Thursday, February 4, 2021
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm CST

Houston is famous for its lack of zoning, but a new court case challenging Houston’s Historic Preservation Ordinance (HPO) is putting that idea to the test. In the eyes of some—including the Texas Public Policy Foundation—the city is engaged in de facto zoning, which would be contrary to both its character and the law. Join our panel of experts to discuss the significance of the pending Texas Supreme Court case, how the city’s actions may have violated its own charter and case law, and where the city’s arguments fall short.


  • James Quintero (Moderator) – Policy Director, Government for the People, Texas Public Policy Foundation
  • Matthew Festa (Panelist) – Professor of Law South Texas College of Law Houston
  • Arif Panju (Panelist) – Managing Attorney, Institute for Justice
  • Chance Weldon (Panelist) – Attorney, Texas Public Policy Foundation