Although federal law precludes FEMA from regulating future conditions, the agency in the past has supported localities that have based the administration and management of floodplains on these speculative development conditions.
NAHB has been successful in convincing FEMA not to regulate future conditions at the federal level. However, in the modernization effort getting underway, the focus will be shifting to the local level and each community will determine how its maps will be updated.
For that reason, builders need to be aware of FEMA’s proposed MHIP schedule and should begin a dialogue with local officials involved in this issue as soon as possible.The first point of contact for any information at a state or local level is the appropriate Floodplain Manager or Flood Insurance Administrator.
Information at the state level can be found on your state government Web site (usually at www.state.postal abbreviation.us). Other sources for this information include the Blue Pages in the center of most phone books and NAHB staff.
Local associations are also advised to assume a proactive role in any and all community outreach programs on this issue to ensure that the home building industry is adequately represented in the remapping cycle.
For further information on FEMA’s map modernization efforts, click here; or e-mail Christopher Galik at NAHB, or call him at 800-368-5242 x8663.
NAHB’s "FEMA Future Conditions Hydrology Action Kit" also provides a wealth of information on construction in a flood plain, and is a useful resource.
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