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Floodplain Regulations Changing in Austin

What is Changing?

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A National Weather Service study of historic rainfall totals and localized flooding events has lead the city of Austin to begin changing floodplain and drainage regulations in 2018. Part of the change includes redefining the 100-year flood plain. Study results show that recent events mean that some property that was previously within the 500-year flood plain should now be considered at the same risk level as properties in the 100-year boundary. 

The map has to be redrawn. While the new boundaries are being identified, the city has changed its regulations and is preparing to hold all properties within the 500-year boundary to the standards required of properties within the 100-year boundaries. Property owners and businesses within the 500-year plain that want to expand, remodel, or make other improvements to their property now have new restrictions to follow. In Austin alone this is expected to affect 2,800 buildings and 3,400 acres.

What’s Next?

After public hearings were held in July and early August, the Austin City Council will hold public meetings to be scheduled this fall. Word is that the cities of Cedar Park and Leander are already expecting to follow Austin’s lead.

What Do I Need to Do?

What do you need to do if you own or are considering buying affected properties withing the 500-year flood plain? Pay attention to City Council meetings, watch for media updates, and be prepared to abide by restrictions that apply to the 100-year flood plain.

Where Can I Find Updates?

Austin Floodplain Management 
Watershed Protection Department

Austin Mayor Adler suggests putting an end to CodeNext

“We should consider the option: cease the CodeNext process and ask the city manager to create a new process that will help us move forward together,” Adler said.  “The need to revise this land development code is greater than ever before,” Adler said. “Yet, it is becoming increasingly apparent that the CodeNext process, so divisive and poisoned, will not get us to a better place.”

Read more at The Statesmen.

Austin in Top List of the Best for Tech

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin now outranks bigger cities like Boston, Atlanta and Denver when it comes to being one of the best tech markets in North America.

CBRE’s Scoring Tech Talent report released Tuesday put Austin at #6 with a score of 60.17.

The analysis looked at various factors like the number of tech jobs, growth in the industry, tech talent pool, education levels and affordability.

The top five cities were San Francisco, Seattle, Washington D.C., Toronto and New York. Behind Austin were Boston, Raleigh, Atlanta and Denver.

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Warehouse Space For Lease – Ft. Worth, TX

3619 Alice Street, Fort Worth, TX 76110
$3.50/sqft per year + NNN

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This 23,362 SqFt industrial space, 1/2 mile west of IH-35W, is south of downtown Fort Worth in the Hemphill/Berry Empowerment Zone.

This industrial space has 3,000 sq ft of office space with an additional 20,000+ sq ft of warehouse and manufacturing spaces. Offices and Manufacturing space do have central HVAC. Two grade level doors and 1 dock high door provide access to warehouse space. Close to airport and freight options including train depot and Interstate Highway 35 West.

See marketing flyer here.

Contact me for more details or to schedule a tour.

Phillip M Way
512-537-7110
pmway@kw.com