Community Resilience Task Force

Introduction & Purpose of the Bylaws

The Harris County Flood Control Task Force was created by Harris County Commissioners Court in 1972 to advise and recommend “policies and programs to adequately protect homes and businesses from the hazards of flooding and facilitate economic development.” Harris County is in the process of reshaping this entity into the Harris County Community Resilience Task Force (CRTF) to reflect a broader approach to the infrastructure challenges and opportunities in our community.

In conjunction with the Task Force, Harris County aims to establish an Infrastructure Resilience Team (IRT) made up of representatives from County departments to develop and guide implementation of a 2050 Harris County Flood and Infrastructure Resilience Plan (Resilience Plan). These two efforts are designed to work together to promote multidisciplinary resilience across Harris County. Equity, health, safety, meaningful community engagement, and transparent and open communication are critical to these efforts.

The Community Resilience Task Force Bylaws will serve as a governing document and lay out the purpose, structure, scope, and procedures for the Task Force.

Draft Timeline

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Reviewing the Bylaws

The Office of Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo hosted a community outreach effort to hear thoughts and ideas on the draft bylaws below. The feedback was collected as outlined in the following section.

After reviewing the feedback collected, the CJO team revised the Task Force bylaws with support from the Harris County Attorney’s Office to strike the best balance among the diverse range of comments received. 

View the full text of the Final Bylaws here.

Previous versions:

View the Guide to the Bylaws here, a summary of the key elements: English, Spanish

View the full text of the Draft Bylaws here: English, Spanish

Collecting Feedback

The Office of Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo welcomed community members to provide feedback on the bylaws from July 20th to 30th, 2020. The feedback received on the bylaws’ Purpose, Tasks, Structure, and Composition will help us ensure the long-term success and impact of the Task Force. 

Participants offered their feedback by emailing comments to a designated email address, attending one of three virtual focus groups, and/or offering input during the Commissioners Court meeting on July 28th.

The County Judge’s Office hosted approximately 150 people across the 3 virtual dialogues and read 200 email comments in which community members shared a wide range of perspectives and hopes for the Task Force. 

Next Steps

The finalized bylaws are up for a vote at the August 11, 2020 Commissioners Court meeting. If approved, members of the court will proceed with developing nominations in order to begin the Task Force work this fall.

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