In order to accomplish its purposes, this chapter uses the following methods:
   (A)   Restrict or prohibit uses that are dangerous to health, safety or property in times of flood, or cause excessive increases in flood heights or velocities;
   (B)   Require that uses vulnerable to floods, including facilities which serve such uses, be protected against flood damage at the time of initial construction;
   (C)   Control the alteration of natural floodplains, stream channels, and natural protective barriers which are involved in the accommodation of floodwaters;
   (D)   Control filling, grading, dredging and other development which may increase flood damage;
   (E)   Prevent or regulate the construction of flood barriers which will unnaturally divert floodwaters or which may increase flood hazards to other lands;
   (F)   Preserve trees and natural vegetation as a method to manage water runoff and erosion caused by development through the utilization of leaf canopies to reduce erosion caused by falling precipitation, by providing and preserving open ground cover where falling precipitation collects and evaporates, and by providing and preserving roots systems that absorb water and create conditions in the soil that promote infiltration and reduce erosion.
(Ord. 080902A, passed 9-2-2008; Ord. 200825A, 8-25-2020)