HOUSTON --Houston Mayor Annise Parker wants to change the Historic Preservation Ordinance to protect properties within city-designated historic districts. The changes eliminate waivers for properties when the Houston Archaeological and Historical Commission denies certificates of appropriateness. "The amendments are in keeping with my pledge to provide permanent protection for our historic districts," said Mayor Parker. "These neighborhoods are living examples of Houston's early beginnings. We have a responsibility to preserve this architecture and character for future generations." Other changes include revising the historic district designation process and clarifications regarding use of new building materials. A series of public meetings are planned through September to receive comments on the proposed amendments. You can get more information about the meetings here.