(a)   Lands to Which This Chapter Applies.  This chapter shall apply to all areas of special flood hazard within the jurisdiction of the City of Portsmouth as identified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, including any additional flood hazard areas annexed by the City that are not identified on the effective Flood Insurance Rate Map.
(Ord.  1998-139.  Passed 9-28-98.)
   (b)   Basis for Establishing the Areas of Special Flood Hazard.  The areas of special flood hazard have been identified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in a scientific and engineering report entitled “Flood Insurance Study Scioto County, Ohio and Incorporated Areas” dated April 18, 2011.  This study, with accompanying “Flood Insurance Rate Map Scioto County, Ohio and Incorporated Areas” dated April 18, 2011, and any revisions thereto, are hereby adopted by reference and declared to be part of this chapter.
(Ord. 2010-74.  Passed 12-27-10.)
   (c)   Compliance.  No structure or land shall hereafter be located, erected, constructed, repaired, extended, converted, enlarged or altered without full compliance with the terms of this chapter and all other applicable regulations which apply to uses within the jurisdiction of this chapter, unless specifically exempted from filing for a development permit as stated in Section 1315.04(b), Exemption from Filing a Development Permit.
   (d)   Abrogation and Greater Restrictions.  This chapter is not intended to repeal, abrogate, or impair any existing easements, covenants, or deed restrictions. However, where this chapter and other ordinance, easement, covenant, or deed restriction conflict or overlap, whichever imposes the more stringent restrictions shall prevail.
   (e)   Interpretation.  In the interpretation and application of this chapter, all provisions shall be:
      (1)   Considered as minimum requirements;
      (2)   Liberally construed in favor of the governing body; and,
      (3)   Deemed neither to limit nor repeal any other powers granted under state statutes. Where a provision of this chapter may be in conflict with a state law, such state law shall take precedence over the chapter.
   (f)   Warning and Disclaimer of Liability.  The degree of flood protection required by this chapter is considered reasonable for regulatory purposes and is based on scientific and engineering considerations. Larger floods can and will occur on rare occasions. Flood heights may be increased by man-made or natural causes. This chapter does not imply that land outside the areas of special flood hazard or uses permitted within such areas will be free from flooding or flood damage. This chapter shall not create liability on the part of the City of Portsmouth, any officer or employee thereof, or the Federal Emergency Management Agency, for any flood damage that results from reliance on this chapter or any administrative decision lawfully made thereunder.  (Ord. 1998-139.  Passed 9-28-98.)