Phone: (936) 633-0414
Fax: (936) 633-0416
Engineering Department is responsible for many areas related to the
inner workings of the City of Lufkin. Some of those
responsibilities cover assessing water and sewer tap fees,
maintaining floodplain mapping and assisting citizens with questions
regarding floodplain issues, drainage problems and questions,
reviewing subdivision plats, assigning addresses, monitoring all new
water, sewer, drainage and street construction projects.
Sale of City Owned Properties to the Public
Sealed bids must be submitted in the Office of the City Engineer, Room 250, Lufkin City Hall, no later
than 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 22, 2016 and then at said City Hall, publicly opened and read aloud.
Bids will be opened as each property is considered.
Contact the Engineering Office at (936) 633-0215 for the minimum bid and for concerns and questions.
Refer to the Legal Advetisement for full details. It is the bidders responsibility to complete due diligence concerning title, floodplain, land-use, utilities, etc. The
property is sold as is. All property sales are required to have final approval of City Council.
Address for Bid Opening:
The City of Lufkin
City Hall, Room 250
300 E. Shepherd St.
Lufkin, TX 75902
Contact Scott Rayburn with the Engineering Department at (936) 633-0215 for the minimum bid and for any concerns or questions.
After receiving a
permit from the Inspections Department, the Engineering Department
will determine if the necessary information is provided. After
this, the site plan attached to the permit is reviewed and a
determination will be made if the property is properly platted.
Once this is determined, drainage requirements are looked at to
determine if a drainage study is required, and if one has been done
does it comply with the mitigation ordinance. Next, it will be
determined if the site lies within the 100-year floodplain or in the
floodway. This is done to determine if a floodplain permit is also
required. Driveway locations will be reviewed to determine if a
culvert is required, and if so, does it also require TxDOT
approval. Any necessary water and sewer taps will also be noted on
the permit. You may also submit an online application by going to
the Inspection Services Website.
Floodplain Management involves an array of
procedures and practices to ensure the City is meeting its goal of
decreasing personal and public property loss. The City of Lufkin is
a participating entity in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
Currently, we are in the process of joining the Community Rating
System (CRS). This rating system, which is administered through
FEMA, will give the City a “score”, which will help to lower flood
insurance rates for citizens. Participating in CRS will also help
when pursuing Hazard Mitigation grants, as well as other grants
offered through FEMA. Floodplain Certificates are also issued
through the Engineering Department. Any development done in the
floodplain must have a floodplain development permit. This is to
ensure structures meet or exceed the minimum elevation allowed in
submittals are required for all activities which may affect the
rate, direction, volume of storm runoff or the depth and velocity of
flow in primary and secondary drainage systems within the City’s
incorporated boundaries or ETJ. The purpose of the submittals is to
show how any impacts to storm water runoff will be mitigated. Some
of the objectives are to preserve public safety, prevent property
damage, encourage future development, and preserve the natural
environment. The City of Lufkin
Manual is available for download. Within the manual, you can find a
list of activities for which submittals are required.
Engineering design can cover anything from site
plans, drainage plans, utility construction plans, and street
construction/reconstruction. A major purpose of doing engineering
design in-house is to reduce the cost associated with the designing
phase of a project. However, if a project is rather large, it may
be contracted out for the design work. Engineering design is also
done to determine the feasibility of a project, and to increase the
speed of the plan review process. To the right is an example of a
project which was designed and engineered in-house.
Engineering Department also consists of a survey crew. The survey
crew assists in the engineering design process through the
collection of survey data for projects such as site topo’s, utility
location, and staking on construction projects. Other than standard
surveying, the survey crew also collects data for the City’s GIS
system. Currently, the survey crew is collecting data on the City’s
sanitary sewer system in which an inflow and infiltration study is
being done to help reduce the inflow and infiltration of storm
The Engineering Department is also in charge of
maintaining and developing a Geographic Information System (GIS) for
the City. Mapping data for this system is numerous and can be
extensive; however, it is our goal to provide accurate data to more
efficiently address problems and help in decisions regarding the
land-use, infrastructure, and natural resources of the City of
Lufkin. Examples of this type of data include: water and sewer
utilities, parcel data, location of sex offenders, 2’ contours,
aerial photographs, and floodplain data. You may view this and more
data on the City’s GIS site from our online mapping page.
Water & Sewer Taps
Water and sewer
tap fees are set by the Lufkin City Council and are based on your
location in relation to the water or sewer line to be tapped. For
example, if your residence or business is on the opposite side of
the street from the line, the cost associated will be higher due to
the necessity to make a road bore. The size of tap is also a factor
in determining the cost associated with this process.
Engineering Department completes reviews for all plats required due
to the subdivision of property in the City and its Extra-Territorial
plats must meet the requirements established in the City’s
Subdivision Ordinance No. 3693 which is available on the menu bar.
We currently provide access to copies of
plats on our website. Some of the files are large and may take a
few minutes to download. They can be downloaded to your hard drive
or opened directly in the software on your computer that opens
graphic files by selecting "open this file from its current