Building Code Task Force for New Construction

The City Commission has endorsed a program to update the city’s flood mitigation code, building code and zoning code as they relate to flood protection, with the establishment of an eight-member committee, to be chaired by City Commissioner John Valdes.

The Building Code Task Force for New Construction (BCTF) reviews city codes and makes recommendations related to resiliency and flood protection for both existing/historic structures and new construction.

The goals of the BCTF include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following:

  • Protect older homes from flooding by new homes that are required to be constructed at higher elevations.
  • Safeguard the Historic District’s integrity while providing ways to “lift” historic buildings out of flood zones while protecting our historic streetscapes.
  • Provide incentives for property owners to use building techniques which do not require land filling for new home construction.
  • Limit the amount of impervious surface that is allowed on residential lots.  There is currently no limit to the amount of paving a homeowner can do on their property.


Meeting of the BCTF will be held in the Alcazar Room, City Hall on the following dates:

  • January 13, 2021 at 9:00 a.m.
  • January 27, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.
  • February 4, 2021 at 9:00 a.m.
  • February 10, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. (if necessary)

View meeting agendas and minutes at the Agenda Center

View meeting back-up materials


  • John Valdes - Commissioner-Chair
  • Sarah Ryan - Architect
  • Rob Matthews - Civil Engineer
  • Robin Moore - Historic Resource Management
  • Jon Benoit - Contractor
  • Les Thomas - Architect
  • Irene Arriola - Real Estate Broker
  • John Wooldridge - Educator

Member Qualifications

Applicants should have experience in at least one of the following professions to be considered:

  • Architect
  • Landscape Architect
  • Structural Engineer
  • Civil Engineer
  • Building Construction
  • Building Contractor
  • Historic Preservation
  • Real Estate 

Apply Here