Reid Wilson Panelist at UT Land Use Conference

Reid C. Wilson, co-founder and Chairman of Wilson Cribbs + Goren, a recognized Texas land use lawyer, recently spoke at the University of Texas Land Use Conference held in Austin, Texas on April 28 and 29. Mr. Wilson participated on a panel - along with Truman C. Administer, EHRA, and Charlie F. McNabb, City of Georgetown - that discussed the Texas Supreme Court’s decision in Harris County Flood Control Dist. v. Kerr

In 1998-2002, Harris County, Texas was hit by storms bringing record rainfall, flooding neighborhoods all over the County. Several hundred homeowners along White Oak Bayou filed suit alleging that their homes flooded because the Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD), a part of County Government, failed to take appropriate actions to prevent the flooding. The Texas Supreme Court found that the plaintiffs raised a fact question as to all three elements required for a taking, in essence holding that a government can be held liable for damage arising from atypical acts of God if the government knew or should have known approving new development would cause flooding of other land. The panel discussed whether Kerr changed the law on government taking and explored the impact of Kerr on local governments, developers, flooded property owners, and engineers.

Mr. Wilson also presented on the issue of Boards of Adjustment(BOA), summarizing case law on BOA matters, with a particular focus on variances, a complex and misunderstood area of land use law.

The Land Use Conference offers high-level, detailed coverage of the key issues, strategies, challenges, tools, and opportunities facing municipalities, counties, and developers. The conference focuses on real-world problems with practical solutions presented by an outstanding faculty, including developers' attorneys, land use planners, local government attorneys, engineers, and state and local regulators. Mr. Wilson is a frequent member of the Conference faculty and of the planning committee and twice co-chaired the Conference.


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