Can I build in the floodplain?
Most development activities are allowed in floodplains, if built to certain standards. These standards include very specific building requirements such as raising the first floor elevation to one foot above the 100-foot flood elevation, and mitigation requirements to ensure that development does not cause flood elevations to rise on neighboring properties. In general, residential and commercial development is not allowed in floodways, and if an existing structure in the floodway is significantly damaged by a flood it cannot be rebuilt.

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1. Can I build in the floodplain?
2. What types of flood hazard zones are shown on a Flood Insurance Rate Map?