The intent of this chapter is to:
Promote the general health, welfare, and safety of the community.
Encourage the utilization of appropriate construction practices in order to prevent or minimize flood damage in the future.
Minimize danger to public health by protection of water supply and natural drainage.
Reduce financial burdens imposed on the community, its governmental units, and its residents, by regulating development in areas subject to flooding.
Comply with federal and state floodplain management requirements applicable to special flood hazard areas, as identified in the Flood Insurance Rate Map, dated March 17, 2011, or the most recent revision thereof, by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
This chapter shall apply to special flood hazard areas, as identified in the Flood Insurance Rate Map, and future revisions thereof, issued by the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency.
It shall be unlawful for any person, partnership, business or corporation to undertake, or cause to be undertaken, any construction or development anywhere within the City unless a permit has been obtained from the Floodplain Administrator.
A permit shall not be required for minor repairs to existing buildings or structures.
This chapter supersedes and replaces the existing Floodplain Management Ordinance of the City as to the special flood hazard areas referred in § 230-3A above.
All standards and procedures regarding special flood hazard areas previously addressed by the City of Monessen Zoning Ordinance shall now be controlled exclusively by, and subject to, this Floodplain Management Ordinance.
If there is any conflict between any of the provisions of this chapter, the more restrictive shall apply.
If any section, subsection, paragraph, sentence, clause, or phrase of this chapter shall be declared invalid for any reason whatsoever, such a decision shall not affect the remaining portions of the Ordinance, which shall remain in full force and effect, and for this purpose the provisions of this chapter are hereby declared to be severable.
The degree of flood protection sought by the provisions of this chapter is considered reasonable for regulatory purposes and is based on acceptable engineering methods of study. Larger floods may occur or flood heights may be increased by man-made or natural causes, such as ice jams and bridge openings restricted by debris. This chapter does not imply that areas outside any identified floodplain areas, or that land uses permitted within such areas, will be free from flooding or flood damages.
This chapter shall not create liability on the part of the City or any officer or employee thereof for any flood damages that result from reliance on this chapter or any administrative decision lawfully made thereunder.