A.   Findings Of Fact:
      1.   The flood hazard areas of South Weber City are subject to periodic inundation which results in loss of life and property, health and safety hazards, disruption of commerce and governmental services, and extraordinary public expenditures for flood protection and relief, all of which adversely affect the public health, safety and general welfare.
      2.   These flood losses are created by the cumulative effect of obstructions in floodplains which cause an increase in flood heights and velocities, and by the occupancy of flood hazard areas by uses vulnerable to floods and hazardous to other lands because they are inadequately elevated, floodproofed or otherwise protected from flood damage.
   B.   Statement Of Purpose: It is the purpose of this chapter to promote the public health, safety, and general welfare of the residents of South Weber, Utah, and to minimize public and private losses due to flood conditions in specific areas by provisions designed:
      1.   To protect human life and health;
      2.   To minimize expenditure of public money for costly flood control projects;
      3.   To minimize the need for rescue and relief efforts associated with flooding and generally undertaken at the expense of the general public;
      4.   To minimize prolonged business interruptions;
      5.   To minimize damage to the public facilities and utilities such as water and gas mains, electric, telephone and sewer lines, streets and bridges located in special flood hazard areas;
      6.   To help maintain a stable tax base by providing for the sound use and development of special flood hazard areas so as to minimize future flood blight areas;
      7.   To ensure that potential buyers are notified that property is in a special flood hazard area; and
      8.   To ensure that those who occupy a special flood hazard area assume responsibility for their actions.
   C.   Methods Of Reducing Flood Losses: In order to accomplish its purposes, this title includes methods and provisions for:
      1.   Restricting or prohibiting uses which are dangerous to health, safety, and property due to water or erosion hazards, or which result in damaging increases in erosion or in flood heights or velocities;
      2.   Requiring that uses vulnerable to floods, including facilities which serve such uses, be protected against flood damage at the time of initial construction;
      3.   Controlling the alteration of natural floodplains, stream channels, and natural protective barriers, which help accommodate or channel floodwaters;
      4.   Controlling filling, grading, dredging, and other development which may increase flood damage; and
      5.   Preventing or regulating the construction of flood barriers which will unnaturally divert floodwaters or which may increase flood hazards in other areas. (Ord. 07-16, 7-10-2007)