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A. Establishment Of Development Permit: A development permit shall be obtained before any construction or other development begins within any area of special flood hazard established in subsection 12-1-3B of this chapter. Application for a development permit shall be made on forms furnished by the floodplain administrator and may include, but not be limited to: plans in duplicate drawn to scale showing the nature, location, dimensions and elevation of the area in question; existing or proposed structures, fill, storage of materials, drainage facilities; and the location of the foregoing. Specifically, the following information is required:
1. Proposed elevation in relation to mean sea level, of the lowest floor (including basement) of all structures; in zone AO, elevation of highest adjacent grade and proposed elevation of lowest floor of all structures; or
2. Proposed elevation in relation to mean sea level to which any structure will be floodproofed, if required in section 12-1-5 of this chapter; and
3. All appropriate certifications listed in subsection C of this section; and
4. Description of the extent to which any watercourse will be altered or relocated as a result of proposed development. (Ord. 95-001, 2-14-1995)
B. Designation Of Floodplain Administrator: The building official is hereby appointed to administer, implement and enforce this chapter by granting or denying development permits in accordance with its provisions. (Ord. 2012-003, 9-11-2012)
C. Duties And Responsibilities Of Floodplain Administrator: The duties and responsibilities of the floodplain administrator shall include, but not be limited to, the following:
1. Permit Review: Review all development permits to determine that:
a. Permit requirements of this chapter have been satisfied;
b. All other required state and federal permits shall have been obtained;
c. The site is reasonably safe from flooding; and
d. The proposed development does not adversely affect the carrying capacity of areas where base flood elevations have been determined but a floodway has not been designated. For purposes of this chapter, "adversely affects" means that the cumulative effect of the proposed development when combined with all other existing and anticipated development will increase the water surface elevation of the base flood more than one foot (1') at any point.
2. Review And Use Of Any Other Base Flood Data: When base flood elevation data has not been provided in accordance with subsection 12-1-3B of this chapter, the floodplain administrator shall obtain, review, and reasonably utilize any base flood elevation and floodway data available from a federal or state agency, or other source in order to administer section 12-1-5 of this chapter. Any such information shall be submitted to the city for adoption.
3. Notification Of Other Agencies: In alteration or relocation of a watercourse:
a. Notify adjacent communities and the California department of water resources prior to alteration or relocation;
b. Submit evidence of such notification to the federal insurance administration, federal emergency management agency; and
c. Assure that the flood carrying capacity within the altered or relocated portion of said watercourse is maintained.
4. Documentation Of Floodplain Development: Obtain and maintain for public inspection and make available as needed the following:
a. Certification required by subsection 12-1-5A3a of this chapter (floor elevations);
b. Certification required by subsection 12-1-5A3b of this chapter (elevation or floodproofing of nonresidential structures);
c. Certification required by subsection 12-1-5A3c of this chapter (wet floodproofing standard);
d. Certification of elevation required by subsection 12-1-5C1 of this chapter (subdivision standards);
e. Certification required by subsection 12-1-5F1 of this chapter (floodway encroachments);
5. Map Determinations: Make interpretations where needed as to the exact location of the boundaries of the areas of special flood hazard; for example, where there appears to be a conflict between a mapped boundary and actual field conditions. The person contesting the location of the boundary shall be given a reasonable opportunity to appeal the interpretation as provided in section 12-1-6 of this chapter.
6. Remedial Action: Take action to remedy violations of this chapter as specified in subsection 12-1-3C of this chapter.
D. Appeals: The city council shall hear and decide appeals when it is alleged there is an error in any requirement, decision, or determination made by the floodplain administrator in the enforcement or administration of this chapter. (Ord. 95-001, 2-14-1995)