Design Standards impact home elevation, detention, sheet flow and flooding.

Houston Public Works is seeking public input on proposed changes to Design Standards (Ch. 9 & Ch. 13). 

Public input can be made through this survey and any additional questions can be sent:
- by email: pwe.director@houstontx.gov or 
- contacting your local Council Member
 
This survey closes Monday, July 30, 2018 @ 5 p.m. and should take less than 3 minutes to complete. 

DEFINITIONS + CURRENT STANDARDS

Minimum Home Elevation - required height of the lowest floor of a house. Currently, the City of Houston requires that new homes be built so that the lowest floor is one foot above the nearest sanitary sewer manhole or one foot above the gutter plus a 2% slope.

Detention - storage and slow release of stormwater that runs off the rooftops and pavement of a home. The purpose of detention is to reduce the impact of development on the community. Currently, new developments in Houston are required to do more detention than redevelopments.

Sheet Flow - shallow flow of stormwater run-off across gently sloping land to a receiving catch basin, detention pond, bayou, creek or stream. Currently, the City of Houston requires that developments one acre and greater prove that they will not block sheet flow.

* 1. HOME ELEVATION
Houston should increase the lowest floor elevation of new homes outside of the floodplain.

* 2. DETENTION
Developers should follow the same detention rules for new development and redevelopment.

* 3. SHEET FLOW
Houston should require new development to not block existing sheet flow.

* 4. FLOODING
What are the top three reasons flooding is a problem in Houston (Check 3 boxes)?

* 5. Tougher stormwater regulations are needed to reduce the risk of flooding in Houston.

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