A floodplain development permit ("permit") shall be obtained before construction or development begins within any special flood hazard area established in subsection 12-1-4B, "Basis For Establishing Special Flood Hazard Areas", of this chapter. Application for a permit shall be made on forms furnished by the city and may include, but not be limited to, plans in duplicate drawn to scale showing the nature, location, dimensions, and elevations of the area in question; existing or proposed structures, fill, storage of materials, drainage facilities; and the location of the foregoing. The administrator may require certification of any of these requirements by a professional engineer or architect as he or she deems necessary.
   A.   Specific Requirements: The applicant must provide the following information:
      1.   The elevation, in relation to the mean sea level, of the lowest floor (including the basement) of all new and substantially improved structures;
      2.   The elevation, in relation to the mean sea level, to which any structure has been floodproofed;
      3.   Certification by a registered professional engineer or architect that the floodproofing methods for any nonresidential structure meet the floodproofing criteria of this chapter; and
      4.   A description of the extent to which any watercourses will be altered or relocated as a result of the proposed development.
   B.   Approval Or Denial: Approval or denial of a permit by the administrator shall be based on the provisions and intent of this chapter and the following relevant factors:
      1.   The danger to life and property due to flooding or erosion damage;
      2.   The susceptibility of the proposed facility and its contents to flood damage and the effect of such damage on the individual owner;
      3.   The danger that materials may be swept onto other lands to the injury of others;
      4.   The compatibility of the proposed use with existing and anticipated development;
      5.   The safety of access to the property in times of flood for ordinary and emergency vehicles;
      6.   The costs of providing governmental services during and after flood conditions including maintenance and repair of streets and bridges, and public utilities and facilities such as sewer, gas, electrical and water systems;
      7.   The expected heights, velocity, duration, rate of rise and sediment transport of the floodwaters and the effects of wave action, if applicable, expected at the site;
      8.   The necessity to the facility of a waterfront location, where applicable;
      9.   The availability of alternative locations, not subject to flooding or erosion damage, for the proposed use;
      10.   The relationship of the proposed use to the comprehensive plan and floodplain management plan for that area; and
      11.   The importance of the services provided by the proposed facility to the community. (Ord. 07-16, 7-10-2007)