16.5.1   Lands to which this article applies. This article shall apply to all Special Flood Hazard Areas within the planning and zoning jurisdiction of the town, including extraterritorial jurisdictions.
   16.5.2   Basis for establishing the Special Flood Hazard Areas. The Special Flood Hazard Areas are those identified under the cooperating technical state (CTS) agreement between the state and FEMA, in its flood insurance study (FIS) dated December 6, 2019, for Granville County and associated DFIRM panels, including any digital data developed as part of the FIS, which are adopted by reference and declared a part of this article, and all revisions thereto after January 1, 2021. Future revisions to the FIS and DFIRM panels that do not change flood hazard data within the jurisdictional authority of the town are also adopted by reference and declared a part of this article. Subsequent letters of map revision (LOMRs) and/or physical map revisions (PMRs) shall be adopted within three months.
   16.5.3   Establishment of floodplain development permit. A floodplain development permit shall be required in conformance with the provisions of this article prior to the commencement of any development activities within Special Flood Hazard Areas determined in accordance with the provisions of division 16.5.2.
   16.5.4   Compliance. No structure or land shall hereafter be located, extended, converted, altered, or developed in anyway without full compliance with the terms of this article and other applicable regulations.
   16.5.5   Abrogation and greater restrictions. This article is not intended to repeal, abrogate, or impair any existing easements, covenants, or deed restrictions. However, where this article and another conflict or overlap, whichever imposes the more stringent restrictions shall prevail.
   16.5.6   Interpretation. In the interpretation and application of this article, all provisions shall be:
   (A)   Considered as minimum requirements;
   (B)   Liberally construed in favor of the governing body; and
   (C)   Deemed neither to limit nor repeal any other powers granted under state statutes.
   16.5.7   Warning and disclaimer of liability. The degree of flood protection required by this article is considered reasonable for regulatory purposes and is based on scientific and engineering considerations. Larger floods can and will occur. Actual flood heights may be increased by man-made or natural causes. This article does not imply that land outside the Special Flood Hazard Areas, or uses permitted within such areas, will be free from flooding or flood damages. This article shall not create liability on the part of the town, or by any officer or employee thereof, for any flood damages that result from reliance on this article, or any administrative decision lawfully made hereunder.
   16.5.8   Penalties for violation. Violation of the provisions of this article 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 constitute a Class 1 misdemeanor pursuant to G.S. § 143-215.58. Any person who violates this article or fails to comply with any of its requirements shall, upon conviction thereof, be fined not more than $100 or imprisoned for not more than 30 days, or both. Each day such violation continues shall be considered a separate offense. Nothing contained herein shall prevent the town from taking such other lawful action as is necessary to prevent or remedy any violation.
(Ord. A.19.08, passed 11-7-2019)