Floodplain Regulations

Floodplain Regulations

Stacey Ricks, CFMMS EMA601-933-6605
William Nechamen, CFMNechamen Consulting, LLCNY518-707-6516
Links and Documents

Adobe PDFFEMA White Paper: Study Recommendations for Agricultural Structures in the Floodplain (7/21/2016)
Higher regulatory standards frequently reduce or prevent damage, but these successes are rarely covered by media. The owner of this New Jersey restaurant attributes his lack of damage during Sandy to higher floodplain standards (12/12)

Adobe PDFElevator Installation for Buildings Located in Special Flood Hazard Areas (FEMA TB4) (7/10)
National Flood Insurance Program – What is floodplain management?
Floodplain Management Requirements – Study guide / desk reference for local officials
Adobe PDFSummary of legal challenges to floodplain regulations
Adobe PDFNo Adverse Impact – a new direction in floodplain management
Power Point presentation on No Adverse Impact and why NAI is critical
Adobe PDFNo Adverse Impact Toolkit for Local Officials
Adobe PDFMaricopa County – Flood Control District’s Floodplain regulations. Maricopa County’s Floodplain Regulations are included as an example of local regulations which exceed the minimum federal requirements.
Link to Code of Federal Regulations: NFIP Floodplain Management Regulations
FEMA Regulations– This link provides a comprehensive listing of those regulations which govern the National Flood Insurance Program.
EPA This link provides a comprehensive list of Executive Orders which establish floodplain/wetland protection and conservation measures to be observed by Federal departments/agencies.
FEMA’s Mitigation Best Practices Portfolio- This portfolio is a collection of ideas, activities/projects, funding, and regulatory sources that can help reduce or prevent the impacts of disasters.
FEMA’s Community Rating System (CRS)– The NFIP’s CRS is a voluntary incentive program that recognizes and encourages community floodplain management activities that exceed the minimum NFIP requirements. The following website provides resources which aid communities in the development of more stringent floodplain ordinances compliance with the CRS.
CRS Manual

The following list provides links to the floodplain regulations of the top four CRS communities:

Class 1: Roseville, CA (Chapter 9.80)
Class 2: Tulsa, OK
Class 3: King County, WA
Class 4: Fort Collins, CO

The following link provides a bibliography of papers, reports, websites and other resources on a variety of shoreline management topics including regulatory approaches and model ordinances.

NOAA’s Ocean and Coastal Resources Management

The State of North Carolina has developed model ordinances that enforce higher regulatory standards. The model ordinance and Guidebook Safer Development in Flood-prone Areas – A Guidebook for Community Officials.

State of North Carolina

Committee Activity

The Floodplain Regulations Committee met June 12, 2006 at the annual conference in Albuquerque, NM. Also, the committee participated in an ASFPM policy committee retreat in Rhode Island Oct. 28-30, 2006.

Committee Topics

Higher Regulatory Standards White Paper.
Survey of State Floodplain Management and Hazard Mitigation Executive Orders

On May 4, 2007 a survey was sent to all state NFIP coordinators and state hazard mitigation officers. This survey requested information on Executive Orders related to hazard mitigation and floodplain management.

Floodplain/floodway White Paper
Critical Facilities White Paper
FEMA review of “automatic adoption” clauses in local floodplain regulations.
Comments on LOMA-EZ (Federal Register/Vol. 72, No. 76/Friday, April 20, 2007)
Update on Repetitive Loss Mitigation Legislation and Regulations.
National Flood Insurance Program Evaluation. The document is here:
V-Zone fill and free-of-obstruction issues.

The committee has been asked to look into potential conflicts with the way different regulations/codes/guidance docs treat certain V-Zone fill/obstruction issues. The concern is over outcomes that actually cause the potential for additional vulnerability.

Update of National Flood Programs in review. The current version of this document is here:

2007 Committee Meeting

The 2007 Floodplain Regulations Committee Meeting was held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday June 4, 2007 at the ASFPM annual conference in Norfolk, VA.