The City of Jersey Village and Harris County have been issued new Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM’s), which went into effect June 9, 2014. These maps do not reflect the changes that the Harris County Flood Control District has made in our area; it just shows some corrections to the last effective map dated June 18th, 2007. The city has copies of the new floodplain maps, as well as all the previous maps issued, and we will be glad to see if your property will be affected.
Standard homeowners’ insurance policies do not cover losses due to floods. Because the City of Jersey Village is a participant in the National Flood Insurance Program, it is possible for property owners to obtain federally backed flood insurance. You also can insure the contents of your home from flooding. This insurance is available to any owner of insurable property in the city, regardless of whether or not the property is located in a floodplain.
In order for the insurance agents to determine the full risk-rate for your flood insurance, you will need an Elevation Certificate. Elevation Certificates, which are prepared by a licensed surveyor, identifies the elevation of the lowest floor of your house, as well as the base flood elevation. They can help reduce your insurance premiums if it shows that your finished floor elevation is higher than the base flood elevation.
Remember that you need to obtain permits for most work done throughout Jersey Village, not just in the floodplain. This includes, but not limited to, fencing, ancillary structures, grading and fill, additions to garages or homes. If you have a question about whether or not you need a permit for work you plan to do, just call the Permit Department at 713-466-2110 or stop by City Hall.
Substantial improvement is defined as any reconstruction, rehabilitation, addition, or other improvement to a building, the cost of which equals or exceeds 50% of the market value of the building before the start of construction of the improvement. The City of Jersey Village requires that any building that has been damaged by fire or other causes, or has been substantially improved, shall be rebuilt in conformity with this article, as though it were a new building.
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Welcome to the City of Jersey Village Comprehensive Plan Homepage!
The City of Jersey Village last updated its Comprehensive Plan in 1989. The City is currently updating its existing plan led by urban planning consultants Freese and Nichols, Inc. This planning effort will provide goals, objectives, recommendations, and action items for the City’s growth and development for the next 10-20 years. The Plan will be specific to Jersey Village, incorporating realistic recommendations and strategies that will help shape the City’s future as it redevelops. Please visit this page during the planning process for information and learn how you can participate in planning your City’s future.