Houston City Council Members Want To Delay New Floodplain Regulations

A City Council committee says more time is needed to study the measure. They also want the public to weigh in.

By Gail DelaughterFebruary 13, 2018 9:56 am, , , ,

From Houston Public Media:

Already, the city requires homes in 100-year floodplains to be elevated one foot. Houston Public Works is now proposing new rulesfor 500-year floodplains. That could require builders to elevate new homes up to two feet.

The plan was to have a one-week comment period and then put the ordinance before council later this month. But speaking before the Transportation, Technology, and Infrastructure Committee, District A Council Member Brenda Stardig said not so fast.

“Having Addicks Dam in our district and not getting the reports promised, do you think I’m going to trust going forward that this is going to be okay?” asked Stardig. “It’s not.”

Also asking for more time was Council Member Dave Martin, who said District E would be heavily impacted by the new regulations.

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