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Changes in Flood Elevation Determinations

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Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).


Interim rule.


This interim rule lists communities where modification of the Base (1-percent-annual-chance) Flood Elevations is appropriate because of new scientific or technical data. New flood insurance premium rates will be calculated from the modified Base Flood Elevations for new buildings and their contents.


These modified Base Flood Elevations are currently in effect on the dates listed in the table below and revise the Flood Insurance Rate Maps in effect prior to this determination for each listed community.

From the date of the second publication of these changes in a newspaper of local circulation, any person has ninety (90) days in which to request through the community that the Administrator, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, reconsider the changes. The modified elevations may be changed during the 90-day period.


The modified Base Flood Elevations for each community are available for inspection at the office of the Chief Executive Officer of each community. The respective addresses are listed in the table below.

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Michael M. Grimm, Acting Chief, Hazards Study Branch, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, 500 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20472, (202) 646-2878, or (e-mail)

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The modified Base Flood Elevations are not listed for each community in this interim rule. However, the address of the Chief Executive Officer of the community where the modified Base Flood Elevation determinations are available for inspection is provided.

Any request for reconsideration must be based on knowledge of changed conditions or new scientific or technical data.

The modifications are made pursuant to Section 201 of the Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973, 42 U.S.C. 4105, and are in accordance with the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968, 42 U.S.C. 4001 et seq., and with 44 CFR Part 65.

For rating purposes, the currently effective community number is shown and must be used for all new policies and renewals.

The modified Base Flood Elevations are the basis for the floodplain management measures that the community is required to either adopt or to show evidence of being already in effect in order to qualify or to remain qualified for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

These modified elevations, together with the floodplain management criteria required by 44 CFR 60.3, are the minimum that are required. They should not be construed to mean that the community must change any existing ordinances that are more stringent in their floodplain management requirements. The community may at any time enact stricter requirements of its own, or pursuant to policies established by other Federal, State, or regional entities.

The changes in Base Flood Elevations are in accordance with 44 CFR 65.4.

National Environmental Policy Act

This rule is categorically excluded from the requirements of 44 CFR Part 10, Environmental Consideration. No environmental impact assessment has been prepared.

Regulatory Flexibility Act

The Administrator, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration certifies that this rule is exempt from the requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act because modified Base Flood Elevations are required by the Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973, 42 U.S.C. 4105, and are required to maintain community eligibility in the NFIP. No regulatory flexibility analysis has been prepared.

Regulatory Classification

This interim rule is not a significant regulatory action under the criteria of Section 3(f) of Executive Order 12866 of September 30, 1993, Regulatory Planning and Review, 58 FR 51735.

Executive Order 12612, Federalism

This rule involves no policies that have federalism implications under Executive Order 12612, Federalism, dated October 26, 1987.

Executive Order 12778, Civil Justice Reform

This rule meets the applicable standards of Section 2(b)(2) of Executive Order 12778.

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List of Subjects in 44 CFR Part 65

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1. The authority citation for Part 65 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 42 U.S.C. 4001 et seq.; Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1978, 3 CFR, 1978 Comp., p. 329; E.O. 12127, 44 FR 19367, 3 CFR, 1979 Comp., p. 376.

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2. The tables published under the authority of § 65.4 are amended as follows:

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State and countyLocation and case No.Date and name of newspaper where notice was publishedChief executive officer of communityEffective date of modificationCommunity
CoconinoCity of Flagstaff (00-09-745P)Nov. 7, 2002, Nov. 14, 2002, Arizona Daily SunThe Honorable Joseph C. Donaldson, Mayor, City of Flagstaff, 211 West Aspen Avenue, Flagstaff, Arizona 86001Jan. 4, 2001040020
MaricopaTown of Cave Creek (00-09-495P)Oct. 31, 2002, Nov. 7, 2002, Arizona Business GazetteThe Honorable Vincent Francia, Mayor, Town of Cave Creek, Town Hall, 37622 North Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek, 85331Feb. 15, 2001040129
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MaricopaCity of Chandler (01-09-006P)Nov. 7, 2002, Nov. 14, 2002, Arizona RepublicThe Honorable Boyd Dunn, Mayor, City of Chandler, 55 North Arizona Place, Suite 3014, Chandler, Arizona 85225Dec. 13, 2000040040
MaricopaCity of Goodyear (00-09-975P)Nov. 6, 2002, Nov. 13, 2002, West Valley ViewThe Honorable Bill Arnold, Mayor, City of Goodyear, 190 North Litchfield, Goodyear, Arizona 85338Feb. 15, 2001040046
MaricopaCity of Phoenix (00-09-495P)Nov. 7, 2002, Nov. 14, 2002, Arizona Business GazetteThe Honorable Skip Rimsza, Mayor, City of Phoenix, 200 West Washington, 11th Floor, Phoenix, Arizona 85003-1611Feb. 15, 2001040051
MaricopaUnincorporated Areas (00-09-495P)Nov. 7, 2002, Nov. 14, 2002, Arizona Business GazetteThe Honorable Don Stapley, Chairman, Maricopa County, Board of Supervisors, 301 West Jefferson, 10th Floor, Phoenix, Arizona 85003Feb. 15, 2001040037
MontereyUnincorporated Areas (02-09-869P)Dec. 12, 2002, Dec. 19, 2002, CalifornianThe Honorable Dave Potter, Chairman, Monterey County Board of Supervisors, P.O. Box 180 , Salinas, California 93902Mar. 20, 2003060195
SacramentoUnincorporated Areas (02-09-1169P)Oct. 17, 2002, Oct. 24, 2002, Daily RecorderThe Honorable Roger Niello, Chairman, Sacramento County Board of Supervisors, 700 H Street, Room 2450, Sacramento, California 95814Jan. 23, 2003060262
San DiegoCity of San Diego (02-09-1472X)Dec. 4, 2002, Dec. 11, 2002, San Diego Union TribuneThe Honorable Richard M. Murphy, Mayor, City of San Diego, 202 C Street, 11th Floor, San Diego, California 92101Nov. 22, 2002060295
Santa ClaraTown of Los Gatos (01-09-159P)Oct. 16, 2002, Oct. 23, 2002, Los Gatos Weekly-TimesMr. John Curtis, P.E. Director of Parks and Public Works, Town of Los Gatos, P.O. Box 949, Los Gatos, California 95031Jan. 22, 2003060343
Santa ClaraUnincorporated Areas (01-09-159P)Oct. 16, 2002, Oct. 23, 2002, Los Gatos Weekly-TimesThe Honorable Donald F. Gage, Chairman, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, East Wing, 10th Floor, 70 West Hedding Street, San Jose, California 95110Jan. 22, 2003060337
VenturaCity of Camarillo (02-09-583P)Oct. 24, 2002, Oct. 31, 2002, Ventura County StarThe Honorable Jan McDonald, Mayor, City of Camarillo, 601 Carmen Drive, Camarillo, California 93010Jan. 30, 2003065020
VenturaCity of Simi Valley (03-09-0051X)Nov. 14, 2002, Nov. 24, 2002, Ventura County StarThe Honorable William Davis, Mayor, City of Simi Valley, 2929 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley, California 93063Nov. 6, 2002060421
VenturaUnincorporated Areas (02-09-1213P)Oct. 31, 2002, Nov. 7, 2002, Fillmore GazetteThe Honorable Frank Schillo, Chairman, Ventura County Board of Supervisors, 800 South Victoria Avenue, Ventura, California 93009Feb. 6, 2003060413
AdamsCity of Commerce City (02-08-283P)Oct. 24, 2002, Oct. 31, 2002, Denver PostThe Honorable E.E. “Casey” Hayes, Mayor, City of Commerce City, 5291 East 60th Avenue, Commerce City, Colorado 80022Jan. 30, 2003080006
AdamsCity of Thornton (02-08-283P)Oct. 24, 2002, Oct. 31, 2002, Denver PostThe Honorable Noel Busck, Mayor, City of Thornton, 9500 Civic Center Drive, Thornton, CO 80229Jan. 30, 2003080007
AdamsUnincorporated Areas (02-08-283P)Oct. 24, 2002, Oct. 31, 2002, Denver PostThe Honorable Martin Flaum, Chairman, Adams County Board of Commissioners, 450 South Fourth Avenue, Brighton, Colorado 80601Jan. 30, 2003080001
Adams, Boulder, Jefferson, WeldCity of Broomfield (02-08-156P)Nov. 20, 2002, Nov. 27, 2002, Denver PostThe Honorable Karen Stuart, Mayor, City and County of Broomfield, One Des Combes Drive, Broomfield, Colorado 80020Feb. 26, 2003085073
BoulderCity of Boulder (02-08-340P)Nov. 21, 2002, Nov. 28, 2002, Denver PostThe Honorable William R. Toor, Mayor, City of Boulder, 1777 Broadway, Boulder, Colorado 80306Feb. 27, 2003080024
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DouglasTown of Parker (02-08-171P)Oct. 10, 2002, Oct. 17, 2002, Denver PostThe Honorable Gary Lasater, Mayor, Town of Parker, 20120 East Main Street, Parker, Colorado 80138Jan. 16, 2003080310
DouglasUnincorporated Areas (02-08-171P)Oct. 10, 2002, Oct. 17, 2002, Denver PostThe Honorable James R. Sullivan, Chairman, Douglas County Board of Commissioners, 100 Third Street, Castle Rock, Colorado 80104Jan. 16, 2003080049
GarfieldCity of Rifle (02-08-123P)Dec. 26, 2002, Jan. 2, 2003, Citizen TelegramThe Honorable Keith Lambert, Mayor, City of Rifle, 202 Railroad Avenue, Rifle, Colorado 81650Dec. 4, 2002085078
LarimerCity of Fort Collins (01-08-092P)Nov. 7, 2002, Nov. 14, 2002, Fort Collins ColoradoanThe Honorable Ray Martinez, Mayor, City of Fort Collins, P.O. Box 580, Fort Collins, Colorado 80522-0580May 30, 2001080102
HawaiiHawaii County (99-09-680P)Nov. 7, 2002, Nov. 14, 2002, Hawaii Tribune HeraldThe Honorable Harry Kim, Mayor, Hawaii County, 25 Aupuni Street, Hilo, Hawaii 96720Aug. 15, 2000155166
HonoluluCity and County of Honolulu (00-09-244P)Nov. 7, 2002, Nov. 14, 2002, Honolulu Star BulletinThe Honorable Jeremy Harris, Mayor, City and County of Honolulu, 530 South King Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813Feb. 1, 2001150001
ClayUnincorporated Areas (03-07-0112P)Jan. 2, 2003, Jan. 9, 2003, Kearney CourierThe Honorable Thomas Brandon, Presiding Commissioner, Clay County, Clay County Courthouse, One Courthouse Square, Liberty, Missouri 64068Apr. 24, 2003290086
GallatinCity of Bozeman (00-08-367P)Nov. 7, 2002, Nov. 14, 2002, Bozeman Daily ChronicleThe Honorable Steven Kirchhoff, Mayor, City of Bozeman, P.O. Box 1230, Bozeman, Montana 59771-1230Dec. 20, 2000300028
BexarCity of San Antonio (00-06-862P)Nov. 7, 2002, Nov. 14, 2002, San Antonio Express NewsThe Honorable Ed Garza, Mayor, City of San Antonio, P.O. Box 839966, San Antonio, Texas 78283-3966Apr. 2, 2001480045
WashingtonCity of St. George (02-08-101P)Dec. 19, 2002, Dec 26, 2002, SpectrumThe Honorable Daniel McArthur, Mayor, City of St. George, 175 East 200 North, St. George, Utah 84770Mar. 27, 2003490177
SpokaneUnincorporated Areas (02-10-614P)Nov. 21, 2002, Nov. 28, 2002, Spokesman-ReviewMs. Francine Boxer, Chief Executive Officer, Spokane County, 1116 West Broadway Avenue, Spokane, Washington 99260Mar. 25, 2003530174
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(Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance No. 83.100, “Flood Insurance”)

Dated: January 28, 2003.

Anthony S. Lowe,

Administrator, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration.

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[FR Doc. 03-3184 Filed 2-7-03; 8:45 am]