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2.
Request adoption of Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) and

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Flood Insurance Studies (FISs) reflecting proposed flood hazard determinations within Augusta, GA (and the jurisdictions of

Blythe and Hephzibah) issued by the Department of Homeland Security s (DHS s) Federal Emergency Management Agency

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(FEMA). The effective date of the most recent Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) and Flood Insurance Studies (FISs) for Augusta, GA is November 15, 2019. In keeping with the City of

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Augusta s participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and the Community Rating System (CRS), adoption of

Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) and Flood Insurance Studies (FISs) reflecting proposed flood hazard determinations

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within Augusta, GA (and the jurisdictions of Blythe and Hephzibah) issued by the Department of Homeland Security s

(DHS s) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Attachments

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Request to approve an Ordinance to amend Title Eight, Chapter 1, Article 1 of the Augusta GA Code entitled Flood Damage Prevention to provide for revisions as required by the State

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Model Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance, additions to clarify language in the text, and additional revisions to reduce flood risk,

in keeping with the City of Augusta s participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and the Community Rating System (CRS). Attachments
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Motion to approve the minutes of the Engineering Services Committee held on September 10, 2019. Attachments

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Request that Army Corps of Engineers perform a drawdown of the Savannah River at Augusta to demonstrate the effects that

plan 2-6A would have on the river pool as replacement for the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam. (Requested by Commissioner Sammie Sias) 6. Update from the Fire Department regarding the status of the road on the Regency Mall Property. (Referred from September 10 Engineering Services Committee) Attachments
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7.
Use Previously Awarded Bid Item 19-127 to Purchase an

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Additional Lift Station Power House from Border States Industries at the Previously Approved Price of 367,675.00.

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Discuss Environmental Services Department's process for emptying overflowing/capacity filled commercial

trash dumpsters. (Requested by Commissioner Marion Williams ) Attachments www.augustaga.gov Engineering Services Committee Meeting 9/24/2019 1:15 PM Brian Green Department: Presenter: Caption: Presentation by Mr. Brian Green regarding traffic and safety in the downtown area. Background: Analysis: Financial Impact: Alternatives: Recommendation: Funds are
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Available in the

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Attachment number 1 \nPage 1 of 1 Engineering Services Committee Meeting 9/24/2019 1:15 PM
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Adoption of Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) and Flood Insurance Studies (FISs)

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Department: Planning and Development

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Presenter: Robert Sherman, Director

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Caption: Request adoption of Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) and Flood Insurance Studies (FISs) reflecting proposed flood hazard determinations within Augusta, GA (and the jurisdictions of

Blythe and Hephzibah) issued by the Department of Homeland Security s (DHS s) Federal Emergency Management Agency

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(FEMA). The effective date of the most recent Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) and Flood Insurance Studies (FISs) for Augusta, GA is November 15, 2019. In keeping with the City of

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Augusta s participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and the Community Rating System (CRS), adoption of Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) and Flood Insurance

Studies (FISs) reflecting proposed flood hazard determinations within Augusta, GA (and the jurisdictions of Blythe and Hephzibah) issued by the Department of Homeland Security s (DHS s) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Background: The Department of Homeland Security s (DHS s) Federal

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Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has issued updated Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) and Flood Insurance

Studies (FISs) reflecting updated flood hazard determinations within Augusta, GA (and the jurisdictions of Blythe and Hephzibah). The updated Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) and Flood Insurance Studies (FISs) are due to become effective November 15, 2019. These flood hazard determinations may include the addition or modification of Base Flood Elevations (BFEs), base flood depths, Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) boundaries or zone designations, or additions or modifications to the regulatory floodway. A companion agenda item is requesting adoption of the updated Augusta s Flood Damage

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Prevention Ordinance which also must be adopted prior to the effective date of the updated Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs), which is November 15, 2019. The update to the

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Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance include: revisions as required by the State Model Flood Damage Prevention

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Ordinance, additions to clarify language in the text, and

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additional revisions to reduce flood risk, in keeping with the City of Augusta s participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and the Community Rating System (CRS).

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Analysis: The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) was established with the passage of the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968.

The NFIP is a Federal program enabling property owners in participating communities to purchase insurance as a protection against flood losses in exchange for State and community floodplain management regulations that reduce future flood damages. Adoption of a local Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance and adoption of Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) and Flood Insurance Studies (FISs) issued from the Department of Homeland Security s (DHS s) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is required for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program and the Community Rating System (CRS).
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Financial Impact: There is no financial impact associated with adopting updated Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for Augusta.

Alternatives: If Augusta s does not adopt the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) and Flood Insurance Studies (FISs) reflecting proposed flood hazard determinations within Augusta, GA (and the
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jurisdictions of Blythe and Hephzibah) issued by the Department of Homeland Security s (DHS s) Federal Emergency

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Management Agency (FEMA) and the updated Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance is not adopted prior to the effective date of the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) and Flood Insurance

Studies (FISs), Augusta will be suspended from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The following sanctions apply if Augusta is suspended from the NFIP: Property owners will not be able to purchase National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) flood insurance policies and existing policies will not be renewed. Federal grants or loans for development will not be available in identified flood hazard areas under programs administered by Federal agencies such as the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Small Business Administration (SBA). Federal disaster assistance will not be provided to repair insurable buildings located in identified flood hazard areas for damage caused by a flood. Federal mortgage insurance or loan guarantees will not be provided in identified flood hazard areas such as those written by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA). Federally insured or regulated lending institutions, such as banks and credit unions, are allowed to make conventional loans for insurable buildings in flood hazard areas of non- participating communities, which included communities on Cover Memo

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suspension from the NFIP. However, the lender must notify

applicants that the property is in a flood hazard area and that the property is not eligible for Federal disaster assistance. Some lenders may voluntarily choose not to make these loans. If

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Augusta is suspended from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), it may regain its eligibility in the National

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Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), by enacting the floodplain management measures established in 44 CFR Section 60.3 of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) regulations. If

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development takes place in Augusta during suspension that does not meet the minimum National Flood Insurance Program

(NFIP) requirements, Augusta will be asked to take actions to reduce the increased flood hazard prior to reinstatement.
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Recommendation: Approve Adoption of Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) and

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Flood Insurance Studies (FISs) reflecting proposed flood hazard determinations within Augusta, GA (and the jurisdictions of

Blythe and Hephzibah) issued by the Department of Homeland Security s (DHS s) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in keeping with the City of Augusta s participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and the Community Rating System (CRS). Funds are

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Available in the

Following Accounts: REVIEWED AND APPROVED BY: Finance. Law. Administrator.
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Clerk of Commission

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Amendment of Title Eight, Chapter 1, Article 1 of the Augusta GA Code entitled Flood Damage

Prevention
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Department: Planning and Development

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Presenter: Robert Sherman, Director

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Caption: Request to approve an Ordinance to amend Title Eight, Chapter 1, Article 1 of the Augusta GA Code entitled Flood Damage

Prevention to provide for revisions as required by the State Model Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance, additions to clarify

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language in the text, and additional revisions to reduce flood risk, in keeping with the City of Augusta s participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and the Community

Rating System (CRS). Background: The Department of Homeland Security s (DHS s) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has issued updated Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) and Flood Insurance Studies (FISs) reflecting updated flood hazard determinations

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within Augusta, GA (and the jurisdictions of Blythe and Hephzibah). The updated Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) and Flood Insurance Studies (FISs) are due to become effective

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Ordinance is required and the updated Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance must be adopted prior to the effective date of the updated Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs), which is

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language in the text, and additional revisions to reduce flood risk, in keeping with the City of Augusta s participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and the Community

Rating System (CRS) have been made to Augusta s Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance. A companion agenda item is requesting adoption of Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) and Flood Insurance Studies (FISs) reflecting proposed flood hazard determinations within Augusta, GA (and the jurisdictions of Blythe and Hephzibah) issued by the Department of Homeland Security s (DHS s) Federal Emergency Management Agency Cover Memo

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(FEMA). The effective date of the most recent Flood Insurance

Rate Maps (FIRMs) and Flood Insurance Studies (FISs) for Augusta GA is November 15, 2019. The update to the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) and Flood Insurance Studies (FISs) may include the addition or modification of Base Flood Elevations (BFEs), base flood depths, Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) boundaries or zone designations, or additions or modifications to the regulatory floodway. The State NFIP office, along with ISO, and various local departments have reviewed the proposed Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance.
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Analysis: The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) was established

with the passage of the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968. The NFIP is a Federal program enabling property owners in participating communities to purchase insurance as a protection against flood losses in exchange for State and community floodplain management regulations that reduce future flood damages. Adoption of a local Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance and adoption of Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) and Flood Insurance Studies (FISs) issued from the Department of Homeland Security s (DHS s) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is required for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program and the Community Rating System (CRS).
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Financial Impact: There is no financial impact associated with adopting an updated

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Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance for Augusta.

Alternatives: If Augusta s updated Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance is not adopted prior to the effective date of the Flood Insurance Rate
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Maps (FIRMs) and Flood Insurance Studies (FISs) issued by the Department of Homeland Security s (DHS s) Federal

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Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Augusta will be suspended from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The following sanctions apply if Augusta is suspended from the

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NFIP: Property owners will not be able to purchase National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) flood insurance policies and

existing policies will not be renewed. Federal grants or loans for development will not be available in identified flood hazard areas under programs administered by Federal agencies such as the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Small
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Business Administration (SBA). Federal disaster assistance will not be provided to repair insurable buildings located in identified flood hazard areas for damage caused by a flood.

Federal mortgage insurance or loan guarantees will not be provided in identified flood hazard areas such as those written by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and the

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Department of Veteran Affairs (VA). Federally insured or regulated lending institutions, such as banks and credit unions,

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are allowed to make conventional loans for insurable buildings

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in flood hazard areas of non-participating communities, which included communities on suspension from the NFIP. However, the lender must notify applicants that the property is in a flood

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hazard area and that the property is not eligible for Federal disaster assistance. Some lenders may voluntarily choose not to

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make these loans. If Augusta is suspended from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), it may regain its eligibility in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), by enacting the

floodplain management measures established in 44 CFR Section 60.3 of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)

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regulations. If development takes place in Augusta during suspension that does not meet the minimum National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) requirements, Augusta will be asked

to take actions to reduce the increased flood hazard prior to reinstatement.
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Recommendation: Approve the amendment of Title Eight, Chapter 1, Article 1 of the Augusta GA Code entitled Flood Damage Prevention to provide for revisions as required by the State Model Flood

Damage Prevention Ordinance, additions to clarify language in the text, and additional revisions to reduce flood risk, in keeping with the City of Augusta s participation in the National Flood
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Insurance Program (NFIP) and the Community Rating System (CRS).

Funds are

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Following Accounts: REVIEWED AND APPROVED BY: Finance. Law. Administrator.
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Clerk of Commission

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ORDINANCE NO._______

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An Ordinance to amend Title Eight, Chapter 1, Article 1 of the Augusta GA Code entitled

Flood Damage Prevention to provide for revisions as required by the State Model Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance, additions to clarify language in the text, and additional revisions to reduce flood risk, in keeping with the City of Augusta s participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and the Community Rating System (CRS) TITLE EIGHT PLANNING ZONING FLOOD DAMAGE PREVENTION

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STATUTORY AUTHORIZATION, FINDINGS OF FACT, PURPOSE, AND OBJECTIVES

8-1-1. STATUTORY AUTHORIZATION.

Article IX, Section II of the Constitution of the State of Georgia and Section 36-1-20(a) of the

Official Code of Georgia Annotated have delegated the responsibility to local governmental units to adopt regulations designed to promote the public health, safety, and general welfare of its
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citizenry. Therefore, the Augusta Commission of Augusta, Georgia does ordain the provisions of

this Chapter: 8-1-2. FINDINGS OF FACT.
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(a) The flood hazard areas of Augusta, Georgia are subject to periodic inundation which

results in loss of life and property, health and safety hazards, disruption of commerce and
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governmental services, extraordinary public expenditures for flood relief and protection,

and impairment of the tax base, all of which adversely affect the public health, safety, and general welfare. (b) These flood losses are caused by the occupancy in flood hazard areas of uses vulnerable to floods, which are inadequately elevated, floodproofed, or otherwise unprotected from
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flood damages, and by the cumulative effect of obstructions in floodplains causing

increases in flood heights and velocities. Attachment number 1 \nPage 1 of 28

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8-1-3. STATEMENT OF PURPOSE.

It is the purpose of this Chapter to promote the public health, safety, and general welfare and to

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minimize public and private losses due to flood conditions in specific areas by provisions designed

to: (a) restrict or prohibit uses which are dangerous to health, safety, and property due to water

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or erosion hazards, or which increase flood heights, velocities, or erosion;

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(b) require that uses vulnerable to floods, including facilities which serve such uses, be

protected against flood damage at the time of initial construction;
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(c) control the alteration of natural floodplains, stream channels, and natural protective

barriers which are involved in the accommodation of flood waters;
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(d) control filling, grading, dredging, and other development which may increase flood

damage or erosion, and;

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(e) prevent or regulate the construction of flood barriers which will unnaturally divert flood

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waters or which may increase flood hazards to other lands.

8-1-4. OBJECTIVES. The objectives of this Chapter are: (a) to protect human life and health; (b) to minimize expenditure of public money for costly flood control projects; (c) to minimize the need for rescue and relief efforts associated with flooding and generally

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undertaken at the expense of the general public;

(d) to minimize prolonged business interruptions; (e) to minimize damage to public facilities and utilities such as water and gas mains, electric, telephone and sewer lines, streets, and bridges located in floodplains; (f) to help maintain a stable tax base by providing for the sound use and development of flood-prone areas in such a manner as to minimize flood blight areas; and (g) to insure that potential home buyers are notified that property is in a flood area. 8-1-5. - - 8-1-9. RESERVED. Attachment number 1 \nPage 2 of 28
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DEFINITIONS

8-1-10. SPECIFIC DEFINITIONS.

Unless specifically defined below, words or phrases used in this Chapter shall be interpreted so as

to give them the meaning they have in common usage and to give this Chapter its most reasonable application:

0.2 Annual Chance Flood Elevation. The water surface elevation resulting from a

flood that has a 0.2 percent change of equaling or exceeding that level in any given year. 0.2 Annual Chance Floodplain. The land within a community subject to a 0.2 percent or greater chance of flooding in any given year
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Accessory Structure. A structure which is on the same parcel of property as the

principal structure and the use of which is incidental to the use of the primary structure.

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Addition (to an existing building structure). Any walled and roofed expansion to the

perimeter of a building structure in which the addition is connected by a common load- bearing wall other than a fire wall. Any walled and roofed addition which is connected by a fire wall or is separated by an independent perimeter load-bearing wall shall be

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considered New Construction .

Anchored. Adequately secured to prevent flotation, collapse, and lateral movement.
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Appeal. A request for a review of the Director's interpretation of any provision of this

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Chapter or a request for a variance.

Areas hydraulically adjacent to the Area of Special Flood Hazard means those areas that are at or below three (3) feet above the base flood elevation, also known as the flood protection elevation unless the area is hydraulically independent (meaning absolutely no
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connection to the flooding source such as through pipes, sewer laterals, down drains,

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foundation drains, ground seepage, overland flow, gated or valved pipes, excavated and

backfilled trenches, etc. with no fill or other manmade barriers creating the separation).

Area of shallow flooding. A designated AO or AH Zone on a community's Flood

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Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) with base flood depths from one (1) to three (3) feet, and/or

where a clearly defined channel does not exist, where the path of flooding is unpredictable and indeterminate, and where velocity flow may be evident.

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Area of Special Flood Hazard. The land in the floodplain within a community subject

to a one (1) percent or greater chance of flooding in any given year. In the absence of official designation by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Area of Special
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Flood Hazard shall be those designated by the local community and referenced in Article

3, Section 8-1-17.

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Base flood. A flood having a one (1) percent chance of being equaled or exceeded in any

given year.

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Base Flood Elevation (BFE). The elevation shown on the Flood Insurance Rate Map

(FIRM) for Zones AE, AH, A1-A30, AR, AR/A, AR/AE, AR/A1-A30, AR/AH, AR/AO, V1-V30, and VE that indicates the water surface elevation resulting from a flood that has a one (1) percent change of equaling or exceeding that level in any given year. Basement. That portion of a building structure having its floor subgrade (below ground level) on all sides.

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Building. Any structure built for support, shelter, or enclosure for any occupancy or

storage. See Structure

City Engineer. The City Engineer for Augusta, GA.

Commission. The Augusta Commission

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Crawlspace. An under-floor space that has its interior floor area (finished or not) no

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more than five (5) feet below the top of the next-higher floor. Crawlspaces generally have

solid foundation walls. Critical Facilities. Any public or private facility, which, if flooded, would create an added dimension to the disaster or would increase the hazard to life and health. Critical facilities include, but are not limited to:

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(1) structures or facilities that produce, use, or store highly volatile, flammable,

explosive, toxic, or water-reactive materials;

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(2) medical facilities, including hospitals, and nursing homes, health care facilities,

and housing for the elderly, which are likely to contain occupants who may not be sufficiently mobile to avoid the loss of life or injury during flood and storm events; (3) emergency operation centers, police stations, fire stations, and similar facilities that are needed for flood response activities before, during, and after a flood or storm event; municipal vehicle and equipment storage facilities; municipal data storage center(s) which contain records or services that may become lost or inoperative during flood and storm events;

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(4) schools and day care centers and any area designated as a shelter or evacuation

center; (5) drinking water and wastewater treatment plants; and (6) power generating stations and plants, and other principal points of utility lines. public and private utility facilities that are vital to maintaining or restoring

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normal services to flooded areas before, during, and after a flood event

Development. Any man-made change to improved or unimproved real estate, including, but not limited to, buildings or other structures, mining, dredging, filling, grading, paving, excavating, drilling operations, and storage of materials or equipment (both temporary and permanent storage of materials or equipment). Director. The Director of the Augusta Planning Development Department.

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Director of Engineering. The Director of the Engineering Department for Augusta, GA.

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Elevated building. A non-basement building structure built to have the lowest floor of

the lowest enclosed area elevated above the ground level by means of fill, solid foundation perimeter walls, posts, pilings, columns, piers, or shear walls adequately anchored so as not to impair the structural integrity of the building structure during a base flood event. Enclosure. That portion of an elevated building below the lowest elevated floor that is either partially or fully shut in by rigid walls.
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Existing Construction. Any structure for which the start of construction commenced

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before February 15, 1978 for the City of Augusta prior to consolidation and March 4,

1980 for the unincorporated areas of Richmond County prior to consolidation - the

effective date of the FIRST Floodplain Management Ordinance adopted by Augusta, GA as a basis for Augusta's participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Existing manufactured home park or subdivision. A manufactured home park or subdivision for which the construction of facilities for servicing the lots on which the manufactured homes are to be affixed (including at a minimum the installation of utilities, the construction of streets, and final site grading or the pouring of concrete pads) is
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completed before February 15, 1978 for the City of Augusta prior to consolidation and

March 4, 1980 for the unincorporated areas of Richmond County prior to consolidation -

the effective date of the FIRST Floodplain Management Ordinance adopted by Augusta as a basis for Augusta's participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Expansion to an existing manufactured home park or subdivision. The preparation of additional sites by the construction of facilities for servicing the lots on which the manufactured homes are to be affixed, including the installation of utilities, the

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construction of streets, and either final site grading or the pouring of concrete pads.

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FEMA. The Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Flood or flooding. A general and temporary condition of partial or complete inundation of normally dry land areas from: (1) the overflow of inland or tidal waters; or (2) the unusual and rapid accumulation or runoff of surface waters from any source. Flood Hazard Boundary Map (FHBM). An official map of a community, issued by the Federal Insurance Administration, where the boundaries of the Area of Special Flood Hazard have been defined as Zone A. Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM). An official map of a community, issued by the
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Federal Insurance Administration, delineating the Area of Special Flood Hazard and/or

risk premium zones applicable to the community. Flood Insurance Study (FIS). The official report by the Federal Insurance Administration evaluating flood hazards and containing flood profiles and water surface

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elevations of the base flood.

Flood Protection Elevation. The elevation of the Base Flood Elevation plus Freeboard. Floodplain or flood-prone area. Any land area susceptible to flooding from any source. Attachment number 1 \nPage 5 of 28
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Floodproofing. Any combination of structural and non-structural additions, changes, or

adjustments to structures, which reduce or eliminate flood damage to real estate or improved real property, water and sanitary facilities, structures and their contents. Floodway or regulatory floodway. The channel of a river or other watercourse and the
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adjacent land areas that must be reserved in order to discharge the base flood without

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cumulatively increasing the water surface elevation more than a designated height one

foot. Floodway fringe, lower. The portion of the Area of Special Flood Hazard that is located between the limit of the floodway and a line connecting all points half the distance between the floodway and the limit of the Area of Special Flood Hazard. Floodway fringe, upper. The portion of the Area of Special Flood Hazard that is
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located between the lower floodway fringe and the boundary of the Area of Special Flood

Hazard.
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Floor. The top surface of an enclosed area in a building structure (including basement),

i.e. top of slab in concrete slab construction or top of wood flooring in wood frame
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construction. The term does not include the floor of a garage used solely for parking

vehicles. Foundation walls. Masonry walls, poured concrete walls or precast concrete walls,
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regardless of height, that extend above grade and support the weight of a structure.

Freeboard. An additional amount of height above the Base Flood Elevation used as a

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factor of safety in determining the level at which a structure's lowest floor must be

elevated or floodproofed to be in accordance with State or community floodplain management regulations. Augusta s freeboard requirement is three (3) feet above Base Flood Elevation (BFE). Functionally dependent facility. A facility which cannot be used for its intended purpose unless it is located or carried out in close proximity to water, such as a docking or
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port facility necessary for the loading and unloading of cargo or passengers, shipbuilding,

ship repair, or seafood processing facilities. The term does not include long-term storage, manufacturing, sales, or service facilities.

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Grade (elevation). The lowest or highest finished ground level that is immediately

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adjacent to the walls of the structure.

Highest adjacent grade (HAG). The highest natural elevation of the ground surface, prior to construction, adjacent to the proposed foundation of a building structure.
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Historic Structure. Any structure that is:

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(1) listed individually in the National Register of Historic Places (a listing

maintained by the U.S. Department of Interior) or preliminarily determined by the Secretary of the Interior as meeting the requirements for individual listing on the National Register; (2) certified or preliminarily determined by the Secretary of the Interior as

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contributing to the historical significance of a registered historic district or a

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district preliminarily determined by the Secretary to qualify as a registered

historic district; Attachment number 1 \nPage 6 of 28

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(3) individually listed on a state inventory of historic places and determined as

eligible by states with historic preservation programs which have been approved by the Secretary of the Interior; or

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(4) individually listed on a local inventory of historic places and determined as

eligible by communities with historic preservation programs that have been certified either:

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a) By an approved state program as determined by the Secretary of the

Interior; or b) directly by the Secretary of the Interior in states without approved programs. Lowest adjacent grade (LAG). The lowest point of the ground level immediately next to a structure.

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Lowest floor. The lowest floor of the lowest enclosed area, including basement. An

unfinished or flood damage-resistant enclosure, used solely for parking of vehicles, building access, or storage, in an area other than a basement, is not considered a

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building s structure's lowest floor, provided that such enclosure is not built so as to render

the structure in violation of other provisions of this Chapter. Lowest floor elevation. The measured distance of a structure's lowest floor above the National Geodetic Vertical Datum (NGVD) or other datum specified on the FIRM for that location.

Manufactured home. A building structure, transportable in one or more sections, built

on a permanent chassis, and designed to be used with or without a permanent foundation when connected to the required utilities. The term manufactured home does not include a recreational vehicle . The term also includes park trailers, travel trailers, and similar transportable structures placed on a site for one hundred and eighty (180) consecutive days or longer and intended to be improved property. Manufactured Home Park or Subdivision. A parcel (or adjacent parcels) of land containing two (2) or more manufactured home lots for rent or sale and which contain facilities for servicing the lots on which the manufactured homes are to be affixed and which also contain internal roads or streets for access to the manufactured homes. Mean Sea Level (MSL). The average height of the sea for all stages of the tide. It is

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used as a reference for establishing various elevations within the floodplain. For purposes

of this Chapter, the term is synonymous with National Geodetic Vertical Datum (NGVD). National Geodetic Vertical Datum (NGVD). As corrected in 1929, is a vertical control

used as a reference for establishing varying elevations within the floodplain.

New construction. (for purposes of determining insurance rates and for floodplain

management purposes) ANY structure (see definition) for which the start of construction commenced after February 15, 1978 for the City of Augusta prior to consolidation and March 4, 1980 for the unincorporated areas of Richmond County prior to consolidation - the effective date of the FIRST Floodplain Management Ordinance adopted by Augusta, GA as a basis for Augusta's participation in the National Flood
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Insurance Program (NFIP) - and includes any subsequent improvements to such structure.

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New manufactured home park or subdivision. A manufactured home park or

subdivision for which the construction of facilities for servicing the lots on which the manufactured homes are to be affixed (including at a minimum, the installation of utilities, the construction of streets, and either final site grading or the pouring of concrete
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pads) is completed on or after February 15, 1978 for the City of Augusta prior to

consolidation and March 4, 1980 for the unincorporated areas of Richmond County prior to consolidation - the effective date of the FIRST Floodplain Management Ordinance adopted by Augusta, GA as a basis for Augusta's participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). No-Rise Certification. Hydrologic and hydraulic analyses performed in accordance with standard engineering practice that any encroachment into the Area of Special Flood Hazard shall not result in any increase in flood levels (flood heights) or floodway widths during a base flood discharge. A registered professional engineer must provide supporting technical data and his / her certification thereof (signature). The supporting technical data should be based on the standard step-backwater computer model used to develop the regulatory floodway shown on the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM).
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Permit / Development Permit / Flood Permit. The permit issued by Augusta, Georgia

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prior to the applicant undertaking any development activity.

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Recreational vehicle (the term also includes park trailers, travel trailers, and similar

transportable structures) means a vehicle which is: (1) built on a single chassis; (2) 400 square feet or less when measured at the largest horizontal projection;
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(3) designed to be self-propelled or permanently towable by a light duty truck; and

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(4) designed primarily not for use as a permanent dwelling but as temporary living

quarters for recreational, camping, travel, or seasonal use.
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Repetitive Loss. For purposes of this Chapter, flood related damage sustained by a

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structure on two (2) separate occasions during a ten (10) year period for which the cost of

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repairs at the time of each such flood event, on the average, equals or exceeds twenty-five

(25) percent of the market value of the structure before the damage occurred. Site. The parcel of land being developed, or the portion thereof on which the development project is located.
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Start of construction. The date the Development Permit was issued, provided the actual

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start of construction, repair, reconstruction, or improvement was within one hundred and

eighty (180) days of the permit date. The actual start means the first placement of permanent construction of the structure such as the pouring of slabs or footings,
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installation of piles, construction of columns, or any work beyond the stage of excavation,

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and includes the placement of a manufactured home on a foundation. (Permanent

construction does not include initial land preparation, such as clearing, grading and filling; nor does it include the installation of streets and/or walkways; nor does it include excavation for a basement, footings, piers, or foundations or the erection of temporary forms; nor does it include the installation on the property of buildings structures
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appurtenant to the permitted structure, such as garages or sheds not occupied as dwelling

units or part of the main structure. (NOTE: Accessory structures are NOT exempt from any ordinance requirements of this Chapter) For a substantial improvement, the actual
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start of construction means the first alteration of any wall, ceiling, floor, or other

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structural part of a building structure, whether or not that alteration affects the external

dimensions of the building structure.

Structure. A walled and roofed building that is principally above ground, a manufactured home, or a gas or liquid storage tank. Subdivision. The division of a tract or parcel of land resulting in one (1) or more new lots
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or building sites for the purpose, whether immediately or in the future, of sale, other

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transfer of ownership, or land development, and includes divisions of land resulting from

or made in connection with the layout or development of a new street or roadway, or a change in an existing street or roadway. Substantial damage. Damage of any origin sustained by a structure whereby the cost of restoring the structure to its before damaged condition would equal or exceed fifty (50)
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percent of the market value of the structure before the damage occurred.

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Substantial improvement. Any combination of repairs, reconstruction, alteration, or

improvements to a building structure, taking place during a five (5) ten (10) year period,

in which the cumulative cost equals or exceeds fifty percent of the market value of the

structure prior to the improvement. This term also includes any expansion to a structure which entails more than twenty-five (25) percent of the square footage of the structure s lowest floor before the expansion took place. The market value of the building structure should be: (1) the appraised value of the structure prior to the start of the initial repair or improvement; or
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(2) in the case of damage, the value of the structure prior to the damage occurring. This

term includes structures which have incurred substantial damage , regardless of the

actual amount of repair work performed. For the purposes of this definition, substantial improvement is considered to occur

when the first alteration of any wall, ceiling, floor, or other structural part of the building

structure commences, whether or not that alteration affects the external dimensions of the

building structure. The term does not, however, include those improvements of a building

structure required to comply with existing health, sanitary, or safety code specifications

which are solely necessary to assure safe living conditions, which have been pre- identified by the Code Enforcement Official, and not solely triggered by an improvement or repair project.

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Substantially improved existing manufactured home parks or subdivisions. Where

the repair, reconstruction, rehabilitation or improvement of the streets, utilities and pads equals or exceeds fifty (50) percent of the value of the streets, utilities and pads before the repair, reconstruction, rehabilitation, or improvement commenced.
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Unfinished (area). An enclosed area that is used for the parking of vehicles, building

access, or storage purposes only and that does not meet the definition of a finished (habitable) area. Variance. A grant of relief from the requirements of this Chapter which permits construction in a manner otherwise prohibited by this Chapter. by a community from the

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terms of its floodplain management regulations (this Chapter).

Violation. The failure of a structure or other development to be fully compliant with this Chapter (the community s floodplain management regulations or what is commonly Attachment number 1 \nPage 9 of 28
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referred to as the Augusta Flood Ordinance). A structure or other development without

the elevation certificate, or other certifications, or other evidence of compliance required by this ordinance is presumed to be in violation until such time as that documentation is provided. Walled and roofed. A structure that has 2 or more exterior rigid walls and a fully
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secured roof and that is affixed to a permanent site.

Zone. A geographical area shown on a Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) that reflects the severity or type of flooding in the area. 8-1-11. - - 8-1-15. RESERVED.

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Changed permanent storage to storage in definition of Development per State Model Flood

Ordinance June 2017 Changed Executive Director to Director throughout the entire Ordinance June 2017 Changed numbering of definitions to correct typo duplicate number June 2017 ********** Added and updated multiple definitions in Section 8-1-10 April 2019 Changed numbering of definitions due to added definitions April 2019 Attachment number 1 \nPage 10 of 28

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GENERAL PROVISIONS

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8-1-16. LANDS TO WHICH THIS CHAPTER APPLIES.

This Chapter shall apply to all areas of Special Flood Hazard within the jurisdiction of Augusta, Georgia.

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8-1-17. BASIS FOR ESTABLISHING THE AREA OF SPECIAL FLOOD HAZARD.

The Area of Special Flood Hazard, identified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in its Flood Insurance Study (FIS), dated September 25, 2009, with accompanying maps and other

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supporting data and any revision thereto, are adopted by reference and declared a part of this

Chapter.

Area of Special Flood Hazard may also include those areas known to have flooded historically or

defined through standard engineering analysis by governmental agencies or private parties but not yet incorporated in a FIS. The Repository for public inspection of the Flood Insurance Study (FIS), accompanying maps and other supporting data is located at 535 Telfair Street, Suite 300, Augusta, GA.
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8-1-18. ESTABLISHMENT OF DEVELOPMENT PERMIT / FLOOD PERMIT

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Development Permit / Flood Permit shall be required, in conformance with the provisions of this

Chapter, PRIOR to the commencement of any development activities in the Area of Special Flood

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Hazard or on parcels of land containing the Area of Special Flood Hazard.

8-1-19. COMPLIANCE. No structure or land shall hereafter be located, extended, converted, or altered without full
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compliance with the terms of this Chapter and other applicable regulations.

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8-1-20. ABROGATION AND GREATER RESTRICTIONS.

This Chapter is not intended to repeal, abrogate, or impair any existing ordinance, easements, covenants, or deed restrictions. However, where this Chapter and another conflict or overlap,
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whichever imposes the more stringent restrictions shall prevail.

8-1-21. INTERPRETATION. In the interpretation and application of this Chapter all provisions shall be: (a) considered as minimum requirements;

(b) liberally construed in favor of the Governing Body, and;

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(c) deemed neither to limit nor repeal any other powers granted under State statutes.

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8-1-22. WARNING AND DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY.

The degree of flood protection required by this Chapter is considered reasonable for regulatory purposes and is based on scientific and engineering considerations. Larger floods can and will occur; flood heights may be increased by man-made or natural causes. This Chapter does not
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imply that land outside the Area of Special Flood Hazard or uses permitted within such areas will

be free from flooding or flood damages. This Chapter shall not create liability on the part of

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Augusta, GA, the Augusta Commission, and/or the Augusta Planning Development Department

or by any officer or employee thereof for any flood damages that result from reliance on this Chapter or any administrative decision lawfully made thereunder.
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8-1-23. ENFORCEMENT AND PENALTIES FOR VIOLATION

Violation of the provisions of this Chapter or failure to comply with any of its requirements,

including violation of conditions and safeguards established in connection with grants of variance or Special Exceptions shall be reported to the City Engineer Director. Once a violation is evident, the City Engineer Director., acting on behalf of the Augusta Commission, shall be empowered to notify the owner in writing of the apparent violation of this Chapter. The written notice shall direct
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the owner to cease the development activity until such time as the requirements and procedures of

this Chapter have been met. Upon failure of the owner to comply with this notice, the City

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Engineer Director shall notify the City Attorney of the violation; and the City Attorney shall

immediately begin legal procedures in the Superior Court of Richmond County to prevent, enjoin, abate, or remove such violations in addition to injunctive relief. All persons, firms, or

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corporations failing to comply with the mandatory provisions hereof or doing any act prohibited

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hereby shall be guilty of an offense and, upon conviction thereof, be fined not more than one

thousand dollars ( 1,000.00) or imprisoned for not more than sixty (60) days, or both, and, in

addition, shall pay all costs and expenses involved in the case. Each day such violation continues

shall be considered a separate offense. Nothing contained herein shall prevent the Commission from taking such other lawful action as is necessary to prevent or remedy any violation. 8-1-24 - - 8-1-28. RESERVED. Revised 8-1-17 to conform to State Model Flood Ordinance June 2017
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Updated Planning and Development Department / Map Repository address in 8-1-17 June 2017

********** Revised 8-1-16 to clarify to what areas this Chapter applies April 2019 Revised 8-1-17 so that Ordinance would not have to be readopted after adoption of the flood maps April 2019 Revised 8-1-18 to clarify to what areas are required to have a Development Permit per this Chapter Attachment number 1 \nPage 12 of 28

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ADMINISTRATION

8-1-29. DESIGNATION OF DIRECTOR. The Director of the Augusta Planning Development Department, or his / her designee, is hereby

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appointed to administer and implement the provisions of this Chapter.

8-1-30. PERMIT PROCEDURES. Application for a Development Permit shall be made to the Director on forms furnished by the
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community PRIOR to any development activities, and may include, but not be limited to the

following: plans in duplicate drawn to scale showing the elevations of the area in question and the nature, location, dimensions, of existing or proposed structures, earthen fill placement, storage of materials or equipment, and drainage facilities. Specifically, the following information is required:

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(a) Application Stage -

(1) Elevation in relation to mean sea level (or highest adjacent grade) of the lowest floor, including basement, of all proposed structures; (2) Elevation in relation to mean sea level to which any non-residential structure will be floodproofed; (3) Design certification from a registered professional engineer or architect that any proposed non-residential floodproofed structure will meet the floodproofing

criteria of Article 5, Section 8-1-44(b);

(4) Description of the extent to which any watercourse will be altered or relocated as a result of a proposed development, and;
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(b) Construction Stage -

For all new construction or substantial improvements, the permit holder shall provide to the Administrator a certified as-built FEMA Elevation Certificate or FEMA Floodproofing Certificate of the regulatory floor elevation or floodproofing level

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immediately after the lowest floor or floodproofing is completed. Any lowest floor

certification made relative to mean sea level shall be prepared by or under the direct supervision of a registered land surveyor or professional engineer and certified by same.

When floodproofing is utilized for non-residential structures, said certification shall be

prepared by or under the direct supervision of a professional engineer or architect and

certified by same. Any work undertaken prior to submission of these certifications shall be at the permit holder's risk. The Director shall review the above referenced certification data submitted. Deficiencies detected by such review shall be corrected by the permit holder immediately and prior to further progressive work being allowed to proceed. Failure to submit certification or Attachment number 1 \nPage 13 of 28

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failure to make said corrections required hereby, shall be cause to issue a Stop-Work

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Order for the project.

8-1-31. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE DIRECTOR

Duties of the Director, or his / her designee, shall include, but shall not be limited to:

(a) Review all Development Permits to assure that the permit requirements of this Chapter have been satisfied; (b) Review proposed development to assure that all necessary permits have been received from governmental agencies from which approval is required by Federal or State law, including Section 404 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act Amendments of 1972,
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U.S.C. 1334. Require that copies of such permits be provided and maintained on file.

(c) Review all permit applications to determine whether proposed building sites will be reasonably safe from flooding. (d) When Base Flood Elevation data or floodway data have not been provided in accordance with Article 3, Section 8-1-17, then the Director shall obtain, review, and reasonably utilize any base flood elevation and floodway data available from a Federal, State, or other sources in order to administer the provisions of Article 5.
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(e) Review and record the actual elevation in relation to mean sea level (or highest adjacent

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grade) of the lowest floor, including basement, of all new or substantially improved

structures in accordance with Article 4, Section 8-1-30(b).
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(f) Review and record the actual elevation, in relation to mean sea level to which any new or

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substantially improved structures have been floodproofed, in accordance with Article 4,

Section 8-1-30(b). (g) When floodproofing is utilized for a structure, the Director shall obtain certification of design criteria from a registered professional engineer or architect in accordance with Article 4, Section 8-1-30(a)(3) and Article 5, Section 8-1-44(b) or Article 5, Section 8-1- 48(b).
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(h) Make substantial damage determinations following a flood event or any other event that

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causes damage to structures in flood hazard areas. the Area of Special Flood Hazard.

(i) Notify adjacent communities and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources prior to

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any alteration or relocation of a watercourse and submit evidence of such notification to

the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
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(j) For any altered or relocated watercourse, submit engineering data/analysis within six (6)

months to the FEMA to ensure accuracy of community flood maps through the Letter of

Map Revision process. Assure flood carrying capacity of any altered or relocated watercourse is maintained. (k) Where interpretation is needed as to the exact location of boundaries of the Area of
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Special Flood Hazard (for example, where there appears to be a conflict between a

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mapped boundary and actual field conditions) the Director shall make the necessary

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interpretation. Any person contesting the location of the boundary shall be given a

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reasonable opportunity to appeal the interpretation as provided in this Chapter.

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(l) All records pertaining to the provisions of this Chapter shall be maintained in the office of

the Director and shall be open for public inspection. 8-1-32. VARIANCE PROCEDURES (a) The Zoning Board of Appeals as established by the Augusta Commission shall hear and decide requests for appeals or variance from the requirements of this Chapter. (b) The Zoning Board of Appeals shall hear and decide appeals when it is alleged an error in any requirement, decision, or determination is made by the Director in the enforcement or

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administration of this Chapter.

(c) Any person aggrieved by the decision of the Zoning Board of Appeals may appeal such
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decision to the Superior Court of Richmond County, Georgia, as provided in O.C.G.A.

Sec. 5-4-1; however all appeals shall be on record and shall not be de novo. (d) Variances may be issued for the repair or rehabilitation of Historic Structures upon a
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determination that the proposed repair or rehabilitation will not preclude the structure's

continued designation as a Historic Structure and the variance is the minimum to preserve

the historic character and design of the structure.
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(e) In reviewing such requests, the Zoning Board of Appeals shall consider all technical

evaluations, relevant factors, and all standards specified in this and other sections of this Chapter, and:

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(1) The danger that materials may be swept onto other lands to the injury of others;

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(2) The danger to life and property due to flooding or erosion damage;

(3) The susceptibility of the proposed facility and its contents to flood damage and the effect of such damage on the individual owner; (4) The importance of the services provided by the proposed facility to the community; (5) The necessity to the facility of a waterfront location, in the case of a functionally dependent facility;
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(6) The availability of alternative locations, not subject to flooding or erosion

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damage, for the proposed use;

(7) The compatibility of the proposed use with existing and anticipated development; (8) The relationship of the proposed use to the Comprehensive Plan and Floodplain Management Program for that area;
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(9) The safety of access to the property in times of flood for ordinary and emergency

vehicles;
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(10) The expected heights, velocity, duration, rate of rise, and sediment transport of

floodwaters and the effects of wave action, if applicable, expected at the site; and

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(11) The costs of providing governmental services during and after flood conditions,

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including maintenance and repair of public utilities and facilities such as sewer,

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gas, electrical, and water systems, and streets and bridges.

(f) Upon consideration of the factors listed above and the purposes of this Chapter, the

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Zoning Board of Appeals may attach such conditions to the granting of variances as it

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deems necessary to further the purposes of this Chapter.

(g) Variances shall not be issued within any designated floodway, or the lower floodway fringe, if ANY increase in flood levels (flood heights) during the base flood discharge would result. (h) Conditions for Variances: (1) The provisions of this Chapter are minimum standards for flood loss reduction,

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therefore any deviation from the standards must be weighed carefully. Variances

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