Houston’s proposal to tighten development rules in flood-prone areas should be thoroughly discussed, but is not necessarily likely to change, the city’s Hurricane Harvey recovery czar said Friday.

Mayor Sylvester Turner’s administration has proposed that new buildings within the 500-year floodplain be placed two feet above the projected water level in a 500-year flood. Current rules, which apply only within the riskier 100-year floodplain, stipulate that buildings be constructed one foot above the flood level in a 100-year storm.

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“I don’t think that the building ordinances overall are really a negotiation or a compromise with the building community and others. It’s just about moving houses to where they’re not going to flood,” Odum said. “We’re not going to negotiate on, ‘OK they can flood a little bit.’

“It is important to understand the data we’re using and where we’re going, I’d encourage those conversations,” he continued. “This is by no means stiff-arming the building community. But it is about moving them (the houses) out of harm’s way.”

Odum, the former president of Shell, said he understands the industry mentality to accept only those regulatory changes that are calibrated specifically to protect against a repeat of the most recent calamity.

However, he said, “That’s not the perspective that we’re taking. We’re saying, OK, let’s do that and understand that – and let’s look forward and say, ‘What do we need to prepare for in the future?’”

Houstonians have until Monday to submit feedback on Turner’s floodplain proposals ahead of an possible council vote on the item as early as March 21.

Turner also has proposed requiring all new buildings outside the floodplain to be elevated two feet above the ground, but that change would adjust a separate section of city codes, and will require a separate vote.