This chapter shall apply to all areas of special flood hazards within the jurisdiction of the City of Clifton, Passaic County, New Jersey.
The areas of special flood hazard for the City of Clifton, Community No. 340398, are identified and defined on the following documents prepared by the Federal Emergency Management Agency:
A scientific and engineering report, "Flood Insurance Study, Passaic County, New Jersey (All Jurisdictions)," dated September 28, 2007.
Flood Insurance Rate Map for Passaic County, New Jersey (All Jurisdictions) as shown on index and panel numbers 0214, 0218, 0219, 0238, 0252, 0256, 0257, 0258, 0259, 0276, 0278, whose effective date is September 28, 2007.
The above documents are hereby adopted and declared to be a part of this chapter. The Flood Insurance Study and maps are on file at the Clifton City Engineer's Office, 900 Clifton Avenue, Clifton, New Jersey 07013.
No structure or land shall hereafter be constructed, located, extended, converted, or altered without full compliance with the terms of this chapter and other applicable regulations. Failure to comply with any of the provisions of this chapter (including, but not limited to, violations of conditions and safeguards established in connection with conditions) shall constitute a violation. 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. Nothing herein contained shall prevent the City of Clifton 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 chapters, ordinances, easements, covenants, or deed restrictions 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 City of Clifton, 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.