HOUSTON - Mayor Sylvester Turner’s proposal to require new buildings in city floodplains to be built higher has been tweaked to lessen its impact on existing homeowners, but that did not prevent skeptical council members from lambasting the plan at a Wednesday hearing. The new regulations, among other things, would require new homes in the
Experts on flooding agree that it’s a terrible idea to build in or along these channels of cascading floodwater. But Harris County and Houston have allowed 20,000 parcels worth $13.5 billion to be developed in or along them, a Houston Chronicle investigation reveals. Read the first, second and third part of our Developing Storm series here.