Who will benefit from Houston's proposed new floodplain regulations?
City Council soon will consider tightening rules for building in Houston's floodplains, including forcing new or redeveloped homes to build higher off the ground.
Mayor Sylvester Turner says new rules for building outside floodplains and requiring developers to detain more storm water when they redevelop a site are coming next.
Skeptics of these proposals -- homeowners and industry groups alike -- have said they don't do enough for people in harm's way today.
When a redeveloped site sits higher, it is protected but does nothing for the buildings around it, they say. And, though the... read more