Hurricane Harvey - Local, Regional & State Planning

Due to the scale of Hurricane Harvey’s impact on Texas and the re-occurrence of natural disasters in Harvey-affected regions, the GLO will concentrate on regional approaches in addition to specific local solutions to promote sound long-term recovery.

In addition to enhancing the state’s Disaster Recovery and Response Plan, the GLO has committed to the purposes of planning in the areas that received a received a presidential disaster declaration resulting from Hurricane Harvey, and the completion of some of the projects identified as a result of the studies. Due to the vast nature of the current disaster and the recurring nature of disasters in the region, the GLO will concentrate on regional approaches, in addition to specific local solutions, to promote sound long-term recovery.

The GLO is currently in the process of compiling a list of study needs in the impacted area. Opportunities for regionalization will be considered, and through a formal RFP process, the GLO will work with the Texas universities and vendors to identify qualified experts for specific tasks identified. This process and the availability of planning funds will standardize methods through regional coordination and planning at a level that has not yet been achieved through CDBG-DR funds in Texas.

Local Planning

Through CDBG-DR fund administration, the GLO continues to work with communities to conduct local planning efforts following disasters. These important studies, ranging from drainage to economic development, have allowed communities to make informed decisions throughout the long-term recovery process and better prepare for future disasters. The GLO is committed to working with impacted communities to ensure that we collectively rebuild our state smarter and more resilient.

Regional Planning

The GLO has conducted many 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 an advanced approach to recovery that will better mitigate future disaster damages.

Regional Planning Studies:

  • Regional Planning Study Survey
    The recently completed survey lists the top planning needs received from elected officials representing areas that received a presidential disaster declaration from Hurricane Harvey.  
    Start date: July 2018; Completion date: September 2018
    Regional Planning Study Survey
  • Disaster Economic Impact Study
    The University of Texas – McCombs School of Business: The GLO partnered with the McCombs School of Business to run analysis for the Hurricane Harvey Action Plan's Needs Assessment. This has led to further analysis regarding the common effects of disasters and the ability to standardize the economic impact of disasters at a national level.
  • Hurricane Harvey Housing Impacts: 49-County Survey Top-line Findings
    The Bureau of Business Research (BBR), an organized research unit of the IC2 Institute at The University of Texas at Austin prepared a proposal for a general population survey of housing needs among residents and victims of the 49 Texas counties affected by Hurricane Harvey. The results of the survey helped the GLO determine the most appropriate housing programs, allocation amounts, and methods of communication based on regional need.
    Start date: June 2018; Completion date: July 2018
  • Disaster Impact Visualization Study – The University of Texas – Center for Space Research: Through the partnership with the Center for Space Research, the GLO continues to build real-time visualizations of critical disaster data including the Public MOVES Viewer, displaying historical satellite imagery from Hurricane Harvey and other events, giving communities the ability to observe the events and make more informed planning decisions. 
    Start date: March 2018; Completion date: August 2019

Ongoing Studies

To provide an efficient and effective method of selecting and executing planning studies following Hurricane Harvey, the GLO will work with Texas universities and vendors to conduct studies with CDBG-DR funds.

  • Disaster Recovery and Mitigation Data Management Plan The University of Texas was selected to help GLO-CDR develop and deliver disaster information analytics services and data products applicable to the disaster recovery mission and to maintain the information systems required to collect, organize, process, analyze and distribute disaster data critical to the State of Texas during major disasters. The information products created in this project are developed by analyzing data from past disasters and will benefit Texas communities in the development of better disaster recovery and mitigation plans. 
    Start date: March 2019

Proposed Planning Studies

  • Flood Studies within Combined River Basins – Three regionalized studies, based on Texas’ major river basins, that will evaluate mitigation and abatement strategies in an effort to reduce disaster impacts and increase community resiliency. The studies will consider structural and nonstructural infrastructure improvements, coding and zoning practices, and regional communication and control as each relates to flood control.
    The RFQ is open for bids until February 10, 2020 at 2 pm at the following location:
  • Economic Development Strategy and Diversification Study – A study that will identify and evaluate existing assets and current markets and sectors and provide recommendations for recovery from Hurricane Harvey and economic resiliency against future disasters. The study will be conducted using data from the following counties: Aransas, Bee, Calhoun, Goliad, Jim Wells, Nueces, Refugio, San Patricio, and Victoria.
  • Disaster Recovery Alternative Housing Study – A study that will analyze and evaluate alternative housing options to determine if innovative solutions exist for accommodating disaster survivors, including those with low to moderate incomes, that are cost-effective, safe, secure, and allow for faster construction.