext Moving Forward Plan.
There are ten State propositions on the ballot. Review State of Texas info on the 2019 Constitutional Amendment Special Election.
Join members of the Cherryhurst Deed Restrictions Committee to learn about the proposed amendment to the Cherryhurst deed restrictions. Dates: Sunday, Sept. 22 from 4-6PM (Host: Randall Hance, 1610 Missouri), Sunday, Sept. 29 from 2-4PM (Hostess: Emily Covey, 1806 Haver) and Saturday, Oct. 5 from 9-11AM (Host: Trevor Jefferies, 1700 Haver).
The purpose of the amendment is to:
1. Clarify the height restriction as it relates to roofs.
There have been a couple of houses built since the Declaration that violate this condition. (Examples: 2517 Yupon, currently under construction, and one by Wilson Montessori (subject to #3 below). They have hidden the roof with a wall that extends beyond the 25 feet so the front of the house is actually 35 feet tall and the roof is not visible.
The City legal department has found the language in the Declaration to be vague and will not enforce this provision. The amendment clarifies this and does not allow the original intent to be violated.
2. Clarify the provision that does not allow cars to be parked in the front or side yard of the house if there is alley access.
The intent of this provision is to prohibit residents from parking in their front or side yards where there is no driveway and curb cut.
3. Remove 7 properties north of Fairview that were part of the original Cherryhurst plat.
The original plat of Cherryhurst contained properties that went along Yupon Street north of Fairview, in front of Wilson Montessori. About half of these properties did not become subject to the Cherryhurst Deed Restrictions, although 7 of them did become subject to the Deed Restrictions. As a result, the area has developed independently from Cherryhurst proper (the area centered around the Park, from Yupon to Mandell, and Westheimer to Fairview), and has allowed for a much higher density in the area north of Fairview compared to Cherryhurst proper.
The removal of these 7 properties north of Fairview from the Deed Restrictions will allow these 7 properties to continue the pattern of denser development than development in Cherryhurst proper. In addition, it will allow our Cherryhurst Civic Association to focus its efforts on improvements in Cherryhurst proper.
We hope to see you at a porch chat!
--The Cherryhurst Deed Restrictions Committee (Trevor Jefferies*, Camilo Parra, Emily Covey, EJ Farhood, Randall Hance, Gauthier van Marcke and June Spencer)