§ 153.081  VARIANCES.
   (A)   The county may grant a variance from technical requirements of this chapter provided the variance is consistent with sound floodplain management.
   (B)   A variance may be granted upon:
      (1)   A showing of good and sufficient cause;
      (2)   A determination that failure to grant a variance would result in exceptional hardship;
      (3)   A determination that the granting of a variance will not result in increased flood heights, additional threats to public safety, extraordinary public expense, create nuisances, cause fraud on, or victimization of the public, or conflict with existing local and state laws or ordinances; and
      (4)   A determination that the proposed structure or other development is protected by methods to minimize flood damages.
   (C)   The variance granted shall be the minimum necessary, considering the flood hazard, to afford relief and may contain specific conditions.
   (D)   In considering a variance application, comments from the NFIP Coordinating Office, Maryland Department of the Environment, shall be taken into account and maintained with the permit file.
   (E)   A variance may not be granted for the review process in this chapter.
   (F)   A letter shall be sent by the county to the applicant indicating the terms of the variance. If quantifiable and applicable, a statement relating the increased risk to life and property in granting the variance, and the increased premium rates for flood insurance coverage in any case in which the National Flood Insurance Program minimum regulations are not met will be included.
(2004 Code, § 114-16)  (Ord. 04-04, passed 4-5-2004; Ord. 2014-10, passed 10-30-2014; Ord. 2015-07, passed 9-3-2015)