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In May and October of 2015, Travis County experienced floods that were declared Presidential Disaster Areas. As a part of the declaration, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will provide funds to the State of Texas through the Texas General Land Office (GLO) to be distributed to affected areas to facilitate long term recovery in the form of Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds.

Travis County is eligible to receive a regional allocation of $5,531,116 in CDBG-DR funds. These dollars are for long term recovery needs related to the May and October 2015 floods.

In November 2016, the Travis County Commissioners Court approved a Method of Distribution for the funds. Travis County and the City of Austin will prepare project proposals for the use of these funds for approval by GLO.

In October 2017, the Texas General Land Office notified Travis County that additional funds, in the amount of $3,113,119, were available. The Method of Distribution, approved in November 2016, needs to be amended making the total funds available for the Method of Distribution $8,644,235. A draft of the Summary Amended Method of Distribution is available from the link listed below.

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Proposed Project/Activity in a 100-year Floodplain

Travis County conducted an evaluation as required by Executive Order (E.O.) 11988 in accordance with HUD regulations at 24 CFR 55.20 Subpart C (Procedures for Making Determinations on Floodplain Management and Protection of Wetlands) for an activity funded under the Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program (grant number GLO 19-281-000-8780) and which is to be located in the 100-year floodplain. The proposed project activity consists of a new drainage structure to be located along approximately 110 linear feet of Crystal Bend Drive, between Crooked Creek Dr and Long Meadow Dr in Austin, Travis County, Texas, to replace the undersized structure at the crossing of Harris Branch Creek. The intent is to eliminate or reduce water from overtopping the roadway at this location.

Travis County considered alternatives and mitigation measures to minimize adverse impacts and to restore and preserve natural and beneficial values, while improving flooding conditions in the project area. The County concluded that the proposed action must take place in the floodplain, as proposed, in order to prevent potential damage to vehicles and loss of life due to roadway overtopping. All work will be conducted within the existing road right-of-way. Drainage improvements will be designed to obtain the highest conveyance capacity possible while avoiding floodplain impacts (water surface elevation increases) in the 100- and 500-year storm events based on current FEMA regulatory flow rates and floodplain models. The proposed project will not change the capacity of the floodway or cause any change to the floodplain.

Travis County published an early notice, with public comments ending on July 24, 2021, regarding the proposed activity. After evaluating three alternatives, the County published a final notice indicating that there is no practicable alternative to carrying out the activity in the floodplain. The final notice was published for public comment through August 16, 2021.

No public comments were received for either notice. However, the following comments were received from the federal, state, or local agencies:

Comments pertaining to Early Notice:

  • FEMA: We would request that the Community Floodplain Administrator be contacted for the review and possible permit requirements for this project. If federally funded, we would request project to be in compliance with EO11988 & EO 11990.
    Follow-up: The Travis County CDBG Office notified all appropriate floodplain administrators, including the City of Austin and Travis County.
  • Travis County Floodplain Administrator: I appreciate the notice. Please insure that y’all have a valid [development] issued permit before you start the project.
    Follow-up: Katharine Hardin, from Travis County Transportation & Natural Resources (TNR), verified that the project would be submitted to obtain a development permit.

Comments pertaining to Final Notice:

  • Texas Water Development Board (TWDB): After review of the information provided for possible activity in a floodplain, our findings indicate that Travis County, as a participant in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), has authority for projects within its jurisdiction. Please ensure all project activities are in accordance with your community’s flood damage prevention court order requirements, as well as any other communities participating in the NFIP your project may occur within.
    Follow-up: Since Travis County was notified. No further action is needed.

A Project Description, which includes the alternatives, was also published in English and Spanish and remains available below under Projects.

 


Projects

 

Community Development Block Grant

P.O. Box 1748
Austin, TX 78767

Phone: (512) 854-3460

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TAX RATE: TRAVIS COUNTY ADOPTED A TAX RATE THAT WILL RAISE MORE TAXES FOR MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS THAN LAST YEAR’S TAX RATE. THE TAX RATE WILL EFFECTIVELY BE RAISED BY 3.5 PERCENT AND WILL RAISE TAXES FOR MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS ON A $100,000 HOME BY APPROXIMATELY $10.39.

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