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Old 10-14-2009, 02:34 PM
 
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I just got back from some time in the suburbs of Philadelphia, where sprawl seems to be enshrined in low-density zoning laws. Places to live must be miles from places to eat, which are miles from places to work. Just like Houston. I was surprised, because much ado is made about Houston's lack of zoning. So I started thinking...

Is there any one place in Houston that exists due to a lack of zoning that could not be found in a zoned city? It would be challenging to find this.
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Old 10-14-2009, 02:44 PM
 
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Actually, you don't need to be miles from places to eat or shop if you don't have zoning, or at least the traditional form of it.
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Old 09-29-2010, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Macao
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I'm a native Houstonian who's lived in Oakland CA since the mid-1980s. Zoning has made massive residential neighborhoods with no grocery store. It's always struck me a little odd that you can't build a grocery store where people actually live.
Seems like across most of America. As a person who has lived abroad for many years, and car has always been optional. it is difficult going back to the States, and seeing grocery stores and basic amenities for a neighborhood being ILLEGAL and AGAINST THE LAW.

It's one of my biggest beefs with this 'America, land of the free', but you can't even open a store selling FOOD of all things in your own community.
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Old 09-29-2010, 08:17 PM
 
Location: West Houston
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Yes, one thing I like about Houston is the fact that there are 4 excellent grocery stores within about a 5 minute drive from my house (as opposed to all the way across town in other places).
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Old 09-29-2010, 08:37 PM
 
Location: The Greater Houston Metro Area
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Yes, one thing I like about Houston is the fact that there are 4 excellent grocery stores within about a 5 minute drive from my house (as opposed to all the way across town in other places).
People come in and rave about the selection and low prices (which is from healthy competition). I guess I just take it for granted and it is one of the nice things about no zoning.
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Old 03-03-2014, 11:24 PM
 
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So with no zoning do you still need to submit building permits and have everything build to code???? or can you just build what ever you want when you want where you want as long as you own the property?
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Old 03-04-2014, 06:19 AM
 
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I guess I am oblivious to all the strip clubs in town, you guys make it sound like there are a ton of them? I think there may be some still on Hwy 6, far away from neighborhoods. The few on Westheimer and Richmond area. Some near 610 south and some on 45 out ne ar Galveston. Realistically how many homes are affected?
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Old 03-04-2014, 10:22 AM
 
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So with no zoning do you still need to submit building permits and have everything build to code???? or can you just build what ever you want when you want where you want as long as you own the property?
You still have to do everything to code and use building permits. The non zoning means that you can build businesses throughout the city. So you have neighborhoods that are surrounded by stores, gas stations, and business offices. Neighborhoods have rules and regulations, so you don't have a gas station in the middle of your neighborhood.
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Old 03-04-2014, 10:46 AM
 
Location: Houston/Brenham
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So with no zoning do you still need to submit building permits and have everything build to code???? or can you just build what ever you want when you want where you want as long as you own the property?
No zoning is about WHAT type of use you can build. Like commercial, residential, gas station. It's why the Ashby hi-rise could be built next to a residential neighborhood, on a 2 lane street.

Houston has many restrictions on where you can build or operate many types of businesses. No strip clubs next to schools, all buildings have to be set-back 6 feet, etc.

And any structure has to meet building codes. And deed restrictions. And HOA restrictions.
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Old 03-04-2014, 11:19 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Seems like across most of America. As a person who has lived abroad for many years, and car has always been optional. it is difficult going back to the States, and seeing grocery stores and basic amenities for a neighborhood being ILLEGAL and AGAINST THE LAW.

It's one of my biggest beefs with this 'America, land of the free', but you can't even open a store selling FOOD of all things in your own community.
Free to keep you miles away from their neighborhood
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