Rollingwood City Engineering Services

Providing Municipal Engineering Support with a Focus on Drainage

Project Purpose

Located in the heart of Central Texas, the City of Rollingwood is home to approximately 1,500 people. The City is mostly residential, with a commercial corridor along Bee Cave Road. The City of Rollingwood uses consultant support to provide engineering services to help manage its infrastructure systems, including transportation, drainage, and water/wastewater, and in 2020 they hired KFA to fill this role.

Project Approach

Our work as the consulting City Engineer for Rollingwood builds on previous work we have done for the City, primarily in the areas of development reviews, stormwater permitting, and drainage improvements. We have also implemented best practices we have developed through municipal engineering work for other clients, such as streamlined review processes, real-time review tracking, and capital improvement project planning.

  • Development Reviews: In 2019 KFA began to perform zoning reviews for residential and commercial development permits for compliance with the City’s zoning regulations. For this effort, we developed a standard checklist that we use to review the applications consistently and efficiently. As City Engineer, we have expanded the scope of our reviews to include drainage, developing and using a standard checklist to review the permit applications for compliance with Rollingwood’s Drainage Criteria Manual.
  • Stormwater Permitting: The City also retained KFA in 2019 to update its Stormwater Management Plan and MS4 Annual Reporting to maintain compliance with Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) requirements for small municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s). As City Engineer, we will continue to assist the City with maintaining its permit and implementing measures to responsibly manage water quality in the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone.
  • Drainage Improvements: To help mitigate flood risk, we have begun to plan and design drainage improvements at key locations in the city. These projects were identified and prioritized by the Rollingwood Infrastructure Improvements Plan that KFA completed in 2020. Now we are investigating these drainage issues in more detail, analyzing alternatives with hydraulic modeling, and providing preliminary engineering services.
  • Water and Wastewater Infrastructure: To help plan for future development in Rollingwood, we have begun to assess existing capacity in the water and wastewater systems and determine available capacity based on existing contracts with neighboring cities. KFA is also creating citywide water and wastewater models to evaluate overall capacity and constraints, which will help identify any issues that need to be addressed.

Project Results

Serving as City Engineer allows us to increase our familiarity with the City’s interconnected challenges and project history so we can provide helpful guidance. The interdisciplinary nature of the work is a great fit for our team, since we can bring in our KFA experts in areas such as stormwater management, roadway design, or wastewater master planning as needs arise. Our team looks forward to continuing to assist the City of Rollingwood with future projects.