Texas Panel Grants County Win In FEMA Flood Map Row

Law360, Houston (April 12, 2017, 7:11 PM EDT) -- A Texas appellate court on Wednesday sided with Guadalupe County in a takings dispute with developer Woodlake Partners Inc., holding it was not the acts of the county that damaged the value of lots Woodlake was planning to build on, but the Federal Emergency Management Agency's revisions to 100-year flood plain maps.

Because FEMA revised its 100-year flood insurance rate maps for the county in 2007, several lots owned by Woodlake that were not previously in a floodway or flood plain, now were, according to the appellate court's opinion.

Michael A. Shaunessy, who represented the county, told Law360 on Wednesday that...

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