Proposed Changes to Houston’s Building
Below is an overview of the changes:
Houston’s current code only applies to property in the 100-year floodplain and protects 1 foot above 100-year flood elevation. The proposed revisions would include property in the 500-year floodplain and protect “X” feet of 500-year flood elevation. It would also include no net fill in the 500-year floodplain.
“X” feet in the proposed revisions is still to be determined following the public input period. It is believed that the City is looking at changing the ordinance to 2 feet above the 500-year floodplain, but the City would like input on if that is too much or too little.
The 100-year floodplain is land that is predicted to flood during a 100-year storm, which has a 1% chance of occurring in any given year. The 500-year floodplain has a .2% chance of occurring. For residents outside of the 100-year and 500-year floodplain, these changes to the ordinance will have little or no effect.
A copy of the full draft ordinance can be found by clicking here
Here is the link to the ordinance feedback webpage that has the 3 proposed ordinances posted:
There is also a spot where you can submit any feedback or as always you can send your feedback to
You can also find the proposed ordinances along with the PowerPoint presentations here: http://www.houstontx.gov/ara/.