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Economic Development and Low Impact Development

Economic Development and Low Impact Development

The greater Houston region is continuing to experience robust and widespread growth, which has implications for several areas of local governance, from tax revenues to city codes, as we have seen in our municipal law practice. Economic development can incorporate smart planning, including low impact development (LID), which has gained attention in this flood-prone region. The objectives of LID planning include flood control and beautification.

LID applications are designed for new and existing developments, and these eco-friendly approaches include installing bioswales, which are channels of vegetation that collect and filter stormwater. Other examples of LID applications are green roofs, rainwater harvesting, pervious paving, rain gardens, native plantings, road design and wetlands preservation. Low Impact Development can enhance the appeal and value of economic development and communities.

Randle Law Office founder J. Grady Randle is well-versed in the benefits of LID planning and the legal oversight required to properly manage and maintain LID applications in municipalities and planned communities.

Mr. Randle, who has extensive experience in real estate and municipal law, is also a speaker on the subject of economic development, in particular, low impact development.

Houston-Galveston Area Council
Fall Planning Workshop: Planning at the Edge
Nov. 9, 2018
Mr. Randle presented on Texas annexation law, limited authority of counties, and potential action in the 86th Texas Legislature (2019-2020 session).

Houston-Galveston Area Council
Designing for Impact: Low Impact Development Implementation Workshop
Nov. 7, 2018
Mr. Randle presented on maintenance agreements, local government development codes and incentivizing Low Impact Development to control stormwater and protect water quality.

On behalf of H-GAC, Randle Law Office has also prepared a proposed draft ordinance to act as a guide for Texas cities seeking to adopt a Low Impact Facilities Maintenance Agreement, which provides for:

  • Adoption of LID option in development of land
  • Establishes a permitting and registration requirement
  • Establishes an annual inspection reporting requirement to the City from the landowner
  • Incentivizes LID by providing development credit or tax refund, in addition to increasing the footprint available for development

Our firm’s support of such efforts also includes a checklist that cities can use to manage inspection and maintenance of LID projects.

 

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