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15.28.130. Duties and responsibilities of the City Engineer

            Duties and responsibilities of the City Engineer shall include but not be limited to:

            (1)        Permit review.

                        (a)        Review all development permits to determine that the permit requirements of this Chapter have been satisfied.

                        (b)        Review all development permits to determine that all necessary permits have been obtained from those federal, state, or local governmental agencies from which prior approval is required.

                        (c)        Review all development permits to determine if the proposed development adversely affects the flood carrying capacity of the area of special flood hazard.  For the purposes of this Chapter, "adversely affects" means damage to adjacent properties because of rises in flood stages attributed to physical changes of the channel and the adjacent overbank areas.

                                    (i)         If it is determined that there is no adverse affect and the development is not a building or structure, then the permit shall be granted without further consideration.

                                    (ii)        If it is determined that there is an adverse effect, then technical justification, (i.e., a registered professional engineer) for the proposed development shall be required.

                                    (iii)       If the proposed development is a building, then the provisions of this Chapter shall apply.

            (2)        Use of other base flood data.  When base flood elevation data has not been provided in accordance with Section 15.28.060, the City Engineer shall obtain, review, and reasonably utilize any base flood elevation data available.  "FIRM" draft and preliminary map, from a federal, state, or other source, may be used in order to administer Section 15.28.150(5).

            (3)        Information to be obtained and maintained.

                        (a)        Obtain and record the actual elevation (in relation to mean sea level) of the lowest floor (including basement) of all new or substantially improved structures, and whether the structure contains a basement.

                        (b)        For all new or substantially improved floodproofed structures:

                                    (i)         Verify and record the actual elevation (in relation to mean sea level) to which the structure has been floodproofed; and

                                    (ii)        Maintain the floodproofing certifications required in Section 15.28.110(3).

                        (c)        Maintain for public inspection all records pertaining to the provisions of this ordinance.

            (4)        Alteration of watercourses.

                        (a)        Notify adjacent communities and the Utah State Division of Water Rights, and the Utah Division of Emergency Services and Homeland Security prior to any alteration or relocation of a watercourse, and submit evidence of such notification to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

                        (b)        Require that maintenance is provided within the altered or relocated portion of said watercourse so that the flood carrying capacity is not diminished.

            (5)        Interpretation of FIRM boundaries.  Make interpretations where needed, as to the exact location of the boundaries of the areas of special flood hazards (for example, where there appears to be a conflict between a mapped boundary and actual field conditions).  Any person contesting the location of the boundary shall be given a reasonable opportunity to appeal the interpretation as provided in Section 15.28.140.

            (6)        Review permit application to determine whether proposed building site, including the placement of manufactured homes, will be reasonably safe from flooding.

            (7)        Where interpretation is needed as to the exact location of the boundaries of the areas of special flood hazards (for example, where there appears to be a conflict between a mapped boundary and actual field conditions) the Floodplain Administrator shall make the necessary interpretation.

            (8)        When base flood elevation data has not been provided in accordance with Section 15.28.060, the City Engineer shall obtain, review, and reasonably utilize any base flood elevation data and floodway data available from a federal, state, or other source, in order to administer the provisions of Section 15.28.150.


Ord. No.97-35, Recodified, 6/19/1997
Ord. No. 944, Amended, 12/5/1991
Ord. No. 97-17, Amended, 4/3/1997
Ord. No. 07-24, Amended, 7/5/2007

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