(A)   It is the purpose of this chapter to promote public health, safety, and general welfare and to minimize public and private losses due to flood conditions within flood prone areas by provisions designed to:
      (1)   Restrict or prohibit uses that are dangerous to health, safety, and property due to water or erosion hazards or that result in damaging increases in erosion, flood heights or velocities;
      (2)   Require that uses vulnerable to floods, including facilities that serve such uses, be protected against flood damage at the time of initial construction;
      (3)   Control the alteration of natural floodplains, stream channels, and natural protective barriers, which are involved in the accommodation of flood waters;
      (4)   Control filling, grading, dredging, and all other development that may increase erosion or flood damage; and
      (5)   Prevent or regulate the construction of flood barriers that will unnaturally divert floodwaters or which may increase flood hazards to other lands.
   (B)   The objectives of this chapter are:
      (1)   To protect human life and health;
      (2)   To minimize expenditure of public money for costly flood control projects;
      (3)   To minimize the need for rescue and relief efforts associated with flooding and generally undertaken at the expense of the general public;
      (4)   To minimize prolonged business losses and interruptions;
      (5)   To minimize damage to public facilities and utilities (i.e. water and gas mains, electric, telephone, cable and sewer lines, streets, and bridges) that are located in flood prone areas;
      (6)   Minimize damage to private and public property due to flooding;
      (7)   Make flood insurance available to the community through the National Flood Insurance Program;
      (8)   Maintain the natural and beneficial functions of floodplains;
      (9)   To help maintain a stable tax base by providing for the sound use and development of flood prone areas; and
      (10)   To ensure that potential buyers are aware that property is in a special flood hazard area.
(‘85 Code, § 8-4.1) (Ord. 31, passed - - ; Am. Ord. 5-87, passed 3-24-87; Am. Ord. 03-01, passed 2-24-03; Am. Ord. 06-06, passed 5-22-06; Am. Ord. 18-13, passed 8-6-18)