Floodplain Management Resolution


WHEREAS, the Township of White Oak desires to participate in the National Flood Insurance Program and comply with all applicable statutory and regulatory requirements for the purposes of significantly reducing hazards to persons, property damage and public expenditures, and to provide for the availability of flood insurance and federal funds or loans.


1. For purposes or this resolution, the following definitions shall apply:

“Base Flood” means the Flood having a one-percent chance being equaled or exceeded in any given year.

“Flood” or “Flooding” means a general and temporary condition of partial or complete inundation or normally dry land areas from:

(1) The overflow of inland or tidal waters.

(2) The unusual and rapid accumulation or runoff or surface waters from any source.

(3) The collapse or subsidence of land along the shore or a lake or other body or water as a result or undermining caused by waves or currents or water exceeding anticipated cyclical levels or suddenly caused by an unusually high water level in a natural body of water, accompanied by a severe storm, or by an unanticipated Force or nature, such as a flash flood or an abnormal tidal surge, or by some similarly unusual and unforeseeable event which results in flooding.

“Flood Hazard Area” means land that on the basis of available floodplain information is subject to a one percent or greater chance of flooding in any given year. “Floodplain” means any land area susceptible to being by water from any source (see definition of flood).

“Floodway” means the channel of a river or other watercourse and the adjacent land areas that must be reserved in order to discharge the base flood.

“Structure” means, for floodplain management purposes, A walled and roofed building that is principally above ground, gas or liquid storage facility, as well as a mobile home or manufactured unit.

“Substantial Improvement” means any repair, reconstruction, or improvement of a structure, the cost of which equals or exceeds 50 percent or the market value of the structure either, (1) before the improvement or repair is started, or (2) if the structure has been damaged and is being restored, before the damage occurred, for the purposes of this definition, “substantial improvement” is considered to occur when the first alteration or any wall, ceiling, floor, or other structural part or the building commences, whether or not that alteration affects the external dimensions of the structures. The term does not, however, include either (1) any project for improvement of a structure to comply with existing state or local health, sanitary, or safety code specifications which are solely necessary to assure safe living conditions, or (2) any alteration of a structure listed on the National Register of Historic Places or a State Inventory of Historic Places.

2. The building inspector shall obtain, review, and reasonably utilize Flood elevation data available from Federal, state, or other sources pending receipt of data from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The most recent Flood elevation data received From the Federal Emergency management Agency shall take precedence over data from other sources.

2a. The map(s) entitled White Oak Township Flood Hazard Map dated October 10, 1975 shall be the official map for determinations and regulation pursuant to this resolution.

3. The building inspector shall insure that all necessary permits have been issued, including a floodplain permit, approval, or letter or no authority from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources under authority or Act 245, P.A. 1929, as amended by Act 167, P.A. 1968.

4. The building inspector shall review all permit applications to determine whether the proposed building will be reasonably safe from flooding. Where it is determined that the building will be located in an area subject to flooding as identified in Section 2, the building inspector shall implement the appropriate portions of the 1986 Supplement to Section 1313.0 of the 1984 edition of the BOCA Basic/National Building Code entitled Flood Resistant Construction; or the appropriate portions or Section 2102.0-Flood Resistant Construction of the 1987 edition or the BOCA Basic/National Building Code; or the appropriate flood resistant construction standards in succeeding editions of the BOCA Basic/National Building Code.

5. The building inspector shall maintain a record of new structures or substantial improvements erected in the flood hazard area indicating the actual elevation or the lowest structural member required to be elevated or as an alternative, in nonresidential structures, the elevation to which the structure has been floodproofed.