City of Houston Public Input Needed: Changes to Chapter 19 Floodplain Ordinance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 14, 2018

Contact: Jessica Beemer (832) 393-3008
jessica.beemer@houstontx.gov

Public Input Needed: Changes to Chapter 19 Floodplain Ordinance

Houston, TX – City Council Member Dave Martin is requesting residents participate in providing public input on proposed changes to Chapter 19 of the City’s Code of Ordinances. The City of Houston is considering revisions to Chapter 19 to ensure new dwellings are built high enough to save lives and property in the event of future flooding. As District E will be heavily impacted by new regulations, participation from residents is highly encouraged.

APPROACH
The City of Houston will reduce the risk of flood loss for future development and redevelopment by ordinance revisions, new regulations, building codes and design guidelines. Existing development will be improved through Capital Improvement Projects, buyouts, home elevations and demo-rebuilds.

RECOMMENDATIONS
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.

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.

PUBLIC INPUT AND NEXT STEPS

Public input on proposed changes to Chapter 19 can be made:

The ordinance will be presented to Council on February 28, 2018.

RESOURCES

For more information, please contact the District E office at (832) 393-3008 or via email at districte@houstontx.gov.

City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 14, 2018

Contact: Jessica Beemer
jessica.beemer@houstontx.gov

Solid Waste Management Department (SMWD) City Crews Return to Regular Tree/Junk Schedule on Thursday, March 1, 2018

  Houston, TX – The Solid Waste Management Department will temporarily suspend city crews collecting Hurricane Harvey storm debris effective February 28, 2018. Contracted storm debris crews will remain in place until further notice. City Junk Waste/Tree Waste crews will resume the regularly scheduled Tree Waste and Junk Waste collections effective March 1, 2018.

Mayor Sylvester Turner stated, “Houstonians should be very thankful and proud of the hard work of their Solid Waste Management employees who worked tirelessly to relieve them of the debris burden and immediate stress created by the ravages of Hurricane Harvey.  City debris crews were on the ground immediately after the floodwaters receded and homeowners began their road to recovery.”

Solid Waste Director Harry Hayes was also very thankful and proud of the work of the department’s employees and noted that “Houston’s solid waste team is extremely dedicated to serving its community especially in their time of extreme need.  Many solid waste employees suffered Harvey damage, but were on the job from day one ensuring that the community quickly recovered.”

  • Thursday, March 1, 2018:  Regular Tree Waste Schedule
  • Monday, April 2, 2018:  Regular Junk Waste Schedule 

Remember odd months are Tree Waste and even months are Junk Waste.

Tree Waste months:  January, March, May, July, September, and November.

Junk Waste months:  February, April, June, August, October and December.

Harvey Storm Debris is still being collected, continue to place debris at the curb. Report uncollected storm debris to the City of Houston 3-1-1 service line.
For more information about the City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department and its services, residents may check online at www.houstonsolidwaste.org, like their page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/houstonsolidwaste, follow them on twitter @houstontrash or call 3-1-1, (713-837-0311), the City of Houston’s Customer Service Helpline.