Missed any of our articles from last week? Take a look at what you might have missed from Community Impact’s coverage areas in Houston from July 10-14.

Houston considers regulating short-term rentals as tensions grow among neighbors

Short-term rental properties, or STRs, found on platforms such as Airbnb, are in a legal gray area; they are unregulated by local law in the city of Houston, raising concerns among some residents. As of 2023, Bellaire does not have a specific ordinance prohibiting or regulating STRs, according to city officials. Instead, Bellaire only requires property owners who rent out their space to complete a certificate of occupancy, city officials said.

Read the full story by Reporter Leah Foreman.

Clear Creek ISD kicks around potential pay increase for employees

Clear Creek ISD officials are considering a compensation package for its employees that could increase salaries as much as 1.5%, according to district material. The date for the vote on the item has not been decided yet, CCISD Chief Communications Officer Elaina Polsen said.

Read the full story by Reporter James T. Norman.

Katy Beer Garden to bring brews and bar bites to historic redevelopment

A Munich-style beer garden will begin brewing at a redeveloped Katy landmark by the end of the year, officials said. Located at 5345 E. Third St., Katy—the beer garden will offer 90-100 taps, wine, cider, cocktails and bar bites.

Read more by Reporter Asia Armour.

Home Depot proposed for Montgomery pending agreement with city

During a July 11 meeting, the city of Montgomery reviewed a request for a parking variance for a proposed Home Depot at the intersection of Hwy. 105 and Buffalo Springs Drive in Montgomery. According to the agenda packet, the 137,182-square-foot building, if approved, would be located just west of Kroger.

Read the full story by Reporter Cassandra Jenkins

Fort Bend County property appraisals spike as state action stalls

Appraised property values are continuing to skyrocket across the Greater Houston area due to pandemic-era economic conditions, putting many residents in a bind, such as Sugar Land-area homeowner Claire Hebert. Residential property values in Fort Bend County have risen since the pandemic began in 2020. Since then, an average home value with no homestead exemption could have seen a 60.3% increase, according to Fort Bend Central Appraisal District annual appraisal data.

Read the full story by Editor Daniel Weeks and Editor Jake Magee.