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)
Some of our neighbors will soon be applying to renew the already-existing City of Houston special Minimum Building Line (MBL) ordinances, which currently apply to some of the blocks in Cherryhurst.
An MBL ordinance preserves the prevailing front building line (the front “setback”) of the homes on a block. The MBL ordinances are not new to Cherryhurst – several blocks in Cherryhurst have MBL ordinances that have been in effect for more than 18 years, but they will expire soon. For more information about MBL ordinances in general and the renewal process in particular, go to this link.
As part of the MBL renewal application process, two signs will need to be posted on each block where a renewal application is pending with the City. These signs are a normal requirement of the MBL renewal process.
Again, these expiring MBL ordinances have been in effect for more than 18 years. Nothing about them is new for Cherryhurst. We just wanted to inform the neighborhood about the renewal process and what to expect. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about this process.
Emily Covey Trevor Jefferies
President, Cherryhurst Civic Association Chair, Deed Restriction Committee