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Old 06-29-2012, 09:48 PM
 
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Has anyone had any success obtaining a permit to cover part of the ditch in the front of their home for use as a parking pad? I'm about to embark on this project, and would like to know if I am in for a fight. I live in the Heights, and our street is so narrow that is difficult to have our elderly and disabled family visit for fear of someone falling in a ditch. Any advice would be helpful.
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Old 06-30-2012, 06:25 AM
 
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There is a culvert pipe over the ditch in front of my son's house. He did it to create 2 parking spots for him and the next door neighbor. He had no problem.
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Old 06-30-2012, 07:09 AM
 
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There is a culvert pipe over the ditch in front of my son's house. He did it to create 2 parking spots for him and the next door neighbor. He had no problem.
That sounds promising! Thanks.
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Old 06-17-2014, 10:41 PM
 
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I'm looking for a contractor to put culverts in our open ditches. My neighbors on both sides want to do it as well. Can anyone recommend a contractor to do the work? I am in the Heights.

Also, if you have had this done, I'm curious what the cost per foot was. I have one estimate that worked out to be $150/foot.
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Old 06-18-2014, 07:44 AM
 
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It can be done, I had it done with my new house in the Heights in 2007...Im not sure of the exact process as I let my builder hash it out. There is a thread on how to do this on the Houston Architecture forum....

Just know that, when you do it, you are not creating your own private parking place. Anyone can still park in the area you covered. It will not be just yours. That said, most neighbors are polite and park in front of their own house...its just when other folks have company, or anything like that, you can not just expect the spot to be yours.
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Old 06-18-2014, 10:36 AM
 
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Read your deed restrictions. I imagine it can be done though.
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Old 06-19-2014, 07:25 AM
 
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Read your deed restrictions. I imagine it can be done though.
Its the Heights. The vast majority of the Heights has no deed restrictions, and those who voluntarily signed up for deed restrictions through the Heights Association make no mention of ditches.
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Old 06-19-2014, 02:17 PM
 
Location: Houston
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A few years back the City began cracking down on covered ditches. They now require a 24 inch culvert, and have restrictions on how much may be covered. It is much harder to accomplish from when Marksmu did it 7 years ago.

Good luck.
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