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A recent bill approved by the Texas Legislature could have a serious impact on municipal efforts to regulate development.

Texas House Bill 3167 , dubbed the “shot clock” bill, went into effect on Sept. 1, 2019. The bill expands on previous legislation requiring cities and counties to act on plat applications within 30 calendar days. The new law extends this requirement to other types of site...

Read More - New Texas Legislation Sets 'Shot Clock' for Development Reviews

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The public has until Jan. 6, 2020, to comment on Texas’ action plan detailing the use of $4.3 billion for flooding mitigation projects.

The Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced last week the state's action plan detailing the distribution and eligible uses of $4,297,189,000 in Community Development Block Grant Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to assist Texas communities with mitigation projects....

Read More - Comment Period Underway for $4.3B for Texas Flooding Infrastructure

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TagsFunding, Hurricane harvey, resiliency, Texas, General Land Office, GLO, flood mitigation,

Stakeholders have until mid-January to review and comment on the proposed Flood Infrastructure Fund rules and Flood Intended Use Plan.

The rules and the plan include information on eligibility, minimum standards, program timeline, financial assistance categories, prioritization criteria, and additional information. Comments on the rules should be submitted to the Texas Water Development Board at rulescomments@twdb.texas.gov, and comments on the Intended Use Plan should be submitted...

Read More - Feedback Wanted for Proposed Flood Infrastructure Fund Rules and Plan

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In order to connect passengers between Dallas and Houston in 90 minutes, the proposed Texas Central High-Speed Rail must cross the Trinity River and numerous other streams, drainage ways and floodplains.

Freese and Nichols played a key role in developing the first privately developed high-speed train project in North America. To examine alignment alternatives for the high-speed train, nearly 900 drainage crossings with a combined drainage area of 7,000 square miles were...

Read More - How Drainage Analysis, Innovation Drive the Texas Central High-Speed Train

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On Nov. 5, Texas voters approved Proposition 2 and Proposition 8 , constitutional amendments related to funding projects for economically distressed areas and also establishing a fund for regional flood planning and infrastructure projects.

More on Proposition 2

Proposition 2 authorizes the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) to issue an additional $200 million in general obligation bonds. The funds would be used to further fund projects through...

Read More - Texas Voters OK Propositions For Funding Projects and Flood Planning

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Registration is open for the Texas Public Works Association - North Central Texas Branch annual One Day Education Seminar on Nov. 14 in Richardson, Texas. We hope you can attend, and we look forward to seeing you at one of our presentations below:

Title: Keeping the Stream Green: Biotechnical Streambank Stabilization in the City of Mansfield Time: 11-11:50 a.m. Presenter: Wylie Gorup,...

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Areas of flat terrain that include playa systems offer a unique challenge for hydrologic and hydraulic modeling. One possible solution is using Interconnected Pond Routing (ICPR) Version 4 software, which encompasses a 2D capability that can model flow across flat areas.

As the drainage lead on a roadway design team for the City of Lubbock, Freese and Nichols used ICPR4 software for modeling the existing and proposed conditions of Upland Avenue. Located on the...

Read More - What To Do With Playas: ICPR4 Offers 2D Advantage

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It’s time for Texans to head to the polls again, and it’s important for voters to be informed about what’s on the ballot.

One of the items under consideration is Proposition 8 , which would create the Flood Infrastructure Fund (FIF) for a statewide, cooperative effort for regional flood planning, mitigation and infrastructure projects.

How the Flood Infrastructure Fund Works

FIF would be administered by the ...

Read More - Texas’ Proposition 8 Would Dedicate $900M to Flood Control

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