1725.07  ADMINISTRATION.
   (a)    Designation of Floodplain Administrator. The City Engineer is hereby appointed as Floodplain Administrator and is vested with the responsibility, authority, and means to implement this article. Within one year of appointment, the Floodplain Administrator must attend the state or FEMA sponsored NFIP Class 273, Managing Floodplain Development, and remain current with state required continuing education annual training, including West Virginia Code 15-5-20a. In the absence of a formally appointed Floodplain Administrator, the duties set forth in this article for the Floodplain Administrator shall be temporarily fulfilled by the Building Inspector or Mayor.
   The Floodplain Administrator shall administer and implement this article by granting or denying floodplain development permits in accordance with its provisions. The Floodplain Administrator shall also be responsible for submitting all required reports to FEMA concerning participation in the National Flood Insurance Program.
   (b)    Development Permits and Site Plan Approvals Required. It shall be unlawful for any contractor, person, partnership, business, limited liability company, corporation, or other entity to undertake, or cause to be undertaken, any development or the new construction, substantial improvement, repair of substantial damage, or the placement or relocation of any structure, including manufactured homes, within the City of South Charleston unless a permit application and standard site plan has been completed, and a permit has been obtained from the Floodplain Administrator. In addition, where land that is either partially or fully in the special flood hazard area is to be subdivided, utilized for a manufactured home park or subdivision, or otherwise developed, a detailed site plan must be submitted to, and approved by, the Floodplain Administrator prior to any development.
   (c)    Approval of Permits and Plans.
      (1)   (A)    The Floodplain Administrator shall review, or shall cause to be reviewed, all permit applications and plans within 90 days from the permit application submission date in order to determine whether the proposed development is reasonably safe from flooding. Further, the Floodplain Administrator shall review all objections, comments, protest letters, and other writings submitted in opposition of said floodplain permit application and give due consideration to the same before granting or denying said permit.
         (B)    All permits and plans shall be approved only after it has been determined that the proposed work to be undertaken will be in conformance with the requirements of this article and of other applicable federal, state, and local laws, ordinances, rules, and regulations. Nevertheless, approval of a permit shall not be construed as a representation that an applicant met all legal requirements.
         (C)    The Floodplain Administrator shall not issue a permit to any person who does not possess a valid contractor's license when a contractor's license is required by West Virginia Code 21-11-7.
         (D)    The Floodplain Administrator, before issuance of the permit, shall require the applicant to furnish satisfactory proof that such person is duly licensed as a contractor under of West Virginia law. If the applicant is not licensed under West Virginia Code 21-11-6, a written affidavit that such person is not subject to licensure requirements as a contractor or subcontractor as defined in West Virginia Code 21-11-6 shall be provided to the Floodplain Administrator and placed in the official floodplain permit application file.
         (E)    The Floodplain Administrator shall require and keep on file copies of any documentation pertaining to the permit from any other governmental agencies. This information shall be maintained for the life span of the development.
         (F)    The Floodplain Administrator shall provide a copy of all permits to the county assessor as required by West Virginia Code 11-3-3a and provide a copy of all floodplain permits for new structures to the county E-911 addressing coordinator.
      (2)    After the filing of an application for a floodplain permit and receiving a properly and timely filed objection to the issuance of a floodplain permit application, but prior to the Floodplain Administrator's decision to grant or deny the same, the Floodplain Administrator may, in his or her sole discretion, hold a public meeting wherein evidence can be taken and given by interested persons or parties. Said meeting should be recorded or have a court reporter present to record all testimony and receive all exhibits and evidence. Said meeting notice shall be mailed by certified mail, return receipt requested, to the permit applicant and to the objecting person or entity and placed upon the agenda of a regularly scheduled City Council meeting announcing the date, time, and place of said meeting at least 10 calendar days from the meeting notice. Costs and expenses of the court reporter may be charged to the objecting person or entity, the applicant, or both. The meeting transcript and exhibits presented, if any, shall be filed in the official floodplain application permit file.
   (d)   Application Procedures. All applications for a permit, a site plan approval, or both shall be filed, in writing, in duplicate, on the forms supplied by the Floodplain Administrator and shall include all information stipulated in Section 1725.05.
   (e)    Changes.  After the issuance of a floodplain permit or site plan approval by the Floodplain Administrator, no changes of any kind shall be made to the application, permit, or any of the plans, specification, or other documents submitted with the application without the written consent and approval of the Floodplain Administrator.
   (f)    Permit Placards. The Floodplain Administrator shall issue a permit placard, which shall be prominently displayed on the subject property during the time development is in progress. This placard shall show the number of the permit, state the date of its issuance, and be signed by the Floodplain Administrator.
   (g)    Start of Construction; Time Extension.  Work on the proposed development shall begin within 180 days after the date of issuance of the floodplain permit or the floodplain permit shall expire unless a time extension request made in writing to the Floodplain Administrator and filed in the official floodplain permit application file is granted, in writing, by the Floodplain Administrator after a showing by the applicant of "justifiable delay" not caused by the negligence or lack of due diligence of the applicant. Any extension of the 180-day start of construction timeframe shall only be granted if the permit holder can demonstrate compliance with this article at the time the extension is granted. All work on the proposed development must be completed within 18 months of permit issuance, at which time the permit shall expire, unless a time extension made in writing to the Floodplain Administrator and filed in the official floodplain permit file is granted in writing by the Floodplain Administrator. The request for a time extension shall be in writing and shall state the reasons for the extension. When considering an extension, the Floodplain Administrator shall consider the following criteria:
      (1)    Has the applicant diligently pursued the completion of the proposed development during the 18 months after the date of issuance of the floodplain permit?
      (2)    Will the granting of the extension be detrimental to public safety, health, or welfare, or injurious to other property?
   (h)    Stop Work Orders, Inspections, and Revocations.
      (1)    Stop work orders.
         (A)    The Floodplain Administrator shall issue, or cause to be issued, a stop work order notice for any development found ongoing without having obtained a floodplain permit. Disregard of a stop work order notice shall subject the violator to the penalties described in Subsection 1725.08(d).
         (B)    The Floodplain Administrator shall issue, or cause to be issued, a stop work order notice for any development found non-compliant with the provisions of this article or the conditions of the floodplain permit. Disregard of a stop work order notice shall subject the violator to the penalties described in Subsection 1725.08(d).
         (C)    In the event that the Floodplain Administrator issues a stop work order notice, the floodplain permit shall be stayed pending a determination of whether a violation actually occurred and, if applicable, abatement of the alleged violation, whichever occurs first.
         (D)    In the event of an appeal on a floodplain permit, the Floodplain Administrator shall immediately issue a stop work order notice that shall remain in effect until a resolution of said appeal.
      (2)    Inspections and revocations.
         (A)    During the development period, the Floodplain Administrator, as well as any other authorized county, state, or federal government officials, may inspect the premises to determine that the work is progressing in compliance with the information provided on the floodplain permit application, this article, and with other applicable federal, state, and local laws, ordinances, rules, and regulations.
         (B)   If the Floodplain Administrator discovers that the work does not comply with the floodplain permit application or this article, or that there has been a false statement or misrepresentation by any applicant in the permitting process, the Floodplain Administrator shall issue a stop work order notice, revoke the permit, and request a temporary injunction in the Circuit Court of Kanawha County. The Floodplain Administrator shall notify any appropriate agency or authority if the Floodplain Administrator finds a violation of any non-floodplain law, ordinance, rule, or regulation.
         (C)    The Floodplain Administrator, as well as any other authorized county, state, or federal government officials, may inspect any development covered by this or previous floodplain ordinances to determine whether any portion of the development has been altered to be non-compliant with the requirements of this or other codified ordinances.
   (i)   Certificate of Compliance.
      (1)    In the special flood hazard area it shall be unlawful to occupy, or to permit the use of occupancy, of any building or premises, or both, or part thereof hereafter created, erected, installed, changed, converted, or wholly or partly altered or enlarged in its use or structure, until a certificate of compliance has been issued by the Floodplain Administrator stating that the building or land conforms to the requirements of this article. Occupying or using a building or premises in violation of this subdivision shall subject the violator to the penalties described in Subsection 1725.08(d).
      (2)    In the special flood hazard area it shall be unlawful to inspect and approve a permanent utility connection to any building or premises, or both, or part thereof hereafter created, erected, installed, or rebuilt until the utility inspector is in possession of a copy of the certificate of compliance issued by the Floodplain Administrator stating that the particular development being inspected conforms to the requirements of this article. Inspection and approval of utilities in violation of this subdivision shall subject the violator to the penalties described in Subsection 1725.08(d).
      (3)    In the special flood hazard area it shall be unlawful to install a permanent utility connection to any building or premises, or both, or part thereof hereafter created, erected, installed, or rebuilt, until a certificate of compliance has been issued by the Floodplain Administrator stating that the development conforms to the requirements of this article. Installation of utilities in violation of this subdivision shall subject the violator to the penalties described in Subsection 1725.08(d).
      (4)    A certificate of compliance shall be issued by the Floodplain Administrator upon satisfactory completion of all development in the special flood hazard area.
      (5)    Issuance of the certificate of compliance shall be based upon the inspection conducted as prescribed in this article and any finished construction elevation certificate, hydraulic data, flood proofing certificate, or encroachment analyses which may have been required as a condition of the floodplain permit approval process.
   (j)    Fees. No additional floodplain determination fee is being assessed at this time.
(Ord. 2261.  Passed 8-16-18.)