Minimum Lot Sizes and your Neighborhood

HAVE YOU HEARD?!

Avenue is collaborating with civic clubs and other community members to protect out Northline and Near Northside neighborhoods through the City of Houston’s Minimum Lot Size Protection Program.

WHAT IS MINIMUM LOT SIZE (MLS)?

A special minimum lot size is the minimum lot size standard currently met by at least 70% of the application area. Applications from City designated Historic Districts use the slightly lower threshold of 60%. By establishing this standard, lots cannot be subdivided below the “special minimum” lot size in the designated area. For instance, if 5,000 square feet was established as the special minimum lot size, a lot could not be divided into lots smaller than that size (City of Houston).

If your lot is already smaller than the special minimum lot size, you will not be penalized. Existing structures may remain and can be replaced at any time without special permission. New structures that conform to the platting and building codes may be constructed without special permission (City of Houston).

WHY DOES MY NEIGHBORHOOD NEED MLS?

Both the Northline and the Near Northside neighborhoods are experience new development and new people moving into our existing infrastructure,

The City of Houston allows developers, property owners and investors to have smaller lots to build townhomes by:

  • INCREASING DENSITY
  • CHANGING OUR CURRENT NEIGHBOHROOD CHARACTER
  • ALLOWING OTHERS TO BUY OUR NEIGHBOR’S HOMES TO BUILD TOWNHOMES, ETC.

HOW CAN YOU PARTICIPATE?

Contact Avenue’s Community Initiatives Team to help you guide you and your civic club through the process.

Our team can invite the experts, Planning City Staff, to come and do a brief presentation of how the FREE application process works to help preserve your neighborhood characters!

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