City of Spokane

Spokane Municipal Code

Title 17E
Chapter 17E.030
Section 17E.030.080

Title 17E Environmental Standards

Chapter 17E.030 Floodplain Management

Section 17E.030.080 Duties and Responsibilities of the Local Administrator
  1. The duties and responsibilities of the local administrator shall include, but not be limited to, review of all development permits to determine:
    1. that the permit requirements of this chapter have been satisfied, all necessary information has been provided for a determination that the application is counter complete;
    1. that all necessary permits have been obtained from those federal, state, or local governmental agencies from which prior approval is required; and
    1. if the proposed development is located in the floodway. If located in the floodway, assure that the encroachment provisions of SMC 17E.030.160 are met.
    1. if the proposed development complies with the policies, provisions, and requirements of the shoreline master program, as now or hereafter amended.
  1. Use of Other Base Flood Data in “A” Zones.

When base flood elevation data has not been provided (“A” Zones) in accordance with SMC 17E.030.050, the local administrator shall obtain, review, and reasonably utilize any base flood elevation and floodway data available from a federal, state, or other source in order to administer SMC 17E.050.140 and SMC 17E.050.160.

  1. Information to be Obtained and Maintained.
    1. Where base flood elevation data is provided through the flood insurance study, FIRM, or required as in subsection (B) of this section, the local administrator shall record the actual elevation (in relation to mean sea level) of the lowest floor (including basement) of all new or substantially improved structures, and whether or not the structure contains a basement.
    1. For all new or substantially improved flood-proofed structures where base flood elevation data is provided through the flood insurance study, FIRM, or as required in the subsection above, the local administrator shall:
      1. obtain and record the elevation (in relation to mean sea level) to which the structure was flood proofed, and
      1. maintain the flood proofing certifications required in SMC 17E.030.060.
    1. The local administrator shall maintain for public inspection all records pertaining to the provisions of this chapter.
  1. Alteration of Watercourses.
    1. The local administrator shall notify adjacent communities and the Washington state department of ecology prior to any alteration or relocation of a watercourse, and submit evidence of such notification to the Federal Insurance Administration.
    1. The local administrator shall require that maintenance is provided within the altered or relocated portion of the watercourse so that the flood carrying capacity is not diminished.
  1. Interpretation of FIRM Boundaries.

The local administrator shall make interpretations where needed, as to exact location of the boundaries of the areas of special flood hazards (for example, where there appears to be a conflict between a mapped boundary and actual field conditions). The person contesting the location of the boundary shall be given a reasonable opportunity to appeal the interpretation as provided in SMC 17E.030.090.

Date Passed: Monday, April 25, 2011

Effective Date: Friday, June 3, 2011

ORD C34718 Section 1