SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL NO. 1651
C 064 L 89
State of Washington 51st Legislature 1989 Regular Session
By House Committee on Local Government (originally sponsored by Representatives Baugher, Chandler, McLean, Grant, Kremen, Jesernig, Rayburn, Rasmussen, Nealey, Braddock, Holland, Haugen, Beck, Zellinsky, Schmidt, Dorn, Basich, Raiter, Betrozoff, D. Sommers, Smith, Tate, Gallagher, Silver, Hargrove, Fuhrman, Day, Moyer, Hankins, Wood, Brooks, Walker, R. Meyers, Prince, Prentice, S. Wilson, Ebersole, Crane, Youngsman, May, Ballard, Brumsickle, Bowman, Winsley, Rector, Spanel and Inslee)
Read first time 3/1/89.
AN ACT Relating to flood plains; amending RCW 86.16.020, 86.16.025, 86.16.031, 86.16.041, and 86.16.061; and adding a new section to chapter 86.16 RCW.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
Sec. 1. Section 3, chapter 159, Laws of 1935 as amended by section 2, chapter 523, Laws of 1987 and RCW 86.16.020 are each amended to read as follows:
flood plain management regulation shall be exercised through: (1) Local
governments' administration of the national flood insurance program regulation
requirements, (2) the establishment of minimum state requirements for flood
plain management that equal the minimum federal requirements for the
national flood insurance program, and (3) ((
the administration of
flood plain management programs for local jurisdictions not participating in or
meeting the requirements of the national flood insurance program, and (4)
through)) the issuance of regulatory orders. This regulation shall be
exercised over the planning, construction, operation and maintenance of any
works, structures and improvements, private or public, which might, if
improperly planned, constructed, operated and maintained, adversely influence
the regimen of a stream or body of water or might adversely affect the security
of life, health and property against damage by flood water.
Sec. 2. Section 6, chapter 159, Laws of 1935 as last amended by section 50, chapter 109, Laws of 1987 and RCW 86.16.025 are each amended to read as follows:
respect to such features as may affect flood conditions, the department shall
have authority to examine, approve or reject designs and plans for any
structure or works, public or private, to be erected or built or to be
reconstructed or modified upon the banks or in or over the channel or over and
across the ((
flood plain or)) floodway of any stream or body of water in
Sec. 3. Section 3, chapter 523, Laws of 1987 and RCW 86.16.031 are each amended to read as follows:
The department of ecology shall:
and approve ((
all)) county, city, or town flood plain management
ordinances pursuant to RCW 86.16.041;
(2) When requested, provide guidance and assistance to local governments in development and amendment of their flood plain management ordinances;
(3) Provide technical assistance to local governments in the administration of their flood plain management ordinances;
(4) Provide local governments and the general public with information related to the national flood insurance program;
(5) When requested, provide assistance to local governments in enforcement actions against any individual or individuals performing activities within the flood plain that are not in compliance with local, state, or federal flood plain management requirements;
regulatory authority for flood plain management activities in the event of
failure by the local government to comply with the requirements of this
chapter; and (7))) Establish minimum state requirements that equal (( or
exceed the)) minimum federal requirements for the national flood insurance
(7) Assist counties, cities, and towns in identifying the location of the one hundred year flood plain, and petitioning the federal government to alter its designations of where the one hundred year flood plain is located if the federally recognized location of the one hundred year flood plain is found to be inaccurate; and
(8) Establish minimum state requirements for specific flood plains that exceed the minimum federal requirements for the national flood insurance program, but only if: (a) The location of the one hundred year flood plain has been reexamined and is certified by the department as being accurate; (b) negotiations have been held with the affected county, city, or town over these regulations; (c) public input from the affected community has been obtained; and (d) the department makes a finding that these increased requirements are necessary due to local circumstances and general public safety.
Sec. 4. Section 4, chapter 523, Laws of 1987 and RCW 86.16.041 are each amended to read as follows:
(1) Beginning July 26, 1987, every county and incorporated city and town shall submit to the department of ecology any new flood plain management ordinance or amendment to any existing flood plain management ordinance. Such ordinance or amendment shall take effect thirty days from filing with the department unless the department disapproves such ordinance or amendment within that time period.
(2) The department may disapprove any ordinance or amendment submitted to it under subsection (1) of this section if it finds that an ordinance or amendment does not comply with any of the following:
(a) Restriction of land uses within designated floodways including the prohibition of construction or reconstruction of residential structures except for: (i) Repairs, reconstruction, or improvements to a structure which do not increase the ground floor area; and (ii) repairs, reconstruction, or improvements to a structure the cost of which does not exceed fifty percent of the market value of the structure either, (A) before the repair, reconstruction, or repair is started, or (B) if the structure has been damaged, and is being restored, before the damage occurred. Work done on structures to comply with existing health, sanitary, or safety codes or to structures identified as historic places shall not be included in the fifty percent determination;
or elevating lowest floor levels for nonresidential structures; (c)
Elevating lowest floor levels for residential structures; (d))) The minimum requirements of the national flood
insurance program; (( or (e) Any
minimum state requirements established by rule by the department of ecology)) and
(c) The minimum state requirements adopted pursuant to RCW 86.16.031(8) that are applicable to the particular county, city, or town.
Sec. 5. Section 6, chapter 523, Laws of 1987 and RCW 86.16.061 are each amended to read as follows:
department of ecology ((
may)) after consultation with the public
shall adopt such rules as are necessary to implement this chapter.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 6. A new section is added to chapter 86.16 RCW to read as follows:
A county, city, or town may adopt flood plain management ordinances or requirements that exceed the minimum federal requirements of the national flood insurance program without following the procedures provided in RCW 86.16.031(8).