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Development & Engineering Services Newsletter September 17, 2012 City of Bryan 300 South Texas Avenue Bryan, Texas 77803

September 17, 2012 Volume 1, Issue 1

Development Services Update: Our Doors are Open for Business The City of Bryan Development and Engineering Services departments held an Open House on August 9, 2012. The departments opened their doors to the public for an afternoon and invited citizens to learn more about what the departments have to offer. Attendees made their way through booths designed to teach the public about everything from zoning and code enforcement to traffic operations and capital improvement projects. The event was well attended by local developers, realtors, neighborhood representatives and elected/ appointed officials. The departments plan to hold this

event on an annual basis as a way to keep in touch with community. Please plan to attend next year! Thanks! Lindsey Guindi Director of Development Services

Director of Development Services, Lindsey Guindi, talks to customers as they visit the “Developer’s Guide” booth during the 2012 Development and Engineering Services Open House.

The City of Bryan Development and Engineering Services will now be publishing a quarterly newsletter with the latest news regarding development in the City of Bryan! Newsletters will be published in September, December, March, and June of each year. Each issue will contain articles from each department and will have a featured story that will highlight a major event or project currently occurring. Along with the articles, each month will feature a frequently asked “Planner on call” question section as well as helpful “did you know” tips from different departments. The newsletter will be available online through the City of Bryan website at www.bryantx.gov and through DevLink, an email service set up to inform citizens that have subscribed to the service of new and upcoming development projects in Bryan.

Engineering: Floodplain Maps On May 16, 2012, new floodplain maps for the City of Bryan went into effect. These maps are the result of the nationwide Map Modernization project that took a number of years to complete. Many homeowners have been notified that flood insurance is now required for their homes. However FEMA provides low-cost options for homes just identified as being in a flood hazard area, called “Preferred Risk Policies”, to reduce the impact of these mapping changes.

The City of Bryan continues to improve the City’s floodplain mapping to better define anticipated flood impacts by taking advantage of more detailed topographic mapping and land use information and more advanced computer modeling. As studies are completed, they are forwarded to FEMA for review and inclusion in the FEMA Floodplain Maps. The Carters Creek Study has received draft approval by FEMA and is in its public review phase now, with adoption anticipated in early 2013. The Still and Cottonwood

Creeks Study is still being reviewed by FEMA. The Briar Creek study is still being completed and should be submitted to FEMA this Fall. For more information, refer to the Floodplain links on the City of Bryan website, and at www.bcsunited.net. Specific questions may also be directed to the City of Bryan’s Floodplain Administrator, Brett McCully, PE, CFM, at (979)-209-5030 or : bmccully@bryantx.gov

Did you know… Engineering  The turn around time to receive comments on Public Infrastructure Plan Review is 10 working days or 2 full weeks – not 10 calendar days  The Bryan Avenue/Beck Street Reconstruction Project was awarded the Texas Public Works Association “Public Works Project of the Year ($2Million to $5 Million) category

Inside this issue: Our doors are open for business

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Floodplain maps

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New staff planners

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Frequently asked Planner-on-call questions

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Bryan pro-active in removal of dilapidated structures

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Successful Construction

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Development Stats

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City of Bryan Calendar

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Planning: Planning Division Welcomes New Staff Planners During the last six months, the Planning Division welcomed two new team members, Matthew Hilgemeier and Ariel “Maggie” Dalton. Matthew is a graduate from Texas A&M University with a Master’s degree in Urban Planning. His previous work experience includes the City of College Station’s Planning and Development Department where he worked as Staff Planner and the Brazos Valley Council of Governments where he was a Methods and Procedures Specialist. Maggie is also a graduate from Texas A&M University with a Master’s degree in Urban Planning. Maggie previously worked for the Planning Division as part-time Planning Intern. As staff planners, they assist with planning

and development review responsibilities and administration of City ordinances and guidelines through the development review process. They are case managers for a variety of current planning activities, including requests for site plan and sign permit approval, zone change requests, conditional use permits, planning variances, right-of-way abandonments, exceptions to subdivision regulations as well as final plat and replat requests. Both are assisting with the department’s “Planner on call” service, which helps ensure that a staff person is available during all business hours to assist customers both in person and over the phone. If you have any questions for Matthew or Maggie, give them a call at (979) 209-5030 or email them at:

Matthew Hilgemeier Staff Planner mhilgemeier@bryantx.gov

Maggie Dalton Staff Planner adalton@bryantx.gov

mhilgemeier@bryantx.gov or adalton@bryantx.gov

Frequently Asked Planner On-Call Questions Q. “Am I allowed to place a mobile home on my property for residential use?” A. In order to answer this question there are two pieces of information you will need to know before we can determine if you are allowed to place a mobile home on lot in the City of Bryan: 1)Is your structure a mobile home or a manufactured home, and; 2) Does your property’s zoning classification allow the use of a manufactured home on your property? Unfortunately, mobile homes are not

allowed within the City of Bryan; however, manufactured homes which have passed City of Bryan inspections are allowed within the City of Bryan in certain zoning districts. There is a common misunderstanding in the difference between a mobile home and a manufactured home. A manufactured home is a HUD-Code, manufactured home structure that was constructed on or after June 15, 1976 and is transportable in one or more sections. If your structure is classified as a manufactured home then you may be allowed to place it on your property if the zoning classification allows.

Chapter 130 of the City of Bryan Code of Ordinance allows for the installation of a manufactured home on properties that have a Mixed Use Residential (MU-1) Zoning classification and with the proper permits. To learn the zoning classification for any given property you can go to www.bryantx.gov and click on the link titled “Geographic Information Services” which is located on the City of Bryan Home Page. You can also call the Development Services office to speak to a “Planner on call” by dialing 979209-5030 .

Code Enforcement: Bryan Pro-active in Removal of Dilapidated Structures A pro-active demolition program helps the community eliminate these health and safety hazards and eyesores from the Bryan neighborhoods within which they are located. Deteriorated structures also have a direct detrimental impact on neighborhood property values and overall living quality and comfort. The Code Enforcement Division assists the Building Official and Fire Marshal with identifying structures that are deteriorating, dilapidated, or decayed to the point of being a hazard to the health Page 2

and/or welfare of the general public or the occupants of the structure. These structures are then scheduled for consideration by the City’s Building and Standards Commission (BSC) which meets monthly and can order the repair or demolition of such structures. On average, structures on 91% of properties that are currently being considered by the BSC are ordered to be demolished. Since September 2011, Code Enforcement activity has led to the demolition and/or removal of 84 substandard structures in Bryan. Only about 60% of structures ordered for demolition are actually demolished by the

responsible private party. The City Council allocates funds annually to have dangerous buildings removed by a City contractor. If you have questions about the demolition program or would like to report a substandard structure, please contact the Code Enforcement Division at (979) 2095544 or at: codeenforcementweb@bryantx.gov.


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Building: Successful Construction Projects Remember the phrase you get what you pay for? How about the parable of the wise and foolish builder? Have you ever tried to put something together that you bought without following the supplied directions? The above three questions can be applied to any construction project. Without good planning, without a good foundation, without a good design, or an experienced contractor, and especially if the directions are not followed, construction projects will

often be unsuccessful. Wasted time, money, and energy are the end results of a failed construction project.

on paper before starting construction. Lastly, hire a contractor with experience with the type of project to be constructed.

So what can one do to help achieve a successful construction project? Three suggestions are to first hire an experienced design professional with knowledge of the type of project to be constructed. The second is to develop a good set of plans and specifications that meet at least the minimum code requirements and be in compliance with local, state, and federal laws

City of Bryan has a plan review, building permit, and inspection process that can help projects to be successful. Please call or email Building Services at 979-209-5010 or email BuildingServicesWeb@bryantx.gov to learn how your construction project can be successful or if you have any questions about codes and other requirements for any construction projects you may have.

Below is the building report spreadsheet which contains building permit information for all projects permitted through the City of Bryan. The first row is a month-by-month comparison based on the current year and the past year. The next row is a year-to-date total of all permits and their project value. These values are also available online at www.bryantx.gov under the Building Services department. If you have any questions, please call the Building Services Departments at 979-209-5010.

City of Bryan - Building Report AUGUST 2012 Permit Type Residential - Single Family Residential - Duplexes Residential - Apartments Residential - Add/Alter/Reno Manufactured Homes Demolition Commercial - New Construction Commercial - Add/Alter/Reno Swimming Pools Moving Permits Signs TOTALS

AUGUST 2011 # Permits 15 0 1 70 4 15 5 17 0 2 8 137

Value $2,819,826.00 $0.00 $50,000.00 $593,408.46 $82,000.00 $0.00 $4,409,852.00 $2,435,596.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $10,390,682.46

JANUARY - AUGUST 2012 Permit Type Residential - Single Family Residential - Duplexes Residential - Apartments Residential - Add/Alter/Reno Manufactured Homes Demolition Commercial - New Construction Commercial - Add/Alter/Reno Swimming Pools Moving Permits Signs TOTALS

Permit Type Residential - Single Family Residential - Duplexes Residential - Apartments Residential - Add/Alter/Reno Manufactured Homes Demolition Commercial - New Construction Commercial - Add/Alter/Reno Swimming Pools Moving Permits Signs TOTALS

# Permits 11 0 0 34 4 9 3 8 4 0 16 89

Value $2,042,587.00 $0.00 $0.00 $250,173.00 $111,000.00 $0.00 $2,336,000.00 $807,350.00 $120,750.00 $0.00 $0.00 $5,667,860.00

# Permits 97 0 23 414 36 82 22 97 15 2 131 919

Value $17,771,167.00 $0.00 $13,785,701.00 $3,148,683.00 $1,122,617.00 $0.00 $20,900,969.00 $9,917,285.00 $737,229.00 $0.00 $0.00 $67,383,651.00

JANUARY - AUGUST 2011 # Permits 121 2 6 505 34 80 39 108 12 2 91 1000

Value $23,623,347.00 $309,408.00 $2,915,280.00 $3,934,149.33 $691,140.00 $0.00 $32,555,139.00 $6,336,334.78 $635,500.00 $0.00 $0.00 $71,000,298.11

Permit Type Residential - Single Family Residential - Duplexes Residential - Apartments Residential - Add/Alter/Reno Manufactured Homes Demolition Commercial - New Construction Commercial - Add/Alter/Reno Swimming Pools Moving Permits Signs TOTALS

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City Holiday—Office closed City Council Meeting—Council Chambers, 300 S. Texas Avenue Planning and Zoning Commission Meetings Historic Landmark Commission Meetings Zoning Board of Adjustment Meetings Building and Standards Commission Every Tuesday

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Site Development Review Committee (due Wednesday by noon)

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