Flood Victims Sue TIRZ 17 and the City of Houston

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Irvine & Conner, PLLC filed suit against Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone 17 (“TIRZ 17”), the Memorial City Redevelopment Authority, and the City of Houston on May 25, 2016 on behalf of Residents Against Flooding and individual plaintiffs in the Memorial City area who have repeatedly flooded over the past several years. The federal lawsuit, filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, is styled Residents Against Flooding et al. v. Reinvestment Zone Number Seventeen, City of Houston, Texas (TIRZ 17) et al., Civil Action No. 4:16-cv-01458.

The lawsuit alleges that the Defendants have engaged in a pattern of (1) implementing drainage and mobility infrastructure projects in and around TIRZ 17 that efficiently convey stormwater out of the TIRZ 17 commercial areas and into the surrounding neighborhoods or into their overstrained storm systems; (2) approving private commercial development within TIRZ 17 that has elevated commercial properties, without any or without sufficient stormwater mitigation, causing more stormwater to enter the neighborhoods; and (3) postponing infrastructure projects to help the residential neighborhoods, often in favor of non-essential projects that benefit private commercial interests.

The result, the lawsuit alleges, is the repeated flooding of hundreds of homes in the Memorial City area that, prior to the creation of the TIRZ, had not flooded.

Additional coverage is available at:

–  “Flood victims sue city of Houston,”  by Phil Archer of KPRC Click2Houston (5-24-2016).

“Residents Against Flooding, Memorial City Homeowners Sue City of Houston and TIRZ 17,” by Steve Jansen of the HoustonPress (5-25-2016).

“Citizens group files flooding-related lawsuit against city, TIRZ,” by Olivia Pulsinelli of the Houston Business Journal (5-25-2016).

“Memorial City residents sue city over flooding,” by Rebecca Elliott of the Houston Chronicle (5-25-2016).

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