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Call For Action: City of Houston Floodplain Ordinance, Chapter 19

  • This message is to update you on the status of the City of Houston’s Floodplain Ordinance, Chapter 19. Mayor Sylvester Turner and Houston Public Works have proposed changes to the ordinance, which would require new developments to be built at two feet above the 500-year floodplain base flood elevation. HAR is concerned that the new changes may be too broad and more research needs to be done to address this situation in the most effective manner.
  • Your engagement is needed now as council votes on Wednesday, April 4!  Please call or email the Council Members you are comfortable with and ask them to support HAR’s recommendations. As an HAR member, you are asking the Mayor and Council Members to slow things down and go about how Houston rebuilds more strategically than a “one-size-fits-all” approach. Encourage city officials to complete the projects that are already in the works that will relieve flooding, clean out the waterways, and rid them of debris BEFORE Hurricane Season arrives.
  • If you can attend the City Council meeting on Tuesday, April 3 at 1:30 p.m., Houston City Hall, 900 Bagby, please confirm your attendance with Amber Burton at amber.burton@har.com. Amber can also provide you with a template of HAR’s email to City Council.

9 thoughts on “Call For Action: City of Houston Floodplain Ordinance, Chapter 19

  1. I like Ann’s comment “Do not allow construction in known flood areas period.” I blame those giving in on allowing permits on many areas that should have never happen. While this is a very complicated situation, seems our government needs to do what they needed to do years ago an spend the money to have proper drainage for out city. To not give permits on many areas that is just waiting to flood. I further believe not many really understand or even pay attention to homes in various low areas. Some times just a matter of looking at flood maps, however not alway, helps. Do to bad planning we all have seen homes flood that are no where close to any water(Creeks, Bayous). Lets pray for Wisom.

  2. I am not in the “City Limits” of Houston, but do understand how the city, county, and region all need to work together to address the issues we have been experiencing over the last 10 years. Bold ideas need to be looked at, but consideration needs to be made in how these changes can affect so many in ways not expected. Our powerful economy here runs, in part, to a lower cost of living. These ordinances would quickly raise the prices on residential and commercial properties and limit new growth. A combination of well thought out higher standards for building, the 3rd reservoir northwest of Houston, completion of existing flood mediation projects and more assistance from the state and national level can create a “flood standard” that will keep us safe and dry. Please do not pass this ordinance at this time and get others input on this.

  3. As a realtor and remodeling company I have dealt first hand with homes flooded by Harvey. On both the buying and selling side and the remodeling side. The arbitrary rule to raise the foundation by 1, 2 or 10 feet for substantially damages homes is unrealistic and devastate homeowners who were flooded. These owners are devastated to this day dealing with the loss of their entire home and all their possessions. To impose a unrealistic idea requiring them to raise their foundations 1-2 feet is ludiqrist. 1-2 feet would not have prevented the flooding realized by Harvey. A requirement of 10 feet will render homes worthless and uninhabitable. Again, suffering a devastating loss from which most won’t recover. These homes should be grandfathered in to obtain flood insurance. Make the insurance premium a requirement. Do not allow construction in known flood areas period. Your current solution is not a good one and will only cause more devastation and prevent future homeownership.

  4. Mayor and Council Members,
    Please slow things down and go about how Houston rebuilds more strategically than a “one-size-fits-all” approach.
    As a realtor and citizen, I encourage all of you as city officials to complete the projects that are already in the works that will
    relieve flooding, clean out the waterways, and rid them of debris BEFORE Hurricane Season arrives.

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