Houston Planning Commission Accepting Public Comments on Changes to Subdivision Platting Standards

The Houston Planning Commission is accepting comments on proposed amendments to Chapter 42 of the Code of Ordinances, the City’s standards for new subdivision platting. One key provision has the potential to reduce flooding and deserves public support in my opinion.

Chapter 42 Amendment Comment Period is Open

The public hearing and comment period is open now and closes April 18, 2021. So hurry.

These proposed amendments will eliminate inconsistencies, clarify and/or codify some requirements and policies to make the subdivision platting process more efficient. The Livable Places Action Committee reviewed these amendments last fall and have referred them to the Planning Commission for consideration.

The proposed amendments will address the following in Chapter 42. Click to view the Ch. 42 draft ordinance language for:

  1. Time period for submitting plat applications
  2. Street Width in Place ordinance boundaries
  3. Clarify the term “nonresidential”
  4. Special Minimum Lot Size and Special Minimum Building Line variance requirements
  5. Temporary access easement for utility facilities
  6. Identifying floodplains on General Plans
The new amendments would require developers to superimposition floodplain information on plats. Shown here – how the 100-year (lower dotted line) and 500-year floodplains would affect potential homebuyers.

How to Comment

Provide your comments on the proposed amendments to subdivision platting on this form. You can also email comments to LivablePlaces@houstontx.gov or call 832-393-6600.

#6 Deserves Support

Most of the changes will not affect flooding. However, #6 has the possibility to reduce flooding by making the existence of floodplains and floodways within new subdivisions more visible to potential buyers. I see this as a positive and intend to make a supportive comment. You may wish to do the same. I can almost guarantee that some interests will lobby against this provision.

Posted by Bob Rehak on 4/6/2021

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