Against The Tide: Award-Winning 20-year Plan Takes On Mother Nature
The resilient citizens in Liberty County on the Texas coast know all too well the devastation of floods. The rural county sits just 23 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, between Houston and Beaumont, and is home to rich farmland, the Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge and part of the Big Thicket National Preserve.
Two U.S. highways and four state highways crisscross the county, and the area is home to both farming communities and Houston commuters. Hurricane Ike hammered the area’s timber industry in 2008, and between 2015 and 2016 the county battled five major floods. Recognizing the need to prepare for weather disasters and manageable growth, in 2016 residents of Liberty’s 18 communities partnered with Texas Target Communities (TTC) at Texas A&M University to create the first county-wide comprehensive plan.
TTC’s work would not be possible without the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning and the Texas A&M Institute for Sustainable Communities. Other collaborating programs and agencies include Texas Sea Grant, the Texas Rural Leadership Program, the Texas A&M Center for Heritage Conservation, Texas A&M University at Galveston, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association and the American Planning Association. [Read More on Texas A&M Today]