Floodplain Development Regulations Update - Timeline

Timeline

Initiation: February 2020, FEMA published a Flood Hazard Determination adopting a new Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) and Flood Insurance Study (FIS) for Seattle

Phase 1 - Interim Floodplain Development Regulations:

  • Addressed the FEMA required changes to meet the requirements of the National Flood Insurance Program regulations in Title 44 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) sections 60.3.c, d, and e
  • FEMA review of draft interim regulations April - July 2020
  • City Council adopted Interim Floodplain Development Regulations July 20, 2020
  • Floodplain Development Regulations effective date August 23, 2020
  • Public Hearing on adopted Interim Floodplain Development Regulations September 9, 2020

Phase 2 - Permanent Floodplain Development Regulations - Fall / Winter 2020 and Winter 2021

  • Address items that were not required by FEMA but may facilitate easier implementation of the Floodplain Development Regulations
  • FEMA review of proposed changes to the interim Floodplain Development Regulations
  • SEPA process
  • Public comment period and public meetings

Phase 3 - Legislative Process and Adoption

  • City Council review and public hearing: Winter 2021

Effective: February 23, 2021: The permanent Floodplain Development Regulations are scheduled to take effect