Balancing Sustainability Priorities with Development in an Urbanizing Watershed

Corinth, Texas

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Corinth, Texas is a city within rapidly urbanizing Denton County and a suburb of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.  As an eight-square mile lake city, the local community is keenly aware of the importance of sound watershed management.  Interstate 35 East bisects the City, with Lake Lewisville, a major source of drinking water, directly to its east.  Recent development on the northeast side of I-35 East has contributed to increased stormwater runoff through Lynchburg Creek, a major tributary to Lake Lewisville.  Lynchburg Creek is located within the Pecan Creek Lewisville Watershed.

The City of Corinth recognizes that development in Denton County is inevitable—an Oxford Economics Forecast estimates that the county will continue to lead as the top county in Texas for economic growth from 2017 through 2021.  The proximity within the Metroplex and availability of vacant land on either side of I-35E makes the area an attractive place for developers.  The City of Corinth anticipates requests from developers to fill-in a portion of the floodplain or alter the floodplain to create a deeper channel.

As a community, the City is interested to see development move forward in a sustainable manner to protect drinking water and mitigate for increased stormwater.  In the recent past, Corinth has worked with consultants and engineers to examine drainage patterns through hydrologic modeling and risk mapping.  A jointly funded study between the North Central Texas Council of Governments, Shady Shores, City of Corinth and FEMA is nearing completion and will provide a watershed-wide analysis on flooding and possible mitigation strategies.  City staff are now interested to move beyond this phase to aggregate existing data and acquire new data to prepare guidelines for development in and around Lynchburg Creek.  This work will direct the implementation of appropriate control strategies to mitigate stormwater runoff; protect water quality and preserve important landscape features and functions.

Project Team

Community Leads

Lori Levy joined the City of Corinth as Senior Planner for the Planning and Development Department in 2015. Lori has over 15 years of professional planning experience, and has held progressively responsible positions in planning within the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex. Prior to joining the City of Corinth, Lori was Planning Manager for the City of Carrollton and responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of Planning, as well as the departmental recommendations for zoning and development related cases.

Prior to the City of Carrollton, as Senior Planner with the City of Irving, Lori supervised the Current Planning staff, and worked on various complex development projects, including mixed-use projects. Lori began her planning career with the City of Fort Worth as an intern. She holds a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History with a minor in Political Science from the University of New Orleans. She is AICP certified and a member of the American Planning Association and a member of the Congress of New Urbanism.


Scientific Partner

Dr. Fouad Jaber is an associate professor and integrated water resources management extension specialist at Texas A&M University located at the Dallas AgriLife Research and Extension Center. Dr. Jaber received his Ph.D. in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from Purdue University in December 2001 with emphasis in Natural and Environmental Resources Engineering. Dr. Jaber holds an M.S. degree in Irrigation, a B.S. in agriculture, and a diploma of “Ingenieur Agricole” from the American University of Beirut. He was also a post-doctoral research associate at the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department of the University of Florida from 2002 to 2007, and was based at the Southwest Florida Research and Education Center in Immokalee, FL.

He has been conducting research and extension programs related to stormwater management, stream restoration, non-point source pollution management from the urban environment and water quality studies since 2002. He has published more than 100 refereed papers, extension publications, conference proceedings and governmental reports. Dr. Jaber is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas.