This chapter shall apply to all areas of special flood hazards within the jurisdiction of the Township of Stafford, Ocean County, New Jersey.
The areas of special flood hazard for the Township of Stafford, Community No. 340393, are identified and defined on the following documents prepared by the Federal Emergency Management Agency:
A scientific and engineering report "Flood Insurance Study, Ocean County, New Jersey (All Jurisdictions)" dated September 26, 2006;
Flood Insurance Rate Map for Ocean County, New Jersey (All Jurisdictions), as shown on Index and panels 0370, 0390, 0395, 0460, 0480, 0485, 0491, 0492, 0494, 0501, 0502, 0503, 0504, 0506, 0508, 0509, 0511, 0512, 0513, 0514, 0516, and 0518, whose effective date is September 26, 2006.
Best available flood hazard data. These documents shall take precedence over effective panels and FIS in construction and development regulations only. Where the effective mapping or base flood elevation conflict or overlap with the best available flood hazard data, whichever imposes the more stringent requirement shall prevail.
The above documents are hereby adopted and declared to be a part of this chapter. The Flood Insurance Study, maps and advisory documents are on file at 260 East Bay Avenue, Manahawkin, New Jersey.
No structure or land shall hereafter be constructed, relocated to, extended, converted, or altered without full compliance with the terms of this chapter and other applicable regulations. Violation of the provisions of this chapter by failure to comply with any of its requirements (including violations of conditions and safeguards established in connection with conditions) shall constitute a misdemeanor. Any person who violates this chapter or fails to comply with any of its requirements shall upon conviction thereof be fined not more than $1,250 or imprisoned for not more than 90 days, or both, for each violation and in addition shall pay all costs and expenses involved in the case. Nothing herein contained shall prevent the Township of Stafford from taking such other lawful action as is necessary to prevent or remedy any violation.
This chapter is not intended to repeal, abrogate, or impair any existing easements, covenants, or deed restrictions. However, where this chapter and other ordinance, easement, covenant, or deed restriction conflict or overlap, whichever imposes the more stringent restrictions shall prevail.
In the interpretation and application of this chapter, all provisions shall be:
The degree of flood protection required by this chapter is considered reasonable for regulatory purposes and is based on scientific and engineering considerations. Larger floods can and will occur on rare occasions. Flood heights may be increased by man-made or natural causes. This chapter does not imply that land outside the area of special flood hazards or uses permitted within such areas will be free from flooding or flood damages.
This chapter shall not create liability on the part of the Township of Stafford, any officer or employee thereof or the Federal Insurance Administration for any flood damages that result from reliance on this chapter or any administrative decision lawfully made thereunder.