Important requirements regarding New Residential buildings in Simonton:
Elevation of structure:
For residential structures, the lowest floor (including basement) must be elevated to 116 feet above mean sea level (which is two feet above the base flood elevation) as determined by the flood insurance rate maps (FIRM) or 24” above the nearest road surface, whichever is higher.
Permittee will inform the administrator when construction of lowest floor is completed. Permittee must submit elevation certificate from a registered professional engineer, architect, or land surveyor to the administrator within seven (7) calendar days of completion of the lowest floor, verifying the specified elevation.
Fully enclosed areas below the lowest floor that are usable solely for parking of vehicles, building access, or storage in an area other than a basement and which are subject to flooding shall be designed to automatically equalize hydrostatic flood forces on exterior walls by allowing for the entry and exit of flood waters. A minimum of two (2) openings having a total net area of not less than one (1) square foot of enclosed area subject to flooding shall be provided. The bottom of all openings shall be no higher than one (1) foot above grade.
DID YOU KNOW???
NO FILL DIRT IS ALLOWED IN THE CITY LIMITS WITHOUT PROPER PERMITTING FROM OUR FLOOD PLAIN ADMINISTRATOR. WE REQUIRE A CERTIFIED ENGINEER TO PROVIDE A “NO RISE” CERTIFICATE TO VERIFY THAT ANY GRADING AND/OR ADDITION OF DIRT WILL NOT ADVERSELY AFFECT ADJACENT PROPERTIES.
ARTICLE IV. – FLOOD DAMAGE PREVENTION
Sec. 8-125. – Establishment of development permit.
A floodplain development permit shall be required to ensure conformance with the provisions of this article. It shall be unlawful for any person to commence new construction, substantial improvements, or another development within an area of special flood hazard within the jurisdiction of the city without having first received a development permit therefore issued in accordance with this article, to ensure conformance with the provisions of this article.*
Development means any manmade change to improved and unimproved real estate, including, but not limited to, buildings or other structures, mining, dredging, filling, grading, paving, excavation or drilling operations or storage of equipment or materials.*
*The information provided above can be found on the city website ( www.simontontexas.gov ) under government>ordinances or by clicking the following link. All of the city ordinances are in a searchable database for ease of access for our residents: https://www.municode.com/library/tx/simonton/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=COOR_CH8BUBURE_ARTIVFLDAPR_DIV1GE_S8-121MEREFLLO
To view the flier provided by Fort Bend County please click here: 2016-9-15-fbc-frc-flyer-20160914d4lm
Current Brazos River Projection: Hempstead
The above Brazos River Gauge at Hempstead is provided for your reference. Note that river levels at Hempstead are generally estimated to reach Simonton within 18-24 hours. Also, 48′ in Hempstead is generally considered to result in a “Bank-Full” condition when a crest reaches Simonton – meaning that further increases in river levels could result in incremental area flooding depending on a number of factors.
As with all emergency planning and preparation, it remains up to the individual to monitor the situation and determine whether they feel safe. If at any time you do not feel safe, the City recommends that you take appropriate measures to secure your safety.
To View the Deep Ditch Policy and Procedure click here: Culvert and Ditch P&P
The City of Simonton has been notified that a company named Osmose has been entering properties in Valley Lodge. To our knowledge they are a legitimate utility company.