The Coastwide Erosion Response Plan was created to identify critical coastal erosion areas designated by the Texas Land Commissioner to assist in prioritizing coastal erosion response projects and studies. The Land Office developed the original plan in 1996. It was updated in 2004 and again in 2009.
The 2009 plan identified current critical erosion areas for prioritized erosion response actions and provided new information that may be used as a reference by local governments in developing their own local erosion response plans. The plan included information on the economics of erosion response measures and the value of maintaining a healthy beach and dune system, as well as maintaining setbacks for future development.
The plan included an economic analysis that tested a “no action” response to the location of a 50-year shoreline erosion line in seven priority areas along the Gulf Coast. This analysis estimated damages to structures and land when the 50-year shoreline moved landward of the structures and compared beach visitation benefits for different beach loss scenarios. Recommendations were included to provide guidance for achieving the greatest state benefit with public funds in responding to erosion and storm events.
Local Government Erosion Response Plans (ERP)
During the 81st legislative session, local governments were required to establish and implement a plan to reduce public expenditures for erosion and storm damages. The plans may include provisions for establishing a building setback, protecting public beach access and the public beach easement, and procedures for preserving, restoring, and enhancing critical sand dunes that are necessary to protect public and private property from storms and erosion.
The local governments are required to use the information in the statewide ERP and historical erosion rates when developing the local plans. The local ERPs will be submitted to the Land Office for review and certification as consistent with state law. After the Land Office's approval, the plans will be posted in the Texas Register for public comment and then formally adopted by rule and incorporated in the local dune protection and beach access plans as an appendix. Click on the public notices link to see what plans are open for pubilc comment.