Floodplain Management Ordinance Update

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Floodplain Management Ordinance Update

Project Overview

The City has initiated text amendments to the City of St. Petersburg’s Land Development Regulations (“LDRs”) Chapter 16 related to the Floodplain Management Ordinance (FPM), to update and comply with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), to incorporate policy driven inspection and plan review requirements, and to promote consistency.

The ordinance that will be presented to City Council will also include a companion amendment to Chapter 8, (Building Code), adopting local technical amendments, to comply with the NFIP’s Community Rating System (CRS) Section 211 new requirements for reducing flood insurance premiums. All structures within a community will be required to comply with the freeboard elevation requirements including mobile homes. The City’s currently rated as a Class 5 community, with a 25% discount to all flood insurance premiums within the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA). Failure to adopt the new requirement will result in a reclassification from the current Class 5 back to a Class 9, and the current 25% discount will be eliminated.

Public Meeting Schedule

  • June 10, 2021 – City Council, 1st Reading (Tentative)
  • July 15, 2021 – City Council, 2nd Reading and Public Hearing (Tentative)