Floodplain Zoning Relief

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Floodplain Zoning Relief

Floodplain Zoning Relief

A number of coastal communities have adopted language that encourages elevating buildings or utilities in the FEMA 1% flood zones to, or above, base flood elevation.

This page provides short summaries of key features of regulations based on desktop review. Links to the regulations are provided below. Conduct careful review when considering adopting new language. The resources included do not constitute legal advice. Municipalities should consult legal counsel when adopting new bylaws, ordinances, and policies.

Did we miss something? Do you have regulations or policies that should be added to this website? Do you need assistance? For additions, corrections, or questions please contact Senior Environmental Planner Anne Herbst at aherbst@mapc.org.

Floodplain Zoning Relief Examples

Floodplain Zoning Relief

A number of coastal communities have adopted language that encourages elevating buildings or utilities in the FEMA 1% flood zones to, or above, base flood elevation.

  • Hull allows new and existing structures to exceed zoning height limits, by Special Permit, for up to 4 feet of freeboard. (Hull 4.10.5.1.a1; bi)
  • Scituate allows existing structures to elevate to achieve base flood to a maximum height of 50 feet. (Scituate 200 Section 100)
  • Dennis allows existing structures to exceed height limits for up to 3 feet of freeboard. (Dennis 6.7)
  • Dennis and Nantucket measure building height from base flood rather than average mean grade in FEMA 1% flood zones. (Dennis 6.7 and Nantucket 139.17.C.7)
  • Hull allows encroachment into setbacks to facilitate elevation of utilities including heating units, water heater and hot water storage, electrical panel, washer and dryer. (Hull 4.10.5.1.a1; bi)