Humble relaxes requirements for commercial buildings in 100 year flood plain
The Humble City Council approved Ordinance 19-834 to decrease the elevation requirements to 2 feet above the 100 year flood elevation for the construction of commercial buildings during a Jan. 10 meeting.
Back in February 2018, the council passed Ordinance 18-816 to increase the elevation for new construction and substantial improvements of residential and nonresidential structures to 2 feet above the 500 year flood elevation.
The original ordinance was made on the heels of Harvey, as Harris County and the city of Houston also made more stringent regulations for structures in the 100 or 500 year floodplain.
Humble City Manager Jason Stuebe said city officials have looked over Ordinance 18-816 during the past year and are passing Ordinance 19-834 to allow commercial buildings on the 100 year flood plain.
“We’ve had the year to look at it, decompress and see the development of what’s going on in the post-Harvey world, and what we’ve come up with is it’s probably more prudent to allow the non-residential or the commercial construction to go back to being allowed to developing just at the 100 year flood plain,” Stuebe said.
According to Ordinance 19-834, new construction and substantial improvements of any commercial, industrial or other nonresidential structure shall either have the lowest floor, including the basement, elevated to two feet or more above the 100 year flood plain as designated on the flood insurance rate map.
Penalties can lead up to a $2,000 per day for each violation.