Shaun Theriot-Smith

Civil Engineer (EIT), Leader, Veteran, Public Servant, Husband, Father

City of Houston after Hurricane Harvey

How do Harris County’s Amended Floodplain Regulations Affect You?

With the updated Harris County Floodplain Regulations, the County is keeping their word on raising the regulatory floodplain from the 100-year to the 500-year floodplain elevation and, in some areas, could reflect a difference of as much as several feet and many thousands of dollars in increased development cost.

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Check out my interview with Randy Wilburn and the Zweig Letter Podcast

I had the privilege of sitting down with Randy Wilburn, host of the Zweig Letter Podcast in December to talk about my experiences at BIG RED DOG Engineering and also my service in both the military and at the University of Houston as Student Body President.

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TxDOT Access Driveway Spacing

If you are developing a property on a roadway that is controlled by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and want to maximize access, you will have to consider standards on TxDOT driveway spacing. This is one of the criteria that TxDOT will assess your access driveway permit application.

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Remove your property from the FEMA floodplain (LOMA/LOMR)

Are you interested in removing your property from the floodplain or need to determine your property’s flood risk? Many properties are at a distinct risk of flooding during major rainfall events; let's take a look at how to know if your property is in a flood hazard area and ways to remedy it.

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Storm Water Quality Management in the City of Houston (SWPPP & SWQMP)

Navigating storm water quality regulations in Houston can often be a nebulous process, especially when you are juggling other permitting requirements simultaneously. The City of Houston and Harris County hold a developer and their designers responsible for the stormwater that leaves a private site. These agencies are often primarily concerned with the quantity or volume of the stormwater discharge, but they also expect a certain quality or characteristic of the water that enters into the MS4, or municipal separate storm sewer system. Enter Storm Water Quality (SWQ) guidelines.

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