The Planning and Zoning Office has revised the regulations in order for the county to continue to participate in the National Flood Insurance Program.
Many of the revisions deal with housekeeping changes, such as adding detailed duties and responsibilities of the floodplain administrator, along with more definitions of flood-plain terms.
A new section on crawl spaces also includes new rules for foundation wall enclosures. New language in the regulations outlines required dimensions and drainage system requirements for crawl spaces.
A new chapter on regulated flood hazard areas within the lake and lakeshore protection zone notes that permitted projects regulated by the county lakeshore rules may also need to obtain a flood-plain development permit for activities the flood-plain administrator finds will have a significant impact on the regulated flood hazard area.
Flood-plain and flood-way regulations consist of local requirements for any development located in a special flood hazard area as identified on the flood insurance rate map.
"One result of officially adopting these new flood insurance rate map panels is that the
Flood-plain regulations are different from any other land-use regulations administered by the county because they are required to meet minimum state and federal requirements, Mussman said.
Written comments on the proposed revisions may be submitted in person, by mail at
A draft of the revisions is available at the Planning and Zoning Office and online at https://flathead.mt.gov/planning_zoning.
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