Today's final day on city council for four members

December 21, 2011 10:32:59 AM PST
Houston city councilmembers are getting some work done on the last meeting day of the year. It's also the final day on council for four of its members.

Brenda Stardig and Jolanda Jones lost their re-election bids in the runoff race and Sue Lovell and Jarvis Johnson are leaving because of term limits.

The new council is sworn in next month. The 2012 council will have two new seats and seven new members.

Today, council members approved an ordinance that gives some breathing room to homeowners whose houses are being surrounded by townhomes and high rises. The new buffer zone from lotline to the new development is now 40 feet.

There was a move today to postpone the vote, handing it to the incoming council. Councilmember Sue Lovell argued that would allow developers to file building permits under current, less stringent rules.

Also up for consideration is an ordinance would require auto shops to get the customer's permission before doing work that would add more than $100 to the original estimate. In public comments yesterday, shop owners complained the proposed rule would delay repair work and complicate operations.

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