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North Central Texas Council of Governments named a James Lee Witt “honorable mention” winner
Wednesday, June 26, 2019

L-R: Audra Valamides with city of Arlington (NCTCOG member); Mia Brown, environment and development planner for the NCTCOG; and Clair Davis with city of Fort Worth (NCTCOG member).


This year we also have a James Lee Witt "honorable mention" winner. The North Central Texas Council of Governments serves as the facilitator of nine cities, two counties, and two governmental entities that implement the Trinity River "common vision." Because of concern that potential cumulative flood impacts could not be adequately assessed through individual permit reviews, the Fort Worth District of the Corps and NCTCOG launched this regional initiative that is still going strong decades later. 

Through the Trinity River Common Vision, the NCTCOG has promoted higher floodplain management standards throughout the Upper Trinity River Watershed. In the late 1980s, NCTCOG adopted a Regional Policy Position on the Trinity River Corridor, which affirmed that local governments must be the stewards of the Trinity River Corridor, that individual local goals can only be achieved through cooperative management, and that a comprehensive approach addressing flood damage reduction, recreation and environmental quality must be pursued. 

An innovative Corridor Development Certificate process was implemented to stabilize the flooding risks. This process does not prohibit floodplain development, but ensures any development that does occur in the floodplain will not raise flood water levels or reduce flood storage capacity. A CDC permit is required to develop land within a specific area of the Trinity floodplain called the Regulatory Zone, which is similar to the 100-year floodplain. Under the CDC process, local governments retain ultimate control over floodplain permitting decisions, but other communities along the Trinity River Corridor are given the opportunity to review and comment on projects in their neighbor's jurisdiction. 

This regional coordination facilitated by NCTCOG is the key to the success of the Trinity River Common Vision.




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