The City of Houston has a bunch of would-be-dictators in the City Planning Dept. Houston Family Without Sewage for 17 Months Due to City Regulations.
“Nobody stands up to this because they literally have the authority to retaliate so hard that you will lose your livelihood,” Krieger expressed in frustration.
Aside from the fact that they are giving him grief – just because the can – they have no standards for what is approved and what is denied.
More broadly, Spelz’s business has had building plans rejected that were exactly the same as ones that were approved, with the only difference being the address. They would have exactly similar plans get vastly different procedural instructions.
Say that again. He gets a project approved in the City of Houston. Then he wants to build an EXACT COPY of that house on a different lot. Now it doesn’t meet City of Houston requirements. Why? Because the can. Because there are no checks and balances. And the result.
Blain continued, saying, “Local officials, especially in dense, urban areas often talk about housing affordability, but support policies that keep affordability from becoming a reality. Burdensome regulations and permitting delays keep housing supply from ever meeting demand and that’s exactly what we’re seeing here.”
And this isn’t even like California – in the middle of an epic housing crisis – that keeps passing regulations to make housing even more expensive. (Yeah, that should help!) This is just Texas, where the Bureaucrats can do whatever the hell they want, and no one calls them to account for their actions.
And if you think this only occurs in Houston, you never dealt with local building codes.