Houston recovery czar: City not likely to budge on tighter floodplain development proposal
Houston’s proposal to tighten development rules in flood-prone areas should be thoroughly discussed, but is not necessarily likely to change, the city’s Hurricane Harvey recovery czar said Friday.
Mayor Sylvester Turner’s administration has proposed that new buildings within the 500-year floodplain be placed two feet above the projected water level in a 500-year flood. Current rules, which apply only within the riskier 100-year floodplain, stipulate that buildings be constructed one foot above the flood level in a 100-year storm.
Industry groups and some residents have pushed back on the... read more
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