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April 14, 2017

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Public Hearing for Proposed Floodplain Map and Code Amendments – Wednesday, April 19

Public Hearing for Proposed Floodplain Map and Code Amendments – Wednesday, April 19

The estimated start time of these agenda items is 3:30 p.m. Staff recommendation to the Planning Commission is available online

Boulder County, Colo. - Boulder County Transportation and the State of Colorado have completed the technical review and public outreach period for the draft floodplain maps developed by the Colorado Hazard Mapping Program (CHAMP) for ‘Phase 1’ major stream corridors in areas of unincorporated county Boulder County.

Staff are proposing to adopt these draft floodplain maps for local regulatory purposes. Ultimately, the revised floodplain mapping produced by the Colorado Water Conservation Board through CHAMP will be adopted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs). There will be no impact on flood insurance rates until that time.

Staff are also proposing changes to the floodplain regulations in Article 4-400 of the Boulder County Land Use Code. These code amendments focus on clarifying existing processes for adopting new floodplain data into the county’s Floodplain Overlay District, in addition to the existing FIRMs. Accurate floodplain studies and maps are a key component of the county’s floodplain management program, which seeks to protect the health, safety, and welfare of Boulder County residents in the event of future flood events.

The proposed zoning map and code amendments are the final step in Phase 1 of the remapping project. Boulder County has worked closely with the State of Colorado to ensure that the new maps reflect local conditions since the September 2013 flood, which changed the physical features of waterways throughout the county. In addition to proposed adoption of the maps into the county’s zoning map, the State of Colorado has submitted them to FEMA for review. This review will also include a public comment opportunity.

Planning Commission Public Hearing – 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 19 in the Boulder County Courthouse, Commissioners Hearing Room, 1325 Pearl St., Boulder, third floor

The estimated start time of these agenda items is 3:30 p.m. Due to the situational nature of these agenda items it is difficult for staff to provide accurate time estimates for each item. Please also note that items may be withdrawn or removed from the agenda for various reasons which would impact the timing of subsequent items. Staff may be able to provide a better estimate closer to the hearing date. Please contact with any questions.

Public Hearing

Staff will present the following and public testimony will be taken::

  • Land Use Code (the “Code”) text amendments to amend the county’s floodplain regulations, codified in Articles 4-400 et seq.; and,
  • Zoning map amendments for the Floodplain Overlay District (“FO District”), specifically the Boulder County Floodplain and Floodway, based upon the floodplain remapping of the Colorado Hazard Mapping Project (“CHAMP”), Federal Emergency Management Agency (“FEMA”) Risk MAP and other best available data.

Action Requested from Planning Commission: Recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners.

Additional information, including the staff recommendation and the Planning Commission agenda, is available on the Land Use Docket DC-17-0001 webpage. The meeting will be live-streamed via the Public Meetings, Hearings, Records, & Video Archives page.

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