F-26 Little Cypress Creek Frontier Program

F-26 Little Cypress Creek Frontier Program

Last Modified: 09/22/2020 02:56 PM

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Note: Bond ID C-19 has been consolidated with Bond ID F-26.

Recent Actions

September 15, 2020 – Harris County Commissioners Court authorized an agreement not to exceed $1 million with an engineering firm for program management services in support of this program.

September 15, 2020 – Harris County Commissioners Court authorized an agreement between Harris County Flood Control District and Harris County for county construction and maintenance of a public hike and bike trail along the east side of Little Cypress Creek at Louetta Road.

August 25, 2020 – Harris County Commissioners Court authorized the Flood Control District to negotiate an agreement for engineering and program management services in support of this project.

August 25, 2020 – Harris County Commissioners Court approved $1,250,288 for archeological and environmental consulting services in support of this project.

June 30, 2020 - Harris County Commissioners Court authorized the Flood Control District to accept environmental and archeological services in support of channel conveyance improvements in support of this project.

May 19, 2020 - Harris County Commissioners Court approved updates to project details in the 2018 Bond Program List. Update changes project title and funding to reflect consolidation with Bond ID C-19. Additionally, the purchase of eight tracts was authorized for this project.

April 28, 2020 – Harris County Commissioners Court authorized the purchase of one tract for this program.

April 7, 2020 – Harris County Commissioners Court authorized to purchase one tract of land in support of this project.

March 10, 2020 – Harris County Commissioners Court authorized the acquisition of three tracts of land in support of this project.

February 11, 2020 – Harris County Commissioners Court authorized the acquisition of a tract of land in support of this project.

January 7, 2020 – Harris County Commissioners Court authorized the acquisition of a tract of land in support of this project.

December 17, 2019 – Harris County Commissioners Court approved an additional $1.5 million for surveying services in the Little Cypress Creek watershed.

December 3, 2019 – Harris County Commissioners Court approved the acquisition of 11 tracts in support of this project.

March 12, 2019 – Harris County Commissioners Court approved a $1.35 million agreement with an engineering firm for additional services needed to update the master plan and provide program management and staffing in support of this project 

January 8, 2019 – Harris County Commissioners Court authorized negotiations with an engineering firm for final design of this project.

December 18, 2018 – Harris County Commissioners Court formally accepted the Little Cypress Creek Watershed Master Drainage Plan and authorized the Flood Control District to proceed with implementation of the master plan, acquisition of right-of-way and design and construction of stormwater detention basins and channel improvements to reduce flooding risks in the Little Cypress Creek watershed.

Project description

The Little Cypress Creek Frontier Program is one component of the Harris County Flood Control District’s overall Frontier Program, which is an organized effort to plan for regional drainage infrastructure in advance of future land development.

The Little Cypress Creek Frontier Program focuses on the 52-square-mile Little Cypress Creek watershed in northwest Harris County. This area, which is experiencing rapid development with construction of the Grand Parkway, lacks sufficient natural drainage to accommodate expected growth.

By collaborating with land owners and developers, the program is working to identify a large-scale, mutually beneficial plan for drainage that cost-effectively maximizes stormwater mitigation and water quality, as well as opportunities for public recreational amenities and open space.

The Little Cypress Creek Frontier Program includes multiple projects in the watershed, including nine stormwater detention basins and stormwater conveyance improvements along Little Cypress Creek and its tributaries. The program will be funded under several Bond IDs included in the 2018 HCFCD Bond Program.

Bond ID F-26 includes funding for the program’s watershed Master Plan, as well as for stormwater conveyance improvements on Little Cypress Creek itself, from Cypress Rosehill to the confluence with Cypress Creek. These improvements will widen and deepen Little Cypress Creek in a way that increases its capacity to convey stormwater, while compensating for any loss in the stream’s environmental value.

master Drainage Plan

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Interim Guidelines for New Development

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Major Components

Major components of the Little Cypress Creek Frontier Program plan include: 

F-27 Zube Stormwater Detention Basin L500-01-00 

F-28 Kluge Stormwater Detention Basin L500-02-00

F29 Mueschke East Stormwater Detention Basin L500-06-00 

F30 Schiel Stormwater Detention Basin L500-09-00 

F-31 Mueschke West Stormwater Detention Basin L100-10-00

F-32 Hegar Stormwater Detention Basin L500-11-00

F-33 Kleb Woods Stormwater Detention Basin L512-01-00

F-34 Mason Stormwater Detention Basin L512-03-00

F-35 Bauer-Hockley Stormwater Detention Basin L514-01-00

Little Cypress Creek Tributary L112-01-00

Property acquisition is underway for several components of the Little Cypress Creek Frontier Program Master Plan, including stormwater detention basins and future channel projects to increase stormwater storage and carrying capacity within the Little Cypress Creek watershed.

Innovative Approach

This innovative approach is in contrast to typical efforts in which individual land owners and developers install drainage infrastructure that serves their site alone, resulting in smaller, isolated stormwater detention basins and minimum-width channels for stormwater management. By taking a regional approach, the Frontier Program protects existing developments and provides proper drainage access for newly developing properties. 

Developers participate in the Frontier Program by paying a $4,000-per-acre fee to develop in the watershed service area. Developers also participate by excavating a portion of regional drainage facilities and by dedicating property for right-of-way. The Little Cypress Creek Frontier Program will use impact fees primarily to acquire right-of-way along the channel and for stormwater detention basins. 

The program calls for stricter stormwater detention requirements to mitigate runoff from new developments and will result in at least seven regional detention basins with a combined minimum storage of 14,000 acre-feet.

Virtual Community Engagement Meeting

A virtual Community Engagement Meeting for this project was held on:

Date: Thursday, August 6, 2020
Time:
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

You can submit a comment and see the meeting presentation and video by clicking the links below.

Virtual Meeting Video Presentation Submit a Comment

Community Engagement Meeting

Community Engagement Meeting for this project was held:

Location: Richard and Meg Weekley Community Center
Date: November 14, 2018
Time: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

You can submit a comment and see the meeting presentation and video by clicking the links below.

Meeting Video Summary Presentation