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Gary Scoggin

Our legislature hates local control of anything

Carlos Ponce

"control " - Shouldn't the choice of construction material be left between the contractor and owner? That's why I don't live in any city.

Gary Scoggin

A role of the city is to look for the welfare of its citizens. This includes protecting the property values of buildings within the city. Setting minumum architectural standards does that. If you don't like that concept, then don't buy or build within that city - as you have chosen to do.

Carlos Ponce

"property values of buildings within the city" Using that logic the property values of all those "non-mortar" buildings on the island and Mainland are going down? I don't think so.

Gary Scoggin

Perhaps The GCDN could ask Rep Middleton and Bonnen and Sen Taylor why they supported this bill.

Robert Braeking

They support the bill because it is not important that a feed store be bricked over. These pip-squeak little towns are assuming too much power and they have to be kicked back a notch. Egregious indeed, Mr. Sim City Hallisey. I would rather build my feed store with board and batten siding so it looks like a feed store.........and I want it to assume a natural patina.

Bailey Jones

Is there no aspect of local life that Austin Republicans will keep their noses out of? If this sort of nonsense was coming from "socialists" conservatives brains would be exploding.

Carlos Ponce

"Austin Republicans" ???? The bill was bi-partisan. The bill's primary sponsors were 3 Republicans Pheland, Schaefer and Buckingham and 2 Democrats Rodriguez and Collier. For: 58 Democrats 75 Republicans Against: 7 Democrats 2 Republicans Not Voting: 1 Republican Absent: 2 Democrats 5 Republicans https://legiscan.com/TX/rollcall/HB2439/id/870602 https://legiscan.com/TX/sponsors/HB2439/2019 Conservatives believe in as little government control as possible. This accomplishes that.

Diane Turski

Elections have consequences! Stop voting for "representatives" who are not adequately representing their constituents! I vote to replace Greg Bonnen and Larry Taylor in 2020!! I support League City's masonry law because it is important to require developers to adhere to high standards. Local control equals local accountability!!

Carlos Ponce

So Diane is posting that the 58 Democrat Legislators (out of 133 total) and the 11 Democrat State Senators (out of 26 total) who voted for the bill should be ousted? Vote for whomever you like, Dianne. Your vote is important to you.

Diane Turski

Carlos, my comments were nonpartisan. MY current representatives did not support the regulations that MY local government put in place in League City to ensure that developers adhere to higher standards. Anyone else can vote however they want concerning their own representatives. I have told you before to stop trying to misrepresent what I said. I can speak for myself!

Carlos Ponce

"replace Greg Bonnen and Larry Taylor", "non-partisan"? - I hear braying.

Carlos Ponce

Interesting how some forum posters detest Austin "meddling" in local affairs but harbor no qualms about city hall dictating to a contractor and his or her client how to build. As long as safety and utility are the paramount concerns in construction why do the materials matter? I guess they'd be happy with a solid cinder block edifice. That's mortar.

Jim Forsythe

Cinder Blocks are not made of mortar. You may be thinking of what goes between cinder blocks, bricks, concrete blocks, and such. Cinder blocks are also made from concrete, but the aggregate includes either coal cinders or ash. Consequently, cinder blocks are much lighter than concrete blocks. Many cities have a ordnance against wood roofs, Orangeburg pipe and such. Also required in cities are inspection on electrical,plumbing, roofing and other inspections. Even if you are not in a city, you are required to have windstorm inspections, so not living in a city does not get out of this requirement. Funny how some do not want any kind of restrictions from DC, but think Austin should dictate what goes on in cities.

Carlos Ponce

Cinder Blocks are put up by masons so qualify as masonry. And the holes in each cinder block are filled with mortar when installed.

Jim Forsythe

Carlos, how many block walls have you built using mortar instead of concrete in the holes? Next time use concrete instead of mortar for a stronger and longer lasting end product. Also make sure to use rebar for add strength . If you are using mortar instead of concrete in the holes, you not using the strongest product for the job. if you want a even stronger wall, try concrete additives, such as fiber to the dry ingredients, to help produce a stronger concrete wall. Concrete is a mixture of sand, cement, and water, but it also contains rock chippings or gravel which makes it much stronger and more durable than mortar. If you are looking for a long lasting project, concrete is the best choice. By using concrete you will achieve a stronger wall, one with properties nearly identical to a poured concrete wall , that you can not achieve with mortar. Mortar is used between the bricks, blocks, rocks and such, because it is the best choice for this job.

Carlos Ponce

Definitions: Cement is a fine binding powder that is never used alone, but is a component of both concrete and mortar, as well as stucco, tile grout, and thin-set adhesive. Mortar is composed of cement, fine sands and lime; it is used a binding material when building with brick, block, and stone. Concrete is a very strong structural building material composed of cement, sand, and larger aggregate (gravel). https://www.thespruce.com/difference-between-cement-concrete-and-mortar-2130884 I aided my grandfather in Mexico who was a master mason. The aggregate (gravel) and sand was made from blasting a mountain in Nuevo Leon. Concrete has a larger aggregate. He used a finer aggregate in making mortar to bind the cinder blocks. The cinder blocks were made of the same material. Abuelo made homes, churches, other buildings. Some are now about 100 years old. They are still strong.

Jim Forsythe

Carlos, adding fine aggregate to mortar makes it concrete, unless it is so small to not be classified as a binder. .One of the reasons to use mortar between bricks is it's bonding action and being able to smooth it. You can use each product as you like, but to get maximum out of these products, they need to be used as intended. Remember that aggregate provides economy and strength. Aggregate is cheap and provides a good filler which when using a fine aggregate does not . Very high and very low amounts of aggregate give poor strength and is less economical. Did you use a 1:2 mix or a 1:3 mix cement mix ? Did you use rebar in the holes? When we use mortar between brick we are not using it for strength. By using the lime you did add some strength. As per your definition," Concrete is a very strong structural building material composed of cement, sand, and larger aggregate."

Bobby Pope

I was on the Planning and Zoning Board of another city and you wouldn't believe some of the request for waivers we would get. Without proper rules in place your city will look like some of areas of the county that are not in the city limits. Patios built out of old pallets and one of the old big satellite dish as a patio cover.

Carlos Ponce

Would you have granted a waiver for "The Orange Show" of Houston? It "is constructed of concrete, brick, steel and found objects including gears, tiles, wagon wheels, mannequins, tractor seats and statuettes." One person's junk is another's treasure and pleasure. https://www.orangeshow.org/orange-show-monument

Jim Forsythe

It's up to a city to decide if they want zoning and can a waver be issued to that zoning. Houston does not have zoning, so zoning for the Orange Show was not a issue. Also remember the Orange Show started being built in1956, when regulations were not as tight in some cities, so other city's may have let it be built at that time, without a waver. Buildings built before a ordnance is in place, are Grandfathered in, most of the time.

Robert Braeking

Zoning regulations are unnecessarily restrictive. It encourages monotonous rows of similar structures without character or style. It segregates neighborhoods to socially similar residents, perhaps in violation of fair housing laws. I was advised not to buy in Santa Fe because of the eclectic nature of the housing. I bought here precisely because of the eclectic nature of the housing. The houses on my street run the gamut of all styles from mobile home to 8,000 sf mini mansion. And that is a good thing.

Carlos Ponce

They call it FREEDOM, Robert.[beam]

Jim Forsythe

For the very reasons that you do not want zoning , others would not live in a city that did not have zoning. Some people believe that zoning regulations restrictive and a reason to live in that city You have chosen what you think is best for you but it does not make it right for others. Some large business refuse to locate in a city with no zoning.

Carlos Ponce

"Some large business refuse to locate in a city with no zoning." So that's why Houston has no large businesses? [huh]

Jim Forsythe

That's why Houston has sexual orientated business scattered all over the city. If you do not want zoning , do not move to Houston.

Carlos Ponce

"That's why Houston has sexual orientated business scattered all over the city." The location of sexually oriented businesses is governed by ordinance in the City of Houston: https://library.municode.com/tx/houston/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=COOR_CH28MIOFPR_ARTIIISEORBU The director shall issue a permit to the applicant unless one or more of the following conditions exist: (1) The applicant's enterprise is located within 1,500 feet of any school, church, public park, or licensed day-care center. Measurements shall be made in a straight line, without regard to intervening structures or objects, from the nearest point on the property line of the applicant's enterprise to the nearest point on the property line of such school, church, public park, or licensed day-care center; (2) The applicant's enterprise is located within 1,000 feet of any other enterprise for which there is a permit. Measurements shall be made in a straight line, without regard to intervening structures or objects, from the nearest point on the property line of the applicant's enterprise to the nearest point on the property line of any other enterprise; (3) Seventy-five percent or more of the tracts within a circular area, as described herein, are residential in character. The radius of such circular area shall be 1,500 feet, and the center of such circular area shall correspond to the midpoint of a line joining the two most distant points on the boundary of the tract on which the enterprise is located; multifamily tracts shall be counted as multiple residential tracts based upon the tax records acreage of the multifamily tract according to the following formula: each one-eighth acre of land or fraction thereof shall be equivalent to one residential tract. For purposes of this calculation a residential tract or multifamily tract shall be considered to be in the circular area in its entirety if any portion of it lies within the circular area;

Gary Scoggin

That ordinance is only necessary because of the lack of zoning

Carlos Ponce

Zoning locks in a parcel of land to a specific fate while ordinances control those "businesses" that need control. Ordinances sound like a better deal.

Jim Forsythe

"The location of sexually oriented businesses is governed by ordinance in the City of Houston:" and they are still all over Houston. Since they are not zoned , they can be in most locations.

Carlos Ponce

Would you prefer them ALL in one place, Jim?

Jim Forsythe

Yes, because with zoning they can not be in neighborhoods. By only allowing them in areas zoned for that type of business, it makes it easier to control parking, drinking, loud music, and other actives. I do not want a club of any kind next to me that is allowed to stay open until 2AM.

Gary Scoggin

I wouldn’t want the Orange Show next door to me.

Don Schlessinger

I'm for any bill/law that restricts The City of Galveston's control over me and my property. I hope the Governor signs the bill ASAP.

Gary Scoggin

There are many points here worthy of debate. The question is, “Who makes these decisions? Washington, Austin, or the locals?â€

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