As residents of our Historic District, we know you are concerned about the preservation of historic structures and neighborhoods like Winnetka Heights.
A bill has been introduced in the Texas Legislature that would make it more difficult for local governments to designate landmarks and make it easier for owners of previously designated landmarks to destroy them.
House Bill 3418 seeks to streamline demolitions of historic places throughout the state, makes it more difficult to designate landmarks, and would strip power from municipalities to enact and govern zoning related to historic buildings and districts.
To many, this threatens the ability of cities to preserve and reinvest in our own communities. There is also a concern that the new state law would supersede existing local ordinances, such as the Dallas ordinance that created our Historic District.
Please review the language of the bill and Preservation Texas’s summary of its implications here.
The Urban Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives is conducting a hearing on HB 3418 tomorrow, April 11 beginning at 10:30 a.m.
If you would like to have your voice heard, we encourage you to call the members of the Committee and express your opinion on HB 3418. The contact information for the Urban Affairs Committee members is below.
Members of the Urban Affairs Committee:
Rep. Carol Avarado (Chair), District 145 Houston
Rep. Jeff Leach (Vice-Chair), District 67 Plano
Rep. Diego Bernal, District 123 San Antonio
Rep. Gary Elkins (author of bill), District 135 Houston
Rep. Jason Isaac, District 45 Dripping Springs
Rep. Jarvis Johnson, District 139 Houston
Rep. Bill Zedler, District 96 Arlington
City of Dallas
Mayor Mike Rawlings
City Manager T.C. Broadnax