Unless specifically defined below, words or phrases used in this title shall be interpreted so as to give them the meanings they have in common usage and to give this title its most reasonable application.
AREA OF SPECIAL FLOOD HAZARD: The land in the floodplain subject to a one percent (1%) or greater chance of flooding in any given year.
BASE FLOOD: The flood having a one percent (1%) chance of being equaled or exceeded in any given year.
DEVELOPMENT: Any manmade change to improved or unimproved real estate, including, but not limited to, buildings or other structures, mining, dredging, filling, grading, paving, excavation or drilling operations located within the area of special flood hazard.
FLOOD INSURANCE RATE MAP (FIRM): An official map of the community on which the federal emergency management agency has delineated areas of special flood hazard designated as zone A.
FLOOD OR FLOODING: A general and temporary condition of partial or complete inundation of normally dry land areas from:
   A.   The overflow of waters; and/or
   B.   The unusual and rapid accumulation or runoff of surface waters from any source.
MANUFACTURED HOME: A structure, transportable in one or more sections, which is built on a permanent chassis and is designed for use with or without a permanent foundation when attached to the required utilities. The term "manufactured home" does not include travel trailers, camper units, recreational vehicles, motor homes, or man camps.
STRUCTURE: A walled and roofed building or manufactured home that is principally aboveground.
SUBSTANTIAL IMPROVEMENT: A. Any reconstruction, rehabilitation, addition or other improvement of a structure, the cost of which equals or exceeds fifty percent (50%) of the market value of the structure before the "start of construction" of the improvement. This term includes structures which have incurred "substantial damage", regardless of the actual repair work performed.
   B.   The term does not, however, include either:
  1. Any project for improvement of a structure to correct existing violations of state or local health, sanitary or safety code specifications which have been identified by the local code enforcement official and which are the minimum necessary to assure safe living conditions; or
  2. Any alteration of a "historic structure"; provided, that the alteration will not preclude the structure's continued designation as a "historic structure". (1999 Code § 24-2-1; amd. Ord. 020912-01, 2-9-2012)