Friendswood concentrating on funding for resiliency projects, other priorities in upcoming legislative session

Friendswood city hall, stock image photo
The 87th Texas Legislature is only weeks away, and Friendswood officials have established priorities for what they want to see result from the session. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

The 87th Texas Legislature is only weeks away, and Friendswood officials have established priorities for what they want to see result from the session. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

The 87th Texas Legislature is only weeks away, and Friendswood officials have established priorities for what they want to see result from the session.

Friendswood City Council on Dec. 7 established a list of priorities of the results it and city staff want to see legislators work on in the upcoming session.

One priority for the city is the pursuit of federal and state funding for resiliency projects related to drainage, flood control, evacuation routes and transportation. Examples of such projects include the proposed coastal barrier in Galveston Bay, flood mitigation efforts along Clear Creek and work on Friendswood Parkway.

Friendswood is in the midst of several local drainage projects funded mostly by grant money. A few weeks ago, the city applied for a $78 million grant for a large flood-mitigation project along Clear Creek that would benefit thousands of city residents and residents downstream.

A second priority for the city is for the session to promote local control as it pertains to adopting building and exterior-facade requirements. Under a law passed in the 2019 Texas legislative session, cities are required to adopt the standard national code for residential and commercial buildings, which allows buildings to be constructed from a wide variety of materials and limits cities’ ability to enforce stricter standards related to building materials.


Another priority is for the Legislature to promote an amendment to the tax code as it pertains to street maintenance sales and use tax terms by extending four-year renewal terms to eight or more years.

Finally, Friendswood’s final priority is to oppose bills in support of the inclusion of debt service growth in calculating the voter-approval tax rate. Tax-backed debt issuances already require voter approval, according to a Friendswood memo.

The 87th legislative session begins Jan. 12.
By Jake Magee

Editor, Bay Area & Pearland/Friendswood

Jake has been a print journalist for several years, covering numerous beats including city government, education, business and more. Starting off at a daily newspaper in southern Wisconsin, Magee covered two small cities before being promoted to covering city government in the heart of newspaper's coverage area. He moved to Houston in mid-2018 to be the editor for and launch the Bay Area edition of Community Impact Newspaper. Today, he covers everything from aerospace to transportation to flood mitigation.