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Floodplain Development Regulations Update - Timeline

Floodplain Development Regulations

Timeline

Initiation: February 2020, FEMA published a Flood Hazard Determination adopting a new Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) and Flood Insurance Study (FIS) for Seattle

Phase 1 - Interim Floodplain Development Regulations:

  • Addressed the FEMA required changes to meet the requirements of the National Flood Insurance Program regulations in Title 44 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) sections 60.3.c, d, and e
  • FEMA review of draft interim regulations April in July 2020
  • City Council adopted Interim Floodplain Development Regulations on July 20, 2020
  • Floodplain Development Regulations effective date of August 23, 2020
  • Public Hearing on adopted Interim Floodplain Development Regulations on September 9, 2020

Phase 2 - Extension of Interim Floodplain Development Regulations, Fall 2020/Winter 2021:

  • City Council Land Use and Neighborhoods Committee briefing on extending the Interim Floodplain Development Regulations on December 13, 2020
  • Public Hearing on adopted Interim Floodplain Development Regulations on January 13, 2021  

Phase 3 - Permanent Floodplain Development Regulations, 2021/2022:

  • Address items that were not required by FEMA but may facilitate easier implementation of the Floodplain Development Regulations
  • Conduct analysis on properties that are mapped by SPU as "flood prone" but not mapped by FEMA to determine if additional areas need to be included in the regulations
  • FEMA review of proposed changes to the interim Floodplain Development Regulations
  • SEPA process including July 2021 appeal
  • Public comment period and public meetings

Phase 4 - Extension of Interim Floodplain Development Regulations, Winter 2022: 

  • City Council Land Use and Neighborhoods Committee briefing and Public Hearing on extending the Interim Floodplain Development Regulations on February 9, 2022

Phase 5 - Legislative Process and Adoption of Permanent Floodplain Development Regulations:

  •  City Council review and public hearing in Fall 2022

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