FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 01/28/2011
Rep. Walle Files Bill to Improve Quality of Life, Raise Property Values
Walle's HB 191addresses key issue for Aldine & Northside residents
AUSTIN -- State Representative Armando Walle (Houston) recently filed a key piece of legislation to improve quality of life for Aldine and Northside residents. House Bill 191 would increase the required distance a junkyard must be from a school, church or residence.
"I believe that House Bill 191 will create a stronger boundary between junkyards and our homes, schools and churches," said Rep. Walle. "Junkyards in our neighborhoods hurt our property values and our quality of living."
After the City of Houston tightened its regulation on salvage yards, they proliferated outside city limits. As of last summer, there were 144 auto salvage yards in the City of Houston and 282 in unincorporated Harris County.
Under current law, a junkyard or salvage yard must be located at least 300 feet from a school, church or residence. Rep. Walle's House Bill 191 would increase the distance requirement for new junkyards from 300 feet to 600 feet.
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is charged with regulating junkyards. However, TxDOT's authority to regulate is limited to unincorporated areas within 1000 feet of primary interstate highways. Last year, Harris County Commissioners Court gave the County Attorney the authority to enforce state anti-nuisance policies that address the location of junkyards and how they operate.
"During my two years in office, many folks told me that salvage yards create a nuisance in our neighborhoods," stated Rep. Walle. "Having grown up here and now as a homeowner, I share these concerns and have filed House Bill 191 to address them."
Rep. Armando Walle is serving his second term in the Texas House of Representatives. He represents House District 140, which includes portions of unincorporated North Harris County and the City of Houston. Rep. Walle was selected "Freshman of the Year" by the members of the Women's Health Caucus.
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