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Board of Adjustment on April 15, 2021 @ 7 PM UPDATE 4/17/2021: The Board, by a vote of 6 to 1 at the April 15, 2021 meeting, approved a variance to lot coverage in the R-3 zoning, to 75% instead of the 50%. Over the protests of local residents. The Board said No a few months ago to O’Reilly’s request to construct a brand spanking new building, but Yes to another parking lot on South Rice Avenue.
So long, Randalls! No plans have been announced for the building or the 3-acre site, located in the UV-D District.
Spruce and Fifth Streets – Now the subject of a lawsuit, the $3.2 million in contracts for this project called for completion by February 15, 2020. A drive through the area feels as though you’re in a fun house. Here’s some background on this project.
Brays Bayou Association News Creating a new park; Trash Cleanup on April 24th: new trails! For more information visit:https://www.facebook.com/BraysBayouAssociation or firstname.lastname@example.org
4-21-21: Update on South Rice and Chimney Rock Bridges
Over the past five years our property tax rate has risen from $.3805 in 2015-2016 to $.4473 for 2019-2020 and
- The City’s property tax revenue increased – from $15.42 million in 2015 to $20.53 million in 2019. Over $5 million in additional revenue.
- But per the Harris County Tax Office, Bellaire’s annual property tax revenue over the past 3 years has flattened: $20,028,121 in 2018; $20,534,596 in 2019; $20,658,141 for 2020.
- Over those same 5 years our bonded debt increased almost $50 million dollars,
Recycling, organic gardening, less pesticides – all win/wins for our kids and our community. So are reusable bags!
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100 Years of Bellaire History!
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No More City Of Homes?
According to the City manager and staff our longtime City logo, representing Bellaire as a City of Homes, will soon be gone, thanks to City Council and the $50,000 branding study. Read more here.
Author Archives: Lynn McBee
It was the last decade of the twentieth century. There was much speculation and even foreboding by some that the century’s end might be doomsday… Bellaire in the 1990s was fraught with controversy, criminal charges, and a succession of mayors. … Continue reading
Are you aware of Bellaire’s History Walk? Lynn’s latest chapter of Bellaire history, History In Tangible Form, explains the background of Bellaire’s History Walk and the various monuments around town. Part of the City’s centennial celebration. Find it here! All … Continue reading
From boomtown to slowdown, in 1980 population in Bellaire dropped from a high of almost 20,000 to less than 15,000. President Ronald Reagan defeated Michael Dukakis and reigned for the decade until George H.W. Bush took over in 1989. There … Continue reading
It was 31 years ago, in 1977, that 4,619 Bellaire voters at a Special Recall Election called by a citizens’ initiative referendum succeeded in recalling from elected office the Mayor and three of the five City Council members. Bellaire citizens … Continue reading
When Time Magazine, Inc. published its, “Time 1968 40th Anniversary Special” (© 2008 Time, Inc.) in which it describes that year and the 1960s era as, “War abroad, Riots at Home, Fallen Leaders and Loner Dreams: The Year that Challenged … Continue reading
Chapter 9 of Lynn McBee’s Bellaire history is available here. Houston growth brings Loops and Freeways and a town divided. A time of growth, with more discussion on zoning and desegregation in our schools. All installments are are available on … Continue reading
Chapter 8 of Lynn McBee’s Bellaire history is available here. It wasn’t easy to agree on a path to arrive at the style of City government we have today. And we’re still working on it! All installments are are available … Continue reading