The Harris County Engineering Department will continue to accept public input on the proposed changes to countywide flood plain management and infrastructure regulations through June 25, when the changes are expected to go to the Harris County Commissioners Court for a vote.
The proposed changes are a direct response to the release of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Atlas 14, which updated Texas’ precipitation frequency estimates, in September 2018.
The engineering department held a public meeting June 6 to give an overview of the proposed changes and gather feedback from the public, engineers, developers and other stakeholders. The meeting drew an attendance of roughly 40 individuals. For a summary of both the proposed flood plain and infrastructure regulation changes, click here.
Engineering personnel added developers who submit “administratively complete” applications to the permitting department prior to June 25—when action on the regulations is expected to take place—will have their projects be grandfathered under the county regulations prior to the revisions. However, developers can lose that grandfather status on a project if significant changes are made to the project or if the project becomes dormant.
The proposed changes are expected to go to the Harris County Commissioners Court for action at the next court meeting, scheduled for 10 a.m. June 25.