LMT Floodplain Management Ordinance & FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program
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LMT Floodplain Management Ordinance & FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program
At their July 16, 2016 meeting, the Lower Makefield Township Board of Supervisors adopted a new Floodplain Management Ordinance (Ordinance #396). The Floodplain Ordinance was prepared and adopted in accordance with the requirements of FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The Ordinance can be viewed at the following links:
Chapter 200: Zoning
§ 200-53 Floodplain Definitions and General Provisions
- 200-54 Floodplain Administration
- 200-55 Identification of Floodplain Areas
- 200-56 Floodplain Technical Provisions
- 200-57 Floodplain Prohibited Activities with No Variance Granted
- 200-58 Existing Structures in Identified Floodplain Areas
- 200-59 Floodplain Variances
Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) are available for review at the Lower Makefield Township Municipal Building Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., or can be searched for and viewed online at the FEMA Map Service Center: https://msc.fema.gov/portal
Flood Insurance Studies, Elevation Certificates, Letters of Map Amendment and historic Flood Insurance Rate Maps are also available for review.
Community Rating System Participation
On May 1, 2016, Lower Makefield Township was accepted into the CRS Program which will provide the opportunity for discounted Flood Insurance Premiums to the residents. At the May 18, 2016 Board of Supervisors Meeting, a FEMA representative presented a plaque to the Township commemorating the Township’s entrance into the CRS Program.
The CRS Rating of 7 qualifies the owners of homes and businesses mapped within the A and AE Flood Zone for a 15% discount on their Flood Insurance Policy premium upon renewal or the initiation of their policy.
Lower Makefield Township provides assistance to all property owners, lenders, realtors, and builders through the following services:
- Help you determine whether parcels located in the Township are affected by floodplains
- Review Flood maps and other information
- Provide Elevation Certificate, flood depth and property data
- Answer questions about flood insurance
- Conduct site visits to assist with localized flooding issues
- Answer questions about building projects in the floodplain
You should consider taking advantage of this service prior to offering any property for sale or for construction. Stop by the Planning Department at the Township offices or call 267-274-1123 if you need assistance from our Professional Engineers or Certified Floodplain Managers.
The Bucks County Parcel & Floodplain Viewer contains GIS mapping resources that contain the following layers that are useful when evaluating a property:
- Floodplains (FEMA)
- National Wetlands Inventory (USFWS)
- Parcels (tax data)
- Municipal Zoning
- Current and Historic Imagery
Flood Protection Information and Resources
The Bucks County Free Library Yardley-Makefield Branch now has the following FEMA Publications regarding Flood Protection available at the Front Desk and at the Township offices for viewing/borrowing:
You should consider purchasing flood insurance if you are in a Special Flood Hazard Area. Homes and businesses in high-risk flood areas with mortgages from federally regulated or insured lenders are required to have flood insurance. For residents living outside an area of high risk, having flood insurance may still be a wise choice: More than 20 percent of flood claims come from properties outside the high-risk flood area.
- Insurance Agent Referral Call Center. To sell flood insurance, your agent or insurer must participate in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). If your insurance agent does not sell flood insurance, you can contact the NFIP Referral Call Center at 1-800-427-4661to request an agent.
- More about Flood Insurance. The website, www.floodsmart.gov offers clear, helpful information from the National Flood Insurance Program.
Other informative website links regarding Flood Insurance and Flood Protection: