Trinity River Common Vision

The Trinity River Common Vision program is a coalition of counties and cities in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex that have established a common set of permitting guidelines for the Trinity River floodplain. Appendix 4 provides a brief summary describing the program. This approach has successfully coordinated the floodplain management activities of nine cities, three counties and two special purpose districts in the area to provide equitable, consistent guidelines for development in the floodplain. Using the Corridor Development Certificate Program (CDC), the local governments retain ultimate jurisdiction over development activities, but work together to maintain the existing floodplain storage capacity and prevent increases in the floodplain levels and flow velocities in the river. The Trinity River Common Vision was studied by the Steering Committee as an example of a successful regional program.


From February through May, the Steering Committee held a series of regional meetings (called “mini-summits”) in different locations throughout the lower Colorado River basin. At each meeting, Committee members and LCRA staff summarized flood-related problems typical of the basin, reviewed the concepts of the Trinity River Common Vision program, and discussed possible approaches to regional floodplain management in the basin. In June, the Steering Committee met to discuss the results of the mini-summits and to plan for the next Summit.

Summit II

Summit II was held in July 2000 and served to further coalesce the Committee’s proposal for a regional floodplain management approach. Several presentations briefed the Summit II participants on the Trinity River Common Vision. Members of the Steering Committee outlined the problems identified in the Colorado River basin and described limitations on enforcement authority or technical resources that hamper a local community’s ability to successfully address these problems. Throughout the meeting, attendees at the Summit were able to interactively participate through a computerized voting system.

At the end of the Summit, the majority of the participants endorsed the concept of regional floodplain management and agreed to work toward the formation of a coalition of local entities.
The Steering Committee established a Mission Statement to reflect the cooperative spirit resulting from the first Summit.

“Encourage comprehensive consistent management of the floodplain along the Colorado River and its tributaries; provide a forum for data exchange; and facilitate a structured approach to managing the complex issues related to floodplain management.”

This Statement is intended to be used by future committees as a guide in developing the charter for the proposed coalition.