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Using planning funds, the GLO has and will continue to concentrate efforts on regionally minded studies in coordination with local communities.

These studies help vet projects and provide high-level planning, affecting Texans at the local and the regional level. Our goal is for these studies to be used for long-term planning and utilize CDBG-DR funds and other funding sources to minimize the impact of future disasters.

Harvey-Related Planning Initiative

In 2017, the GLO began an initiative to partner with State Universities to conduct various regional studies looking back at prior disasters as well as looking forward at how to better prepare for future disasters. Through this partnership, the GLO is able to work with subject matter experts from across the state to provide communities with the best possible resources in data analytics, storm modeling and resiliency planning. As a result of Hurricane Harvey, the GLO will be able to expand its work with state universities and private contractors to provide further innovation to the recovery process.

Local Planning

Through CDBG-DR funds, the GLO has worked with communities to conduct local planning efforts following past disasters. These studies, ranging from drainage to economic development, have allowed communities to make informed decisions throughout the long-term recovery process and be better prepared for the next disaster. The GLO is committed to working with impacted communities on plans to ensure that we are not only rebuilding our state but doing so smarter and more resilient.

Regional Planning

The GLO has conducted a number of large-scale studies in disaster-impacted areas to assist communities in their planning efforts. These studies have largely covered infrastructure needs, including the Texas Coastal Infrastructure Study and the Storm Surge Suppression Study. These studies, along with additional studies conducted by the GLO's Coastal Protection Division, have provided a realistic approach to recovery that will mitigate damages from future disasters.

Past Study Examples

The GLO is utilizing Hurricane Ike and Dolly grant funding to pay for three substantial planning studies:

Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District (GCCPRD)

In 2013, GLO entered into an agreement with the GCCPRD to develop a storm surge suppression study in accordance with the standards of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  The study area consists of the coastal areas around Brazoria, Chambers, Galveston, Harris, Jefferson, and Orange counties that could be impacted by future storm surges.  The study investigates options for reducing the vulnerability of the upper Texas coast to hurricane surge and flood damages. 

Start Date: 2013, Anticipated Completion Date: May 2018

Texas Coastal Resiliency Study

The Texas Coastal Resiliency Study includes data gathering, analysis, and a summary recommendation for implementation for the GLO regarding the resiliency of the Texas coast. The study identifies physical elements including infrastructure and natural resources which will identify and determine the effectiveness of past recovery projects along the Texas coast. A list of recommended projects, with an emphasis on CDBG eligibility, will be compiled that would best improve overall resiliency of the Texas coast.

Start Date: October 2013, Completed: March 2016