(A)   Establishment of development permit. A development shall be obtained before construction or development begins within any area of special flood hazard established in § 152.02. The permit shall be special flood hazard established in § 152.02. The permit shall be for all structures including manufactured homes, as set forth in § 152.01, and for all other development including fill and other activities, also as set forth in § 152.01.
   (B)   Designation of the City Administrator. The City Administrator is hereby appointed to administer and implement this chapter by granting or denying development permit applications in accordance with it’s provisions.
   (C)   Duties and responsibilities of the City Administrator. Duties of the City Administrator shall include, but not be limited to:
      (1)   Permit review.
         (a)   Review all development permits to determine that the permit requirements have been satisfied;
         (b)   Review all development permits to determine that all necessary permits have been obtained from those federal, state, or local governmental agencies from which prior approval is required; and
         (c)   Review all development permits to determine if the proposed development is located in the floodway. If located in the floodway, assure that the encroachment provisions of § 152.04(C)(1) are met.
      (2)   Use of other base flood data. When base flood elevation data has not been provided in accordance with § 152.02, the City Administrator shall obtain, review, and reasonably utilize any base flood elevation and floodway data available from a federal, state, or other source, in order to administer § 152.04 (B)(1), (B)(2), and (C);
      (3)   Information to be obtained and maintained.
         (a)   Where base flood elevation data is provided through the Flood Insurance Study or required as in division (C)(2) above, obtain and record the actual elevation (in relation to mean sea level) of the lowest floor (including basement) of all new or substantially improved structures, and whether or not the structure contains a basement;
         (b)   For all new or substantially improved flood-proofed structures; verify and record the actual elevation (in relation to mean sea level); and
         (c)   Maintain for public inspection all records pertaining to the provisions of this chapter.
      (4)   Alteration of watercourses.
         (a)   Notify adjacent communities and State Water Resources Board prior to any alteration or relocation of a watercourse, and submit evidence of the notification to the Federal Insurance Administration; and
         (b)   Require that maintenance is provided within the altered or relocated portion of the watercourse so that the flood carrying capacity is not diminished.
      (5)   Interpretation of the FIRM boundaries. Make interpretations where needed, as to exact location of the boundaries of the areas of special flood hazards (for example, where there appears to be a conflict between a mapped boundary and actual field conditions); and/or
      (6)   Variance procedures. The City Council shall hear and decide appeals and requests for variances from the requirements of this chapter. The appeals shall be granted consistent with the standards of 44 C.F.R. 60.6 of the National Flood Insurance Program.
(Ord. 331, passed 11-9-1998)  Penalty, see § 10.99