The Flood Control District and FEMA are sharing revised preliminary floodplain maps in the Sims Bayou Watershed in order to help officials and residents identify their flood risks and use that information to make decisions about buying flood insurance and any future development. These Flood Insurance Rate Maps include the map revisions that became effective in May 2016.
To share this information, a public Open House is scheduled for interested citizens to obtain more information about the proposed changes.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Houston Community College – Central South Campus
1990 Airport Blvd
Houston, TX 77051
Attached is a flyer for you to share with anyone interested in learning more about the Sims Bayou Flood Insurance Rate Maps. Additional information is available, including links to the interactive mapping website on www.riskmap6.com. Residents can also contact the floodplain administrator in each community in the Sims Bayou Watershed area for more details. For questions regarding the open house, please contact the Flood Control District’s floodplain information line at 713-684-4150 or online at www.hcfcd.org/contact-us/.
Hurricane season is around the corner, so be prepared by visiting www.weather.gov/wrn/hurricane-preparedness.
Also, register to attend the FREE Extreme Weather Ready Expo on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Here is the link to register for the event http://www.hurricaneworkshop.com/
Mayor Turner Kicks off Complete Communities Initiative
City/Private Partnerships aim to Transform Forgotten Neighborhoods
Mayor Sylvester Turner will announce the first round of neighborhoods selected for his Complete Communities Initiative. Complete Communities aims to transform neighborhoods that have been overlooked for the amenities enjoyed by other Houston neighborhoods. The city will work with stakeholders in the selected communities and partners across Houston to create more complete neighborhoods with access to quality affordable housing, jobs, well-maintained parks and greenspace, improved streets and sidewalks, grocery stores and other retail, good schools and transit options.
10:15 a.m., April 17, 2017
Steps of Houston City Hall (reflecting pool side), 901 Bagby, Houston, TX 77002
TxDOT proposes to widen and extend Airport Boulevard from Hiram Clarke Road to FM 521 in southwest Houston, Harris County, Texas. The proposed project would include the construction of additional travel lanes, bicycle lanes, pedestrian sidewalks and a raised median with dedicated left-turn lanes at selected intersections. The first part of the meeting will be an open house format so citizens may come and go at their convenience, followed by a formal presentation and comment period.
The proposed improvements include:
- Connect two separate existing roadway segments of Airport Boulevard between Hiram Clarke Road and FM 521
- Construct a four-lane boulevard within the project limits
- Construct bridge structures at two Harris County Flood Control District channels
- Add a variable width raised center median with dedicated left-turn lanes at selected intersections
- Construct a dedicated bicycle lane along the outside of the eastbound and westbound travel lanes
- Construct a pedestrian sidewalk along the eastbound and westbound travel lanes
- Implement a curb and gutter drainage system and stormwater detention areas
The project purpose would offer the traveling public a west-east alternative to the limited existing west-east travel corridors in southwest Houston while improving the local traffic flow, efficiency and the safety of the traveling public. The proposed project would change access along residential streets in the Glen Iris subdivision. The project would bisect Woodkerr Street, Lightstar Drive and Ambrose Street. Woodkerr Street and Ambrose Street (north of proposed Airport Boulevard) would have modified cul-de-sac designs. A new roadway alignment is proposed to connect Lightstar Drive and Ambrose Street (south of proposed Airport Boulevard).
Approximately seven acres of additional ROW would be required for detention areas though no residential or non-residential structures would be displaced.
The hearing will be conducted in English. Persons who have special communication or accommodation needs, such as the need for an interpreter, are encouraged to contact the District Public Information Officer at (713) 802-5076. Requests should be made at least five days prior to the hearing. Every reasonable effort will be made to accommodate these needs. Comments must be received on or before April 21, 2017 to be part of the official hearing record.
The environmental review, consultation and other actions required by applicable federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been carried-out by TxDOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C 327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated December 16, 2014, and executed by the Federal Highway Administration and TxDOT.
The moment that many Brays Oaks stakeholders and community leaders have been waiting for has finally arrived. 3PM Development Inc., a division of dh Homes, is underway with development of Sections 7 and 8 of the Northfield subdivision. After completing land development for 29 lots in 2016, nine new homes are already under construction on acreage west of the original Sections 1 & 2 along Pembridge, and the westward extensions of Hopewell Lane, Teal Run, Coachwood, and Ludington. They comprise the first phase of an extensive single-family development that could total 150 – 200 homes, according to dh Homes CEO, Jay Wohlgelernter. Land for the two new sections of Northfield, totaling 63 acres, was acquired from the original 17-member ownership group in late 2015.
Building sites and homes in Section 7 are large. Two series of homes are available. The 75’ Series offers 75’ frontage, 115’ deep lots with models ranging from one-story 3 BR/3BA 3,000 SF to a 4,380 SF model with 5 BR up, a study/flex room down and 4.5 baths. Altogether, there are 9 models available in the 75’ Series. A 110’ Series is also available on 110’x115’ lots. The models in this series range from 4,310 SF to 4,610 SF. The largest edition has 5 BR up, a study/flex room down and 4.5 baths. Prices for the 75’ Series homes range from $330,000 to $475,000, and for the 110’ Series from $480,000 to $510,000. All designs were executed by the Mirador Group.
All homes feature 10’ first floor ceilings, 9’ second floor ceilings, wood flooring in living areas, designer tile and stone finishes in bathrooms, custom cabinets with designer finishes, large glassed in showers and master soaker tubs, recessed LED can lights, luxurious master suites and master closets, kitchen islands, stone countertops, stainless steel appliances, decorative lighting fixtures, energy efficient double paned windows and patios.
The Brays Oaks district welcomes 3PM Development and dh Homes and their homebuyers to our community.
Whenever the calendar turns from one year to another, there is celebration, reflection, planning, and anticipation. The Brays Oaks Management District board of directors has had a unique opportunity to plan for the improvement and the future of our community. We’ve had a chance to reflect on and celebrate the accomplishments of the previous year, and we’re ready to dig into 2017, anticipating many more successful initiatives to come.
One of the issues that has riveted our focus has been resolving the drainage and flooding issues that affect the neighborhoods along Brays Bayou. As we have studied the watershed problem––both within our own District and in neighboring areas – we’ve also shared what we’ve learned with the community to arrive at holistic solutions. In 2016, the District created an infrastructure committee to examine the root causes of the flooding problems and hired the civil engineering firm, Cobb Fendley, to propose projects to help alleviate it.
Less flooding more greenspace! The Brays Oaks Management District is supportive of flood mitigation projects on the Brays Bayou Watershed protecting homes and business from flooding. The leadership provided by the management district will continue to advocate for dual use facilities that combined resources from the city, county, state and federal government to prevent flooding.
The Willow Waterhole Stormwater Detention Basin is designed to hold water during heavy rainfall to reduce peak flows in the channel that can cause flooding. Upon completion, the basin will hold approximately 600 million gallons of stormwater. In addition, the basin project will offer 279 acres of usable greenspace for the nearby community. The most recent news is that, in mid-December, the City of Houston approved plans for the construction of the Levitt Pavilion at Willow Waterhole––an ideal venue for music concerts and other performances, scheduled for completion in 2019. The District took a leadership role with the Willow Waterhole Greenspace Conservancy (WWGC) on this project which was more than five years in the making and we are extremely proud of our role in helping lead this effort.
While too much water can obviously be a problem for homeowners along the bayou, water is also a desirable and attractive environmental feature. We’re very fortunate to have a place as unique as the Willow Waterhole Greenspace right here in our own back yard. As a destination for nature lovers, birders, hikers, joggers, sports and music enthusiasts, this jewel we enjoy is still virtually unknown to most of the rest of the city––but that’s gradually changing.
The District has been actively involved in helping the Willow Waterhole Conservancy achieve the completion of a $399,999 grant that will fund significant projects. We’ve also helped support tree planting and the development of trails that everyone can enjoy.
Your management district is not only committed to these projects, but also to public safety, education, beautification projects, and economic development, as these are key factors in the continued development of a great community.
We have seen the successful use of security cameras to abate crime in specific trouble spots, and have supported National Night Out events to familiarize neighbors with each other and with local law enforcement.
To help our neighborhood schools, Brays Oaks has supported scholarships, after-school programs, transportation programs, and educational field trips. And in May we celebrated the dedication of the new Houston Community College Brays Oaks workforce center on West Bellfort – a $12 million project offering 28,000 square feet for classrooms, labs, offices, and conference space.
The District has also had a voice at the table during the planning of the Fondren Reconstruction Project, representing the interests of residents and businesses affected by this construction. Meanwhile, our beautification efforts have included lighting projects, esplanade improvements, and identifying markers.
Finally, we’re talking to local businesses and developers about ways to improve our commercial centers, as well as becoming more proactive about recruiting new businesses. We are confident this will help raise the profile of our shopping centers, draw in customers and patrons from outside the area, and help create new job opportunities right here in Brays Oaks.
We hope you are as excited about all these endeavors as we are, and will continue to celebrate the evolution of this unique community in the coming year.
Ralph Rieger, CPA, CGMA
Chairman, Brays Oaks Management District Board of Directors