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The Hogg Family's Master Plan
William Clifford Hogg was the son of Governor
James Hogg, and along with his sister Ima and
brother Michael, left an indelible mark on
the city of Houston. The Hogg siblings were
staunch supporters of a master-planned
Houston, which spurred William's involvement
with the City Planning Commission from 1927
to 1929. William, Ima, and Michael strived to
help create a city that they envisioned as an
In her book, The Hogg Family and Houston:
Philanthropy and the Civic Ideal, Kate Sayen
Kirkland discusses the siblings' vision.
In particular, the Hogg family wanted
Houston's growth and development to keep
commercial, residential, and recreational
activities separate, reflect the city's natural
beauty by setting aside recreational and
conservation areas, use zoning laws and deed
restrictions to facilitate an ongoing planning
process, and support planned neighborhood
communities, as demonstrated by Norhill and
Unfortunately, the Hoggs would only find
disappointment in their efforts to convince
city leaders and residents to steer Houston's
growth and development toward what they
saw as a more innovative and organized path.
While a master plan would be created for
the city, it would never be put into action.
However, Kirkland points out that ultimately
the three would then turn their attention to
improving their beloved city and the lives
of its residents through social and cultural
Above: Image of William Hogg courtesy of University of Texas,
Front porches are a feature of bungalow architecture, common in the
its historic inventory. In Norhill's case, Dennis Sigut says
that the deed restrictions filed when the residential area was
developed had indeed expired at one point, but in the early
1990s the neighborhood association worked to have them
reinstated. He explains that when the original deed restric-
tions were resubmitted to Harris County, a provision was
added at that time to automatically renew the restrictions at
10-year intervals "in perpetuity." Maverick Welsh, a PPNA
past president, says the clause was put in so that the orga-
nization would not have to be concerned with "harvesting
the required number of signatures from homeowners [75%
of residents must sign to renew deed restrictions] every 10
According to Stan Davis, the Proctor Plaza Neighbor-
hood Association continues to prioritize raising awareness
of and compliance with the deed restrictions. He says that
in a neighborhood as large as Norhill, communicating with
such a large group of people is an ongoing challenge, as is
engaging them to become active members in the PPNA.
"We are always working on ways to expand our member-
ship. Unlike many of today's homeowners associations,
Norhill residents join our organization and pay dues on
a voluntary basis." With more and more younger couples
and families moving into what was traditionally home to
older, long-time residents, he reports that the PPNA is us-
ing a popular social networking Internet site as a way to at-
tract and engage residents. "We now have a Facebook page
(Proctor Plaza Living), which is another avenue, in addi-
tion to our website (www.proctorplaza.com), to reach out
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