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Concrete pouring saga continues

Thursday, October 23, 2014 by Tyler Whitson

Planning and Development Review Department Director Greg Guernsey said Tuesday that he plans to ask City Council for an “indefinite postponement” Thursday of an ordinance that would allow the city to issue permits for overnight concrete pouring on downtown mixed-use and public zoned properties. He said he would likely propose a modified ordinance with adjusted hours and noticing requirements at a later date. Council Member Laura Morrison said that noise from concrete pouring has made certain places downtown “essentially unlivable,” and that overnight pouring is prohibited in Houston, San Antonio and Fort Worth. Morrison also said she was considering proposing a modified, interim ordinance that would allow overnight pouring on public zoned properties in addition to what is currently allowed on central business district zoned properties, but limit all pouring hours to 2 a.m. The interim ordinance would include language that allows for exceptions under “extraordinary circumstances” and takes into account other mitigation strategies.

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