On November 12, 2012 the UOCC applied for the City of Houston's Prohibited Yard Parking Program and this Ordinance was approved for our neighborhood on May 8, 2013. University Oaks is a PROHIBITED PARKING ON FRONT OR SIDE YARD under Ordinance # 2013-0417.
Any person who violates any provision of this article shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine not to exceed $150.00. Each day a violation of this article shall continue shall constitute a separate offense. Please report violations to the city's 311 number.
The Prohibited Yard Parking Program is intended to protect neighborhood property values, prevent damage to the City of Houston’s underground infrastructure, and to stop the degradation of the aesthetic appearance of single-family residential areas. Parking of vehicles on the front or side yard within single-family residential areas will be prohibited where a Prohibited Yard Parking Requirement Area has been established.
The University Oaks Civic Club (UOCC) meeting will be held on WEDNESDAY, April 12th, at 7:30PM at 4376 Varsity Lane. Minutes and any special agenda items will be emailed out and posted on this website prior to this meeting.
The UOCC maintenance fee for 2017 has been increased by 5%*. The 2016 fee will be $185.00 and will be reflected in the upcoming invoices that will be mailed to UO homeowners during the week of February 14th.
* Section 7.2 allows for the maintenance fee to be increased by 5% or less above the previous year's fee without the vote of a majority of Civic Club Members.
Thanks to our Havest Lane neighbor, Mitch Glassman, we now have a 2017 trash and recycling calendar available. It can be found attached to this announcement and in the Resource Center on this website.
The city of Houston has a program that establishes parking permit areas in residential neighborhoods with documented parking problems due to "spill over" parking from nearby nonresidential activity centers (such as the University of Houston). University Oaks qualifies for this program due to our proximity to the University of Houston.
Information about this program and forms can be found at http://www.houstontx.gov/parking/res-faq.html
In about 2010, the streets with the largest parking problem were Varsity, Harvest, University Oaks, Rockwood and Fiesta. Three residents (non-UOCC Board Members at the time) inquired about the program and began informing residents and collecting the signatures on the provided petition (evidence of resident support). A parking survey, conducted after the survey was submitted, indicated that 60% of the on-street parking spaces are occupied and that 25% or more of those on-street parking spaces are used by non-resident vehicles. Therefore the five streets qualified for permitted parking. This entire process took about 6 months.
Why wasn’t permitted parking requested for all the streets in UO at that time? When the five longest streets were available for parking, there were not many vehicles parking on Faculty and Graduate Circle (North MacGregor does not allow for on-street parking). Therefore, the survey would not have found need on Faculty and Graduate Circle in 2010. As time passed and the permitted parking program became effective, the parking problem was "pushed' to Faculty and Graduate Circle. The residents of those streets then became interested in this program for their streets. In 2013, a petition to establish permitted parking for Graduate Circle and Faculty was completed. Unfortunately, when the survey was done, the two streets did not meet the threshold of 60% of the on-street parking being occupied.
Many residents have suggested that it is time to try again. With the VUE II opening soon, parking is likely to get worse. The process will need to be started from the first step--the petition. It is not necessary for the Civic Club to initiate this process. In fact, as the three residents who gathered petitions on the first five streets found out, this can best be done by residents of the street(s) who know their neighbors and can communicate the need for this program effectively. The UO Civic Club will pay the fees from our treasury and are available to give advice on items such as the timing of the survey (obviously, our summer months do not have the biggest parking problems), what days and times to request, etc. Also two separate applications, one per street, may be best. As we found out for the first five streets, the program "pushed" vehicles to park on the next, closest-to-UH, available street, with that next street now being able to pass the occupancy survey.
University Oaks is fortunate to have in place deed restrictions, written and enforced to provide a safe, attractive and hospitable neighborhood for our single family homes. Recently many new rental signs have been noticed in University Oaks. The UO Board would like to remind all that our deed restrictions not only define the physical condition and appearance of our yards and houses, they also restrict the number of people who can reside in our single family homes. The deed restrictions are available online to review and can also be requested from all UO board members. The UO Board recommends that homeowners contact Shawn Coleman with questions regarding these occupancy restrictions. The UO Board also recommends that potential renters contact Shawn with questions before signing any rental agreement in order to ensure that the number of occupants has been explained correctly and that you will be in compliance.
A permit is requred to park on Rockwood, University Oaks, Varsity, Harvest and Fiesta in University Oaks during the hours of 7 am to 7pm Monday through Friday. PLEASE REMEMBER TO UPDATE YOUR PERMITS AT THE END OF EVERY YEAR AS THEY EXPIRE ON DECEMBER 31ST.
Attached are two documents for your reference - the announcement letter that was sent to all residents by the City of Houston and a parking permit application form.