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File #: 19-1593   
Type: Staff Briefing - Without Ordinance
In control: Community Health and Equity Committee
On agenda: 1/24/2019
Posting Language: Staff briefing to the Community Health and Equity Committee on Atlas 14 and Transportation & Capital Improvements Department’s recommendation to amend the Unified Development Code (UDC) to incorporate Atlas 14 rainfall values for the San Antonio area as part of storm water and floodplain design standards. [Peter Zanoni, Deputy City Manager; Nefi Garza, Assistant Director, Transportation & Capital Improvements]
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DEPARTMENT: Transportation & Capital Improvements Department (TCI)


DEPARTMENT HEAD: Razi Hosseini, P.E.


COUNCIL DISTRICT(S) IMPACTED: Citywide


SUBJECT: Atlas 14 Update and Unified Development Code Revision


SUMMARY:

Atlas 14, Volume 11 is the most recent study of rainfall intensities across Texas. The study shows rainfall depths for a 1% annual chance (100-year) storm are 1"-3", or 10-30%, greater than identified in previously accepted studies. Transportation & Capital Improvements (TCI) has worked with agency and land development community stakeholders to assess the impacts of implementing this study. TCI will brief the Community Health and Equity Committee on its recommendation to amend the Unified Development Code (UDC) to incorporate Atlas 14 rainfall values for the San Antonio area as part of storm water and floodplain design standards.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

Atlas 14 is a study of rainfall frequency and intensity. This most recent study, which includes Texas, is referred to as Atlas, Volume 11. Volume 11 was published by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in September 2018. The UDC requires the use of best available data for drainage and floodplain design, so TCI proposes to implement the Atlas 14 rainfall data through a UDC Amendment in the spring of 2019. The last time rainfall data for San Antonio was updated was in 2009, and was based on a 2004 study (USGS, TxDOT). The proposed amendment includes increasing design rainfall depths by 10-30% when compared to the 2004 study.
The implementation of Atlas 14 has impacts for City of San Antonio flood risk reduction policies and programs, capital project development and delivery, and implications for the community as a whole. Issues of concern include:
o Floodplain Maps- Redefinition of the extent and possible widening of the 100-year floodplain, which affects the City's overall floodplain management program and regulatory policies. Redefining floodplains will likely resul...

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