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AGENDA ITEM: 6.
Justin Turner, Public Works
DISCUSSION OF ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES (ADWR) COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE VISIT AUDIT
On July 17th, the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR) conducted a telephone interview with Stormwater Utility staff as part of a Community Assistance Contact (CAC). These consultations are typically scheduled once every five years.
The purposes of the CAC were twofold. First it was to maintain an ongoing working relationship with the Town, and second, it was to discuss the Town’s floodplain management program and to offer any assistance, if necessary. The CAC is one of the key methods ADWR uses to identify community floodplain management program deficiencies and violations and to provide technical assistance to resolve these issues.
Before this year's CAC, staff from the Stormwater Utility completed a questionnaire in which we were asked to identify (1) key floodplain administrators, their staff, and years of service; (2) the location of where to find copies of the Town's Floodplain Management Ordinance and FEMA Flood Insurance Studies and Flood Insurance Rate Maps; (3) describe recent flood damage to properties located both inside and outside of FEMA Special Flood Hazard Areas; (4) mitigation activities resulting in reduced flood losses (our successes); (5) a description of the development or permitting review process that helps assure new development activities meet the minimum floodplain management requirements in 44 CFR 60.3(d); and (6) a description of the Town's record keeping procedures.
This year's Community Assistance Contact lasted roughly three hours, during which we were given ample time to fully describe the Town's floodplain management program, including standard administrative procedures and specialized GIS capabilities. Time was also spent reviewing the Town's 2017 Floodplain Management Ordinance, including those areas where it differed from the state's Floodplain Management Model Ordinance. The CAC ended with no programmatic deficiencies identified. The written follow up was a brief email, and consisted of an annotated copy of the Town's Floodplain Management Ordinance identifying specific areas where changes were recommended in order to provide better clarity and conformity. Staff are reviewing the recommended changes, and will plan on making these revisions should the Ordinance need to go to Town Council.
BACKGROUND OR DETAILED INFORMATION:
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