Borough of Columbia, PA
Lancaster County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Columbia as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Existing structures, property maintenance and fire prevention — See Ch. 112.
Sewers and sewerage — See Ch. 173.
Subdivision and land development — See Ch. 190.
Zoning — See Ch. 220.
[Adopted 11-13-1972 by Ord. No. 489 (Ch. 41, Art. I, of the 1971 Code)]
The Borough of Columbia hereby evidences a positive interest in securing flood insurance coverage under the National Flood Insurance Program because of a clear danger of flooding and the resultant damage to property in the Borough of Columbia.
The Borough of Columbia will comply with the regulations of the National Flood Insurance Program:
A. 
To recognize and duly evaluate flood hazards and/or mudslide hazards in all official actions relating to land use in the areas having special flood hazards and/or mudslide hazards.
B. 
To take such other official action as may be reasonably necessary to carry out the objectives of the program. Such actions must include, but will not be limited to:
(1) 
Delineating or assisting the Administrator, at his request, in the delineation of the limits of the floodplain having special flood hazards and/or mudslide hazards on available local maps of sufficient scale to identify the location of building sites.
(2) 
Providing such information as the Administrator may request concerning present uses and occupancy of the floodplain and/or mudslide areas.
(3) 
Maintaining for public inspection and furnishing, upon request, with respect to each area having special flood hazards, information on elevations (in relation to mean sea level) of the lowest floors of all new or substantially improved structures and, where there is a basement, the distance between the first floor and the bottom of the lowest opening where water flowing on the ground will enter.
(4) 
Cooperating with federal, state and local agencies and private firms which undertake to study, survey, map and identify floodplain or mudslide areas as well as cooperation with neighboring jurisdictions with respect to management of adjoining floodplain or mudslide areas in order to prevent aggravation of the flooding problem.
C. 
To appoint or designate the Borough Secretary/Treasurer with the responsibility, authority and means to implement the commitment made herein and to submit, on each anniversary date of the community's eligibility, an annual report to the Administrator on the progress made during the past year within the community in the development and implementation of floodplain and/or mudslide area management measures.
[Adopted 11-13-1972 by Ord. No. 490 (Ch. 41, Art. II, of the 1971 Code)]
The Borough Council of the Borough of Columbia, beginning September 11, 1972, shall do the following:
A. 
Require building permits for all proposed construction or other improvements in the community.
B. 
Review all building permit applications for new construction or substantial improvements to determine whether proposed building sites will be reasonably safe from flooding. If a proposed building site is in a location which has a flood hazard, any proposed new construction or substantial improvement (including prefabricated and mobile homes) must:
(1) 
Be designed (or modified) and anchored to prevent flotation, collapse or lateral movement of the structure.
(2) 
Use construction materials and utility equipment that are resistant to flood damage.
(3) 
Use construction methods and practices that will minimize flood damage.
C. 
Review subdivision proposals and other proposed new developments to assure that:
(1) 
All such proposals are consistent with the need to minimize flood damage.
(2) 
All public utilities and facilities, such as sewer, gas, electrical and water systems, are located, elevated and constructed to minimize or eliminate flood damage.
(3) 
Adequate drainage is provided so as to reduce exposure to flood hazards.
D. 
Require new or replacement water supply systems and/or sanitary sewage systems to be designed to minimize or eliminate infiltration of floodwaters into the systems and discharges from the systems into floodwaters, and require on-site waste disposal systems to be located so as to avoid impairment of them or contamination from them during flooding.