16.52.020   Purpose.
   This chapter is adopted in order to comply with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) (implementing the National Flood Act of 1968, as amended), and federal regulations adopted thereunder for the purpose of promoting public health, safety and general welfare and to minimize public and private losses due to flood conditions in specific areas by provisions designed:
   (a)   To protect human life and health;
   (b)   To minimize the need for costly flood control projects, and to supplement the effectiveness of such projects;
   (c)   To minimize the need for rescue and relief efforts associated with flooding and generally undertaken at the expense of the general public;
   (d)   To minimize prolonged business interruptions;
   (e)   To minimize damage to public facilities and utilities such as water and gas mains, electric, telephone and sewer lines, streets and bridges located in areas of special flood hazard;
   (f)   To help maintain a stable tax base by providing for the sound use and development of areas of special flood hazard so as to minimize future blight areas;
   (g)   To ensure that potential buyers are notified that property is in an area of special flood hazard; and
   (h)   To ensure that those who occupy the areas of special flood hazard assume responsibility for their actions.
(Ord. 4557 § 1, 1999: Ord. 3795 § 1, 1988: Ord. 3158 § 1 (part), 1979)