INTENT - FLOODPLAIN ADMINISTRATION
Section 8-2 of the City of Spearfish Ordinance states:
- The national flood insurance program (NFIP) was created by Congress
to reduce annual flood losses through careful planning by communities
and to provide property owners with affordable flood insurance. In 1976,
common council requested voluntary participation in the national flood
insurance program and adopted the “permanent” program in
- The city recognizes the inherent flood risk of Spearfish Creek
and other potential flood tributaries which flow through the city.
the beneficial attributes of a national flood insurance program, which
protects existing and future structures within the flood area, and insures
against potential financial loss and bodily harm. The city also recognizes
the inherent constraints imposed by the flood insurance program which
prohibit certain uses of property by its owners.
- The city, therefore,
is adopting the new changes to the “permanent
program” with the following management objectives in mind as permitted
by the federal emergency management agency:
- Manage with a “minimum” intent
of flood control regulations.
- Apply minimum regulations to a variance
authority; i.e., allow construction within the floodplain fringe
as long as it meets minimum regulations of
the federal emergency management agency, and does not increase the flood
density or flood course.
- By legal authority elects not to control the
500-year flood area.
- Recognizes all architectural and engineering
techniques approved by FEMA, which provide for “nondensity” construction and floodproofing
protection. (Ord. No. 664, § 1.05, 12-4-89)