12/17/2019 UPDATE:

Southgate homeowners,

We need your help. The same group that expanded the two duplexes on Sheridan into student dorms owns two contiguous lots at 1933 and 1937 Dryden and has submitted an application to replat them into one ~17,000 sq. ft. lot. Both lots are currently coded as B1 multi-family, which means there is no limit on the number of units.

Regardless of the current owner’s building intentions for the combined lot, we do not want an unlimited multi-family 17,000 sq. ft. lot in our neighborhood. There is no height limit in Southgate, so the current or future owner could build a 6 or 7 story residential building on this lot with one or two floors of parking and 50 dorm style units. A high-density building on two lots does not fit the character of the street or the neighborhood and would negatively affect property values, traffic, and the aesthetics of our neighborhood.

The replat hearing is January 9th at 2:30pm. Please plan to attend. The more people we have there, the more likely the city is to deny the replat, so your attendance is important. PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY so you can be in the room at 2 pm:

Thursday, January 9, 2020, at 2:30 p.m.

City Council Chamber, City Hall Annex Building, Public Level

900 Bagby Street Houston, Texas 77002

In addition, please send an email requesting denial of the replat to the Planning Department at planning.variances@houstontx.gov and copy Valerie Luna (valerie.luna@houstontx.gov) of Ellen Cohen’s office (District C City Council) and our new representative Abbie Kamin at transition@abbiekamin.com. You can draft your own email, or use the following template and edit it as you like:

Subject Line: Objection to replat application for 1933 & 1937 Dryden (Ref# 2019-2022)

To Planning Department:

Please deny replat application #2019-2022 to combine the two lots at 1933 and 1937 Dryden Rd.

Southgate Addition neighborhood is composed primarily of single family residences on large lots, with a few rare exceptions of lots for multi-family housing, which are explicitly planned for in the 1938 deed restrictions. Single lots with multi-family structures similar in size and character to the rest of the neighborhood makes sense and is what the deed restrictions clearly intended.

If approved, this replat would violate the deed restrictions of Southgate Addition (Section I). The deed restrictions provide for specific individual lots to be used for duplexes or apartments. The restrictions do not allow for individual multi-family lots to be combined, which would allow a 6 to 8 story high-density apartment building (i.e. 75 units) adjacent to single family homes. A high-density 75 ft tall apartment building on two lots goes against the character of the neighborhood and would hurt the property values of adjacent properties and the neighborhood as a whole. It does not matter what structure the owner currently proposes for the combined lot, because once the replat is approved, the current owner (or future owners) can build whatever structure complies with the law and city codes on the approximately 17,000 sq. ft. lot.

Even if the replat did not violate the spirit and intent of the deed restrictions, the proposed replat would nonetheless irreparably harm the property values, character and consistency of the neighborhood. Please reject this application for replat.

Best Regards,

[HOMEOWNER NAME]

Southgate Neighborhood Homeowner


12/08/2019: Southgate homeowners,

We need your help. The same group that expanded the two duplexes on Sheridan into student dorms owns two contiguous lots at 1933 and 1937 Dryden and has submitted an application to replat them into one ~17,000 sq. ft. lot. Both lots are currently coded as B1 multi-family, which means there is no limit on the number of units.

Regardless of the current owner’s building intentions for the combined lot, we do not want an unlimited multi-family 17,000 sq. ft. lot in our neighborhood. There is no height limit in Southgate, so the current or future owner could build a 6 or 7 story residential building on this lot with one or two floors of parking and 50 dorm style units. A high-density building on two lots does not fit the character of the street or the neighborhood and would negatively affect property values, traffic, and the aesthetics of our neighborhood.

The replat hearing is December 19th at 2:30pm. Please plan to attend. The more people we have there, the more likely the city is to deny the replat, so your attendance is important. PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY so you can be in the room at 2 pm:

Thursday, December 19, 2019, at 2:30 p.m.

City Council Chamber, City Hall Annex Building, Public Level

900 Bagby Street

Houston, Texas 77002

In addition, please send an email requesting denial of the replat to the Planning Department at planning.variances@houstontx.gov and copy Valerie Luna (valerie.luna@houstontx.gov) of Ellen Cohen’s office (District C City Council).

You can draft your own email, or use the following template and edit it as you like:

Subject Line: Objection to replat application for 1933 & 1937 Dryden (Ref# 2019-2022)

To Planning Department:

Please deny replat application #2019-2022 to combine the two lots at 1933 and 1937 Dryden Rd.

Southgate Addition neighborhood is composed primarily of single family residences on large lots, with a few rare exceptions of lots for multi-family housing, which are explicitly planned for in the 1938 deed restrictions. Single lots with multi-family structures similar in size and character to the rest of the neighborhood makes sense and is what the deed restrictions clearly intended.

If approved, this replat would violate the deed restrictions of Southgate Addition (Section I). The deed restrictions provide for specific individual lots to be used for duplexes or apartments. The restrictions do not allow for individual multi-family lots to be combined, which would allow a 6 to 8 story high-density apartment building (i.e. 75 units) adjacent to single family homes. A high-density 75 ft tall apartment building on two lots goes against the character of the neighborhood and would hurt the property values of adjacent properties and the neighborhood as a whole. It does not matter what structure the owner currently proposes for the combined lot, because once the replat is approved, the current owner (or future owners) can build whatever structure complies with the law and city codes on the approximately 17,000 sq. ft. lot.

Even if the replat did not violate the spirit and intent of the deed restrictions, the proposed replat would nonetheless irreparably harm the property values, character and consistency of the neighborhood. Please reject this application for replat.
Best Regards,

[HOMEOWNER NAME]

Southgate Neighborhood Homeowner