Published on November 11, 2022
While the Federal Emergency Management Administration maps flood risk along major streams and creeks, most reported flooding in Fort Worth occurs outside of the FEMA Floodplain, in what the City refers to as Non-FEMA Flood Risk Areas.
The City has placed Non-FEMA Flood Risk Areas into two categories:
To better protect property owners in City Flood Risk Areas from flood risk, the City is revising the existing Floodplain Provisions Ordinance and updating the Stormwater Criteria Manual.
Currently, regulations do not require stormwater review for land disturbance less than one acre. With a revised ordinance, however, new development and redevelopment in City Flood Risk Areas would be required to show they comply with stormwater regulations, regardless of size.
The City Council is expected to vote on adopting the updates later this year.
Two community meetings are scheduled to inform residents about the updates:
To learn more, contact Jennifer Dyke, assistant director in the Transportation & Public Works Department.
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