In 2004, the Harris County Multi-use Partnering
Opportunities on Harris County Flood Control
District Property.” The seminar was the result of a mail survey
conducted by the National Park Service that was designed to identify community interest in multi-use
opportunities on Harris County Flood Control District properties. The
goal was to expand the number of partners who might participate in multi-use projects
on the District's 30,000-plus acres. Two desired outcomes were established from this seminar: (1)
Understanding what properties the District can share and (2) Understanding how partnerships and projects can be
Three types of multi-use
options are available in your neighborhood on Flood Control owned lots:
- An Adopt-a-Lot Agreement allows adjacent landowners to maintain open spaces specifically by
mowing and picking up litter as a way to beautify their neighborhoods. No insurance is required and no fees are
- A Landscaping Maintenance Agreement allows individuals to plant shrubs, trees and vegetable and
flower gardens on Flood Control District land. There is no
fee for this use, but a general liability insurance policy is required.
- A Neighborhood Recreation Area Agreement allows communities to develop park-like areas on
individual lots. Larger tracts of land may be available for other approved open space uses including tree
plantings, ball fields and bird sanctuaries. This agreement requires an official sponsor, such as a civic
association, homeowners association, governmental agency or municipal utility district that is willing to
develop, manage and maintain the neighborhood recreation area. There is no fee for this use, but a general
liability insurance policy is required.
For more information regarding multi-use,
please call the District office and ask for the Community Services Section.