Floodplain Regulations

Floodplain Regulations Committee Chair Contacts

Stacey Ricks, CFM
MS EMA601-933-6605
William Nechamen, CFM
Nechamen Consulting, LLC518-707-6516
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: National Flood Programs & Policies in Review (2015)

Links & Documents
Study Recommendations for Agricultural Structures in the Floodplain

Elevator Installation for Buildings Located in Special Flood Hazard Areas in accordance with the National Flood Insurance Program

National Flood Insurance Program – What is floodplain management?

Floodplain Management Publications

Summary of legal challenges to floodplain regulations – Courts issue good news for Floodplain Managers

Courts Issue Good News for Floodplain Management

No Adverse Impact – a new direction in floodplain management

No Adverse Impact Toolkit for Local Officials

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

Class 1: Roseville, CA
Class 2: Tulsa, OK
Class 3: King County, WA
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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