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Changes in Flood Elevation Determinations

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Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Emergency Preparedness and Response Directorate, Department of Homeland Security.


Final rule.


Modified Base (1% annual chance) Flood Elevations (BFEs) are finalized for the communities listed below. These modified elevations will be used to calculate flood insurance premium rates for new buildings and their contents.


The effective dates for these modified BFEs are indicated on the following table and revise the Flood Insurance Rate Map(s) (FIRMs) in effect for each listed community prior to this date.


The modified BFEs 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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Doug Bellomo, P.E., Hazard Identification Section, Emergency Preparedness and Response Directorate, FEMA, 500 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20472, (202) 646-2903.

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FEMA makes the final determinations listed below of modified BFEs for each community listed. These modified elevations have been published in newspapers of local circulation and ninety (90) days have elapsed since that publication. The Mitigation Division Director of the Emergency Preparedness and Response Directorate has resolved any appeals resulting from this notification.

The modified BFEs are not listed for each community in this notice. However, this rule includes the address of the Chief Executive Officer of the community where the modified base flood elevation determinations are available for inspection.

The modifications are made pursuant to Section 206 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 BFEs 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.

These modified elevations are used to meet the floodplain management requirements of the NFIP and are also used to calculate the appropriate flood insurance premium rates for new buildings built after these elevations are made final, and for the contents in these buildings. Start Printed Page 517

The changes in BFEs 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 Mitigation Division Director of the Emergency Preparedness and Response Directorate certifies that this rule is exempt from the requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act because modified BFEs 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 final 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

  • Flood insurance, floodplains, reporting and recordkeeping requirements
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Accordingly, 44 CFR Part 65 is amended to read as follows:

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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 countyLocationDates and name of newspaper where notice was publishedChief executive officer of communityEffective date of modificationCommunity No.
Fairfield, (FEMA Docket No. D-7539)Town of GreenwichApr. 9, 2003, Apr. 16, 2003, Greenwich TimeMr. Richard Bergstresser, Town of Greenwich First Selectman, Town Hall, 101 Field Point Road, Greenwich, Connecticut 06830Apr. 1, 2003090008 C
New Haven, (FEMA Docket No. D-7539)City of West HavenApr. 4, 2003, Apr. 11, 2003, New Haven RegisterThe Honorable H. Richard Borer, Jr., Mayor of the City of West Haven, West Haven City Hall, 355 Main Street, West Haven, Connecticut 06516Jul. 11, 2003090092 C
Volusia, (FEMA Docket No. D-7539)City of Daytona BeachMar. 28, 2003, Apr. 4, 2003, Dayton Beach News-JournalThe Honorable Baron Asher, Mayor of the City of Daytona Beach, P.O. Box 2451, Daytona Beach, Florida 32115Mar. 20, 2003125099 G
Duval, (FEMA Docket No. D-7539)City of JacksonvilleApr. 16, 2003, Apr. 23, 2003, The Florida Times-UnionThe Honorable John A. Delaney, Mayor of the City of Jacksonville, 117 West Duval Street, Suite 400, Jacksonville, Florida 32202Apr. 4, 2003120077 F
Polk, (FEMA Docket No. D-7539)City of LakelandApr. 18, 2003, Apr. 25, 2003, The LedgerThe Honorable Ralph Fletcher, Mayor of the City of Lakeland, Lakeland City Hall, 228 South Massachusetts Avenue, Lakeland, Florida 33801-5086Apr. 10, 2003120267 F
Broward, (FEMA Docket No. D-7539)City of ParklandApr. 10, 2003, Apr. 17, 2003, The Sun-SentinelThe Honorable Sal Pagliara, Mayor of the City of Parkland, 6600 University Boulevard, Parkland, Florida 33067Jul. 17, 2003120051 F
Polk, (FEMA Docket No. D-7539)Unicorporated areasApr. 10, 2003, Apr. 17, 2003, The LedgerMr. Jim W. Keene, Polk County Manager, 330 West Church Street, P.O. Box 9005, Drawer CA01, Bartow, Florida 33831-9005Jul. 17, 200312026 F
Indiana: Hamilton, (FEMA Docket No. D-7539)City of CarmelApr. 21, 2003, Apr. 28, 2003, The Indianapolis StarThe Honorable James Brainard, Mayor of the City of Carmel, One Civic Square, Carmel, Indiana 46032Jul. 28, 2003180081 F
Maine: Hancock, (FEMA Docket No. D-7539)Town of Bar HarborApr. 17, 2003, Apr. 24, 2003, Bar Harbor NewsMs. Dana Reed, Bar Harbor Town Manager, 93 Cottage Street, Bar Harbor, Maine 04609Apr. 4, 2003230064 E
Michigan: Kent, (FEMA Docket No. D-7539)Township of PlainfieldApr. 18, 2003, Apr. 25, 2003, The Grand Rapids PressMr. David Groenleer, Township of Plainfield Supervisor, 616 Belmont Avenue, NE, Belmont, Michigan 49306Apr. 8, 2003260109 B
Pennsylvania: Montgomery, (FEMA Docket No. D-7539)Borough of HatboroMar. 31, 2003, Apr. 7, 2003, The IntelligencerMr. Joseph F. Pantano, Borough of Hatboro Manager, 414 South York Road, Hatboro, Pennsylvania 19040Jul. 7, 2003420697 D
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Virginia: Independent City, (FEMA Docket No. D-7539)City of Colonial HeightsApr. 4, 2003, Apr. 11, 2003, Progress IndexMr. Robert Lee Taylor, City of Colonial Heights Manager, P.O. Box 3401, Colonial Heights, Virginia 23834Mar. 25, 2003510039 C
Independent City, (FEMA Docket No. D-7539)City of PetersburgApr. 4, 2003, Apr. 11, 2003, Progress IndexMr. B. David Canada, City of Petersburg Manager, 135 North Union Street, Petersburg, Virginia 23803Mar. 25, 2003510112 B
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(Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance No. 83.100, “Flood Insurance.”)

Dated: December 18, 2003.

Anthony S. Lowe,

Mitigation Division Director, Emergency Preparedness and Response Directorate.

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