City of Katy to consider stricter building codes in floodplains and other ordinance updates

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The Katy City Council will meet for its regular session at 6:30 p.m. Monday and the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday for a public hearing on building standards within floodplains in city limits according to the city’s website.

The public hearing will provide residents with an opportunity to weigh in on whether or not the city should adopt recently updated standards for new construction in floodplains set forth by Harris County. The new standards would change the slab height requirements from 18 inches above the 100-year floodplain to 24 inches above the 500-year floodplain.

“As long as it’s in the floodway or the floodplain, then that’s what we’re going to do,” said Katy Mayor Chuck Brawner. “If the area is not in those categories … [builders]don’t have to meet that criteria.”

Katy’s City Council will hold its own public hearing on the building requirements at its Aug. 27 meeting.

The Monday council meeting agenda includes consideration of bids for sewer line replacement and Katy City Park sidewalk and drainage improvements. Ordinances being considered include updating traffic control signs near Katy Independent School District campuses to reflect new school hours, updating the city’s fire regulations and updating the city’s employee classification rules.

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R. Hans Miller
R. Hans Miller joined the Community Impact team in June 2017. He is a recent graduate of Texas State University's College of Journalism and Mass Communication, a U.S. Army veteran, husband and father. He is originally from Montana. He has written for VoiceBox Media and the San Marcos Daily Record, among others. He covers city government, emergency services, local business development and other topics for the Katy area.
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