River Oaks Governmental Resources
River Oaks is one of the most prominent, wealthy, and prestigious areas to live within the city of Houston. In an area as diverse as southeast Texas River Oaks stands out not only in terms of its proximity to the downtown core of Houston but also the areas to the west and southwest of the city center which boast some of the most upscale neighborhoods in the metropolitan area.
At the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, we want you to know about some pertinent information about this area of our city if you are a new resident of River Oaks.
When it comes to city governance in Houston, you as a new resident need to know that if you live within the city of Houston then you will be represented in City Hall proceedings by one of sixteen council members in addition to the City Controller and Mayor. Elections occur every four years in November. The city council member for River Oaks can serve no longer than two terms of four years apiece. Interestingly, five city council members are elected on an at large basis while the other eleven are elected to geographic districts that are intended to be similar in population size to one another.
River Oaks is in District C and is served by the Houston Police Department and Houston Fire Department. Houston Public Works makes it easy to pay utility bills on their website in addition to beginning service if you recently purchased a home in River Oaks. You can learn more about how the permitting process works for additions to your home or business as well as how to build in a way that is environmentally friendly at Houstontx.gov.
As a new resident of Houston and River Oaks specifically you may have concerns regarding issues with flooding. The city of Houston has a dedicated department devoted to Transportation and Drainage Operations. Maintaining roadways, bridges, and traffic systems for efficient use by residents of Houston while understanding the risks of flooding are the core goals of the department.
Public Safety has also been an area of great investment by the city of Houston in recent years. Specifically, city government has invested significant portions of recent budgets into areas such as behavioral health programs, overtime pay for Houston Police Department officers, additional park rangers for city parks and recreation spaces as well as a tightening of enforcement for city code violations. All of this is done in River Oaks and throughout the city of Houston to make residents like yourself as comfortable and productive as possible.