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N.A. Planning Commission recommends City Council amend floodplain maps

August 4, 2018

North Augusta City Council will soon vote on whether to adopt changes to the development code regarding floodplain map changes, after Planning Commission unanimously voted to recommend North Augusta City Council approve the changes.

On Thursday night, Planning Commission met in a special called meeting to discuss adopting the changes.

North Augusta is part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s national flood insurance program.

“So, basically, every few years, FEMA comes along and they restudy floodplains,” said Libby Hodges, the city’s planning and development director.

Hodges said they look at data and re-evaluate floodplain levels, and in order to stay within their system, municipalities must adopt their revised maps.

A motion to amend the development code in order to adopt the updated guidelines and maps was made by Commissioner Larry Watts. The motion also changed one instance of the word “chapter” to read “article.”

The motion passed unanimously, with Commissioner Briton Williams not present.

The updated maps would go into effect in the Aiken County part of the city on Aug. 16, and the Edgefield County portion of the city on Sept. 14.

Thursday’s Planning Commission vote is just a recommendation to North Augusta City Council to approve the text amendment – North Augusta City Council will have to give the final stamp of approval.

The preliminary map changes can be viewed on FEMA’s website at bit.ly/2KoK85n.

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