(A)   Statutory authorization.  The legislature of the state has, in M.S. Ch. 103F and 462, as  they may be amended from time to time, delegated the responsibility to local government units to adopt regulations designed to minimize flood losses. Therefore, the City Council does ordain the following subchapter.
   (B)   Purpose.
      (1)   This subchapter regulates development in the flood hazard areas of the city. These flood hazard areas are subject to periodic inundation, which may result in loss of life and property, health and safety hazards, disruption of commerce and governmental services, extraordinary public expenditures for flood protection and relief, and impairment of the tax base. It is the purpose of this subchapter to promote the public health, safety and general welfare by minimizing these losses and disruptions.
      (2)   National flood insurance program compliance. This subchapter is adopted to comply with the rules and regulations of the National Flood Insurance Program codified as 44 C.F.R. parts 59 - 78, as amended, so as to maintain the community’s eligibility in the National Flood Insurance Program.
      (3)   This subchapter is also intended to preserve the natural characteristics and functions of watercourses and floodplains in order to moderate flood and stormwater impacts, improve water quality, reduce soil erosion, protect aquatic and riparian habitat, provide recreational opportunities, provide aesthetic benefits, and enhance community and economic development.
(Ord. 10-18-01, passed - -2018)