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

February 14, 2018

Contact: Jessica Beemer (832) 393-3008

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.

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.

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 on proposed changes to Chapter 19 can be made:

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


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