Supervisors make minor changes to flood prevention ordinance

Revisions to Yavapai County's Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance, which the Board of Supervisors approved July 17, are mainly "housekeeping" items and clarifications, says Development Services Director Ken Spedding.

"No additional regulatory requirements were added to the ordinance," Spedding said.

The director said officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Arizona Department of Water Resources visit Yavapai County every five years.

Spedding said the visitors reviewed the county's flood control ordinance and flood control sites then gave the county a report comparing the county's ordinance to the State Model Ordinance and listing any discrepancies.

"Basically, the amendments are the result of changes to federal or state guidelines," Spedding said.

He said the group identified a need for additional definitions in the county ordinance.

"There were some things we were already doing that they wanted clarified. They wanted things spelled out," the director said.

Spedding said the county would no longer use Flood Hazard Boundary Maps in favor of Flood Insurance Rate Map panels.

Spedding said the county should receive new FIRM maps from FEMA by late September or early October.

Along with more definitions, the revised ordinance has instructions on dealing with violations, including the required action by the floodplain administrator.

The ordinance also lists construction standards for building garages and low-cost accessory structures, as well as for subdivisions and other proposed developments in special flood hazard areas.

"There is nothing different than what we are currently regulating. It is just spelled out," Spedding said. "There is no effect on the public. There is no effect on the way we regulate the floodplain and there are no additional requirements," Spedding said.

The complete text of the Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance is available at www.co.yavapai.az.us.