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The Wilmington Selectboard will hold a public hearing on the flood plain regulations on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 6:00 pm at Wilmington Town Hall. This document will replace the current regulations.

Table of Contents:

600.  Statutory Authorization and Effect………………………………………………………………………1

601.  Statement of Purpose……………………………………………………………………………………….1

602.  Other Provisions……………………………………………………………………………………………….1

603.  Lands to Which these Regulations Apply…………………………………………………………….. 2

604.  Administration………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 4

605.  Permit Application Guidelines……………………………………………………………………………..10

606.  Development in Regulated Flood Hazard Areas…………………………………………………….13

607.  Technical Provisions………………………………………………………………………………………….18

608.  Enforcement and Penalties………………………………………………………………………………….25

609.  Waivers………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 26

610.  Variances……………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 28

611. Definitions………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 30

Statement of Purpose:

1.     Implement the goals, policies, and recommendations in the current town plan;

2.     Avoid and minimize the loss of life and property, the disruption of commerce, the impairment of the tax base, and the extraordinary public expenditures and demands on public services that result from flooding related inundation and erosion;

3.     Ensure that the selection, design, creation, and use of development in flood hazard areas is accomplished in a manner that minimizes or eliminates the potential for flood and loss or damage to life and property in a flood hazard area and does not impair stream equilibrium, floodplain services, or the river corridor; and

4.     Manage all flood hazard areas designated pursuant to 10 V.S.A. Chapter 32 § 753, 24 V.S.A. Chapter 117 § 4424, and the local hazard mitigation plan; and make the Town of Wilmington, its citizens, and businesses eligible for federal flood insurance, federal disaster recovery funds, and hazard mitigation funds as may be available.

Lands to Which These Regulations Apply:

1.     The River Corridors and Small Stream 50-foot setbacks as published by the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources on the Natural Resources Atlas as the Statewide River Corridor Map Layer, and refinements to that data based on field-based assessments.  Together these areas are referred to as the “River Corridor” in this bylaw and are hereby adopted by reference and declared to be part of these regulations[1]; and

2.     The Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) in and on the Flood Insurance Study (FIS) and the accompanying Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) dated September 28, 2007, or the most recent revision thereof, issued by the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), National Flood Insurance Program, as provided by the Secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) pursuant to 10 V.S.A. Chapter 32 § 753, which are hereby adopted by reference and declared to be part of these regulations.  This includes all digital data developed as part of the FIS

A copy of the draft regulations can be viewed on the town website, http://wilmingtonvermont.us/documents/ordinances/. For questions call the Zoning Administrator, at 802-464-8591 ext 124.

 

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