Preliminary Chapter 19 Floodplain Guidelines Released

Preliminary Chapter 19 Floodplain Guidelines Released

In early April, the City of Houston adopted amendments to the Chapter 19 Floodplain Ordinance. On May 29, 2018, The City of Houston Floodplain Management Office (FMO) released Chapter 19 Floodplain Guidelines. The purpose of the Guidelines is to establish effective procedures for implementing the Ordinance.

May 29th began the 30-day public review and comment period. During this time the City of Houston will be hosting several events with public participation; please see the schedule below for dates. Any comments received will not impact the interpretation of the approved ordinance, only the review process.

Chapter 19 will become effective on September 1, 2018. All plans received prior to that date will still be reviewed by the FMO under the existing (2008) floodplain ordinance.

For a breakdown of the Chapter 19 Ordinance updates check out our Previous Blog Post or review the table below for a quick summary.

Pending Chapter 19 Summary of Key Provisions PDF

The below timeline highlights significant dates related to Chapter 19 and Design Standards. Jones|Carter will provide updates for any dates that are currently listed as TBD.


Chapter 19 Floodplain Ordinance Schedule PDF

Jones|Carter will be hosting an event with Wilson Cribbs and Goren prior to September 1st to discuss the Ordinance in depth. If you are interested in receiving more information about this event, please enter your information below.