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Texas cities are learning that there could be costly implications associated with some higher drainage standards for new development and redevelopment. Many cities have adopted design standards that require developers, as a condition to obtain a permit, to design and construct new drainage infrastructure that serves fully developed upstream watershed conditions, even if the upstream watershed is undeveloped (or only partially developed) at the time the developer seeks a permit.

The reason for this...

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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...

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