SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The South Kingstown Town Council voted unanimously Tuesday to adopt proposed amendments to the town code relating to floodplain management.
Vincent Murray, director of planning, said the amendments were made in order to comply with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) new Flood Insurance Study and Flood Insurance Rate Maps.
The town is updating the ordinance in advance of Oct. 16, when the new maps become effective.
Murray said the revised ordinance would replace the existing ordinance in its entirety.
“For South Kingstown, the study would revise 14 of 26 [Flood Insurance Rate Map] panels,” Murray told the council.
He said the maps were revised based on 2011 aerial photographs to identify properties in the Special Flood Hazard Area, which are subject to the 1 percent change, or 100-year, flood.
Murray called the aerial photographs and subsequent mapping a “significant improvement” over the previous black and white maps.
“Accuracy has increased significantly over the last several years,” he said.
According to Murray, in order for the town to remain eligible to participate in the National Flood Insurance Rate program, in which they have participated since 1972 when the first maps were published, the town must incorporate the revised maps into its ordinance.
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